• Phone threats evacuate Tabor

    A Tabor College groundskeeper, fired for allegedly threatening to shoot up campus, is free on bond this week. Tabor banned him from campus after evidence was provided by his wife, who reported that she also was threatened.

  • Souvenir goes out with a bang

    A World War I model artillery round found its way to the county sheriff’s department Monday, and Explosive Ordinance Disposal from McConnell Air Force base was called to blow it up. A family from the western part of the county who did not want to be identified had possession of the round for the past 50 years, Sheriff Robert Craft said.

  • This man cave is not metaphorical

    Batman of Gotham City and Gary Schuler of Marion have two things in common: Both own an extreme cave and both have their own crusade. Where the fictional masked avenger monitors imaginary villains from his dark recess, Schuler seeks to explore, map, and improve an adventure tourism destination called Hurricane River Caverns.

  • Lend her an ear (or a lobe)

    Diane Stubblefield didn’t set out to be an inventor, but her product, Lobes O’ Fun, is gaining popularity nonetheless. The Marion resident invented an ear hook buyers can attach beads to, changing the beads at will to match their moods or outfits. Each kit contains 300 beads and two sets of earring studs and comes with a bonus necklace kit.

  • EMS gets half of county tax hikes

    After tinkering, changing the numbers, and contemplating what matters more and what matters less, county commissioners proposed a 2017 budget with a five mill increase Monday. “I can’t say I’m happy, but I’m content,” commissioner Dan Holub said.


  • A need for speed

    Love blindsides, it comes out of nowhere, and for Shane MacDonald, 38, of Hillsboro, it happened at speeds approaching 140 mph. He drag races motorcycles.

  • Staff, townspeople shocked by Herington paper closure

    UPDATE: After deadline Tuesday, it was announced that the Herington Times has been purchased by Kansas Publishing Ventures, which owns newspapers in Andale and Newton and the Hillsboro Free Press. With little traffic Sunday in downtown Herington, Cindy Weekly stood relaxed about 15 feet out in Broadway St., cellphone held high, facing another weekly, the Herington Times, to say goodbye.

  • Route 77 Pit Stop for sale

  • Museum curator harvests first Threshing Days

    Goessel Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum curator Ben Schmidt faced his first ever Threshing Days over the weekend and, though he was tired on Monday, he said it was a fun learning experience. “It seemed to go pretty well, because the rain and clouds kept it pretty cool,” Schmidt said. “The museum saw a lot of people, so that was also great. I had a lot of good conversations.”

  • Burdick Labor Day will have a western theme

    “Boots and Jeans in 2016” is the theme of this year’s Burdick Labor Day celebration Sept. 4 to 5. Sunday activities include a 9:30 a.m. church service on the tennis courts led by Sue Talbot, pastor of Burdick United Methodist Church, and a 7 p.m. concert by recording artist Rusty Pierson.

  • Farmer loses $10,000 in cattle to thieves

    County sheriff’s officers are investigating the theft of eight head of cattle owned by Cody Schafer of rural Tampa. Schafer discovered a cut lock on a gate leading into a pasture on Diamond Rd. between 280th and 290th Rds. near Durham.

  • Stumped? Call in the gnomes

    Resourceful county residents have gained miniature, mythical creatures as neighbors after transforming tree stumps into quaint little gnome homes. Two years ago, a tree in the yard of rural Marion residents Quinn and Julie Trapp was damaged during a savage storm.


  • Betty Fruechting

    Betty (Lange) Fruechting, 80, died Aug. 6 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born Sept. 20, 1935, to Menno and Heddie (Wall) Harder in Hillsboro.

  • Juanita Harrison

    Homemaker Juanita M. Harrison, 54, died Aug. 7 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, with internment at 10 a.m. at Gnadenau Cemetery, rural Hillsboro. Visitation will be 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Mary Seibel

    Homemaker Mary Seibel, 95, died Aug. 2 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Services were Friday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, with internment at Gnadenau Cemetery, south of Hillsboro.


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  • Entrepreneurial cousins launch new business

    It’s not their first trip around the block, but cousins Tom Oborny of rural Marion and Ethan Oborny of rural Durham have launched their first official business. ET Fencing and Fabrication LLC began operations in June. “Ever since we could drive, we’ve been doing stuff together and always building something,” Ethan said.

  • Migrant workers come from half a world away

    Hillsboro farmer and custom cutter Mike Meisinger wants good and dependable help with harvest — even if it means bringing workers from Romania. A program that grants temporary visas so farm workers can enter the United States has helped Meisinger have enough employees on hand over the last nine years.

  • Test fields are crop supermarkets

    If you have trouble at the supermarket picking between two or three brands of the same product, that’s a far cry from the dizzying array of seeds farmers have to chose from for common crops like corn and soybeans. Drivers along 190th Rd. can get a small sampling of the conundrum as they pass Limestone Rd., where 32 signs mark rows of corn and soybean varieties from Ag Services.

  • Young farmers program accepting applications

    Kansas Corn Corps is accepting applications for a class designed to teach farming strategies to young farmers. Young farmers selected to participate in the Kansas Corn Corps will gain knowledge of strategies they can use in their farming operations.


  • Road woes at county lake; property owners seek solutions

    Property owners are seeking solutions for a washed-out road in a housing area at Marion County Park and Lake after recent rains. Back Bay Court, the road north of Lakeshore Dr., gets worse each time there is a hard rain, property owner Dwight Wernli told county commissioners Monday. Wernli said he’d measured washouts as deep as seven and as wide as 28 inches.

  • Rock quarry to open by fall

    A Wichita construction company plans to operate a rock quarry in the northeast section of the county. Bergkamp Construction intends to have a quarry near the intersection of 290th and Zebulon Rds. open by fall.

  • USD 408 preps for school year

    Marion-Florence school board members learned Monday that when it comes to this year’s budget, delays in Topeka mean delays at home. Superintendent Lee Leiker told members that because state decisions on school funding were late in coming, a proposed budget won’t be publicly discussed until a budget hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the district office. The board can then hear comment and approve or modify the budget.

  • Centre budget, contracts approved

    Teacher salaries are headed up and taxes down after action taken by Centre school board at its Aug. 1 meeting. The board approved a proposed budget of almost three mills less than the previous year. Proposed general fund spending authority is $2,922,191, about $269,000 less than last year’s actual expenditures.



  • Birthday party thrown for Gray

    Marjorie Gray celebrated her birthday July 30th with a dinner at Peabody Health and Rehab. Lews and Loretta Gray, Great Bend, Ernest and Louann Gray, Peabody, and Douglas and Doris Gray, Hutchinson, served as hosts. Those who attended included Russell and Desiree Gray, Robbie, and Anabella, Kansas City, Missouri; Curtis and Kristin Gray, Claire, and Calab, Wichita; Mark and Misty Straub, Makenna, and Makeila, Great Bend.

  • Presbyterians plan musical coffee shop

    “Coffee-shopping at the Presby,” a night of cupcakes, coffee, and music, will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Marion Presbyterian Church. Rachel Olsen will provide a variety of cupcakes, including red velvet and mocha espresso, along with different varieties of coffee and tea.

  • Hetts visit New Jersey relatives

    Aaron, Lanell, and Lindsay Hett of Marion recently visited relatives Lew and LaVonda Rothman, Samantha Rothman, and John, Logan, and Ezra Hankin in Morristown, New Jersey. They spent their time golfing, dining, visiting museums, relaxing by the pool and spa, and playing Mexican train dominoes and pitch.

  • Commodities available Aug. 17

    Government commodities will arrive in Marion County senior centers Aug. 17. Lincolnville Community Center will distribute commodities from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 17, and Marion Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18.


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  • Calendar of events

  • Chat and Dine Club to meet

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club convene for “An Evening of Joyous Praise” at 6 p.m. Saturday at Marion County Park and Lake Hall. Tucker and Emily Kulas of Salina will provide the program.

  • CDDO to meet

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization directors will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at Marion County Park and Lake Hall. An opportunity for public forum will be at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Author to speak, sing cowboy songs

    Author Roy Bird will sing cowboy songs and talk about cattle drives at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. His presentation will include guitar playing and showing slides of Texas cattle, the Chisholm Trail, and the journey from Texas to Abilene.

  • Senior Citizens to meet in Peabody

    County funding requests will top the agenda for a Senior Citizens of Marion County meeting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at Peabody Senior Center. Peabody seniors will serve lunch. Reservations are needed by Aug. 17 and can be made by calling LouAnn Bowlin at (620) 983-2226.

  • TEEN to meet

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at USD 408, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.


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