• Algae test clears reservoir for all activities

    It is safe to go in the water again at Marion Reservoir. Test results for blue-green algae showed it was safe to end a public health advisory for blue-green algae Thursday. The tests were conducted by Kansas Department of Health and Environment.


  • 80% likely to need crop insurance payouts

    In a field northwest of Pilsen, foot-tall yellow stalks chopped square by a silage machine were all that remained from what had been a corn crop. They lined the field like head stones. A sliver of six rows of corn remained in the middle of the field so insurers could appraise the crop at harvest. In the midst of chalky, cracked, black soil, the corn was almost golden — a color usually found in autumn not July. Small slices of pale green remained in the stalk of the corn, a remnant of when the crop was vibrant and the promise of spring rain had yet to go unfulfilled.

  • Heat and algae cut county tourism in half

    Sweltering temperatures and alerts about blue-green algae have led to fewer campers than usual visiting Marion County Park and Lake and Marion Reservoir in July, resulting in slow business for people who cater to campers. Marion County Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson said that revenue during the past two weeks is down 41 percent compared to the same time in 2010.

  • Marion braces for onslaught of 12 year olds

    “This is the BIG tournament,” Marion Recreation Director Margo Yates said. Marion organizers were prepping the baseball complex Thursday in anticipation of seven regional teams invading Marion for the Cal Ripken Midwest Regional 12-year-old, 70-foot base paths tournament starting Friday.

  • County may avoid tax increase

    Marion County could avoid an increase in property taxes for 2012 if the county makes some small sacrifices, accountant Scot Loyd told county commissioners Monday. The commission needs to determine a budget direction for the sheriff’s department, emergency medical services, and emergency communications, Loyd said. In a previous meeting, EMS Director Steve Smith presented several possible budget options.

  • Murder defendant gets new hearing

    The preliminary hearing for Dustin Tyler Smith was delayed until Smith undergoes a competency hearing Sept. 19 to determine whether he can stand trial. Smith, of McPherson, is charged with the murder of former Hillsboro resident Justin John Milne. Smith was apprehended near Marion Reservoir May 29 about a mile from Milne’s body.

  • It's carnival time at the county fair

    It was hot Tuesday when Wagner’s Carnival was setting up rides and games on D Street in Hillsboro for the Marion County Fair. “We’re used to it,” said Anthony Wagner, 19, the owner’s son. “We’re from Texas.”

  • Second-chance mare a champion

    In between shows Thursday of his daughter’s black mare, Bobbie, Daryl Kliewer dropped to his knees. While periodically wiping sweat from his brow, accumulating quickly with the 100-degree heat in Hillsboro, Kliewer used a thick polish pen to bring each hoof to a bright black shine. “You want the horse to have a sense of presence,” Kliewer said.


  • Virginia Brown

    Virginia L. Brown, 81, died July 20, 2011, at her residence in Newton. She was born on a farm Aug. 18, 1929, in rural Durham, to Edwin and Elizabeth (Zitterkopf) Garrett. She attended Durham High School and worked with life-long friend, Marcella, at the local grocery store.

  • R. Czarnowsky

    Roscoe Jay Czarnowsky, 48, died July 22 at his home in Lincolnville. He was born Dec. 18, 1962, in Herington, to Roscoe and Doris (Jacobs) Czarnowsky.

  • 'Bill' Janzen

    Wilbur H. “Bill” Janzen, 91, died July 22 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. Born Sept. 22, 1919, in Hillsboro, to Herman H. and Justine (Kablanow) Janzen, he graduated from Peabody high School in 1936.

  • Jerrie Kruse

    Jerrie Ann Kruse, 74, died July 22, at Wichita. She was born Jan. 17, 1937, in Moundridge, to Dan and Matilda (Goering) Kaufman.

  • Irene Miller

    Irene Miller, 95, of Lincolnville, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away July 23, 2011. Mrs. Miller was born June 9, 1916, in Tampa, to Robert and Mary Martha (Noone) Belton.

  • Mack Weber

    Mack Weber, 56, of Burns, died July 20 from gastric cancer. Born Dec. 19, 1956, in Newton, to Kenneth and Margaret Weber, he attended Peabody High School, the former Butler County Junior College, and Kansas State University. He was a nursing home administrator in the Kansas City area before returning to Burns to care for his parents.



  • County can't get materials for road projects

    Marion County can’t get materials in for chip-sealing soon enough to complete planned projects, Road and Bridge Interim Superintendent John Summerville said Monday. The company that sells Build-X is overbooked on shipping the material. The county only has one-sixth of what it needs to chip-seal Nighthawk Road between U.S. 56 and U.S. 50.

  • City applies for sewer funding

    New sewer lines are closer to a reality for residents in Jex, Billings, and Beebe additions in the valley. Marion City Council approved the necessary paperwork for the city to apply for $180,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds and more than $433,000 in a loan from Kansas Department of Health & Environment.


  • Saying goodbye is bittersweet

    Changing jobs can be like leaving family. After all, we spend more time with the people we work with than anyone else. After nearly eight years of helping to produce the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin every week, I am extremely grateful.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    A biblical worldview and an unbiblical worldview cannot coexist together in peace. Each is diametrically opposed to the other. And yet we live in a culture that desperately wants to merge both into one comfortable mass. The logical fallacies created by such a merger are vividly displayed on a daily basis. For example, most of us are horrified and furious at the murder of another human being, especially a child. But why the indignation? “Because,” we rightfully reply, “the child was so innocent.” True, but honest contemplation requires that we ask how and at what point in time did that child — or any human being — come to possess that innocence. Our outrage is understandable, but where did that sense of right and wrong come from?

  • One Woman's View

    I like to think I thrive on new experiences, and sometimes they can be much better than you ever expect. A few months ago, I had to have knee replacement surgery. Since I live alone with nobody to drive me to outpatient physical therapy, this meant some time in a nursing home. Unfortunately, most elderly people, including me, do not view a nursing home as the site of their dream vacation. I was prepared to accept my time there, but I hardly expected to thoroughly enjoy it. However, that is how it turned out.


  • Professor shares heritage, gratitude through art

    Tabor College assistant professor Shin-hee Chin expresses her love of family and her two countries through art. The Korean-American artist has many accomplishments under her belt and is working on another feat sure to get attention.

  • Antiques dealer opens second shop

    Not long after re-opening Red Barn Antiques in Hillsboro, Shirley Krause got a chance to open another store in Marion. She decided to take the chance for a couple of reasons. She had always wanted to have a store in Marion, because that’s where she started dealing in antiques at T.C.’s What-Not Shop, and she had more merchandise than would fit in Red Barn Antiques.

  • Oil pumper passes trade to next generation

    At first, the work of a Shawmar Oil & Gas Company pumper seems like a videotape in an infinite loop, routine on top of routine. Dusty Miller, 30, of Council Grove, has been patrolling the rocky, rolling pastures in Chase County for five years. He’s worked for Shawmar for 10 years. He said he has checked the same engines, the same rods, and the same gates 50,000 times.


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    Burdick, Senior Center, Tampa

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  • New principal achieves goal: administrator at 30

    Justin Wasmuth had wanted to be a teacher since he was in fifth grade at Ingalls Elementary School. His teacher, Mr. Austin, inspired Wasmuth with enthusiasm and commitment. “He made me excited to go to school,” Wasmuth said. “He cared about every student in class; he made sure his students succeeded. You knew you were learning but it didn’t feel like it.”

  • Counselor got into field to help

    USD 408 counselor Kris Burkholder didn’t always want to be a school counselor. She started her career as a high school English teacher. She developed a rapport with her students, and students started to confide in her with their personal problems to ask for advice.


  • Marion likes its chances as regional host

    Head coach Scott Heidebrecht told his team of 12- year-olds that they need to raise their competitive level for the state tournament. The team will have to take another step up to contend in the regional tournament beginning Friday in Marion. The All-Stars play at 7 p.m. Friday against the second-place Missouri team.

  • Skating draws despite heat

    By 7 p.m. Friday, 11 people were skating in Florence’s gym. The turnout was in spite of 105-degree temperatures that baked the un-air-conditioned gym most of the day. Florence Recreation Director Holly Pereillo has organized three skating nights since May. She said the first skating event in May drew 20 people. Participation increased in June with 30 people; 15 people were waiting at the door of the gym at 5:30 p.m. when Pereillo arrived.


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