• Reservoir under algae warning again

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced today that Marion Reservoir is once again under a blue-green algae warning. The warning will remain in effect until July 9, when KDHE is expected to update the lake’s status. During a warning:


  • Farmer dumps on county's road, then its lawn, then its employee

    Mike Beneke’s frustrations over the poor conditions of county roads simmered Friday as he dumped 27 tons of gravel to repair a section of road east of Lincolnville he said was hazardous. They boiled over Monday when he dumped a truckload of dead tree branches on the courthouse lawn.

  • Even paved roads in county are out of line

    A county resident has raised concern about the lack of road lines on Old Mill Rd. south of Peabody. Beth Eldridge of Peabody said repairs were made last spring to several miles south of Peabody, but no lines were painted back on after repairs were done.

  • Schools put recreation in city's hands

    USD 408 elected to take no action regarding community recreation in a move Superintendent Lee Leiker said is indicative of its ultimate intent: let the city handle it. The city, which had already outlined a plan for a recreation department, will move forward to have a department set up to begin operations Jan. 1.

  • 2 charged in rape of minor

    Dylan Cochran, 19, of Marion and Trever Fugitt, 21, of Hillsboro, were arrested Saturday on charges alleging they raped a minor girl during a Friday night drive. “The three individuals went out riding,” Sheriff Robert Craft said. “Somewhere along the way, while they were out riding around, they stopped and the incidents occurred.”

  • Powers to lead district judges association

    There are no lame ducks in the Kansas District Judges Association. When District Judge Mike Powers was named president of the organization earlier this month, he took over immediately. “It’s kind of funny, they actually hand you the gavel, and you lead the rest of the meeting,” Powers said.

  • Marion teen dies in crash

    Kaleb Montgomery, 18, of Marion, died Saturday after he was ejected from his vehicle during a collision 14 miles west of Strong City. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Montgomery was traveling east on K-150 at 10:55 a.m. when he attempted to pass a semitrailer. A westbound semi, driven by Charles Foreman, 53, of Garden City, was in the oncoming lane.

  • School food prices inch up

    Lunch will cost 10 cents more at USD 408 schools beginning this fall. Breakfast prices will increase by five cents. Superintendent Lee Leiker said the slight increase has “nothing to do” with the addition of a food service management program, which was approved at a recent school board meeting for the 2015-16 school year.

  • Kapaun to be honored by Marion VFW

    He was honored at the White House two years ago, but the next honor for Army Captain Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun is much closer to his Pilsen home. Marion VFW Post 6958 will dedicate a bronze plaque at 10 a.m. July 11 at the post home at 420 W. Santa Fe St. honoring Kapaun as the only Marion County service member to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

  • Wider aisles? No, stylish tiles

    Shoppers at Carlsons’ Grocery have noticed, and so, too, has owner Greg Carlson: The store appears to have gotten larger without growing an inch. “I feel like it looks a lot larger in the aisles,” Carlson said.


  • Wreck sends 2 to jail, not ER

    Two Newton men were jailed Monday after the car they were in ended up in a Peabody St. ditch. The vehicle, a black 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, made an abrupt right turn and nose-dived off a concrete box culvert into a ditch on the west side of Peabody St. between 5th and 6th Sts. at about 4 p.m.

  • 4 projects, 4 grant checks

    Goessel Community Foundation presented four grants Sunday at the annual community picnic to support various community endevors. The recipients include:

  • Area hospitals pledge healthier food

    Kansas Hospital Association announced last week that St. Luke Hospital and Living Center and Hillsboro Community Hospital are among 75 Kansas hospitals pledged to provide healthier food options. The voluntary review of food options and policies aims to positively impact hospital employees, patients, and visitors, and establish community norms for healthier living.

  • KWO apps due

    Kansas Water Office is accepting applications until July 10 to be a member of one of 14 Regional Advisory Committees (RAC) established by the Kansas Water Authority. Committee members will advise the Kansas Water Authority on implementing the Kansas Water Plan.

  • Free movies to screen at library

    Those who like watching free PG movies may want to attend a series of movie screenings in July at Marion City Library. Movies will start at 2:30 Wednesday, July 8, July 15, and July 22 in the Santa Fe Room.


  • Alyce Loewen

    Longtime Hillsboro resident Alyce E. Loewen, 90, died June 26 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Kaleb Montgomery

    Kaleb J. Montgomery, 18, of Marion, died from injuries sustained in an auto accident Saturday in Chase County on K-150. All services are today at Holy Family Parish, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Florence. A funeral mass is at 10 a.m., and a rosary is at 7 p.m. Interment is at Marion Cemetery.

  • Tate Riedy

    Tate J. Riedy, 18, of Woodbine, died June 24 south of Salina as a result of an automobile accident. A vigil service was Sunday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Herrington, with Funeral Mass on Monday.


    Margaret Conant, Rita Kraus, Norma Jane Unger



  • Whistler lives on through pyrotechnic tradition he created

    Today, $100 buys enough fireworks for a family’s backyard display, but in 1940 it was enough money for Quintis “Jack” Whisler to start creating the annual Peabody fireworks spectacular seen by tens of thousands of people since then. Little has been recorded about development of the shows or the individuals who created them, but a page from a family history book shared by Whisler’s daughter, Judy Mellott, gives Whisler’s own account of an event he created and expanded for more than 40 years.

  • For the love of meat: Guys talk barbecue

    There probably wasn’t any barbecue sauce at little Delany Barlow’s baptism on Sunday, but afterward there was likely plenty. Her father, barbecue enthusiast Chris Barlow, celebrated the event with his wife, Kate, family, friends, and 18 pounds of bone-in smoked Boston pork butt, his specialty.

  • Fishing Report

  • Fishers unite for family friendly fun

    Every problem has a solution, and for Shannon Allen, that solution is usually an afternoon with his fishing family. Growing up, that meant fishing the Arkansas River with his father. Now, Allen, along with his wife and a few friends, have decided to pay the philosophy forward in the form of the MNKS catfishing club, a family-focused social group centered around fishing that isn’t afraid to reach out to its members in their lives beyond the lake.

  • County fair 'involves everybody'

    Kelli Savage turns into a juggler this time of year. It’s harvest time on the farm, but it’s also time for Marion County Fair preparations to get in full swing. Fortunately, fair manager Savage has help.

  • Cruiser enjoys traveling in his vintage Hudson

    “Weather is the deciding factor,” Jerry Alcorn said. “Sometimes we pick a cruise because it is in a particular town or tied to a special event, but the bottom line for taking a car out is weather. “It is all about the trip, so we don’t go in rain, snow, or ice and sometimes not even under the summer sun.”

  • Two dudes, one board, highflying acrobatics

    Florence City Pool has its very own flying fish. Ezra Darnall and Calib Mallory catch big air off the pool’s diving board. They bust out some nimble gymnastic tricks, too.

  • Fireworks schedules vary by area

    Independence Day is coming, and pyrotechnic aficionados will likely celebrate with fireworks. When people may legally discharge fireworks depends where the person is in Marion County. Rural areas of the county have a longer period for fireworks sales and discharge than cities. County
  • Fireworks may be discharged at Marion County Park and Lake inside Lakeshore Dr. They may not be discharged at Marion Reservoir. Hillsboro Fireworks may be sold in Hillsboro until Sunday. Times for use:
  • Wednesday through Friday — 10 a.m. to 11p.m.
  • Saturday — 10 a.m. to midnight. Marion Fireworks may be sold Wednesday through Saturday. Times for use:
  • Wednesday and Thursday — 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday — 9 a.m. to midnight. Peabody Fireworks may be sold in Peabody from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Saturday. Times for use:
  • Wednesday through Friday — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday — 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • Sunday — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Independence Day celebrations


  • All in for recreation

    It’s official: Recreation will be a city operation in Marion beginning Jan. 1. The school board effectively punted the program back to the city at its end-of-year meeting Monday, meaning the city can get started with the knowledge that its time investment isn’t in vain, as Mayor Todd Heitschmidt aptly put it. There could have been some tension between USD 408 and the city if both or neither of the groups wanted to handle recreation. Luckily, a resolution was reached amicably and, perhaps of greater import, quickly.

  • Telling the story

    Elsewhere in this newspaper, there is a chronicle of the development of Peabody’s July Fourth fireworks tradition. Following a social media entry by my long-time friend Judy Mellott, I was privileged to be given access to a notebook of family history that her dad, Jack Whisler, wrote for Judy and his grandchildren. Included in the notebook was a page or so of Jack’s memories about his involvement with Peabody’s fireworks shows and how the Battle of New Orleans came to be. As we approach this Independence Day event one more time, I hope you all will read the memories Jack had of his more than 40 years developing and building the famed Peabody Fourth of July Celebration.


    Who Needs Faster?


  • Ludwigs celebrate 60 years with family cruise to Bahamas, Disney Isle

    Ronald and Kathleen Ludwig had their breath taken away when they found their room. “Happy anniversary,” read the door decal, with Mickey and Minnie Mouse smiling back at them. Inside their room was a bouquet of flowers.

  • Tampa pasture walk set for July 7-8

    The Tampa farm of David Rhiza is the location for a “Look and Learn Pasture Walk” Tuesday. The walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. at David Rziha’s pasture July 7.

  • Marion TOPS to change location

    Marion TOPS has changed its meeting location. As of Monday, TOPS members should plan to meet at Hilltop Manor in Marion. Moving forward, weigh-in will be Mondays at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Calendar of Events

  • Golfers win prizes at putting tournament

    Although none of the 26 competitors won a featured mower as a prize at the 11th annual Pine Edge Putting Tournament, the top finishers recently took home $280 of cash and other prizes. Contestants also putted for a green vest and a Pine Edge punch card worth 15 rounds of golf.

  • Hillsboro Library to host burrito fundraiser

    Hillsboro Public Library will be selling beef, bean, and cheese frozen burritos on Thursday at the library for $3 each. “It’s the same recipe we’ve used at the farmers market when we used to have the meals there,” library director Cathleen Fish said.

  • Free hot dog meal revived

    Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce promotions committee will serve a free hot dog meal at noon on July 22, the first day of Marion County Fair. The committee will serve 120 hot dogs along with bottled water and chips.

  • Veterans reunion scheduled

    The 28th annual Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion will be July 17 to 19 at El Dorado State Lake, Shady Creek Area, Veterans Point. Veterans will receive free entry with military identification or other proof of service.


    Wild games of pitch, Commodities at senior centers July 8

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


  • KSU announces honors, degrees

    Kansas State University released the list of May graduation honors this week. Derek Stuchlik, Marion, graduated Summa Cum Laude, having had an academic average of 3.95 or higher.

  • Honor Roll


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