• Was Santa wearing blue jeans at Marion store?

    A palpable silence fell over a small group of women when an unknown man approached the cashier counter at HRK and made an unusual request Thursday. “There were quite a few people in the store when he walked in the door,” HRK owner Bernice Beach said. “I’d never seen him before.”

  • Children 'pay it forward' to food bank

  • Bag blows up into big bomb scare

    As Lana Benson opened the front door of CK Pharmacy to start her business day Dec. 16, she noticed a dark colored shoulder bag near the store entrance. A little later, it was still there, so she contacted her employers who told her to call police. Unable to reach a Peabody officer on duty, she contacted Marion County Sheriff and Peabody Fire Department.

  • Mayor learns to practice what he preaches to citizens

    The ghost of junk mail past visited Mayor Todd Heitschmidt this holiday season. Several times in recent months, city residents have received mailings — all on city letterhead, most bearing the mayor’s signature — urging them to buy water and sewer line insurance from a Pennsylvania company.

  • These reindeer games can get quite competitive

    Christmas is two days away and Marion resident Sherry Hess can’t wait to round up her family so she can renew her place as supreme gamer. “Our family played games and cards long before I came along,” Hess said. “Christmas Eve pitch tournaments were fierce at Snelling gatherings. I always play to win. Some of us never win but we are all serious about fun.”

  • Roundabout opens today, dedication next week

    It’s a celebration of safety. State secretary of transportation Mike King and others will be in Marion County at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 to commemorate the opening of the roundabout on US-56/77 at K-150, which was to be opened for traffic today. The ceremony will take place on one of the “shoo-fly” wings of the roundabout.

  • Former Mitchell County EMS director to be county interim

    County commissioners announced in Monday’s meeting that the interim EMS director position had been filled by Ed Debesis of Beloit. “He has previous experience in being a director,” commissioner Randy Dallke said, “so he’s a very qualified individual.”

  • Great-grandfather helps Boy Scout soar to Eagle award

    Kent Richmond had a front-row seat Sunday for a court of honor ceremony at the Historic Elgin Hotel in which his great-grandson, Devin Soyez, was recognized as a new Eagle Scout. When Devin was asked who would receive the traditional mentor pin as the most influential person in his quest to become an Eagle Scout, he didn’t name a Scoutmaster or a fellow member of Lincolnville Troop 106; he chose Richmond.


  • Heereys merge business under one roof

    They work at different businesses but moving forward, Marion couple Doug and Lori Heerey will likely see more of each other at work. Doug recently moved his Shelter Insurance office about 138 feet across the street to the same building where Lori operates Heerey Real Estate at 401 E. Main St.

  • Bown-Corby opening pushed back

    Bown-Corby developer Tom George said Tuesday he’s hoping to have the Marion apartments ready to accept tenants in the second week of January, though it could be later. “For sure it’ll be open by Feb. 1,” he said.

  • Pursuit of goals leads USD 410's Steve Noble to Topeka

    The hunt for a new superintendent is on, as USD 410 board of education accepted Thursday the resignation, effective June 30, of Steve Noble, who recently was selected to become superintendent of Topeka-Seaman USD 345 beginning July 1. Kansas Association of School Boards will assist in the superintendent search, Noble said. A team assembled by KASB will review applications and present top candidates to the school board, which will conduct interviews and make the final selection. If all goes well, a new superintendent could be named early in March.

  • Huebert takes reins at Parkside Homes

    Eric Huebert is glad he won’t be commuting daily from Topeka to Hillsboro for his new job. Parkside Homes needed a temporary licensed administrator while a replacement is sought for former executive director Gretchen Wagner, who left Friday for a new job in Wichita.

  • Senator Moran to be in Hillsboro

    U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will be in Hillsboro as part of his Kansas Listening Tour from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Dec. 30 at Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College. Area residents are encouraged to attend and share feedback with Senator Moran on the critical issues facing Kansas and the nation.

  • Spree winners to share $900

  • Foundation grants will address Peabody 'quality of life' issues

    Peabody Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, has announced the next cycle of community grants for eligible tax-exempt Peabody organizations. The purpose of PCF grants is to promote community service and local projects, which must be for a charitable or civic purpose.


  • Kindergartners' drawings

    This slideshow features selected Christmas artwork from Marion kindergartners.

  • Centre letters

    How is Rudoff? I want a Barbies Dream house. I will leave you chocolate chip cookies and milk. Kara Bell Dear Santa, I would like Barbie dolls for Christmas. I would also like to ask for some books as well as some make up. How are you and your reindeer? I will leave you milk and cookies. Aubreigh Rhodes Dear Santa,

  • Goessel letters

    2nd grade , taught by Ann Hiebert Dear Santa, I have 2 pets Sofie and Maggie. What I want for Christmas is a cat. I will poot a picher for You by the cookies. Do you have lots of pets? You can see I like animlals. Aida Dear Santa,

  • Hillsboro letters

    Kindergarten, taught by Eleanor Jost Dear Santa, As you know, I have been a really good girl this year. I would like a electric razor scooter and an American girl doll for Christmas. I will leave you some milk and cookies so you won’t go hungry on your long journey around the world. Britton Foth Dear Santa,

  • Marion letters

    City Library Dear Santa, 1. A psp

  • Peabody-Burns letters

    Preschool taught by Michele Gossen Dear Santa, I want kitchen stuff. I want a teddy bear and toy phone. Thanks for sending Elfie. I would like my brother to get some Legos, a book, and tool toys. Eryn Dear Santa,


    Grinch almost steals Christmas, but Internet foils him


  • Jackie Mickels

    Jackie Mickels, 82, died Dec. 17 at Comfort Care Homes of Harvey County. Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Wesley Fenske

    Wesley R. Fenske, 97, Lost Springs, died Dec. 19 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville.

  • Vada Reimer

    Vada Reimer, 89, died Dec. 14, in Hillsboro. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.


    Tanner Johnson



  • Haunted by ghosts of Christmas past

    Living back in the town where I did most of my growing up, it’s not so surprising that Christmases past fill my mind as full as the stockings my sisters and I always found waiting Christmas mornings. The earliest actual memory I recall came during the years our family lived in California. I was probably 5 years old, and the only Christmas light that mattered was the single flashing red light on the cab of “Big Bruiser,” a gleaming white toy tow truck that came with a battered blue pickup truck to pull. With no such thing as a white Christmas in sunny Los Angeles, Big Bruiser got an extended and gleeful test run on the patio.


    An old-fashioned Christmas Card



  • Marion can't hang with Haven

    Head coach Jeff McMillin has been looking in recent games for his team to take a step forward. It seemed to have done so Thursday as it mounted an early lead against Haven — only, the team then took two steps back.

  • Centre loses two to Wakefield

    Playing on the road Friday, Centre girls’ basketball team lost a disappointing contest to Wakefield, 46-43. The game was close throughout. Centre trailed by 1 to 4 points throughout the entire contest and tied the game 38-38 briefly in the fourth quarter.

  • Trojans double up on Remington

    Joe Knoll, Abby Sechrist, and Tas Sanchez fueled fourth quarter comebacks as both boys’ and girls’ teams capped off 2015 with home wins Thursday against Remington. The boys traded leads with the Broncos in the first half, with the Trojans ahead 9-8 at the end of the first quarter, and the Broncos leading 26-25 at the half.

  • Goessel splits pair with Rural Vista

    Goessel girls sprinted to a 60-15 win over Rural Vista on Friday, with 11 scoring in the game. The taller Bluebirds stifled the Heat offense the entire half. Eden Hiebert scored 11 first-half points as Goessel led at halftime 32-7.

  • Peabody-Burns falls to Berean

    The Peabody-Burns Warriors traveled to Berean Academy on Friday to play the last games of 2015, and both teams came home with losses. The Lady Warriors couldn’t muster any offense in a 48-12 loss.

  • Marion 6th, Hillsboro 11th in 16-team meet

    Warriors and Trojans wrestling teams competed against 14 other teams Friday at the Marion County dual tournament at Hillsboro and Marion. Marion coach Chad Adkins said he was pleased with the way Warriors wrestled. Marion finished the night with a 3-2 record, beating Fredonia 54-22, Rock Creek 51-21, and Douglas 60-21, but losing to Clay Center 33-39, and Burlington 33-45.

  • Basore wins essay contest

    Allison Basore of Centre won $100 in an essay contest sponsored by the Florence-Burns Masonic Lodge. Two Masons presented a check to her during a general assembly Dec. 16. Basore’s essay will advance to state competition, along with winning essays from other schools in the county.



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