• Wind project could kick off the new year

    In a presentation last week at Marion Senior Center Rex Savage of Windborne Energy told patrons that construction on wind turbines south of Marion could begin as quickly as two to three weeks. “We will begin putting rock down on 120th St. within two weeks then we will begin construction pads south of 120th in the next two to three weeks,” Savage said.

  • Voting begins in the Christmas cookie decorating contest

    The public is invited to vote in the Christmas cookie decorating contest today through Dec. 18 at these businesses: Carlsons’ Grocery and Marion County Record in Marion; Vogt’s Hometown Market in Hillsboro; and Don’s Drug Store in Peabody. Votes may be cast for the best-decorated cookie by placing cash donations in the appropriate jars. The winner will be determined by the cookie receiving the most in donations and announced in the Dec. 25 issue of this newspaper.

  • CDDO meets Monday

    The board of directors of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum.

  • Nuisance vehicles top city council agenda again

    Peabody’s inoperable vehicle ordinance was on the agenda Monday night at regularly scheduled Peabody City Council meeting. In November, Alice Morris was asked for an explanation of a citation she received from a city police officer requiring her to move a vehicle on her property. The vehicle was tagged, insured, and in running condition, but had been parked behind a shed when her son got another car to drive back and forth to college. The car had not been moved in several months.

  • School board discusses Chromebooks

    Peabody-Burns Board of Education members discussed several times during their meeting about using Chromebooks in the classroom. Chromebooks are portable computers that use Google systems, primarily for Internet use.

  • County hires appraiser

    County commissioners breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday after their four-month long search for a new appraiser ended. “We’re locked down at this point,” Commissioner Dan Holub said. “We need an appraiser to go forward after these tax hearings. It’s crucial.”

  • Insurance mailings have city's blessing

    Several residents have been receiving strange mail from with information about water and sewer line coverage plans. A company called Utility Service Partners Private Label and its subsidiary company Service Lines of America sent the mailers, which went to many Marion residents.

  • Marion 'elves' prepare Community Christmas

    Volunteers organized a vast amount of donated food and gift items Monday afternoon at Marion Community Center to donate to 63 families in the Community Christmas program. Chamber of Commerce secretary Margo Yates said that every family was nominated would receive a couple hundred dollars worth of food.

  • Local businesses sponsor children's coloring contest

    Local businesses are sponsoring a Christmas coloring contest for children ages 3-10. Pictures may be colored using crayons, markers, or colored pencils. One winner will be drawn at random from all entries. The winner will receive a Christmas stocking full of Christmas gifts and more. All entries must be received 5 p.m., Dec. 19 at the Marion County Record office. Entries can be hand delivered or mailed to the Marion County Record, PO Box 278, Marion, KS 66861.

  • Russian delegates wisit Cow Camp Ranch

    A group of 16 farm managers and government officials representing the cattle industry in Russia included Cow Camp Ranch, Lost Springs, in its stops in Kansas on Friday. According to manager Mark Brunner, the men spent an hour viewing the cowherd north of Lost Springs and driving through the feed yard at Ramona.

  • Federal conservation program opens enrollment until Jan. 17

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollment until Jan. 17. In the program, farmers and ranchers can receive funding for conservation improvements. Examples include using new nozzles on sprayers to reduce drift of pesticides, modifying water facilities to prevent bats and birds from being trapped, burning patches of land mimicking prairie fires to improve wildlife habitat, and rotating feeding areas and monitoring grazing areas to improve grazing management.

  • Night in the Barn live nativity is Dec. 21-22



  • Winter brings its own health issues

    Winter weather brings with it a variety of health issues for many people, ranging from illnesses like colds and flus to conditions even more directly related to the cold. “Signs of hypothermia start by simply feeling cold, shivering, and increased heart rate,” said Karen Wheeler, advanced registered nurse practitioner at Marion Family Physicians. “As it worsens, the person feels tired, starts sweating, and has unsteady movements.

  • Shannon Hoffer hopes to help people relax through yoga

    The holidays can be a stressful time for most people. Shannon Hoffer hoped to ease some of this stress by treating guests to a relaxing weekend Nov. 22 and 23 at her annual Country Dreams Yoga Retreat. She said it is important in the stressful holiday season to take time each day to slow down and de-stress. “The theme was to celebrate the season change rather than dread it,” she said. “Coming together and using yoga class, meditation, healthy food, and positive thinking to shift our mindset that winter has to be miserable.”

  • It's not too late to vaccinate

    With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, Kansas Department of Health and Environment is urging all Kansans to receive a flu vaccine this week. Dec. 8-14 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, KDHE said in a press release. It said the recognition should be a reminder that everyone is responsible for preventing the spread of influenza. Based on data from the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, flu activity currently is low in the state. However, flu activity usually increases this time of year before peaking in January or February.

  • Apples provide good nutrition

    Who has not heard the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? It may seem unlikely that one fruit could be so effective at maintaining good health, but apples really are a super food. Apples are a member of the Rose family and are related to pears, peaches, apricots and plums. Though considered a fall fruit, apples can be enjoyed year-round thanks to commercial food production and importing.

  • Mayor says maintaining a healthy weight is hard work

    At 5 feet, 7 inches, Marion’s mayor, Mary Olson, has maintained her goal weight of 150 pounds for 13 years. “It’s a new lifestyle,” she said. “If you want to be healthy, you do it. It’s hard. You have to work at it.”


  • Irvin Christiansen

    Irvin Christiansen, 98, of Durham died Dec. 2 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. He was born Jan. 25, 1915, to Henry and Mattie (Garrett) Christiansen of Durham. He is survived by his wife, Muriel of Marion; three sons, H. Robert of Washington, D.C., Gordon of rural Durham, and Dale of McPherson; two daughters, Mona I. Herbers of Leoti and Jan Skiles of Hillsboro; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.


  • Carefully follow the instructions

    Every year about this time I launch into a speech about community giving and I tell you that if you don’t want to read what I have to say you should move on to another page. So … if you don’t want to read about community giving, this is the time to move on to another page. Community giving has always been a big part of my life. I am not telling you this because I think I am the queen of generosity and want you to know it. I am telling you this, because as Bill Meyer told me once, “The purpose of an opinion column is to let readers know what we think. Often, when we share the same idea over and over, we want the reader to think as we do.” This is my opinion column and I want you to think as I do — I want you to be a part of community giving.


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  • TEEN meeting is Dec. 18

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 in the USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion. For more information, contact Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

  • Siebert cherishes teddy bear collection

    A sign on one of the bedroom doors at the home of Rex and Vernolis Siebert of rural Marion reads, “This place is a zoo. Enter at your own risk.” On the other side of the door is a roomful of many sizes of stuffed bears and a variety of bear décor.

  • New Bible study starts Jan. 9

    A new community Bible study will begin Jan. 9 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The topic of the Bible study is “Forever in Love with Jesus.” DVD lessons by Kathy Trocolli and Dee Brestin will be from the books of John and Hosea. Bible studies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearth Room of the church.


    Guests visit to deer hunt
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    Community shares Thanksgiving events


  • PBHS boys lose lead in home opener

    Despite a competitive first half, Peabody-Burns High School boys’ basketball lost its Friday home opener to Chase County 57-44. The team next will travel to Marion for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday games in the Marion Classic. The team will compete at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Eureka. The squad then has an 8:15 p.m. tipoff against Remington Friday. Saturday’s competition will be determined by results of pool play on Thursday and Friday.

  • Lady Warriors struggle in first game

    The freezing temperatures were not the only thing that was cold on opening night of Peabody-Burns High School Lady Warrior basketball 2013-14. The squad was defeated at home by Chase County 62-10. Up next for the team is an appearance in the Marion Classic with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday they will take on Eureka at 4 p.m. and Friday they will compete against Remington at 7 p.m.


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