• Record COVID surge ebbs slightly

    Last week's record surge in COVID-19 cases ebbed slightly Monday. County health officials reported 18 new cases — the same number as they reported Friday.

  • Embattled Hillsboro clinic to close

    Hillsboro was notified Friday that Herington Memorial Hospital will close its embattled downtown Hillsboro clinic Feb. 28. The hospital’s legal authority to purchase, build, renovate, or expand into Hillsboro was challenged Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Herington taxpayer Robert Danzmann.


  • Suit seeks to halt 'illegal' clinic

    A Herington Memorial Hospital-owned clinic opened in 2019 in Hillsboro, deemed illegal by the state attorney general, prompted a Herington man to file suit Tuesday against the hospital, the city of Herington, and the Herington city commission. Robert Danzman, an 82-year-old resident of Herington for four years, seeks a Dickinson County District Court ruling that the hospital did not comply with its legal obligations in purchasing, building, renovating, and expanding into Hillsboro.

  • Post-holidays COVID surge breaks single-day record

    A feared post-holidays surge in COVID-19 cases hit like a tsunami Monday with disclosure of a record 41 new cases in Marion County. That’s 10 more than ever have been reported on a single day before, eclipsing a record set Nov. 9.

  • Grateful wife of stroke victim copes with bottled-up emotion

    The last time she saw him was three weeks ago, when he was being loaded into an ambulance to go to Newton Airport and meet a waiting air ambulance. Since then, Don has recovered the ability to speak, hold a cell phone, and walk with the aid of a walker.

  • Woman, 86, pinned under washer

    Barbara VanHorn, 86, didn’t expect to end her weekend with nearly 50 stitches in her leg when she and her son, Mark, tried to move her washing machine onto a trailer Sunday. They were trying to move the machine from the porch to garage at her Peabody home, but it fell and pinned her leg underneath.

  • 3 burglaries, chase may be linked

    A trio of burglaries this weekend that continued Monday evening might be connected to a larger string of thefts, and could have links to a car chase on county roads early Tuesday morning. Similar burglary cases have been popping up in Saline County, sheriff Rob Craft said.


  • Effort to save building that housed old cafe may take years

    A restaurant probably is not in store for a space that has housed several well-loved Marion eateries, but new owner John Wheeler plans to rescue the building along with its historic mural — a project he admits will be daunting. “It’s going have to be a total gut,” he said of the long-neglected structure at 211 E. Main St.

  • Changes coming at county lake

    A number of improvements are coming to Marion County Park and Lake — including a hoped-for clearing out of an area used for camper storage. Lake superintendent Isaac Hett told county commissioners Monday that he wants to hire a tree trimmer to clean up dead trees in the lake’s trailer park before spring. This could make the park more attractive to owners.

  • A year later, no heated dock in sight

    Winter is prime time for fishing in a heated fishing dock at the county lake — if only there was one. A year after a Kechi company accepted a $101,950 down payment from the county to rebuild a heated fishing dock destroyed a year and a half ago in a storm, the new dock is nowhere in sight.

  • Area health care facilities get vaccine

    Employees of county hospitals are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 thanks to Thursday’s vaccine delivery by Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter. Residents of St. Luke Living Center will likely be vaccinated this week as well.

  • Hillsboro rejects joint EMS facility

    Hillsboro has changed course on its proposal of a combined emergency medical service station for Hillsboro and Marion County. The idea has been discussed between Hillsboro and county commissioners for months, but the city has decided lease discussions are not going to be successful.

  • County extends workers' COVID leave

    Although a federal order that employers provide emergency COVID sick leave and family leave expired Thursday, county commissioners voted that day to extend the benefit through the end of March for all county employees. Commissioners also spent their final meeting of the year transferring funds from one budget category to another.




  • Vintage tractors reap link to collector's forebears

    Jerry Toews has been collecting vintage tractors since he graduated from college, and he sees no reason to stop now, after 54 years pursuing the hobby. Toews’s interest is in tractors built in the 1920s or earlier, which he prefers because inventors of the day designed the machines without an established blueprint.

  • Calves appear in county's pastures

    Snow may dot the pastureland, but this season’s first batch of weaned calves have joined the county’s herds on it. Marion farmer Eugene Just says he has “quite a few” out sampling the late winter grass along with corn silage, hay, and brome.

  • 150-year family farms to be honored

    Kansas Farm Bureau plans to begin recognizing sesquicentennial farms that have been in the same family for 150 years. Farms must be 150 years old by Dec. 31 to qualify.


  • Doing the devil's work

    If rules are made to be broken, it may be time to dismiss another oft-cited adage — one about never discussing religion or politics in polite society. Editorials rarely are deemed polite. Perhaps they should be. “Polite” derives from Latin words meaning “polished” or “burnished.” Neither involves ignoring differences. Pleasing sheens are achieved only after intentionally creating friction to rub away rough edges. That’s a pretty good description of what editorials attempt to do.


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  • Husband fondly reflects on 6 decades of marriage

    More than 60 years later, Gene Winkler still remembers the moment he knew Doris Richmond was his soul mate. He was standing in a Lincolnville restaurant in the early 1960s. “Centre just had a basketball game,” he said. “I went into that little restaurant on the corner, it isn’t even there anymore. I met her then and said ‘this is the one I think I want to marry.’ ”

  • Family excited for return to roots

    When Karson Taulbee and her family decided to move to Marion from Colorado, she was looking to be closer to family. With a 2-year-old daughter and 4½-month-old son, it was important to Taulbee that her children grow up around their relatives.

  • Child screenings offered

    Screenings for cognitive, motor, speech, language, social and emotional development, and vision and hearing among children newborn through age 5 will be offered Jan. 12 in Hillsboro. Screenings will be done from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by Marion County Early Intervention Services. There is no charge for the service.

  • Democrats select board

    Marion County Democrats’ officers for the next two years will be Eileen Sieger serving as county chairman, Martin Holler as vice chairman, and Janet Bryant as secretary and treasurer. A required ethics report has been submitted to the state Democratic Party office in Topeka.

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  • Reports of children on roofs, cause alarm

    A weekend incident where children were running on the roofs of buildings in the 100 block of N. Walnut St. in Peabody has dismayed business owners and residents. Someone could get hurt, said Dimitri Dixon, who lives in the 100 block of N. Walnut St.

  • Novak attempts to unseat planning commissioner

    An attempt by county commissioner Dianne Novak to replace a member of the planning commission and board of zoning appeals came to an abrupt end Monday after she rescinded her motion to appoint a former road and bridge department employee. Commissioners decided in December to restructure the board to 11 members after five commissioners were seated. Each commissioner would appoint two board members and an 11th member would be chosen at large.

  • These grandmas have tons of class

    Seniors volunteer their time to help kids By ROWENA PLETT Staff writer A love for helping children is spurring several senior citizens to stay engaged and active in their communities.

  • County's bill for autopsies tops $10,000

    Marion County spent $10,216 in 2019 to have autopsies conducted in Kansas City and Wichita but there is no good alternative, said Karen Selznick, an assistant in Marion County Attorney’s office. According to Marion County’s 2019 reports, there were three autopsies conducted at Frontier Forensics Midwest in Kansas City, which cost $5,150 between them.


  • Tourism bus could transfer

    A county tourism bus parked for several years in Marion might hit the road again if any local business association is interested in owning it. Mike Beneke, owner of a Lincolnville feedlot and Marion restaurant Edward’s, asked commissioners if the county would consider donating the bus before the Marion Merchants Association spends raking over the cost of buying it.

  • Alumni event set for Jan. 17

    A salute to a warmly-remembered Peabody business owner will be part of an all-alumni event in conjunction with Peabody-Burns basketball games Jan. 17. Dari Crème Snackburgers, burgers once served by Gladys Hart at her Dari Crème business across the highway from Peabody High School, will be sold at the concession stand during the basketball games.

  • Art fair to add another day this September

    Visitors to Central Park will have all weekend to enjoy Art in the Park this September. Organizers have decided to keep the craft fair open a second day. The event will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20.

  • Florence levee work to start soon

    After months of planning, core drilling on Florence’s levee is projected to start within the next few weeks, Mayor Bob Gayle said at Monday’s city council meeting. Work on the levee will likely last until June, but the drilling could finish in early spring.

  • Dog park proposed for Marion County Lake

    Marion County Park and Lake is the newest proposed site of a dog park Marion’s girl scouts have been working on for months. The original proposed site was south of the Marion High School football stadium.

  • Game warden heard more often these days

    Marion County has seen a spike in scanner activity from game warden Evan Deneke as seasonal changes allow him to be less cautious about being seen — and possibly overheard. “There are certain times of year we don’t want people knowing we’re out as much because people try to pattern us as wardens,” he said.


  • Lynn Hagaman

    Services for Lynn Hagaman, 77, who died Jan. 1 at Salem Home in Hillsboro, were Monday at Cottonwood Valley Baptist Church in Hillsboro. He was born Sept. 20, 1942, in Liberal, to Joseph and Lucille Hagaman. He married Charlotte Brownlee on March 9, 1963, in Satanta.

  • Kermit W. Smith

    Kermit W. Smith, former pastor of Valley United Methodist Church, died recently. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri.


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  • State makes changes to individual income tax

    This year, state income tax filers will see changes in allowable deductions. Although the tax rate and individual exemption amounts remain the same, a number of itemized deductions will be more generous this year.

  • Career swap spurs title agent to take his finances seriously

    In Roger Hannaford’s time working for Security 1st Title in Marion, he has learned to look at money in a different light. Hannaford’s experience since the 1980s has taught him to think harder about how he managed money.


  • The ghosts of decades past

    Embarking on a new decade, it can be painful to look back at previous decades and see how issues that could have been resolved then continue to plague us today. Take the 2010s, for example. We endured month upon month of argument over whether a wind farm in the northern part of the county was maintaining county roads sufficiently. We even hired an expensive consulting firm to supposedly oversee the process.


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  • Auxiliary plans banquet

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary’s annual meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Marion Community Center Ballroom. Jeremy Ensey, CEO of St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, will report on services available at the hospital and clinic. Ensey will also talk about additions to the staff and other improvements.

  • Diamond Vista's electric box opened

    A report last week of suspicious activity at Diamond Vista ended without major incident. An unknown party had opened one of the wind farm’s electric boxes, but nothing was missing or damaged, said Matt Epting, company spokesman for Enel Green Power, the company that operates Diamond Vista.


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