• Aussies come stateside to claim American icon vehicles

    Australians Ben Pullin and Chloe McConchie have a thing for vintage Airstream trailers. “We love Airstream trailers,” McConchie said. “They’re an American icon. They are rare in Australia. Not many people have them.”

  • Cost is no object when dog's life is at stake

    The bill was more than Danny and Brenda Maddox of Marion ever imagined spending on a dog. Not that they had a choice.

  • Pizza joint is an extended-family affair

    Jay and Judy Smith’s first date would have been memorable enough for getting pulled over by Marion police. Instead of a ticket, however, the officer had news of the worst kind. “On our first date, her dad died,” Jay said.

  • Bombarded by 'stuff,' thrift store temporarily stops donations

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shoppe volunteers have spent the last two weeks wading through a profuse amount of stuff. At the end of July, patrons bombarded the Auxiliary with so many donations that volunteers needed time to catch up.

  • Couple transforms backyard into peaceful wonderland

    After they retired from farming three years ago, Lonnie and Charlotte Nickel purchased a home at 210 W. Sixth St. in Lincolnville. They have transformed a fenced-in backyard area of dirt and grass into a wonderland of shade, greenery, flowers, sparkling water, and walking paths. They painted the plain, white house a colorful barn red with light yellow trim and black shutters. They added unique front porch railing that comes from an old house.


  • Overdue tax bills rise 5%

    If all the delinquent property tax payers for 2014 paid up tomorrow, the county could fix 42 miles of gravel roads. That’s a lot of gravel.

  • County reneges on gravel tax

    At the end of a three-hour work session Friday, commissioners were firmly behind a tax hike to address gravel roads. It took about 20 seconds Monday for that resolve to evaporate.

  • Road complaints persist

  • New hospital's finances concern doctor

    Count Hillsboro physician Michael Reeh as a skeptic when it comes to a proposed $1.5 million city bond issue for construction of privately owned Hillsboro Community Hospital. HCH has secured a $9.7 million loan through the Bank of Hays to build the new hospital, but Reeh is concerned about the risk the city would assume by issuing the bonds to complete the finance package.


  • Mary Del Vecchio

    Mary Katherine DelVecchio, 60, died Tuesday at her Peabody home. Funeral services are pending at this time.

  • Tom Moore

    Thomas “Tom” Lee Moore, formerly of Peabody, died Aug. 4. Services were held Friday at the Culbertson-Smith Mortuary, Wichita.

  • Cora Sorenson

    Cora B. Sorenson, 60, died Aug. 4 at her home in McPherson. A funeral service was to be today at New Hope Evangelical Church, McPherson. A graveside service was Aug. 5 at McPherson Cemetery.


    Berniece Broadstreet

    Randall Mott-Conyers

    Joe Plume



  • Woman transitions from suburban Chicago to farm life

    Dawn Suderman of rural Marion grew up in Palos Heights, a suburb of Chicago, but always dreamed about living on a farm. That dream came true when she married Joel Suderman in December 2010. When she was growing up, Dawn and her mother spent a lot of time near her great-uncle’s farm in Indiana, stopping at U-Pick farms for fruit and taking it back home to process. She looked forward to those times.

  • Ag students broaden their horizons in college

    Nicholas Meyer wasn’t surprised by what he learned about agriculture in his freshman year of college. He was surprised at what he learned about possibilities. “There was more to my major, agricultural engineering, than I thought there was,” he said. “I just saw agricultural engineering as the people responsible for designing machines, like combines. I didn’t realize it could also be the person going to third-world countries and designing equipment for them, where their biggest fields don’t compare to our smallest.”

  • FDA to require approval of antibiotics in livestock feed

    By the end of 2016, ranchers and livestock producers will have to follow new rules when medicating stock with commonly used feed-grade antibiotics. In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will begin requiring veterinary feed directive, essentially prescriptions, for livestock feed additives.


  • Through the muck...

    Did you ever notice that the only people who never seem to go on vacation are the folks who send you bills? ——— We think everyone should be charging the way utilities do. Instead of a hot dog costing $4, it would cost only 17 cents — but with a meat franchise fee of 84 cents, a pickle availability charge of 27 cents, a mustard facility cost of 42 cents, a ketchup depletion allowance of 38 cents, a cooking fuel escalator of 79 cents, a bun market adjustment of 74 cents, state sales tax of 6.5 percent, county sales tax of 1.5 percent, city sales tax of 0.75 percent, and a non-taxable bill itemization fee of 8 cents. ———

  • From atop the ladder

    If you want to be considered a good photographer, here are a couple of tips: No. 1, take 300 pictures of something, and only show people the good one. Delete all the rest. I employ this one regularly.


    A word called 'oish'



  • Centre board views summer improvements

    The Centre Board of Education took a walk through school facilities Monday to view the improvements made during the summer. Improvements included new paint in classrooms and some hallways, ceiling fans in two classrooms, new tables in some rooms, and replacement of floor tiles in the ag building. The board also viewed a new concrete walkway between the main building and the ag building.

  • FFA officers conduct leadership retreat

    Officers of the Marion and Florence FFA chapter conducted a leadership retreat July 30 to Aug. 4 in Dillon, Colorado. Officers on the retreat included Elizabeth Meyer, Aiden Cairns, Ezra Darnall, Kaitlyn Goebel, Cade Harms, and Carley Stapleford. Adviser Mark Meyer also attended.

  • Crosswalk volunteers sought

    Marion police are looking for volunteers to be traffic safety guards for school children using the crosswalk at Freeborn and Main Sts., after receiving a request from a citizen concerned about extra traffic detouring through town due to road construction. Help is needed from 7:50 to 8:20 a.m. or 3:30 to 3:50 p.m.


  • Wind can't quash paddleboater's fun

    Rick LeShure and Brandi Bosley had youth, experience, and training working for them Saturday in the annual paddleboat race at Marion County Park and Lake. It was all for naught. Battered on the outward leg by 15-to-20-mph winds, fighting for control as gusts blew them off course on the way back, the couple tied for last in the four-boat field.

  • World Series was learning experience

    The 12-and-under Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars softball team got a lesson at the Babe Ruth World Series in the meaning of the phrase, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” While the CVL squad was winless in five pool play games July 31 to Aug. 2 in Florida, coach Randy Savage said they played the games well.


  • Calendar of Events

  • August blood drives available

    The American Red Cross will be conducting three more blood drives in the county this month. Aug. 21 — 12 to 6 p.m., Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand Ave.

  • Rumpshaker Run signup begins

    Florence Labor Day celebration will again feature the “Rumpshaker at the Nation’s Crossroads” run. Events are a five-kilometer run and one-mile fun run. Registration is $17 for the fun run, $22 for the 5K, or $27 for both. Runners can register at Cottonwood Valley Bank in Florence. Participants can save $5 per run and be guaranteed T-shirt size by registering before Aug. 21.


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