• Blue-green algae alert issued for reservoir

    A blue-green algae warning for Marion Reservoir went into effect Thursday, the first such warning of the season. Kansas Department of Health and Environment provided the following guidelines for blue-green algae warnings:


  • Coming back home to help raise the flags

    In the “pay it forward” department, a 1981 Peabody High School graduate and his family made a couple of trips from Salina to Peabody this past week to help with the annual installation of the Avenue of Flags at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. David Cooper, wife Kim, and daughters Liza, 16, and Randi, 13, helped erect flagpoles Tuesday evening.

  • EMS looks to hire full-timers

    Marion County Emergency Medical Service is looking to hire two full-time EMTs, which EMS director Ed Debesis hopes will be paid out of existing funds. Debesis told county commissioners he’s sent emails to existing staff members to see if anyone is willing to work for the department full-time.

  • EcoDevo committee gets nod

    Everyone who applied to be part of a countywide economic development committee will be asked to join the discussion in the near future. Marion County commissioners, after tabling formation of a long-discussed economic development committee last week in the hope that additional people would apply, reversed their stance this week in the hope of getting things moving. They voted unanimously to contact the applicants and set a date for an initial meeting.

  • Peabody will pay to move water line on Nighthawk Rd.

    County commissioner Randy Dallke and engineer Bruce Boettcher of BG consultants presented some options to Peabody City Council members Monday night for moving the Peabody water line adjacent to Nighthawk Rd. where the county is straightening the “correction line.” “The state has looked at the project and they want the line moved,” Dallke said. “They are concerned about it.”

  • Kyle attends memorial benefit for grandson

    “American Sniper” grandmother Joyce Kyle of Burns accompanied her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Deby Kyle, and granddaughters Brintley and Leighton to Texas for the third annual memorial for Chris Kyle, Wayne and Deby’s son and Joyce’s grandson. The event May 13 and 14 included an auction, motorcycle ride, crossfit and sporting clays competition, and live entertainment at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.




  • Chingawassa Day festival headliner talks music, life, and new projects

    “Things are busy,” Vassar said. “We’re touring a lot, but right now I’m just sitting on the porch, drinking coffee before we go and cut some more tracks for our new album.” Vassar’s band will likely play some of those new songs Saturday. However, he is not sure where they might appear in the set. His band doesn’t have a set list for performances. He said it helps spike shows with spontaneous energy.

  • Chingawassa Day festival at a glance

    Country music artists Lindsey Ell and Phil Vassar will headline Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Other musical acts include Christian rock band Cloverton on Friday and country music performers Pete Gile and Coco O’Connor on Saturday. Brody Caster also will play Saturday afternoon.

  • Next up for summer: a rowdier Bluegrass at the Lake

    Grass it up with Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy as they headline Bluegrass at the Lake on June 18 at Marion County Park and Lake to find out. Often singing about whiskey women, Civil War ballads, labor unions, and social satire, the five-piece, Wichita-based band performs an eclectic blend of punk, bluegrass, and Dixieland, with a driving rhythm section, blaring horns, and mandolin and banjo solos. Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy dips into rockabilly, ska, and New Orleans styles, too.

  • Summer to offer a variety of events around county

    Chingawassa Days and Bluegrass at the Lake are just the first of many events this summer. On June 25, the Marion Garden Tour offers an opportunity to explore diverse gardens around the community. The tour runs 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is available by calling (620) 382-2442.

  • Harvey House recaptures glory days of U.S. rail travel

    Harvey House in Florence, packed with a history that goes back almost 140 years, offers the opportunity to relive the early days of railroad travel. Fifteen-year-old Fred Harvey became involved in restaurants in New York City after arriving in America in 1850.

  • Revamped Marion museum among several in county

    Peggy Blackman, a 44-year Marion resident, was recently hired to take the helm at the museum, situated on Main St. in a historic Baptist church. Blackman, Marion’s first woman mayor, is a longtime community volunteer who has worn many hats, including serving as statewide PRIDE chair and president of Kansas League of Municipalities.

  • County's three unique courses form a virtual Bermuda Triangle

    Rumors and accounts of flying discs mysteriously vanishing in the whispering prairie grass and babbling waters of the disc golf triangle abound. Although some golfers may blame paranormal activity, there is no documented scientific evidence that suggests supernatural forces are responsible for the discs’ disappearances.

  • Four unique farmers markets offered in county

    N.M. Patton, a longtime vendor, resurrected Peabody Farmers Market this year after participation fizzled out last year. “There just wasn’t anybody that wanted to do it last year,” Patton said. “People had been asking if there was going to be one this year. Maybe it’s a different attitude, but we’ve got 14, maybe 15 vendors signed up so far.”

  • County lake gains popularity as residential community

    Bonnie Rindt and her husband built their house at the lake in 2000. The beauty of the lake area and the peaceful setting drew the Lincolnville couple to live there.

  • New assistant manager touts new campgrounds at reservoir

    McCoy’s title is assistant lake manager, but that’s a bit misleading, as his responsibilities also include El Dorado Lake. He started last October, coming from eastern Oregon and a 25-year stint with the federal Bureau of Land Management. McCoy is looking forward to his first full recreational season at the reservoir.

  • Corps urges life jacket use

    Nine of every 10 drowning victims on Corps of Engineers lakes and waterways nationwide were not wearing life jackets, the Corps reported last week. The Corps urges the wearing of proper fitting, certified life vests whenever near water.

  • Don't let your picnic pickle

    The Department of Agriculture urges picnickers not to let perishable food sit without heat or cooling for more than two hours. When the weather is above 90, the safe time is reduced to one hour.

  • Chili cook-off planned

    Hillsboro is hoping to spice up its fall block party Sept. 20 with a chili cook-off. Individuals, groups, and businesses will provide free samples and may offer larger bowls for sale.


  • Call it Dallke-care?

    Or, perhaps, Holub-care, Lalouette-care or maybe even Debesis-care? None have quite the ring of Obamacare, but whatever you choose to call what the county is trying to do with emergency medical services, it shares one thing in common with what the president tried to do with the nation’s health insurance system. While laudably addressing serious problems about delivery of health case, both seem to have as their main accomplishments little more than massively increased prices and steadily swelling government payrolls.

  • Be careful out there, Toto

    I do not know how many of you are plugged into social media and share your daily lives with friends and family all over the globe, but our little corner of Oz got plenty of play during the up and down weather scenario that plagued us this past week. Oddly enough, when I posted a picture of a young woman in western Kansas showing off a grapefruit-sized chunk of hail, friends in Nevada, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, and California had already seen it. Imagine that.




  • Calendar of Events

  • Free event to teach family fishing

    Certified instructors will teach fishing basics, water safety, and techniques for inexpensive bonding with children at a free family event from 9 a.m. to noon June 11 at the Boy Scout campground at Marion County Lake. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing license or equipment is needed. However, pre-registration is required.

  • Brothers to help direct Quaker school

    Two brothers with connections to Tabor College have been appointed to three-year terms on the board of a private Quaker grade school in Wichita. Cameron Davidson of Wichita, who teaches criminal justice part-time at Tabor, and his brother, Jamie, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Tabor, will serve on the board of Wichita Friends School, which offers classes through 5th grade.


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