• All racers called to compete in pinewood derby

    Cub Scout Pack 102 will have a pinewood derby after the Labor Day parade in Florence. Anyone is eligible to race. Check-in is at 12:30 p.m. at the ambulance building, with races beginning at 1:30 p.m.

  • New and familiar faces at USD 398

    Katherine Feyes Katherine Feyes will be a first year math teacher this year. She will teach general math classes in 7th and 8th grade as well as geometry, pre-calculus, and pre-algebra/geometry.

  • St. Luke Hospital earns trauma center distinction

    St. Luke Hospital received a Level IV Trauma Center designation from Kansas Department of Health and Environment. St. Luke received the distinction through the Kansas Trauma Program, in which participation is optional. Level IV is the lowest ranking of four trauma level designations. It indicates a rural hospital whose primary role is to stabilize injured patients and transfer them to higher-level facilities if necessary.

  • Florence police chief resigns

    Florence is looking for a new police chief after Bronson Shipman resigned Aug. 5 to become a corrections officer with the county jail. Shipman had held the position for 10 months. “It was a shocker,” Florence mayor Mary Shipman said. She is the former chief’s aunt.

  • Pushy' salesman was no fraud

    While some questioned his tactics and legitimacy, Sander Sildver of Southwestern Advantage was acting legally within Marion and Peabody city limits after acquiring peddler’s licenses to sell educational books this weekend within city limits. This is the second year Sildver has been in the area selling supplemental learning books for kids preschool through 12th grade. Residents from Marion, Florence, Peabody, and Hillsboro received visits from Sildver.

  • Roundabout in 2015 KDOT plan

    The U.S. 56/77 and K-150 roundabout for the dangerous intersection east of Marion remains on track for construction in 2015, with $4.3 million allocated for the project in Kansas Department of Transportation state transportation improvement program (STIP) draft released last week. The cost estimate includes $422,000 allocated for engineering, right of way, and utilities this year.

  • Old maps show site of second 'lost spring' on trail

    A Santa Fe Trail researcher has identified a second “lost spring” in Marion County that was used by traders on the trail from 1821 to 1866. It is about a mile northeast of the present Lost Spring Station, which is two and a half miles west of Lost Springs. Lost Spring Station is on Cress Creek. The second spring is on Lyon Creek. Steve Schmidt, president of the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, found old maps and aerial photos.

  • Vietnam traveling wall coming to Topeka

    The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall honoring Vietnam War veterans will be at Forbes Field/Topeka Regional Airport from 12 p.m. on Aug. 28 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 31. Marion County service members honored include Robert Boese of Marion, Ronald Schultz of Hillsboro, Leonard Christeson of Durham, and Wesley Sidener of Burns.

  • Residents get doused with ice water

    All over the Internet lately, videos of people dousing themselves with buckets of ice water have been posted and shared. The stunt is a way to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The disease, for which there is no treatment or cure, is nearly always fatal.

  • Circles helps resident defeat poverty

    Cynthia Ellis of Florence has struggled with poverty her whole life, but with help from Circles of Marion County she says she’s climbing the ladder to financial freedom. Ellis joined Circles a year ago after being introduced to the program by a friend. Circles is a social group that works to help residents emerge from poverty by creating relationships, building social capital, and encouragement.

  • Community band to perform

    The Flint Hills Community Band will perform a free outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kaw Mission in Council Grove. The program will include selections by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a Frank Sinatra medley, songs from Paint Your Wagon, and theme songs from Hogan’s Heroes and Secret Agent Man.

  • New bicycle map available

    Bicyclists looking to explore bike trails across the state can get a new map showing all the trails in the state. The map includes information on traffic volumes, shoulder widths of highways, bicycle facilities in communities, and safety tips.

  • Flower drying class is Thursday

    Karyn Woodward will teach flower drying from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Villa on the Prairie in Florence. Contact Woodward at (620) 878-4600 for more information.


  • Mary Costello

    Marion lost a beloved member of the community on Aug. 15, 2014. Mary Katherine Quinn Costello passed away peacefully in the early morning hours at St. Luke Living Center, because of complications from a stroke suffered the week before. In her final hours, as in the rest of her life, Mary was surrounded by loving family and friends. Mary was born in 1925 in Wichita to George and Betty Quinn. Mary is survived by her brother, Col. George L. “Pat” Quinn and his wife Amy, of Phoenix, Arizona. Mary and Pat were very close throughout their lives.




  • Heading back to school

    By the time you pick up this paper another school year will have started. I went to the high school the other day to get information about our new teachers and take their pictures. Several of them are much younger than my own children. They look like they are 16. However, they gave good answers on the questionnaires I passed out and they were enthusiastic about getting started. I expect they will do a great job. Haven’t I been harping in this space for several years about wishing the younger generation would step up and take charge in some of the important capacities in our community? I think these young teachers are fired up and ready to do so. We should support their efforts.

  • Days of Yore

    Connie Bowen of Peabody brought home $1000 in prize money from the Powerball Instant Powerball Show Saturday. Kaela Gillet and Megan Cox were selected as All-Star Cheerleaders at cheerleading camp July 12-13 at Emporia State University.


  • Hasenbank and Schmidt engaged

    Gary and Betty Hasenbank of Goessel announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura M. Hasenbank, to Douglas L. Schmidt, son of Karen Sklenar of Hillsboro and Eddie and Anita Schmidt of Durham. Hasenbank, a graduate of Drury University and Butler County Community College, is a licensed substitute teacher and co-owner of Eagle Eye Art, where she practices graphic design and photography. Schmidt is a truck driver for Sequoyah Trading and Transportation, LLC in Hillsboro. The couple resides in Hillsboro and plan to marry at Marion County Park and Lake in October.

  • BURNS:

    Guests call on Marie Clark

    Residents entertain guests


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