• City says 'park it mister,' but not in your yard

    Parking in Marion yards could ultimately result in jail time after Marion City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting it Monday night, but they appeared reluctant to impose strict enforcement. Violators can be fined $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and $300 plus three days in jail for a third offense.

  • Storm lands sucker punch on county

    Hillsboro police worked with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on two unrelated arrests last week. Police arrested Agustin I. Ariza, 26, of Miami, Florida, at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at a house in the 700 block of S. Washington St. after ICE officers reported they were searching for him.

  • A peek inside 'the new' Bown-Corby

    If there’s a Marion structure people have been peeping inside of as of late, it’s the old Bown-Corby school building. Work crews are in the final stages of transforming the historic building into a new 12-unit apartment complex.

  • Auxiliary shoppe turns castaways into cash to benefit St. Luke

    When St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe opened in Marion on Dec. 29, 2005, organizers were hoping the work would not be as hard as making and transporting pies to the park on Old Settlers Day and would bring in more revenue. They could not have been more wrong about the first part but were wildly right about the second. Judy Reno was president of the auxiliary at the time.

  • Sex offender allegedly rapes girl days after plea bargain

    Less than a month after receiving probation in a previous underage sex case, registered sex offender Cory Brunzell allegedly raped and sodomized a middle-school-age girl at his Hillsboro apartment, according to court documents obtained Tuesday. Brunzell, 22, who moved to Clay Center after the incident, was in Marion County Jail Tuesday night.

  • Wal-Mart not so neighborly after all, closing Jan. 28

    Although the suddenness of Wal-Mart’s decision to close its Hillsboro Neighborhood Market took many area residents by surprise, that won’t sour area economic development folks on encouraging outside-owned businesses to come to Marion County. On Friday, Wal-Mart announced the closure of 154 stores in the nation, including the store at Hillsboro.

  • Conflict resolved: Lalouette named vice-chair

    Absent last week, commissioner Lori Lalouette was present Monday as commissioners cleared the way for her to become vice-chair. Chairman Randy Dallke blocked Lalouette’s appointment last week, citing unresolved concerns about her ability to sign county budgets.

  • Marion Straub's should benefit from Larned store closure

    Straub International recently announced the closure of its Larned location, a move officials say should strengthen the company, including Marion’s Straub outlet. “With the downturn in the industry, we thought we just needed to cut some expense,” president Ron Straub said, “and the 17 miles apart that we are between stores in Larned and Great Bend didn’t make the best economic sense.”


  • 130 teachers visit Pilsen

    It’s not unusual for students to visit Pilsen to tour St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church and tour the Father Emil Kapaun museum. However, Monday was the first time a group of teachers visited. About 130 teachers and staff from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Derby and Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita made the trip.

  • It's a lethal gas

    More than a quarter of Marion County homes could be ticking time bombs for those who live in them, harboring unhealthy levels of radon gas — the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon, produced from the decay of uranium found in soils, is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. It seeps up through the ground and enters homes through cracks and crevices, and in sufficient quantities presents a serious health hazard.

  • record world breaks Man

    Hillsboro High School graduate Aaron Yoder recently made the record books for running a mile — however, Yoder took a unique approach to it. Yoder, who is now head track and cross country coach at Bethany College in Lindsborg, broke a world record on Nov. 23 for the fastest backward one-mile run. He completed it with a time of 5:54.25.

  • Beards to be shorn for scholarship

    No-Shave November has turned into Shave February thanks to a student-led fundraiser for the Jenessa J. Hlad Memorial Scholarship at Tabor College. Tabor Student Senate will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to shave off beards of 10 Tabor men, including AFCA NAIA All-American football player Dylan Delk of Peabody, at the Feb. 13 Tabor basketball game.

  • '4,000 little pieces of happiness' at Tabor library

    Students at Tabor College are rebuilding the world one piece at a time. Actually, they’re piecing together a massive 4,000-piece world map puzzle that is about 4 ½ feet wide by 3 feet tall and nearly covers the entire desk it rests upon in Tabor’s library.


  • Arene Entz

    Former Peabody resident Arene Mae Entz, 91,died Monday at Presbyterian Manor in Newton. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Emmaus Mennonite Church, Whitewater, and a funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, also at the church.

  • Willis Penner

    Retired dairy farmer Willis D. Penner, 84, Hillsboro, died Sunday on the family farm. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro First Mennonite Church. A graveside service will be Friday at Haven of Rest Cemetery.

  • John Rupp

    John W. Rupp, 77, died Jan. 10 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. A service was Friday at Marion Christian Church. Interment was in Marion Cemetery.

  • Tracie Witkop

    Tracie Alyn (Abbott) Witkop, 33, died Jan. 12 in Effingham, Georgia. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion, and burial will follow in Lincolnville.



  • Teachers start their own after school program

    After spending the day helping kids reach their potential, some faculty members at Marion Elementary School gather to help each other do the same. Around Thanksgiving, physical education teacher Nicki Case recruited some faculty members to come try a new workout program, called “Cize.” The program features follow-the-leader style videos of dance routines, and participants get a workout by learning new dances.

  • Expert speaks on managing diabetes

    It’s natural that Jeanne Rziha, the in-house diabetes expert at Greenhaw Pharmacy in Hillsboro, took an interest in the subject. The disease runs in her family.

  • Rare deadly disease strikes Peabody woman

    In November, Megan Galucci of Peabody felt what she thought was a cyst near her waist. A single mom with a new business and no health insurance, she decided to keep an eye on it rather than have it removed.

  • Health insurance enrollment help available

    Health Ministries Clinic of Newton will be at Hillsboro Public Library from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 to assist those who need to enroll in health insurance. Enrollees need to bring for every member of the household birthdates, social security numbers, income information such as W-2 tax return, or paycheck stubs, immigration documents, information about employer-covered insurance. They also should provide an active email address.


  • Give democracy a chance

    This spring’s election of two city council members and impending resignation of a third make it even more important for citizens to consider making themselves available as candidates. With a clear majority of council seats up for grabs, voters have a unique opportunity to end once and for all divisiveness that has seen the city flit confusingly in different directions rather than chart a clear, widely accepted path to the future.

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  • Meyer qualifies for state FFA speaking events

    Marion-Florence FFA chapter placed second overall at the South Central District FFA public speaking career development event Jan. 13 at Buhler High School. Elizabeth Meyer qualified for state in both the senior and extemporaneous divisions, having received first and second place respectively.

  • Two are students receive Fort Hays honors

    Two Marion County students were among 1,239 named to the dean’s honor roll at Fort Hays State. Elizabeth Goentzel, Marion, a junior majoring in chemistry, and Danielle Litke, Lincolnville, a junior majoring in education, both made the honor roll.

  • Centre wins league scholars bowl

    The Centre varsity scholars bowl team took first place in the Wheat State League meet Jan. 11 at Hope. They finished 4-2 in pool play to win the championship. Centre defeated Little River, 50-40; Solomon, 40-15; Goessel, 50-40; and Wakefield, 40-30. They lost to White City, 10-50; and Hope, 30-50.

  • Area school menus


  • Warriors double up on Inman

    Marion’s girls’ basketball team was overwhelming and the boys were tenacious in home wins Friday against Inman. Full-court pressure, good shooting, and easy baskets got the girls off to a fast start against the Teutons, piling up an 11-0 lead in the first quarter.

  • Marion wrestlers win Halstead tournament

    All the hours of wrestling practice are starting to pay off for the Warriors. They took first with 185 points over the weekend at the 22-team Halstead tournament. “I think the second place team had 154 points,” coach Chad Adkins said. “Our kids just keep getting better and better.”

  • Centre girls lose to Rural Vista by 2

    Last-second 3-point shots, whether at the end of a quarter or the end of a game, always garner a rousing reaction from the crowd. Shelby Pankratz’s trey from far out in the back court Friday at Rural Vista was one of those shots. The Lady Cougars got the ball and put it into Pankratz’s hands with five seconds to go. She spurted across the centerline and threw the ball up in one last desperate attempt to score. It hit the backboard and went in, and Centre fans were ecstatic.

  • Bowling results

  • Hunting and fishing license price changes in 2016

    Five-year hunting, fishing, and hunt/fish combination licenses are now available from the Kansas Department of Wildife. A five-year hunting or fishing license is $102.50, $35 cheaper than buying an annual license for five years.


  • Calendar of events

  • KDA to host agribusiness development workshop

    Kansas Department of Agriculture will host a regional agribusiness development workshop March 24 in Marion. Featured speakers at the event will include representatives of Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, USDA Rural Development, Network Kansas, and others.

  • Corps to host contracts meeting in Wichita

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District will host an informational meeting to educate contractors and small businesses about government contract opportunities in Kansas from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at Wichita State University. The meeting will be

  • Parkview to have hymn sing

    Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, invites the public to attend a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. The audience will be asked to choose favorite hymns to sing together.

  • Parenting class offered at high school

    A free 6-hour parenting class for parents, grandparents, foster parents, child-care providers, and teachers titled “Managing Emotional Mayhem: 5 Steps for Self-Regulation” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at Peabody-Burns High School. Participants will learn various skills, including ways to achieve better self-regulation skills for themselves and their children, how to identify emotional triggers and accurately name the feelings involved, and hands-on activities to promote self-regulation.


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