• Algae warning elevated at lake, lessened at reservoir

    Although still open, both Marion Reservoir and Marion County Lake will continue under blue-green algae advisories through July 20. The advisory level for the county lake, which had been under a less-significant watch, was elevated Thursday to a warning.


  • City budget falls along with valuation

    Accountant Dale Clark took city council members on an oft times puzzling and confusing assessment of a proposed 2018 budget Monday as they tried to understand his conclusion that they will have to get by on less tax money next year. “Guys, I wish I had better news,” he said. “You’re going to lose about $45,000.”

  • Baseball tournament needs singers

    Almost everything has fallen into place for tournament director John Richstatter as he prepares for Thursday’s invasion of eight teams of 13-to-15-year-old Babe Ruth ballplayers for five days of state tournament action. Everything, that is, except for people to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” before each game.

  • Editorial on spending stuns commissioners

    County commissioners were stunned Monday by an editorial in last week’s issue of this paper detailing purchases made at county expense. One member of the public came to Monday’s meeting to have his say on the subject.

  • Abuse case takes 3 years; allegations include killing dog in front of child

    Charges against a Hillsboro man accused of multiple counts of abuse, including killing the family dog in front of his child, have taken three years to make it to court because of investigative and prosecutorial delays. The man was never taken into custody during that time.

  • Shellshocked: an egg inside an egg

    It was the sort of scene idyllic country life is known for — a grandmother and her young granddaughter in a kitchen baking together. But at the county lake home of Rachel and Marion Toland, the scene changed at the crack of an egg from idyllic to bizarre.


  • County settles with former employee

    County commissioners Monday approved a $2,700 settlement of a discrimination complaint filed by a former employee of the county clerk’s office. Tena Lundgren worked in the office for 11 months of 2014. Afterward, she complained to the Kansas Human Rights Commission about the conditions of her employment.



  • Isabella Bezdek

    A funeral Mass for homemaker and newspaper carrier Isabella Bezdek, 89, who died Friday at home in Hillsboro, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Marion, preceded by recitation of the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Marion Cemetery. She was born June 8, 1928, to Norman and Hilda (Pigorsch) Graham, moved to Kansas around 1940, and graduated from Chapman High School.

  • Lawrence Foose

    Lawrence Foose, 90, Cedar Point, died Tuesday at his home. He retired after 45 years as a heavy equipment operator for Santa Fe Railroad. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Matfield Green Cemetery.

  • James Silhan

    Services for James Robert “Jimmy” Silhan, 56, of Salina, who died July 2, were Saturday in Salina. He was born Feb. 13, 1961, to Robert and Juanita (Dowe) Silhan in Pilsen.


    Dawna Denney, Don Druse, Steve Greenemeyer, Helen Logan, Cynthia Pailing, Leon Scharenberg, Hattie Whitney



  • An agenda for Marion County

    A week and a half ago, veteran journalist “Buzz” Merritt came to Marion to talk about the First Amendment. As a registered Republican (albeit not one of “those” Republicans), I’ll overlook that his visit was sponsored by county Democrats. Some of my best friends are Democrats, just other misguided friends actually root for K-State and teams other than the Green Bay Packers. As even a part-time resident, however, I dare not overlook his message. Nor should you. Democracy works best when everyone is engaged, and part of any real newspaper’s duty is to foster public engagement. That means, as county clerk Tina Spencer suggests in a well-written letter this week, that when you read about suspicious purchases by county employees, you should check them out. Her generous offer to help should be accepted by any and all who might question why county employees need so many cell phones, buy potting soil and seat upgrades at county expense, and drink costly bottled water that the county pays for.


    County spending, Root of the problem, Taelyn Pagel article

    Where have all the gardeners gone?


  • Senior Citizens to meet at Burns

    The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. July 21 at Burns Community Center. Burns seniors will serve lunch. Reservations are being accepted through July 19 by Joyce Kyle at (620) 726-5852 and Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580.

  • Hett matron entertains holiday guests

    Fourth of July guests of Jackie Hett were Melissa O’Sullivan of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Erica Demeritt, Kai, Ari, and Indi of Rosewell, Georgia. They all visited Larry and Melanie Ensey on their ranch, where they were joined by Jared and Kathy Ensey, Julia, Elise, Aaron, and Daniel, Valley Center; Jeff and Laura Ensey, Zeke and Elisabeth of Marion; Jeremy and Tammy Ensey, Peyton, Paige, and Aleree, also of Marion; and Laura’s mom, Jane.

  • Reception to honor 100th birthday

    The family of Peabody resident Sadie Decker will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Peabody Senior Center, 106 N. Walnut St.

  • Senior center menu


    Riley Brookens

    Lang visits parents




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