• Fishing line, diapers, and beer cans

    Lloyd Davies intended to get the 15th annual Marion Reservoir cleanup day started promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday, but he couldn’t; a crush of volunteers was still busy filling out paperwork and scrambling for doughnuts and coffee. “We were so packed in the shed signing up that it was hard to move around,” Davies said. “I usually order 10 dozen doughnuts and had thought about cutting it back to eight, but for the first time they were all gone by late morning.”

  • County's Straub plans squashed

    Plans county commissioners had to use the former Straub building in Marion for a new shop and offices got a resounding thumbs down from Marion city council Monday, as members unanimously rejected a conditional use permit for the property. County commission chair Randy Dallke, though unhappy, said he expected the council’s vote.

  • Eclectic artist welds 'creative lunacy'

    Fusing the way of the welder with drawing and sculpting, Aulne artist Julie Starks conjures new metallic life from the heavy heaps of scrap metal that adorn her lawn. Strobes of flashing light and the smell of burnet metal emanate from her workshop as the crackle of her welder mingles with songs of jazz singers like Nina Simone, whom Starks listens to while working on a project.

  • Cash stolen under prosecutor's nose

    Someone stole an envelope containing cash and a money order from a desktop counter at the county attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon. County Attorney Courtney Boehm told county commissioners during Monday’s meeting that two individuals came into the office late that afternoon, one of whom has a number of bad check charges against her. An envelope containing $1,244 was left on a counter while staff members were busy with the individuals.

  • Released from poverty with a little help from their friends

    People living on the edge of self-sufficiency and those who know the ropes of getting by in the world can have a powerful influence on each other’s lives. Leaders, as they are called, who live in poverty, and allies living a middle- or upper-class lifestyle can learn much from each other. That’s an important reason Circles works in Marion County.


  • Lunch meet and greet slated for new practitioners

    St. Luke Hospital’s newest medical staff members will be introduced at a meet and greet luncheon May 4. Nurse practitioner Tracy Grafton, who began practicing Dec. 27 at St. Luke, and physician Amanda Baxa, who started April 10, will meet and greet visitors from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at the entrances of the hospital and the medical clinic.

  • Moran staffer in town on Tuesday

  • Marion EMS gets $175,000 new home

    Cramped quarters will soon be a thing of the past for Marion emergency medical crews, as county commissioners moved Monday to purchase the former Auto House building to house ambulances and personnel. Commissioners took a tour of the building at 1242 Commercial Dr. a week ago, looking over its two bays, office area, upstairs break room, and loft. The building also has a fenced-in storage yard at the rear.

  • City buys buttons police don't need

  • Drivers extricated after Hillsboro wreck

    A three-vehicle accident on US-56 just north of Hillsboro Tuesday evening sent three people to Hillsboro Community Hospital, one with a possible broken leg. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash log, an eastbound 2017 Subaru Crosstrek driven by Tania A. Sorenson, 32, Hillsboro, was preparing to turn north into a driveway when the Subaru was struck from behind by a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Nathaniel N. Bentley, 33, Gypsum.


  • Larry Hamm

    Hillsboro farmer Larry Lee Hamm, 79, died April 22 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Durham. Interment will precede at 10 a.m. at Durham Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • James Smith

    Former Centre High School principal James Eldon “Jim” Smith, 79, died April 18. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wilsey Christian Church, Wilsey.

  • Dean Seifert

    Marion native Dean Paul Seifert, 57, of Miles City, Montana, died April 13 in Billings, Montana. He was born Jan. 27, 1960, to Leland and Hilda Seifert in Marion, where he also attended grade school. Seifert graduated high school in Grove, Oklahoma.

  • Willam Jacobs

    William R. “Bill” Jacobs, 69, died Tuesday at Manor Care in Wichita. A graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.

  • David Carlisle

    Former Carlisle Dairy owner David Jay Carlisle, 79, died April 14 in San Angelo, Texas. Born Dec. 9, 1937, in Florence to Jay H. and Sybil (Hancock) Carlisle, he grew up on a farm near Burns then bought his own farm and ran Carlisle Dairy.


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  • The county's lake

    One of my favorite places to shoot photos is Marion County Park and Lake. It’s a quick drive to a place that complements gorgeous sunsets, and an assortment of eagles, geese, ducks, turtles, flowers, trees, grasslands, and more captivate the nature lover in me. However, it’s not as easy to get some shots as it was when I first was bitten by the shutterbug. Growth along some stretches of shoreline have effectively screened off some favorite shots, unless I wade into the brush and trees and perch precariously on a bank as I lean out for a clear shot.


    A Lilliputian World

    Superintendent insurance, Beer at demo derby


  • Marion TOPS members awarded at state meeting

    Several TOPS KS 1075 Marion members received honors Friday and Saturday at TOPS State Recognition Days in Wichita. Ginny Grimmett of Florence was recognized as the 2016 state first-place winner in her weight division with a loss of 47.6 pounds.

  • Dozens of vendors to participate in Park it and Market Saturday

    Those searching for weekend entertainment will be able to find a variety of vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Central Park. Parks and Recreation Director Margo Yates said several vendors from Marion, Florence, Hillsboro, Galva, Lincolnville, Cottonwood Falls, and Olathe would be selling from skin care, candles, kitchenware, jewelry, and children’s books to clothing, beef jerky, cotton candy, auto fragrances, furniture, and inspirational items.

  • Students perform for P.E.O.

    Marion High School forensics students performed April 17 for 21 members of P.E.O. meeting at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Committee reports were given, and Louise Whiteman was welcomed as a new member.

  • Club hears interesting program

    Neo-Century Club members heard an interesting program April 3 when they met at Hilltop Manor. Marion “Oggie” Ogden present the program, entertaining the group with a talk about his business, “Bearly Makin’ Antiques.” Oggie shared experiences he and Dennis Maggard encountered over the years. He also brought several “old” items with him and asked club members if they could identify them. If someone knew the answer, she got to keep the article.

  • Expired medications to be collected Saturday

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced that law enforcement agencies across the state will collect leftover medications Saturday for safe disposal as part of a nationwide effort. “Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets, and the environment,” Schmidt said. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”

  • Community brass choir to perform Monday

  • Art show features young and old

    The word “seniors” refers to high schoolers and those over the age of 55, for an art show this weekend in Goessel at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. Advanced art created by Goessel High School seniors will be displayed at a free open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Art from four GHS alumni also will be displayed, including quilts, china painting, jewelry, paintings, and photography.

  • Polka and family go hand-in-hand in Pilsen

    It all must have been a blur for tiny Jaxon Svitak, whirling around a crowded, darkened Pilsen Community Center floor Sunday in the arms of his great-grandmother to the lively strains of live polka music. He’s too young to know that he had just been baptized into a family and community heritage that stretches back generations.

  • Kapaun museum sees steady stream of visitors

    Thursday was a very busy day at the Father Kapaun Museum in Pilsen. Ray Kapaun and David Kapaun, nephews of Fr. Kapaun, were there all day to greet visitors. A large group of Protestant chaplains from Ft. Riley visited. More than 60 were expected but several had gone overseas and couldn’t attend.


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  • Students put new playground to the test

    On its maiden voyage, who better to offer a glimmer of insight into the intricacies of Marion Elementary School’s new playground than students who played extensively on the old one? Between traversing the many bright and shiny apparatuses, Tina Hague’s fifth grade offered a chorus of approval Thursday.

  • FFA members receive district awards

    Five Marion/Florence FFA members were recognized as award winners at a recent South Central District FFA banquet at Buhler High School. Cade Harms won in beef entrepreneurship. He sells registered Angus, Charolais, and Red Angus bulls in conjunction with his parent’s seed stock operation. Harms also was recognized as Star District Farmer in production.

  • Marion FFA takes 2nd at contest

    Marion High School FFA members received second place in a district agriculture mechanical and technical systems event April 11 at McPherson High School. Material handling systems were the focus as contestants were required to complete several tests and practicums over related activities.

  • Lincolville Wide Awake

    Lincolnville Wide Awake On April 2, the Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H club meeting was called to order by Becca Casey. There were nine members, one leader, and six parents present. Roll call was “What do you like about spring?”

  • Warriors baseball moves to 10-1

    Marion High baseball coach Roger Schroeder isn’t as surprised that his team went into Tuesday’s games with a 10-1 record as he is with how they managed to get there. “We’ve played some poor games, we’ve played some good games,” Schroeder said. “We’ve found a way to win games we had no business winning.”

  • Basore gets 1st in javelin at Council Grove

  • Centre students urged to wear seatbelts and not use cell phones while driving

    It wasn’t until Nov. 2 that Eric Voss of Concordia learned his 15-year-old daughter Kyra Lynn never wore her seatbelt unless she was riding with her parents. That was the day he learned Kyra was seriously injured in a one-car rollover accident. She died one and a half days later from massive brain swelling. The emotional Voss presented a slide show and told the story of Kyra’s life and death to Centre High School students Monday after a simulated car crash rescue operation.

  • Club holds breakfast scramble

    Marion Country Club opened its tournament season with an annual breakfast scramble Sunday, with 12 teams competing in two flights. championship flight First: Lovelady, Lovelady, Smith, and Zimmerman, 13-under. Second: Christensen, Goering, Gordon, and Richmond, 12-under. Third: Hett, Hett, Mercer, Tajchman, 11-under. first flight First: Cleeton, Harper, Hess, and Richmond, 6-under. Second: Lewman, Lewman, Stawlley, and Stawlley, 4-under. Third: Buchholz, Carlson, Hannaford, and Winkler, 3-under.

  • Area school menu


  • Purring engines, pleasant weather make for peaceful day

    Sunny skies and moderate temperatures Sunday got the season’s first Peabody Sunday Cruise off to a brisk and enjoyable start. Both sides of the 100 block of N. Walnut St. were filled with cars, motorcycles, vendors, visitors, music, and good times. People milled around, admired the vehicles, bought trinkets, T-shirts, jellies, and doughnuts, and compared one model to another.

  • Expert tips on detailing vehicles

    The devil really is in the details when it comes to detailing vehicles, one area professional said. A touch tongue-and-cheek Nate Funk, detail manager at Midway Motors in Hillsboro, said there was one thing people can do to keep vehicles clean.

  • From pasture to auto show

    David Cornish spent three years and “a ton of money” restoring a rusty and weathered 1949 Chevrolet Coupe into a beautiful white road car he showed off Sunday at Peabody’s Sunday Cruise. “She literally came out of a pasture outside Augusta,” Cornish said.



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