• Woman escapes, man faces battery charges

    A Hillsboro man faces multiple charges after allegedly physically abusing a 26-year-old Hillsboro woman and her 2-year-old son last week in Hillsboro. Michael Newman II, 25, Hillsboro, faces charges of aggravated battery, endangering a child, criminal restraint, battery, and violation of a protection from abuse order.

  • Big gift revealed at hospital gala

    Jazz and charity filled the air Saturday at Marion Community Center as more than 100 people turned out for the fifth annual St. Luke Hospital Foundation dinner. Foundation director Roger Schroeder livened up the event with a surprise announcement of a major financial pledge for proposed renovations to the Living Center and medical clinic.

  • 190th Rd. to be repaired

    A federal grant will pay for repairs to an eroded and collapsing section of 190th Rd. County commissioners were notified Monday that the county was awarded a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service. The $415,500 grant requires a $138,500 local match, and repair work must be completed by June 1.

  • Angler catches 26-pounder on 2-pound test line

    Longtime angler Martha Serviss of Canton caught a whopping flathead that far out-weighed the test strength of her line and pole Friday while fishing from the north side of the heated dock at Marion County Park and Lake. “Boy, my muscles are sore,” she said, “but it sure made my day.”

  • Pastor finds thriving faith in Cuba

    Technological exile, it seems, isn’t so bad after all. That was one unexpected discovery among many for Marion Presbyterian Church pastor Jeremiah Lange when he traveled to Cuba recently as part of a Presbyterian exploration team.

  • Early voting off to a running start


  • Marion sidewalks slated for repairs

    A proposed sidewalk repair and replacement project along four Marion streets is gaining momentum. The sidewalk improvement plan grew out of an earlier housing assessment undertaken by 12 volunteers working with the city economic development department. The plan was to assess the condition of housing in town and find ways to address needs.

  • Florence to get sports bar and grill

    Florence will soon have a place for sports enthusiasts to hang out to watch games and enjoy food and drink. Florence residents John Branson and Chris Janzen on Monday paid the county $150 for the building at 315 Main St., which the county owned because of delinquent taxes.

  • Florence youth program opens

    A youth recreation program in a former Florence school building is open for business. Operated by Christian Church of Florence, “The Rock” opened its doors Tuesday for students in third grade through senior high.

  • County health fair is Saturday

    Safety mascots Smokey Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog, and Fred the Preparedness Dog are scheduled to pep up patrons at Marion County Health Fair from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. One event organizer, Ken Johnson, said the mascots and this year’s theme of “Holiday Healthy” are meant to help draw young families.

  • Market offers alternative to stuff

    An upcoming sale offers the perfect gift for that person on your shopping list who needs nothing but appreciates doing good. This year’s Alternative Gift Market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marion Community Center, 3rd St. and Santa Fe.

  • Fire pits bring campfires home

    Fire pits have become a popular item for backyard landscapes. “There’s something pleasant in this part of the country in the spring and in the fall before it’s too hot or cold to sit outside with a fire,” Michael Powers of Marion said.

  • Spirited youth group collects food

    While Halloween is a holiday known for children going door to door asking for candy, Hillsboro youth trick or treated last week not for candy, but for food for those in need. “All the Hillsboro area youth groups get together usually the Wednesday before Halloween and we collect as much food as we can,” Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church youth pastor Cord Worth said. “We ask people to put a bag of non-perishable food on their front porch or door and we come by and try to collect as much food as we can.”

  • Teens hunt coyotes

    Fictional coyotes may chase cartoon road runners, but who chases real coyotes? Hillsboro High School graduates Aaron Bina and Dylan Delk do. They work together to hunt coyotes for ranchers and farmers.


  • Lauren Enns

    Former dairyman Lauren W. Enns, 89, died Friday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Interment will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Johannestal Cemetery, rural Hillsboro. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Mary Wiley

    Tampa native Mary Margaret (Costello) Wiley died Oct. 17 in Centralia, Washington. Born Nov. 26, 1927, in Tampa, she grew up on a family farm, graduated from Tampa High School, and attended Marymount College in Salina. She married Ken Wiley, also a Tampa native. After periods in Colorado and Oregon, the couple settled in Centralia in 1954.



  • It is Curtains for Hillsboro High School fall play

    Hillsboro High School auditorium curtains will rise on the musical ‘Curtains’ next week, which musical director Lynn Just described as a comedy murder mystery that is a show within a show. “This group of actors is putting on a show, and the leading lady gets murdered during their last rehearsal before they open,” Just said. “So they have to sequester the whole cast to find out who the murderer is.”

  • Marion High School students to perform Bye Bye Birdie

    A young but talented troupe of Marion High School actors will take the stage to perform “Bye Bye Birdie” in this year’s fall production. Bye Bye Birdie is set in the late 1950s when popular rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie, played by Jarrett Johnson, has been drafted into the Army. Birdie’s fans are devastated, but none more than his agent and struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, played by Nathan Baldwin, whose song Birdie was just about to record.



  • I sound like my grandfather

    We have entered the month of my 70th year. Seventieth! Seven decades! Good grief, how could that have happened? I should confess right up front that I am glad to have gotten this far. Truly, I am. However, being here also is a game changer. Much of what I remember about my life makes me pretty darn good at playing Trivial Pursuit. However, looking at old photos, visiting with my cousins about our early years and sharing memories, seeing old newsreels or magazines often brings me up short. I can remember those things so well. How could I be looking back 20, 50, or 60 years? Those days seem like just last week.

  • Do we have to?


    Voting for the future, Candidate support

    Flying by the seat of our pants


  • Marion Rocks, a scavenger hunt with perpetual potential

    Community members may have recently noticed decorated rocks lurking in nooks and crannies of public places. The painted stones are not lost “Pet Rocks” still lingering from a bygone craze. They are playing pieces in “Marion Rocks,” an ongoing scavenger hunt, recently implemented by Marion Assisted Living.

  • Crist-Davidson engagement announced

    Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Mandi Crist of Lincoln, together with J. Craig and Janice Unruh Davidson of Hillsboro, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Jennifer Alice Crist and Jeremy Matthew Davidson. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Sheldon and Rachel VanAmburg of Lincoln and the late Royce Crist and Susan Crist of Quinter.

  • Burns, Bunnel marry June 11

    Mark Burns and Kelli Bunnel were married June 11 at Navel Air Station North Island Chapel, Coronado, California. The bride, a 2004 graduate of Anderson County Junior/Senior High School, Garnett, is daughter of Randy and Betsy Bunnel of Welda, and the granddaughter of Shirley Bowers, Marion. She is a registered nurse at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, and a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve.

  • Quilt shops to take part in regional fundraiser

    In effort to collect food items for local food banks, Sew What Quilt Shop in Marion and Kessler Kreations in Hillsboro will join four other regional quilt shops in the “Third Annual Quilter’s Fun Run” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12. For every yard of fabric sold during the event, each shop will donate one food item to their local food bank.


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

    Bryant provides trivia, Menu


  • Kroupa scales the heights in FFA

    Some people aren’t satisfied until they reach their highest potential. Raleigh Kroupa of Marion is one of those. He worked through high school and beyond to earn the highest degree the National FFA organization has to offer. On Oct. 22, he was awarded the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Less than half of 1 percent of members achieve it.

  • Students have mind-bending experiences

    Centre students were among 60 area students who attended a “Behavior Mania” event Thursday at McPherson College. They engaged in activities and presentations about psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. Traveling from room to room, they participated in numerous mind-bending experiences.

  • Marion Middle School honor roll

  • Students help treat, not trick on Halloween

    Halloween often brings out roaming packs of young people bent on destruction or a least a few pranks. An 8 p.m. curfew for children under 18 has kept that kind of behavior in check for the past 10 years or so in Peabody. Even though the city council revoked the curfew this year, a group of students from Peabody-Burns High School decided to forgo a return to destructive behavior.

  • Area school menus

  • 4-H CLUBS:

    Lincolnville Wide Awake


  • Warriors stumble in season finale

    The 2016 Marion football campaign ended Thursday at Hesston, where the Warriors came out on the short end in a 57-24 loss. Quarterback Jack Schneider’s season ended three quarters earlier than anyone else’s.

  • Cougars end season on winning note

    It was not enough to get them to the playoffs, but a 34-32 victory over Rural Vista at White City on Thursday left a sweet taste in the mouths of the Centre Cougars, their coaches, and their fans. “What a game!” coach Matt Warta said. “We got our game going and never looked back. I am very happy our seniors got a win in their last game.”


  • Calendar of Events

  • Marion blood drive is Nov. 14

    Red Cross will have a blood drive from 1:15 to 6:15 p.m. Nov. 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church on N. Cedar St., Marion. The Red Cross and blood drive organizers are hoping to collect 48 donations.

  • Vogel Sawyer to speak at Lifelong Learning

    Award-winning local Christian author Kim Vogel Sawyer will present “An Unexpected Touch” at 9:45 a.m. Friday as part of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning series. Vogel Sawyer will talk about how God restored a lifelong dream of publication that once seemed out of reach.

  • Pie night to return

    Pie Night, made popular at the former Little Pleasures Coffeeshop, will return for a one evening engagement Thursday at the former Learning Center building on Main St. in Hillsboro. Tabor students in graphic design, photography, and digital storytelling have been working for the past few weeks to convert the building into a pop-up gallery that will be open for the first week of November.

  • New author to talk about first book

    New author Sara Meisinger of Elbing will speak about her journey into publishing “Autumn’s Grace,” her first book, during a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Santa Fe Room in Marion City Library. The event is free and open to the public. Meisinger will sign copies of her book, which also will be available to purchase at the time.

  • World Community Day is Friday

    World Community Day will be at noon Friday at Marion Presbyterian Church. A soup luncheon will be served, and pastor Jeremiah Lange will speak about his recent trip to Cuba.

  • 4-H endowment meeting is Sunday

    The annual meeting of the Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund will be 5 p.m. Sunday in the basement of the Marion Community Center, 203 N. 3rd St. The board of directors invites everyone to attend this meeting to hear how the fund has helped 4-Hers throughout the year.

  • Remodeled store opens Saturday

    Dollar General in Hillsboro will celebrate the store’s official grand opening beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at its newly remodeled location in the former Walmart store located on Orchard Dr. The first 50 adult customers will receive a complimentary 3-pound package of ground beef, the first 100 adults will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag with various samples, among other giveaways.

  • Election Day event features historic military, political items

    Displays of early political, military, POW, and veteran items will available for viewing on Election Day in the basement of Peabody United Methodist Church. Peabody Historical Society will have the displays available from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Speaker to share scoop on Christian life

    County residents with a sweet tooth can catch the scoop on a Christian life from guest speaker Rick Rehmert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Aulne United Methodist Church. Ice cream sundaes will be served after the presentation.


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