• Becker to fill commission seat

    Durham resident and soon-to-be-retired Tampa banker Kent Becker is the choice of Republican electors in the county’s 1st District to fill the county commission position soon to be vacated by Lori Lalouette. Jared Jost and Craig Dodd, both of Hillsboro, also were nominated at Thursday’s district Republican meeting at the Scout House in Hillsboro. Becker won by garnering 9 out of a possible 17 votes. Jost received 5 votes, and Dodd, 3.

  • Evicted by fire, family to rebuild

    County commissioners granted a lot split to a rural Peabody couple who lost their home in a Jan. 10 fire to clear the way so they can obtain financing to build a new home. Eric and Clarissa Dutton’s property was originally zoned for agricultural use, and the lot split was required for financing purposes, planning and zoning director Emma Tajchman told commissioners. The lot split divides property on Indigo Rd. between 80th and 90th Rds.

  • $15K could net $65K more for community health project

    Residents in the southern part of the county could soon be living healthier lifestyles thanks to a group of concerned citizens and up to a $15,000 foundation planning grant. Southern Marion County Healthy Partnerships was formed to spearhead the development of a Healthy Eating: Rural Opportunities (HERO) project covering both Peabody and Burns. The group will receive up to $15,000 from Sunflower Foundation to assist in developing the proposal.

  • Petitioners snarl county Straub bid

    Just four signatures could be enough to scuttle the county’s plans to buy the former Straub International building, unless Marion city council chooses to overrule them. A petition filed Feb. 15 opposing rezoning of the Straub parcel for governmental use included signatures of owners of four surrounding properties, the minimum needed to temporarily negate the planning and zoning board’s Feb. 2 approval.

  • Stolen truck found wrecked

    A Peabody resident’s stolen pickup was discovered wrecked in Chase County hours after it had been taken. With evidence pending, the incident is still under investigation; however, Peabody Police chief Bruce Burke said the 1997 Nissan pickup was reported stolen from the 800 block of Olive St. at 7:20 a.m. Sunday.

  • Fire chiefs want tougher county burn regulations

    County fire chiefs are calling for a tougher burn resolution to protect both landowners and firefighters. Six county fire chiefs, including those from Peabody, Lincolnville, Hillsboro, Marion, Lehigh, and Burns, spoke to county commissioners about replacing the burn regulation passed in 2014 with a new one.


  • County resident incensed by litterlout mentality

    What do beer cans, pop bottles, cigarette butts, and fast-food containers have in common? Marion resident John Mulvenon’s answer would be ditches, more specifically, Marion County ditches.

  • Two arrested on drug charges

    Law enforcement arrested a pair of men Saturday as part of a larger ongoing investigation that includes four county departments. Joshua Marshall, 18, and Vince Newman, 20, both of Peabody, were arrested when Peabody police and county sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant for illegal drugs at 8:40 p.m. at 501 N. Poplar St. in Peabody, according to Peabody chief Bruce Burke.

  • Mother, daughter duo's hobby is blooming business

    A business idea bloomed in the minds of Hillsboro residents LeaAnn Knaak and Tiffany Funk after Funk was in need of a florist for her wedding. Knaak, her mother, who had experience decorating with flowers, was Funk’s first choice to do flowers and decorations for her wedding, but previous commitments kept Knaak from being able to do it.

  • Apartment tenants lose deposits in management snafu

    About a year into its repurposed life as an apartment building, the historic Bown-Corby school building is going through yet another change — management. Building owner Tom George, a Wichita developer, sent a letter to Bown-Corby tenants informing them he had terminated a contract with Real Property Management (RPM) because of an alleged breach in the agreement, and had hired Cedar Mills Property Management to replace them.

  • Trash can fire extinguishes itself

    A wastepaper basket that ignited early Thursday morning in a bathroom at Cedar Hall on campus at Tabor College could have been a catastrophe had it not burned through nearby a water supply line. At 1:20 a.m., Hillsboro fire responded to a campus fire alarm. Chief Ben Steketee said Lloyd Spencer was first on scene and smelled a strong odor of wax coming from the bathroom.


  • Eulalia Flaming

    Eulalia Flaming, 83, died Feb. 16 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. She was born March 1, 1933, to John L.W. and Marie (Ewert) Regier in Hillsboro.

  • Mary Ann Wiebe

    Mary Ann Wiebe, 80,died Thursday at home in Whitewater. Born Feb. 12, 1937, to Henry I. and Anna (Schmidt) Goertz in Newton, she was raised in the Goessel area, graduated from Goessel High School in 1955, and attended Bethel College.


    Elizabeth Crawford, Ron Post



  • Plan and prune, but don't plant just yet, experts say

    With recent spring-like weather, gardening enthusiasts may be tempted to get a head start on planting. But they should refrain, area experts said, instead using the opportunity for preparing gardens, as well as pruning trees, shrubs, and bushes. “February has been abnormally warm, and the forecast is for that warm weather to continue,” county extension agent Rickey Roberts said. “Let me caution against trying to speed the calendar up to much, as freezing weather is still very likely, but as long as it is nice, there are a couple things we can do.”

  • A basic soil test can save time, money, and more

    Gardeners and lawn care enthusiasts can save time, money, and potentially reduce pollution by utilizing a basic soil test. “Most gardeners think that soil tests are done only to find out what nutrients are deficient,” county extension agent Rickey Roberts said. “However, it is just as important to know if you have adequate levels of nutrients so you don’t add unneeded fertilizer.”


  • Choice words

    Something that’s crystal clear about our line of work is this: If people didn’t make choices, we wouldn’t have a newspaper. There are plenty of choices we make that just aren’t newsworthy. You don’t care one whit what socks I chose to wear this morning (white), what I had for breakfast (bacon breakfast pizza), or what song I pulled out of my mental jukebox to hum as I walked into my office (an obscure J-pop tune, that’s Japanese pop music, that even my closest friends have never heard), so I won’t bother writing about them.


    Christian respect, Economic robbery?


  • Local artists display art at senior center

    Those who eat lunch at Marion Senior Center will be dining in style, surrounded by the work of area artists that will be hanging in the center until Friday. Bluestem Art Guild, made up of 15 artists from Marion, Morris, Lyon, and Chase counties, began in the early ’90s as a way for local artists to keep in touch with one another, and to be engaged in the art community.

  • Senior center menu


    Social calls and chocolate surprises


  • Spencer stayed in the House this weekend

    While most students around the county were spending their three-day weekend watching movies, reading, or playing video games, Peabody-Burns seventh grader Sarah Spencer was busy working in the House chambers at the state Capitol in Topeka. Sarah attended 4-H Citizenship in Action, an event where 4-H members worked on bills of their own.

  • Centre scores wins over Peabody-Burns

    Both Peabody-Burns teams lost their games Tuesday against the Centre Cougars. The girls lost 46-28, and the boys lost 65-52. Halftime score of the boys’ game was 38-20 with Centre in the lead. In the second quarter, Jayton Scott put up 8 points, 5 of which came on three consecutive possessions.

  • Area school menus


  • Calendar of events

  • Dr. Seuss story time planned at library

    Children, ages 3 to 8, will be able to attend a special Dr. Seuss story time from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Marion City Library, where Dr. Seuss stories, crafts, activities, and snacks will be provided. Happy Hustlers 4-H will sponsor the event. Registration is not required.More information is available at the library, call (620) 382-2442.

  • Art is Ageless entries due

    Artists ages 65 and over may enter their work for “Art is Ageless,” a juried exhibit that will be held March 9 through 24 at Newton Presbyterian Manor. Art is Ageless encourages area seniors to express their creativity through competition.

  • MKC scholarships available

    High school seniors and returning college students are eligible to apply for college scholarships offered by Mid- Kansas Coop. Students attending an accredited university or college including community, vocational, or technical schools in fall 2017, including past MKC scholarship recipients, are eligible.


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