• Flint Hills market closes, again

    If nearly bare dairy and produce cases didn’t clue them in, a Saturday tour group found out when they reached the bakery in the back of the store: Flint Hills Market and Bakery was closing for good at the end of the day. Owner Judy Mills and her staff of bakers weren’t taking the day off, either; the air was scented with the mixed aromas of breads, pastries, and pies. While the weather was rainy and gloomy, Mills was quite the opposite. “I’m delighted,” she said. “I feel like I’m having a party.”

  • Miller gets 12 months on sex charges

    A man originally facing seven charges involving alleged incidents involving two teens was given a year in jail April 12 after striking a plea agreement in January that reduced the charges to two counts of sexual battery. Court documents show that on Jan. 26, Jeffrey Allen Miller, 41, Marion, entered an Alford plea on sexual battery charges. An Alford plea is a guilty plea in court but the defendant does not admit the crime and asserts innocence despite the guilty plea.

  • Commission locks sights on extending jail tax

    After hitting a brick wall in their efforts to purchase the former Straub building to resolve problems with the county transfer station and recycling center, and the weed and hazardous waste facility, county commissioners are turning their attention to alternative solutions. One of those might be to extend an existing sales tax, set to expire in 2018, imposed for the cost of building a jail.

  • Lost for decades, police badge returned to former officer

    A Sedgwick County sheriff’s badge stolen nearly five decades ago is back in the hands of its owner, Bill Demain of Peabody, and the man that returned it to him, Shane Marler, finds it hard to believe what transpired to make it happen. “It’s one of those crazy life stories that if you told someone, they wouldn’t believe you,” Marler said. “We’re talking Powerball numbers here; the od=ds are astronomical.”

  • Group plans for improved food access

    On a Saturday when one county grocery store closed its doors, a group of concerned individuals from the southern part of the county met at Brown Gymnasium in Peabody to discuss strategies that could help to save another. More than 50 people representing schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and more came together as Southern Marion County Healthy Partnerships to explore ways to promote healthy lifestyles, with a particular emphasis on food.


  • Police officer receives certification

    Aaron Slater of Hillsboro graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, near Hutchinson, receiving a law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training. The center lists him as a patrol officer at Peabody Police Department.

  • Durham landowner's Chisholm Trail dream comes true

    For Gerald “Jerry” Unruh, traveling the Chisholm Trail with a bunch of other horse riders was a moving experience. “I just sat there on my horse and tears came to my eyes,” he said. “I can’t believe the history of the West. This history is more valuable than anything money can buy. I want to keep it alive.”

  • Natural resources award applications due

    Farmers and ranchers who use exemplary conservation practices to protect natural resources could qualify for an award from Kansas Farm Bureau. Candidates, who must be KFB members, can apply online at www.kfb.org/nra through May 15. Winners are selected by county and are forwarded to KFB to compete for state awards. State winners are recognized at KFB’s annual meeting in December.


  • Raymond Franz

    Raymond L. Franz, 87, died Saturday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, with interment preceding the service at 10 a.m. at the church cemetery. Family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Donald Hasenbank

    Donald Dean Hasenbank, 64, of Tampa, died April 22 at his home following a battle with cancer. Born Feb. 24, 1953, to Cleo Carl and Velma Lorraine Rowe Hasenbank in Manhattan, he attended local schools and graduated in 1971 from St. George High School.

  • Lois E. Peterson

    Lois E. Peterson, 89, of Burdick died Monday at Legacy of Herington. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hebron Lutheran Church of Burdick. Her nephew, Bill Peterson will officiate, and inurnment will be in the church cemetery.

  • Judith Reno

    Former nurse and Marion resident Judith Reno, 79, died Thursday at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 1, 1937, to Rhonald and Mary Ruth (Judy) Hogg at Pratt.She married Roger Wayne Reno on Nov. 26, 1959, in Wichita.



  • Byers garden to bear fruit

    When Pam Byers looked at her then-future husband’s country property on 230th Rd., she quailed a bit. “I first thought, I can’t take care of all this,” Byers said.

  • Expert tips for gardening and lawn care in May

    Outdoor enthusiasts may want to take some expert tips when maintaining their lawns and gardens. Lawns

  • Scratch landscaping is a lot of work but has its rewards

    When Kim and Deb Unruh purchased a small acreage southwest of Marion 21 years ago, there were no buildings. It was a brome field. Now it boasts a house, horse barn, and craft shed plus beautiful landscaping. They dug a basement close to a hillside and moved a modular home onto the foundation.


  • Minus hand grenades

    I’m getting to the age where once common phrases aren’t so common anymore, which means that any attempt at being clever with one is as likely to bomb as it is to connect. Does anyone know what goes with that headline up above? Anyone? Does it help if you minus the “minus’” and replace it with “and?”

  • 'Can Man' is retiring

    Warren Vincent has been a familiar face in Marion over the last year as he collected aluminum cans in parking lots for Kansas Honor Flights. He’s been doing the same in seven other counties, but the time has come to scale back.


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  • Quest to serve comes one slice at a time

    It’s safe to assume that when Jesus’s disciples received the “Great Commission” to take the Gospel to the rest of the world, none of them rushed home to throw a scrumptious cherry pie into the oven. However, 2,000 years later, they have an enthusiastic accomplice, Tabor College admissions counselor Jessica Garcia, who hopes a revival of Pie Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the historic church on campus will help to propel her to a new chapter of discipleship with MB Mission in Canada and beyond.


  • Tabor choir will perform multilingual drama

    Taking a cue from Punchinello and the Wemmicks, Tabor College women’s vocal ensemble Concerto Bella Voce will perform songs and dramatic readings with the theme “You Are Special” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. In Max Lucado’s popular children’s book “You Are Special,” Punchinello discovers the key to self-worth is that “the only opinion that matters is God’s,” vocal studies director Jen Stephenson said.

  • Friendship Day to be observed Friday

    May Friendship Day will be observed at a tea at 3 p.m. Friday at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion. The theme is “Kindling New Fires of Love.”

  • Marion County Democrats to convene Saturday

    Marion County Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Willie J’s Sports Bar and Grill in Marion. Patrons are asked to bring grocery items to donate to the Marion County Food Bank.

  • Stucky to talk trails at museum

    Local trail researcher Brian Stucky will share about his work dowsing the paths of area trails in a free presentation at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel. Using an L-shaped copper rod to discover natural disturbances in the ground, Stucky has plotted more than 1,500 miles of trails.

  • Bison photography event is Saturday

  • Chef featured at Lifelong Learning

    The culinary skills and story of chef and caterer Rob Scott will be on display for the final spring session of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning series at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church. Attendees are asked to bring a plate of finger food to share. Registration at the door is $5. Lunch is available in the college cafeteria for $4.

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