• Mother juggles apprehension and hope over missing son

    On a family farm east of Ransom, Betty Keilman celebrated her 81st birthday Friday. There was family, cake, and conversations about fond memories.

  • Motive still unknown in Schmidt's shooting

    The initial shock of hearing her youngest son had been shot and killed in his office on the campus of Delta State University in Mississippi has faded to a dull ache for Susie Schmidt and the rest of Ethan’s family as they begin to deal with the hand they have been dealt. “It has been such a roller coaster of emotion for the past week,” she said Monday. “We have shared a lot of stories and had some laughs and also many tears. Just about the time I think I might have a handle on it though, it all falls apart again.”

  • St. Luke wound clinic seeks help from county

    Commissioners discussed at Monday’s meeting the possibility of transportation from the new wound clinic at St. Luke Hospital. McCarty told commissioners that St. Luke asked if the EMS would provide transportation for the wound clinic, which never happened in the past due to having to take an ambulance out of service. St. Luke brought up the idea to McCarty about setting up a fee that patients have to pay in order to use the transportation services.

  • Politician plus broadcaster equals love, book, and charity

    It was plain for anyone to see in August 2002 that former attorney general and Marion native Carla Stovall was decidedly captivated with agricultural broadcast icon Larry Steckline. That’s the month the couple married. However, she also was captivated by his stories — tales of family, of his youth, and his rise to become the “voice of Kansas agriculture” — so much so that she started writing them down.

  • Man faces charges of domestic battery, disorderly conduct

    Patrick Bernhardt, 46, of Marion, faces charges of domestic battery and disorderly conduct after an alleged disagreement between him and his wife at 9:31 p.m. Sept. 13 at rental property at 215 N. 2nd St. Marion police officer Mike Stone responded to a report of domestic battery. He said the source of the disagreement was unknown, but Bernhardt’s wife, Gretchen, allegedly informed Stone they had been arguing the previous night.

  • Charges being deliberated in Puttroff accident

    Charges have yet to be filed against the driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured bicyclist Fred Puttroff of Marion in August, but sheriff Robert Craft said multiple charges are being considered. “There will be charges, but I’m not sure what yet,” Craft said. “I can’t say what charges until they are filed. We’re discussing with (county attorney) Susan Robson what other charges she wants to work with.”


  • Four-generation ranch family to lead OSD parade

    With the Old Setters’ Day theme of “Saluting the Farmers and Ranchers of Marion County,” it seemed appropriate that Jackie Hett and her family of Marion would represent them. “I feel honored to be the grand marshal,” she said.

  • Man creates pottery to urn a living

    For some Marion County residents, the Arts and Crafts fair is just another annual event held in Hillsboro. For others, like Hillsboro resident Tanner Lacy, it is something he hopes can pay the bills. “I would like for it to become something that I do more than just for fun, but it’s not quite to that point yet,” Lacy said. “It takes a while to get started.”

  • Clergy couple holds joint 'Blessing of the Animals' church service

    Many of the furrier congregation members sniffed each other, licked themselves, panted, hissed, and marked their territory on Sunday morning during an outdoor church service at the stage in Marion Central Park. While such wild behavior likely would be frowned upon in normal human churchgoers, it was to just another day in the life for their family pets.


  • Students get rare look at human anatomy

    Students at Marion and Hillsboro Elementary Schools are more likely to empathize with their food these days after spending Thursday walking through an array of giant human organ models.. And they are more likely to have sympathy for different parts of their body.

  • First day of fall dubbed "Falls Prevention Awareness Day"

    “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” found it’s ways into pop culture in 1989 after a medical alert company called Lifecall aired a commercial with an elderly woman in a precarious situation calling for help. Since then, numerous comedians have worked the catchphrase, if not the entire situation, into routines.


  • Lucille Bernhardt

    Lucille Bernhardt, 92, died Sept. 15 at Medicalodges, Herington. A funeral service was Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville, where she was a member. Interment followed at Lincolnville Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Margaret Clark

    Margaret Whipkey Clark, formerly of Peabody, died Sept. 16 in Lakeway, Texas. Graveside services will be Oct. 11 at Strong City Cemetery.

  • Estaline Quiring

    Estaline Quiring, 86, mother of Carol Dirks, Hillsboro, died Sunday at Comfort Care Home of Harvey County. Celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, Nebraska. Interment is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethesda Mennonite Cemetery, Henderson.


    Judith Chilcott

    Ethan Schmidt



  • Topics for your edification

    You have a chance this week to get rid of some major junk if you have major junk clogging your life. It is cleanup week in Peabody. There are only a few days left to muscle it all to the curb. Save a few bucks and let the city haul it off for you. Empty a spot in your garage for your car. Winter is coming and weather experts are forecasting more snow than usual. You will probably appreciate having your windshield and door locks protected. Haul what you have to the curb for Friday pickup. Remember to box, bag, or bundle it. Do not pile it in a heap. Help make it easier for crews that will pick it up. If you do not follow that rule, they really do not have to move it into the trash truck. They will take appliances that do not contain refrigerants. Simple as can be. Next cleanup is six months away. Do yourself a favor and do it now.


    Driving, phones don't mix



  • Teacher uses drone to film game

    During halftime Friday of the football game between Goessel and Centre at Goessel, a unique object appeared at a low level in the sky in front of the stands. It was a drone with lights blinking and a camera attached, much to the delight of fans. After second-half action began, the drone operator was asked to back it away a bit from the field, and most spectators could no longer see it.

  • Warriors fall to Redskins

    Peabody-Burns Warriors fought against the Little River Redskins Friday, but fell 34-6. The Redskins scored the first and only touchdown of the first quarter, making the score 6-0.

  • Warriors volleyball faces Goessel and Rural Vista

    Peabody-Burns Warriors volleyball battled Goessel and Rural Vista at Rural Vista Sept. 15. Peabody faced Goessel first, losing in two sets to the Bluebirds, but the Warriors didn’t let their loss define the rest of the evening.

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  • Caregiver support group to meet Oct. 8

    Harvey County caregiver support group will meet 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Ediger room at Prairie View in Newton. Joan Brubacher facilitates the caregiver group. The group is open to caregivers for older adults and older adults who are caregivers.

  • Leftover meds to be disposed of Saturday

    Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently announced that law enforcement agencies across the state would collect leftover medications for safe disposal Saturday as part of a nationwide effort. “Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets, and the environment,” Schmidt said. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”

  • Bench-step aerobics class to start meeting Monday

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission and Amber Monson will conduct an hour-long intermediate level Bench-step aerobics class starting 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the meeting rooms at Hillsboro City Hall. Cost of the class is $5 per session or $65 for the eight-week course. Bench steps will be provided along with some weights.


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