• Peabody man charged with passing bogus bills

    A Peabody man suspected of being the maker of bogus $5 and $10 bills found circulating in the county is in Marion County Jail. Richard Todd Litton, 30, Peabody, was arrested Friday on suspicion of burglary, counterfeiting, theft by deception, and nine counts of theft.

  • After 29 years, justice served

    Time and technology finally caught up with a Georgia man who called district court to pay up on a speeding ticket he received in 1987. Rodney L. Lee was 22 years old when he was pulled over for doing 77 in a 55-mph zone two miles north of Durham. Lee listed his address as 49th Ordnance Co., Fort Riley, and provided a Georgia drivers license.

  • Advance Lodge NO. 114 presents award at banquet

    Advance Lodge No. 114 held its annual Past Masters’ banquet Thursday at Florentine Masonic Center in Florence. Master Kelly Shaft welcomed members and guests. He also welcomed and introduced Lyn E. Beyer, Grand Master of Kansas Freemasons.

  • Judicial journey continues for Powers

    When Council Grove attorney Michael Powers went looking for a new professional challenge in 1991, an opening for district judge in Marion County appeared to offer what he wanted. “I had a young family and I thought Marion County was going to be a really good place to raise them,” Powers said. “I thought it was something I might be good at and I wanted to try. If I got it, I would be able to remain in a similar community to Council Grove.”

  • Romance blossomed at Camp Wood YMCA

    The 100-year history of Camp Wood YMCA at Elmdale undoubtedly contains countless tales of summer camp romance, but perhaps none more endearing than that of the late Roger and Marie Morse of Marion. Marie, of McPherson, was a camper there in 1932. She etched her name and address on a bunk, and Roger later found it and wrote her.

  • Holter, commissioners at odds over EcoDevo committee

    Getting an economic development committee together has not proven to be easy, county commissioners learned Monday. County clerk Tina Spencer told commissioners Monday that they had not been receiving much interest.

  • Burglar does $550 damage for pizza, beer

    An unknown burglar apparently with an overwhelming craving for beer and pizza recently went to extremes to satisfy a destructive desire. The perpetrator damaged screens and glass on three windows and kicked in a backdoor at 704 N. Cedar St. doing an estimated $550 damage to gain access to $5 of pizza and 22 cans of Keystone Light, valued at $20.

  • Frank to be Legion district commander

    Randy Frank was elected commander of Kansas American Legion Fourth District on Friday in Emporia, a step the 14-year Army field artillery veteran said was in keeping with the spirit of his unit. “Our motto was ‘answering the call,’ and that’s my motto for the next two years,” Frank said. “I believe it’s my turn to stand up and do what I can to help progress what we have for our Legionnaires.”


  • Ferne Hiebert

    Ferne Hiebert, 87, died April 19 at Pine Village in Moundridge. A funeral service was Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Interment followed at Hillsboro M.B. Cemetery.

  • Brayden Axelrad

    Brayden C. Axelrad, infant son of Jason C. and Jennifer A. (Stimson) Axelrad of Tampa, died April 20 at Herington Municipal Hospital. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today at St. John Lutheran Church in Tampa. Burial will follow at Tampa Community Cemetery.


    Clara Jennings



  • Wait until the Tooth Fairy gets a load of "Chewbaru"

    Original or well-restored vintage vehicles make most people look twice. An art car almost assuredly makes them look thrice and then again. An art car belongs to an unusual genre of vehicles — any vehicle can be used as the base. It is the addition of the artist’s personal theme that makes the car stand out.

  • Amstutz earns top certification

    A Hillsboro Ford technician recently earned top recognition from Ford Motor Company for his knowledge and work. Nathan Amstutz, who has worked for Hillsboro Ford five years, was awarded a Ford Senior Master Technician Certification after completing 75 online classes, 17 classroom courses, technology updates, and five years of experience as a Ford service technician.

  • Waxing vehicles helps restore their original shine

    For some car lovers, there is nothing like a good-looking shiny ride, but with use, luster can dull and colors fade. Enter car wax — a time-honored treatment to restore a vehicle’s original shine.

  • K-15 receiving utility work in Marion County

    Utility work began Monday on K-15 3.5 miles north of Durham. The work is focused on the east side of the highway and requires traffic to be reduced to one lane.


  • Miscellaneous bits you need to know

    Just so you understand the power of the press, I want everyone to know that I finally got rid of all 10 pieces of school house blackboards from the original Peabody High School in the 200 block of Maple Street. It only took two columns in this space to nudge readers into admitting they really did want a piece of Peabody memorabilia that was unwieldy, oversized, and tough to handle. I was pretty pleased to have found new homes for all those blackboards. I spent Monday evening at the city building with our mayor and city council. They heard from several department heads about their needs for the future. Some items that would seem to be a high priority will probably not make the cut and that department will do without. Others will require some creative financing. Some will never see the drawing board. Before the meeting adjourned members of the finance committee agreed to meet at 5:30 p.m. May 16 in the council room to begin budget planning with city employees. These meetings are open to the public and if you are a regular in the Downtown Hall of Knowledge, you probably should attend the meetings so that you really will know how your tax dollars are spent. I know you are interested in hearing actual facts about our city budget so I will remind you again before the meeting to be sure you do not miss it.

  • Caught in the act

    Tuesday morning I caught a Marion man right in the act. It was a random act of kindness.


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  • Weather cancels home track meet

    Peabody-Burns canceled its home track meet Tuesday due to forecasts indicating the possibility of tornadoes and grapefruit-sized hail. Canceling the meet was not what the track team wanted to do, but head coach Kim Topham said the school felt the need to due to teams coming from as far as Little River and Lyons, and lack of shelter near the Peabody track.

  • Golfers compete at Remington

    The combined Marion/ Peabody-Burns golf team competed Thursday at Remington. Coach Topher Rome said Remington had not sent the official team results of the tournament as of Monday.

  • Spring Oratorio concert to be May 8

    Tabor College’s Spring Oratorio concert will be 7 p.m. May 8 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The spring event features a selection of works by Antonio Vivaldi and will showcase student, faculty, and community performers.

  • Knopp to be new Tabor band director

    Smokey Valley director of bands Shawn Knopp will join the faculty at Tabor College as assistant professor of instrumental music. Knopp will begin teaching and conducting duties in August. He will conduct the Tabor College symphonic band, jazz band, and chamber strings as well as teach instrumental music education courses.

  • Harris receives education foundation loans

    Parker Harris, grandson of Marion residents John and Becky Summerville and great-grandchild of Marion resident Peggy Summerville, recently received a Loan Initiative for Future Teachers award from the Salina Education Foundation. LIFT provides up to $5,000 annually to students from Saline County who major in education and forgives $5,000 for each year the student teaches in Salina district.

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