• Reservoir under algae warning again

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced today that Marion Reservoir is once again under a blue-green algae warning. The warning will remain in effect until July 9, when KDHE is expected to update the lake’s status. During a warning:


  • Knapp resigns, Rose hops back on the council wagon

    Peabody Mayor Larry Larsen appointed 16-year city council veteran Steve Rose to fill a vacancy Monday night when Bob Knapp submitted his resignation at the end of the meeting. Knapp declined to provide a reason for his resignation. “I asked Steve to consider returning because I think we need someone with experience,” Larsen said. “With two brand new members and one appointed only a year and a half ago, Steve can bring history and understanding to some of the issues we are facing.

  • Wreck sends two Newton men to jail

    Two Newton men were jailed Monday after the car they were in ended up in a Peabody St. ditch. The vehicle, a black 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, made an abrupt right turn and nose-dived off a concrete box culvert into a ditch on the west side of Peabody St. between 5th and 6th Sts. at about 4 p.m.

  • Road rage: Beneke confronts county

    Mike Beneke’s frustrations over the poor conditions of county roads simmered Friday as he dumped 27 tons of gravel to repair a section of road east of Lincolnville he said was hazardous. They boiled over Monday when he dumped a truckload of dead tree branches on the courthouse lawn.

  • Unmarked county raods pose safety concerns

    A county resident has raised concern about the lack of road lines on Old Mill Rd. south of Peabody. Beth Eldridge of Peabody said repairs were made last spring to several miles south of Peabody, but no lines were painted back on after repairs were done.

  • Marion teen dies in crash

    Kaleb Montgomery, 18, of Marion, died Saturday after he was ejected from his vehicle during a collision 14 miles west of Strong City. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Montgomery was traveling east on K-150 at 10:55 a.m. when he attempted to pass a semitrailer. A westbound semi, driven by Charles Foreman, 53, of Garden City, was in the oncoming lane.

  • Two charged with rape of minor

    Dylan Cochran, 19, of Marion and Trever Fugitt, 21, of Hillsboro, were arrested Saturday on charges alleging they raped a minor girl during a Friday night drive. “The three individuals went out riding,” Sheriff Robert Craft said. “Somewhere along the way, while they were out riding around, they stopped and the incidents occurred.”


  • 4 projects, 4 grant checks

    Goessel Community Foundation presented four grants Sunday at the annual community picnic to support various community endevors. The recipients include:

  • Powers to lead District Judges Association

    There are no lame ducks in the Kansas District Judges Association. When District Judge Mike Powers was named president of the organization earlier this month, he took over immediately. “It’s kind of funny, they actually hand you the gavel, and you lead the rest of the meeting,” Powers said.

  • Golfers win prizes for putting

    Although none of the 26 competitors won a featured mower as a prize at the 11th annual Pine Edge Putting Tournament, the top finishers recently took home $280 of cash and other prizes. Contestants also putted for a green vest and a Pine Edge punch card worth 15 rounds of golf.

  • Pasture walk set for July 7-8

    The Tampa farm of David Rhiza is the location for a “Look and Learn Pasture Walk” Tuesday. The walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. at David Rziha’s pasture July 7.

  • Veterans reunion scheduled

    The 28th annual Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion will be July 17 to 19 at El Dorado State Lake, Shady Creek Area, Veterans Point. Veterans will receive free entry with military identification or other proof of service.

  • Free hot dog meal revived

    Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce promotions committee will serve a free hot dog meal at noon on July 22, the first day of Marion County Fair. The committee will serve 120 hot dogs along with bottled water and chips.


  • Alyce Loewen

    Longtime Hillsboro resident Alyce E. Loewen, 90, died June 26 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Kaleb Montgomery

    Kaleb J. Montgomery, 18, of Marion, died from injuries sustained in an auto accident Saturday in Chase County on K-150. All services are today at Holy Family Parish, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Florence. A funeral mass is at 10 a.m., and a rosary is at 7 p.m. Interment is at Marion Cemetery.

  • Tate Riedy

    Tate J. Riedy, 18, of Woodbine, died June 24 south of Salina as a result of an automobile accident. A vigil service was Sunday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Herrington, with Funeral Mass on Monday.


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  • Whistler lives on through pyrotechnic tradition he created

    Today, $100 buys enough fireworks for a family’s backyard display, but in 1940 it was enough money for Quintis “Jack” Whisler to start creating the annual Peabody fireworks spectacular seen by tens of thousands of people since then. Little has been recorded about development of the shows or the individuals who created them, but a page from a family history book shared by Whisler’s daughter, Judy Mellott, gives Whisler’s own account of an event he created and expanded for more than 40 years.

  • For the love of meat: Guys talk barbecue

    There probably wasn’t any barbecue sauce at little Delany Barlow’s baptism on Sunday, but afterward there was likely plenty. Her father, barbecue enthusiast Chris Barlow, celebrated the event with his wife, Kate, family, friends, and 18 pounds of bone-in smoked Boston pork butt, his specialty.

  • Fishing Report

  • Fishers unite for family friendly fun

    Every problem has a solution, and for Shannon Allen, that solution is usually an afternoon with his fishing family. Growing up, that meant fishing the Arkansas River with his father. Now, Allen, along with his wife and a few friends, have decided to pay the philosophy forward in the form of the MNKS catfishing club, a family-focused social group centered around fishing that isn’t afraid to reach out to its members in their lives beyond the lake.

  • County fair 'involves everybody'

    Kelli Savage turns into a juggler this time of year. It’s harvest time on the farm, but it’s also time for Marion County Fair preparations to get in full swing. Fortunately, fair manager Savage has help.

  • Cruiser enjoys traveling in his vintage Hudson

    “Weather is the deciding factor,” Jerry Alcorn said. “Sometimes we pick a cruise because it is in a particular town or tied to a special event, but the bottom line for taking a car out is weather. “It is all about the trip, so we don’t go in rain, snow, or ice and sometimes not even under the summer sun.”

  • Two dudes, one board, highflying acrobatics

    Florence City Pool has its very own flying fish. Ezra Darnall and Calib Mallory catch big air off the pool’s diving board. They bust out some nimble gymnastic tricks, too.

  • Fireworks schedules vary by area

    Independence Day is coming, and pyrotechnic aficionados will likely celebrate with fireworks. When people may legally discharge fireworks depends where the person is in Marion County. Rural areas of the county have a longer period for fireworks sales and discharge than cities. County
  • Fireworks may be discharged at Marion County Park and Lake inside Lakeshore Dr. They may not be discharged at Marion Reservoir. Hillsboro Fireworks may be sold in Hillsboro until Sunday. Times for use:
  • Wednesday through Friday — 10 a.m. to 11p.m.
  • Saturday — 10 a.m. to midnight. Marion Fireworks may be sold Wednesday through Saturday. Times for use:
  • Wednesday and Thursday — 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday — 9 a.m. to midnight. Peabody Fireworks may be sold in Peabody from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Saturday. Times for use:
  • Wednesday through Friday — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday — 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • Sunday — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Independence Day celebrations


  • Telling the story

    Elsewhere in this newspaper, there is a chronicle of the development of Peabody’s July Fourth fireworks tradition. Following a social media entry by my long-time friend Judy Mellott, I was privileged to be given access to a notebook of family history that her dad, Jack Whisler, wrote for Judy and his grandchildren. Included in the notebook was a page or so of Jack’s memories about his involvement with Peabody’s fireworks shows and how the Battle of New Orleans came to be. As we approach this Independence Day event one more time, I hope you all will read the memories Jack had of his more than 40 years developing and building the famed Peabody Fourth of July Celebration.


  • Ludwigs celebrate 60 years with family cruise to Bahamas, Disney Isle

    Ronald and Kathleen Ludwig had their breath taken away when they found their room. “Happy anniversary,” read the door decal, with Mickey and Minnie Mouse smiling back at them. Inside their room was a bouquet of flowers.

  • Calendar of Events

  • Commodities at senior centers July 8

    Government surplus commodities will arrive at senior centers in Marion County July 8. Marion Senior Center will be distributing from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9.

  • Become a vital voice for Kansas Water Resources

    Kansas Water Office is accepting applications until July 10 to be a member of one of 14 Regional Advisory Committees (RAC) established by the Kansas Water Authority. Committee members will advise the Kansas Water Authority on implementing the Kansas Water Plan.

  • Kansas hospitals commit to healthier environments

    Kansas Hospital Association announced last week that St. Luke Hospital and Living Center and Hillsboro Community Hospital are among 75 Kansas hospitals pledged to provide healthier food options. The voluntary review of food options and policies aims to positively impact hospital employees, patients, and visitors, and establish community norms for healthier living.

  • Library to host burrito fundraiser Thursday

    Hillsboro Public Library will be selling beef, bean, and cheese frozen burritos on Thursday at the library for $3 each. “It’s the same recipe we’ve used at the farmers market when we used to have the meals there,” library director Cathleen Fish said.


    10, 25, 50, 100, 125 years ago
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    Father's day gatherings shared



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