• Astronaut in training has ties to county

    After Tyler Nick Hague saw Star Wars with his dad Don when he was 4-years-old, he wanted to be a space scientist. Hague was recently admitted as an astronaut candidate. His dream is becoming a reality.

  • Harvest starts strong, farmers optimistic

    Harvest is in full swing as hot weather and strong winds drive grain moisture levels down. While kickoff was uneventful for most area farmers, there have been some setbacks. A windstorm Monday night blew down tree limbs throughout the county but no crop damage was reported. Randall Vogel also had some excitement when his full grain truck flipped on its side.

  • Speeds at Locust corner are too fast

    Debra Lilly addressed Peabody City Council Monday about traffic issues near her home at Locust and Second streets. A vehicle veered across her lawn June 15 and knocked over a cluster of maple trees. “I didn’t see it happen, but people generally take that corner way too fast no matter what direction they are headed,” Lilly said. “It is a 20 mph speed limit there with a yield sign for drivers headed west and stop signs for drivers headed south or coming out of the park gates. The signs are all ignored. No one pays attention to any of them.”

  • PBHS grad set to become Centre superintendent

    Peabody-Burns High School graduate Brian Smith was offered a contract Monday to be Centre USD 397’s new superintendent. The board was going to meet at 5:30 a.m. today regarding ratification of the contract. If finalized, Smith will succeed Jerri Kemble. Smith graduated from Peabody-Burns in 1992 and received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1997. He was math teacher and activities and athletic director at Argonia from 1998 to 2005.

  • Council extends firework hours

    Peabody City Council voted Monday to extend hours fireworks can be discharged in the city. The city’s fireworks ordinance includes an option to change the days and times people can discharge fireworks during the first week in July.

  • Developer says support for wind farm is excellent

    Community support for a proposed wind farm project between Marion and U.S. 50 has been outstanding, Rex Savage of Windborne Energy Inc. told Marion Chamber of Commerce Friday. Support was crucial at the zoning stage of the project. Big companies fail to get zoning permits for wind farms 90 percent of the time, he said, so other developers thought his independent project had no chance to succeed.

  • Work on Pilsen road won't delay other projects

    Unplanned expenses to prepare Remington Road for the Father Kapaun pilgrimage to Pilsen earlier this summer won’t delay other projects this year. Road and Bridge Department had budgeted to have funds carry over to the 2014 budget, but if 10 miles of road are chip sealed as planned, that carry-over would be depleted, Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford said.

  • Ensemble to perform sacred music on July 7.

    Hearts4Him, The group, which began in 2001 in Newton, currently includes vocalists Jim Bartel, Brox Busenitz, Dave Deutschendorf, Lawrence Kliewer, Duane Loewen, Rod Loucks, David Oller, Jim Yoder, and Bernie Zuercher along with accompanist JoAnn Nickel.


  • Herman Kukuk

    Herman E. Kukuk, 82, of Perry, Okla., died June 15. Services were June 18 in Perry. He was born April 2, 1931, to Raymond and Anna Feken Kukuk. His wife, Audrey, and a great-granddaughter preceded him in death.

  • Elenora Walker

    Elenora Walker, 84, of Hutchinson died Sunday at her home. Arrangements are pending with Carlson-Becker Funeral Home of Hope.


  • Willard Remmers

    Willard “Bill” William Remmers II was born Dec. 28, 1939, in Chicago to Willard William and Mabel Johnine Ray Remmers. He died June 16, 2013, after a 20-year struggle with prostate cancer. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mabel; his father, Willard; and by his stepmother, Margaret G. Remmers. He leaves hiswife, Ruth Bernadine Heuertz Remmers, and daughter, Juliet Inez Remmers.



  • Bumps, bruises don't stop wakeboarder

    If you are at Marion County Lake most weekends in the summer, chances are you will see a boat either navigated by or pulling Jared Smith. If he is driving, he will be aware of the wind direction, state of the water, and safety of the family member or friend he is towing. If he is behind the boat, he will usually be on a wakeboard.

  • Eclectic styles will be on display for garden tour

    Three gardens in the city and one at the county lake will be featured on Marion City Library’s garden tour 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The tour begins at the library, a converted Santa Fe Railroad depot south of the courthouse. The library moved to the more than century-old depot in 2002. Tickets for the tour will be sold for $5.

  • Development director encourages agritourism

    Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman has a map in her office. Not of Kansas, but of Oklahoma, and it’s all about agritourism. “It’s all color coordinated. It’s wonderful,” she said. “Oklahoma gets agritourism.”

  • Peabody Fourth promises a million explosions

    According to newspaper files, photographs of July Fourth activities, and records of the former Peabody Chamber of Commerce, consecutive Peabody Fourth of July celebrations began in 1921. This year we arrive at the 92nd of them. There are no “old timers” left to reminisce about early celebrations. Old black and white photographs show parades and patriotic speakers addressing crowds, probably at the city park, but there is not much concrete evidence of the growth of the event. It is likely the celebrations of old are nothing like those today.

  • Volunteers invigorate town, create Redneck in Ramona

    “We all have fire in us,” Jessica Gilbert said. “Anytime you have an idea and other people join in it’s beautiful.” Gilbert and her sister Pat Wick have been organizing Ramona’s Fourth of July Celebration since 1998. Some years, Gilbert wishes she could just walk away and let someone else plan the event, starting in January.

  • Calendar of events

  • Fireworks schedules vary by area

    When people can discharge fireworks depends on where the person is in Marion County. Rural portions of the county have the most days — nine — and the allowable hours change from day to day. At the other end of the spectrum is Hillsboro, with only four days of fireworks. County County regulations apply in rural areas and in cities that do not have their own regulations. Fireworks may be sold June 28 through July 6.
  • June 28 — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • June 29 to July 1 — 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 2 and 3 — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 4 — 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • July 5 — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 6 — 8 a.m. to midnight. Fireworks may be discharged at Marion County Park and Lake. They may not be discharged at Marion Reservoir. Hillsboro Fireworks may be sold in Hillsboro June 27 through July 5.
  • July 1 to 3 — 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 4 — 10 a.m. to midnight. Marion Fireworks may be sold in Marion July 1 through 4.
  • July 1 and 2 — 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 3 and 4 — 9 a.m. to midnight. Peabody
  • July 1 and 2 — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 3 and 4 -- 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • Even with algae warning, lakes offer much to do

    Blue-green algae has struck again at Marion Reservoir, but that is not stopping people from enjoying the lake. So far this year Marion County Lake has not been affected, but the possibility is high as drought continues. If both lakes receive a warning, what can people do to have fun without getting in the water?

  • Late night swim to benefit ministries

    Hillsboro’s municipal pool will offer a special “twilight swim” from 9 to midnight Friday as a fundraiser for Main Street Ministries.Pool staff are volunteering their time. Swimmers will be asked to donate $3 or three non-perishable food items.


  • Celebrating with noise

    I have a favorite uncle who has taken the plunge into the world of Internet communication and has done a pretty good job of staying in touch with extended family members. It always is nice to hear from him. Uncle Joe is married to one of my mom’s sisters, and they have a daughter close to my age and a younger son. During my childhood, my family spent time in Arkansas every summer with my grandparents, and I always spent a week or so with Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Joe and their children. They were wonderful hosts and more fun than I ever thought a set of parents could be.

  • College costs at crisis levels

    On June 19, the Kansas Board of Regents voted to increase tuition at all six state universities. Fort Hays State students will suffer the least with a 3.4-percent increase. At the other end of the spectrum, Wichita State students will be hit with an 8-percent increase in tuition. Students who are already at the University of Kansas benefit from a policy that allows them to lock in tuition at the same rate for four years as freshmen, but new students will pay 4.9 percent more than last year’s freshmen. Tuition increasing faster than inflation at public universities is nothing new. It’s been going on for more than a decade. Every year I was at Kansas State University, starting in 2002, tuition rose. The College Board has found that at four-year public colleges in the Midwest, one year’s tuition, fees, room, and board have increased nearly $5,000 — adjusted for inflation — in the past decade. Woe to students in the western states, where costs have increased $7,000.


  • County students graduate, earn honors

    With the spring semester ending and summer here, schools are releasing news of achievement by college and high school students. Kansas State University Twenty-two Marion County students earned spring semester honors: Florence: Jaclyn Deforest. Hillsboro: Aaron Klassen, Bryant Miller, Alex Nuss, and Candace Weinbrenner. Lehigh: Neal Kaiser. Lincolnville: Taylor Harms. Marion: Samuel Ehrlich, Patrick Hodson, Louis Holt, Tristan Snelling, Derek Stuchlik, Eric Vogel, and Julia Zeiner. Peabody: Alexandra Holm-McDowell, Broderick Kyle, Seth Methvin, Derrick Till, Courtney Traxson, and Joseph Zappone. Tampa: Matthew Klenda. Hutchinson Community College

  • Residents graduate from leadership class

    Leadership Marion County graduates and their guests attended an outdoor ceremony June 17 at the home of Teresa Huffman. Graduates include Kerry Maag, Tonya Richards, and Rebecca Wingfield of Marion, and Dana Gayle of Florence.

  • New restaurateur is helping the world, one taco at a time

    In a couple hours of down time, between lunch and supper, a Tampa resident came in to visit with Tara Luna at her new restaurant in Tampa. In the conversation, the resident told Luna that she had to put her dog down. Luna’s immediate response was that she needed to sit down and eat some free food, whatever she wanted. She wanted to provide comfort, but she also had a feeling the woman had not eaten much all day and was not planning to do so in her state of grief.


    Cody Wilson Koehn


  • Peabody swimmers top Marion, Abilene

    Peabody Super Swimmers won a meet against Marion and Abilene on Saturday at home. They scored 573 points to Marion’s 552 and Abilene’s 318. Top three Peabody finishes by event included: Boys 8 or younger 25-meter backstroke — 1. Jefferson Glover. 25 breaststroke — 1. Glover. 25 butterfly — 2. Glover; 3. Kael Hutchison. 25 freestyle — 3. Glover. 100 freestyle relay — 2. Hunter Navrat, Hutchison, and Glover; 3. Lukas Spencer, Christopher Spencer, Thomas Craig, and Alex Young. 100 medley relay — 1. Glover, Young, Hutchison, and Navrat; 3. L. Spencer, C. Spencer, and Craig. 9 and 10 25 breaststroke — 3. Philip Young. 25 butterfly — 3. Jonathan Glover. 25 freestyle — 2. Alex Caldwell. 100 freestyle — 3. Caldwell. 100 individual medley — 3. Young. 100 freestyle relay — 2. Caldwell, Young, Jakob Graber, and Jake Partridge. 11 and 12 50 backstroke — 2. Zach Stephey. 50 butterfly — 2. Reid Graber. 50 breaststroke — 3. Max Caldwell. 100 freestyle — 2. Stephey. 100 individual medley — 2. Reid Graber. 200 freestyle relay — 2. Julian Craig, Jordan Anderson, Caldwell, and Graber. 200 medley relay — 1. Graber, Caldwell, Anderson, and Craig. 13 and 14 50 breaststroke — 1. Austin Reynolds. 50 freestyle — 2. Reynolds. 100 individual medley — 2. Reynolds. 15 to 18 50 backstroke — 1. Zachary Preheim; 3. Garret Schroeder. 50 breaststroke — 1. Schroeder. 50 butterfly — 1. Z. Preheim; 2. Schroeder; 3. Nicholas Preheim. 50 freestyle — 2. Z. Preheim; 3. N. Preheim. 100 freestyle — 2. Z. Preheim; 3. N. Preheim. 100 individual medley — 1. Z. Preheim; 2. Schroeder; 3. N. Preheim. 200 freestyle relay — 1. Schroeder, Jaydin Hutchison, N. Preheim, and Z. Preheim. Girls 8 or younger 25 backstroke — 1. Lexi Davis. 25 breaststroke — 1. Davis. 25 butterfly — 1. Davis; 3. Wylda Brown. 25 freestyle — 2. Davis. 100 freestyle relay — 1. Davis, Madyson Goossen, and Brown. 100 medley relay — 1. Goossen, Davis, and Brown. 9 and 10 25 backstroke — 2. Kallie Hutchison. 25 breaststroke — 2. Emma Schroeder; 3. Lexi Schreiber. 25 butterfly — 2. Schroeder. 25 freestyle — 1. Hutchison. 100 freestyle — 1. Hutchison; 3. Mya Winter. 100 individual medley — 2. Schroeder. 100 freestyle relay — 2. Schreiber, Winter, Schroder, and Hutchison. 100 medley relay — 2. Winter, Schreiber, Schroeder, and Hutchison. 13 and 14 50 breaststroke — 2. Raegan Schreiber; 3. Anna Lubbers. 50 butterfly — 3. Mallory Harris. 50 freestyle — 3. Schreiber. 200 freestyle relay — 2. Harris, Desiree Wittig, Lubbers, and Schreiber. 200 medley relay — 3. Lubbers, Wittig, Harris, and Schreiber. 15 to 18 50 backstroke — 2. Mackenzie Young; 3. April Newfield. 50 breaststroke — 1. Katy Benson; 2. Young; 3. Lexi Anderson. 50 butterfly — 1. Benson; 3. Lily Harris. 50 freestyle — 1. Benson; 2. Anderson. 100 freestyle — 1. Anderson; 2. Newfield. 100 individual medley — 1. Benson. 200 freestyle relay — 1. Anderson, Young, and Benson; 2. Harris, Rylie McDowell, and Newfield. 200 medley relay — 1. Young, Benson, and Anderson; 3. McDowell, Newfield, and Harris.


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