• Third time no charm for alleged serial truck thief

    Three times was once too many for a Peabody man who allegedly stole the same truck three times in three days. The first disappearance of Hillsboro resident Jeremy Wade Schadel’s 1986 GMC S-15 pickup happened between 4 p.m. Jan. 16 and 6:50 a.m. Jan. 17 from 415 S. Main St. He reported it stolen along with an H&R pump action 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition, an 18” Stihl chainsaw, and numerous other tools with a combined estimated value of $2,488.

  • Who will follow Lori Lalouette?

    Commissioner Lori Lalouette submitted her resignation from office Monday, effective March 20. Lalouette has been embattled for weeks. Fellow commissioners called for her resignation early this month because of her absences from commission meetings, and then the next blow was a committee forming to seek a recall election.

  • Alpaca store goes to market

    A unique local business, part of the Marion landscape for three years, is closing its doors. Prairie Oak Alpaca Farm store has had a “for sale” sign in front for a couple of weeks.

  • The Devil went down to Chinga

    Fans of fiddle playing that rivals Satan’s fabled musical virtuosity may want to say the Lord’s Prayer before entering the gates at Chingawassa Days this June. The Chinga planning committee recently announced that the Charlie Daniels Band would headline Saturday night of the annual festival this year.

  • Music teacher strikes chords 70 years later

    Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a music teacher who loved her class. And the class loved her back, in a way that time could not touch. That teacher was Marion native Maurine Hawbecker, later Maurine Hawbecker Sloan Graham, who died Jan. 5 at the age of 97.

  • Brunner reacts to trade pact withdrawl

    Keeping a campaign promise, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday to withdraw from the proposed multinational trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The action quashed the hopes some county farmers and ranchers held that the trade deal would lead to an increase in agricultural exports and greater income security.


  • Sewer cleanout spawns insurance stink

    Hillsboro and Marion residents are aware, for the most part, that their respective public works departments are in the midst of three-year projects to clean the town sewers with pressurized water. Each is doing a third of its town at a time, ridding the lines of residues of what one normally would expect to find in a sewer, and more.

  • No new owner in sight for former Pizza Hut

    A former restaurant north of US-56 in Marion still sits empty four months after its sudden closure. Pizza Hut, owned by Grand Island, Nebraska-based Staab Management Co., had done business 22 years in Marion.


  • Tina the T-bird is an icebreaker

    While driving his 1964 Ford Thunderbird, Victor Burns of Lincolnville had stopped at a gas station along I-35 in Oklahoma when a stranger walked up to take a closer look. They struck up a conversation. “We talked about the possibility that he might have helped put the car together,” Burns said. “It was interesting. The man had lived in Michigan and worked for Ford on the Thunderbird line.”

  • Death of do-it-yourselfer?

    Changes in automotive design and tools are making it more complicated for average do-it-yourselfers to perform general maintenance on newer vehicles. Bob Williamson, store manager at CARQUEST Auto Parts in Hillsboro, has been in the auto business since the early ’90s. The shift became noticeable to him between 2005 and 2010.

  • Warming cars up not such a 'hot' idea?

    While letting a vehicle run to warm up on a cold day may seem like a good idea, some local mechanics say that practice could potentially cause the vehicle to have problems. “Sitting still, you don’t get the airflow through the radiator, and if the cooling fan doesn’t come on, it could overheat the engine,” Barry Allen of Webster Auto said. “It’s a good thing to warm them up a little bit before you just try to go, especially in severe cold, but you don’t want to leave it idle for a half an hour or something like that.”


  • Evelyn Friesen

    Former teacher and postal worker Evelyn L. “Ev” Friesen, 101, of Inman, died Friday at Pleasant View Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at North Inman Cemetery, Inman, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Pleasant View Home Chapel, Inman.

  • Stephen Klenda

    Stephen A. Klenda, 59, died Wednesday at the St. Luke Hospital Emergency. He was born April 15, 1957, to Leonard and Theresa (Polok) Klenda in Lincolnville.

  • Troy Moore

    Surveyor M. Troy Moore, 57, died Jan. 16 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Aug. 4, 1959, to Charles Honeyman and Shirley Moore in Olathe, he graduated from Peabody-Burns school system in 1977, and pursued a career as a land surveyor.

  • Paul Mueller

    Paul Emil Mueller, 71, Herington, died Wednesday at his home. He was born Aug. 25, 1945, to Gerhard G. and Ruth (Utech) Mueller in Newton.

  • Hazel Selvy

    A memorial service for Hazel Selvy, 102, who died Dec. 23, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion. A private inurnment will be in Marion Cemetery. A complete obituary was published Jan. 11.


    Lila Ensey

    Richard Forney

    Mary Strotkamp




  • Neo-century club meets

    Thirteen members answered roll call by putting $1 in a bag and sharing who their favorite movie stars are at a Neo-Century club meeting Jan. 9 at Hilltop Manor. A slate of next year’s officers were presented with Shirley Carlson as president, Joyce Duke as vice president, LaVaughn Klose as secretary, and Elaine Morse as treasurer.

  • McVay speaks to Kiwanis

    St. Luke Hospital physician Timothy McVay was guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of Kiwanis Club. McVay spoke about his medical mission work in Africa and the Middle East, the challenges and how much he loves helping others.


    Ava Hett

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago

    Large crowd attends program, Senior menu



  • Lady Warriors clinch Centre championship

    Fans of Marion girls’ basketball left Centre’s gym Saturday with smiles on their faces and shorter fingernails, as Marion defeated Centre in a nail-bitter to win the Cougar Classic tournament. By virtue of a 13-4 run in the second quarter, the Lady Warriors forged a hard-fought 9-point lead, 32-23, going into the final stanza.

  • 2 wrestlers win brackets at Eureka

    With Bryce Shults and Tyler Palic winning their weight classes and the team taking fifth, Marion High School wrestlers put up a good fight Saturday at a Eureka tournament. “I was very proud of the guys for fighting to the very end to get us our fifth-place team finish,” coach Tyler McMichael said. “It was a very good day full of great matchups.”

  • Lady Cougars finish second in home tourney

    Centre gave Marion a run for its money Saturday in the girls’ championship game of the Centre Cougar Classic. Centre coach Alan Stahlecker focused the defensive effort on controlling Marion’s Kourtney Hansen at the basket.


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  • Moran seeks summer interns

    College students interested in public service and government can work in the nation’s capital by applying for summer internships in the office of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran. The intern program is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, with preference given to Kansas residents. Interns work with Senate staff as they develop knowledge and professional skills. Full-time interns are compensated for their work.


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