• Dollar General is coming to Peabody

    The first week of August is the projected date for the opening of a Dollar General store in Peabody. Peabody city council met in a quick session Tuesday evening to decide on rezoning a parcel of property owned by Gilbert Loewen from agricultural use to business use. The request arose from the intended sale of the property to Dollar General, which wants to build a store at Peabody.

  • County lake debate sours

    Commissioner Dianne Novak unwittingly hit a hot button Monday when she suggested a county lake cleanup week. Novak showed photos of other lakes in the region, beautifully tended and inviting. Then she passed around photos of Marion County Park and Lake, showing red cedar trees too close to shore and large, dead-appearing trees along the bank. The photos also showed rotted benches and piles of limbs in a picnic area.

  • Prepping for pulling the tanks

  • Rain, rain, go away

    Mud rules in the county after more than three inches of rain last week and additional showers since Sunday, but for the most part, rural drivers appear to be taking it in stride. Road and bridge superintendent Jesse Hamm said his office hasn’t received an “overabundance” of complaints.

  • Tinkering with an alternative future

    Marion Community Center was an indoor field of dreams Thursday as about 30 county residents shared ideas about desired improvements with county planning and zoning commissioners. The meeting was the first step in developing a comprehensive plan for the county to replace one developed in 2003.

  • Area ranch wife is advocate for abused children

    In her role as a child advocate, Lisa Donahue of rural Lincolnville hears firsthand the stories of children who have been abused either physically, sexually, emotionally, or in neglect. “I’ve spent most of my adult life in service-oriented jobs,” Donahue said. “I think sometimes my job affects me when I don’t realize it, like when something emotional happens on a personal level, and I feel the tears starting.”

  • County administrator position revisited

    County commissioners took a tentative step toward possibly hiring a county administrator Monday. Commissioner Kent Becker at Monday’s meeting broached a subject being much-discussed by many county residents.


  • New hospital nearing completion

    Nine years after one city council got the ball rolling for a new Hillsboro Community Hospital, another council took an early tour of a dream about to become reality. After Tuesday’s council meeting, CEO Marion Regier showed council members the emergency department, physician’s clinic, and nurses stations.

  • Fast named museum coordinator

    Hillsboro resident Steve Fast was recently named museum coordinator by Larry Paine and an interview committee that included museum board members. Fast heard about the position from a museum board member.


  • Raylene Maloun

    Raylene Jean Maloun, 74, died Saturday at Newton Medical Center. Born Oct. 29, 1942, to Kenneth and Jessie (Tucker) Smith in Peoria, Illinois, Maloun grew up and attended school in Kansas.

  • Jack Lucas

    Jack V. Lucas, 65, died Monday, in Wichita. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Monday, April 10, at Marion Cemetery.


    Jeanne Carpenter Morris Johnson

    Jane Matthews

    Keith Wattson



  • Identity theft is a big headache, don't let it happen to you

    A Marion County woman got the shock of her life in February 2016 when she received a W-2 form that showed earnings of $15,000, on which she reportedly owed taxes. “I wish that was my money that I had earned,” she thought.

  • Settling accounts takes time and patience after spouse's death

    Losing a spouse is something no happily married person wants to think about, but when it happens, the sense of loss is accompanied by the need to prepare for a single life. Some things need to be taken care of right away, while other big decisions can be put off until the person has adjusted to the new situation.

  • Putting the gold in the golden years: tips for picking a retirement account

    Retirement might seem far away when a worker is in their 20s or 30s, but failing to plan for retirement can be an invitation for disaster. A large number of people never tuck money back for their retirement years, yet the sooner a savings account is begun, the more time it has to grow.


  • Listen to the rhythms

    Overcast rainy days send me spinning back to the days of my rather awkward adolescence, when I’d often be found sprawled across my bed looking out my Elm St. second-story bedroom window toward Mud Creek. There was no better place to watch lightning-filled fronts roll in from the west while vinyl records fought with wind-whipped tree branches for sonic superiority. I was 4 years old when the Cascades came out with “Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain,” a doleful tune that a decade later seemed to define my minimal teen forays into romance with its signature line, “The only girl I ever loved has gone away ….” Funny how that worked; each one seemed to be the only one. But it was the perfect platter to spin in the storms while wallowing as only adolescents can do in the throes of agony over lost love.




  • Calendar of events

  • Marion library 'Beauty and the Beast' party April 17

    Children ages 5-8 are invited to “be our guest” at Marion City Library’s “Beauty and the Beast” themed party, which will be from 2 to 3 p.m. April 17 at the library. The event will include reading the story, crafts, activities, and refreshments.

  • Four blood drives in April

    County residents will have four opportunities during April to donate blood to the American Red Cross. The first will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at Centre schools. The next will be 1 to 6 p.m. April 17 at Trinity Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.A third drive will be from 2 to 6 p.m. at Goessel Mennonite Church, while the fourth will be 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 28 at Tabor College.


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