• Pilgrimage includes medal delivery

    More than 150 people made the pilgrimage from Wichita to Pilsen. They started walking on Friday and ended the trek at about 1 p.m. on Sunday at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. This year was the fifth annual Emil Kapaun pilgrimage. Scott Grim of Wichita has participated in the walk for four years.

  • Scam rumor sets swap site abuzz

    Most Facebook postings on the Marion County Swap Site pertain to clothing, vehicles, or other miscellaneous items for sale, but last week a posting about Marion County law enforcement personnel posing as loan collection officers set the Internet service abuzz. “I received a call from an unnamed person who reported they had been called by someone threatening to arrest them for defaulting on a loan,” Sheriff Deputy Wilma Mueller said. “Then I saw a similar posting on the Marion County Swap Site, which I am a member of, that said a Marion County officer had made the threat. But that was all wrong.”

  • Council gives go-ahead for 92nd celebration

    The Peabody City Council will again pay for half the cost for three additional guards at the Peabody Fourth Celebration, which will include a new event this year: a sand volleyball tournament. “We have someone who wants to organize a tournament and we are happy to have them on board,” organizer Lisa Hodges said. “With the volleyball court right there by the park, it is a great opportunity to have some competition.”

  • Farmers market will cut hours

    Doyle Valley Farmers Market vendors will begin a shorter selling schedule each Saturday morning at their Santa Fe Park location in Peabody. “Instead of being open from 8 a.m. until noon, the market will close at 10 a.m.,” said Marilyn Jones, president of the group. “If traffic picks up as more garden produce becomes available, we may decide to go back to the four-hour schedule.”


  • Juanita Helmer

    Juanita Grace (Gutsch) Helmer was born May 16, 1929, on a farm southwest of Burdick, Kan., in Marion County. She was the second of five children born to Carl and Dorotha (Peddycord) Gutsch. Soon after her birth, the family moved to a farm east of Antelope, Kan., and Juanita lived there until she married.

  • Richard Morse

    Richard Roger “Dick” Morse, 69, of Springfield, Ill., died May 28 at St. John’s Hospital. He was born Feb. 24, 1944, in Pampa, Texas, to Roger H. and Marie (Stover) Morse. He grew up in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1962. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Mass. He married Nathela Chatara in 1973 in Ashland, Ill.

  • Glenna Newkirk

    Glenna Jean Boydston Newkirk, 64, passed away May 31, 2013, in her home in Marion. A shared memorial service for Glenna and her mother, Julie A. Boydston, will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. A memorial has been established for Eastmoor United Methodist Church and Harden Hospice Kansas.

  • Nancy Allen Scandone

    Nancy Scandone, 77, of Navarre, Fla., died April 29, 2013, in Pensacola, Fla. She was born in Marion, Kan., Oct. 19, 1935, to O.J. and Faye Allen. Nancy attended elementary school in Marion and graduated from Marion High School.

  • Art Unrau

    Art Unrau, 101, died Saturday at his home in Hillsboro. He was born Feb. 15, 1912, to David and Anna (Becker) Unrau in Munich, N.D. He married Isabelle Claassen on June 12, 1938, in Fairbury, Neb.

  • Charles David Unruh

    Charles David Unruh, 85, passed away on May 8, 2013, at Bethesda Home in Goessel. He was born March 19, 1928 in Newton the son of Bernhard “Ben” and Margaret Klassen Unruh. On January 24, 1953, he married Dora R. Goertzen at Tabor Mennonite Church. She survives of the home.



  • Bluegrass concert opens summer lineup

    There’s no shortage of entertainment this year at the Marion County Park and Lake. Bluegrass The KBA Treblemakers and the Alfred Packer Memorial String band will be at the 6th annual “Bluegrass At the Lake” two-day concert event, held at the county lake beach area. It is free to the public. There also will be an open stage from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 14 and 4 to 6 p.m. June 15. The best performance will win the $100 grand prize. The Marion County Firefighters Association will provide concessions. MOPS Run

  • Guests love fishing, camping at lakes

    On a Saturday afternoon with nothing to do, Lyle Brewer of Newton drove to Marion County Park and Lake with his wife. It was their first time visiting the lake. “I’ve heard about this place but never been here before,” Brewer said.

  • Chingawassa Days gives family fun a push

    Chingawassa Days has several events that have become annual fixtures: concerts, barbecue, pancake feed, and chainsaw carving are just a few. “I don’t think it’s any secret that there are things we seem to have every year,” committee member Mike Powers said.

  • Angler spends free time trying for record

    Todd Stultz has always wanted to break a record — and he wants to do it this year with fish. It all started at the age of 10. One early morning, his father woke him out of a sound slumber and took him out in a small fishing boat on an Oklahoma lake. And, he has never looked back. Ever since, he’s spent all of his free time fishing; it’s what he loves to do.

  • No horsin' around for college student

    While most teenagers are serving fast food, working with harvest crews, or mowing grass for summertime employment, Alex Schmidt of rural Hillsboro works as part of a mule wagon team. “I love everything about it,” Schmidt, 18, said. “People always have a lot of questions about the mules, and it just seems to make their day when they get to ride in our wagon.”

  • Sports and arts facilities top-notch

    When David Clark arrived at Marion High School to teach vocal music five years ago, he was greeted by the then-new USD 408 Performing Arts Center. Since then, the 550-seat auditorium has been the home of concerts, plays, musicals, school programs, assemblies, and community church services. Clark said having the facility elevated all of those performances.

  • One man's junk is another's store

    Marion Ogden has been buying, selling, and collecting antiques since 1994 and he has not reached a limit yet on what catches his attention — and to him, none of it is junk. “If it is interesting and I like it, I buy it,” Ogden said. “I don’t necessarily put an age barrier on what I buy, but I know from experience some things are worth more than others if they are old.”

  • More patients staying in county

    Rural health care has been facing a trend toward fewer inpatients and more outpatients, and St. Luke Hospital’s 2011 renovation and expansion was geared toward that fact. One of the biggest changes was the expansion of physical therapy facilities, which now include private treatment rooms and a therapy pool.

  • Art is just a stroll away in Marion

    Toby Flores of Hays was one of the artists demonstrating his work during the third annual summer Art and Music Stroll Sunday in downtown Marion, blacksmithing behind Gallery 101’s sculpture garden with help from his son, Cooper. “We came just for this,” Flores said.

  • Artists, musicians share talents

    The blisters and calluses covering Grant Charpentier’s palms and fingers were in sharp contrast to the sparkling glass roses, bowls, and plates he offered for sale Sunday at Marion’s Art and Music Stroll. Charpentier, a glass blower from Emporia, displayed his art in front of Flint Hills Gold at Third and Main streets and visited with those who stopped to admire his work.


  • County waiting for tax sale on motel

    Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman told county commissioners that there is an out-of-state buyer interested in the Florence motel. She said she has talked with him at least every month for the past year and wanted to know what was the commission’s plan for the building.

  • County stuck on dirt roads

    Half a mile away from Gary Diepenbrock’s house, on Vista Road northwest of Lincolnville, there is stretch of dirt road that was mired with four mud holes after recent rains. Three vehicles were stuck over a two-day period. “With the conditions our back roads are getting in, it’s to the point where blading them is not the answer,” Diepenbrock said. “I think some will be impassible before too long.”


  • Juvenile politics

    It’s understandable why so many area young people decided they would rather play sports every week this summer than set aside a few days to learn about civics at Boys and Girls State. It’s not that sports have become more popular than civics. It’s that what passes for civics has become little more than sport.

  • Get ready to do this one more time

    I know I am going to sound like a broken record, getting into another topic about volunteering, but it is my job to be that voice that says to you, “Time to get up and do it again.” I am supposed to sound like a broken record. I am supposed to nudge you into volunteer mode. I get paid to do this to you. Here is what we know: local volunteers just spent hundreds of hours to pull off a four-day weekend honoring our veterans and taking visitors on tours of historic places. They prepared and served meals to hundreds of guests who were here to visit the cemetery, enjoy reunions, and take part in local events. They put the best face on our public areas and business district. They were genuinely pleased to welcome home alumni, former residents, and family members.


    Sights and sounds of hay season are unbeatable


    Promised sales-tax sunset doesn't materialize


  • Living center plans lunch to benefit tornado victims

    St. Luke Living Center residents will have a benefit taco salad lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12 to provide aid to the victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado. The lunch will be in the clinic basement at 537 S. Freeborn St., Marion.

  • Apathy cancels WRAPS meeting

    Peggy Blackman decided to cancel the reservoir tour, dinner, and meeting on Tuesday because she only had six people who had signed up. She was planning for at least 75 attendees.

  • Expert has bright ideas to save energy

    When Evan Stout walks out of a room, he automatically shuts off the lights, even if it is a hallway at Marion County Road and Bridge staging office where he works, or the light over his oven at home in Marion. “After eight years of working as an energy manager, it is just habit for me,” Stout said. “I told my wife the other day, ‘I don’t think the oven is afraid of the dark. There is no reason for these extra lights to be on.’”


  • Sorosis Beta met in Lindsborg

    The May meeting of the Sorosis Beta Club was held at the Swedish Crown in Lindsborg. Twelve members and one guest, Donna Nelson, sister of Virginia Skinner attended. Following the meal, President Arleen Moffett opened the meeting. Members repeated the flag salute and a short business meeting was held. Concerning the club projects, Faye Stucky reported the tree for the park had been purchased, but not yet planted. Norma Patton reported the hot water heater has been installed in the kitchen of the library.

  • 4-H Food Fest is Saturday

    Marion County 4-H’ers will have their annual creative table setting and menu-planning contest from 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 8 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Contact Nancy Pihl at (620) 382-2325 for more information.


    Burns, Peabody Senior Center, Tampa, Wonsevu


  • K-State students complete degrees

    Kansas State University in Manhattan had spring commencement last month, and several students from Marion County earned degrees. Hillsboro Kody Borg, bachelor of science in construction science and management; Alexander Jost, bachelor of science in agriculture; Mitchell Koop, master of architecture; David Loewen, doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction; and Bryant Miller, bachelor of science in family studies and human services. Lincolnville Savik Howard, bachelor of science; and Adam Kristek, bachelor of science.


  • Athletes named to all-star football games

    Marion juniors Grif Case and Taylor Heidebrecht were selected by baseball coaches from across the state to be honored as part of the 3A all-state baseball team. Case was honored as an outfielder and Heidebrecht was honored as a first baseman. Both were named to the second team. The all-state team was selected before the state tournament.

  • Winters wins 'Sandgreen Masters' tournament

    Thirteen teams participated in the First Annual Peabody American Legion Sandgreen Masters golf tournament. Dale Winters won the competition and received an overnight stay at Prairie Band Casino, meals, and two rounds of golf at Prairie Fire Golf Course.


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