• Mystery solved: Wal-Mart coming to Hillsboro

    After months of speculation, Wal-Mart officially announced it would be opening a Neighborhood Market in Hillsboro, set to open in spring 2015. The store will feature a grocery, pharmacy, a fueling station, and “select household items,” according to the Wal-Mart press release.

  • Train can't keep Janzens from auction

    Phoebe and Steve Janzen planned to arrive early for the “Crushing Cancer” benefit auction Saturday morning in Marion. “I went out there at 7:30 because I planned to be there at 7:45 to help,” Phoebe Janzen said.

  • Origin of porcupine sighting?

    A “mellow” porcupine spotted in a cedar tree Sept. 5 southeast of Aulne may well be the same prickly creature Peabody veterinarian Virginia Skinner transported to her office and gave sanctuary over Labor Day weekend. Skinner was drawn into the story when Dr. Paul Friesen, a friend and colleague of hers, called to consult about the appropriate dosage of telazol — a drug vets use to anesthetize animals.

  • County comes to aid of child advocacy center

    When county commissioners learned Monday of the dire financial plight threatening closure of a program that works with child sexual abuse cases, they reacted swiftly, approving $2,500 to help the program stay afloat. “Can we get them a check today?” asked commissioner Dan Holub. “They’re obviously in dire need.”

  • Loan pool still available

    When the state of Kansas pulled its funding from the state Main Street Program in October 2012, most communities in the program were still in control of state funds they had been using for years to make interest free loans to qualifying local businesses. The program, which began back in the early to mid-1990s, was called “Incentives Without Walls.” For several years, Kansas Main Street communities could apply to the state for up to $10,000 annually to use for grants, low interest, or no interest loans to local businesses.

  • EMT training class begins

    Tuesday marked the first day of county EMT training. The course will meet 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Hillsboro City Building until May. EMS director JoAnn Knak said 15 pre-registered for the class, and that number is likely to fluctuate based on late additions or cancellations.

  • County 4-H members do well at state fair

    Many 4-H members from Marion County received blue and purple ribbons at the Kansas State Fair. Listed in alphabetical order by last name are those who won the prized purple. Addie, Berens: clothing exhibitor; demonstration or illustrated talk; food product.


  • Theodora Hansen

    Theodora “Sue” Hansen, 71, of Medicine Lodge, died Saturday, at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 15, 1942 in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Theodore James Ellis and Leona (Maltbie) Ellis. On May 13, 1967, she married Francis R. Hansen in Florence.

  • Jack R. Kerbs

    Jack R. Kerbs, 84, passed away Sept. 15, 2014, at Marion Assisted Living, Marion, Kansas. He was born July 8, 1930, at Ft. Collins, Colorado, the son of Fred and Elizabeth (Vogel) Kerbs. He was a 1948 graduate of Durham High School. On July 12, 1950, he was united in marriage to Treva Mae Kelsey. For twenty years they made their home in Durham, moving to the Marion area in 1970. He was a retired Maintenance Supervisor for KDOT for nearly 44 years, and along with his family provided foster care for approximately 20 children over 16 years.

  • Marilyn Montgomery

    Former Centre school district clerk Marilyn L. Montgomery, 83, of Lincolnville, died Thursday at Wesley Medical Center. She was born near Lost Springs on Oct. 14, 1930, the daughter of Chris and Emma (Herbel) Deines. On June 27, 1953, she was married to Merrill “Monty” Montgomery.

  • Gertrude Ray

    Piedmont area native, rancher’s wife, and former high school teacher Gertrude W. Ray, 91, died Friday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Services were Monday at the Valley United Methodist Church in Marion followed by a committal service at Piedmont Cemetery.

  • Esther J. Stucky

    Esther J. Stucky, 87, a lifelong resident of the Peabody and Burns area, died at Elm Haven East in Parsons, Kansas at 2:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. She had been in failing health. Esther was born near Peabody on July 17, 1927 to Harry and Olga (Zleh) Hess.



  • Old Settlers' Day honors heroes

    The 103rd edition of Marion’s Old Settlers’ Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 will give a nod to military veterans and emergency responders with the theme “Marion Heroes, Past and Present.” Marion Kiwanis Club sponsors the annual event, and chairman Macky Taylor said the grand marshals will be heroes.

  • Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair

    In the dawn air of the Colorado high country, Van Martin scours the timberline, looking for branches of dead trees older than history. He looks at the bristlecone pine wood and sees eagles, bears, wolves. “I have to see it in the wood before I’ll do it,” Martin said of his work. “I have to see the flows and the forms.”

  • Lake activities bring people, dollars to county

    Marion County Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson isn’t only a caretaker of the facility, he’s a salesman. “It’s a hidden gem out here,” Hudson said. “We need to really promote our lake. My goal is to try to bring out-of-county revenue into the county.”

  • Tours available of Pilsen church and museum

    Groups and individuals from Marion County are invited to take a tour of the Father Emil Kapaun Museum and St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church at Pilsen. Kapaun is a candidate for beatification by the Roman Catholic Church. The museum has displays related to Kapaun and his service as a priest and an Army chaplain in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp. Books, CDs, and other items about Kapaun are available for purchase.

  • Women rope for national berth

    One by one, teams of four women on horseback entered the rodeo arena Saturday at Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, vying for a spot in the Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association national finals. Six teams from Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas competed. As riders exited the arena, they offered encouragement to competitors entering the ring. Such things are common among WRRA riders, who compete from February through September for a shot at the October finals in Loveland, Colorado.

  • Lincolnville's Octoberfest goes hillbilly

    Octoberfest is a German tradition, but it will get a hillbilly twist for Lincolnville’s 38th annual Octoberfest on Oct. 4. Hillbilly golf is a new addition to the festival. It is played using bolas tossed at ladders with three rungs. A bola is a two-foot-long rope with golf-ball-sized balls attached to each end.

  • Longtime volunteers still in service at Lincolnville

    Lester and Barbara Kaiser have been involved in Lincolnville’s city festival almost every year since it began 28 years ago. Back then, it was sponsored by Tiemeier’s Store, and all activities took place on Main Street. It featured a parade, rube band, Alex Stuchlik Band, and country singers. The city later took over the annual event, and activities eventually were moved to the park.


  • You should get out more

    As a board member of the Peabody Historical Society, I was “in the house” with about 50 others Saturday evening for a delicious soup and pie supper and some great music by Dave Schimming, the “One-Man Mule Band.” If you missed it, you missed a nice event. I often hear that there is nothing to do in Peabody. That is an old complaint voiced most often by our young people, but sometimes just as frequently by older residents. I know that no one can please all the people all of the time, but Saturday night would have filled the order for many of you. The food really was terrific. The good cooks of the historical society, supported by even more good cooks from Peabody’s History Club, put out an array of homemade soups and pie accompanied by homemade bread and a drink. As promised, I did not contribute anything from my kitchen. The soup bowls, napkins, and store-bought crackers were my contribution. The women who truly know their way around a kitchen provided all of the good stuff!

  • Days of Yore

    Jewell and Naomi Davis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday with a family dinner planned by their daughters and families. Bruce Burke of the Peabody Police Department attended the 11th annual Death Investigation Conference.


  • Neo-Century Club elects officers

    Neo-Century Club elected officers on Sept. 8 at a restaurant in downtown Marion. Bea Kelsey presided over the installation of officers presenting president Lenore Dieter, vice president Shirley Carlson, secretary Donna Fruechting, and treasurer Suzanne Thole red carnations during the meeting.

  • VanBuren turns 80

    The family of Delores (Yoakem) VanBuren requests a card shower to help celebrate her 80th birthday on Sept. 26. She grew up in the Wonsevu and Burns areas. Cards may be sent to 661 40th Rd., Burns, KS 66840.

  • Card shower requested for Edward Hein

    The family of Edward Hein will be celebrating his 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Hillsboro Senior Center, 212 N. Main St. They have requested that no gifts be sent. However, those unable attend who would still like to extend birthday well wishes may send cards to 1281 E. 170th, Hillsboro KS 67063.

  • Dyrness, Jones to wed Sept. 26

    Kayla Marie Dyrness and Keith William Jones will join in matrimony Sept. 26 at Catherine Catholic Church in the bride-elect’s hometown of Valley City, North Dakota. The bride-elect’s parents are Ralph and Jean Dyrness of Valley City, North Dakota. She graduated from Valley City High School and the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.


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  • Students harvest lessons, produce from school garden

    Goessel elementary students are reaping more than crops from USD 411’s school garden. In addition to cultivating work ethic and developing teamwork skills through project-based learning, Goessel’s little seedlings are beginning to understand their responsibility to the well being of the garden.


  • Peabody-Burns football fends off Canton-Galva

    With 42 seconds left in the matchup between Peabody-Burns and Canton-Galva Friday night, it looked as though the Eagles would take their 20-18 lead to the locker room at the half. The Warriors however, had other plans. Not only did PBHS offense generate another score with just seconds on the clock to give them the 24-20 edge at the break, but their defense dominated the rest of the competition, not allowing another Eagle score.

  • School board approves switch to full-time art position

  • Volleyball goes 2-3 in weekend tournament

    Without head coach Isaac Burnett, the Peabody-Burns Warriors won two games and lost three in a tournament in Solomon last weekend. Sheena Gann stepped in and coached the team.


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