• String of burglaries may be related

    Marion police are investigating two thefts and one attempted burglary that occurred last week. Police said the three offenses might be linked. Jim Darrow discovered someone had cut a back porch screen to gain entry to 544 S. Freeborn St. from an adjacent alley sometime between 3 and 5 a.m. Dec. 7.

  • In need of Gator-aid: New law detours mayor

    Mayor Todd Heitschmidt was the first to register his all-purpose vehicle for use on city streets — and when he crossed the Main St. bridge while driving it to work Thursday, he unknowingly became perhaps the first to break the new ATV law. The only way across Luta Creek is Main St., but since Main St. is a state highway, ATVs are prohibited on it.

  • Budget muddies plight to fix county roads

    Waterlogged gravel roads in Marion County soaked up more rain over the weekend, ensuring at least several more days of sloppy road conditions. County road and bridge supervisor Randy Crawford is as frustrated as anyone else, as the extra rain is another delay as he tries to keep up with 745 miles of soft and muddy roads.

  • 'Tis the season ... for weird deer stories

    Deer encounters are a regular experience this time of year, including strange tales. When Brian Becker arrived at his Roosevelt Street home after work recently, he found that his son had left the back door open. Becker looked inside his garage and discovered a deer standing atop his pool table.

  • No discount: County pays appraised rate for clinic

    Commissioners asked for a hometown discount, did not receive one, and settled for the going rate on a deal with St. Luke Hospital to use clinic space for the relocation of the county Health Department. Offering a $15,000 a year lease, which equates to $6.35 per square foot for the space desired, commissioners were told by St. Luke CEO Jeremy Ensey on Monday that the proposal was too far under the appraised rate of $8 per square foot to be profitable — especially given that the deal included utilities, insurance, and maintenance paid by the hospital.

  • Newspapers to combine for holidays

    For the next two weeks, the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin will publish special joint holiday editions on Mondays. The Christmas-themed “Dear Santa” edition will be published Monday, featuring letters to Santa written by children from county schools.

  • State legislator hears from local officials

    A myriad of community figures expressed a myriad of concerns to Republican Don Schroeder (R-74) on Thursday, and were met with mostly sympathy from the legislator. “He was receptive, but what you’re gonna need is somebody to get up on his desk, start his hair on fire and start screaming,” Holub said. “These guys are not listening.”


  • Library's Santa Fe room receiving finishing touches

    As the Marion City Library’s Santa Fe room continues to bustle with activity, library director Janet Marler is looking forward to the completion of the final outdoor amenities. Already a new patio has been poured and dried, and sometime next year new sidewalk and parking spots will surround the library addition that hosts many special events.

  • Whole-farm revenue insurance available

    New farm revenue insurance that covers multiple crops and livestock is now available for 2015. Whole-farm revenue protection allows producers to insure between 50 to 85 percent of their whole farm revenue, and allows growers to insure a variety of crops at once instead of one commodity at a time. That gives them the option of embracing more crop diversity and helps support the production of a wider variety of foods.

  • Holt commissioned as Marine Corps officer

    In a special ceremony Saturday at Marion Community Center, Louis Holt, son of Terry and Ann Holt of Marion, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Dick Schwartz of Marion, a retired Marine Corps colonel, administered the oath of office. Holt said he chose Marion for his commissioning because of all the people in Marion — teachers, veterans, and law enforcement officers — who helped him get where he is.

  • Hillsboro P.D. to Tabor students: Return junky wheelbarrow

    Hillsboro Police advised two Tabor College students to return a “junky wheelbarrow” they allegedly plucked from a scrap metal pile on the corner of Ash and Grand Sts. Dec. 10 while on their way to do laundry. Assistant Chief Jessey Hiebert responded to the call, because the location was not a spot trash is regularly collected and disposed.

  • Rural Marion couple builds dream home

    Ken Stuchlik of rural Marion grew up farming with his father and brothers west of Lost Springs. He went on to become an engineer for a large company, but farming remained in his blood.

  • MAC gets $17,000, nears park project goal

    The entertainment pavilion and restrooms for Central Park are $3,000 away from becoming reality, as Marion Advancement Campaign President Todd Heitschmidt announced the receipt of $17,000 of donations Tuesday. “We have been greatly blessed with pledges and donations for this project,” Heitschmidt said.

  • Legos at the library Monday

    For some youths, the wait for Christmas — knowing new toys are lurking somewhere in the house — can be a tense one. Parents looking for a diversion can get their children out of the house for an hour of play with Legos at the Marion City Library from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday. “Before Christmas, kids can get antsy,” Rachel Olsen said. “We thought parents might want to do something fun with them.”

  • Key Convenience to close Dec. 31

    According to owners Bennie and Cheryl Key, Key Convenience store in Lincolnville will close its doors Dec. 31. Key gave no explanation for the impending closure.


  • Clifford Entz

    Farmer and rancher Clifford Entz, 68, died Monday at his residence. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Swiss Life Center, Whitewater. Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Swiss Church, Whitewater, with interment preceding the service at 10 a.m. in Swiss Cemetery.

  • Stephen McCombs

    Stephen Dale McCombs, 34, died Monday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born May 24, 1980 in Wichita.

  • Lee Rempel

    Retired Peabody farmer Lee E. Rempel, 87, died Sunday. He was born May 16, 1927, to Ernest and Emma (Ewert) Rempel in Denver.


    Donna JoAnn Pagenkopf, Fordyce William Gray



  • Mud or mortar?

    County commissioners canceled a planned road inspection tour Monday because the roads are in such bad shape right now. Instead, they looked at another building on Main St. in Marion as an option for some unspecified future use. Next week, they’ll talk with an architect to begin planning a new building for the courthouse square.


    Dreams need plans to thrive

    The Birthday Cake


  • Frostbite fun run will be New Year's Day

    The 10th annual Frostbite four-mile fun run will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1 starting at the Hillsboro Scout House in Memorial Park. Runners and walkers can weave their way through the city on the certified course.

  • Opal Craney to turn 100

    Family and friends of Opal Craney, longtime Peabody resident, will celebrate her 100th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 28 at Peabody United Methodist Church. She and her family also plan to attend church there that morning. There will be another reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27 at Homestead Assisted Living in Manhattan.

  • County seniors board to install new officers

    Senior Citizens of Marion County board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Marion Senior Center. New board members to be installed are Twilla Baker, Barbara Smith, and Betty Ireland. Retiring board members are Shirley Bowers and Judy Mellott.


    Seniors play Rock and Roll trivia

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago


  • Marion FFA attends leadership conference

    Marion/Florence FFA officers placed fifth at the South Central District FFA Leadership Conference Dec. 9 in Arkansas City. Thirty-two teams competed in parliamentary procedure, FFA information, and ritual. Marion placed third in parliamentary procedure, second in FFA information, and 14th in ritual.

  • Centre FFA Greenhands place 3rd

    The Centre FFA chapter placed third in the Dairy Cattle and Milk Quality and Products competition Nov. 24 in Winfield. Members took part in evaluating milk flavors, fat content of milk products, cheese identification, California Mastitis Test, problem solving and a dairy knowledge exam.

  • Centre FFA blood drive almost meets goal

    Centre FFA hosted its fall blood drive Nov. 25. A total of 29 pints were donated. The committee prepared breakfast for student donors and served taco salad for lunch.


  • Warriors take 3rd at Marion Classic

    Fighting off injuries and sickness, the Marion girls’ basketball team found what it needed to win two of three and take a third-place finish as hosts of the Marion Classic. The Warriors also may have found a key part of their identity in the process. In its second game of the tournament, after scoring 13 points through three quarters against Berean, Marion put together an 8-3 run to close the final quarter. Even though the Lady Warriors of Berean won by 10, the hosting Warriors of Marion employed a frantic full-court press and were able to generate turnovers, then turn those into quick offense for their first consistent scoring burst of what had been a long game.

  • MHS boys lose 2 of 3

    Ultimately, they played three games. In assessing his team’s performance, that’s what head coach Jeff McMillin took out of it. Three games of experience. It was three games the young Warriors needed. “I think that we’ve got kids that will be pretty good. I think we’ve got a team that will be pretty good,” he said. “We’re real low on experience. So if you view the tournament as a whole, we got three games in.”

  • Marion wrestlers dominate at Hesston

    Among numerous individual wins, Marion wrestlers defeated 15 other teams Friday at a Hesston tournament with a score of 175 team points. “Lordy, we pinned a lot of guys, I would say at least 25, probably more like 30, but that’s just a guess,” head coach Chad Adkins said. “You can win a tournament with 120 points.”

  • Lady Cougars take 2 of 3, Makovec all-tournament

    With just five teams entered in the pre-season basketball tournament at Herington last week, there were no semi-finals or finals. However, players were named to an all-tournament team based on performance. Shelby Makovec received the honor after scoring 20 points or more in each of Centre’s three games.

  • Centre boys go winless

    Despite a couple of close games, the Centre Cougars ended the pre-season tournament at Herington with three losses. The closest game of the tournament was the opening one Dec. 9 against Herington. The two teams tied and swapped leads numerous times. In the end, Herington won, 50-48.


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