• Hero for a day: student rescues toddler

    When Tabor junior Dakota Vaughn got up the morning of March 16, he had no idea he was about to become a hero in many people’s eyes. He was driving through Walton on his way back to Hillsboro from Wichita later that day when he saw a toddler run across the highway in front of a semi truck.

  • Bogus bills crop up in county

    Counterfeit $5 and $10 bills have been passed at two Peabody businesses in the past two weeks. J and M Liquor and Peabody Market have each taken a $10 bill and the liquor store also took a $5 bill. A clerk at Peabody Market is believed to have taken the bill on March 12. Store managers Frank Davis and Tracy Kemper checked the bill with a counterfeit detector pen and the ink changed from white to black when applied to the surface of the phony bill, indicating it was not U.S. currency.

  • Hospital may buy dental clinic

    The board of directors of St. Luke Hospital is researching the possibility of purchasing a local dental clinic. In a 30-minute executive session during Tuesday night’s meeting, the hospital board talked with Marion dentist Gerald Vinduska, who is moving to Hutchinson and will become dental director at Health Ministries Clinic in Newton.

  • Feared brain dead, accident victim returns home

    Chris Hammond of Marion is alive and recovering well after he was pinned under his car on March 15 and spent two days in intensive care at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The car was up on ramps, and Hammond was trying to remove the motor mounts when he accidentally hit the linkage and took the car out of park. It rolled down the ramps and pinned him under the engine.

  • Police to enforce 'eyesore' ordinance

    Spring-cleaning is about to ascend to a new level of importance as Marion Police Department plans to start enforcing city ordinance violations related to nuisance items in residents’ yards. Officer Duane McCarty said ordinance enforcement was put on hold because of cold weather, but he wrote up about 60 nuisance letters since last summer.

  • Historic wall gets face back

    Work crews recently stripped about 14 tons of stucco from a downtown building that once was Marion’s post office in an effort to restore its east-facing exterior wall to its historic glory. The building sits at 331 N. Main St., and houses Smith Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Its 1900 construction predates the courthouse by approximately two decades. It also predates Williams St.’s construction.


  • Local legislator toppled from House committee

    Last week’s removal of Rep. John Barker (R-Abilene) as chair of the House Rules Committee will likely have little impact on Marion County’s representation, Barker and a fellow legislator said. Barker’s district includes Durham, Lehigh, Lincolnville, Lost Springs, Marion, Ramona, and Tampa in Marion County.

  • Wind measurements could lead to new wind farm

    Lenexa-based Tradewind Energy, Inc. received a green light Monday to initiate wind measurements that could lead to construction of a wind farm in the northwest part of the county. Six meteorological towers that will take measurements to determine the feasibility of Tradewind’s Diamond Vista Wind Project were approved by commissioners after consulting with company officials.

  • KDA accepting crop grant applications

    Kansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Funds for the programs are awarded to the agency by the U.S. Department of Agricultural Marketing Service. Kansas is expected to receive $284,000 for 2016.





  • Oilman plans to live high on the lake

    Garry Crawford, an oil and gas producer from El Dorado, is establishing a home for himself and his family at Marion County Lake. He bought a house and garage along the east side of an alcove of the lake with the intent of remodeling and adding onto it. He then decided to keep half the house, demolish the other half and the garage, and add onto it.

  • Family home gets a lift for retirement

    A house at 406 N. Cedar St. sits on I-beams, lifted off the crumbling foundation it now sits behind. It appears to be readied to move to a new location, but it’s actually being readied for its owners’ future retirement.

  • Farmers markets around the county

    Despite Friday’s snow flurries, spring officially arrived Sunday, and with the awakening of the area’s flora, Marion County will soon sprout several unique farmers markets while others struggle to survive. Marion


  • Springing forward

    For as long as jonquils have burst forth from cold, lifeless earth each Easter, townsfolk hereabouts have bemoaned or clamored for economic development. If only a big enough, professional enough, focused enough staff were to wave a magic wand furiously enough, dozens of jobs would surely sprout like flowers in spring.

  • Ornery boys' mother flexed great parenting skills

    An incident in a McPherson parking lot of brought me both amusement and faith that two teenage boys will never get in serious trouble. Although coming to Marion has been fairly positive for my roommate, Wanda, who is blind, people aren’t always kind to those with disabilities. My roommate remembers two Oklahoma teens who terrorized her on their bicycles on a sidewalk in front of a food store, but we’ll come back to that later.


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  • MES seeks to update playground

    Parents of some Marion Elementary School students probably remember romping on the once shiny school playground “back in the day.” However, after about a quarter-century of use, time and the elements have taken their toll, prompting MES and MES Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to begin working toward a replacement.

  • Centre FFA attend leadership conference

    Seven members of the Centre FFA chapter traveled to Junction City Friday to participate in the 2016 Kansas FFA Leader Lab Conference to develop leadership skills. Friday and Saturday sessions were led by Patty Hendrickson and Michael Smith, and Friday evening concluded with a dance and games.

  • Centre to conduct kindergarten screenings April 8

    Centre schools will have kindergarten screenings the morning of April 8 at the Centre K-12 school. Children 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 are encouraged to participate.

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  • 6-year-old girl takes 3rd at state wrestling tourney

    Marion recently became the home of a 6-year-old wrestling princess. Brylee Haws took third place at the USA Wrestling Kansas Girls State Championship at Central Christian College in McPherson.

  • All-league honors announced

    Basketball athletes from Centre, Goessel, and Peabody-Burns have been named to the all-league team. Girls First team Centre: Shelby Pankratz, junior. Goessel: Page Hiebert, senior; Aleena Cook, senior; Eden Hiebert, sophomore. Peabody-Burns: Katy Benson, senior. honorable Mention Centre: Ally Basore, senior. Goessel: Alicen Meysing, senior. Boys first team Centre: Dylan Deines, junior. Goessel: Zach Wiens, senior. Honorable Mention Centre: Cole Srajer, sophomore. Peabody-Burns: Austin Reynolds, junior.


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  • Children's carnival to be April 3

    Marion Parks and Recreation and Marion County Circles will sponsor a free carnival for children 10 and under from 2 to 5 p.m. April 3 at the Marion Community Center. Games will be available, including dino putt mini golf, ball toss, hungry hippo, home run derby, football toss, and many more. Prizes and food will also be available.


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