• Adult shops concern Peabody

    A request to allow adult entertainment shops in Peabody brought 40 residents to voice their concerns at Monday’s city council meeting. Mayor Larry Larsen laid out presentation rules that set the tone for the meeting.

  • Waterline changes approaching

    Waterline replacement took top priority at Monday’s city council meeting, with six resolutions to lay financial groundwork for the project being passed. The $4.3 million project is hoped to be underway in spring 2019. Council members passed five resolutions laying the groundwork to apply for a USDA rural development loan and Community Development Block Grant for the work.

  • Lost Springs prowler under investigation by county

    A Monday night report of a prowler outside a Lost Springs home sent deputies and a Hillsboro officer to search in the dark for the prowler. Sheriff Rob Craft said the caller told 911 operators she’d seen a man on her property after dark and told him to leave. He did leave, but when she came outside with a gun to confront the prowler, she saw he had returned and was carrying a gun also.

  • Tampa community, bank bring people together

    All roads led to Tampa Saturday as people came from far and wide to attend a combined Tampa Trailfest and Tampa Hog Roast dinner. Music filled the air as Main Street became the gathering place for families and friends. Duane McCarty of Marion announced events.

  • Love from Marion makes global difference

    A piece of Marion is headed to Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic, Sept. 8 with former Marion resident Pat Fruechting Waswick and her husband, William Waswick. A registered nurse and a surgeon, the two are going on their 16th medical mission to the country as part of a group of 50 sponsored by Medical Ministries International.


  • New deputy returns to roots

    Deputy Kaylan Miles, Peabody, is back from 14 weeks of training at Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and started new duties on the road Aug. 13. “It was a long 14 weeks,” Miles said. “I wanted to get back and get to work. I’m excited to meet everyone I can and get started to help.”

  • Chairman pursuing commission expansion

    County commission chairman Dianne Novak voiced support Monday for an increase in the number of commissioners. Just before Monday’s “I have until Sept. 1 to put out a petition to get a question put on the ballot about taking the county commission board from a three-member to a five,” she said.

  • From prisoners of war to Kansas sightseeing

    Tabor College’s fall Lifelong Learning series kicks off Sept. 7 with a showcase of Tabor and Hillsboro talent. Amanda Lee, Holly Nickel, Studio 23 dancers, Jordan Roth, recent Tabor graduate Maryn Robson, Tabor junior Winter Waple, and Tabor seniors Rachel Esch and Katherine Coleman will showcase their talents during the season opener.

  • Donations sought for Lincolnville Octoberfest

    Lincolnville’s 32nd annual Octoberfest is approaching and organizers are looking for donations. Planned is a fun run in the park, breakfast at the community building, entertainment in the park, a parade, games and inflatables, vendors, cornhole games, a pie eating contest, and, for the first time, a pet pageant.

  • County Democrats attend Wichita meeting

    Several county Democrats attended a meeting Aug. 24 to 25 in Wichita. Special speakers included former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Senator Amy Kloburhar, and Kansas gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly. The county group met Aug. 11 in Marion and approved financial support for Kelly and Jo Schwartz. Schwartz is a candidate for representative of Kansas’ 70th district. She will return to Marion Sept. 21.

  • Moran's staff to meet with voters

    A member of U.S. Senator Jerry Moran’s staff will hold open office hours from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro City Hall. People having difficulties with Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ affairs, or other concerns with federal issues are welcome to talk with the staff member.

  • Harms is delegate to Angus convention

    Mark Harms, Lincolnville, has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 135th annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates Nov. 5 at Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The meeting will be in conjunction with the 2018 Angus convention Nov. 3-5.


  • Marion football focuses on team even during celebrations

    It was an everyday play, one of Marion’s receivers scored on a long throw during the two-minute drill at practice. The moment he did, head coach Shaun Craft shouted that every teammate should be in the end zone celebrating too.

  • Team looking for chemistry with new coach, players

    “I got, I got it.” The players’ voices rang out above the din at Marion High School’s volleyball practice.

  • Warriors' cross-country shooting for individual improvement

    Running is difficult. For years, coaches use it as a disciplinary technique. So finding the motivation to run as a sport requires some adjustment. “It’s tough doing the same repetitious movement, time after time,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “It’s takes a special individual to do that.”

  • Centre Cougars gear up for another year

    The Centre football team has grown from 12 players last year to 16 this year. Seven players are returning starters. Two are seniors.

  • Summer competition expected to improve Centre volleyball team

    After a 6-24 season last year, at least eight members of a young, 15-member volleyball squad at Centre worked together all summer to improve their skills. They played in tournaments at Hesston, Manhattan, and Hillsboro, oftentimes against bigger schools.

  • Returning golfers have new coach

    Counselor Max Venable is also the golf coach at Centre. He is working with three returning female players this fall. Venable said he has played recreational golf and understands the game.

  • Hillsboro football feeling strong presence of upperclassmen

    After going 1-8 in 2017, coach Devin Metzinger is entering his third year confident in his team and his game plan. “We feel pretty good,” he said. “We have a number of guys who are in their third year with me, so they know the ins and outs of our system and what’s expected of them.”

  • Hillsboro girls' tennis returns nine players

    Coach Erin Hein is pleased with her team this year with 14 girls participating and nine returning from last year. “Four of the nine are letter winners and two of them qualified for state,” Hein said.

  • Goessel returns 8 to gridiron

    Goessel football will try to improve its 2-7 record from 2017. Coach Garrett Hiebert has eight starters returning from last season.

  • Bluebirds hope to return to state

    The Bluebirds made it to state championships before losing their first match in 2017, despite moving to 2A for the first time in years. Five returning seniors played significant roles in 2017. Savanna Wuest has been the starting setter for two years and returns for her senior season. She was selected to the 2A State All-Tournament Team, KVA 2A All-State First Team and Wheat State League first Team. Wuest’s role will be to send the ball to her front line teammates.

  • Goessel returns experienced runners

    Goessel’s head coach Brian
    Lightner emphasizes a family atmosphere for the cross-country team. “With commitment and solid training, each runner will experience their own version of success,” Lightner said. “These kids are either here because they like running or they want to be a part of a team. Each one will encourage others on the team so they are comfortable taking risks and challenging themselves physically, mentally and socially.”

  • Peabody-Burns football coach looks for successful season

    Peabody head football coach Kody Tegtmeier has high hopes for his first year at the school. Although 2018-2019 is his first year coaching at Peabody, Tegtmeier has eight years of coaching behind him.

  • Peabody-Burns volleyball coach hopes to overcome past

    Following a string of several poor seasons, Peabody head volleyball coach Rachel Winter is making this year’s team play a mental game. “Volleyball is a very brain-driven sport,” Winter said.

  • New Hillsboro cross-country coach sets pace for team

    Hillsboro cross-country team has a new coach on the starting line. Kody Panzer, Hillsboro chiropractor, is in her first year coaching but she’s been competing in races 10 years. Her experience helps her relate to the runners.

  • Trojan senior leads young volleyball team

    Lone senior Trinity Malm will lead her young team to play their strongest ball every time they get on the court. Malm and sophomores Jessica Saunders and Dani Klein are returning letter winners and starters.


  • Lillian Hiebert

    Services for Lillian Hiebert, 83, were Monday with burial at Alexanderfeld Mennonite church cemetery. Lillian died Aug. 22, 2018, at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born March 6, 1935, to Ben and Justina Nikkel in Goessel.

  • Neil Albrecht

    Neil W. Albrecht, 46, of Salina, died Friday after several years of battling mental illness. He was born Sept. 26, 1971, to Leonard and Bernadine Albrecht in Herington. He married Jolene Hanschu of Ramona on Aug. 6, 1994.

  • Dwight Russel Beckham, Sr.

    Funeral services for Dwight Beckham, who died Friday at his home in Hesston, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Church of Christ in Newton. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.


    Kathleen Pope

    Loretta Holub



  • Let the games begin

    With great pleasure, we this week honor those participating in fall sports — football, volleyball, and cross-country at all five school districts in the county. At the college and professional level, the connection between sports and community has grown weak. Even in Champaign, Illinois, I can indulge in my pastime of watching Green Bay Packer football, Kansas Jayhawk basketball and, for reasons that elude all rationality, Kansas Jayhawk football, if you can call it that.


    Doing the demo derby


  • Hett descendants observe 100th anniversary reunion

    Over 250 descendants of Heinrich Hett were greeted by welcome flags on Marion’s Main St. and a sign at Elm St. on the second weekend in August as they arrived to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first official reunion. The first gathering was held at the Aquatic Center on Saturday. Family trees were posted and took up nearly all of the bleachers along the west wall.

  • Engagement announced

    Steve and Janet Matz of Lincolnville announce the engagement of their son, Andrew Matz, to Brittany Young, daughter of Tim Young of Vian, Oklahoma. Both of Gardner, the couple plan to be married Oct. 12 at Countryside Chalet in Linwood.

  • Couple to wed

    Richard and Pam Idleman of Herington announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Brenea Idleman, to Danial Albert Hett, son of Alan and Susie Hett of Marion. Both of Marion, the couple plan to be married Oct. 13 at the First Baptist Church in Herington.

  • Genealogy group to meet

    The Second Monday Family History and Genealogy Group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the community room at Goessel City Building. Karen Wall will present research she did in discovering her granddaughter’s heritage.

  • Card shower requested

    The family of Robert “Bob” Schmidt will celebrate his 80th birthday Sept. 7. They are requesting a card shower to help him celebrate. Cards can be sent to 404 S. Coble St., Marion Kansas.

  • Entertainer presents history and song

    Going to a program by singer/guitarist Jeff Davidson is like attending a Kansas history class. His signature slogan is, “When God made man, he seemed to think it best to make him in the east and let him travel west.”


    Seniors enjoy fresh produce, Marion Senior Center menu

    Calendar of events

    10, 25, 40, 55, 70, 110, 140 years ago

    A landmark destroyed, only to be rebuilt - twice


  • Marion volleyball excels at opening tournament

    Fatigue and grit were on full display during the Warriors’ run to the final at Saturday’s Peabody-Burns Volleyball Tournament. After a shaky first match where Marion dropped the second and third sets to the Solomon Gorillas, the Warriors swept their next two matches.

  • Marion and Centre High School menus

  • Free screenings offered in Peabody Sept 11

    Free developmental screenings for children age 5 and younger will be offered 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in Peabody by the county special education cooperative. Appointments for cognitive, motor, speech, language, social, emotional, vision, and hearing screenings are being accepted at (620) 382-2858.


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