• Peabody salvage operator given 30 more days

    Peabody city council gave the owner of property at 703 Chestnut St. more time to clean up his property and finish enclosing the back yard with a fence to conceal his collection of stuff. Police chief Bruce Burke told council members he recommended Joe Brundage be allowed more time to finish the job.

  • ATV escape unsuccessful after fishy brawl

    When sheriff’s deputies Mike Ottensmeier and Bronson Shipman received a dispatch reporting possible theft and assault Thursday on Bluestem Rd. north of 160th Rd., at least they knew they weren’t going to be involved in a high-speed chase: the getaway vehicles were a pair of ATVs. Radio transmissions indicated the man who reported the incident was following a red ATV, driven by a man in a black shirt and jeans, and a green ATV, driven by a man in overalls, headed south on Bluestem Rd. toward Cedar Point.

  • Two injured in US-56 rear-end collision

    Two Hillsboro residents were injured when a dump truck towing a pup trailer slammed into the back of their car Tuesday morning at US-56 and Industrial Rd. in Hillsboro. Wesley Hiebert, 68, was slowing his gray Honda CR-V to make a right turn from US-56 onto Industrial Rd. when his car was struck by a trailing International dump truck, driven by Gary Davis of Hillsboro and owned by J.L. Unruh LLC of Newton.


  • 1 in 4 Kansas counties have an administrator

    Nearly a quarter of Kansas counties, most of them larger than Marion County, have some form of administrator, manager, or coordinator similar to what politicians here have been calling for. Of counties with administrators, only Russell County has less population, but seven have smaller budgets, according to the Kansas Association of Counties.

  • Wind, rain, and hail buffet parts of Marion County

    Hailstorms that swept through northern Marion County last week left considerable damage. The hardest hit area appeared to be along 230th Rd. north of Marion.

  • Lake a popular hot spot Memorial Day weekend

    Beautiful weather and flooding at other lakes in the region made for more campers over the Memorial Day weekend at Marion County Park and Lake. Lake supervisor Steve Hudson said campgrounds were 75 percent full over the weekend. That compares to a typical Memorial Day weekend, with campgrounds 50 percent full. Tent campsites were about 50 percent full.

  • Rape suspect convicted of lesser charge

    A former Marion man accused of rape got a mixed verdict after a three-day trial last week. Edwin M. Klenda, 56, was charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery in connection with an incident Feb. 3, 2015, in Marion.


  • Aaron Biehler

    Aaron Wesley Biehler, 23, died May 27. He was born May 28, 1993, at Herington to Ronald J. Biehler and Elizabeth A. (Tindle) Miller.


  • David Klenda

    David J. Klenda, age 66, passed away May 18, 2017, after battling cancer. He was born Oct. 23, 1950, at Hillsboro, the son of Martin and Magdalen (Tajchman) Klenda. He was one of 12 children and grew up in the Pilsen community.


  • Opal Mae Walker

    Opal Mae Walker, 89, passed away very peacefully on Friday, May 26, at Marion Assisted Living Center in Marion. Opal was born on July 20, 1927, to Merle and Leta Brewer in Peabody. She married Kenneth Wayne Walker on June 25, 1950, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Peabody.



  • Maybe this weekend should be Shin Ka Wa Sa weekend

    Most people know that this weekend’s Chingawassa Days traces its name to a much heralded but briefly lived resort and mineral bath called Chingawasa Springs (one S instead of two), 4½ miles northeast of Marion. Until the Panic of 1893, which led to a seven-year depression almost as severe as the Great Depression four decades later, Chingawasa Springs was a thriving hotel, restaurant and sanatorium, built in 1888 and linked to Marion by a municipally financed railway that opened July 29, 1889, according to Railway Preservation News.

  • Old rail car in another celebration

    The National Orphan Train Museum in Concordia features a restored version of one of two original passenger cars from the Marion Belt and Chingawasa Springs Railroad. From 1889 to 1893, the car ferried passengers to Chingawasa Springs resort from the Santa Fe and Rock Island railroads 4½ miles away in Marion.

  • Big-time performer, small-town roots

    “I am a small town type of person,” Daniels said. “I was raised in small towns and rural areas and consider myself to have a blue-collar attitude and have a lot in common with these folks.” It’s hard to remember when there wasn’t a Charlie Daniels Band, but Daniels first stepped into a recording studio in 1959 with a group he cobbled together called the Jaguars.

  • Expect a bluegrass buffet at county lake

    With six hootin’ and a-hollerin’ musical acts on the bill, a battle of the bands, and an open mic, Bluegrass at the Lake has the potential to be the biggest and most entertaining incarnation of itself at its 10-year history. Last year, 700 to 1,000 attended the event at the rustic lakeside venue. This year the free festivity could draw even more.

  • Gallery plans summerlong exhibit by Flint Hills artists

    Owner and former art teacher Jan Davis also offers her own creations for sale and gives art lessons. “I do all ages,” Davis said. “I’ve had some from 4-year-olds to students in their 70s.”

  • Lake offers great spots for hot shots

    The east side of the county lake is where Kevin Fruechting of Marion goes to capture stunning sunsets and wildflowers. Shooting across the lake at a setting sun, Fruechting said, gives him three distinct palettes to work with: water, trees, and sky. Different textures, forms, lines, and color from each create a richer picture than any one or two elements, he said.

  • Guide shares Kapaun's story with passion

    When Harriet Bina of Marion agreed to help Rose Mary Neuwirth conduct tours at the Pilsen Catholic church and Emil Kapaun museum, she already was enamored with the history of the army chaplain. Becoming a tour guide let her impress on others the incredible sacrifice Pilsen’s native son, now a candidate for sainthood, made to serve others.

  • Unique antiques draw visitors from near and far

    Bearly Makin-It Antiques, with a downtown Marion shop and a more spread-out collection in two barns and a shed at 573 Walnut St., has anything an antique seeker or curiosity hunter could want. The array of goods runs the gamut from vintage metal lawn chairs to baby baskets, furniture in various condition, old school desks, candelabras, furniture, retail display and storage racks, high chairs, rocking chairs for kids and adults, and mismatched dining chairs.

  • Museums bring early Marion County life to light

    Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel tells how low-German-speaking Mennonites who came to the area in 1874 settled Goessel in 1874. “The agricultural part of the museum features artifacts related to the progression of mechanization in farming from the 1800s to the mid-1960s,” museum director Fern Bartel said.

  • Revin' it up for summer

    In turn, Decker was good for Burns. Although he lived in Newton and Texas most of his adult life, he was the driving force behind the Route 77 Classic Car show. At its height, more than 100 vintage hot rods, restored production models, and late-model, high-powered speedsters gathered in downtown Burns the Saturday before Memorial Day for a show regarded as one of the best in central Kansas, thanks in no small part to Decker’s attention to detail.

  • Youths to experience firearms, arrows, fur

    Switching from pellet guns to .22 rifles will give kids an extra kick at this year’s Scott O’Dell-Steve Hett Memorial Outdoor Youth Day at Marion Reservoir. The June 10 event teaches kids 8 to 15 about shotguns, rifles, and bows and arrows, all with an emphasis on safety.


  • Coming home again

    My cousin Georgia and her husband stopped by. They grew up in the Ramona area and are among the most faithful visitors this time of year. Aunt Naomi and Uncle Kenneth’s brood were back. Ginnie and her husband came Sunday and then Steve met Joe and Janet at the cemetery service Monday. Standing out there in the cemetery, under beautiful blue skies, was like a giant family reunion. Even if you weren’t related by blood, there was a kinship.


  • A lesson in history

    Sitting all alone in the northeastern corner of the county is a country school building that has stood the test of time. Built of limestone, it still stands straight and tall, although some of the stones are beginning to separate. Located east of Lincolnville at 290th and Bluestem Rds., Bethel country school was the eighth school district in the county.

  • Senior menu


    Snellings attend graduation party


  • Wedel improves to 5th at state

    Although Peabody-Burns senior Andrew Wedel qualified at regionals with a throw of only 44 feet 3 inches, he launched the shot put 46 feet 9 inches to medal in fifth place at this week’s state meet in Wichita. Five of Andrew’s six throws exceeded his regional best.

  • School board filing date fast approaching

    As Thursday’s filing date for school board elections approaches, three seats remain with no candidates. Records at the county clerk’s office indicate that


  • Smart driving class to be offered

    A $15 to $20 class, completion of which could reduce auto insurance premiums, will be offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 12 and 13 at Marion Senior Center. No actual driving or tests will be required to complete the course, which is open to all licensed drivers.

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