• 10 arrested on drug charges in Marion, Peabody

    Law enforcement officials arrested six more people on drug charges Thursday and Saturday, bringing the total to 10 arrests since April 19. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ida French of Marion on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, no drug tax stamp, and child endangerment on Thursday. She was released on a $5,000 bond Friday morning. She is scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. May 20.

  • Streets, alleys officially closed

    Peabody City Council officially closed six streets and four alleys Monday evening by approving Ordinance 2013-0429 “Providing for certain street and alley closings in the city of Peabody.” The topic has been worked on in the city Planning and Zoning Committee for some time.

  • Ownership transition eases sale

    Peabody Farm Service owner, Dick Alcorn, has decided to retire. “I am 68,” he said. “This business has been good to me, but I am ready to take some time off now and then and try something different. However, I am going to give myself two years to ease out of it.”

  • Westview Manor honors volunteers

    On April 24, Westview Manor administration, staff, and residents recognized 22 individuals who give of their time and talents to volunteer at the care facility. Seven volunteers were able to attend a reception in their honor and enjoy cake and punch as part of National Volunteer Week ceremonies. Each was presented with a certificate of appreciation. “We really appreciate our volunteers,” said Administrator Bonita Robertson-Boydston. “Their service helps in so many ways and we know we can always count on them. The reception was just a small token of our gratitude.”


  • Mustangs hard to maintain

    Dylan Svitak went to the Herington Car Show wanting to show off his most prized possession: his 2002 Mustang GT. “When you have a car like this people look at you like your something special,” the 19-year-old Marion resident said. “People don’t expect a young person to have a fancy car. It’s not normal.”

  • Auto class provides outlet for students

    Peabody-Burns High School sophomore Austin Paquette turned the key to the 1990 Toyota pickup and listened to the engine wheeze and whine, stubborn in its refusal to turn over. Two adjustments — give it a little more gas and hold the ignition a little longer. This time there was the familiar click before the motor roared to life. Paquette could not hide his jubilation, frantically high fiving as many people as he could find.

  • Hidden pollers make accurate seatbelt counts

    Students hid in three locations around the Marion High School this year with one agenda: to count the number of students who were wearing seatbelts. “It was a more accurate way to count the actual number of students who came to school with their seatbelts on,” said Lori McLinden, Seatbelts Are For Everyone director. “Students didn’t see the crew wearing the bright vests with clipboards in their hand. They couldn’t lie on a survey. It was all observation.”

  • Pink 'bug' is colorful landmark

    If Jeanette Schaefer’s wishes come true, the 1965 pink Volkswagen “bug” sitting in the yard at 218 Ash will soon be traveling the streets of Hillsboro. “The kids and I helped Dan, my husband, sand it and get it ready for painting when we first met in 1990,” she said. “It has always been a very special car and won’t ever be for sale.”


  • Zachariah J. Antoszyk

    MARION — Zachariah J. “Zach” Antoszyk, 22, passed away April 28, 2013, near Lost Springs, as a result of an auto accident. He was born April 26, 1991, at Camp Hill, Pa. He was the son of John Antoszyk and Kimberly Ditto. He was a graduate of Centre High School and Manhattan Area Technical College. He was currently employed with Excel Industries.

  • Dale Winter

    Dale Winter, 55, died April 25, 2013 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, Kansas. He was born July 4, 1957 to Floyd and Lillian (Ediger) Winter in Hillsboro.



  • Weeds crack through asphalt near Burns

    County Noxious Weed Director Rollin Schmidt told county commissioners that someone had called recently to tell him about dandelions growing through the asphalt on 40th Road near Burns. When Schmidt went to investigate, he found it wasn’t dandelions, but field bindweed, a noxious weed targeted by the state. What made the discovery unusual is that the road was overlaid with two inches of asphalt in 2012.

  • Commission hears lake kitchen alternative

    Melissa Bartel of Panhandlers Catering told Marion County Commissioners Thursday that she was open to making her business’ kitchen available for startups to rent, as an alternative to the county spending $75,000 to update one of the kitchens at the county lake hall for that purpose. Bartel was one of nine county residents who attended the meeting to discuss county Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman’s proposal to open a certified kitchen in the lake hall to rent to entrepreneurs and have cooking classes.

  • Workshop offered for older Kansans May 8

    An Answers for Older Kansans workshop will be presented from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 8 at Marion Senior Center by the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging. The workshop will teach senior citizens about ways to prevent being scammed and deal with abuse and elder exploitation in their homes.


  • Garage sales for all seasons

    I was pretty surprised Saturday morning when I looked out the window at 7:05 and saw rain puddles in my driveway! All week the forecast had called for rainy-stormy-cloudy-cool weather until about midnight Friday when the entire system was supposed to blow east into Kansas City and Iowa, leaving us with sunshine and warm temperatures on Saturday. It didn’t happen though, did it?

  • Police making progress in fight against drugs

    Illegal drugs are a problem, here, just as they seemingly are everywhere in the world now. That much is made clear by the fact that a child took a syringe to elementary school last week. I don’t think it is a rampant problem, and I don’t think it is necessarily worse than in other parts of the state or country, but it is definitely a problem when a child can get his or her hands on a syringe that has been used with methamphetamines. Fortunately, we have local law enforcement who are working hard to combat the problem. In a week and a half, police and sheriff’s deputies executed four search warrants that resulted in 10 arrests and the seizure of what Sheriff Rob Craft said were pounds of drugs.


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  • Garage sales attract out-of-towners

    Garage sales Saturday in Marion and Peabody attracted customers from near and far. Vonnie Gfeller, selling decorations, dolls, and other items that belonged to her late mother, said many of the customers at her sale in Peabody were from Marion, Hillsboro, and Durham, although they had a pair of out-of-state customers. Dana and Viola Ostrom of Oklahoma City, came specifically to shop at garage sales.

  • Class will cover business financials

    The Kansas Small Business Development Center will provide a workshop on business financials May 22 at Butler Community College of Marion. The class will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the college, 412 N. 2nd St.

  • Crash kills Marion resident

    Zachariah Antoszyk, 22, of Marion was killed in a crash early Sunday morning on U.S. 56/77 near the intersection with 340th Road. Antoszyk was driving south on the highway in his pickup when Shane A. Mascareno, 43, of Jetmore crossed the centerline into the west ditch in his semi-truck driving north. Mascareno brought the vehicle back onto the roadway and the attached trailer collided with Antoszyk at 3:05 a.m.

  • Goessel man dies under vehicle

    Gary L. Schroeder, 62, of Goessel was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being found pinned beneath a vehicle he had been working on. Hillsboro ambulance, Goessel first response, and Goessel Fire Department were dispatched to Schroeder’s home at 214 S. Church St. at 3:22 a.m. Sunday.

  • Band helps Lifelong Learning wrap up season

    Toes tapped, chins bobbed, and smiles lit up the faces of more than 100 Lifelong Learning participants Friday as they listened to the music of the Cottonwood River Band at Wolgemuth Music Education Center in Hillsboro. The listeners came from all over Marion County, and some from adjoining counties, to hear the locally connected band. The Durham-Hillsboro-Tampa based band members Delayne Herbel, Vince and Julie Jantz, Richard Dirks, and Tim Deiner played and sang county-style gospel and bluegrass songs ranging from “Amazing Grace” to “Put Another Log on the Fire,” much to the delight of those in attendance.

  • Australian trip brings new perspective

    Elora Robinson went to Australia for a vacation, but came back with a broader global prospective. “When I came here in 1985, McDonalds was only in Sydney and Melbourne,” the Marion resident in her 70s said. “Now it’s in every small town with 5,000 people or more — and, as a result, their society is changing. It’s becoming a lot more like Americans; people are overweight and eat fast food.”

  • Swine show gives youth practice

    Ava Case knew it was over when she stepped into the ring. “That pig was crazy,” the 6-year-old Durham resident said. “He wouldn’t go anywhere I want him to.”

  • Tombstone mystery elicits responses

    Several readers responded to last week’s tombstone mystery article published in the Fitzpatrick, who used to live in Marion across the street from Jerry Dieter who owns the land where the mysterious tombstone was recently rediscovered, said she enjoys genealogy research.


  • Harvey Girl to be subject of book

    Author Kim Vogel Sawyer and her husband visited the Harvey House Museum during the month of March. The writer of Christian fiction is doing research on a story she plans to write about a Harvey Girl. The setting is the Clifton Hotel in Florence. Harvey Girls were young women who worked at the chain of restaurants owned by Fred Harvey along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s. A display in the museum exhibits a Harvey Girl uniform and explains how they served customers when the Clifton Hotel and Harvey Girls were in their prime.

  • Sorosis Beta Club meets in April

    The April meeting of the Sorosis Beta Club was held April 18 at the United Methodist Church with 11 members in attendance. The program was given by local beautician, Linda Martinez from Manestreet Beautique. She shared some of her personal background. Members then shared about favorite hair styles and styling products from bygone days. Martina gave hints on dealing with dry skin, nail issues, lip and eye make-up, waxing, hair styles, and her salon hair products. Arleen Moffett won the prize from Manestreet Beautique and each member received a $5 coupon good for salon services.

  • Florence alumni banquet is May 25

    The Florence Alumni Association will have its 117th annual alumni banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 25. The banquet will be in the Florence gymnasium and will be preceded by a business meeting at 5:30 p.m.

  • Florist enjoys 'upcycling'

    There are plenty of options at Aunt Bee’s Floral and Gifts in Marion for those looking for a special Mother’s Day gift with everything from purses, jewelry, and specialized clothing to fresh flowers, bedding plants and statuary. However, the most unique items in the greenhouse out back are plants and flowers growing in upcyled pots and containers. “I really enjoy keeping an eye out for unusual containers,” owner Wendy Youk said. “I like to junk if I ever have a spare moment.”

  • Huelskamp announces hours

    Congressman Tim Heulskamp’s staff routinely hosts office hours in locations across the First District. During these hours, a staff representative will be available to listen to constituent concerns and offer assistance to those trying to navigate bureaucratic red tape. Constituents seeking assistance are encouraged to bring any relevant documentation.

  • Chronic diseases class offered

    The Marion County Department on Aging is offering a wellness class on Tuesday afternoons at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Instructors for the six-week program will teach how to make good decisions, plan a healthy diet, prevent falls, and improve balance. Tips for better communication with physicians, medication alerts, and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep will also be offered. The cost is $6.

  • Marion County Democratic Women meet

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. Janet Bryant reported contacting Annie Wilson to arrange for the Tallgrass Express String Band to perform at the 2014 Kansas Day celebration in Marion. Jim Versch is a member of the band.

  • Spring Fling winners announced

    Florence’s annual Spring Fling was held Sunday in Grandview Park. Portable Pets provided horse rides and petting zoo. Other games were also available for the children. Pastor Jeff Lee and Sara Dawson provided musical entertainment.

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  • Tabor College to add performing arts building

    Faith stories, fine dining, and moving music were topped with an announcement from Tabor College President Jules Glanzer on Friday at the President’s Dinner that the college was in a “leadership” phase of building a performing arts extension to the Wolgemuth Music Education Center. “It is time we reclaim the arts for Christ,” Glanzer said. “They need a home on our campus.”

  • CDDO meeting is Monday

    The board of directors of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will have a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main, Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum. For more information, email elizabeths@harveymarioncddo.com.


  • Larsen takes steps to state goal

    It was a trying performance for Peabody-Burns senior Lucas Larsen in the discus and javelin Friday at the James Thomas Invitational in Hillsboro. Despite the cold, wet conditions that made both implements difficult to grip, Larsen finished second in the discus with a throw of 120 feet, 8.5 inches and fourth in the javelin, 133-2.

  • Morris leads Peabody-Burns golf

    Tommy Morris led Peabody-Burns golf team members to a seventh place finish April 25 at Sedgwick. Cold weather has wrecked havoc on team practices and competitions, but Morris shot a 92 and placed 20th individually. “The whole team was much improved over the first tournament,” Coach Jim Pohlman said. “Tommy, as leader, is playing real good. With his length he plays short irons into most holes.”


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