• 190th Rd. reopens

    Closed since August for safety concerns, 190th Rd. between Pawnee and Old Mill Rds. reopened today, restoring the well-used alternative route between Marion and Hillsboro. Excessive erosion of the north bank of the Cottonwood River adjacent to the road caused county officials to close the route, forcing motorists to use US-56 while a solution was sought and implemented.


  • New monument adds to Avenue of Flags at Prairie Lawn

    Peabody American Legion members had little idea when they created a Memorial Day weekend Avenue of Flags at Prairie Lawn Cemetery what it might grow into. “This whole Avenue of Flags started with one day and 35 flags,” Fred Saenz said.

  • Fire up the presses for open house

    A rare opportunity to see an antique printing press in operation will be part of an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Peabody Printing Museum. The museum began in the mid—1990s as a retirement project of former Peabody Gazette-Bulletin editor Bill Krause.

  • Dramatic tale of ambulance delay may have overstated case

    A recent drumbeat of complaints about ambulance service at Hillsboro continued this week, but a compelling story told to county commissioners may have overstated the situation. Former commissioner candidate Craig Dodd, who lives north of Hillsboro, provided a dramatic account of a heart attack he recently suffered.

  • Stopping to smell the roses without an allergic reaction

    Melinda Schroeder of Marion has battled allergies her entire life, but over the past several years, she has started to win the fight with reinforcements from an allergy immunotherapy program at St. Luke Medical Clinic. “I never left the house without a Kleenex; if I did it was like oh no, just bad news,” Schroeder said. “I’m allergic to a lot different things. My ears always hurt. I’d cough and clear my throat a lot. My nose ran all the time, and sometimes my eyes would just start watering so much it looked like I was crying. I didn’t let it stop me but sometimes I was miserable; I really was.”


  • Sign points the way to Kapaun Museum in Pilsen

    Hundreds and thousands of people who make their way to Pilsen every year to honor and learn about Chaplain Emil Kapaun will have an easier time finding the place after the installation of a colorful, prominent sign at US-56 and K-256. The two-sided sign was unveiled Tuesday by five Korean War veterans on the 66th anniversary of Kapaun’s death in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp. The veterans were led by former Marion resident, Bob Reinke.

  • Demolition might cause stink

    A sewer line underneath the former Florence school might cause a stink when the building is demolished. County commissioners heard Thursday that an engineer working on a demolition plan for the building discovered a sewer main underneath it.

  • Drug suspect attempts to flee jail

    One of four people arrested on suspicion of multiple drug charges allegedly attempted to escape police Sunday at Marion County Jail. After being apprehended on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Parker Thompson, 20, Wichita, earned an extra charge, according to Marion assistant chief Clinton Jeffrey.

  • Wait no more; MacGregor's is here

    The dream Joe and EJ Pickett conceived three years ago will become reality Friday when their new restaurant and bar, MacGregor’s, has its grand opening in downtown Marion. The Picketts have spent more than a year renovating the former Suffield building at Main and 3rd Sts. Kari Cook has been helping since September. She’ll be training staff, tending bar, and assisting where needed.


  • Hooked by a 50-year-old goat

    A mint-condition 1967 Pontiac GTO owned by Leroy and Florence Penner of Peabody is more than a vintage car; it’s a throwback to young love and fond memories. It’s the same model they had when they married in 1969, although that one was Signet Gold with a black painted roof, and this one is Tyrol Blue.

  • A quart of prevention can prevent gallons of trouble

    Paying attention to routine car maintenance can help prevent major breakdowns during vacation. Barry Allen, owner of Webster Auto Service in Marion, suggests getting preventive maintenance done before taking off on a long summer trip.


  • Jim Beisel

    Services for James David Beisel, 76, who died Saturday at Newton Medical Center, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Peabody Christian Church. The Rev. James Pohlman will officiate. Military committal will follow at 4 p.m. at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington. Visitation will be 5 to 7 tonight at Zeiner Funeral Home, Herington.

  • Roberta Isaac

    Services for Hillsboro resident Roberta (Friesen) Isaac, 77, who died unexpectedly Sunday, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church. Relatives will receive guests from 6 to 8 tonight at Jost Funeral Home. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gnadenau Cemetery.

  • Jay McClure

    Jay McClure, 71, longtime owner of the Dari-Ette, died Saturday at his residence in Hillsboro. Born July 27, 1945, to John and Pearl (Hagadorn) McClure in Portis, he married Cathy Stacy on Dec. 31, 1971, in Newton.

  • Albert Reimer

    Services for retired Hillsboro auto dealer Albert F. Reimer 90, who died Friday, will be Friday. Visitation will be 9 to 10 a.m. at Jost Funeral Home, followed by a private burial at Gnadenau Cemetery and a public celebration of life service at 10:30 a.m. at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.



  • Honors from a namesake

    It’s almost Memorial Day again, and it would be no surprise that I’ve been thinking about my father, Edward, a World War II veteran who flew transport planes in the South Pacific. My great-uncle, Guy Hadsell, also comes to mind. He served in World War II, lending his banking talents to the Army in France, and was one of the most popular men in Europe on paydays.


  • Couple to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Martin and Margaret Tice of Marion will observe their 50th wedding anniversary May 28 and are planning a family celebration June 30 to July 5 in Georgetown, Colorado. Martin Tice and Margaret Delk were married May 28, 1967, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • 'Steve Day' to honor lake superintendent

    Not many people get a day named after them, but with the advent of “Steve Day” this Saturday, county lake Superintendent Steve Hudson will be one of the few. A group of people who live at or frequent the lake recently organized the event to coincide with the official start of summer.

  • Film to explore Mennonite influence on Plains

    A historical prologue to a new TV film about ethnic migration, including Mennonites’ journey to the U.S., is planned for Sunday at Bethel College. The film, “America: Promised Land,” will air in two parts Monday and Tuesday on the History Channel.

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  • Hymn sing planned

    The public will be able to select and sing favorite hymns at 7 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Mennonite Brethern Church, 610 S. Main St., Hillsboro. Glenn and Sheila Litke will lead the singing.

  • Bullying, teen suicide to be discussed

    Bullying and teen suicide, highlighted in the 2007 novel and current Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” will be the topic of a presentation at 6:30 p.m. June 5 at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Prairie View mental health clinicians Allyson Krehbiel, Sara Kopper, and Kylie Moore will summarize each episode of the series and be available to answer questions.

  • Rodeo coming to Strong City

    The state’s oldest continuous annual rodeo will kick off its 80th edition June 1 through 3 in Strong City.

  • Guidebook author to speak at Marion library

    Author Marci Penner, who with her writing partner spent four years visiting all 626 incorporated cities and dozens of unincorporated spots in Kansas, will speak about her new book, “Kansas Guidebook 2,” at 7 p.m. June 6 at Marion City Library. A project of Kansas Sampler Foundation, the book reads like a tourism guide but is designed to help preserve and sustain rural culture.

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