• 7 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

    Marion County Health Department reported a record seven new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The report follows an upward spiral of new cases over the last week. There are now 82 cases since the pandemic began, 15 of them active.


  • Search yields trove of stolen goods

    A 27-year-old Marion man was arrested at 3:35 p.m. Sunday after a search by sheriff’s deputies and Marion police in the 100 block of E. Forest St. yielded thousands of dollars worth of stolen property from at least two recent thefts in Marion and Marion County. A search warrant for the residence of Cyle L. Wilson was connected to a theft earlier in the week. Wilson was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Police believed he was involved because a vehicle he owned was in the area at when the theft occurred, police chief Clinton Jeffrey said.

  • Reports of COVID-19 cases slow to 1 in 5 days

    For the first time since county commissioners overturned a state mask mandate July 2, only one new case of COVID-19 was reported in the past five days. A Tuesday announcement of a man in his 20s with a probable case of COVID-19 brings the county’s total to 63 cases — 52 cases confirmed by laboratory testing and 11 probable cases.

  • Bowron building sold to Wichita resident will be retail space

    Wichita resident Todd Malcolm is buying the historic Bowron building in downtown Marion with the intention of converting the second story into living space and the first story into retail space for a combination of businesses. The building is now rented to Expedition Wind, which plans to purchase 828 N. Roosevelt St. when the county issues building permits for its wind farm project. Malcolm said he will allow the wind farm company to remain in the building’s lower level until they are ready to move to the Roosevelt St. address.


  • Tabor bucks trend of COVID-19 cases

    A possible COVID case in the men’s dorm at Tabor College turned out to be a false alarm as its campus remains free of the virus. It’s a twist that shows the small Mennonite liberal arts college to be a rare reopening success as clusters of cases erupt elsewhere.

  • Mask order extended to Dec. 31

    Marion city council reinstated a mandatory mask order through the end of the year in a 4-1 vote Monday. Mayor Dave Mayfield opposed the order.

  • Purifiers to improve circulation, fight virus at schools

    Marion school board made an investment they hope will clear the air of dust motes, mold, bacteria, and possibly viruses. Air purifiers ordered from Emporia-based DCS services are expected this week and will be installed at all of the district’s schools. Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas funds will cover the $118,528 cost.

  • New round of grants begins

    Grants for 10 categories of businesses are available through Kansas Department of Commerce. The department will give $130 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the federal CARES Act. Grants are available for both non-profit and for-profit businesses.

  • Carlsons' sprays store with virus-killing mist

    The staff at Carlsons’ Grocery spray with disinfectant and carefully wipe counters, shelves and carts every night to protect their customers. But co-owner Greg Carlson wants to do more to keep his family grocery free of germs and viruses.

  • Twin artists' legacy lives on

    Vern Voth’s aunts, Marie and Martha, created several hundred art pieces using wheat marquetry, and the legacy left after their artistic careers ended made him proud. In wheat marquetry, partial or whole wheat strands are arranged into designs or pictures.


  • Plates feature turbines

    Despite opposition to a wind farm plan for the southern portion of Marion County, personalized license plates with three wind farm turbines set against a sunrise have made their appearance in the county. Susan Berg in the vehicle division of the county treasurer’s office said 84 of the personalized license plates have been ordered in the county so far this year.

  • Peabody budget lacks utilities funding

    Peabody’s 2021 budget was finalized Monday, but did not include any funds for utilities expenses. The city had $42,022 in utilities expenses in 2019, and had $42,000 in projected expenses for 2020.

  • Martial arts class now open

    A martial arts class will meet 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Hillsboro’s Memorial Park. Classes will emphasize hand-to-hand and weapon forms, self-defense, and sparring. The class costs $40 a month and $20 for each additional family member in a household. The first lesson is free.

  • Transfer station continues to progress

    Work on the county transfer station — originally estimated at $1.87 million but now estimated at $2.02 million — continues to roll along with steel work now underway. Steel workers Monday set support posts in concrete, worked to form a floor in a room where refuse will be dumped, added steps to a steel staircase leading down to the lower floor, and did other tasks to complete the inside of the building.


  • Jim Brennan

    Visitation will be Thursday for Lawrence James (Jim) Brennan Jr., 88, of Hillsboro, who passed away Monday. Funeral services will be private. Born June 14, 1932, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Lawrence and Marie Brennan, he married Rita Seidel on Sept. 4, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio.


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  • Marion teachers identify with local atmosphere

    Marion’s new teachers have been hired to guide students in a variety of subjects, yet they all share ties to small-town Kansas communities. “I always loved the small-town feeling and community support, so I’m very happy to be in Marion,” middle school social studies teacher Austin Murphy. “When I came here that was what I was looking for, that small-town feeling and a family. I’ve really found that at Marion Middle School.”

  • Centre teacher educating for future generations

    Stephania Martin decided education was the career for her because it was a way to help others and provide for the future. The children are the best part of her job.

  • Centre online program ramps up

    Centre School District’s online enrollment program has seen a 125% increase in the wake of ongoing pandemic. This year, 240 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are enrolled in online classes. Last year, 105 were enrolled.

  • Family-work balance vital to Hillsboro teachers

    Moving to a new school is a change for any teacher, but for Adam North it might be the second-biggest change to start his school year. North, Hillsboro’s new high school math teacher, said his wife went into labor with their first baby Monday.

  • Peabody-Burns teachers finding home - old or new

    After a year living in Marion County, new Peabody-Burns third-grade teacher Cindy Ziesemer feels like she has found her hometown, 2,000 miles from where she grew up. A native of Dallas, Oregon, Ziesemer enjoys the feeling of a small school district, and a county with Mennonite heritage.

  • New educators quickly building bonds at Goessel

    Goessel has not had many faculty changes over the last 20 years, so to have three new teachers and a new superintendent is a major shift for the district. Aryana Archuleta is Goessel’s new third-grade teacher, and she thinks finding success lies in balancing established practices with fresh ones.


  • A gluten-free editorial with sea salt

    These days, if you want a product to sell in a supermarket, you’d better put words like “gluten free,” “GMO free,” “fat free,” or “sugar free” somewhere on its label. We wonder how long it will be before news organizations have to start labeling stories “COVID free” or even “Trump free” before people will be willing to read them.


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  • Seniors celebrate V-J Day

    Seniors recently celebrated the anniversary of the end of World War II, recognizing Victory over Japan Day a day early, on Aug. 14. They also celebrated Bambi’s birthday on Aug. 13.

  • Surprise visit lets Peabody woman meet great-great-grandson

    From his birth June 1 until Aug. 3, Haroldine Hicks was only able to see photos of her sixth great-great-grandson, Nicolas Cerda. On Aug. 3, Hicks got a surprise visit from the other four generations of her family at her Indian Guide Apartments home in Peabody.

  • Dance classes scheduled

    Studio 23 Dance classes will be Mondays staring Sept. 14. September classes will be limited to 10 people and masks will be required. The regular $45 fee will be reduced to $33.75, and $35 fees will be reduced to $26.25. Class registration is available at Hillsboro Recreation Commission’s page on the city’s website.

  • Gymnastics programs planned

    Gymnastics classes on Tuesdays will begin Sept. 8 at Marion County Fairgrounds. Gymnasts will not be required for to wear masks during September classes, but masks will be required for non-participants.

  • A "contact-free" church?

    Because opportunities to attend services may be limited for several weeks, the newspaper has invited local clergy to submit sermons for publication here. By JOSH WERNER Pastor, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Marion, and Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, Unfortunately, we are getting used to a touch-free, contact-free, “bubble” society.


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  • Alternative fall season proposed

    A proposal will be voted on Friday at the state level to determine whether fall sports will be postponed for schools in some areas, but Hillsboro athletic director Robert Rempel believes the decision is unlikely to affect Marion County. “I think there’s a lot of pressure to do something like this because of the Kansas City and Wichita areas,” he said. “It’s all those schools that have delayed for two, four, nine weeks, or even completely said there’s not going to be fall athletics in their districts.”

  • Students earn university degrees

    Two Marion County students are spring 2020 graduates from Fort Hays State University. Candace Kay Green, Burns, earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis in education.


  • Judge dismisses lawsuit to block wind farm plans

    A district judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit seeking to block development of a wind farm in Marion County. The lawsuit, originally filed May 16, was against wind farm developer Expedition Wind, the board of county commissioners, and the county clerk.

  • Councilman seeks to boost pool attendance

    Councilman Lindsay Hutchison Monday proposed adding an option to Peabody’s water bill to sponsor children’s swim passes as a way to draw more swimmers to Peabody’s pool. “I have a hard time with seeing kids not being able to go in because they don’t have $1.50,” she said. “I really struggle with that. If we have a lot of people in town willing to support kids, then it’s $30 for a pool pass.”

  • Reservoir reopens cove to primitive camping

    “I would stress that it’s primitive,” he said. “We even put that on our voice message because we had lots of people calling to ask.” Marion Cove is getting a steady trickle of boaters as it is still the only open boat ramp, but the interest in camping is limited to a few die-hards, McCoy said.

  • Recycled cooking oil has many uses

    Cooking oil use is vital for area restaurants, but it is just as useful when it is repurposed. Restaurants don’t see leftover oil after it is picked up, but it can be cleaned, recycled, and used in pet food, biofuel, or a variety of other uses.

  • Cancer battles drive volunteers to help raise money for charity

    Debbie Conner said watching her mother die from breast cancer that metastasized into liver cancer spurred her involvement with cancer charity Relay For Life. Her mother was a strong woman, but her battle with cancer steadily weakened her until she could no longer do things that were once everyday tasks.


  • Commissioners discuss various security measures

    The county’s courthouse will get a security upgrade, but what it will look like is anyone’s guess. The district court requested security upgrades months ago, and commissioners decided to table the subject for further discussion.

  • New signs for county roads

    All Marion County road signs will be replaced because many are missing or in poor condition. County engineer Brice Goebel said emergency medical services director Travis Parmley has asked for replacement signs because missing and rotated signs confuse many drivers.

  • Leading Florence parade with love

    It was love of the area’s people that beckoned Harold and Shirley Grinstead to retire to Florence, and it’s that love that keeps them here. The couple will be grand marshals of the Florence Labor Day parade Sept. 2.

  • Weather may force change of location

    Possible inclement weather may force Florence Labor Day Celebration Saturday events to move indoors to the Florence Gym at 7th and Dean Streets. Sunday evening’s vintage baseball game and fireworks will depend on the field’s condition. For information on change of locations and cancellations, call Melvin Honeyfield, (620) 382-6434 or Melanie Grimmett, (620) 381-1083.

  • Child screenings available Sept. 10

    A free developmental screening for newborns through five-year-old children will be Sept. 10 at Peabody. Appointments are available from 10:30 a.m. to noon.




  • Marion volleyball emphasizing unity

    Marion setter Chloe Burkholder has already seen improvement in the second year of being coached by her mother, Kris Burkholder. “We mesh really well together,” Chloe said. “We’ve added different sets for sure.”

  • Warriors looking for better outcome 2019 season

    Both Shaun Kraft and Marion High had a challenging year after coaching great Grant Thierolf’s departure. Last year’s team saw a 2-8 ending on a loss to a very beatable Pleasanton Bluejay team — a frustrating record for seniors who never had a losing season in four years.

  • Marion runners double members in seasonal pursuit

    One year after sending Heidi Grimmett to the state meet, Marion cross-country is looking to make a greater impact in races this year. Alfwenna Meyer joins fellow senior Bethany Grimmett and sophomore Heidi, raising the team to three members.

  • Coping with adversity key to Trojan football

    The Trojans and their new coach Demetrius Cox face this season still healing from a tragedy that shook the team and the community. Coach Cox’s son, Demarius, passed away while at Sky Ranch Horn Creek summer church camp in Colorado from what was thought to be a blood clot in his lung.

  • Future stays bright for Panzer's second season

    First-year coach Trojan cross-country coach Kodi Panzer and her young team was already looking ahead to the 2019 season before 2018 even wrapped up the final weekend in October. Both Panzer and her team thought that with their returning runners Hillsboro was only going to get better.

  • Hillsboro spikers poised for better 2019 season

    Has it really been 5 years since the Trojan volleyball team last made the state tournament? That used to be a date circled on Hillsboro’s calendar, and there was plenty of reason to.

  • Tennis looks to recapture state berth

    Kyla Isaac no longer has the same partner from when she went to state, but she is looking to get back the magic that inspired her to succeed in 2017. “It’s a fun challenge trying to get back,” she said. “It’s also intimidating since I don’t have my partner anymore.”

  • Goessel football will rely on speed and precision

    With 17 reporting for practice, and six returning letter winners, Goessel football is looking to finally breach the .500 mark. Leading the Bluebirds will be senior quarterback Dylan Lindeman, who has two years’ experience as a starter.

  • Centre football hopes for a healthy year

    The 2018-19 season wasn’t an easy one for Centre football. However, despite numerous injuries, the team ended the season with a record of 7-3. All six of last year’s starters are returning, including Braxton Smith, who was sidelined with an ACL injury this past season.

  • Experience should benefit Centre volleyball

    The Centre volleyball team is small, with 10 players, including two newcomers, but they’ve been practicing all summer to improve their skills. The team has played in tournaments at Hesston, Manhattan, and Hillsboro, often against bigger schools.

  • Peabody-Burns makes use of experience

    Peabody-Burns running back Noal Reynolds understands the difference between 8-man and 11-man football, he has experience with both. “In 8-man there’s less field to cover, so you aren’t taking as much time trying to find the hole,” he said. “You know where you’re going.”

  • Goessel cross-country races for success as a team

    Goessel cross-country has become a happy family. “We look out for each other,” senior Elyse Boden said. “No one is left behind.”

  • Confidence will determine Goessel volleyball success

    Senior Elizabeth Alderfer says Goessel’s confidence as a team will determine how far they can go in 2019. “Confidence will make the difference this year,” she said.

  • Peabody-Burns volleyball sets sights on regionals

    Peabody-Burns volleyball team has its hopes set on a run through regionals. “We have the potential,” outside hitter Lexi Schreiber said. “It’s about if we put our minds to it. This is going to be one of our better years.”

  • Centre girls' golfers aim for more medals

    Centre girls’ golf lost one player to graduation and gained another this year, to keep the team at three. Samantha Engler and Cecilia Rziha are returning juniors, and Jorja Peterson is a freshman.



  • Marion teacher a semi-finalist in excellence competition

    The sparkle in Mark Meyer’s eyes as he walks around his Marion High School classroom shows the passion he has for what he teaches. The Tampa resident’s mission is to furnish his students with skills that will help them land good jobs.

  • Buckle up, you might get some extra bucks

    Volunteers in 51 Kansas towns will hand out money to drivers with everyone buckled up as a part of a safety belt awareness campaign “Bucks for Buckles” now through Sept. 8. The effort sponsored by Safe Kids Kansas, State Farm, and KDOT, is meant to encourage families to buckle up over the Labor Day weekend.

  • Coed softball enrolling now

    Enrollment for Marion recreation commission’s coed softball league is through Friday. The games will be at the baseball/softball complex on six consecutive Sundays starting Sept. 8. The tournament will be Oct. 13. Games will begin at 5 p.m., with two or three games a night.

  • CRP enrollees qualify for incentive payments

    Marion County farmers with land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program are eligible to receive onetime incentive payments from Kansas for restoring impaired conservation practices on their land. This includes grassed waterways, shallow water areas for wildlife, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restorations, and improvements to farmable wetland and farmable wetland buffers.


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