• Brown water? How bad it is depends on the city

    Brown water plagues Marion and Peabody residents, but Hillsboro doesn’t get the same number of complaints. How quickly the three cities are replacing their nearly 100-year-old cast-iron waterlines with PVC pipe is one reason.

  • Probe of pot field continues

    Field conditions could complicate the ongoing investigation into who was responsible for 2,429 marijuana plants seized July 15 in southern Marion County, Sheriff Robert Craft said Tuesday. “It appears seeds were broadcast over the area, with very minimal tending early on, and then nothing after that,” Craft said. “It hadn’t been tended for a long time.”

  • Property taxes will go up slightly in 2015

    After five years of creating budgets that kept mill levies flat to provide property tax relief to local residents, Peabody City Council proposed a budget for 2015 on Monday evening that increases the mill levy by four mills. One mill raises $4,233 for city expenses; a four-mill increase would amount to $16,932 more in the budget than in 2014.

  • Brownback draws fire from Republicans

    Bob Brookens of Marion and Bill Kassebaum of Burdick are fellow Republicans, attorneys, and former Kansas legislators. Their grandfathers, E.C. Brookens and Alf Landon, went to college together. They also have in common deep concerns about what they believe are disastrous effects of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax reform plans and the direction of the state under his leadership.

  • Fireworks to highlight Labor Day

    The Florence Labor Day organizers met July 23 to plan the 77th annual Labor Day celebration Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. An 1860’s vintage baseball game will feature the Howe House Griffins vs. the Harvey Boys. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 31. A watermelon-seed-spitting contest will follow the game. A 30-minute fireworks display will end the day.

  • Primary election set for Tuesday

    Residents of Marion County will go to the polls Tuesday to select their parties’ nominees for the Nov. 4 general election. Voters must bring their driver’s licenses or other forms of identification. Voters also may cast their ballots in advance at the Marion County Courthouse until noon Monday. Mail-in voting also is available. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Courthouse is staying put

    Responding to constituent concerns they claimed resulted from a Marion County Record headline July 23, county commissioners reaffirmed Monday that the county courthouse will remain in Marion. “I need to straighten something out,” Commissioner Dan Holub said. “When you guys were talking about the courthouse, you were not talking about moving the courthouse of the city of Marion, right?”


  • Ensey is St. Luke's new CEO

    After serving as interim CEO, chief nursing officer and Jeremy Ensey has replaced Jeremy Armstrong as CEO of St. Luke Hospital and Living Center. “I’m a little nervous because it’s a new challenge,” Ensey said. “But I am very excited to take on the challenge.”

  • Rural utility donates to 4-H clubs

    Marion County 4-H clubs will receive a $666 donation to help club members pay their way to Rock Springs Summer Camp. The donation is coming from Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative and CoBank, which provides financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water, and communications providers.

  • Fair's dairy competition may have been last

    Guests who viewed two Holstein dairy cattle at the Marion County Fair last week may have been viewing the last of the program. Chad Mueller of Tampa has shown dairy cattle at the county fair for 12 years following in his sister’s, brother’s, and father’s footsteps, but for several years, he has been the only entry in the county. This was the final year Mueller was eligible to show, and he’s concerned the project will die.

  • Nearly two dozen attend Power Ups meeting

    Willy J’s was full of young Marion County residents Thursday night for the first Power Ups of Marion County meeting. Nearly two dozen residents between 21 and 39 attended. Founder Terry Jones said he was pleased.

  • Discover threshers and tractors in Goessel

    Antique farm equipment built up to a century old will be on display and demonstrated this weekend at Threshing Days at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel. This year International Harvesters will be featured.

  • Cottonwood Falls plans summer weekend

    Authors, artists, and musicians will be featured Aug. 8 through 10 at Summer in Cottonwood Falls. Seven shops on Broadway will feature concerts or events along with courthouse tours on Aug. 8.

  • Public input wanted for potential street project

    Residents will be able to voice their opinions about problems with 5th St. at a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Florence City building. A portion is riddled with holes, and gutters that are falling apart.


  • Funk

    Former Hillsboro resident Robert L. Funk, 87, died Thursday at Asbury Park, Newton. Services were to be this morning at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Newton, with burial at 2 p.m. at Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro. Petersen Funeral Home, Newton, is in charge.

  • Kleiber

    Lorene Kleiber, 91, died Thursday at Parkside Homes. Services were Monday at Strassburg Baptist Church. Pastor Don Mashburn officiated. Burial was in Lewis Cemetery, rural Ramona. Jost Funeral Home was in charge.

  • Strotkamp

    Elizabeth Louise (Engel) Strotkamp, 80, of Peabody died July 23 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. Burial was Monday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion, was in charge.



  • Approaches to online differ

    Centre USD 397 and Peabody-Burns USD 398 both offer online classes but have different approaches . Centre

  • Ruling will help county schools

    Increased state funding ordered after the state supreme court ruled that legislature violated the state constitution by reducing aid to poor districts will benefit districts in the county. The lawsuit will help fund each school district’s local option budget (LOB).

  • Schools to start between Aug. 14 and 21

    With summer break more than halfway over for most Marion County students, school is right around the corner. Enrollment dates, procedures, and projected student numbers vary across the county.


  • What really sells newspapers

    Newspaper gurus probably think that if one is in charge of an opinion column, one should have a fresh topic about which to preach every week. I am nowhere close to even being a journalism student, much less a guru of newspaper, policy so I am going to slide by that rule once again. I enjoy being able to share feedback about my opinion columns with all six of my regular readers, and I think they like being a part of that inner circle of knowledge. So kick back here and let me tell you how the issue we published last week played out on the information scale.


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  • Produce fairy leaves zucchini

    The produce fairy has appeared again. I found sacks of zucchini outside when I opened the doors one day. Previously I found sacks of apples with a note from Laurie Miesse explaining that they were organic and best for applesauce. Irmagene Goodman brought birthday treats July 17. Thelma Blosser also brought candy corn.

  • Nearly two dozen attend Power Ups meeting

    Willy J’s was full of young Marion County residents Thursday night for the first Power Ups of Marion County meeting. Nearly two dozen residents between 21 and 39 attended. Founder Terry Jones said he was pleased.

  • Dementia group to meet

    A free support group for people caring for older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in the library at Newton Presbyterian Manor, 1200 E. 7th St. More information is available from Helen Brown, director of social services at the nursing home, at (316) 283-5400, Ext. 1022.

  • 2 nurses leave St. Luke

    Nurses Amber Smith and Molly Smith will be leaving St. Luke Hospital to pursue other careers. “Amber was in cardiac rehab and surgery, and Molly did a little of everything,” St. Luke’s new CEO and former chief nursing officer, Jeremy Ensey, said Thursday.

  • Democrat women honor cowboys

    Marion County Democratic Women observed National Day of the Cowboy at their lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center.Marilyn Cox, Estelle McCarty, Connie Fisher, and Janet Bryant read cowboy poetry. Members also brought liquid dish detergent to contribute to the Marion food bank. Copies of a state convention program book, in which the Marion County group purchased an ad, were available.


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  • All-star teams finish 3rd in tourneys

    The youth baseball and softball season is over in Marion County. Three Cottonwood Valley All Star squads played tournaments in three different states, and all three finished in third. 10 and under baseball

  • Football player, band member share Shrine Bowl experience

    For Peabody-Burns trombone player Tracey Henry and former Marion football player Morgan Wheeler, participating in the Kansas Shrine Bowl at Pittsburg State University was more than playing music or football. For them, it was a chance to make a difference for sick children. “Through the event we raised money to help hospital patients,” Tracey said. “The money goes to the Shriners Hospital for Children.”

  • Lake to host paddleboat races

    Aquatic enthusiasts will have a chance to paddle to their hearts content during Marion County Park and Lake’s third annual paddleboat race at 10 a.m. Aug. 9. “Several years ago, I kept hearing people say that they wanted to do some boat races,” organizer Maggie Nichols said. “I just wanted to do something nice for the community.”

  • 3 on preseason all-conference team

    Three Tabor players, including two from Marion County, are on the preseason all-conference team for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Offensive lineman Jess Crowley of Wylie, Texas, was a unanimous selection. He was first-team all-conference after last season. New selections are defensive lineman Dylan Delk of Peabody and linebacker Ben Gardner of Hillsboro. All three are juniors.


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