• Pageant recognizes Miss Kansas 1964

    Margene Savage, the 1964 Miss Kansas from Florence who died in a car crash during her reign, was honored at the 2014 Miss Kansas pageant June 7 in Pratt. Carla Stovall Steckline and Donna Hett, second cousins of Savage, attended this year’s pageant for the recognition.

  • Developer starting networking group

    Young people who could become successful business owners are being invited to start a chapter of Kansas Power Ups, a networking group for people ages 21 to 39 who have chosen to live in rural areas. “I’ve been talking with people who created the group for a few months and I finally decided to see if there is any interest,” said Terry Jones, Marion’s new economic development director. “It’s basically a young professionals group, only for everyone.

  • Teens attempt to steal boat

    Two teens driving a silver sport-utility vehicle attempted to steal a boat Monday afternoon near the 1800 block of 70th Rd. Grant Phares, who works at Wildcat Creek Ranch, saw and reported the thief at 1:52 p.m.

  • Harvest in Marion County better than expected?

    A handful of farmers across the county got out into muddy fields Tuesday to begin test-cutting wheat. “It’s been better than we were expecting,” Jess Whiteman said. “We’ve only cut 50 acres before we got rained out Saturday.”

  • Bluegrass festival aims for low-key fun

    Marion County Lake’s seventh annual Bluegrass at the Lake festival Saturday will once again be a relaxed entertainment event, lake superintendent Steve Hudson said. “We’re not trying to be another Winfield,” Hudson said, alluding to the Walnut Valley Festival in September.

  • Garden tour tickets available

    Tickets and maps for the annual Marion City Library Garden Tour are available at the library. The tour will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 28.

  • Sealing unusual cracking causes delays on U.S. 77

    Residents traveling along U.S. 77 can expect small delays weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the next few weeks as they travel between Burns and Marion. Crews are working to seal cracks that have formed on the asphalt roadway. Repairs are causing delays ranging from 5 to 10 minutes or more.

  • Budget cuts cause concern

    State budget cuts and red tape for mental health care providers “are setting these people up to fail,” Commissioner Dan Holub said Monday. Jessie Kaye, president of Prairie View, told commissioners that four mental health centers in the state have been forced to close in the past nine years.

  • MEDI gets 1st look at restroom project

    Marion Economic Development Inc. got its first look Tuesday at a three-dimensional model of a proposed restroom and stage to replace an aging gazebo in Central Park. The facility would include a performance stage. If fundraising goes to plan, the facility could be ready for Chingawassa Days by next year.

  • Mosquito briquettes available

    Altosid mosquito briquettes are available free to Peabody water customers. “We will pass them out on a first come, first served basis,” City Clerk Stephanie Ax said.

  • Snapping turtle goes on grocery run

    Conner Montgomery was closing Carlsons’ Grocery Store when a co-worker, who was locking the doors, noticed a strange visitor attempting to make its way in. A snapping turtle nearly a foot in length was in front of the store’s ice machines, moving toward the entrance.


  • Billy Burke

    Services for Billy Franklin Burke, 78, of Park City, who died Sunday, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, at Peabody Christian Church. Burial will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Born June 27, 1935, in Albertville, Ala., to Oliver and Margie (Gorham) Burke, he married Avis Louisa Graham on in 1957 at First United Methodist Church of Newton. She died in 1995, and he married Sandra Knoll-Burke in 2001 in Park City.

  • Maynard Janzen

    Maynard D. Janzen, 79, died June 7. He was born Feb. 21, 1935, to Otto R. and Irma L. (Klassen) Janzen at his grandparents’ home in Hillsboro. He grew up east of Goessel and attended a one-room school before graduating from Goessel High School. He was heavily involved in music.

  • Treva Kellogg

    Treva C. Kellogg, 93, of Herington died June 10 at Peabody Care Center. She was born Feb. 18, 1921, in White City to William W. and Rosa (Blum) Adam. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God in Herington and attended Herington Senior Citizens Center while her health permitted.

  • Otto Regier

    Peabody-area farmer and stockman Otto S. Regier, 88, died Saturday at his home in Elbing. Born July 21, 1925, near Elbing, he was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Margaret (Epp) Regier, and siblings Mildred, Menno and Howard Regier.


    Faith Skibbe, Donald Alcorn



  • They paid it forward

  • Days of Yore

    Keith and Peggy Wattson have been collecting the old and unusual for decades. A year ago, the couple bought a building in Peabody’s historic downtown district and began to concentrate their efforts on opening an antique store of their own, Cameo Rose Antiques. Stan Ammeter and Loy Darcey took second place in the third annual Craig White Fishing Derby.


  • Hett to celebrate 90th birthday

    The family of Mary M. Hett will honor her 90th birthday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. In lieu of gifts, cards may be sent to 115 Eisenhower, Marion, KS 66861.

  • Bulldog alumni to meet

    Chase County High School’s 2014 alumni weekend will be June 27-29 in Cottonwood Falls. The theme will be “Bulldog Pride,” and those attending are being asked to wear black and red to events.

  • Leadership class concludes

    Members Dainne Cyr, Ashley Herpich, Roger Schroeder, and Karen Williams finished the Leadership Marion County class June 5 with a graduation banquet at Morningstar Ranch. Guest speaker Ron Wilson of Manhattan performed cowboy poetry. During their final class May 15, members met at the Florence city building to learn of Mennonite history from Peggy Goertzen.

  • It is in the cards

    Four women who enjoy meals and events at Peabody Senior Center have extended their participation every Tuesday afternoon. They enjoy fellowship and visiting over games of pinochle at the center after other members have left. Site manager Ruth Lott said the center would welcome others who would like to use the facility to play cards Tuesday afternoons.


    A grateful goodbye

    Williams entertains guests
  • BURNS:

    Residents attend Nelson-Hodges nuptials

    Seniors attend potluck


  • Peabody swimmers take first at Solomon

    Peabody Super Swimmers won a three-team meet Saturday. Peabody scored 584 points; Solomon, 366; and Council Grove, 280. “We were very pleased to win this meet as we were missing several swimmers,” head coach Tom Spencer said. “In addition, several of our swimmers posted their best times even though the pool at Solomon is 2½ meters longer than a standard pool.”

  • 19 on K-State dean's list

    Nineteen students from Marion County were among 3,400 to receive semester honors this spring from Kansas State University for achieving a grade-point average of 3.75 or better on 12 or more graded hours of work: Florence: Jaclyn Deforest. Hillsboro: Ethan Frantz, Bailey Kaufman, Aaron Klassen, Taylor Nikkel, and Chance Reece. Lehigh: Neal Kaiser. Lincolnville: Carrie Carlson, Taylor Harms, Carlye Simons. Marion: Jacob Ehrlich, Samuel Ehrlich, Louis Holt, Andrew Kelsey, Drew Maddox, Tristen Snelling, and Derek Stuchlik. Peabody: Broderick Kyle. Tampa: Nathan Unruh.

  • 2 graduate from Wesleyan

    Kayley Heerey of Marion and Alysha Pierce of Hillsboro were among 188 graduates honored at last month’s commencement at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. Heerey, a fall graduate, received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice with cum laude honors.

  • 3 earn nursing degrees

    Wendy McCarty of Hillsboro and JoLynn Resser and Sara Whorton of Tampa were among 36 students who received registered nurse’s certification pins and associate degrees in nursing last month from Hutchinson Community College.

  • Exhibit, music planned in Newton

    Fantasy art, hand-made books, mosaics, and pottery will be featured and members of a ukulele troupe will perform at a free event with refreshments 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton.


  • Elder care has changed dramatically

    Since registered nurses Dawn Luna and Peni Ens started working in elder care as nurse aides — in 1979 and 1986, respectively — they have seen tremendous changes in long term care for the elderly. Ens said that when she began working, nursing homes were much more institutional; a nursing home dictated how residents would live rather than the other way around. She said nursing homes now really try to make things more homelike.

  • Discounts vary across county

    Getting older may mean getting more bargains. Many county businesses offer a discount when customers reach a certain age. Each business has its own bargain, and the age at which customers can collect varies. Carlsons’ Grocery, Dale’s Supermarket, and Heartland Foods offer a 10 percent discount to people age 65 and older every Wednesday on store items not on sale.

  • Senior housing may bring glut of homes for sale

    The availability of affordable housing is encouraging some seniors to consider putting their houses on the market. This in turn may cause more housing to become available for families. “We do have a lot of homes for sale,” real estate agent Lori Heerey said Tuesday. “But I can’t directly attribute the abundance to the housing projects going on in town, at least not yet.”

  • Senior centers need volunteers

    Senior centers around the county are always looking for volunteers to help deliver and serve meals, but some are hurting for volunteers more than others. “We have several people in the summer who take vacations,” Hillsboro director Brenda Moss said. “We like to have backups that can help give volunteers time off.”

  • Weaker eyesight is common in seniors

    When you walk into Marion Senior Center, like other senior centers around the country, it is common for nearly every patron to have a set of glasses. “I’ve had glasses for about 75 years,” one patron said. “I have astigmatism, and my parents wore glasses. Just something I have to live with.”


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