• Council takes another quack at duck ordinance

    A Marion family is closer to keeping their ducks, but they will have to wait at least two more weeks before any binding action by city council. Jason and Tiffany Ivy requested a waiver to the city fowl ordinance after they moved to Marion from Hillsboro and discovered their ducks were illegal in city limits.

  • Splash pad needs a stream of revenue

    As students trickle back to school, PRIDE committee member Pam Byer envisions a summer when they will have a splash pad in Central Park to play in. Her idea came from seeing similar structures in other towns, including El Dorado, the state fair in Hutchinson, Exploration Place in Manhattan, and Old Town in Wichita.

  • Running from the law toward a marathon

    Legal briefs, court arguments, and administrative tasks fill Courtney Boehm’s days as county attorney, and her husband Josh and son Declan vie for time evenings and weekends. Still, in the midst of a busy life, Boehm finds time to run. She’s training to run her first marathon.

  • Commissioners spar over EMS, budget

    Monday’s commission meeting was over, save for final optional comments from commissioners. What ensued was nearly 30 minutes of often-contentious talk about ambulance service overtime and further budget cuts. It soon became clear that an initially ambiguous comment by commission chairman Randy Dallke was targeted at how commissioner Dianne Novak was supposedly communicating with ambulance personnel about cuts in proposed overtime pay.

  • Shopping for smiles: Cashier's daily question greets customers

    A cool question greeted customers shopping at Carlsons’ Grocery on Friday’s steamy afternoon: ice cream cones or sno cones? Don Parish, 36, wasn’t trying to sell frozen desserts to shoppers. The self-described introvert and lead cashier at Carlsons’ just wanted a conversation starter for his customers.


  • Caught between a levee and a hard place

    Tough decisions lie ahead for Florence council members as federal remapping of flood plains could drive down real estate values and force many home and business owners to buy flood insurance. Army Corps of Engineers workers will be surveying homes in the leveed area of Florence from Sept. 11-14, taking elevation measurements that will be used to decide if the flood risk level in those areas should be raised.

  • City switches labs after water sample violations in 2015, 2017

    Marion’s water will now flow to a different laboratory after the city violated drinking water standards because an independent laboratory failed to send test results to the state. Mandatory drinking water notices distributed Aug. 9 to utility customers said the public water supply system failed to complete some contaminant monitoring in May 2017 and November and December 2015. The state did not receive a test for bromate in the water.

  • Post office offers eclipse postmark

    Commemorative solar eclipse postmarks and stamps will be available at Monday open houses at Marion and Peabody post offices. A postmark featuring the eclipse date and a line of solar images progressing through the eclipse will be stamped free of charge on any item bearing first class postage.

  • Groves shares vision

    A countywide vision that sets aside high school football rivalries and looks to a global economy are goals of Marion County’s economic developers. Russell Groves, representing Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation, spoke with Marion Kiwanis Club members at their Tuesday meeting.

  • Hillsboro man charged for pornographic images

    A Hillsboro man was charged Aug. 10 with 10 sex offenses after allegedly sending pornographic images by phone to a former Hillsboro girl. Steve A. Kahn, 58, Hillsboro, is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a child and five counts of promoting obscenity to minors. The alleged incidents took place over an eight-day span in November.

  • Online calculator computes income tax increase

    Taxpayers can estimate how state income tax changes enacted by the legislature will affect their personal tax liabilities by using an online calculator created by Kansas Department of Revenue. Users will need to know their filing status, allowances claimed, and adjusted gross income.


  • Gloria Potter

    Services for Gloria Jean (Wodke) Potter, 68, Marion, who died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Marion Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Strong City Cemetery in Strong City. Visitation with family will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.



  • Making a splash?

    What will they think of next? As a kid, I remember many a time when my sisters and I pulled on our swimsuits and dashed out into the yard to run through lawn sprinklers. It didn’t matter what kind of sprinklers they were, it was just plain fun to run around in mist and drops.

  • JK Review: A small-town Kansas party

    “This is small-town Kansas — and it’s a good thing.” That is what we thought as we strolled through Central Park on Friday evening during Marion’s back-to-school bash.


    Sharing a child's world

    EMS pay


  • Vogts sisters to perform at Burdick Labor Day

    “Welcome Home” will be the theme for the 45th annual Labor Day celebration Sept. 3 and 4 in Burdick. Award winning folk and country music singers Maggie and Abigail Vogts of Erie will provide entertainment at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 on the tennis court.

  • Schmidt family holds reunion

    Fifty-three descendants of Reinhardt and Julia (Nuss) Schmidt met Aug. 5 at Tampa Senior Center for a family reunion including a potluck luncheon and slideshow of family history. Reinhardt and Julia Schmidt were the parents of eight children born in Durham Park Township. In 1927 the family moved to a Scully lease just south of Tampa. The Schmidts’ youngest child, 98-year-old Evelyn Hensley of Winfield, was in attendance and is the only surviving sibling.

  • Party honors Everett's 90th birthday

    Wilma Jean Everett of Florence was guest of honor at an Aug. 5 family dinner at Carriage Manor to celebrate her 90th birthday. Attending were Mary Jane Grimmett, Tyson and Melanie Grimmett, Bethany, and Heidi, all of Florence; Justin and Rachelle Grimmett, Ethan, Levi, Keziah, David, and Aliyah of Lindsborg; Ed and Linda Hepburn, Travis and Michelle Swift and Abby, Tanner and Tara Swift, Caitlin, John, Molly, and Parker, all of Benton; John and Arletta Everett of Grenola; Lisa Everett of Auburn; and Tom and Shiloh Everett of Cedar Vale.

  • Couple to celebrate 60th anniversary

    The children of Joe and Arlene (Makovec) Evans request a card shower in honor of the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 24. Marion native Arlene Makovec moved to Chase County as a young girl, and the couple met after graduating from different high schools. They were married Aug. 24, 1957, at St. Anthony’s Church in Strong City.

  • 4-H:

    Lincolnville Wide Awake

    Commodities available today, Watermelon day celebrated, County seniors to discuss budget, Menu

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


  • Dry mouth a common problem among people over 50

    Bad breath, mouth pain, fungus infections in the mouth, sore throat, and sticky saliva which can cause difficulty speaking and eating all are signs of dry mouth. Besides being a nuisance, dry mouth sets the stage for cavities to form because saliva helps keep teeth healthy.

  • Hearing aids go high tech

    Many people lose some of their hearing ability as they get older. For Bob Wall of Hillsboro and Effie Smith of Marion, both 71, experienced hearing problems that came on gradually. Both have found help through hearing aids.

  • Hillsboro Senior Center volunteer fills pie with love

    When Hillsboro Senior Center needed just one more pie for its fundraising social event Aug. 9, Jeri Klose knew she had the perfect homemade apple pie recipe to fill the need. Complete with flaky crust topped with cinnamon, quarter-chopped apples tossed in cinnamon and sugar, and a whole lot of love, Klose’s apple pie helped fill the hole in a table topped with pumpkin, peach, and pecan-filled pies.


  • Marion-Florence welcomes 3 new teachers

    A Tabor College professor is moving into the kindergarten classroom after teaching for five years in Marion. Debbie Allen, who will teach kindergarten at Marion Elementary School, is one of three new teachers at USD 408.

  • Centre has four new regular classroom teachers

    Four new teachers will greet centre students when they return to school Thursday. Sherri Hudson

  • Eclipse offers learning experience

    The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse presents a rare learning opportunity for students as well as a rare phenomenon for anyone to see. Area schools are making plans ranging from at-school viewing to a road trip to Hiawatha.

  • District schools have $280k to spend

    Thanks to the state’s new finance formula, Marion-Florence schools are contemplating how to spend an extra $280,000 this school year. Superintendent Aaron Homburg said the district will use the money to do “good things for kids.”

  • Centre virtual program get boost

    Kansas Online Learning Program continues to grow, requiring more resources. That was the message Centre board members heard Monday from Vickie Jirak, virtual program coordinator, and her assistant, Michelle Knepp.

  • School menus



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