• Harms appointed as interim director

    Peabody city employee Ronnie Harms was appointed interim public works director and given a $1 an hour raise Monday evening by the Peabody City Council. Harms was temporarily appointed to the position on Oct. 9, following the resignation of former director Darren Pickens. Interim City Administrator Mac Manning said he had been in touch with Kansas Department of Health and Environment to make sure that Harms and the city are meeting state requirements. Harms will be designated by the state as a water operator in training and be given a year to complete the certification process.

  • Banquet will honor fall athletes

    Peabody-Burns Athletic Director Ray Savage has announced the athletic banquet honoring athletes participating in fall sports will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Brown Gymnasium. The banquet will honor high school students in cheerleading, cross-country, football, and volleyball.

  • Strange events suggest haunting

    Wendy Youk didn’t believe in ghosts until she and her husband, Justin, moved into their turn of the century home in Marion. “It’s an ongoing drama,” Youk said. “Things happen in our house that you can’t explain.”

  • Leadership Marion Co. takes class applications

    Leadership Marion County is now taking applications for the nine session series of classes that begin meeting on Feb. of 2014. LMC’s goal is to develop unity among county communities, identify current and future county leaders, examine issues facing the county, and encourage service at local and county level.

  • AARP smart driver classes offered

    Marion USD 408 is hosting AARP smart driver safety classes at the district office from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 and 12. Participants are required to attend both sessions to receive a completion certificate they can present to their insurance company for a premium discount. Classes are $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.

  • Youth had life changing ghost sighting

    When Will Meysing of Oregon was 5 or 6 years old and growing up on a farm near Pilsen, he liked to sit in a rocking chair on the front porch of his home on summer evenings, petting a cat on his lap. He was keenly aware of the sights and sounds around him as day turned to night — clouds floating in the sky, wind blowing through the trees, thunder clapping and a storm rolling in, insects chirping at dusk.

  • Pilsen road plan: double chip seal

    Faced with questions Monday regarding the 8-mile stretch of Remington Rd. between U.S. 56 and Pilsen, county commissioners expounded their best solution to improve the road. Warren Kreutziger, representing Veterans of Foreign Wars, expressed concerns of access to the Emil Kapaun memorial.

  • Estes shares story with county residents

    Jared Estes told Marion residents he did not want to give advice, but let his story paint a picture of how drinking and driving affects even the least expecting of people. Part of a Marion County town hall meeting Tuesday sponsored by the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Estes spoke about his recovery after a drunk driver crashed into him, killing his wife and injuring other passengers in 2005.

  • Starting day care accomplishes 2 goals

    Chelsi Jones of Marion is anxiously awaiting the acceptance of her day care application by the state. She plans to open a day care business at her home in Marion in December to spend more time with her 10-month-old son, Dawson, and to allow him to socialize with others his age. “I think it’s important for kids to socialize, but studies show it’s also important for kids to be close to their family and spend time with their mom every day,” she said. “It made sense to start a day care because then he could have both socialization and me.”

  • Reservoir attracts migratory birds

    Marion Reservoir is a major attraction for the county. In addition to campers, boaters and swimmers, it also attracts a variety of birds this time of year. Where geese honk and ducks quack, hunters tend to follow.


  • Fully restored 1971 Chevy pickup wins multiple awards

    Wayne Ollenburger lives and breathes automobiles. He works as a service technician at Midway Motors in Hillsboro and on the weekends, he sometimes takes his 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne 10 pickup to compete in antique and classic car and truck shows. “Work and play makes for a full day,” Ollenburger said. “I’ve always liked vehicles, they’re my main thing.”

  • Demolition racing is Looney family tradition

    Building and racing demolition derby cars is more than a hobby for one Florence family; it is a legacy. Dustin Looney has been building demolition cars with his dad, Terry Looney, since he was 16. Now at the age of 23 he can practically put a whole car together by himself, but he still enjoys working with his dad.


  • George Waner

    George Wilfred Waner, 89, died Thursday at Mercy Regional Hospital in Junction City. He was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Florence to Andrew and Francis (Garrison) Waner. He was retired from the Army and from teaching. He married Wanda L. Haviland on Aug. 14, 1949.



  • Yes, I did

    A week ago, I took the big plunge. I bought a car. I have put this project off for way too long, but I just didn’t quite know how to go about it. Over the years, I discovered that the one thing I simply could not abide was car shopping. The Mister, on the other hand, could spend weeks pouring over ads, cruising through car lots, and doing the jousting that takes place between seller and buyer on the car deal. Very early on I exercised my right to not care about car shopping. My requirements changed slightly during the decades of our marriage, but mostly I wanted a reliable vehicle with heat and air, a good sound system, and front-wheel drive. I also wanted to spend the money in our county. I didn’t care about anything else. I still don’t. I told The Mister to shop until he couldn’t shop anymore, but I was not going to offer an opinion until he had it narrowed down to two or three vehicles and then I would look at them … probably … maybe … if I wasn’t busy.

  • It's better than nothing

    It was an uphill battle from the start, seeking to make a major improvement to the Pilsen road. It would have taken a large investment at a time when it seems that nobody at the local or state level is interested in committing a lot of money, even to a worthwhile project. Warren Kreutziger, on behalf of the VFW, pressed county commissioners for plans for the Pilsen road on Monday. And the commissioners have a plan — double chip sealing Remington Rd. from U.S. 56 to Pilsen and chip sealing it from Pilsen to 290th Rd. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, chip sealing refers to spreading oil on a road, then spreading gravel or other material on top of that, and double chip sealing is repeating that process.

  • Be safe trick or treating, and have fun

    When I was a kid, I thought telling someone “happy Halloween” was redundant. Of course, it’s happy — it’s Halloween. There were costumes and candy, trick or treating, going to Grandma’s house for soup, then some more trick or treating, not to mention Dad’s pranks on trick or treaters who came to our house. When I was a bit older, I would help with Dad’s pranks. I support having downtown Halloween events for children. They provide a safe and sound way for kids to show off their costumes and get candy. I am not, however, ready to see an end to honest-to-goodness, door-to-door trick or treating. It’s just so much more fun that way. There need to be rules, though. Here are a few suggested rules for trick or treating:


    Days of Yore


  • HUB update was Sorosis Beta program

    Sorosis Beta Club members met at the home of Sonja Koslowsky on Oct 17. Katherine Ragland was co-hostess. There were 10 members and 2 guests present. Marilyn Cox opened the meeting with a short devotional thought and members recited the flag salute and the club collect. Jim Pohlman gave an informative program updating the activities of the HUB. He reminded the group of the HUB’s hours and some of its current needs.

  • Historian to speak about Tabor, Bethel

    Keith Sprunger will give a presentation titled “Bethel College and Tabor College: Common Histories? Unique Histories?” at noon on Nov. 14 at Blue-Gold Room in the Tabor College Student Center. The lecture is free to the public and will take place over lunch. Guests can purchase a meal from the cafeteria or bring their own.

  • Ensey speaks to hospital auxiliary

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary met Oct. 3 with Feebie Holdeman presiding. Chief Nursing Officer Jeremy Ensey presented the program. Members learned that the auxiliary is now officially a division of St. Luke Foundation. St. Luke Auxiliary Shoppe opened in its new location, 321 E. Main St., on Sept. 20.

  • Chat and Dine Club will have soup supper

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will have its annual soup supper and business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the lake hall. The Petersons, Iselis, and Bratts will provide soups. Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to bring a side dish. Business will include election of officers and planning the future of the club.

  • Great Plains adds investment representative

    Kim Vidricksen is a new investment representative at Great Plains Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro. The position is a new addition at the Hillsboro location. Vidricksen has worked in financial services for 38 years.

  • Card shower requested for 105th birthday

    The family of Tillie Hein requests a card shower in honor of her 105th birthday, Nov. 8. Cards may be sent to her at 3448 Limestone Rd., Tampa, KS 67483.

  • 4-H Endowment Fund meeting to be Nov. 3

    The Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund annual meeting will be at 5 p.m. Sunday in the foods building at Marion County Fairgrounds.

  • TOPS to have open house

    TOPS Kansas 1075 Marion will have an open house Nov. 7. The meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Hilltop Manor, 1501 Lawrence St. Former physician’s assistant Ruth Reed will present the program. Nutritious, low-calorie refreshments will be served.

  • BURNS:

    Koehn family gathers for birthday celebration

    No excuses

    Grandson visited Everett and Janet Cress


  • Warriors come from 28 points behind, beat top-ranked Madison

    The Warrior football team took on the challenge of competing against the undefeated Madison Bulldogs Friday in a senior night match-up. PBHS overcame a 28-0 deficit to give the visitors their first loss of the season, 40-34. Next up is the final regular season contest at Lebo on Thursday that will decide playoff positioning for the Warriors.

  • Lady Warriors in first round at sub-state

    Lady Warrior volleyball team ended in the first round of sub-state at Herington Saturday. The team lost two games to Remington 8-25, 11-25. For the season, the squad had 12 wins and 19 losses.

  • Public invited to costume parade

    The public is invited to view student costumes at the PBES, Halloween parade beginning at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Students will march in the halls of the elementary school to show off their costumes. Following is the annual Halloween party. Picture retakes for PBES will be Nov. 1.


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