• Police chief warns game players

    Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke has had just about all he wants of the Pokemon Go game. “We are having people violate all sorts of curfews and private property laws while playing the Pokemon game,” he said. “I have even had complaints from a couple of drivers who came close to hitting pedestrians as they stepped off the curb into coming traffic, looking at their phones.”

  • Phone threats evacuate Tabor

    A Tabor College groundskeeper, fired for allegedly threatening to shoot up campus, is free on bond this week. Tabor banned him from campus after evidence was provided by his wife, who reported that she also was threatened.

  • Memorial tree bench added to Santa Fe Park

    A new garden bench surrounds a young maple tree in Santa Fe Park downtown, courtesy of an Eagle Scout project by Marcus Sanders. Sanders chose the project with encouragement from Beth Potter Eldridge who wanted to have a bench built in memory of her mother, Marie Potter, who enjoyed her daughter’s adopted community, Peabody.

  • Council conducts little business

    With Mayor Larry Larsen, council president Travis Wilson, and council member Megan Gallucci absent, the three remaining council members at Monday’s meeting chose to defer several items, even though they constituted a quorum. No action was taken on review and discussion of a sample charter ordinance to move spring elections of city officials to fall and adjust appointment lengths accordingly.

  • Marion County man restores cave in Arkansas

    Batman of Gotham City and Gary Schuler of Marion have two things in common: Both own an extreme cave and both have their own crusade. Where the fictional masked avenger monitors imaginary villains from his dark recess, Schuler seeks to explore, map, and improve an adventure tourism destination called Hurricane River Caverns.


  • County proposes 5 mill increase

    After tinkering, changing the numbers, and contemplating what matters more and what matters less, county commissioners proposed a 2017 budget with a five mill increase Monday. “I can’t say I’m happy, but I’m content,” commissioner Dan Holub said.

  • Road woes at the county lake

    Property owners are seeking solutions for a washed-out road in a housing area at Marion County Park and Lake after recent rains. Back Bay Court, the road north of Lakeshore Dr., gets worse each time there is a hard rain, property owner Dwight Wernli told county commissioners Monday. Wernli said he’d measured washouts as deep as seven and as wide as 28 inches.

  • Souvenir goes out with a bang

    A World War I model artillery round found its way to the county sheriff’s department Monday, and Explosive Ordinance Disposal from McConnell Air Force base was called to blow it up. A family from the western part of the county who did not want to be identified had possession of the round for the past 50 years, Sheriff Robert Craft said.

  • Biker chases need for speed

    Love blindsides, it comes out of nowhere, and for Shane MacDonald, 38, of Hillsboro, it happened at speeds approaching 140 mph. He drag races motorcycles.


  • Betty Fruechting

    Betty (Lange) Fruechting, 80, died Aug. 6 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born Sept. 20, 1935, to Menno and Heddie (Wall) Harder in Hillsboro.

  • Juanita Harrison

    Homemaker Juanita M. Harrison, 54, died Aug. 7 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, with internment at 10 a.m. at Gnadenau Cemetery, rural Hillsboro. Visitation will be 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Mary Seibel

    Homemaker Mary Seibel, 95, died Aug. 2 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Services were Friday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, with internment at Gnadenau Cemetery, south of Hillsboro.


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  • Entrepreneurial cousins launch new business

    It’s not their first trip around the block, but cousins Tom Oborny of rural Marion and Ethan Oborny of rural Durham have launched their first official business. ET Fencing and Fabrication LLC began operations in June. “Ever since we could drive, we’ve been doing stuff together and always building something,” Ethan said.

  • Migrant workers come from half a world away

    Hillsboro farmer and custom cutter Mike Meisinger wants good and dependable help with harvest — even if it means bringing workers from Romania. A program that grants temporary visas so farm workers can enter the United States has helped Meisinger have enough employees on hand over the last nine years.

  • Test fields are crop supermarkets

    If you have trouble at the supermarket picking between two or three brands of the same product, that’s a far cry from the dizzying array of seeds farmers have to chose from for common crops like corn and soybeans. Drivers along 190th Rd. can get a small sampling of the conundrum as they pass Limestone Rd., where 32 signs mark rows of corn and soybean varieties from Ag Services.

  • Young farmers program accepting applications

    Kansas Corn Corps is accepting applications for a class designed to teach farming strategies to young farmers. Young farmers selected to participate in the Kansas Corn Corps will gain knowledge of strategies they can use in their farming operations.


  • How did I get so lucky?

    I had an odd thing happen when I got my mail Saturday and I want to share it with you. I got two notifications from automobile companies. Both were addressed to me personally, not to the Marshall Family, the Marshall Neighbors, or even Mr. and Mrs. Bob Marshall. Just to me. That in itself is fairly rare, although not completely unknown. The first was from the Mazda Corporation informing me that the passenger-side air bag in my car has some faulty parts that in areas of extreme humidity can cause it to deploy abnormally during a crash. Such an event could cause severe injury or death to a front seat passenger or the driver.


  • Birthday party thrown for Gray

    Marjorie Gray celebrated her birthday July 30th with a dinner at Peabody Health and Rehab. Lews and Loretta Gray, Great Bend, Ernest and Louann Gray, Peabody, and Douglas and Doris Gray, Hutchinson, served as hosts. Those who attended included Russell and Desiree Gray, Robbie, and Anabella, Kansas City, Missouri; Curtis and Kristin Gray, Claire, and Calab, Wichita; Mark and Misty Straub, Makenna, and Makeila, Great Bend; Peter and Crystal Kautz and Amelia, Lawrence; Thomas and Matthew Gray, Katie, and Brice Gray, all of Hutchinson; J.D. and Mary Gaines, Gwen Gaines, and Mary Olsen, all of Peabody.

  • Commodities available Aug. 17

    Government commodities will arrive in Marion County senior centers Aug. 17. Lincolnville Community Center will distribute commodities from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 17, and Marion Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18.

  • BURNS:

    Plummers have overnight guests

    Guests gather to celebrate with Lang

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  • Locals awarded scholarships from Fort Hays

    Three county students have been awarded scholarships from Fort Hays State University for the 2016-17 academic year. Noah Jirgens of Lehigh accepted a $1,500 Hays City Scholar Award and a $500 academic opportunity award in political science, in which he plans to major.


  • Calendar of events

  • Senior Citizens to meet in Peabody

    County funding requests will top the agenda for a Senior Citizens of Marion County meeting at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at Peabody Senior Center. Peabody seniors will serve lunch. Reservations are needed by Aug. 17 and can be made by calling LouAnn Bowlin at (620) 983-2226.

  • Author to speak; sing cowboy songs

    Author Roy Bird will sing cowboy songs and talk about cattle drives at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. His presentation will include guitar playing and showing slides of Texas cattle, the Chisholm Trail, and the journey from Texas to Abilene.

  • Disability organization to meet

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization directors will hold their regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at the Marion County Park and Lake Hall. An opportunity for public forum will be at the beginning of the meeting.

  • TEEN to meet

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at USD 408, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.

  • BarnFest to feature workshop

    Barn enthusiasts and supporters can learn about barn maintenance and restoration Aug. 25, 26, and 27 at BarnFest in Desoto, sponsored by Kansas Barn Alliance.


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