• Body found in Marion County

    The body of a 30-year-old McPherson man was found Monday near Marion Reservoir by authorities conducting a search as part of the investigation of a vehicle fire Sunday evening. Dustin Smith, 24, of McPherson, has been charged with the premeditated first-degree murder of Justin John Milne.

  • Plenty to see, do, eat at Chingawassa

    Central Park in Marion will be filled with the commotion of concerts, contests, and even a few chainsaws this weekend for Chingawassa Days. Things to do

  • Marine recalls time in Vietnam

    For nearly 30 years, now retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Dick Schwartz, of Marion, served with the Marines, including 13 months in Vietnam. Even though it has been more than 40 years, Schwartz recalls much of his experience as if it was yesterday.

  • Commissioners defend cabin proposal

    Marion County Commission chairman Roger Fleming said Tuesday the reaction from residents at the County Lake to the proposal of building cabins on lake property has been puzzling. Interested entrepreneurs have inquired with the county about building cabins at the lake since 2009. Chris, Heather, Tamra, and Molly Holub proposed a plan for cabins near the heated dock Dec. 8, 2010. Before those plans reached the zoning stage in 2011, the reaction from the community, even residents who live at the lake, was largely positive.

  • Residents get first look at Florence film

    Florence residents had an opportunity to preview the documentary, “Florence, Kansas,” Monday at the Masonic Lodge, downtown Florence. Producers Stephen Lerner and Frank Barthell presented a program which included the showing of the 20-minute documentary.

  • Mobile pantry will be in Marion June 17

    A semi-load of food items will be distributed 8 to 10 a.m. June 17 in the parking lot of Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Drive, Marion. The food will be given to anyone who expresses a need. The mobile pantry will come from the Kansas Food Bank in Wichita in partnership with Marion County Emergency Food Bank.

  • Unique glasswork on display

    Jan Davis and Jeanice Thomas have a vision of what Marion could be — a hub for arts and crafts, a place for people to visit to see the best and most interesting art pieces with the small-town charm and uniqueness that is Marion. The first step was when Davis opened Gallery 101 of the Flint Hills, 106 E. Main St., earlier this year which provides a showcase for local artists to display and sell their works.


  • Beverly Hanes

    There will be a graveside service for Beverly Janice Hanes, 83, who died Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hillside Cemetery, Florence. The Rev. Deborah Hanes-Nelson will officiate. A potluck lunch will be served at noon at Peabody Elementary School Gymnasium.

  • Mardell Hicks

    Mardell L. Hicks, 75, of Herington, died May 30 at Herington Municipal Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1935, at Emporia, to Earl B. and Vera Marie (Herman) Taylor.

  • Timothy Kliewer

    Timothy Warren Kliewer, 71, of Hillsboro, died May 12 at Marion Reservoir. He was born July 16, 1939, in Bellingham, Wash., to Henry D. and Lois Ruth (Wiebe) Kliewer.

  • Rosalene Stinchcomb

    Rosalene A. Stinchcomb, 88, passed away May 25, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. She was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Marion County, the daughter of Boyd Victor and Hazel (Jones) Higgins.

  • Billie Jo Wheeler

    Billie Jo Wheeler, 78, died May 29 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. She was born June 7, 1932, at Augusta, to William and Mary (Hartup) Wheeler.



  • Marion is the place to be

    June has arrived — and it’s a good month to be in Marion. Everything gets started this weekend with Chingawassa Days in Central Park, Marion. Where else can you get a concert with country legend Diamond Rio, a barbecue meal, ice cream, watermelon, children’s games, all kinds of opportunities to participate contests, and a plethora of entertainment for a $35 button ($25 if you purchased a button before Tuesday)?

  • Governor signs bill to change KPERS

    Government workers may see changes in retirement funding after Gov. Sam Brownback signed the bill and three others into law May 25. Senate Substitute for House Bill 2194 became law after being signed, modifying the Kansas Public Employees System retirement plan for current and future public employees of state, school, and local groups.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    Take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Feel better? And quit rolling your eyes and scrunching your forehead like that. Do you want your face to freeze that way? Seriously, Christian, relax. I know that none of us likes to see the faith we hold dear become the target of fresh sarcasm but mockers are nothing new. There will always be those who scoff at the possibility of the second coming of Jesus Christ. And, unfortunately, many sincere believers in every generation will be swept in end-times hysteria, foolishly setting new dates, experiencing the same old results. The “date setters” have a perfect track record — they have been wrong 100 percent of the time.

  • Seeds of something fine

    One of the joys of having a toddler is getting to hear the funny things they say. And I’m lucky enough to have a toddler who is both very verbal and very much a budding comedian. So, I thought for some laughs to kick off summer with a smile, I’d share some of the funnier things we’ve heard in recent months at our house that made me laugh or mass text my friends and family. Upon opening a box of clothing she was gifted at Christmas, Lyla exclaimed, “I found laundry!”


    Developers respond to accusations, County needs to learn from Council Grove's mistakes


  • No decision in the horizon for truck route

    Four residents of Jex Addition in Marion continued to express discontent Tuesday with Marion City Council regarding the possibility of changing the city’s truck route on Grant Street. During the public forum portion of the meeting, Leah Schimdt asked the council to deny the request by Darryl and Linda Brewer, owners of a truck parking business on Grant Street, to change the route. Currently the route is on Burbridge Street, southeast of the business, requiring trucks to cross an unmarked railroad crossing that was not designed for truck traffic.

  • Another one for the record books

    Despite chilly temperatures and gray skies, the fourth annual Operation Celebration to honor the men and women who fought for America was a successful event for Peabody. Peabody Main Street Association sponsored the event.


  • Brothers united in mischief, recently united in service

    A brotherly bond that inspired mischief when they were children inspired Florence residents Larry, Clint, and Andrew Weber to join the National Guard and serve their country. The three Weber boys were always close, mother Mashawn Weber said. They kept a rotation of their bedrooms. Two boys would be roommates while the other would be temporarily exiled in the smaller room. Eventually, the oldest brother, Andrew, was permanently stationed in the big room and decided which one of his brothers he could stand that week.

  • Bull riding is about balance, mental toughness

    About a year ago, Cassy Legg of Marion went to a rodeo with a friend and decided to try bull riding. Her first attempt fell well short of the 8-second requirement to get a score, as she started falling off as soon as the chute open, Legg said Friday. But right from the beginning, she knew bull riding was the sport for her.


    Olivia Helmer

    Burdick, Senior Center

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  • Former students follow in CHS ag teacher's footsteps

    Longtime Centre High School agriculture instructor Cary Granzow was honored Sunday at a retirement reception at the school. Granzow taught agriculture education and was an FFA adviser for 32 years. He is proud of the fact that five former students have followed in his footsteps and now are ag instructors themselves.



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