• Town shaken after Mississippi shooting

    The Peabody community was rocked Monday morning as the name of a victim in a shooting on campus at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, became known as former Peabody resident Ethan Schmidt. A 1994 graduate of Peabody High School, Schmidt had been shot and killed as he sat in his office at the university. Fellow Delta State professor Shannon Lamb was identified early as a suspect in Schmidt’s death.

  • Changes coming to The HUB

    The HUB will be undergoing changes in the next week or two, and a big change will be a new director. “We have hired Justin Rempel to manage the HUB,” founder Doe Ann Hague said. “Justin spent a lot of time here when he was growing up and he has been on our board of directors. He has come back to help out since he graduated in 2012 and it has been great to have him.

  • Where there's smoke, there's Steketee

    Hillsboro fire chief Ben Steketee couldn’t hold back a chuckle Thursday as he recalled some of the reasons he and his crew have responded to alarms at Tabor College residence halls over the years. “There was one time one of the male students didn’t know he needed to take the box off a pizza before he put it in the oven,” Steketee said. “One time there was a brownie that was burned beyond recognition.”

  • Many volunteers step in for ailing Puttroff

    Good volunteers can be hard to find, and by all accounts, Fred Puttroff of Marion has been a good one, serving in various roles for his church, Eastmoor United Methodist, Marion Senior Center, and the county department on aging. “He’s really the kind of guy that would just help out with anything,” Lanell Hett said.

  • Florence weaponsmith forges arms that could combat the undead

    Any respectable zombie aficionado knows there is one true way to kill a zombie. Destroy its brain.


  • Boyfriend allegedly assaults girlfriend, both arrested

    A battered woman, who Marion police said was allegedly beaten “nearly unrecognizable” by her boyfriend, was one of three parties arrested after a violent conflict erupted in the 500 block of N. Cedar St. early Saturday morning. Officer Mike Stone said it was not exactly clear what triggered the violence between Marion live-in couple Jason Anderson, 41, and Melissa Fisher, 37. The official offense report indicated the person charged with aggravated battery against Fisher was suspected of using alcohol and drugs.

  • Man arrested on multiple charges

    Jesse Marshall, 35, of Marion was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at 1:30 a.m. Sept. 4 in the 200 block of N. 2nd St. Marion officer Mike Stone investigated the case.

  • Woman dies of unknown causes

    A 40-year-old Marion woman died Saturday night at St. Luke Hospital after being found unresponsive and apparently not breathing in the 700 block of N. Cedar St. Marion police officer Mike Stone confirmed that authorities are investigating the death of Michelle Williams as a possible overdose of prescription medication. Police are awaiting toxicology results.


  • MHS class of 1945 had Native nicknames

    As old classmates gather to board floats for the Old Settlers’ Day parade Sept. 26, the sound of friends calling out enthusiastic greetings to each other will fill the air. But one set of greetings is bound to sound stranger than the rest. Marion High School class of 1945 alumni may just be the only students in school history where all the graduates had Native American nicknames.

  • Art in the Park vendors provide global experience

    When patrons of Marion’s Art in the Park festival purchase a meal, they may not realize that in exchange for their food, they’re providing a souvenir from Italy, or a bottle of Gatorade for that extra push in the fourth quarter of a football game. However, thanks to local fundraising organizations, that’s just what patrons are doing.

  • Arts and crafts fair brings big stage to small town

    Every year on the third Saturday in September, the city of Hillsboro turns into a zoo of activity as tens of thousands of people flock from near and far to partake in the renowned Arts and Crafts fair. “There are some organizations and towns that don’t know how to do a craft show,” vendor Brenda Walls said. “Hillsboro knows how.”

  • Study says Marion County is 9th healthiest in state

    A recent analysis of the health status of U.S. states and counties had good news for Marion County, which was rated as the ninth healthiest county in Kansas. The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, sponsored jointly by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, collects and analyzes data for 35 diverse measures related to healthy communities.

  • Pilsen church to celebrate century mark

    St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Holy Family Parish, in Pilsen likely will be packed Sept. 27 as the congregation gathers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the church edifice with a Mass of Celebration and catered noon meal. Terry Klenda, a member of the planning committee, said they decided not to make it a big thing, as they did when they celebrated the congregation’s centennial in 1988.

  • Cars will 'show and shine' at Lincolnville Octoberfest

    A new item on this year’s Lincolnville Octoberfest schedule will be a Show and Shine Car Show. Mayor Barb Kaiser said there would be no judging, but cars may drive through the 11 a.m. parade.

  • Couple cares for one-room county lake CCC museum

    When Larry and Marilyn Hamler of McPherson bought a house at Marion County Park and Lake about 15 years ago, it was to be primarily for weekend retreats and vacations. “We never thought we were going to come out and get involved with neighbors,” Marilyn said. “We were just looking for a getaway.”

  • Chili, cars, and cornhole pitching happen at Marion County Lake

    A trio of annual events that include chili, cars, and corn hole pitching will occur Oct. 3 at Marion County Park and Lake. In its ninth year, the Marion County Lake Chili Cook-off will ladle up bowls from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Monarch migration starts

    A trio of annual events that include chili, cars, and corn hole pitching will occur Oct. 3 at Marion County Park and Lake. In its ninth year, the Marion County Lake Chili Cook-off will ladle up bowls from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Father Kapaun museum draws worldwide audience

    The story of Father Emil Kapaun of Pilsen has long held interest for Catholics in other countries, and many are finding their way to Kansas and the Kapaun Museum in Pilsen. “We’ve had someone just recently from Columbia, South America,” volunteer Harriet Bina said. “We had the bishop from South Korea come over a year ago.”

  • Rural park was home to bridge on national registry

    The little community of Antelope, northeast of Marion, once had a beautiful park nestled under shade trees along Clear Creek. Located one-half mile west of US-56/77 on 257th St., the now-abandoned spot was a gathering place for Fourth of July celebrations, picnics, and other events for many years. Henry Wight, a large cattle rancher, created the park and named it in 1921 in honor of his wife, Amelia.


  • Helen Coffelt

    Former Hillsboro resident Helen Elizabeth Coffelt, 96, died Sept. 9 at the Homestead Assisted Living Center, Topeka. Funeral services were Monday at the Dishon-Maple-Chaney Mortuary, Horton, and burial was at the Horton Cemetery.

  • Michelle Williams

    Michelle A. Williams, 41, died Sept. 12 at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Marion Christian Church.


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  • Tragedy strikes

    Our community has been shaken this week by the murder of one of our own. Ethan Schmidt, a hometown kid, born and raised in Peabody, was shot and killed Monday morning in his office at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. As I type this, the motive is unclear, the suspected killer has taken his own life, and Ethan is dead. His parents are by now in Cleveland to comfort their daughter-in-law and three grandchildren and to make arrangements for their son’s burial. Here in Peabody, our stunned grief, sorrow, and confusion is boundless. What a tragic end to a bright and promising career for an educator. What a sad day for our community and for Ethan’s family and many friends.

  • George Carlin said it best

    I am wondering if any of my six regular readers have ever seen George Carlin’s monologue about “stuff.” I think it came out in the late 1980s or so and was pretty funny. He bemoaned the fact that he had so much stuff he had to buy a bigger place to live just accommodate his stuff, and he couldn’t travel unless his stuff went with him. He thought we all probably had way more stuff than we needed and wondered why we continued to pursue the acquisition of more stuff. I need to have a video of that monologue on a continuous loop on my computer. I need to see it every time I power up that darn computer. Maybe then, I would spend less time being busy with social media, online news, shopping sites, and email communications.


  • Nightengales to celebrate anniversary with card shower

    Don and Twylah Nightengale, Newton, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 20. and their children are requesting a card shower for the occasion. Don and Twylah were married, Sept. 20, 1955, at the First Mennonite Church in Burns. Don is a retired rancher and farmer and oil field pumper. Twylah retired from Florence Health Center as the Food Service Director.

  • Jost quilt takes top honors at state fair

    Alice Jost of Hillsboro went to the state fair in Hutchinson last week, and so did her prize-winning quilt from the Marion County Fair. She’s going back this week to retrieve the quilt, and she’ll be coming home with yet another prize.

  • Senior Menu

  • BURNS:

    Seniors meet over potluck lunch

    10, 25, 50, 100, 125 years ago


  • Tabor moves up in U.S. News rankings

    Tabor College moved up eight spots in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of Midwest regional colleges. Among 96 colleges ranked in that category by the magazine, Tabor placed 41st.

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  • Warriors shoot down Eagles, win 56-18

    Peabody-Burns football is off to a good start for the year with two wins under its belt. The Warriors bested the Canton-Galva Eagles Friday 56-18 at home. With the Warriors leading 8-0, the Eagles flew in to score a touchdown in the second quarter to make it 8-6. Peabody-Burns struck back hard, with help from Austin Reynolds, who scored two touchdowns.


  • P.E.O. to sell mums Saturday

    Marion Chapter DB of P.E.O. will be selling mums, a type of flower, 9-4 p.m. Saturday on the office lawn at the corner of Main and Elm Sts. Various colors will be available and will be priced at $10 per plant or 3 for $25. P.E.O. met Aug. 17 at the Marion Library to pick up their program booklets for the 2015-2016 year.

  • Naomi Gaede-Penner to speak at Lifelong Learning

    Author Naomi Gauede-Penner will be speaking to the Lifelong Learning program at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center Lobby at Tabor College in Hillsboro. Fees are $5 per session, $15 per semester, or $29 per couple. Lunch is available to attendees in the Tabor cafeteria for $4.

  • "Rock Legends" to rock McPherson

    Billy McGuigan and his band will perform “Rock Legends” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the McPherson Opera House. This is the band’s third appearance on the Opera House stage. More information is available by calling John Holecek at (316) 648-5010.

  • Kansas Rural Center conference announced

    Registration is open for Kansas Rural Center’s 2015 Farm and Food Conference, “Roots, Shoots, and Boots: Healthy Farms and Healthy People from the Ground Up.” It will be Nov. 13-14 in Manhattan. Those interested can register by visiting kansasrualcenter.org/conference-2015.

  • Senior Citizens of Marion to meet Friday

    Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Peabody Senior Center. The group will discuss tax requests, 2016 board meeting schedule, and quilters nominations approvals.


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