• Elliott on the mend from scary head injury

    Peabody-Burns football player Chance Elliott came home Monday to continue recovering from a brain injury in Friday’s game that caused him to be airlifted to Wesley Medical Center. Elliott collapsed after a play near the end of the first quarter, although he was away from the action, USD 398 Superintendent Ron Traxson said.

  • Resignation takes city council by surprise

    City council member Travis Wilson resigned his position Monday, effective at the end of the month. During an administrative report at the end of Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Larry Larsen read Wilson’s resignation letter.

  • Fire ignites in Florence home

    A house fire ignited Sunday causing some damage to 413 Doyle St. in Florence. The residents were likely outside the house when the fire started, according to Florence Fire Chief Mark Slater.

  • Fifth's Disease crops up in county

    A case of Fifth’s Disease recently was confirmed at Peabody-Burns Elementary School, according to principal Ron Traxson, who sent out a notice to parents of PBES students as a public safety reminder. Fifth’s Disease is a mild rash illness spread by respiratory secretions, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fifth’s disease is usually mild for children and adults who are otherwise healthy, and may sometimes go unnoticed.

  • Economic docs must be simpler to read

    County commissioners sent their economic development committee back to the drawing board Monday, rejecting a list of charter principles presented by the committee as too complex for average people to understand. Last week, three members of the committee presented a letter to commissioners outlining the county’s top 10 development challenges and its proposed charter principles.

  • Commission eyeing Straub building

    County commissioners directed county attorney Susan Robson to get bids for inspection of the former Straub International building in Marion, but say they aren’t ready to disclose why the county is eyeing the property. Commissioners toured the building last week.

  • Registration deadline near

    Deadline for voter registration, or to change voter name or address for the Nov. 8 election, is Tuesday. County clerk Tina Spencer said for first-time registration voters need to bring proof of citizenship. For name or address changes, they need to come to the courthouse and fill in an application.

  • St. Luke completes patient safety programs

    St. Luke Hospital recently was recognized by Kansas Healthcare Collaborative for its successful participation in a 12-month comprehensive patient safety initiative. Through the Kansas Health Education Network, hospital personnel worked collaboratively with quality improvement teams at 106 hospitals across the state to improve care delivery and prevent harm. The initiative involved engagement at all levels of the hospital, as well as patients and families.


  • David Smith

    David Duane Smith, 56, died Friday at his home in Newton. He was born Jan. 8, 1960, to Lloyd D. and Mary (Humphrey) Smith in Newton.


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  • Life-threatening disease, area cattle part of state test

    Veterinarians in Marion County are helping with a statewide study aimed at determining prevalence and risk factors of a life-threatening cattle disease. The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has asked vets to test for anaplasmosis while working with cattle herds.

  • Grain is busting out all over

    If American farmers have been given the task of feeding the world, they seem to be doing a good job of producing the grain to do it. “Two back to back good harvest years are putting a strain on storage all over the country,” Cooperative Grain and Supply grain coordinator Dean Tippin said.

  • Hooves vs. wheels

    It might not quite be a question as old as time, but several area cowboys and ranchers recently weighed in on benefits and drawbacks of driving cattle with horses vs. all-terrain vehicles or 4-wheelers. Cowboy and longtime horseman Eric Soyez has ridden both enough to have a preference.

  • Weather impacting harvest

    With all of the rain the county has been receiving, harvest has been complicated for some farmers. “Everything right now has been slow,” Marion extension office manager Ricky Roberts said. “We’re slow to get the wheat in, slow to get the corn off, slow to get the beans off, and it’s just slow and why that is is because cause of all the dang wet weather.”

  • Honey bees not on endangered species list

    Headlines across the globe recently proclaimed bees have become an endangered species. However, of the 20,000 species of bees in the world, just seven were placed on the list. None of them were honey bees.


  • Reception will honor Holtsclaw 60th

    Bennie and Marie (Pierce) Holtsclaw of Cedar Point will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an anniversary cake reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the community building in Swope Park in Cottonwood Falls. The Holtsclaws were married Dec. 20, 1956, in Florence.

  • County native escapes urban rat race

    Which is better, living in rural America or living in the city? John Seibel and his wife, Connie, of Hillsboro have experienced both, and in the end, they chose to return to their roots. After living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, for 15 years, they moved back to Kansas last spring.

  • Commodities available Oct. 19

    Government surplus commodities will arrive at Marion County senior centers Oct. 19. Marion Senior Center will distribute commodities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 . no commodities be distributed Oct. 20. Distribution begins again from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

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    Ehmke visits Clark and others

    Snellings celebrate birthdays


  • Warriors come up short at homecoming

    Peabody-Burns’s homecoming football game against Oxford took on an anxious tone when Chance Elliott suddenly collapsed late in the first quarter. The Warriors had the ball, trailing 6-8, when Elliot fell to the ground. Coaches and EMTs came out to assist, and Elliott was carted off of the field on a stretcher.

  • School bus stop signs mean stop

    Marion police investigated reports of vehicles passing school buses while the stop sign arm was outstretched in September. Assistant Chief Clinton Jeffrey said there is a common misconception about school bus stop signs.

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