• Mother, daughter arrested on assault, arson allegations

    Gasoline fueled a literal fire in an alleged disagreement that landed two Peabody women in jail last week. A caller to Marion County Dispatch Aug. 16 reported that a female was pouring gasoline on grass and property and setting it on fire at a residence at 573 Old Mill Rd., south of Peabody.

  • Peabody woman's passion is furniture

    While many fantasize about refurbishing their furniture to Pinterest-esque pieces of art, it is Peabody local Karen Klose-Dornbush’s hobby. Klose-Dornbush, who works as a CNA at Kansas Christian Home in Newton, got started with her refurbishing projects back in the 90s.

  • Florence pedestrian dies in train accident

    Howard Savage, 71, Florence, died after being struck by a train at 4:15 p.m. Sunday near US-50 and Union Rd. southwest of Florence. An eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was traveling approximately 65 mph when the incident occurred, according to a press release issued by sheriff Robert Craft.

  • Driver narrowly escapes roll into Spring Creek

    Rebecca Perrymore of Peabody narrowly avoided a roll into Spring Creek Monday evening when she lost control of her 2012 Suzuki sedan, clipped the corner of a concrete bridge on the west side of Locust Street south of City Park, and rolled the car into the ditch along the creek bed. Perrymore, 40, was trapped in the car while her passenger, Sheridan Brown, 26, also of Peabody, was able to extricate himself. Both were wearing seat belts. “Perrymore told the officer at the scene she thought she fell asleep,” Peabody police chief Bruce Burke said. “They were on Locust, coming into Peabody from the south, traveling in the right-hand lane, but the car went down the embankment toward the creek bed on the west (left) side of the road.”

  • Commission keeps paying student loans

    County commissioners on Monday committed $15,000 to an ongoing student loan repayment program intended to help recruit employees to county businesses, but a glut of applicants could mean the only folks that will be happy with the results will be current applicants and banks. Under the program, the county and state each contribute $1,500 a year for five years, $15,000 total, to help an employed participant pay down debt they incurred in college.

  • Radio system tops questions at county budget hearing

    Among the crowd of people at the county 2017 budget hearing Monday issues surrounding a new emergency radio system to precedence. When the floor was opened to questions and comments, Richard Meisinger asked whether the county’s new 800 MHz radios will work with other emergency systems in the county. Commissioner Randy Dallke answered that the sheriff’s office would maintain two radio systems for the time being. He added that the county might offer help by loaning money to other departments so they can buy their own 800 MHz radios.


  • Bronze turns gold for shirt maker

    By designing and printing a commemorative T-shirt for a welcome home parade honoring Wichita boxer Nico Hernandez, Marion businesses Western Associates and Western Graphics will be forever tied to the 2016 Olympics. Scoring a 295 T-shirt order to celebrate an Olympic light flyweight boxer’s bronze finish was no small achievement, and it may likely have been good as gold.

  • Commission fights drainage issue

    Drainage issues for county roads caused headaches for county commissioners Monday. Discussion became sharp when Dwight Wernli and Gordon Pendergraft, homeowners at Marion County Park and Lake, talked to commissioners about water flow on Back Bay Court.

  • Too wet for sunflowers?

    Sunflowers are noted for their drought tolerance, and at least one sunflower farmer in the area is dealing with too much moisture. Randy Svitak of Pilsen said he planted 150 acres of full-season sunflowers this spring. The field looked to be a bumper crop as the summer progressed, he said, but when heavier rains came, fungus infected the crop, reducing the yield by 30 to 40 percent.

  • Farm disaster loans available

    Farm Service Agency is accepting emergency disaster loan applications from county farmers who suffered crop or livestock losses due to inclement weather from May 24 to June 13, 2016. Applicants for FSA emergency loans must be operating a family-size farm or ranch, must be unable to get credit elsewhere, and must have suffered a qualifying physical or production loss.


  • Car enthusiast's 1980 Corvette is good as gold

    Hillsboro car enthusiast Wayne Ollenburger is the keeper of a rare, prize-winning beast: a red 1980 Corvette L-82 series, fully loaded and in mint condition. If he wanted, he could accent the red interior with gold as he regularly wins gold awards at car shows with it.

  • Cruise on over to car-lover's fun day

    Midway Motors of Hillsboro is offering a weekend car-enthusiast’s day of fun for owners, drivers and admirers. A cruise will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the business parking lot.


  • Howard Savage

    Howard Savage, 71, died Sunday near his home west of Florence. Born Sept. 19, 1944, in Marion, he graduated Florence High School and Emporia State.



  • Tailgate Saturday night with the next generation

    Peabody-Burns sophomore and junior class members will host a community tailgate party Saturday evening south of the high school parking lot following a volleyball tournament at PBHS. The community is invited to attend. Yes, you. Although Ann Leppke is not a sponsor for either class, she is helping students with the event because they wanted to do something out of the ordinary. Listen to this:

  • Missing the opportunity zone

    “There’s never been a better time than now to make rural Kansas your new home,” touts the website for Kansas Rural Opportunity Zones. As an ROZ county, Marion is one of 77 that can offer special state-backed incentives to people who want to live and work in rural communities.


  • 'Mercy Sisters' make peaceful pilgrimage

    A quintet of county Catholic women recently made a 1,062-mile pilgrimage to bask in the serenity of sacred places and deepen their faith. Jackie Palic, of Marion, had contemplated a journey to Iowa destinations, Trinity Heights and the Grotto of the Redemption, for a year before she invited Marion friends and Holy Family Parish congregation members Denice Bina, Cindy Vinduska, Rose Vinduska, and Laurie Holub to join in the spiritual adventure.

  • Paper correspondent not charmed by scaly visitor

    Hillsboro Star Journal correspondent Arlene Pankratz reports weekly on visitors to the Hillsboro area, however, she was not expecting a certain visitor to show up in her home Friday. When Pankratz walked into her home after returning from the beauty parlor, she saw a large black snake on the floor.

  • BURNS:

    Residents busy with travel, events

    Rogers attends funeral





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