• Who will get city's $25,000?

    Shifting Peabody’s $25,000 commitment from Peabody Main Street Association to the county’s new economic development corporation could have a chilling effect on the association’s future, according to comments made at Monday’s city council meeting. Morgan and Shane Marler were present by council request to provide Main Street’s perspective on Marion County Economic Development Corporation’s pitch to the city for $25,000 originally intended to pay for a new director for the reconstituted Main Street program.

  • County's Straub plans squashed

    Plans county commissioners had to use the former Straub building in Marion for a new shop and offices got a resounding thumbs down from Marion city council Monday, as members unanimously rejected a conditional use permit for the property. County commission chair Randy Dallke, though unhappy, said he expected the council’s vote.

  • Cash stolen under prosecutor's nose

    Someone stole an envelope containing cash and a money order from a desktop counter at the county attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon. County Attorney Courtney Boehm told county commissioners during Monday’s meeting that two individuals came into the office late that afternoon, one of whom has a number of bad check charges against her. An envelope containing $1,244 was left on a counter while staff members were busy with the individuals.

  • Eclectic artist welds 'creative lunacy'

    Fusing the way of the welder with drawing and sculpting, Aulne artist Julie Starks conjures new metallic life from the heavy heaps of scrap metal that adorn her lawn. Strobes of flashing light and the smell of burnet metal emanate from her workshop as the crackle of her welder mingles with songs of jazz singers like Nina Simone, whom Starks listens to while working on a project.

  • Polka and family go hand-in-hand in Pilsen

    It all must have been a blur for tiny Jaxon Svitak, whirling around a crowded, darkened Pilsen Community Center floor Sunday in the arms of his great-grandmother to the lively strains of live polka music. He’s too young to know that he had just been baptized into a family and community heritage that stretches back generations.

  • Out of poverty with a little help from their friends

    People living on the edge of self-sufficiency and those who know the ropes of getting by in the world can have a powerful influence on each other’s lives. Leaders, as they are called, who live in poverty, and allies living a middle- or upper-class lifestyle can learn much from each other. That’s an important reason Circles works in Marion County.

  • Fishing line, diapers, and beer cans

    Lloyd Davies intended to get the 15th annual Marion Reservoir cleanup day started promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday, but he couldn’t; a crush of volunteers was still busy filling out paperwork and scrambling for doughnuts and coffee. “We were so packed in the shed signing up that it was hard to move around,” Davies said. “I usually order 10 dozen doughnuts and had thought about cutting it back to eight, but for the first time they were all gone by late morning.”


  • Marion EMS gets $175,000 new home

    Cramped quarters will soon be a thing of the past for Marion emergency medical crews, as county commissioners moved Monday to purchase the former Auto House building to house ambulances and personnel. Commissioners took a tour of the building at 1242 Commercial Dr. a week ago, looking over its two bays, office area, upstairs break room, and loft. The building also has a fenced-in storage yard at the rear.

  • Expired medications to be collected Saturday

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced that law enforcement agencies across the state will collect leftover medications Saturday for safe disposal as part of a nationwide effort. “Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets, and the environment,” Schmidt said. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”


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  • Larry Hamm

    Hillsboro farmer Larry Lee Hamm, 79, died April 22 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Durham. Interment will precede at 10 a.m. at Durham Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • James Smith

    Former Centre High School principal James Eldon “Jim” Smith, 79, died April 18. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wilsey Christian Church, Wilsey.

  • Dean Seifert

    Marion native Dean Paul Seifert, 57, of Miles City, Montana, died April 13 in Billings, Montana. He was born Jan. 27, 1960, to Leland and Hilda Seifert in Marion, where he also attended grade school. Seifert graduated high school in Grove, Oklahoma.

  • Willam Jacobs

    William R. “Bill” Jacobs, 69, died Tuesday at Manor Care in Wichita. A graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.

  • David Carlisle

    Former Carlisle Dairy owner David Jay Carlisle, 79, died April 14 in San Angelo, Texas. Born Dec. 9, 1937, in Florence to Jay H. and Sybil (Hancock) Carlisle, he grew up on a farm near Burns then bought his own farm and ran Carlisle Dairy.

  • John Britain

    John Lloyd Britain, 91, passed away on April 20, 2017, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion, Kansas. John was born January 28, 1926, to Winfred and Grace Harder Britain in Strong City, Kansas. He was the oldest of four children. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1944.


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  • The county's lake

    One of my favorite places to shoot photos is Marion County Park and Lake. It’s a quick drive to a place that complements gorgeous sunsets, and an assortment of eagles, geese, ducks, turtles, flowers, trees, grasslands, and more captivate the nature lover in me. However, it’s not as easy to get some shots as it was when I first was bitten by the shutterbug. Growth along some stretches of shoreline have effectively screened off some favorite shots, unless I wade into the brush and trees and perch precariously on a bank as I lean out for a clear shot.


    Community celebrates Easter


  • Art show features young and old

    The word “seniors” refers to high schoolers and those over the age of 55, for an art show this weekend in Goessel at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. Advanced art created by Goessel High School seniors will be displayed at a free open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Art from four GHS alumni also will be displayed, including quilts, china painting, jewelry, paintings, and photography.

  • Vendors to present products

    Those searching for weekend entertainment will be able to find a variety of vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Central Park. Parks and Recreation Director Margo Yates said several vendors from Marion, Florence, Hillsboro, Galva, Lincolnville, Cottonwood Falls, and Olathe would be selling from skin care, candles, kitchenware, jewelry, and children’s books to clothing, beef jerky, cotton candy, auto fragrances, furniture, and inspirational items.

  • Senior menu


  • Life won't have to imitate art for Peabody-Burns High School sophomore

    While many may go on from high school into careers that tie with their hobbies and interests, Peabody-Burns sophomore Breanna Lett will not be going down the traditional graphic design route with her love of art. “One day in math class it suddenly popped into my brain that I can be an elementary school teacher,” Breanna said. “I can use my art skills to decorate my classroom.”

  • Pianists students participate in Newton event

    Students of three area music teachers performed at District 6 Kansas Music Teachers Association Music Progressions on Saturday at Bethel College in North Newton. Tests of listening, keyboard theory, written theory, and piano performance were administered.

  • Brass choir to perform Monday

  • Area school menus


  • Purring engines, pleasant weather make for peaceful day

    Sunny skies and moderate temperatures Sunday got the season’s first Peabody Sunday Cruise off to a brisk and enjoyable start. Both sides of the 100 block of N. Walnut St. were filled with cars, motorcycles, vendors, visitors, music, and good times. People milled around, admired the vehicles, bought trinkets, T-shirts, jellies, and doughnuts, and compared one model to another.

  • Expert tips on detailing vehicles

    The devil really is in the details when it comes to detailing vehicles, one area professional said. A touch tongue-and-cheek Nate Funk, detail manager at Midway Motors in Hillsboro, said there was one thing people can do to keep vehicles clean.

  • From pasture to auto show

    David Cornish spent three years and “a ton of money” restoring a rusty and weathered 1949 Chevrolet Coupe into a beautiful white road car he showed off Sunday at Peabody’s Sunday Cruise. “She literally came out of a pasture outside Augusta,” Cornish said.



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