• Woman is second COVID-19 case this week

    A woman in her 30s with a probable case of COVID-19 brought the county’s total number of cases to 99 Friday. One case active at this time and no one is hospitalized, the health department said.


  • Centre football season at risk after early injuries

    Early season bad luck has Centre High football coaches struggling to field a team as injuries whittle their available roster to about 10. A lack of healthy players forced cancelation of a Sept. 11 game against Valley Falls.

  • COVID respite follows Tabor student release

    Tuesday marked the first time since June 22 that the county has gone seven days without a new case of COVID-19. The last local cases, two males and a female, were reported Sept. 8. As of that date, the county reported 97 COVID-19 cases.

  • Book details family's search for missing pilot

    The sister of a Vietnam veteran shot down in 1965 over North Vietnam and whose remains were recovered in 2014 gave Marion city library Friday a book that includes Dean Klenda’s story. Deanna Klenda, now of Wichita, gave a copy of the book, “What Remains: Bringing America’s Missing Home From the Vietnam War,” by Sarah E. Wagner.

  • Church, local connections unbroken by 3,000 miles

    Ryan Regier lives nearly 3,000 miles from his hometown, but the former county resident gets a reminder of home when members of Hillsboro’s Mennonite Brethren Church visit Alaska. “It shows we have a church family from my home-church that cares about what we’re doing,” he said. “They care about me and my family, but also the first time they came up here they saw the vision of Echo Ranch, what that ministry is and what it means.”


  • New coyote hunting rules attract excitement

    After hearing there will be new regulations for hunting coyotes this January, Chase Carlson is eager to try hunting with artificial light. “It’s exciting,” he said. “I think it’s going to help tremendously. I’ve never done any sort of hunting at night, so it’s going to be something completely new and different.”

  • Construction set to begin on city's broadband project

    Hillsboro moves a step closer to high speed broadband service this month with the start of fiber construction Monday. Representatives of TC Wireless have visited the city in preparation for the project’s first phase in the city’s downtown.

  • Council meetings to go teleconference

    Hillsboro will spend $23,237 plus the cost of electrical work, paint for the council meeting room walls, and removal of wood paneling to install technology to teleconference meetings online. Matt Stiles, city administrator, said the equipment will be more advanced than the system used by county commissioners and provide better quality video and audio.

  • State COVID grant to fund trailer, storage

    A state grant meant to relieve financial strain caused by COVID-19 will be used to buy a new trailer and storage building for the county’s emergency management department. The 8½-feet by 24-feet trailer, requested by emergency manager Randy Frank, will be loaded with chairs, filing cabinets, monitors, computers, a printer, a flat screen TV, cables and accessories, a trailer stabilizer, an Internet hub, four mobile radios, a radio mounting system, and a vaccine refrigerator.

  • Hillsboro eatery moves to Walton

    The boxes and bags items needed to run a successful eatery barely fit in the back of the car. So Guadalupe Sosme, husband Ezequiel and son, Angel, shoved over a few boxes on their businesses’ last day Sunday evening and made room for more.

  • Man jailed on drug convictions files another appeal of 'illegal' sentence

    A man sentenced to prison in 2017 for two Marion County drug convictions filed another handwritten challenge of what he calls an “illegal sentence.” In a petition filed Friday, Jonathan L. Mangold seeks $60,000 and immediate release from prison.


  • Donation to pay for gas monitor

    Marion fire department will soon buy an upgraded gas monitor with money donated by Atmos Energy. Fire chief Preston Williams was notified the evening before that Atmos representatives would bring a donation to the fire department.

  • Blood donors to be tested for COVID

    Donors will be tested for COVID-19 at a blood drive from 1:15 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion. Donors can make an appointment by calling (800) 733-2767.

  • Lunch scheduled for chamber members

    Members of Hillsboro Chamber Commerce have been invited to an expenses-paid lunch from Pronto Pups Food Truck 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hillsboro MB Foundation. Meal vouchers are available to chamber members at the foundation’s lobby in celebration of its 30-year anniversary.

  • American Legion plans pizza night

    Peabody American Legion Post 95 will resume its Friday Pizza Nights from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Orders are available for dine-in or carry out.

  • Bluegrass bands to play at cove

    Winfield’s loss might be Marion County’s gain this weekend, with several bluegrass musicians scheduled to play a show 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Cove. The musicians were among those scheduled to play at Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival, which was canceled because of COVID-19.


  • Elaine Jantzen

    A come-and-go funeral service for Elaine Jantzen, 91, who died March 31, will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Moundridge, the daughter of Paul and Lydia (Kaufman) Goering.


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  • Marion AD bikes to fight childhood cancer

    Jason Hett is happy to do something he loves for a cause he cares about. A longtime cyclist, Marion High’s athletic director plans to ride 300 miles during the month of September as part of the Great Cycle Challenge which raises money for pediatric cancer research.

  • Don't celebrate fall with a fall

    Although fall is nearly here, falls are not needed. National Council on Aging statistics say an older person is treated in an emergency department every 11 seconds. There are steps people can take to prevent falls.

  • Suicide leaves void for loved ones

    It took minutes for Jane Doe, not her real name, to learn that her best friend had committed suicide. Learning to live with it, however, took years. “It was probably like three years,” she said. “I mean, she was my best friend, so I felt abandoned. I felt worthless because why couldn’t my best friend talk to me? I was lost and didn’t know what was going on.”


  • In the spirit of Old Settlers

    Attention Marion High School graduates from years ending in zero and five: This year’s normal Old Settlers Day may have been canceled, but even if you can’t ride in a traditional parade or lunch as usual with classmates in Central Park, you still can have reunions. Some may try — hopefully with a much greater emphasis on community safety than we have seen in recent weeks — to work around COVID-19 restrictions and have in-person reunions.


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  • Couple to celebrate 50th anniversary

    A card shower is requested for Bub and Linda Lovelady, Marion, whose 50th wedding anniversary will be Sept. 29. They were married Sept. 29, 1970, in Marion. Cards may be sent to 321 S. Coble St. in Marion.

  • Happy Hustlers

    Sara Groening led Marion Happy Hustlers in singing “Happy Birthday” to August birthdays during the group’s meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Marion County Lake Hall. Eleven members, four leaders, and three parents were present to answer roll call of their favorite parts of this year’s 4-H.

  • Bredemeier reunion canceled

    The 67th Bredemeier family reunion has been canceled because of COVID-19. A 68th reunion is planned for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 2021.

  • Center benefits from produce donations

    The senior center has been the beneficiary of garden donations for much of the summer. Produce, particularly tomatoes and cucumbers, has continually been brought in for seniors to take home. A pair of seniors played a surprise musical performance Sept. 3. Clarita Caudill played organ while Keith Allison joined on piano, performing several songs for those at the senior center.

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  • Disability group to meet

    Harvey-Marion County Developmental Disability Organization’s monthly meeting will be 4 p.m. Monday by video conference. The meeting is accessible through the group’s website at https://harveymarioncddo.com/meetings.


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  • Wins elude Marion, Hillsboro despite progress

    Marion football has shown an ability to create turnovers through two games, with an interception and fumble recovery in the first half of each game. Those two forced turnovers were enough to keep Marion close through most of Friday’s game at Douglass. The visitors were unable to make up enough ground on their 14-0 first-half deficit, though.

  • Runners improve in 2nd races

    Almost all county cross-country runners improved their times last week, with Marion and Goessel competing at Hesston, and Hillsboro running at Wamego. Heidi Grimmett dropped her time under 22 minutes for Marion, finishing in 21:20.8.

  • Goessel sets bag fundraiser

    Goessel Elementary School is having a trash bag sale as a fundraiser. The trash bags, sold for $10 per roll, come in 25-bag rolls of 39 gallon trash bags, 65-bag rolls of 15 gallon trash bags, and 16-bag rolls of 55 gallon bags.

  • Hillsboro district approves hirings

    Hillsboro kicked off its second week of school by approving four hires Monday. The most notable approval was for Joeb Corona at $13 an hour. Corona started as a custodian Aug. 16.

  • Volleyball teams find success at tournaments

    Volleyball teams saw greatly improved results in their second weeks of play, particularly Marion. Marion was 3-0 in a modified Centre tournament, with their portion being a quad at Hope. The Warriors dropped just two sets the whole day, and in the six sets they won only allowed an average of 15.8 points.

  • Marion volleyball's front line reflects bond

    With five hitters who have extensive history, Marion volleyball’s front line boasts depth, and the experience to match. “We all have different roles,” Anne Baliel said. “Whenever one of us is hitting, we’re all ready for the block to come back or forth. It’s really useful to have five people, because we can hit from the back row, depending on where the set goes. We can fake out the other team.”

  • Tabor sets record for freshman class

    The number of incoming freshman students at Tabor College set a record this fall with a 34% increase. Overall enrollment, including transfer students, is up 23%.

  • Scholarship provides local opportunity

    Students attending or applying to Kansas Wesleyan University have access to a new scholarship. The Central Kansas scholarship is a $70,000 undergraduate gift available to students who graduate from high schools in Dickinson, Marion, McPherson, Ottawa, Ellsworth and Lincoln counties or live within one of those counties. The scholarship will be broken up over four years, and is available regardless of where students choose to live while attending college.


  • Where commission candidates stand on issues

    Voters have three choices in the upcoming election of a district four county commission. Republican Dave Crofoot, of Marion; independent Amy Soyez, also of Marion; and Democrat Trayce Warner, of Florence, are vying for the seat. Hillsboro resident Jonah Gehring is the only candidate for district five.

  • Caller says police take 35 minutes to arrive

    Peabody woman reportedly hurt by attacker, officer responds to call from home in Newton By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer A Peabody resident says it took nearly 35 minutes for police to respond to a 911 call of someone banging on her doors and windows at 4:59 a.m. Sunday.

  • County will take care of poor farm cemetery

    An old, neglected cemetery on Old Mill Rd., once part of the county poor farm, will be mowed and maintained now that county officials have discussed the land is the county’s responsibility. County clerk Tina Spencer told commissioners Monday she researched the cemetery’s ownership after a question arose during public comments at the Sept. 9 meeting.

  • Florence sidewalks concern council, community

    The disrepair of Florence’s city sidewalks drew concern from both councilmen and citizens during Monday night’s city council meeting. “I have an active business, and people are frequenting my sidewalk,” said Sara Dawson, of Prairie Oaks Designs. “They’re actually coming in to complain, so there is a complaint here, while there may not be at some other sidewalks.”

  • Commissioners deem lake's fishing dock a loss

    Marion County Park and Lake might get a new heated fishing dock to replace one pulled loose from its moorings and rammed against the shore during a July 4 storm. Park and lake superintendent Isaac Hett told county commissioners the dock is covered under the county’s insurance plan.


  • Popular pet show returns to Lincolnville's Octoberfest

    The pet show at last year’s Lincolnville Octoberfest proved to be so popular that it is being held again. Registration will be at noon, and the show will be at 1 p.m. Autumn Leaves, Fall Breeze is the theme of the Oct. 5 event.

  • Helicopter causes stir with children at Big Truck Night

    Children and their parents streamed down the hill toward the helicopter, which sat waiting on the football field at Hillsboro Elementary. Thursday was the 15th annual Big Truck Night, but Salina’s LifeSave helicopter stole the show.

  • Extraordinary wall clocks on display at Mennonite museum

    An exceptional collection of Russian Mennonite wall clocks is on display this month at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel. The oldest is dated 1822. Several other privately owned clocks also will be on display.

  • Protesters a no-show at plea hearing despite threats from activist

    A Wichita woman who calls herself an advocate failed to show up Wednesday when Marion resident Ricky LeShure pleaded no contest, despite promising in June to organize protests at the courthouse during his trial. LeShure pleaded no contest to fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

  • Florence chamber to host benefit

    Florence Chamber of Commerce will host a benefit for Scott Zogelman Saturday, Sept. 21. Serving starts at 5 p.m. The event will be in the Masonic Building on Main Street. Cost is by donation.

  • Mountain oyster, fish fry Saturday

    Gilbert-Poppe American Legion Post at Lincolnville will serve a mountain oyster and fish fry meal at 5 p.m. Saturday at Lincolnville Community Center. Freewill donations will be accepted.

  • Founder's descendants donate historic doll

    Two of Hillsboro founder John Gillespie Hill’s great-grandchildren, Lois Donaldson of Maryland and Robert Hill of Tennessee, visited Hillsboro Museums recently and left behind a centuries-old Basque doll that belonged to Agnes McDonald, the daughter of Hillsboro’s founding families. The doll, which was made in 1885, was imported from Germany. Anges filled the doll’s legs with sawdust and made clothes for her.




  • Astronaut's brother, family to lead Old Settlers Day parade

    Longtime Marion resident Dean Armstrong, brother of astronaut Neil Armstrong, his wife, Kate, children, and grandchildren will lead the Old Settlers Day parade in a float designed as a space shuttle. Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren will ride on a trailer behind the float dressed as astronauts. Armstrong has lived at the county lake since 2006 and lived in Florence for 15 years before moving to Marion.

  • Alumni recognized during celebration

    Class reunions, a parade, a golf tournament, games, a picnic in the park, a band concert, and alumni recognition will be featured activities of the 108th annual Old Settlers’ Day celebration sponsored by Marion Kiwanis Club. A noon golf tournament Sept. 27 at the country club kicks off a weekend full of activities.

  • Arts and crafts festivals to offer bonanza for shoppers

    Vendors at two Sept. 21 arts and crafts events will offer a treasure trove of goods to shoppers looking for unique home décor or practical items. Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair

  • County offers ways to stay active this winter

    There’s no need to let colder weather keep people from staying active and enjoying indoors or outdoors activities. Both Marion and Hillsboro offer an assortment of activities for children and adults.

  • Peabody's Fall Festival organizers seek to grow event

    The Peabody Fall Festival celebrates its second year on Saturday, as organizers look to continue growing the event. A Wiffle ball tournament is set to make its debut at 8 a.m. at the city park.

  • Sunflower Theatre concert will be finale of fall festival

    Peabody’s Sunflower Theatre is still in the early stages of restoration, but that won’t stop Susan Mayo and fellow musicians from participating in the fall festival finale. Musicians will perform on the lanes of what was Peabody’s former bowling alley because the rest of the theater is being gutted and renovated.

  • Hillsboro ready for girls' night out

    Hillsboro’s Girlfriends Getaway will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 5 with donuts, coffee, and packet pickup at the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. Museum tours, downtown shopping, and yoga will be among the featured events.

  • Annual chili cook off a hot ticket

    A “hot” annual competition will come to life at Marion County Park and Lake at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5. A fundraiser for lake projects, the contest draws many cooks to compete for the title of best chili. Some have shown their mastery of stirring up chili every year in the event’s 18-year history.

  • Family treasures old home

    Looking at the home of David and Abigail DeForest north of Florence along U.S.-77, one would never suspect that its roof once was blown off in a storm and rain ruined everything in the house. The Deforests are the fourth generation to own the stone house.



  • Centenarian grateful for years with family

    Dressed in a bright yellow outfit with matching necklace and earrings, Georgia Spohn appeared as bright and shining as the sun streaming through her window at Marion Assisted Living. She was all smiles and seemed happy to be alive. “I feel like a kid yet,” she said, smiling jokingly. “I’m only 99.”

  • Lodge art contest winners announced

    Advance Lodge No. 114, Florence, announced winners of an art contest and display at its motorcycle breakfast Sept. 15. First place went to Bethany Allison for her acrylic painting, “The Perfect Mason.” Second place went to Ron Goodwin with “Wildlife Scene,” a hand-burnished 3D metal art. Gary Thrasher was third with his pen and ink, “Olin Anderson Portrait.” Fourth place went to Mary Alice Pope whose “Sunflowers,” an oil and pyrography, was painted in the late 1800s.

  • Museum creates scavenger hunt

    Visitors to Marion Historical Museum can have fun with a scavenger hunt of its exhibits. Director Teresa Mills has compiled a list of questions about the museum’s displays. The questions are designed for children 8 and older.


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  • Peabody-Burns spikers capture Solomon title

    Peabody-Burns Lady Warrior’s volleyball captured the Solomon Tournament title Saturday, ending the day unbeaten at 5-0. The Warriors downed 5A Kansas City-Schlagle in the first match with scores of 25-13, and 25-17.


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