• Cafe owner seeks help battling painful abdominal hernia

    Cindy Taylor, owner of Cindy’s Family Cafe in Marion, is headed to New York Monday on what will be an expensive mission toward better health and less pain. But she needs a little help to get there. Taylor has an abdominal hernia that’s far beyond commonplace. The rift in her abdominal wall is so large that her internal organs are no longer in the proper places. The shift is obvious in a large bulge on the left side of her abdomen. Her pain has increased to the point she’s had to cut back on her hours at the cafe.

  • A 3,500 mile ride to save horses

    Two women on horseback plodding along US-50 through Thursday morning’s heavy rain was an odd sight for passing drivers. It was odder still for Sheri Gerety when she looked out a window at her house just west of Peabody. “I was sneaking pictures from inside,” she said. “How many times do you see two women on horseback coming down your driveway?”

  • Home at last, Dean Klenda to receive full military honors

    Exactly 51 years to the day that Air Force Major Dean A. Klenda’s plane was shot down over North Vietnam, his remains will be laid to rest at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church cemetery in Pilsen. The funeral with full military honors will be Sept. 17. “I want to make a good day out of a bad day,” Dean’s sister, Deanna Klenda said. “I had thought it was impossible that his remains would ever be found.”

  • Missing blind man found dead

    A 76-year-old Marion man who wandered away from his apartment sometime after 9:30 p.m. Monday was found dead Tuesday morning. Marion police officer Duane McCarty said Derrel Dye, 76, was blind and very hard of hearing.

  • Man arrested for alleged sex offense

    Edwin M. Klenda, 55, Marion, was arrested last week on an attorney general’s charge of aggravated sexual battery. State statutes, cited in the complaint, define aggravated sexual battery as “the touching of a victim who is 16 or more years of age and who does not consent thereto with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the offender or another … when the victim is overcome by force or fear.”

  • Grant hoped for 190th Rd.

    Although a much-traveled road between Marion and Hillsboro is closed indefinitely for repairs, a light at the end of the tunnel might be shining. A grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service is hoped to pay for needed repairs to get 190th Rd. open again. Citing safety concerns, the county closed the road last week after the road, already weakened by erosion from the South Cottonwood River, became softer, concrete began cracking, and a guardrail began tilting toward the river.

  • Economic Development committee forging forward

    There are likely some tough decisions ahead for county economic development. With the recent formation of a county economic development committee, focus and money might need to be shifted to the proposals the committee brings forward when they are done evaluating how to recruit jobs to the county.


  • Grand marshal values Labor Day festival

    Marion resident Melvin Honeyfield, longtime employee of this newspaper, got involved with planning Florence Labor Day festivities over 15 years ago, and this year he was honored as the event’s grand marshal. After riding through the parade in an ATV with his beloved great-niece, Corin Parmley, seated next to him, Honeyfield recalled joining the event planning committee.

  • Florence Labor Day results

  • Marion group assists with Peabody Market purchase

    New Peabody Market owners Mike and Jadina Crow are up and running with changes ranging from new paint to new inventory. “I’m a fixer-upper kind of a guy, so I have plenty of projects now,” Mike Crow said.

  • Move your mailbox if you want to

    Although a recent letter from the Post Office might not sound like it, moving Marion mailboxes to the curb is voluntary, Marion Postmaster Lori Kelsey said. Letters recently went out to about 100 Marion residents asking them to move their mailboxes to the curb.

  • Winds of change affect Doyle project developers

    Rex Savage of Florence didn’t intend to be a trailblazer, but such is the fate of those who go first, as he did when he embarked on a quest to see a wind farm built in the county. Over the years Savage has been developing what’s known as the Doyle project, technology, regulations, prices, the industry, and Savage’s plans all have changed.

  • Peabody baker sculpts edible art, seeks 'wow factor'

    Fans of “Cakes by Rob” owner Rob Gibson of Peabody don’t just appreciate his art. They devour it. Gibson bakes many traditional a pastries out of his home, but where he really shines is sculpting unique creative cakes.

  • Commissioners ponder county administrator but cost is just too high

    County commissioners last week heard a suggestion from Marion city council member John Wheeler that the county hire an administrator to oversee day-to-day operational matters and free up commissioners to focus on “higher things.” Wheeler said he’s had people ask him why the county doesn’t have an administrator style government in recent months.


  • Charles L. Stinchcomb

    Former veterinarian Charles Lowell Stinchcomb, 70, of Russell, died Aug. 15 at home. Born Jan. 24, 1946, to Charles F. and Rosalene (Higgins) Stinchcomb in Marion County, he married Barbara Ann Weber on June 12, 1966.

  • Reese Nuckles

    Reese Tyler Nuckles, 10 months, died Aug. 31 at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, Missouri. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. A funeral service was Tuesday at Forest Park Church, North Campus, Joplin, Missouri.

  • Johelen Fincham

    Johelen A. Fincham, 96, formerly of Marion, died Sunday at Vintage Park Assisted Living Community, Baldwin City. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Inurnment will be in Marion Cemetery.


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  • Farmers markets hit home stretch

    As summer makes a gradual transition to fall, county farmers markets are starting to wind down for the year. After a short break, Peabody’s farmers market was back this year, having its last event for the season Aug. 29.

  • Donahue designs new trailer for easy loading

    A request from a California-based company prompted Donahue Manufacturing in Durham to design a new flatbed trailer. “We had a dealer in California that manufactures a soil conditioner that is pulled behind by 3-point hitch tractor and is 20 feet wide,” owner Doug Kjellin said, “so it could not go down California highways or freeways. They had no way to get it up onto a flatbed, so we built the flatbed to come up to the implement.”

  • Animals see the light

    It’s been used by chiropractors for several years, and now cold laser therapy has come to Animal Health Center of Marion County. Veterinarian Jessica Laurin said the therapy is used to treat arthritis and pain in animals that are sensitive to pain medication or steroids.

  • Spray planes treat crops

    Aerial crop sprayers have been in abundance in the Kansas sky the past few weeks. A summer with ample moisture has produced lush corn, milo, and soybean crops that are being attacked by a myriad of harmful worms.

  • Soybean contest accepting entries

    Entries for the annual Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests are now being accepted through Dec. 1. The highest dryland and irrigated yields in the contest will receive $1000, with an overall winner earning an additional $1,000 for achieving or surpassing 100 bushels per acre.



  • Taylors mark 50th anniversary

    Doyle and Rita (Urbanek) Taylor of Marion celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. The Taylors were married Sept. 3, 1966, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen.

  • MHS Class of 1951, 1956 plan reunions

    Marion High School class of 1951 will have their 65th class reunion Sept. 24th at the VFW in Marion. Class members will meet at 9 a.m. for rolls, juice, and to decorate a class float to ride in the Old Settlers’ Day parade.

  • Carlsons lead Burdick parade

    Glenn and Sandy Carlson were grand marshals for the Burdick Labor Day parade. They were escorted in a horse drawn surrey driven by Frank Buchman of Alta Vista. The Carlsons were part of the group that organized the first Labor Day celebration 44 years ago. Sandy said her extension homemakers unit initiated the event, and other organizations joined in as time went along.

  • PEO chapter meets

    PEO Chapter DB met at Marion Public Library Aug. 29 with 23 members present. Belinda Skiles and Susan Robson were hostesses and served a brownie dessert. Yearbooks for the 2016-2017 PEO year were distributed.

  • Chat and Dine to meet Saturday

    Keith and Judy Harder will talk about their 300-mile walking journey on Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim path in Spain, at Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club, 6:30 p.m Saturday at Marion County Lake Hall. Les and Colleen Greenemeyer and Bob and Judy Priest are hosts for the event. Attendees are requested to bring a covered dish for the meal.

  • Hog, turkey to roast in tandem with Hope festival

    Hope Lions Club will have its annual hog and turkey roast from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the First National Bank annex and community center in Hope. The roast will be held in conjunction with the 15th annual Hope Heritage Festival, which features a variety of events including kids games, cake walk, carriage rides, car show, pin-up contest, rock paper scissors tourney, ventriloquist, and several musical acts.

  • Blood drive date and time changed

    The American Red Cross blood mobile will now be at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion from 1:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Sept. 15. The local site provides food for donors, volunteers, and Red Cross staff.

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  • Marion blanks Moundridge 26-0

    Marion defensive back Mason Pedersen’s jersey was prophetic Friday. No. 6 came up with a pick-6 touchdown on Moundridge’s third play from scrimmage, and the Warriors rolled from there, defeating the visiting Wildcats 26-0 at Warrior Stadium.

  • Cougars start season with road victory

    After trailing the first three quarters at Little River, the Centre Cougars pulled out a 34-28 victory. First-year coach Matt Warta was ecstatic.

  • Centre volleyball invitational is Saturday

    Marion volleyball team will open the Centre invitational tournament with a 9 a.m. game against Life Prep Academy of Wichita. Centre will play Rural Vista at 10 a.m.

  • Warriors run for 4th at Abilene

    Marion girls’ cross-country team placed fourth Thursday at an a meet contested on a golf course in Abilene. “They all fought through the pain, and finished well,” Coach Dmitry Bucklin said. “I know some of them were disappointed with their times and place but it is only the first meet, and we have many more before the season is over.”

  • Warriors beat Trinity, Sedgwick

    Marion volleyball celebrated a victory Tuesday night after the Warriors defeated both Trinity Catholic and Sedgwick High Schools in Hutchinson. Warriors will play at Centre 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • Molleker graduates from Fort Hays

    A Marion student was among 470 summer graduates from Fort Hays State University. Adam Michael Molleker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics.

  • Tampa Triple T's report

    Tampa Triple T’s 4-H Club met Aug. 14 at the Tampa ball field for their monthly meeting. Members were told that record books are due to Kim Oborny by Sept. 23, and also discussed how the club thought the county fair went.

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