• Alcohol puts 13-year-old in hospital

    A 13-year-old Hillsboro boy became seriously ill from alcohol poisoning Friday after consuming beer and liquor provided by a 21-year-old woman who is facing charges as a result. At approximately 10:51 p.m., Hillsboro police assistant chief Jessey Hiebert responded to an ambulance page for an unresponsive male with an unknown medical problem at Western Heights in Hillsboro.

  • 5 teens busted for drinking

    Citations were issued Saturday night to five juveniles charged with consumption of alcohol by minors. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia also are pending against one of the underage partiers. As unlikely a spot as it might seem for an end-of-summer party, land on which Peabody’s sewer ponds sit was the site of the gathering of young people.

  • Officials say parents can deter underage drinking

    The prospect of underage drinking is likely to frighten any parent when they consider how even just a few drinks can lead to tragic outcomes. Sometimes nightmares come true. Several officials of county organizations encourage parents to meet the issue head with their kids.

  • A New Balance of power? Canadians invade Canada but encounter some resistance

    Caroline Kelly, local Canada resident, moved her hand slowly from left to right in front of her face, as she related her idea for a news headline, “New Balance puts Canada, KS, on the map.” However, before she met a Canadian film crew that promised her a pair of free limited-edition New Balance shoes, she wasn’t entirely sure of their true intentions.

  • US-56 detour just the start of inconvenience

    With US-56 at K-150 scheduled, pending the weather, for an Aug. 28 reopening, a larger, longer detour looms in the future that will close K-150 until December. While the US-56 detour added two miles of extra driving, the K-150 detour will add 10 extra miles of driving, said Mervin Lare with Marion’s KDOT office.

  • Barbecue-loving pilots swarm airport

    Would your friends travel more than 100 miles to sample your barbecue? How about 500 miles? Terry Chizek’s friends did that and more Saturday, flying into Marion Airport from as far away as New Mexico and Ohio for the annual barbecue and fish fry he puts on for fellow experimental airplane pilots.


  • Commission breaks program rules again, gives tax rebate

    Marion County commissioners once again ignored the rules of the neighborhood revitalization property tax rebate program, granting approval to an application submitted as a building was nearing completion. “He thinks he’ll be done Sept. 30,” office assistant Nikki Reid said. “I think they’re just waiting on concrete for in front of his house, so for like a driveway and a sidewalk.”

  • Cutbacks at cemetery aimed at grass

    Midway through last week, nature forged ahead in its relentless battle against Marion Cemetery sexton Tim Makovec. Tall grass, in some sections headed out with seedpods, waved in the breeze between and around gravestones, obscuring names and decorations. Here and there, rogue weed stalks jutted three feet into the air.

  • Veterinarian couple starts at Animal Hospital

    Animal patients and owners may have noticed a couple of new faces on the staff at Animal Health Center in Marion. Veterinarians Brian and Shauna Davis recently moved to the area to practice at Marion and Herington locations.

  • Casey's employees get behind fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Association

    Some interesting characters have been stopping by Casey’s General Store lately. Pasted on the walls all over the store are little square fliers proclaiming the names of individuals who helped send children with muscular dystrophy to summer camp by donating $1 or more to Muscular Dystrophy Association.

  • Council bans tobacco use in city vehicles

    Marion City Council voted to prohibit smoking or chewing tobacco in city vehicles at its meeting Monday. City administrator Roger Holter said OSHA guidelines prohibit smoking in company vehicles because of risk associated with secondhand smoke.




  • Feline friend Vester is mascot for Assisted Living

    A minor ruckus occurred Thursday morning at Marion Assisted Living when one of its residents, lying on a windowsill, knocked over a potted plant. The resident then went to a corner and, as one observer put it, “felt sorry for himself,” while the nursing staff cleaned up the mess. After this resident was fed, petted, and scratched under the chin just the right way, things presumably went back to normal.

  • Scammers direct crimes toward seniors

    Scams are out there. Some are aimed at seniors. “Scammers attach themselves to the lonely,” said Barb Smith, volunteer with Marion County Department on Aging. “They want money.”


  • Randy Rain

    There was a time, not so long ago, when a pre-dawn rain like Tuesday’s was cause to revel in the glories of nature, to savor asynchronous rhythms of spattering raindrops and clapping thunder, and relish the searing flash of lightning. I was oblivious to all that yesterday, as eight months of reporting had finally taken its toll. One thought drowned out all the others.

  • When it comes to booze talk, don't be a chicken

    I remember just under two years ago, on the eve of my 21st birthday, toasting to the last underage drink I would ever have. It just wouldn’t be the same once it was legal, you know? It’d be much nicer if I could write here about how I overcame peer pressures and resisted alcohol until I came to be of legal age, but that’s not the perspective I have. I had two older brothers who broke down all kinds of behavioral walls, and I went to a college that was just named the top party school in the country — which is unequivocally tremendous, by the way.


    Watch me ride!

    HCH financing, Failure to appear, Pond rock, Sorenson obituary


  • Snellings celebrate 55 years of marriage

    Dale and Loretta “Tootsie” (Richmond) Snelling, Wonsevu, are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary Aug. 20. They were married in 1960 at St. Mark’s Catholic church, Marion. Children of the couple are Danny and Tammy Snelling and Sherry and Keith Hess, all of Marion, Leann and Mark Lewman of Sedgwick, and Dean Snelling of Goessel. They have 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.


    Center receives fresh produce, Menu

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



  • Calendar of Events

  • Presbyterians to have service at lake

    Marion Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Marion County Lake worship service on Sunday. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs to the north shelter house at 9:30 a.m. Donations for Marion County Resource Center and Food Bank will be accepted at the service.


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