• 7-year-old boy resuscitated at Morning Star Ranch pool

    “We need to start praying.” Audrey Schultz doesn’t remember who yelled that. She wasn’t focusing on the approximately 80 people who gathered around the Morning Star Ranch pool Saturday.

  • Rabies cases on the rise

    Rainfall and temperatures are not the only thing on the rise in Kansas this year. So are cases of rabies in animals. Marion County health department administrator Diedre Serene said that there have been five reported cases of rabies in Marion County since March.

  • Florence to get disc golf course

    A small but dedicated group of Florence citizens plans to transform an old Florence Middle School football field and track area into a nine-hole disc golf course. Florence resident John Branson, a pastor who performs social work in Wichita, sees the benefits of disc golf.

  • Free lunch program will continue through July

    When Peabody-Burns school district signed on with Kansas Food Bank in Wichita to provide free summer lunches to any child age 1 to 18, the plan was to try the program from the last week in May until July 3. While hoping such a program would fill a need and be successful, district officials did not want to commit to a full summer of meals that no one wanted to eat. At the end of the school year, the district sent sample meals home with pre-kindergarten through middle school children to familiarize parents and summer care-givers with the contents of the meal.

  • Former county commissioner balks at transfer weigh-in

    Former county commissioner Leroy Wetta visited the courthouse Monday morning to register a complaint with the current commission. Wetta had come from the transfer station. He objected when one of the workers asked to weigh Wetta’s load. If it exceeded 300 pounds, an additional charge would be incurred.

  • Courthouse addition could cost $7.4 million

    County commissioners looked at two options Monday for building a multi-story addition onto the courthouse, and voiced approval for exploring how they’ll get $7 million to move ahead. “People are going to say, ‘Look at what you’re spending,’” commissioner Randy Dallke said. “I’m here to say that an expenditure like this will pay back, both utility-wise and what we’ve done.” Andy Pitts of Treanor Architects opened the discussion with an assessment of the electric, mechanical, and plumbing shortcomings of the courthouse, which he estimated would cost about $1 million to fix.

  • Officer follows nose, finds 3 pounds of marijuana

    Clinton Jeffrey, Assistant Chief at Marion Police Department, literally smelled a crime when he stopped a red Ford Mustang on June 14 for doing 78 mph on US-56. The Mustang was east of US-77 when Jeffrey caught up with it. The driver, Jordan Bryan, 18, of Eureka, Missouri, was visibly nervous, Jeffrey said.

  • Wheat harvest blasts off, finally

    Last week weather favored farmers and now harvest is on full blast. Dick Tippin, Cooperative Grain Supply grain coordinator, said about 20,000 bushels trickled into Hillsboro’s elevator on Friday, but the next day’s reaping dwarfed that figure.

  • KHP urges caution on roads during harvest

    As county farmers harvest crops, drivers should take caution around farm equipment, Kansas Highway Patrol said. A release cited 94 crashes involving farm equipment in 2014. Those resulted in 41 injuries and three deaths.


  • Ronald James Johnson

    Ronald James Johnson, 50, died Saturday, June 20, at Ness County Hospital, Ness City. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Jost Funeral Home, with graveside funeral service at 1 p.m. in Durham Park Cemetery.


    William E. (Bill) Laramore, Bertha 'Teeny' Williams



  • Marion garden tour promises to stimulate senses

    A wide array of attractions featured on Marion City Library’s sixth annual Garden Tour will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. With six stops in and out of town, attendees should have no problem finding useful ideas for their own gardens, or just experiencing the pleasure of the plants and flowers.


  • Here we go again!

    Things are gearing up in our community for the 94th annual July Fourth celebration. Funny how that just sort of happens on its own, you know? Flags and bunting start appearing. Lawns are mowed more frequently as if a weather anomaly might occur just before the holiday, leaving lawns nearly knee-deep in grass — so let us please get everything trimmed right now! Attendance buttons have appeared in local and area businesses. It is time to purchase one for each of your Independence Day guests. Since the Married Daughter and old What’s His Name are in charge of the parade again this year, I have brand new information on that part of the celebration. Once again, there is no specific theme for the parade. A generally red, white, and blue entry is always good. First prize for best float is $100, second prize is $75, and third prize is $50. In addition, the best-decorated golf cart will score a $50 prize as will the “coolest” kid’s bike, and the best-decorated vintage automobile.

  • Even Darth Vader had a good side

    If you think county roads have it rough, try being the county roads superintendent. Deserved or not, the county roads crew and its boss often have to confront as many political potholes as they do real ones. Two weeks ago, we tried to make a point about how grant money can create ironies. At a time when the county contends it doesn’t have enough money to keep roads from being washed-out mudholes or (when dry) washboards, the state comes along, offering to pay for shiny new signs and most of the cost of having an engineer inspect them for safety problems.

  • Letters to the Editor

    I am responding to assertions made by John Seibel in last week’s paper concerning the hiring of Larry Cushenbery to a supervisory position in the county road and bridge department. Seibel questioned whether Cushenbery was selected for his qualifications or rather as a pay-off for political reasons.


  • Canton garden tour scheduled

    A five-home garden tour will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 in Canton. Admission is $3. Maps and tickets are available at Three Sisters Tea and Treasures, Canton. Post-tour lunch reservations at Three Sisters available for $10.95 at (620) 628-4484.

  • New doc brings expertise back home

    Back when Alisa Jost was lettering in volleyball and track for Hillsboro High School, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. Twelve years, a wedding, three kids, and more than a decade of medical education later, Jost, now Alisa Schmidt, is following through on her dream.

  • New agriculture loan officer at Canton bank

    Jason Clinkscale of McPherson has joined Citizens State bank as an agriculture loan officer in Canton. Clinkscale has seven years of agriculture customer service and sales experience.

  • BURNS:

    Summit Church joins farewell

    Many attend Snelling and Cope wedding


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