• Farmer discovers forgotten historic trail

    The Santa Fe and Chisholm Trails might not have been the only historic routes across Marion County. Marion farmer Steve Krispense has discovered a half-mile stretch of what was probably was a 160-year-old trail connecting Marion and Abilene.

  • Holub edges out contenders

    Incumbents Dan Holub and Randy Dallke appear to have won county commission races in Tuesday’s primary election, although the race for Holub’s chair was closer than the one for Dallke’s. The election was closely watched by eager onlookers gathered in the courthouse to see the final tally.

  • Lake developer at odds with county over cove dock

    A new wooden stairway on a steep bank of a cove at Marion County Lake has led to controversy between a developer and county commissioners over what will lie at its end — a dock, or nothing. “It sounds like it’s going to be a walkway to nowhere,” Garry Dunnegan said.

  • Centenarian re-ups driver's license

    Irene Richmond isn’t planning on giving up her designated parking place at Marion Senior Center any time soon. About seven weeks shy of her 100th birthday, Richmond just renewed her driver’s license for four years.

  • Salon's new location has new look

    A larger retail and boutique area, lay-down tanning booths, and eyelash extensions are just some of the many additions at the expanded new location for Miles by Design, a salon operated by mother and daughter duo Karen and Kaylie Miles. The pair have been at their new location at US-56 and Commercial Dr. since the end of April, and have enjoyed working with each other for the past four years.

  • Dollar General buys Walmart Express building

    The empty Walmart Express building in Hillsboro will no longer be empty, but a new retailer will not be coming to the county. Dollar General announced in a press release July 27 that it purchased the Walmart Express building on Orchard Dr., and hopes to relocate its Hillsboro store to the building by October.

  • Cock-a-doodle-don't

    An illicit rooster’s “cock-a-doodle-doo” ruffled feathers with neighbors in Marion Friday. The rooster was living at 828 N. Cedar St., adjacent to PrarieLand Partners.


  • Supplying the students with school supplies

    Amongst teachers and concerned community members, buying extra classroom supplies for students seems to be an unspoken rule. “The littlest things can affect a child,” Susan Hall, second grade teacher at Marion Elementary School, said. “Some are oblivious to the fact, but we don’t even give them a chance to notice if they’re missing something, because if they see someone next to them has something new, they wonder, ‘why don’t I have that?’”

  • Landlords worried over rental inspections

    Some Marion landlords were none too happy after finding out city council is looking to develop a rental property inspection program, council member John Wheeler said at Monday’s meeting. Wheeler said he’d heard from landlords that they considered the city’s plans a negative idea, but he said he wants people to know that numerous state and federal programs can be leveraged thanks to a recent housing assessment coordinated by the city’s economic development director.

  • 190th may get erosion aid

    The federal government may provide unexpected help in dealing with a collapsing section of 190th Rd., the former US-56 highway that has become the county’s second most traveled road. An additional 50- to 60-foot section of South Cottonwood River bank adjacent to the road has caved in since problems with erosion of the roadbed were reported July 18.

  • Courthouse window project set to begin

    Scaffolding is going up along the north side of Marion County Courthouse this week as $679,503 in work to restore windows in the historic structure begins. The project, expected to last six months, will include removal of hazardous asbestos caulking and lead paint.


  • Teen's fierce first demolition derby

    Though it was his first time to compete in a demo derby, Hillsboro High School senior Dusten Plenert said it was “not too bad.” This is not the first time he has competed at the fair, however.

  • Bucket calf show draws 4-Hers

    A black and white calf named after a comic strip character made her public debut at the 2016 Marion County Fair. Cady Gossen, 9, Peabody, brought his Angus and Hereford cross calf, Lucy, to be judged in the bucket calf show.

  • Fair results


  • Bruce Beeton

    Retired Union Pacific conductor Bruce A. Beeton, 65, died Wednesday at his home in Herington. Born June 22, 1951, he was preceded in death by his father, Darrell R. Beeton, and by his mother and stepfather, Wilma J. (Richmond) and Kenneth Pigorsch.

  • 'Bobbie' Harris

    Barbara “Bobbie” R. (Mott) Harris, 81, died Thursday at Asbury Park, Newton. Born Oct. 20, 1934, in Hillsboro to Hazel Marie (Bredemeier) and William Lewis Mott, she married Myron Paul Harris on Oct. 20, 1982, in, Newton.

  • Marjorie Osgood

    Marjorie Anita (Maltbie) Osgood, 80, died July 25 at Asbury Park, Newton. Born July 21, 1936, in Marion to Glenn Warren and Wilma Anita (Glasscock) Maltbie, she was preceded in death by husband Lawrence Max Osgood, infant son Warren Lee Albright, daughters LaVerna Jean Chaney and Regina Rae Osgood, and siblings Lois Krause, Joyce May, and Edward, Alfred and Margin Maltbie.

  • Larry Rose

    Former Peabody farmer William L. “Larry” Rose, 88, of Council Grove, died Monday at Diversicare in Council Grove. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Council Grove.

  • Bert Zogelman

    Bertha “Bert” Zogelman, 84, died Monday at St. Luke Living Center. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Florence. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at the church. Inurnment will follow in the Burns Catholic Cemetery. Cremation has taken place.


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  • Gardener battles duplicitous trumpet vine

    Years ago, Marion gardener Margaret Wilson planted a modest trumpet vine and trained it up over an archway, accenting a flowered path beside her house with a pastoral portal into her backyard. As with many plants Wilson favors, the vine was intended to attract hummingbirds and especially bees.

  • Schafers family cleans up dilapidated mess

    Rehabilitating a house at 118 S. Freeborn has been a Schafers family project. The house is undergoing near-total rehabilitation because of the condition it was in when Jason Schafers took possession in April.

  • Crafts make classroom feel like home

  • DIY plastic pop bottle planter

    Wanting to find a useful way to use empty pop bottles laying around the house? Turn them into animal planters using these guidelines compiled from multiple sources, or create your own. Materials needed


  • Deck double talk

    If ever there’s been a head-scratcher about how county commissioners make decisions, what to do about 180 square feet of Marion County Lake’s 13 million square feet ranks right up there with neighborhood revitalization. Developer Garry Dunnegan wants to keep an old 18 by 10-foot dock moored in a cove where he’s also built a slightly larger dock connected to a new house for an El Dorado family. To accommodate a property owner who once had access to the old dock, Dunnegan built an attractive stairway leading down to the dock’s new location hugging the shoreline just north of the new one.


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  • Son is 4th in family to ace a hole

    One hole. One club. One ball. One shot. Travis Hett of Marion is one gleeful golfer. He beat the odds and realized every golfer’s dream by sinking his first hole-in-one July 24 at Marion Country Club. By doing so, he also became the fourth of five family members to score the astonishing feat.

  • 24 teams compete in women's scramble

    Twenty-five teams of golfers from Augusta, Colwich, Council Grove, Emporia, Herington, Hillsboro, Marion, McPherson, Newton, Overland Park, and Wichita competed in a nine-hole scramble Thursday at Marion Country Club. First place in championship flight went to Judy Noller, Marion, and Kathy Miller, McPherson, who combined to shoot 35.


  • Calendar of events

  • Violin duo to perform

    Violin duo Nova Deco, featuring performers from Wichita Symphony, will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Aug. 13 at historic Pioneer Bluffs barn, a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177. More information and reservations are available at (620) 753-3484 and lynn@pioneerbluffs.org.


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