• Algae warning extended

    Marion Reservoir beaches, closed since June 12, will remain closed until July 31 because of toxic blue-green algae, state health officials announced Thursday. Fishing and boating are still safe. It also is safe to eat fish caught from the reservoir. However extra precaution should be taken to make sure fish are rinsed of any reservoir water.


  • Oursler building Relay for Life team after winning cancer battle

    Janet Oursler is 10 years out from her breast cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2004. She had a lumpectomy in December of that year, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. “That was a difficult year,” she said. “My oncologist kicked me out this year at my 10-year checkup. He said he didn’t want to see me again. That was good news.”

  • Sheriff mum on link between huge marijuana seizures

    The largest marijuana bust Robert Craft has encountered as sheriff continued to be under investigation Tuesday as Craft declined to reveal details of an ongoing investigation into who may have been cultivating 2,429 marijuana plants found July 15 in southern Marion County. Craft would not say exactly where the plants were found, whether the landowner was aware of them, or whether a suspect has been identified.

  • Tractor runs over car

    Two women were hospitalized after their car was run over by a tractor Monday at 110th and Jade Rds. The accident happened around 2 p.m. when a 1994 Mercury Sable driven by Dianna Howell of Hillsboro collided with a John Deere tractor pulling a hay rake. The tractor was operated by Sheldon Weims of rural Hillsboro.

  • 1 in 28 could be carrying concealed guns

    Danny Maddox of Marion has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and he’s not alone. On average, one out of every 28 adults in Marion County can legally carry a concealed weapon, according to data released Monday by the Kansas attorney general’s office.

  • Railroad to base operations here in August

    The local economy will get a boost in August from Union Pacific Railroad, which will use Marion as its base of operations for track maintenance from Herington to Whitewater. “It’s huge,” Union Pacific safety captain Lindal Peace said. “A lot of cities just don’t realize what income we bring in. We’ve got like 90 to 120 guys, and they’ve been having to travel. Most of them are staying in Junction City right now.”

  • Artist makes unique furniture from hedge wood

    Abstract art pieces make people think, which is exactly what David Woody wants customers to do when they enter his new store in downtown Florence. Woody moved from Oklahoma City to Florence five years ago, looking for a quieter life.



  • 4-H'ers work long hours to prepare for fair

    Fair organizers aren’t the only ones busy with fair preparations this week. The first real event of the fair, a 4-H dog show, took place Saturday, even though the first official day of the fair is today. Happy Hustler member Tristan Williams had a busy day Monday preparing for the fair’s horse show Monday evening and her other fair projects.

  • Vets turn to chicken flipping for fair

    County fair time is chicken flipping time for Jessica Laurin, Marion veterinarian. Each chicken entered in the county fair has to have a blood test for salmonella, and Laurin flipped 83 chickens last week to perform the tests.


  • Pay scale leads to cuts, 'hard feelings'

    Department heads appear to have kept their promise not to have busted their budgets by shoehorning in pay raises averaging 8.7 percent for 56 county employees. However, accommodating the raises, awarded in response to a study of wages paid for similar positions in other counties, appears to be posing some difficulties.

  • County reflects on road signs becoming dollar signs

    Federal requirement for new, more reflective road signs could cost Marion County hundreds of thousands of dollars. “We have 600 stops signs alone,” road and bridges supervisor Jesse Hamm told county commissioners Monday. “It would cost $97,000 just to replace them in one year.”

  • 28% of ambulance calls for naught

    Nearly 28 percent of all county ambulance calls last month resulted in no patient being transported to a hospital, according to data released Monday by interim ambulance director JoAnn Knak. A total of 24 patients for whom ambulances were summoned declined transport, thereby saving themselves ambulance fees.


  • Couple turn old hospital into loft apartment

    Standing in the living room of Randy and Rachel Collett’s remodeled downtown Marion apartment, it is hard to tell that the space in the C.B. Wheeler building ever housed a hospital, office building, or anything else. The Colletts bought the space from Bruce and Belinda Skiles about two years ago and started remodeling in the spring.

  • Gardener adds a twist -- of lime

    In August, plant lover Lenore Dieter of Marion is looking forward to making margaritas with a home grown twist, using fruit from her own lime trees. “I have two trees; one is indoors in a pot and one is outside in my perennial bed,” Dieter said. “They’re not huge but the one inside has three limes on it.”

  • Matching paint easy for do-it-yourselfers

    A homeowner with a piece of siding to be painted or an expectant mother wanting to match the nursery walls to a color in a quilt don’t have to grab handfuls of paint chips and trust their eyes to find the right color anymore. Marion County paint dealers have computerized color matching scanning systems that take guessing out of the equation.


  • Water, water everywhere

    There has been a wealth of complaining during the past two or three years about the color, smell, and taste of our water. People have shown up at city council meetings to share samples and photographs of what comes out of their tap. Council members, city employees, and the mayor have made attempts at explaining just why parts of our community are saddled with water that is not fit for flushing, much less consuming. I thought I might take a stab at sharing my own explanation about Peabody water. I have not missed too many Peabody City Council meetings in the past 13 years so I have heard most of the issues involved in our seemingly insurmountable water problems.


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