• Crafty farm owner builds "Windturbinehenge" from scratch

    Travelers along US-77 may have noticed a bunch of small windmills with blades turning and sparkling in the sun on a farm near the Marion County Lake exit. The farm owner, Rodger Nurnberg, said a lot of curious people stop by, especially on Sunday. He has set out to build his own wind energy system in the cheapest way possible.

  • Marion Pizza Hut is closed permanently

    After 22 years in business, Marion Pizza Hut abruptly and permanently closed its doors Monday, shocking employees and community members alike. Location manager Danyal Hamm got the news that morning along with three other employees.

  • Cop's nose leads to drug arrest in his yard

    New Hillsboro Police officer Randy Brazil is accustomed to looking for criminals. He’s just not accustomed to finding them in his backyard. “His yard is almost like an oasis in the middle of town,” Police Chief Dan Kinning said. “He has several acres with a pond surrounded by trees.”

  • Robson to decline Ellsworth attorney position

    Marion County attorney Susan Robson, who soundly beat out her competitor in the August primary for Ellsworth County attorney, has changed her mind about wanting the job. In late September, Robson emailed a letter to Ellsworth County Clerk Shelly Vopat saying she won’t accept the Ellsworth County position if elected.

  • Man buys cafe

    A Marion restaurant will reopen soon under new ownership. Reign Anduss of Marion sold Mom and Dad’s Café, which he and his late wife, Marlene, operated for several years at 113 S. Freeborn St. in Marion. Anduss’ daughter, Marsha Strecker of Hesston, owned the business at the time of the sale, after Anduss transferred all of his property to her.

  • Rain thwarts progress on road issue

    Personnel may change, but the county chorus remains the same: Roads, particularly dirt and gravel ones, are in rough shape. Road and bridge superintendent Jesse Hamm sounded a lot like predecessor Randy Crawford when he met with county commissioners Friday.

  • Sentencing delayed in arson case


  • Committee pushes "county community"

    When county commissioners met with members of their economic development advisory committee Friday, the overall tone was reminiscent of a line from a commercial for long-defunct Falstaff beer: “We’re all in this together, it’s time we made it clear.” Roger Hefley, Craig Dodd, and Tammy Ensey were present to elaborate on a two-page letter in which the committee proposed commissioners give the group a formal charter to guide their activities.

  • Farmers harvest corn despite moisture

    Marion area farmer Tom Oborny, 21, has been busy cutting corn even though there is standing water in places in some fields. “We weren’t really sure if we should be rolling today,” he said on Thursday. “There is water at the bottom of some terraces. Combines don’t like the mud.”

  • Wildlife more active, might come to town

    Fall’s more temperate weather makes animals, like people, more likely to be active. For those who live in town, that can mean more close encounters of the animal kind. It’s not necessary to be frightened by the sight of wildlife in town, said Cody Morris, game warden for Marion County.

  • Area nursing homes are tightening their belts

    Area nursing homes are feeling the bite of reimbursement cuts for Medicaid patients. A 4 percent cut to Medicaid was announced by Gov. Sam Brownback in May. The cut was made to reduce the state’s ongoing budget woes by saving $57.4 million. Despite the fact that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has yet to approve the cuts, Kansas put the cuts into effect July 1.


  • Larry Bergman

    Larry Lee Bergman, 75, died Friday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Durham. Family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Jerry Gilmer

    Peabody High School graduate Marcellus “Jerry” Gilmer died Aug. 31 in Medford, Oregon. He was buried in National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Oregon.

  • Howard Goering

    Former Peabody area farmer Howard H. Goering, 89, died Sept. 28 at Buhler Sunshine Home. He was born March 16, 1927, to Henry A. and Lydia (Stucky) Goering in Moundridge.

  • E. Martin Rhodes

    E. Martin Rhodes, 81, died Sept. 27 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. A funeral service was Friday at Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. The family held a private interment.


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  • Taking a bath on life vests

    If someone told me they were going to sell me me a fully-tricked out Mustang if I first gave them $5,000, just imagine how I might react when they showed up with a Taurus instead. It wouldn’t be pretty. That could be the reaction of folks at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment if they get a final report from the county showing the health department spent almost $5,000 of their money on life jackets for kids.


    Energizing fall weather

    Klenda memorial


  • Kansans' right to hunt, fish, trap to appear on Nov. ballot

    It may surprise some outdoor enthusiasts that their right to hunt, fish, and trap is on November’s ballot. Marion hunter Chris Brewer believes hunting, trapping, and fishing are more than a right.

  • Hunter safety in 20th year at middle school

    Among the clubs Hillsboro Middle School offers students every other Friday, the most popular aims to teach kids the importance of safety when hunting. “I believe we started it in 1996,” sponsor Evan Yoder said. “(Leonard) Coryea and (Anne) Janzen and Becki (Yoder) help, and it’s definitely a popular club.”

  • It's a bird! It's a plane! it...is a bird!

    If you want to get into the patriotic spirit this election season, look no further than Marion reservoir. Office manager Torey Hett and assistant lake manager Kevin McCoy both reported spotting the first bald eagle of fall this past week, which is a little earlier than last year.

  • Winter hours for camping in effect at end of Oct.

    Those not wanting to pay fees for camping at Marion Reservoir need only to wait one more month. “At the end of October, we’ll be officially closing the campgrounds,” assistant lake manager Kevin McCoy said, “but we’ll have all the campgrounds out here for after season use.” From the end of October until April, people will be able to camp at Hillsboro, French Creek, Marion, and Cottonwood Point coves without any fees. McCoy said boat ramps will be open, but with courtesy docks due to possible ice coverage. The boat ramp at Marion Cove is closed for repairs. “All of the water-born showers and water-born toilets will be winterized,” McCoy said, “but the vault systems will be available for use.” Sewer hook-ups also will not be available, but power and water will be on unless “we have one of those Kansas cold snaps,” McCoy said. “But we’ll leave the water on as long as possible,” McCoy said.



  • Enrollment declines by 4.5 at Centre

    The 2016-17 enrollment number at Centre schools is 205 students, down from 209.5 the previous year. This is the first year of pre-kindergarten at Centre. The head count per grade is pre-kindergarten, 6; kindergarten, 10; first grade, 7; second, 10; third, 15; fourth, 17; fifth, 25; sixth, 11; seventh, 16; eighth, 21; ninth, 11; 10th, 13; 11th, 25; 12th, 18.

  • Centre FFA has a busy week

    The past week was a busy one for Centre FFA. They staged an ag awareness day Sept. 27 for first through fifth graders. Demonstrating live animals and farm implements were Payton Harms on cattle, Zach Barney on sheep, Grace Knepp on pigs, Raeanne Bryant on horticulture, and Greg Oborny and Dylan Deines on farm equipment.

  • Area school menus


  • Undefeated Marion blasts Sterling 44-14

    Chalk one up for the Marion Warriors scout team. Player after player said the same thing Friday after Marion’s dominating 44-14 win against Sterling: The Warriors knew what the Black Bears were going to do and they were ready.

  • Lady Warriors win 2 at home

    After a disappointing trip to the Belle Plaine tournament Saturday, the Warriors volleyball team got back on track at home Tuesday. Marion staunchly defeated Moundridge, 25-18 and 25-15, in their first Tuesday night match. The Warriors then topped off Sterling with authority, 25-16 and 25-5, to polish off the senior night competitions.

  • Warriors runners earn personal records

    Pushing themselves under favorable running conditions, all Warriors who ran at Halstead onThursday came home with personal season records. “I know the cooler weather really helped our runners,” coach Dmitry Bucklin said. “The course is also really nice for the runner, slight up hill and down hills, but mostly flat, in the running world we call them PR courses.”

  • Peterson wins fourth golf medal

    Centre’s Hannah Peterson finished eighth out of 50 golfers in the Silver Lake girls’ golf tourney at Western Hills in Topeka on Monday, scoring a 51. She has medaled in four of six meets this season. Maliequa Spohn improved her score by 15 strokes since the beginning of the season, finishing 34th. Avery Williams finished 49th.

  • Cougars run at Halstead

    High school varsity runner CJ Thompson finished 55th at the cross-country meet Thursday at Halstead. Junior varsity runners Kate Basore finished 30th, Tanner Wiggans, 50th, and Jordan Miller, 79th. Seventh graders Lili Espinoza and Tanner Stuchlik medaled. Espinoza finished 20th and Stuchlik finished 15th.


  • Calendar of Events

  • TCT seeks applications for directors

    Tri-County Telephone, a member-owned cooperative with headquarters in Council Grove, will accept applications for its board of directors through Jan. 13. Representatives of districts 2, 4, and 5, as well as an at large position will be selected via mail-in ballots sent in February and announced at the annual meeting March 28.

  • Two local blood drives in Oct.

    Marion County will have two blood drives during the month of Oct. The first will be from 12 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.


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