• Roads and EMS aside, economy dominates

    After a year of mixed messages about economic development, new businesses and more jobs remain the chief concerns of Marion County residents interviewed about their hopes for 2016. National retailers decided the county was fertile ground for expansion, establishing outlets in Hillsboro and Marion. The January opening of Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market filled a void left by the demise of Heartland Foods in Hillsboro, while a new Dollar General that opened this month in Marion was a long-awaited successor to bankrupt Duckwall’s.

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  • Rescuers need rescuing in accident on icy roads

    Two Marion County rescue teams needed a little rescuing themselves Monday morning. A Peabody fire truck and Marion ambulance both slid off Sunflower Rd. while responding to two separate accidents just north of US-50 near curves in the road.

  • Holiday visitor arrested

    A 28-year-old Wichita woman was arrested at her mother’s home in Marion while visiting family on Christmas. Stephanie Jacobson faces charges of possession of stolen property. Police said she had a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, valued at $5,000 that Jimmy Harold McCutchen, 56, of Wichita, had reported as stolen.

  • Crossing repairs on right track

    Marion Main St. motorists will not have to slow down once repairs are made to a Main St. speed bump. City administrator Roger Holter said he recently discussed needed repairs of the railroad crossing with Union Pacific Railroad representative Eric Puttroff.

  • Church collects for food bank

    Aulne United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas Eve offering to benefit a family or project this year raised $937 for Marion County Resource Center and Food Bank. The congregation also donated $266.50 saved by exchanging Christmas cards at the church instead of mailing them.

  • Co-op donates $1,300 to food bank

    Cooperative Grain and Supply has presented a $1,300 check to Marion County Resource Center and Food Bank as part of “Feeding Our Communities,” a program that provides matching funds through Land O’Lakes Foundation to co-ops that donate to local food banks. CGS was able to procure $4,800 for food banks in Marion, Hillsboro, Goessel, and Canton through the program.

  • Two groups receive Agco grants

    Hillsboro Main Street Ministries food bank and Peabody-Burns school district each will receive grants of about $8,000 from Agco Corporation in Hesston. The grants come from donations by Agco employees and members of the United Steelworkers Union and are designed to support communities in which employees and union members reside.

  • Seeing visions during the sermon? Not exactly

    It is not entirely clear what caused the eyesight of several congregation members to blur during a praise song this holiday season at Marion Presbyterian Church. As Jeremiah Lange delivered his sermon, he thought it seemed like a “lethargic morning.”


  • David Hawkinson

    David Chelsea Hawkinson, 69, of Emporia died Dec. 23 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at Zeiner Funeral Home, Herington Chapel.

  • Barbara O'Dell

    Barbara Ann O’Dell, 79, died Dec. 22 at Newton Medical Center. A graveside service was Monday at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.



  • Adventure beckons

    I’m going to drive home. I’ll have seven hours by myself, possibly with my cat, to reflect on all this. It’s been a weird 18 months. I’ve never been the person I was while I was here. That’s not to say I was fake — I tried to remain true to the city-dwelling liberal college graduate that took this job, even as the majority of the people around here carried on with their rural conservative lifestyle.


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  • Chiefs mascot appears at Centre

    Even before the Kansas City Chiefs clinched a spot in the NFL playoffs this weekend, the team was securing a spot in the hearts of Centre students. Dan Meers, the man who portrays Chiefs mascot KC Wolf, gave a presentation and mingled with students earlier this month, at one point removing his suit and inviting third-grader Bryan Barrell to don it. The jersey was so long that Bryan didn’t need to put on the trousers.

  • Centre scholars teams compete

    Centre’s two scholars bowl teams competed in meets at Council Grove this month. Ally Basore, Whitney Gutsch, Carissa Shields, Abigail Svoboda, and Kristin Vinduska finished 2-2 in pool play Dec. 14. They lost to Wilson, 80-40, and Sacred Heart, 80-35, and defeated Bennington, 60-30, and Chase, 60-40. Basore and Gutsch were high scorers with 110 points each.

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  • Elvis is coming to Marion County

    Elvis impersonator Marc Baker will perform a variety of the King’s well-known songs at a free concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Marion Senior Center. Patrons are encouraged to don poodle skirts and saddle oxford shoes. Popcorn and other snacks will be served. More information is available at (620) 382-2942.


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