• Novak beats out Holub for commission seat

    Perhaps it was the result of many door-to-door campaign visits. Perhaps it was simply time for a change. Whatever the reason, longtime county commissioner Dan Holub will be leaving the commission room.

  • Election buzz is subdued at courthouse

    Shortly after polls closed around the county at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Matt Classen settled down in a chair by the treasurer’s office in the courthouse. The retired Marion banker claimed a prime seat for the main event, the updating of vote totals for races scrawled in blue and black on a large marker board on an easel. Sheriff Robert Craft, unopposed and assured of re-election, stood nearby.

  • Guilty on 24 counts, fines zero

    Two Peabody women facing 24 counts of violating city animal ordinances got a $1,200 reprieve from Peabody Municipal Court judge Bradley Jantz even though Jantz found them guilty on all counts. Jennifer Henderson and her daughter Taylor Henderson were in court Oct. 26 to answer charges filed against them in August for two dozen violations involving four dogs in their possession each charge carrying a $50 fine.

  • Lost Springs post office burglarized

    A burglary and theft occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 9:15 a.m. Oct 27 at the U.S. Post Office in Lost Springs. Postal inspector Paul Shade of Kansas City said the burgler got access by breaking through a boarded up window inside the post office.

  • Airstreamguy gets new sign, New Zealand customers

    Mark Evans, the Airstream Guy, recently installed a refurbished vintage sign with new neon lighting on his building at 1003 Batt St. in Marion. He purchased it from the owner of a piano store in Hutchinson who was retiring. The sign had been there since 1953. Evans said the 15x8-foot sign weighs over a ton. It can be seen from the highway. He said it looks orange during the day but black at night with the neon lighting. He hopes the large sign, which is pictured on his website, airstream guy.com, will attract customers.


  • County veteran remembers Korea experience

    Mel Ratzlaff, of rural Hillsboro, keeps a wary eye on the current political atmosphere in and with North Korea. “It’s a disaster in North Korea,” Ratzlaff said. “When I look at it, I think it’s as big a disaster as Iran. They can wipe out the whole United States.”

  • Korean tension traces to World War II

    Korea was under Japanese rule until after Japan’s surrender in World War II. The peninsula was then divided into two countries, with Soviet Union occupying the north and United States occupying the south. The Korean War was launched in June 1950 when soldiers from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the north side crossed the boundary into Republic of Korea. This was the first invasion of the Cold War years. Within one month, U.S. troops entered the war on behalf of South Korea.

  • Arson a possibility in Durham hay bale fire

    Durham fire fighters extinguished two hay bales that might have been ignited by an arsonist early Saturday morning. At 1:15 a.m., Durham fire responded to a call for hay bales on fire just north of the Durham Elementary School.

  • City reviews new federal overtime rules

    Certain city employees could fall under new federal labor rules that go into effect Dec. 1. Although council members made no decisions on how to comply with new regulations at Monday’s meeting, city manager Roger Holter gave them a rundown on the new rules.

  • 109th Rd. opened temporarily for Toy Run

    County officials temporally lifted a road detour for Santa and his band of benevolent bikers to transport toys for underprivileged children from Marion to Hillsboro Saturday on 190th Rd. during the 23rd annual Toy Run. “They opened it just for us,” one event organizer Tom Koslowsky said. “We really appreciated it. It sure helped.”

  • Marketing workshop coming to Marion

  • Health fair draws crowd, blood

    Many Marion County residents turned out for the 2016 Health Fair Saturday. The blood draw section collected 88 samples for testing and vendors had plenty of visitors.

  • Research company conducts exit poll at Lincolnville

    When Marion County residents hear or read about election results and analyses, voters in Clear Creek, Clark, and Lost Springs townships may have been factored into those reports. Robert Konarik was present Tuesday at Lincolnville Community Center to take a survey of voters after they cast their ballots.


  • Jon Gard

    Former high school and college basketball referee Jon Farrell Gard, 74, died Monday at his Peabody home. Visitation is today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Peabody United Methodist Church. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Peabody United Methodist Church with interment at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.

  • Evan Rath II

    Evan C. Rath II, 82, died Sunday at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. He was born Feb. 5, 1934, to Evan C. and Thelma T. (Bache) Rath at Marion. He received a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University, and served in the Army. He was a labor maintenance analyst for the state of Kansas.

  • Floyd Schanfeld

    Floyd Schanfeld, 94, Hillsboro, died Monday at Newton Medical Center. A committal service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Hillsboro.

  • Lee Unruh

    Lee M. Unruh, 89, formerly of Hillsboro, died Saturday in Newton. A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

  • Ginger Ledford

    Ginger M. Ledford, 58, died Sunday at her residence in Hillsboro. Cremation has taken place. Services will be announced by Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.



  • Big beans, full pods

    With about 3.6 million bushels of soybeans packed into county elevators and more left to come as of Tuesday, area cooperative contacts believe it is already a record harvest. With about 5 percent of soybeans left to come in, Nathan Fish, elevator manager for Cooperative Grain and Supply in Hillsboro, said the business has taken 150 percent of what was harvested last year.

  • Soybean boom might help reduce monetary losses

    Farmers are reeling from a nosedive in revenues from 2015. The one bright spot appears to be this year’s soybean harvest. Kent Becker, senior vice president of Tampa State Bank, said the large crop and good price could help farmers.

  • Working with sheep led Hill to American FFA degree

    When Cassidy Hill began working at Stardust Sheep Farm of Lincolnville, she already was showing sheep in 4-H, so it was a natural fit. That job turned into an FFA supervised agricultural experience as an employee in sheep production. Her dedication to her work and her FFA chapter culminated in receiving the American FFA Degree, highest degree available to FFA members.

  • Website helps with VFDs

    Producers, feed mill operators, veterinarians, and distributors may benefit from a new website developed by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University regarding the new veterinary feed directive that will go into effect Jan. l. VFDinfo.org provides experts who will address specific concerns and answer questions that will ease the transition required under new regulations.

  • Farm and Food conference deadline is Monday

    Registration deadline is Monday for the Kansas Rural Center Farm and Food Conference on Nov. 18-19 at Manhattan. Nationally-renowned speakers, locally sourced food, entertainment, and a silent auction will be featured during the two-day event at Four Points Sheraton hotel.

  • Commissioners consider joint extension district

    Combining the K-State extension offices in Marion and McPherson counties under a new taxing district would increase services by providing more resources and more agents, Ricky Roberts says. County commissioners of both counties are considering the proposal.

  • Documentary celebrates preserve anniversary

    “Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story” will debut 7 p.m. Saturday at Granada Theatre in Emporia. Film producer Dave Kendall created the 88-minute documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of the national park near Strong City.


  • The morning after

    Election Day has come and gone, ushering in a period that’s been an American hallmark until now: The peaceful transition of government. However, as the word “compromise” has increasingly been replaced by “my way or the highway” in the political lexicon, it’s become at best an uneasy peace.

  • Dad, your Cubs rocked it

    I simply could not stand commenting about the election this week — just could not. Have I told you I think the whole thing stinks? I am sick and tired of hearing about it, reading about it, seeing social media and print media comments about it, and I cannot wait until it is done. However, there was a nice moment in the sporting world during the past week. My dad’s Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series. I never could understand why he was so loyal to them, but when he was growing up in northern Minnesota, radio station WLS in Chicago was a news, farm, and sports station with a giant broadcasting reach into hundreds of mid-western small towns. His family listened to it and he learned to follow the Cubs. After World War II, my parents settled in northern Illinois, he again became part of the Cubs fan base, and he remained there the rest of his life.

  • Corrections and clarifications

    A Florence youth program is run in a building leased by Christian Church of Florence, not owned by the church. The building is owned by the City of Florence. In a story last week about coyote hunters, Aaron Bina’s telephone number was incorrect. The correct number is (316) 708-3451.


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  • Church women celebrate world event

    Women from Marion area churches gathered Friday at Marion Presbyterian Church for a soup luncheon celebrating World Community Day. Jeremiah Lange presented a program on his recent trip to Cuba.

  • Backward runner to speak in Peabody about retrorunning

    Aaron Yoder, Guinness World Record Holder in Retrorunning will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Peabody. This event is free and open to the public. A soup supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program will follow at 7 p.m.

  • Senior citizens to meet

    Senior Citizens of Marion County will hold a board of directors meeting at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Marion Senior Center. Peabody Seniors will be serving lunch and need reservations by Nov. 16. To make a reservation, phone LouAnn Bowlin at (620) 983-2226 or the Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580. People needing transportation should call the Dept. on Aging by Nov. 17.

  • 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 Naval Air Station North Island Chapel, Coronado, California. The bride, a 2004 graduate of Anderson County Junior/Senior High School, Garnett, is the 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 Navy Reserve.


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  • Drumming adds vigor to physical ed routine

    Give children drumsticks, yoga balls, and high-energy music, and what do you get? A bunch of elementary school students who are having so much fun they don’t even realize they are learning and developing skills such as stability, locomotion, coordination, and spatial awareness.

  • Centre Veterans Day program is Friday

    A special program in honor of veterans will be 9 a.m. Friday in the Centre High School gymnasium. The choir and band will perform, and a slideshow of students who have family members in the military will be presented.

  • Area school menus


  • Library to have multiple events

    Marion City Library has several events planned for November. Children can build with Legos from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and adults can color and eat cookies from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18.

  • County Democrats to elect officers Saturday

    Marion County Democrats will elect officers during a reorganizational meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. The group urges all county Democrats to attend the meeting.

  • Chat and Dine supper is Saturday

    Chat and Dine Club will have its annual soup supper and business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, in the lake hall at Marion County Park and Lake. Marion chiropractor Heather Fay will speak. Everyone is invited to the event.

  • TEEN to meet Nov. 16

    Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6p.m. Nov. 16 at USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion. More information is available with Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

  • Tabor College to offer two concerts

    Tabor College students will perform a symphonic band concert and an opera showcase, both free this month. The symphonic band concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.


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