• Flint Hills Market and Bakery closes

    After just over seven months selling groceries and handmade baked goods, Flint Hills Market and Bakery emptied its inventory from its shelves Thursday and closed its doors in downtown Florence. The market’s closure no doubt disappointed many in the community, including building owners Judy and Randy Mills.

  • Fourth Fest button design selected

    A design for the 2016 July Fourth admission button was announced Monday by Peabody Fourth Fest committee members. Michael Hinton of Great Bend submitted the design. Hinton is married to the former Tonya Jury and is the son-in-law of Lawrence and Pat Jury of Peabody.

  • School to launch Spring Fling Saturday

    Are you itching to get your summer garden started or get your favorite annuals into planters? Is your vehicle looking a little faded and worn from winter driving? Your chance to get your gardening on as well as gussy up the family vehicle is right around the corner. Student groups at Peabody-Burns High School will host a Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16.

  • Short cut at 240th and Pawnee Rds. endangers traffic

    Local residents have been causing a stir by steering away from being straight with the laws of the road by driving straight through on a field near 240th and Pawnee Rds. in order to avoid driving on a curve. Road and bridge superintendent Jesse Hamm addressed the issue with commissioners at Thursday’s end of the month meeting.

  • Huelskamp says committee positions are bought

    First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp laid bare the inner workings of how Congressional representatives get and keep committee assignments to those who attended a town hall meeting Monday in Hillsboro. During the give and take among the 25 to 30 people in attendance, he said Congressional committees are rated A, B, or C, each one requiring members to raise money for their leaders and national political parties.

  • Walleye stocking first in 23 years at reservoir

    Being caught at Marion Reservoir with more than five walleye in a boat is usually a sure-fire way to get a ticket for violating state fishing regulations, but Craig Johnson got off scot-free Thursday, even though he had far more than five. How many more? About 1.7 million, give or take a few.


  • Gary Cole

    Gary Norman Cole, 75, of Marion died Monday at Newton Medical Center. He was born Oct. 6, 1940, in Lawrence to Jess A. and Doris Farmer Cole. He attended Wichita schools.

  • John Goodin

    John Robert “Bob” Goodin, 63, Leawood, died Friday. A memorial service was Tuesday at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

  • Pamela Hartman

    Pamela Sue Hartman, 59, died March 29 in Andover. Celebration of Life service was Friday at Brookhaven Baptist Church, Wichita. A burial followed at Banner Cemetery, Elmo.

  • Mary Jane Herbel

    Mary Jane Herbel, 72, died Sunday in Hillsboro. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.Family will receive guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Velma Klassen

    Velma Klassen, 87, died Friday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Services will be held at a later date.


    Steve Hett



  • Charities offer tips to make wise gift decisions

    Two fraudulent “cancer charities” agreed last week to a settlement that banned them from doing charitable business after scamming more than $75 million from well-meaning donors across the country. A press release from Attorney General Derek Schmidt said a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona against Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, and the Breast Cancer Society in May 2015 after authorities nationwide investigated them.

  • Dollars and sense focus of state website

    A new financial education website designed to help people manage their money, make sound investment decisions and become financially literate is now available to Kansans. Kansasmoney.gov contains an interactive learning center with “bite-sized” educational modules ranging from auto loans to identity protection to Social Security. Most of the modules can be completed in seven minutes or less.


  • Good news on a couple of fronts

    It is seven-and-a-half months until college basketball starts again. The off-season is much too long. I am so depressed. I thought this was an unusual year with strange ups and downs. We watched bottom-dwelling teams beat ranked blue bloods and we saw amazing shots and dunks, many from the walk-ons and benchwarmers.



  • Peabody-Burns brings home 5 gold medals

    Peabody-Burns High School track and field managed to bring home five gold medals Tuesday from the Inman Quint meet held at Sterling. Even though the meet got called early due to weather, track and field head coach Kim Topham was satisfied with the results.

  • Warriors golf finishes in middle of pack

    The Marion/Peabody-Burns Warriors golf team finished “in the middle of the pack” of 13 teams, according to coach Topher Rome Jade Corona earned a medal placing 15th with a score of 107.

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  • Calendar of events

  • Tabor piano recital is Thursday

  • Chat and Dine to meets Saturday

    Chat and Dine Club’s first dinner of 2016 will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Marion County Park and Lake Hall. Hosts will be Dick and Jan Fanter, Rich and Judy Forney, and Larry and Barb Smith.

  • Basic bridge courses begin April 19

  • Social justice author to speak Tuesday

    Shane Claiborne, author, speaker, and advocate for social justice, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Claiborne will present a talk titled “Another World is Possible,” and will speak on topics including poverty in America.

  • Martina McBride to be in Salina

    Multiple Grammy nominee Martina McBride will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina. Tickets start at $79 and go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday They may be purchased at the Stiefel box office, over the phone at (785) 827-1998, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Commodities coming to Lincolnville

    USDA commodities will be available for pickup from 1 to 4 p.m. April 20 at Lincolnville Community Center.

  • County seniors to meet

    Mill levy requests top the agenda for a Senior Citizens of Marion County meeting at 9:30 a.m. April 15 at Tampa Senior Center. Tampa seniors will be serving morning refreshment, and attendees are invited to eat lunch at Tampa Grill.


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