• Second woman in Hillsboro crash dies

    Jean Case, 85, of Marion, injured Thursday in a motor vehicle accident near Hillsboro, died Saturday at Wesley Medical Center. Case was a passenger in a 2011 Buick Lacrosse driven by former Marion resident Joyce Smith, 82, of Topeka, that collided Thursday with an eastbound semi truck as Smith turned in front of the truck at US-56 and Ash St. in Hillsboro, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Smith died at the scene.


  • Violent storm causes lots of damage in county

    Scattered showers Sunday developed into a thunderstorm with winds in excess of 60 miles per hour and heavy rain that roared across Marion County on Monday, leaving damage and debris of all kinds in its wake. The northern and extreme southern parts of the county largely were unaffected, but towns in the center part of the county were hit shortly after midnight Sunday.

  • Florence Labor Day celebration dodges thunderstorms

    The storm early Monday morning caused a few delays but didn’t stop Labor Day festivities in Florence. The parade featured seven floats. Winners were: first, Marion-Florence Cub Scouts; second, Florence Historical Society; and third, Harold and Shirley Grinstead family. The award for the best classic car or truck went to Richard and Kathy Dirks, Hillsboro. Winner of the annual button drawing was Sandy Harper.

  • Hope for a dog named Hope

    Since June Eileen Sieger has been working to rescue a stray dog she affectionately named Hope. Last week her work paid off as Hope was finally captured and is no longer running along US-150. “It was the rescue of the century,” Sieger said.

  • Historical society to provide music, grub

    Peabody Historical Society will welcome fall from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 with a soup and pie supper and musical entertainment by Dave Schimming at the Peabody Senior Center. Schimming plays acoustic guitar and bills himself as “The One Mule Band.” He has performed solo as well as with groups such as Gazaway Mountain Boys and Miller’s Mule Bluegrass Band.

  • Union hosts picnic at lake

    Music and fireworks highlighted the United Steelworkers Local 11228’s annual union picnic, which for the second consecutive year was held at Marion County Lake. “We wanted to give a little something back to the people that live here,” said Dianne Williams, who planned the event.

  • Computer business reopens after tax seizure

    Great Plains Computer and Networking is back open after owner Lloyd Davies came to an agreement with Kansas Department of Revenue. KDOR seized the business Aug. 26 for back taxes of more than $20,000 spanning from 2005. Davies said a resolution was reached the following day, and the business reopened Thursday.


  • Kristine Farr

    Kristine Farr, 55, of Hillsboro, died Friday at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born August 26, 1959 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She is survived by her parents, Mary Lou and Ernie Bradley of Harrison, Arkansas; a daughter, Desirae Stephens of Wichita; sisters Debi Stanton of Pueblo, Colorado, and Jeri Clark of Harrison, Arkansas; and two grandchildren.

  • Lon Kerbs

    Lon Kerbs, 68, died Thursday at Durham. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Glen R. Summervill

    Glen Royal Summervill, 86, of Wichita, died Aug. 25. He grew up in Marion. The funeral service was Tuesday at Central Christian Chapel in Wichita.

  • Ann Jewett

    Ann Marjorie (Harrison) Jewett, 89, finished her journey on earth August 26, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas. She was born August 2, 1925 in New York, New York. Ann married Millard Jewett, Jr., on December 7, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas.



  • Medicinal herbs are common to backyards

    When Debbie McSweeney of Peabody found a recipe for a medicinal salve her great-grandmother used to make, she became hooked on herbs and plants and their medicinal uses. Her great-grandmother’s salve called for several backyard plants considered weeds by many, but hailed for their medicinal purposes. She has been studying herb and plants for medical and healing purposes for a year, working to complete a course under herbalist Rosemary Gladstar.

  • HCH rebuild revised

    A new building for Hillsboro Community Hospital, once expected by early 2012, could be on the way after a multiyear delay caused by the operating company’s sudden bankruptcy in 2011. The company, HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., took over operation of HCH in 2008 and broke ground for a new building in Dec. 2010. In Oct. 2011, the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, postponing the building’s construction.


  • That was some storm

    When I awoke Monday morning, I recalled being awake during the night for odd amounts of time. I heard hail pounding outside, absolute silence in the house as all the electronics in sleep-mode shut down, and a whole heck of a lot of thunder that just went on and on. Same at your house, huh? I do not have a rain gauge so I am not certain how much moisture we got, but I have heard quite a few people mention five to six inches. Now that is moisture!

  • Days of Yore

    Country and gospel music will be enjoyed Sept. 25 when Bennie Holtsclaw and Ray Davidson combine their talents during Peabody’s “Sound of Music” country walk. Peabody-Burns High School football team started the season on a winning note Friday with a 33-8 victory over the Hutchinson Trinity Celtics.


  • Sign up soon for grandparents' lunch

    Peabody-Burns Elementary School students will invite grandparents to eat lunch with them on Sept. 19. The event is an annual one and even adults with no grandchildren enrolled at PBES can be a part of the fun by signing up to be adopted grandparents. Interested adults can sign up to attend the meal and select the age group of a child with whom they would like to be teamed. Students and grandparents also will take part in activities or art projects before or after they eat.

  • Card shower requested

    The family and friends of Ken Forsyth are requesting a card shower to celebrate his 75th birthday on Sept. 9. People are asked to share a memory of Ken in their cards.

  • Enseys celebrate 70th anniversary

    The children of Thomas Cranford “T. C.” and Lila (Lindley) Ensey request a card shower in honor of their parents’ 70th wedding anniversary. The Enseys met at Central Christian College in McPherson. They were married Sept. 12, 1944 in Houston while T.C. was in medical school. After graduating medical school at Baylor University in 1947, Ensey completed his internship at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The couple moved to Marion in 1949, where Ensey was a family physician for 33 years until his retirement in 1982.

  • Weber and King engaged

    Scott Weber of Peabody and Sharon Jones of Wichita announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Renae Weber, to Aaron Ray King, son of Lamoine and Rebecca King of Goddard. Weber graduated from Peabody-Burns High School in 2005 and Wichita State University in 2009. She is a manager at Cheddar’s Casual Café in Wichita. King graduated from Conway Springs High School in 1999, and works as a lab services engineer for Via Christi hospitals. He is a biomedical equipment repair technician in the Army reserves.

  • Input requested for fall bowling league

    Anyone interested in bowling in a league during the fall and winter months is invited to attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at Peabody Lanes. “Last year we bowled on Wednesdays, but that night was a conflict for several people who wanted to be in a league,” Peabody Lanes co-owner Tim Peterson said. “We have been thinking about switching nights, but to be fair, we want to give everyone a chance to have input about the schedule.”


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    Burns residents attend Hodson reception


  • Entrants for patriotic scholarships sought

    Two patriotic scholarship competitions are available to Marion County students through Marion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Marion and Ladies Auxiliary. An audio essay centers around the theme “Why veterans are important to our nation’s history and future.”


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