HEADLINES

  • Wintery blast blankets Marion County

    Classes were canceled for students in all Marion county school districts on Tuesday because of a wintery blast that accumulated approximately nine inches of snowfall by 7:30 p.m. Accordingly, school districts canceled Tuesday night basketball.

  • Theft attempts and suspicious behavior surprise Peabody

    “I was more than just little surprised that it happened right downtown,” Frank Davis said of a late night attempt to hot-wire his Ford van. “I was shocked that someone tried it out in the open, under the street lights and all.” Davis is one of three people in the two-block business district who had their vehicles damaged Jan. 28 and 29 in an attempt to get them started. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said he thought the attempts were aimed at stealing the vehicles rather than stealing anything that was in them.

  • Emler's senate replacement is campaigning for insurance commissioner

    Republican Precinct Committee members from the 35th Senate District elected Clark Shultz to replace Jay Emler in the state senate on Thursday in McPherson. Before being selected to fill the vacancy left by Emler’s appointment to the Kansas Corporation Commission, Shultz was the representative for the 73rd House District, which includes most of McPherson County. He has been in the state legislature since 1997.

  • Road work affects courthouse parking

    County commissioners decided Friday to re-organize parking designations at the courthouse during road construction on 4th and Williams Sts. Until roadwork is completed, commissioners designated the entire west parking area at the courthouse for public use. Courthouse employees are to use the south lot or parking used by the sheriff’s department.

  • Subway could open in Marion by early spring

    There is a lot of work left to be done, but a Subway restaurant will open in Marion this spring. The fast food chain would occupy the former Marion Auto Mart building next to Carlsons’ Grocery. Carlsons’ co-owner Greg Carlson said his family has owned the building for about seven years.

  • Tabor calls on students to help with snow

    Tabor College President Jules Glanzer canceled today’s classes Tuesday evening and designated today as a service day for the college. Glanzer called on students, faculty, and staff to grab a snow shovel — made available by the college — and shovel out neighbors in Hillsboro.

DEATHS

  • Rosie Shaw

    Rosie Mable Shaw, 81, died Sunday at Peabody Care Center. She was a retired beautician and longtime resident of Florence. She was born June 21, 1932, in Eads, Colo., to Dean F. and Letha Cunningham Morgan. She had lived in Florence since 1960.

DOCKET

FINANCIAL

  • Top priorities for refunds, pay debts, save for retirement

    The Internal Revenue Service began processing income tax returns at the end of January, and some people may get substantial tax refunds. As far as financial adviser Tom Kimbrel of Marion is concerned, people receiving refunds should prioritize debt and savings. Kimbrel said people’s top priority should be paying off high-interest debts like credit cards.

  • Woman does taxes to help others

    Taxes can be tricky, but Barbara Smith makes it easier for seniors and low-income Marion County residents to file. Smith began working on taxes after working at H&R Block.

OPINION

  • Mail shouldn't be run like a business

    The only thing more certain than death and taxes is the U.S. Postal Service asking for yet another rate increase. It’s high time Washington put a stamp of disapproval on our mail system’s continual whining and perhaps even rethink the whole idea of making the Postal Service “run like a business.” In this case, of course, the “business” would go broke in less time that it takes for a letter to get from Marion to Hillsboro. In fact, founding postmaster general Ben Franklin, not exactly a bashful type, would be red-faced with embarrassment to see how poorly his old post office has delivered on its promises and how miserably it has failed to heed one of his favorite adages: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

  • Lock it up

    Today I want to draw your attention to a topic that is a bit more important than my thoughts on the weather we will have this week or the basketball games we had last week. I would like to add my voice to several others that appear in a story elsewhere in this issue about people who seem to be lurking about the community between sundown and sunrise. Some of them do not seem bent on theft or destruction, but some do. It is time for all of us to be aware of what is going on around us and take precautions.

  • DAYS OF YORE:

    Days of Yore

PEOPLE

  • Hymn sing is Sunday

    A monthly community hymn sing will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. The evening will include singing, scripture reading, and prayer. People attending will be able to select favorite hymns to sing.

  • Horse lover's art to be featured at state fair

    Tristan Williams of the Happy Hustlers 4-H club has always loved animals and plans on becoming a vet someday. It was because of this love, especially for horses, that inspired her to become involved in 4-H and more recently to win a statewide competition. “Just for fun,” Tristan entered a statewide logo-design contest for the Kansas 4-H Horse Panorama in Manhattan, and won first place.

  • VFW contest winners announced

    Marion VFW Post 6958 and its Ladies Auxiliary will present awards to the winners of the Patriots’ Pen and Voice of Democracy scholarship essay and speech contests at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the post home, 420 W. Santa Fe St., Marion. The Patriots’ Pen essay was divided into two divisions, sponsored by the post and auxiliary. Devin Hamm won first in the post’s division, followed by Payton Harms and Caleb Hett. Larry Zieammermann placed first in the auxiliary’s division, followed by Antone Vinduska and Madison Coleman. Zieammermann also placed third at the district level.

  • BURNS:

    Club members enjoy January meeting
  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

    Less budget work this year

SPORTS AND SCHOOL

  • Contest encourages college students to create new businesses

    Wichita State University’s Center or Entrepreneurship is launching a statewide competition geared toward college students looking to create a new business. More than $25,000 is up for grabs for students who create the winning business plan with an increased chance for students looking to start the business their plan outlines.

  • Peabody-Burns High School winter homecoming activities announced

    Friday is winter homecoming at Peabody-Burns High School, with a home game against Solomon for both girls’ and boys’ teams. Queen candidates are Fenja Lang, Cierra Foth, Saje Bayes, and Andrea Kubickova. King candidates are Sean Clay, Filip Suskavcevic, Garret Schroeder, and Brandon Woodruff

  • Students receive K-State semester honors

    Students receive K-State semester honors Kansas State University recognized more than 3,500, including many from Marion County, for honors for the fall semester. To receive semester honors, a student must complete at least 12 hours with a 3.75 or higher grade point average. Semester honors Florence: Jaclyn Deforest. Goessel: Hannah Franzen. Hillsboro: Candace Jost, Bailey Kaufman, Aaron Klassen, and Taylor Nikkel. Lehigh: Neal Kaiser. Lincolnville: Carrie Carlson and Taylor Harms. Marion: Jacob Ehrlich, Samuel Ehrlich, Louis Holt, Evan Just, Tristen Snelling, Derek Stuchlik, Eric Vogel, and Julia Zeiner. Peabody: Brandee Burnett, Broderick Kyle, and Shelby Unruh. Ramona: Sheila Makovec. Tampa: Matthew Klenda and Nathan Unruh.

  • Elementary school Fine Arts Day is Friday

    Marion elementary students will have the chance to experience different music, art, and drama Friday during the school’s annual Fine Arts Day. Local guest musician Mark Wilcox, a violinmaker by hobby, will begin the day with a concert. He will then teach music classes the rest of the day.

VALENTINES

  • Couple to have 70th Valentine's Day

    Several of Kermit Ratzlaff’s grandchildren have asked him for advice before their weddings. They have good reason to ask him, as Ratzlaff and his wife, Ruth, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in August. “We both went to Tabor, and that’s where we met,” Kermit said.

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