• Postmaster speaks at Peabody council

    Marion postmaster Lori Kelsey made her first appearance at a city council meeting Tuesday after a decision to make residents install curbside mailboxes like the ones already required in Marion sparked frustration. Residents were made aware of the requirement on May 8 and were given 15 days to comply or have their mail held at the post office.

  • Storms continue, likely to return

    Tuesday’s stormy weather is expected to go away for a couple of days, but could quickly return, said Kevin Darmofal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. Tuesday bought a half an inch to an inch of rain to Tampa and Durham, he said.

  • Tourism businesses left high and dry

    Summer’s opener has been a slow one for area businesses that look forward to visitors to the county’s lake and reservoir. All campsites at Marion Reservoir have been closed indefinitely since May 8 because of high water.

  • Memorials unify county through patriotism

    When Peabody Army veteran Jay Gfeller finished his 2005 tour in Iraq, he found more impact in Memorial Day. “When you serve your country, you get involved in organizations back home with other service members who served,” he said. “It’s from all generations and demographics. It’s a real sense of camaraderie and companionship to belong to a group like that.”

  • Farmers market begins Monday

    Home-baked items and early produce will be available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday along the west side of Walnut St. in downtown Peabody. The town’s weekly farmers market will continue throughout the growing season.

  • Burns car show brings competition, welcoming atmosphere

    Saturday’s Route 77 Car Show in Burns was relatively small, with 40 vehicles, but that was a benefit for resident Ryan Peterson. “I like the local ones because I don’t have to watch my son as much,” he said. “He can run around.”


  • Few file as election deadline nears

    With the clock ticking down to a June 3 filing deadline for school board, city, and improvement district positions, 11 school board positions, three Florence council positions, one Hillsboro city council position, Marion mayor, two Marion city council positions, Lehigh mayor and a council position, and three Lincolnville city council positions still have no candidates. Three improvement districts have five positions and no filers. As of Friday, here’s who has filed.

  • New grain facility to add 2 million bushel capacity

    A new concrete wall at US-56 and Kanza Rd. is not Marion County’s own internal border but the first portion of a 2 million bushel storage facility for Cooperative Grain and Supply. The project began in February, but the facility’s external walls just started going up within the last month because of weather, said Jesse Fenske, manager at Cooperative Grain and Supply.

  • Getting what we pay for? Maybe

    Marion County residents hearing about a glowing report about how much value taxpayers get in return for the taxes weren’t too confident in the results this week. According to SmartAsset, an online financial service company, the county ranks 10th in the state.

  • Counseling center seeks county aid

    A counseling service that opened in January asked county commissioners Tuesday for $12,000 to treat indigent county residents for drug and alcohol abuse but got $4,276, the amount remaining in a special alcohol tax fun. Joy Waldbauer, of The Restoration Center in downtown Marion, told commissioners the have been covered by other Restoration Center offices.

  • New funding available for land improvement

    Marion County landowners will have access to a pool of $300,000 for installation of conservation management practices starting July 1. The fund is available to 50 county conservation districts, and possible projects include relocation of feeding pens or pasture feeding sites, off-stream watering systems, cover crops, river-area fences, and others.

  • State's longest running rodeo returns this week

    Bareback riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, and bull riding will be featured at Kansas’ longest-running rodeo starting Thursday in Strong City. Thursday will be Kids Night. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free. The first 200 kids entering through the east gate will get a ticket for a free hot dog.

  • Concert to dedicate new trail

    Tall Grass Express String Band, including Marion’s Jim Versch on mandolin and vocalist Annie Wilson of Elmdale, will perform at 7 p.m. June 8 on the lawn of Council Grove’s Kaw Mission, 500 N. Mission St. Presented by Santa Fe Trail Association and the National Park Service, the free concert will mark dedication of Della Orton Trail at Rock Creek Crossing, six miles east of Council Grove.

  • Peabody-Burns sends one to state meet

    Mya Winter was Peabody-Burns’ lone qualifier over the weekend at the state track meet in Wichita. Winter’s time in the 1600 meters of 6:11.56 was nearly five seconds faster than her qualifying time at regionals. She ran the first lap with the lead runners before eventually dropping back to finish in 15th.


  • Betrice Cannon

    Services for Pilsen native Betrice (Kasha) Cannon, 97, a retired registered nurse who died Friday, will be Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church, 3030 N. Amidon Ave., Wichita. Burial will follow in Pilsen.

  • Loren Groening

    Services for longtime Hillsboro businessman Loren J. Groening, 84, who died Sunday at Parkside Homes, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home.

  • Albert Postar

    Albert Phillip Postar, 80, husband of former Marion resident Marsha (Childs) Postar, died May 21 at the couple’s home in Lubbock, Texas. Born Dec. 4, 1938, in St. Louís to Joseph Loeb and Lottie (Zimring) Postar, he attended school in Granite City, Illinois, and graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central Methodist College and in 1965 with a doctor of optometry degree from the University of Houston.

  • Doyle Taylor

    Services for former Pilsen resident Doyle Richard Taylor, 73, who died May 20 at his home in Magnolia, Texas, were to have been this morning at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Burial with military honors was to have followed at Pilsen Cemetery.


    John Gutsch



  • Starting with a splash

    But just in time to rescue summer fun, two public pools opened this week, and a third is open year-round. For Aaron Paulus, visiting Hillsboro’s Family Aquatics Center is an opportunity to see peers over the summer.

  • Reluctant restaurateur now an institution

    But one feature that has endured for 48 years is Al’s Café, a Mexican restaurant that began in 1970 and is still owned and operated by the same family. It draws from throughout the county and surrounding areas. The menu includes a variety of authentic Mexican food. Chips and dip served with owner Delora Alvarez’s own salsa recipe are a favorite starter.

  • Secluded rental home provides getaways

    The house at 1475 240th St. has three bedrooms, which along with two cots, provides a capacity to sleep eight, although additional children sometimes sleep on a couch or the floor. A laundry room is available. Although Lynn Unruh will provide a full breakfast for guests, they have the option to use a fully equipped kitchen to make their own.

  • Bluegrass draws music lovers to lake

    The 12th annual 2019 Bluegrass at the Lake will last two days, during which crowds will bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy two days’ worth of bluegrass and related music. On June 14, an open-mic singing event sponsored by Prospect Bluegrass will welcome anyone who wants to show bluegrass talent.

  • Shifting gears on car shows

    The club charges a can of food and $20 as an entry fee and for each car. The can goes to Marion County’s food bank, and other proceeds go toward Marion County’s toy run, club president Kim Abrahams said.

  • Fishing offers fun, even for furry family members

    He has a ready-made place to stay, a lakeside trailer owned by his parents, Rick and Irene Barkman of Hutchinson. The Barkmans come to the lake every other weekend to enjoy camping. Osborne primarily comes to fish. “We used to come for camping, but now he comes for fishing,” Osborne’s mother Irene said.

  • Camping on 60 years of tradition

    Oliphant, matriarch of the family, started taking her grandchildren camping at her beloved lake more than 60 years ago. “It’s a beautiful lake,” Oliphant said. “It’s quiet and peaceful. It was probably the first one we came to when we came to Wichita.”

  • Summer calendar

  • Symphony to return to Flint Hills

    The event, beginning at noon, will celebrate music, art, and the ecology of the Flint Hills. The state’s motto, Ad Astra per Aspera, “to the stars through difficulties,” will be the theme of this year’s event, which will culminate in a sunset performance by the world-class Kansas City Symphony.


  • A whirlwind of nostalgia

    We interrupt this editorial to bring you a bulletin from chief kibitzer Rip Snorter. The National Newspaper Association has issued a severe nostalgia warning for this page, effective until the end of this column. Should nostalgic conditions threaten, be prepared to return to a place of safety in the present or to a sturdy interior room, preferably with porcelain fixtures. If you’re of the right age, you probably spent a great portion of your youth hearing sirens and cowering in the southwest corner of your basement. Actually, your age can fairly accurately be calculated by exactly which part of the basement you retreated to. It changed numerous times during the period.


    Life on the road to small-town fun

    Corrections and clarifications


  • Pilgrims prepare for 4-day walk to Pilsen

    Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of pilgrims will walk and pray for four days this week to honor the memory of sainthood candidate Father Emil Kapaun. The 11th annual Father Kapaun Pilgrimage will begin Thursday in Wichita and end Sunday with an 11 a.m. Mass on Kapaun Day at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, Kapaun’s hometown.

  • Seniors have transport options but no consensus

    Marion resident Helen Reznicek’s help transporting Jean Pierce began as a friendship. “Jean and I have been friends for years, and our husbands died around the same time,” Reznicek said. “She’s 20 years older than me, but we just started doing stuff together.”

  • Beethoven coming to barn

    Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra Winds will perform a free concert of Ludwig van Beethoven chamber music at 11 a.m. June 8 in the loft of the Pioneer Bluffs Foundation barn on K-177, a mile north of Matfield Green.

  • Alumni celebrate 123 years

    More than 142 people attended Florence’s 123rd annual alumni banquet Saturday in the Florence gymnasium. Alumni from nine states, including California, Florida, and South Carolina took part, with alumni from as long ago as 1945 to present. The alumni banquet, which first met in 1896, is thought by the alumni committee to be the oldest in Kansas. Marion High School graduate Emmy Hess was chosen as the recipient for Florence Alumni Association’s $1,000 scholarship. Free stretching classes planned

  • Peabody-Burns honor roll

  • Peabody Senior Center menu


    Calendar of events


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