• Lago retiring after 17 years

    Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Lago, who stepped down from her position Friday after 17 years of service, already knows how she will be spending her retirement. “First thing I’m doing is I’m turning off the alarm clock,” Lago said last week. “I’m not going to worry about that.”

  • Lalouette urged to resign

    In an unprecedented rebuke, commissioners Randy Dallke and Dan Holub publicly called Tuesday for fellow commissioner Lori Lalouette to resign. Their impassioned pleas at Tuesday’s commission meeting later joined in by commissioner-elect Dianne Novak, came four days after Lalouette left a Friday meeting without explanation — the latest in a series of absences, late arrivals and early departures, by the first-term commissioner, who represents western Marion County.

  • How a recall might happen

    To force a recall election for a county commissioner, a committee of three registered voters within the commissioner’s district must apply to the county clerk. The county attorney then verifies that the grounds for recall — in this case, failure to perform duties as prescribed by law — are legally sufficient.

  • Hidden contraband makes inmate ill

    A county jail inmate landed in the hospital overnight Thursday after apparently taking extraordinary measures to conceal something from officers. “She had inserted or ingested some contraband prior to coming into the facility,” Sheriff Robert Craft said. “Some incidents caused one female to have a medical issue that concerned us, so as a precaution we sought medical help.”

  • Masked intruders shatter couple's morning

    A Ramona couple’s idyllic vision of small-town retirement imploded Thursday morning when three masked men broke through the front door of their small home and demanded money. James Miner, 60, said he was asleep on a couch and his wife, Kathryne, 57, was still in bed when they were awakened by the sound of three men clad in similar dark clothing, with their faces concealed by ski masks or bandanas, forcing their way through the front door.

  • County gives employees bonuses

    Each county employee who worked at least 500 hours during 2016 will receive a $150 year-end bonus, costing the county a total of $24,450. A total of 163 employees will get bonuses. Among them are 50 from Emergency Medical Services. In the past, EMS employees did not receive annual bonuses.

  • Trash fire sets hayshed ablaze for 8 hours

    What began as a rubbish fire spread to grass and quickly to a hay barn last week, consuming 80 or more bales of hay and occupying Marion and Hillsboro firefighters for eight hours. Hillsboro fire chief Ben Steketee was first on the scene Dec. 28 at a shed near the home of Brad and Jane Wiens on Kanza Rd. near 160th Rd. Steketee said roughly 100 square bales were in the shed, but at least a dozen were saved from the blaze.


  • Richard Deatrick

    Richard A. Deatrick, 83, Herington, died Saturday at Herington Municipal Hospital. Born Oct. 8, 1933, to Kenneth I. and Rayda F. (Kanitz) Deatrick in Winfield.

  • Alta Savage

    Alta Mae Savage, 93, died Dec. 25 at Marion Assisted Living Center. Born March 24, 1923, to Samuel and Florence (Piper) Robinson in Florence, she received a bachelor’s degree, taught school for several years, and married Loyd Savage on February 24, 1950.

  • Darrell Weigart

    Former mechanic Darrell Weigart, 89, died Monday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marion. Inurnment will be in Marion Cemetery.


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  • Students find ways to cope with college cost

    With rising tuition, college students are looking for ways to raise money to afford books, gas, and even food.

  • Few changes in tax rules likely

    Few changes on 2016 tax forms are likely, area tax preparers say. Tax preparer Melody Freeman of Meier Tax Service said refunds involving education and earned income credits will arrive more slowly because the Internal Revenue Service will verify information first.


  • 2017, resolved

    The best New Year’s resolution I ever made, and kept, was when I resolved never to make another New Year’s resolution for myself. With an admittedly spotty track record of accomplishment before then, that single resolution forever lifted the burden of trying to live up to impossible promises. What will be, will be. Then again, all those resolutions were personal. Lose weight, exercise more, save money; all the standards, all flops.


    Is enough, enough?


  • Hett family celebrate Christmas

    Jackie Hett was hostess for her family’s Christmas celebration Dec. 30 at a Wichita motel. Guests included Travis and Kelley Schafers, JayDee, Emily, and Trevor, Jeff and Laura Ensey, Zeke and Elizabeth, Jeremy and Tammy Ensey, Peyton, Paige, and Abree, and Melanie and Larry Ensey, all of Marion.

  • Weisbeck donates time, blood for good cause

    Many high school students are involved in after school activities— such as sports or theater— but one has donated her time to helping others. Hillsboro High School student Ellian Weisbeck has been part of an American Red Cross scholarship program called Leaders Save Lives, which helps high school and college students conduct blood drives.

  • Senior center menu

  • BURNS:

    Burns families busy with Christmas activities

    Grandkids cut Christmas tree


  • Calendar of events

  • Democrats to meet

    Marion County Democrats will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Santa Fe Room of Marion City Library.

  • Study of Revelation to begin

    Marion County Community Bible study will begin studying the seven churches in Revelation at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in the Hearth Room of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Point. Pastor David Jeremiah will lead services.

  • Hillsboro chamber to meet

    Reservations are due Thursday for Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday in the East Room of Hillsboro City Building. Cost of the meal, which will include breakfast casserole and cinnamon rolls, is $5. Reservations are being accepted at (620) 947-3506.


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