• Men in ski masks enter home, duct-tape woman

    A 19-year-old Goessel woman was duct-taped to a wooden rail in the bathroom of her home late Sunday morning by two intruders apparently looking to rob the home. Sheriff Rob Craft said the incident was discovered when the woman’s parents returned from church and found her taped up in the bathroom.

  • Huffman resigns county post

    Teresa Huffman, county economic development director, has resigned effective May 8. After submitting her resignation to county commissioners Monday, Huffman said she said she plans to retire. She plans to enjoy camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

  • Shields drags heels, creates friction

    Slow progress on a Lincolnville cleanup project led to quick tempers at Monday’s county commission meeting. Gavin Shields, who has stored cars, tires, equipment, and such on a lot at the south edge of Lincolnville since he closed his repair shop last year, and tangled with the planning and zoning commission since, was at the meeting to report how he’s doing with cleaning up the premises.

  • Fire destroys house

    Lincolnville fire department responded to a house fire at 309 Kansas St. shortly before noon Monday. Marion, Lost Springs, and Tampa firefighters, as well as a tanker truck from Durham were called for assistance. Black smoke was billowing out of the roof when they arrived, which fire chief Lester Kaiser said indicated a slow-burning, deep-seated fire.

  • Firefighters battle Hutchinson blaze

    When the call to save lives and property in Reno County came, 31 county firefighters sprung to action. Among them were three Marion firefighters. Fire chief Mike Regnier said the Marion firefighters left March 7 with one vehicle and returned March 8.

  • MHS sophomores to attend college early

    Marion High School’s collective GPA may fall a few points next year, as two of its brightest students are “dropping out” at the end of this semester. Sophomores David Francis and Larry Zieammermann finalized their intent to attend the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University on Friday at an academic signing at MHS.

  • Centre grad is new CEO at Cooperative Grain and Supply

    It will be a homecoming of sorts when Lost Springs native Jerry Fenske takes over as chief executive officer of Cooperative Grain and Supply on April 1. Fenske has spent the past year as general manager of Leavenworth County Cooperative Association at Lansing.

  • Burn resolution put on ice

    This will not be the year a new burn resolution will take effect in the county. Although fire chiefs from Peabody, Lincolnville, Hillsboro, Marion, Lehigh, and Burns spoke to county commissioners Feb. 20 about replacing a burn regulation passed in 2014 with a new one, the terms of the proposed resolution have since been questioned, discussed, and had changes proposed.


  • Planning commission sets March 30 public meeting

  • Starships and airplanes and drones, oh my

    The starship Enterprise, a miniature drone, a tiny helicopter, and several fixed-wing planes took to the air inside Marion Elementary School gymnasium Sunday afternoon. Ron Black, Valley Center, a first-time participant at Marion but a longtime remote control airplane pilot, steered the Enterprise around in the air, flying it near airplanes and off to open air spaces.

  • Cows may have saved home from wildfire

    Scott Tajchman and his family, who live 5 miles north of Hutchinson, found themselves fleeing from their home last week as a wildfire threatened. The son of the late Valerian and Teresa Tajchman grew up at Ramona. His mother still lives on the farm.

  • $25K for half a block

    City council members discovered the cost of resurfacing a half block of pavement Monday, and for that they can thank rain and questionable decision-making by a contractor. When Andrew Brunner of EBH & Associates reviewed costs for an upcoming Main St. overlay project, he started by turning back the clock to the last major downtown overlay, which ended mid—block west of 1st St.

  • Seasoned musician talks 23 years of 'universal language'

    For small town musicians, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to go when you want to make a living doing what you love. Shane Marler of Peabody has been playing professionally for 23 years. Over that time, he has developed some insights into what it takes to make music performance an integral part of one’s life.

  • County historical society to reorganize

    An effort is underway to reactivate and repurpose Marion County Historical Society to promote the county. The organization became inactive in the late 2000s. Mary Olson of Peabody got the ball rolling last fall after she learned the society had an active bank account. She organized a meeting in September with interested parties from Florence, Peabody, Marion, and Pilsen.

  • County resident organizes fire relief effort

    The largest wildfire in Kansas history swept through parts of western Kansas last week, and many Kansans, including right here at home, are responding to help those who lost homes, fences, and barns along with cattle. Nathan Fish of Hillsboro has spearheaded an effort to deliver supplies to ranchers in the Ashland area.


  • Jim Ottensmeier

    James L. “Jim” Ottensmeier, 68, died Monday at his home in Marion. A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Claney Cemetery, rural Marion.

  • Ronald Pracht

    Ronald Dean Pracht, 75, died March 7 at Robert D. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Ronald was born on Sept. 5, 1941, to Roland and Myrtle (Fox) Pracht in Marion, Kansas.

  • Elnora Reiswig Siemens

    Marion native Elnora D. Reiswig-Siemens, 94, died March 12, at Lexington Park Nursing Home in Topeka. Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marion. Interment will be in Marion Cemetery.


    Marty Hallowell



  • Treating food impurities like a crime

    When someone dining out finds something odd and disgusting in their food, it’s cause for angst, for protests, perhaps for nausea, and certainly for a refund. But if that person is forensic biochemist Dan Madgwick of Marion, it’s a cause for learning.

  • Kansans urged to prevent spread of mumps

    Marion County residents who have or may potentially encounter people from any of 12 Kansas counties that recently reported 56 cases of mumps should take precautions to prevent further spread of mumps. As of Tuesday, county health department director Diedre Serene said there had been no mumps cases reported in the county.

  • It's not in the genes, thank goodness

    Peggy Blackman couldn’t be more relieved after getting results from a recent blood test. Test results show she’s not a genetic carrier for the ovarian cancer physicians diagnosed in 1986. With a daughter, four granddaughters, and seven great-granddaughters with another expected next month, Blackman said it was a great weight off her shoulders to find out her descendants weren’t born predisposed to the same cancer.

  • Strength-building class is a family affair for some

    A full class of 15 people is engaged in eight weeks of a muscle-strengthening program provided by Marion County Extension Service. They meet twice a week for hour-long sessions. Melissa Stuchlik of rural Pilsen, her mother, Iona Dietrich of Tampa, and two aunts, are taking the class together.

  • Hillsboro to have ambulance station

    Hillsboro will have its own ambulance station after paving the way for full-time paramedics to be housed and fed while on duty. Hillsboro mayor Delores Dalke told county commissioners the city has made arrangements for housing and feeding paramedics who will be stationed there after the county hires the first two of four full-time paramedics planned for Emergency Medical Service.


  • Economic exit

    The news of county economic development director Teresa Huffman’s resignation Monday came as a bit of surprise, but the timing is right for her and for the county. Huffman said this is her gateway to retirement, and we have little doubt she’ll make the most of it. She’s made so many good connections throughout the state and beyond through her work that she could hook up that fancy Glamper of hers and hit the road for months at a time, never worrying about having a place to park overnight or finding friends to meet up with.


    The noodle maker


  • Families to get gooey and ooey on Saturday

    Formerly called “Ooey Gooey Night,” county families can expect to get messy Saturday at Wee Care’s annual fundraiser that is now called “Gooey Ooey Family Event.” Child care provider Joy Vogel said the group recently learned that “Ooey Gooey” was a copyrighted name, and thus changed the name.

  • Blood drive to be Monday

    American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be stopping in Marion on Monday to accept donations. The blood drive will be from 1:15 to 6:15 p.m. at Eastmoor United Methodist Church.

  • Pie Night benefit is March 26

    A fundraiser for Tabor College Project SEARCH will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 26 at FamLee Bakery in Marion. Project SEARCH is a school-to-work transition program for young adults with disabilities. Funds raised will go to providing nine-month internships to prepare them for competitive employment within their communities.

  • Lifelong Learning: Wichita actor, singer to speak

    A program titled “’What Were Ya Thinkin?’: A Perspective on the National Anthem and the Inspiration for It,” will be given by Wichita- based attorney Debs McIlhenny, who is also a singer and actor for the Wichita Bar Show. “History promises us a permanent record of the good that comes from human strife,” McIlhenny said. “Yet, seldom do we expect one to be as visible and inspiring, every day, as this one.”

  • 20th Century Club learns about hospital auxiliary

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe was the focus of a 20th Century Club meeting March 6 at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant. Hostesses Mary Ann Conyers and Dorothy Youk brought several items from the shop that they showed and sold. Conyers gave a presentation about the shop’s history and operations.

  • Neo-Century Club visits Elgin Hotel

    Neo-Century Club visited the historic Elgin Hotel during its March 6 meeting. The club decided to help with games at St. Luke Living Center the fourth Friday of every month.


    Allisons to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Harper Marie Heerey

    Card shower requested for Klingenberg's 80th birthday

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 140 years ago

    Bowers delivers first flowers of spring, Senior menu


  • Teen entrepreneurs see success with 'nutty' business

    Running a booming small business can be a hard nut to crack, but two Marion High School students recently earned some entrepreneurial success with their industrious idea. “Nothin’ But Nut,” the not-so-nutty brainchild of Marissa Jacobson and Colin Williams, placed second of nine teams and received the overall people’s choice award last week in the Marion/Hillsboro E-Community County Youth Entrepreneurial Challenge at Marion Community Building.

  • Ford to lead Tabor nursing program

    New leadership for Tabor College’s Wichita-based nursing program could eventually lead to nursing education options for the Hillsboro campus. Staci Ford, director of nursing programs for Tabor College Wichita as of April, brings 20 years of experience in nursing and instruction to the position.

  • Marion school board handles routine items

    Marion-Florence school board members voted Monday to extend the terms of members whose terms expire before school board elections. The issue arises because state law setting dates for school board elections has changed, making school board elections in November along with other elections.

  • MHS alumni baseball game is March 25

    They won’t have lineup cards and they won’t be keeping score, but Marion High School baseball alumni will try to keep up with the young guys when they face off against the Warriors’ current squad in a light-hearted exhibition scrimmage March 25. “As far as I know it’s the first time they’ve done anything like it around here,” seventh-year head coach Roger Schroeder said. “It’s mainly a good way for us to generate some buzz for the baseball season. We’re just looking to have fun.”

  • Wheat State names all-league teams

    Five county athletes have been selected for the 2017 Wheat State All-League basketball teams. Cole Srajer and Dylan Deines, both of Centre, made the boys first team. Eden Hiebert and Brittney Hiebert of Goessel and Kate Basore of Centre made the girls first team.

  • Hansen makes HOA first team

    Junior Kourtney Hansen was a central figure in a successful rebuilding year for Marion High girls’ basketball, and Heart of America league coaches took notice, naming her all-league first team. Hansen rolled up 319 points this season, a 14.5 points per game average. Most of those points came from working down low and on fast breaks after steals, but she also went to the free throw line 147 times, knocking down 86.

  • Insurance increases 1.64 percent at Centre

    Centre board approved a Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plan Monday that increases premiums by 1.64 percent. The board has been encouraged by their insurance agent to join a pool of schools, but the consensus was to stay with the “grandfathered” policy that has served the district for years. A single pool policy would cost $600 compared with $439 with the current policy.

  • Area school menu

  • 4-H REPORTS:

    Happy Hustlers

    Marion Middle School


  • Calendar of events

  • Girl Scout cookie sale extends to March 26

    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is extending its annual cookie sale by one week, ending on March 26 instead of March 19. Those interested in buying girl scout cookies may find the nearest cookie booth by entering their zipcode at kansasgirlscouts.org, or by calling 1-888-686-MINT.

  • County seniors to meet

    The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Peabody Senior Center. Lunch will be served at the center. For reservations, call Peabody Senior Center site manager at (620) 983-2226 or the Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580 by Mar. 15.

  • Cemetery board meets Thursday

    Payroll, burials, and cemetery related issues will be discussed at a Peabody Cemetery board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Adult coloring available at library

    An adult session of coloring, cookies, and conversation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Marion City Library. Coloring pages and pencils will be provided. For more information, call (620) 382-2442.


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