• Code red for rural hospitals

    Marion County hospital administrators know the reasons why a recently-released national study shows an increased number of at-risk rural hospitals. The study, conducted by iVantage Health Analytics, concluded that 31 of Kansas’ 107 rural hospitals are at risk.

  • Vinduska selling dental practice

    The coming departure of a longtime Marion dentist leaves his patients in a state of uncertainty. Gerald Vinduska has, since 1997, been at the helm of a dental practice begun by his father, Eugene Vinduska, in 1961.

  • Wind-whipped reservoir rescue

    A game warden, sheriff’s deputy, and Corps of Engineers employee teamed up to rescue two unidentified boaters in distress Sunday at Marion Reservoir. One of two kayakers navigating choppy waters marooned himself on a small island off Durham Cove after his craft started taking on water, game warden Cody Morris said.

  • Methodists gone wild: Men's group holds wild game feast

    Flocks of people herded into Marion Community Center for dinner Saturday, lured by the call of the wild: deer, elk, quail, pheasant, bass, and more. Parking spaces disappeared well before the 6:30 p.m. event, sponsored by members of a Bible study group from Aulne United Methodist Church.

  • 'Bromance' blossoms between pig and cat

    A surprise snuggle atop a fluffy pillow could be the beginning of a beautiful interspecies “bromance” between one cool cat and an inquisitive pig. The cuddle in question happened beside a fireplace sometime during the evening of Jan. 31 at the home of Jeff and Lori Methvin just north of Peabody.

  • Moving out-of-country can cause abrupt end to senior independence

    Marion County residents getting in-home services under the Senior Care Act could lose them if they move to another county. People who get the services elsewhere can lose them if they move into Marion County.

  • Round the clock fueling upgrade could boost airport use

    Pilots who use Marion City Airport will soon have the option to get aviation fuel any time they want with the installation of a card reader payment system. “It’s a step in the right direction to make the airport more user friendly,” Mayor Todd Heitschmidt said. “It makes it much easier for pilots to come in and without anybody being there to refuel their planes.”


  • Commissioners get down to business on eco devo

    Commissioner Dan Holub raised an economic white flag Monday, saying it was time to bring local businesses to the table to help set direction for economic development. “This is rearing its head again,” Holub said. “We’ve got all kinds of people saying all kinds of stuff.”

  • 'Tis the season for Girl Scout cookies

    Saturday will be a day many people have waited a year to see. Girl Scout cookie sales will kick off this weekend. Scouts in Marion, Peabody, Hillsboro, and Lincolnville will be peddling the tasty treats through March 20 — or until supplies run out.

  • Goessel Mennonite museum picks Schmidt as curator

    Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel recently received a new addition to its staff. Ben Schmidt, who graduated from Tabor College last month, accepted the position of museum curator and archivist at the Goessel museum, a position that recently was revamped.

  • RadioShack gift card holders owed refund

    Consumers holding unused RadioShack gift cards are eligible for refunds from the company, which filed for bankruptcy last year. If you have a gift card in need of refunding, visit the Kansas Attorney General’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org or call (800) 432-2310.

  • Library to play 'blind date' matchmaker

    Are you looking for a date for Valentine’s Day this weekend? If so, Hillsboro Public Library has a blind date for you. Not a date with a person, though. A blind date with a book.


  • John Everett

    John Steven “Steve” Everett, 68, died Feb. 2 at St. Francis Hospital. A funeral service was yesterday at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel in Topeka, and burial followed in Topeka Cemetery.

  • Neva Peterson

    Neva Adelia Peterson, 98, Burdick, died Sunday at Salina. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hebron Lutheran Church, Burdick. A private family inurnment will be later.


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  • No kidding? Momma goat births quadruplets

    A pedigree Nubian nanny goat named “Begonia” wasn’t kidding around when she birthed quadruplets Saturday at a homestead just south of Peabody. Goat owners Gary and Marilyn Jones helped Begonia deliver her kids in the middle of the night.

  • Flying Turtle Ranch receives reliable water supply

    Robert “Bob” and JoAnn Good of Marion own a 640-acre pasture in the Flint Hills named the “Flying Turtle Ranch.” The name came about, Bob said, when they found the skeleton of a turtle in the pasture and placed it in a cairn of stones on a small hill that overlooks the grass, trees, and creek that runs through the property.

  • Branding Angus beef is 10-year pursuit for Stika

    There’s Angus beef, and then there is the beef brand, Certified Angus Beef. Although Angus beef has become a familiar term to many customers in restaurants, grocery stores, and fast-food chains, Lincolnville native John Stika, who has been president of Certified Angus Beef for almost 10 years, might be the first to say that not all beef is created equal.

  • Agritourism conference planned for spring

    Farms can be ideal settings for seniors to enjoy a break from their daily environment and get their hands dirty again. Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman is planning an agritourism conference for the spring, and multipurpose farming will be one of the topics.

  • Santa Fe Trail expert to speak at banquet

    Steve Schmidt, president of Cottonwood Crossing chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, will educate farmers about the historic trail in a presentation Feb. 27 at Marion County Conservation District annual meeting in Marion. Schmidt will give an overview of a history of the trail and will focus on details of the trail’s history in Marion County.

  • Centre ag workshop slated for Feb. 22

    Centre Farm to School Open House & Good Agriculture Practices workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Ag Ed Department at Centre High School Ag Ed Department. The public can attend for an evening of learning about good agriculture practices in gardening as well as see what is happening with the Farm to School Grant.


  • Hiding in plain sight

    I visited the state Capitol on Thursday. It was Kansas Press Association legislative day, and I was there with other journalists to press the cause of open, transparent government. Ever the shutterbug, I was merrily snapping pictures from the front row of the gallery overlooking the House floor when a uniformed attendant approached me.


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  • Lunch 'n' Learn to make cinnamon rolls

    The public is invited to attend Lunch ‘n’ Learn Feb. 23 at Marion City Library Rachel Collett will demonstrate “How to Make Cinnamon Rolls” from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Club learns about wheat

    Twelve members of the 20th Century Club answered roll call with saying whether they had baked bread or not in preparation for the program at the Feb. 1 meeting at Christian Church. Mary Beth Bowers presented a program on wheat farming, making wheat into flour, baking bread, and different types of bread that are available in stores.

  • Seniors to talk scholarships

    Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Durham Community Building in Durham. Mill levy requests, SCMC 2016 scholarship, and reports are on the agenda.


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  • USD 408 eyes sportsmanship

    Marion-Florence school board Monday night discussed athlete and spectator conduct at games. Recent events have sometimes cast the school district in a less-than-rosy light, Superintendent Lee Leiker told board members.

  • Key Club to hold bake sale

    Marion High School Key Club will have a bake sale titled “Key To My Heart” during the homecoming basketball game Friday at the Sports and Aquatics Center. Proceeds will go toward community service projects and activities for Key Club members.

  • Centre scholars head to state

    Centre scholars bowl team qualified for state competition Thursday by placing third in regional competition at Burden. The state meet is Saturday at Goessel. The team finished 7-2 in pool play. They defeated Flint Hills Rosalia, 40-20; Peabody, 70-25; Chetopa, 50-0; South Haven, 30-0; Burrton, 50-0; South Barber Kiowa, 30-10; and Central Burden, 30-10. They lost to Pretty Prairie, 40-20, and Goessel, 60-20.

  • FFA members place at speech competition

    Members of the Marion-Florence FFA competed in the Kansas State University Agriculture Education Club Invitational FFA Public Speaking Contest on Saturday. Caleb Hett placed first in the sophomore division, and Elizabeth Meyer placed first in the senior division. Meyer also placed fourth in the extemporaneous speaking division.

  • Health care scholarship applications available

  • Centre USD 397 looks into health care cost savings

    It’s like comparing wholesale to retail. Centre board of education heard Monday from Howard Danzig of St. Louis, Missouri, president of a company that claims to show small employers how to use the same management as large employers to control health insurance costs.

  • Marion County students named to KU honor roll

    The University of Kansas recently released its fall honor roll, and six local graduates made the list. Shannon Beckman of Peabody, Jacob Edwards of Hillsboro, Ashlie Koehn of Burns, Jeconiah Spangler of Florence, and Kaelyn Thierolf and Alicen Whitaker, both of Marion, met standards for their majors to be included on the list.

  • Olympic gold medalist speaks to Tabor athletes

    U.S. Olympian and ESPN commentator Leah Amico spoke to Tabor College athletes Feb. 2 as part of the Tabor Athletic Spring Celebration. The celebration was an opportunity to showcase team and individual successes achieved so far during the 2015-16 school year.

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  • Warriors split Friday games with Bennington

    It was a blue Tuesday at Marion Sports and Aquatics Center as both Marion teams dropped league contests against Moundridge. The Wildcats came into the girls’ contest ranked seventh in Class 2A, and they wasted little time jumping on top, 8-0. The Warriors rebounded to pull within 19-14 at the half, but Moundridge pulled away for a 48-37 win.

  • Centre girls defeat Little River in overtime

    A game the Lady Cougars played Friday at Little River was close throughout, but the girls pulled out an overtime victory, 44-42. The game was tied, 19-19, at halftime, and Centre trailed by 1 after three quarters.

  • Marion wrestlers take 2nd at Onaga

    The Warriors took second of six teams grappling for glory Friday at a dual tournament in Onaga. “We wrestled really tough,” coach Chad Adkins said. “We just came up a little short. We lost a close dual to Burlington.”


  • Calendar of events

  • Yoga classes start Monday

    Amber Monson and Hillsboro Recreation Commission will offer an hour-long stress relieving yoga class. This class will be an intermediate mat class with multiple poses offered for beginners as well. Attendees may rent a mat at $1 per class, but are encouraged to bring their own mats due to limited supply.

  • 'Cirque de la Symphonie' coming to Salina

    Salina Symphony will be performing “Cirque de la Symphonie” at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at the Stiefel Theatre, Salina. Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, and strongmen will perform amazing feats and aerialists will soar overhead as the Salina Symphony provides the music.

  • Illusionist to perform in McPherson

    Illusionist Jason Bishop will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the McPherson Opera House. Bishop was the youngest person to win the Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States Stage Award, and was one of the youngest to compete in the Society of American Magicians World-Class competition.

  • Topeka event to promote senior services

    Senior Care Act services will be promoted at Older Kansans Day at the Legislature Feb. 16 in Topeka. SCA services assist people to prevent them from having to move up to higher-level services like Medicaid or nursing homes, North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging Executive Director Julie Govert Walter said.

  • TEEN to meet Feb. 17

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at USD 408 District Office in Marion. More information is available by calling Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.


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