• Teen hurt, semi explodes after crash on US-56

    Fifteen-year-old Corin Parmley of rural Cedar Point was hospitalized, and later released Tuesday, after the vehicle she was driving and a semi truck collided at the intersection of US-56 and Old Mill Rd. Parmley, who will be a sophomore at Marion High School, was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita with what a dispatcher described as “frontal lobe injuries.”

  • Family, dog survive boat sinking at reservoir

    A Canton family was rescued Sunday after their 48-year-old boat took on water and sank at Marion Reservoir. John and Lynn Rowden were boating with their two daughters, ages 14 and 12, when the 14-foot fiberglass boat foundered near Cottonwood Point.

  • 'Ice pig' could help solve city's brown water problem

    Mayor Todd Heitschmidt is tired of the taps in his house dispensing brown water, and he knows other residents are tired of it, too. With a $1.9 million water line replacement project on the table for 2017, city administrator Roger Holter has been insistent on finding a way to avoid adding to the city’s debt.

  • Stop sign destroyed by allegedly drunken driver

    Randall Kahns, 59, of Lincolnville, was arrested at 4 p.m. Saturday after allegedly snapping off a stop sign with his vehicle at the “three mile corner” at K-256/190th Rd. and US-77. Kahns was charged with driving under the influence after an investigation, Sheriff Rob Craft said.

  • Detour extended until Labor Day

    Truck drivers hit a dead end. Cars drive in ditches to get around barricades. Drivers trying to circumvent the K-256 detour through Marion via Eisenhower Dr. are both finding and creating confusion. Those drivers will have longer to figure out what to do, however, as the detour’s initial end date of Aug. 20 looks to be pushed back to around Labor Day weekend because of delays in moving utilities, officials with Kansas Department of Transportation said.

  • Route 77 Pit Stop is convenient for farmers

    After being closed for six or seven months, the former Key Convenience store on US-56/77 in Lincolnville has new owners. Heath Shields and Sabrina Bledsoe of Lincolnville opened Route 77 Pit Stop on June 12. Shields is a partner in Shields Farms and also operates a forage-harvesting business.


  • City to stop traffic rather than slow it

    City council backed away Monday from a proposal to lower speed limits to 20 miles per hour throughout all residential areas, opting instead to install stop signs on a temporary basis. “Stop signs are the only way you’re going to see a true reduction in the speed,” councilwoman Melissa Mermis said.

  • County's road budget, wages to rise

    Gravel roads, ambulance volunteers, hourly employees, and elected officials all will see more money in January if proposals made Friday by county commissioners hold through the 2016 budget process. Commissioner Randy Dallke initially proposed a one mill increase to be used for gravel, but after discussion, commissioners settled on two mills.

  • Crews plan for pipeline disaster

    About 50 county emergency responders, government officials, and pipeline operators met Thursday at Marion Community Center to learn how to respond to pipeline breaks. It was the second of 10 regional forums to be conducted by Keystone pipeline operator TransCanada, and senior community relations adviser Rob Latimer was pleased with the turnout.

  • Lake patrol cruises coves, campsites for crime

    It’s still police work, but when Dan Kinning takes off in the sheriff’s department lake patrol vehicle at Marion Reservoir, he knows he could encounter situations unlike any from his regular job as Hillsboro police chief. “Every once in a while we get skinny dippers,” he said.

  • Interloper smashes window of downtown business

    Duane Taylor of Augusta picked up a concrete block from in front of Peabody Sausage House at 2:40 p.m. July 29, and tossed it through a plate glass window in the entry hall to the business at 105 W. 9th St. Taylor, 53, had no apparent connection to Peabody. He had spent the morning wandering around the community, evidently not making contact with anyone. “I was here alone,” employee Marilyn Unruh said. “I saw him walking around out front and wondered what he was doing. I went to get a slab of bacon to slice and heard glass breaking. The concrete block was on the hallway floor.

  • HCH could get new building soon

    The dream of a new Hillsboro Community Hospital facility has been a fitful one in recent years, but it could become reality by September 2016. Hillsboro City Council members, acting Tuesday in their dual role of public building commission, set in motion a plan to issue about $1.5 million of revenue bonds for infrastructure and site development for the facility, to be built at US-56 and Industrial Rd.


  • Norma Anderson

    Norma Christine Anderson, 89, died Aug. 3 at Peabody Health and Rehab. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.

  • Bernice Broadstreet

    Bernice Broadstreet, 97, died Friday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and a funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday. Both will take place at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Henrietta Waner

    Former cook Henrietta Mary Waner, 81, died July 27 at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. A funeral Mass was Friday at Holy Family Parish, Marion. Interment was at Marion Cemetery.


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  • Geothermal unit good environmental stewardship, couple says

    Norma and Phil Duerksen were both at work the day a drilling rig bored three 200-feet-deep holes in their backyard, so they don’t know whether their Roosevelt St. neighbors in Marion were ogling and speculating about what was going on. They do know their natural gas bill this winter will be much lower than last. Boring the holes was the first step to installing a geothermal heating and cooling system for their house that, except in extreme cold, will eliminate the use of a gas furnace.

  • Earworms cause problems for vegetable growers

    Anyone who grows sweet corn in their garden knows what it is like to husk it. One can almost guarantee that, when the leaves are pulled back, a worm or two will be found eating on the tip of the ear or making their way down into the rows of kernels. For that reason, harvesting sweet corn isn’t much fun. Before the corn can be eaten or processed, the worms have to be removed and the damaged parts of the ear have to be cut out. Usually the worms fall out by shaking the ear.

  • Some still dry clothes the old fashioned way

    Two T-shaped metal poles stand sentinel, about 30 feet apart, disconnected and without purpose. In days past, they may have connected by wire and lined with linens, soaking up sunshine and becoming infused with scents of the season.

  • Tree-encircling playhouse is fun family project

    Albert and Shawna Johnson of Marion both remember the treehouses they had when they were kids. Albert’s was more rickety than his future wife’s was, but Shawna had an advantage — her dad owned a construction company. Carrying on the family lineage, Shawna has teamed with Albert to create a backyard playhouse at their home at 204 N. Freeborn St. for their daughters Caileigh, 5, and Carlynn, 3.


  • Road-grading over common sense

    There’s no truth to the rumor that Marion County plans to capitalize on the sad state of its rural roads by advertising them as a chance for tourists to experience what travel was like on the original Santa Fe Trail. What is true is that county commissioners once again are spending money faster than taxpayers can earn it.

  • Perhaps it's a sign

    Then again, maybe it isn’t. Whatever it signifies, we’re amazed at the lack of intergovernmental communication regarding, of all things, highway markers. We can seem to mark dozens of Santa Fe Trail crossings, but tourism and highway officials combined can’t seem to install a single sign telling tourists how to reach the county’s biggest destination other than its lakes: Chaplain Emil Kapaun’s hometown.


    Shrine Bowl

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    Burdick plans Labor Day festival


  • Gooding family gathers at lake

    The Gooding reunion was held July 19 at Marion County Lake Hall, with a potluck meal. The 85th birthday of Alfred Gooding was celebrated birthday cake, and a slide show of his life and his family.

  • August is Farmers Market Month

    Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed August as Farmers Market Month to promote a growing sector of the state’s agriculture economy. Locations of local farmers markets and information on how to register and receive benefits for a farmers market are available at fromthelandofkansas.com/ksfms.

  • Wambsganss celebrates 90th birthday

    Former Marion resident Maxine (Wait) Wambsganss of Silver City, Iowa, celebrated her 90th birthday with a gathering of 40 relatives and friends July 25 at a church in Silver City. She moved to Iowa in 2006 to be closer to her daughter, Tilda Wambsganss, who organized the event.

  • Congressman honors Kapaun

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp honored military chaplains and the late Father Emil J. Kapaun, native of Pilsen, in remarks July 29 to the U.S. House of Representatives. That date marked the 240th anniversary of the United States Army Chaplain Corps founding. More than 25,000 chaplains have served since.

  • Navrat card shower planned

    The children of Marie Navrat request a card shower to celebrate her 90th birthday Aug. 12. Birthday wishes may be sent to 125 N Eisenhower St, Marion KS 66861.


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    1st produce of season arrives, Menu

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


  • Marion aquatics director steps down

    USD 408 is looking for a new Sports and Aquatics Center director after Kylie Schroeder gave notice Monday of her intent to resign, just shy of her first anniversary in the position. “We’ve got a couple of weeks here, and we hope to have a new director in place in time to transition from Kylie,” Superintendent Lee Leiker said. “We will do our best to make a seamless and painless transition for our patrons.”

  • Free lunches feed fewer than hoped

  • Tax levy to remain unchanged at Centre

    Centre school board held a special meeting Tuesday to approve a proposed 2015-16 budget. The 44.72. mill levy remains unchanged from the previous year, as assessed property valuations increased by $1,384,000 to $22,850,264 to help hold the line.


  • Marion sprinter shines on national stage

    Fast comes easy to Jack Schneider. Sure, he has intense preparation to thank for his first place wins in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the State Games of America on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska. Just not preparation for track.

  • Record crowd for women's scramble

  • Hett shoots 12-under in 36-hole tournament

    Marion golfer Travis Hett made up for shooting one bogey in Marion Country Club’s two-day 36-hole Club Championship by knocking out 13 birdies to win with a 132. Hett, 26, shot 5-under-par Saturday with a 67, then returned Sunday to shoot 7-under with a 65.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Chat and dine to meet

    Marion County Park and Lake Chat and Dine Club will hold a potluck dinner 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the north shelter house. Outdoor games, including horseshoes, ladder ball, and washers, will be available.

  • Youth art contest accepting submissions

    A poster and video contest is open for entries as part of Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day. Kids ages 5 to 13 are eligible. The poster must be 8½ by 11 inches and must include the child’s name, age, mailing address, county, a parent’s name and phone number. Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 18 and mailed to AAA Kansas, Public Affairs, 3545 SW 6th St. Topeka KS 66606.

  • Group to fund water projects

    Kansas Health Foundation is accepting requests for proposals to improve access to clean, safe drinking water. Organizations interested in applying are required to submit a letter of intent online by 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Upon receipt of the letter of intent, KHF will provide a link to complete the online proposal that is due by 5 p.m. Sept. 10.


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