• Drug suspect accused of weapons threat

    Ten days after being arrested on multiple drug charges, a Hillsboro teen has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly threatening another teen with a BB gun that resembles a .44 magnum. Clayton Tate Lingenfelter, 18, Hillsboro, was arrested after police officer Steven Janzen responded to a report at 10:45 p.m. June 22 of a man waving a pistol at another person in a domestic situation at Madison and 1st Sts.

  • Half of economic panel axed

    Half of the 14 applicants invited to the first meeting of a new committee focused on economic development last week will no longer be voting members. Remaining in the group will be:

  • Striking out to improve summer ball

    Youth baseball and softball players here may look a little sharper and feel safer thanks to preseason clinics put on by two Cadet Girl Scouts. Marion Middle School sixth grader Mikelly Soyez got the idea from watching younger players.

  • MHS grad parlays local connection into top job

    When Danielle Longhofer graduated from Marion High School in 1994, she knew she wanted to go into a helping profession. She had no idea how many people she would eventually help. Now Danielle Bartelli, she ensures thousands of children and families get child welfare and behavioral health services as president of KVC Behavioral Health care in Olathe.

  • Antique store selling out to bakery

    The Central Park Antiques building in downtown Marion was appraised Saturday as part of a potential sale that could usher in a new business, The Fam Lee Bakery. “The store is sold but we haven’t closed on it yet,” Central Park Antiques owner Nadine Iseli said. “It was appraised Saturday. The Lees will be taking the building over the day we close, but Delmar and I haven’t heard the closing date yet.”

  • Algae warning downgraded

    Last week’s blue-green algae warning for Marion Reservoir was downgraded Thursday to a watch. No restrictions on boating or fishing are in place. However, visitors should wash with clean water after coming in contact with lake water.


  • Courthouse windows to be restored

    Windows at the courthouse will be refurbished, but likely not before November. Marion County Commissioners accepted a $679,503 bid from Re-View, based in Kansas City, to restore damaged windows and make all windows operable.

  • Museum seeks bigger budget

    Members of Marion Historical Museum’s board pressed their case Monday for an increase in city funding. The museum is asking for $15,350 compared to last year’s $6,325.

  • Garden tour draws 150

    New and repeat patrons buzzed like bees to a flower patch Saturday for Marion City Library’s garden tour. Library director Janet Marler said 150 people attended the seventh year of the event.

  • Theme park miniatures give maximum fun for local collector

  • Sorghum buyers travel 7,000 'milos' to visit feed provider

    More than a dozen sorghum buyers from China visited Countryside Feed in Hillsboro last week. The visitors, who arrived in the U.S. for a U.S. Grain Council tour on June 19, will tour mills in Kansas, Texas, and Louisiana before heading home today.


  • LeRoy Berg

    LeRoy Berg, 76, died Thursday at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born Feb. 27, 1940, to Peter and Audrey (Heal) Berg in Hillsboro, he is survived by a sister, Janice Crocker of Indianola, Iowa.

  • Mary Herpich

    The remains of former Peabody resident Mary (Carr) Herpich, 88, who died Oct. 3 in Roeland Park, will be buried at 2 p.m. Sunday in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. She was born Sept. 22, 1927, in Peabody to Tom and Minnie (Slaymaker) Carr and graduated in 1945 from Peabody High School.

  • Dennis Hamm

    Hillsboro Industries employee Dennis Ray Hamm, 53, died Thursday at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born May 21, 1963, in Hillsboro to Ted and Ruth (Black) Hamm, he is survived by brothers Clinton of Newton, Loren of McPherson, and Alan, Howard, and Terry of Hillsboro and by sister Sandra Bezdek of Hillsboro.

  • Rosella Jost

    Homemaker Rosella Jost, 99, died June 20 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Born June 13, 1917, to Peter J. and Maria (Siemens) Franz in Corn, Oklahoma, she married Marvin G. Jost on August 18, 1940, in Chico, California. He died in 2008.



  • Date night idea: leaping into hunting bullfrogs

    Adventurous couples in search of a memorable date night or single ladies on the prowl for a prince might want to try hunting bullfrogs at Marion County Park and Lake. Taking a moment to stop and listen, one will likely hear the strident

  • Change is par for the course at country club

    When Marion meat cutter Clive Jarvis plunked down $5,250 for 80 acres on the east edge of town in 1945, nine scattered circles of sand and a cement pond were part of the deal. Such was Marion Country Club and its golf course in those days. Aside from a clubhouse constructed in 1950, it was little different when he sold the club to member investors in 1970.

  • S'mores: They are a-changin'

    When Bob Dylan wrote, “The Times They Are a-Changin’” in 1964, he wasn’t referring to a time-honored fireside sweet. But time marches on, and s’mores they are a-evolving, so Dylan’s anthem can now be applied to seeking the truth about just desserts. Nationwide and in Marion County, graham crackers, chocolate bars, and even standard marshmallows have been tossed in favor of other delectable s’more ingredients.

  • S'mores bar recipe

  • Can rednecks withstand a Viking invasion?

    Folks who’ve watched past July 4 parades in Ramona, celebrating anything and everything redneck, might have thought they’d seen it all, but Dickinson County “invaders” promise to shake things up this year. Redneck in Ramona organizer Jessica Gilbert said Rocking Horse Ranch of Dwight has an entry for Monday’s parade that could redefine the meaning of redneck.

  • Stark truth: Training to be an iron woman

    Misty Hett is pushing herself to new limits, training for an extreme event she has never done before: a triathlon. “I’ve been running and doing 5K’s and stuff for a while,” Hett said. “I was one half of a half-marathon relay last year, but I’ve never done a triathlon before. I just wanted take my stuff to the next level and try something different.”

  • Potted gardens, Power Wheels to debut at fair

    No matter how many times you’ve been to Marion County Fair, this year’s smorgasbord will have new things to sample. One change is dates. This year’s fair is July 27 through 31.

  • Quilters, painters discovering second medium

    Marion resident Nicki Case’s love of quilting made it natural for her to try barn quilting, where patterns are painted onto boards instead of sewn in fabric. Friends inspired her to take up fabric quilting more than a decade ago.

  • Celebrating with fireworks has its limits

    Nothing says Fourth of July like fireworks, but when fireworks can be used is limited. “The largest issue that we’ve had is the discharge of fireworks after the time frames,” Marion city administrator Roger Holter said. “Most of those have been resolved as officers make a request for them to stop.”

  • Fire always a danger on the 4th

    Crews have been discharging explosives for decades during the July Fourth celebration at Peabody City Park with few reports of damage or injury. Still, to make sure crowds, crews, and residences remain safe, Peabody firefighters always are stationed at the park.


  • Potluck economics

    There’s no better feast to be found anywhere than a Marion County potluck dinner. Having sampled such fare from Chicago to Dallas and St. Louis to Spokane, I have no difficulty dismissing without tasting all the others in the country. Marion County is the potluck capital of the country.


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  • 3 graduate from Fort Hays, 6 from KU

    Three from Marion County were among 2,111 who graduated this spring from Fort Hays State University: Tobey Meghan Green, Burns, bachelor of science in elementary education; Chasen Cash Gann, Hillsboro, professional science masters in biological sciences; and Nicklaus Mark Uhlrich, Peabody, master of science in education administration.

  • Jirak named to dean's list

    Megan Jirak of Marion was one of 250 students named to the Barton Community College’s dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. To qualify, students must have been enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintained a grade point average of 4.0.

  • HHS grad on dean's list

    Hillsboro High School graduate Erin Wiebe was named last week to the spring semester dean’s list at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Erin, daughter of Glenn and Maura Wiebe, is a studio art and medieval studies major. Dean’s list signifies a grade-point average of between 3.75 and 4.00.


  • Calendar of events

  • Aulne fireworks July 10

    Can’t make celebrations on the Fourth or wish you could go to more than one? This year’s Independence Day celebration in Aulne will be a weekend later than most, on Sunday, July 10.

  • Quintet to perform

    Bethel College Brass Quintet, including trumpet player Braden Unruh of Goessel, will perform 19th through 21st century music at 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the loft of a 1915 barn at Pioneer Bluffs, a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177. Homemade ice cream and sundaes will be served at 3 p.m. Reservations are being taken at (620) 753-3484.

  • Trip to orphan train planned

    Marion Parks and Recreation has scheduled a trip July 8 to the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia. One of two renovated train cars at the museum was part of the original Marion Belt and Chingawasa Railroad and later served as the Owl Car Café in Marion.

  • Patriotic craft day planned

    A patriotic craft day for kids ages 4 and older is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the basement of Marion Community Center. Kids will have an opportunity to make crafts to take home, play games with others, and have a snack. Cost is $23 per child. Space is limited. More information is available at (316) 300-3081 or by emailing kendradhancock@gmail.com.

  • Quintet to perform

    Bethel College Brass Quintet, including trumpet player Braden Unruh of Goessel, will perform 19th through 21st century music at 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the loft of a 1915 barn at Pioneer Bluffs, a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177. Homemade ice cream and sundaes will be served at 3 p.m. Reservations are being taken at (620) 753-3484.

  • Photo contest focuses on ranchlands

    Professional and amateur photographers may submit photos showcasing the natural beauty of ranching and grazing lands for the fifth annual Ranchland Trust of Kansas photo contest. Subjects may include landscape, livestock and people, grasslands, grazing land, ranchers, cattle, and more.

  • First summer yoga class to be July 6

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission and yoga instructor Lesli Beery will offer yoga classes at 8 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday starting July 6 at Hillsboro City Hall. Cost will be $5 per class if attendees bring their own mats. A limited number of mats will be available to rent for $1.


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