• Strangers help salvage 511 lbs. of bread for food bank

    Rex Wilson and Cathy Henderson sat in the truck beside a Wichita on-ramp, flashers on, traffic piling up behind them, with 511 lbs of food strewn across two lanes of pavement. “Maybe we should call 911,” Henderson told Wilson.

  • Commissioners approve $150 Christmas bonuses

    Marion County employees will have a holly jolly Christmas this year, as commissioners approved Christmas bonuses of $150 for full-time and regular non-seasonal part-time workers at Monday’s meeting. Chairman Dan Holub said that the Christmas bonuses are what workers would have received from a two percent raise, and that if they didn’t have a good year, the bonuses wouldn’t have been given.

  • 2 inches of rain give interim road superintendent plenty to do

    Jesse Hamm officially got the title of interim county road and bridge superintendent last week, and this past weekend he got what goes along with the job: Rain-soaked roads. “I know there are a lot of folks out there that need attention, and we’re going to get out there and help them as soon as possible,” Hamm said.

  • Roundabout nearly ready to open

    Years of lobbying and planning and months of construction are about to come to fruition, as the roundabout at US-56/77 at K-150 should be finished before Christmas, KDOT engineer Joe Palic said. “Obviously we’re not going to be done by Dec. 4,” Palic said, referring to the original target completion date. “I think the 23rd is the calendar completion date. At this time they’re fairly confident they’re going to make that.”

  • Area elves prep for Community Christmas

    An 18-foot trailer full of food and other items was parked outside of Marion City Building Monday, signaling the approach of Marion Community Christmas. “We loaded the truck this morning,” Greg Carlson of Carlsons’ Grocery said. “The food was special ordered.”

  • MEDI discusses vision for county economic development roles

    A letter to county commissioners from Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt calls for a new vision of county economic development. Speaking with Marion Economic Development Inc. members Thursday, Heitschmidt elaborated on that vision, which didn’t exactly include county economic developer Teresa Huffman. “Discussion’s probably going to hinge more on how could Hillsboro and Marion economic development folks actually work more in the county as well as our cities,” he said. “Basically, in theory, with one taking the west half of the county and one taking the east half.”

  • Birders of a feather flock to cheep thrills in wild this Christmas

    Birds are more than just scenery. It’s easy to forget that they’re wild animals living among people in greater numbers than perhaps any other animal species. It’s easy to forget they’re there — to under-appreciate them. Taking a moment to notice the birds — listen to them, look at them, observe what they do — has opened the eyes and ears of many in the area to the practice of birding.

  • Man charged with stealing city property

    Kevin Kelsey, 51, Marion, was arrested Thursday for allegedly burglarizing city property and stealing hydrogen peroxide containers, as well as allegedly possessing drug paraphernalia. Marion police officer Duane McCarty received information that Kelsey had the peroxide containers, which had been reported stolen by the City of Marion, in his possession.


  • Tips for parents with kids who refuse medicine

    In their lowest, most desperate moments, some parents may curse Mary Poppins and her deceitful lyrics to “A Spoonful of Sugar” when attempting to make young children take horrible tasting medicine in the most delightful way. Some kids just spit the stuff out, sugar and all. Some run. Some hide. Most cry. Then there are the kickers and screamers, and the ones that accuse Mary Poppins of lying.

  • Librarians fight germs

    Hillsboro Public Library recently requested patrons that refrain from visiting the library if they are sick. “Please excuse us from being ‘germ-a-phobes’ but it’s getting to be that time of year again,” library director Cathy Fish said to patrons online. “If you or your children are sick enough to stay home from school or work, don’t come into the library. We want staff and our patrons to be healthy.”

  • Westar warns customers of imposters

    Westar Energy is warning of a scam in which imposters claiming to work for the electric company are calling customers with threats to disconnect service and demanding prepaid financial cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar after receiving suspicious phone calls.

  • Peabody-Burns ends dispute over baseball team

    After four months of batting around the idea of fielding a high school baseball team, Peabody-Burns school board said “play ball” Monday, and play it in Hillsboro. Superintendent Ron Traxson presented an option of a co-op with the Hillsboro High School baseball team.

  • Hillsboro hospital receives bond financing approval

    A new Hillsboro Community Hospital is closer to becoming a reality after the Hillsboro City Council meeting Monday. The city council, acting as the Public Building Commission first approved a letter of engagement with Triplett, Woolf, and Garretson Law Firm out of Wichita.


  • Merle Funk

    Merle Funk, 61, died Dec.10 at his home in Hillsboro. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro.

  • Lewis Hagen

    Electrician Lewis Hagen, 86, died Dec. 8, at Parkside Home, Hillsboro. He was born June 5, 1929, in Hillsboro to John and Carrie Hagen.

  • Bob Hein

    Bob Hein, 78, former county commissioner, died Dec. 14 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

  • Gerald Houser

    Gerald Houser, 61, died Dec. 9 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. A funeral service was Friday at Holy Family Parish, St. Mark Church, Marion. It was preceded by a Rosary.

  • Domingo Sanchez

    Domingo “Joe” Trujillo Sanchez, 89, died Dec. 11 in Plano, Texas. He was born February 7, 1926 in Peabody. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday in the Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Pineville, Louisiana.



  • A healthy spin on jobs

    News releases are a journalist’s junk mail. We’ll snare story ideas from some, and for those few that have local angles, we’ll rewrite and publish them. The rest are dispatched to the realm of irrelevant oblivion.

  • Appreciate what our students give us

    Christmas events and student programs end during the next week. I hope you have stayed on top of the schedule and have made an effort to be involved in our students’ holiday experiences. Every year our school, church, and community youth groups spend hours practicing their parts to bring you something special for the holiday season. They are proud of the time and effort they put in. If you have children or grandchildren participating in a play or a vocal or instrumental music program, be there to see them perform. If they contact you to help provide food or personal items for families in need, share with them.


    The cookie bakers

    Transgender issue


  • Higgins family holds reunion

    Twenty-three people attended the Higgins reunion Sunday at Marion Senior Center. Those who attended from Marion County included Shirley Bowers, Randy and Rachel Collett, Charles Stinchcomb, and Howard and Beth Collett, all of Marion; Ralph Janzen, Ray and Ann Janzen, and Cory and Jared Janzen, all of Hillsboro.

  • 20th Century Club exchanges gifts

    20th Century Club met Dec. 8 in the Santa Fe Room of Marion City Library. Hostesses for the meeting were Lala Lovelady and Dorothy Youk. Books the club purchased for the library were shown to members, and the group exchanged Christmas gifts.

  • Neo Century Club donates to Angel Tree

    Fourteen members of the Neo-Century Club met at Hilltop Manor Dec. 7. Roll call was answered by donating to the Angel Tree, a program that helps give gifts to children in the community. Devotions were given by Bea Kelsey.

  • PEO holds December meeting

    Twenty-nine members attended PEO Chapter DB’s monthly meeting Dec. 14 at the home of hostess Jona Neufeld. A special guest was scholar award candidate Shawna Johnson, who is pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice.


    Seniors show off various talents, Senior menu

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


  • 3 Marion County natives candidates to graduate from KU

    Three natives from Marion County are candidates to graduate from the University of Kansas in December. Caroline Collett and Alicen Whitaker, both of Marion will receive bachelor’s degrees in theatre and exercise science, respectively. Shannon Beckman of Peabody will receive a bachelor’s in nursing.

  • Tabor receives $600,000 ministry grant

    Tabor College has received a $600,000 grant to establish Faith Front, which is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative. Faith Front is designed to equip Mennonite Brethren and other Christian youth,ages 14-19 with theological competencies essential for ministry leadership, with special emphasis on pastoral ministry and other church vocations.

  • School menus


  • Retired farmer creates walking sticks as a hobby

    Stewart Hammond and his wife, Virginia, of Marion were at Art in the Park one year when they came upon a booth selling walking sticks. Virginia needed one, but when Stewart saw the price tag, $15, he decided he could make one cheaper.

  • KanCare shift shouldn't affect seniors

    Knowing where to find assistance in the maze of government programs can be daunting for anyone, particularly seniors who have never before dealt with such processes. Most Kansas programs for seniors have been administered through the Department for Children and Families, including KanCare, a program that provides medical assistance to persons 65 or over.


  • MHS boys go 1-2 at Marion Classic

    An explosive third-quarter run was the perfect answer to a frustrating first half in a must-win finale of the Marion Classic for the host Warriors. The Warriors would save face and win their third game 53-30 over Peabody-Burns after dropping their first two games of the tournament.

  • MHS girls take 3rd at Classic

    Marion girls’ basketball hit hard and fast. Its defense was burning hot out of the gate in Saturday’s third-place game at the Marion Classic at Sports and Aquatic Center. With defenders frisking Eureka ballhandlers from full-court, the contest quickly devolved to a Warriors layup line.

  • Wrestlers place 2nd at Hesston

    The Marion Warriors came very close to winning the Hesston wrestling tournament Saturday missing first place by less than 16 points. Marion scored 151.5 points second, only to Chaparral’s tally of 167.

  • Centre boys finish 1-2 at Herington

    The Centre Cougars came from behind in the first game of a Herington tournament last week to defeat Herington, 45-31. Centre trailed 11-6 after one quarter but went ahead early in the second to take a 23-17 lead at halftime. C.J. Thompson, Nathaniel Engler, Cole Srajer, Max Svoboda, Cole Methvin, and Dylan Deines all contributed points.

  • Lady Cougars still looking for first victory

    The Centre Lady Cougars finished the Herington tournament last week with a 0-3 record. “While we were unable to win any games, I do believe the team is making progress and beginning to gel together,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “With so many new players at the varsity level, I knew it would take us a while to begin to play well. We haven’t reached that point yet, but we are making progress.”

  • Cougars drop both Tuesday contests

    Centre’s girls’ and boys’ teams fell Tuesday in games against Canton-Galva. The Lady Cougars lost 52-30.


  • Calendar of events

  • Christmas walk-through scheduled

    Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will present a hands-on experiential walk-through of the Christmas story from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight. Visitors will be self-guided through eight stations with live actors. Each station will provide a different part of the story.

  • Lego Day and movie to be offered at Marion library

    Marion City Library has two days of youth-centered events planned for late December. All children are welcome to construct whatever vehicle, building, creature, or other creation they desire on Lego Day from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 28 in the Santa Fe Room.

  • Disability organization to meet Monday

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization board will hold its regular monthly meeting 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. A public forum is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Peabody Christmas Eve candlelight service announced

    Peabody ministers Rodger Charles, Angela DeFisher, and Jim Pohlman have announced a special Christmas Eve service to be at 10 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 402 N. Vine St. in Peabody. The service is non-denominational and all congregations of the community are invited to attend.


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