• Blue-green algae alert continues at reservoir

    As surely as waves of ripening wheat, blue-green algae warnings have become perennial harbingers of summer for the county. Three consecutive weeks of warnings for Marion Reservoir have affected the county’s largest tourism draw.


  • Schools eye $16,000 video sign

    Marion High School may get a new $16,000 sign that would display pictures of students, videos, messages about time changes for events and notices about school activities. “If you’ve been by the high school, you know the sign is difficult to read,” Leiker told the board.

  • Making cozies for tiny exotic pets employs 5 locals

    Linda Sardou is a woman awash in fleece and on a mission to make life better for the “short-headed rope dancers” of the world. A corner of a workshop at The Outdoors Inn at Marion County Park and Lake, crammed with bolts of brightly colored soft fabric and cutting tables, is where Sardou’s mission takes flight.

  • Facebook erupts over abduction rumors

    A Facebook post in which Hillsboro police tried to quell rumors of a child abduction backfired Monday, devolving into a bitter exchange that included threats of violence. The incident began when an officer was dispatched at 11:07 a.m. Saturday to the 300 block of S. Main St. for a report of an African American man in a white Ford Mustang approaching two 9-year-old girls and asking if they wanted a ride to McDonald’s in his vehicle.

  • Harvest could be above average

    Wheat harvest could be mostly finished by the end of the weekend, and yields might be slightly above average if hot, dry weather continues. Phil Timken, location manager of Mid-Kansas Coop Association in Peabody, said harvest started with a bang.

  • Liquor isn't quicker when restoring a license

    It’s not the drinks at Marion VFW Post 6958 that are on the rocks, it’s the club itself, after Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control voided its liquor license in May for nonpayment of fees. The bar has been closed for nearly six weeks, and manager Ida French gets calls and messages from patrons almost daily.

  • Work on railroad crossing set to begin

    Long-delayed work to smooth out a rough Union Pacific crossing on W. Main St. in Marion has finally been scheduled for next week. The crossing, featured prominently in a Record story last week, will be closed from 8 a.m. June 23 until 5 p.m. June 24. City streets will be used as a detour.


  • Tour to feature gardens, barn, art

    Rural, urban, and lakeside gardens, a hilltop vista, a restored barn, and even an art exhibit will highlight this year’s Marion City Library garden tour 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25. Hydrangeas, blackeyed susans, roses, daisies, lilies, lavender, geraniums, and petunias are a few of the flowers that will be on display at the county lake home of Steve and Diane Sams, 54 Lakeshore Dr.

  • Two commissioners face challenges

    Four challengers await commissioners Dan Holub and Randy Dallke in the Republican primary Aug. 2. Theirs will be the only contested positions on the ballot. Brett Hajek of Lost Springs and Michael Beneke of Lincolnville will try to oust Holub from the 2nd District seat.

  • Personnel changes made at Centre

    Centre will have a new school board member, a new football coach, and a new assistant volleyball coach. The USD 397 school board reluctantly accepted Clay Simons’ resignation Monday from the board, effective June 30.

  • Librarians police internet porn

    Surfing the web for pornography can get you banned from Hillsboro Public Library. In the wake of the latest of several incidents in which what was considered inappropriate material was displayed in children’s view on a library computer, library director Cathy Fish has redoubled efforts to keep the library safe for children.

  • Dads to cruise to Florence

    Vendors, an all-you-can-eat breakfast, and a Father’s Day lunch of baby back ribs and fixin’s await weekend cruisers Sunday in Florence. The event, sponsored by the Florence Advance Masonic Lodge 114 the third Sunday of every month through September, brings motorcycles and classic cars to town. Saturday’s cruise is the second event this year.

  • Classic cruisers win awards

    Two entries from Marion County finished in the top 10 at the 18th annual 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show this weekend in Hillsboro: a 1958 Chevy Delray shown by Ron Herbel of Marion and a 1967 Pontiac GTO shown by Leroy and Florence Penner of Peabody. A 1957 Ford Thunderbird shown by Richard Lake of Marion won the show’s ladies choice award, a 1966 Ford Shelby GT 350H shown by Bruce Serene of Hillsboro was named best high-performance entry, and a 1953 Harley-Davidson shown by Jim and Leanna Hefley of Hillsboro was the best-of-show motorcycle.


  • Guy Wright

    Retired Excel Industries quality control specialist Guy W. Wright, 69, died Sunday at Peabody Health and Rehab. Born Dec. 7, 1946, in El Dorado to Cecil and Ruth (Parsons) Wright, he graduated in 1964 from Peabody High School and on July 7, 1990, married Janis Provence in Maize.


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  • Seniors have a reel good time

    For the third year in a row, many Parkside Homes residents have had the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and go fishing. Residents are taken each Thursday to the farm of Kevin Jost.

  • Styling is 'in' for seniors' hair

    In the not too distant past, as seniors moved into their later years, there were familiar traditional looks for men’s and women’s hair. However, two county stylists agree that seniors today are interested in a variety of styles that, coupled with the right hair care products, can help them look and feel more vibrant.

  • VA's Veterans Choice often an option not chosen

    Few local veterans appear to be taking advantage of a program that lets them get medical care locally. “I get all my medical care from the VA,” Warren Kreutziger said.

  • Farm market discounts available

    Senior citizens who like to frequent farmers markets and roadside produce stands can get up to $30 off purchases through the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. “There is a little paperwork involved,” county Department on Aging head Gayla Ratzlaff said, “but farm market checks are available to any Kansan 60 or older who meets income guidelines.”


  • Exploring the nature of things

    Look and listen long enough in a certain neighborhood on Marion’s north hill and you’ll experience the world in miniature. From what seems to be a burgeoning urban chicken ranch down the street comes the regular crowing of a hens-only flock. Rippling like waves from south to north, then off to the east, come serial alerts from overly vigilant cells of canine soldiers, each progressively notifying the next of the slightest movement of pedestrian or feline troops. In the background is a moaning horn of a lonely freight train, traversing a rough crossing soon to be repaired and punctuated hourly by baritone tolling of a distant taxpayer-supported bell.


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    Atrazine limits justified, Chingawassa speaker praised


  • '80 grad receives her degree

    Ethel Cox of Wichita, a 1980 graduate of Marion High School, received an associate degree as a medical administrative assistant this month from National American University. Daughter of the late Marie Johnston Land, she has two daughters, Misty Jaklevich of Grain Valley, Missouri, and Kristie Metcalf of Wichita, and five grandchildren.

  • Kahns to celebrate 90th with party

    Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Almeda Kahns are inviting the public to a come-and-go party honoring her 90th birthday. The party will be 2 to 4 p.m. June 25 at Lincolnville Community Building.

  • 89th birthday cards requested for Hammond

    Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Almeda Kahns are inviting the public to a come-and-go party honoring her 90th birthday. The party will be 2 to 4 p.m. June 25 at Lincolnville Community Building.

  • Cards requested for Svoboda's 80th birthday

    A card shower is being organized to observe Barbara Svoboda’s 80th birthday July 1. Cards may be sent to her at 2580 270th Rd., Lincolnville KS 66858.

  • Kassebaum graduates with honors

    Theo Kassebaum, a 2012 Centre graduate, graduated with honors Saturday from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Kassebaum was a member of the women’s indoor and outdoor track teams and received University Athletic Association all-academic team recognition in 2014-’16.


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    Cooked-out burgers on menu twice, Senior menu


  • Calendar of Events

  • Summer dance deadline June 29

    Dance camp for children ages 5 to 13 July 5 to 8 at Scout House in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park will focus on different styles of dance, fundamental techniques, and performance. Ages 5 to 8 will meet 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. Ages 9 to 13 will meet 1 to 2:20 p.m.

  • Water panel to meet

    Kansas Water Office’s Neosho Regional Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m. June 22 at Hillsboro City Hall to discuss steambank stabilization on the Cottonwood River and other items. More information is available by calling (785) 296-3185.


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