• Lake under algae warning; reservoir under watch

    For the second consecutive week, Marion County Lake is under a blue-green algae warning, and Marion Reservoir is under a less-serious watch. Blue-green algae advisories are updated each Thursday afternoon and remain in effect until the following Thursday.


  • Escaped Morkie eludes capture

    It’s been more than two weeks since the big booms and bangs of Independence Day spooked a teeny-weeny Morkie named Tuttles onto a canine odyssey. “Tuttles absolutely does not like fireworks, thunderstorms, or any loud noises,” owner Danielle Savage said. “He usually just hides under my bed.”

  • Decker still going strong at 100

    If well-wishers at Sadie Decker’s 100th birthday reception Sunday at Peabody Senior Center came looking for a secret formula for longevity, they likely left disappointed. “Oh heavens, I wouldn’t know,” Decker said. “I just lived one day at a time. I try to live my life every day as if it’s the last one.”

  • County picks 2 to hire after illegal meetings

    County commissioners have selected a new county appraiser and a new park and lake superintendent. However, after making the selections in what appear to be a series of illegal meetings, they are refusing to say who their choices are.

  • Delayed wind farm leaves retirement house in limbo

    The retirement dreams of a man who moved here seven years ago have been in limbo because of an unfinished wind farm project. Nick Peter owns land southwest of Aulne and wants to build his retirement home. He can’t, however, because of a conditional use permit for a wind farm. He was one of several people who talked to county commissioners Monday.

  • In this family, all's fair -- particularly 4-H

    Cecilia, Anthony, and Daniel Rziha of rural Lincolnville are among the many 4-H members county-wide who are preparing to exhibit homemade items July 24-29 at the Marion County Fair in Hillsboro. They have been members of the Tampa Triple T’s 4-H club for three years.

  • Quarry restoration is part natural, part manmade, all Rocky

    Rocky Hett was improving wildlife habitat at his farm at the northeast corner of Marion long before Martin Marietta started taking limestone out of it in 1990. Today, five years after quarrying ceased, restoring the property to natural conditions is well underway, with former contractors and Mother Nature lending helping hands.


  • May Hebrank

    Services for Eudora “May” Hebrank, 83, who died July 12 at her home in Burdick, will be 2 p.m. July 29 at Herington Community Building. A private inurnment will be later.


    L.R. Foose



  • Woman struggles with ups and downs of dieting

    It’s one thing to lose weight and another thing to keep it off. That’s what 63-year-old Ginny Grimmett of Florence is finding out after losing 83 pounds in 16 months.

  • Need shots? Grin and bear it!

    Confirmed cases of measles in Butler and Sedgwick counties reaffirm the need for children to receive immunizations, Marion County health officials say. To help kids muster up their bravery and get their shots, the health department will let kids getting kindergarten shots pick out stuffed bears to hold and then take home.

  • Tips from experts on keeping your cool outdoors

    County worker Brandi Ankenman went from deskwork in an air-conditioned environment to physical work in stifling summer heat. “It’s just hot,” the 40-something worker for the weed department said. “I wear sunglasses but no hat, so I have the raccoon-look going on. I’m definitely not seasoned to it and I can tell. I drink a lot more water than I used to, and I’m just tired. I sleep really well at night.”



  • Young wins senior tournament

  • Peabody-laden all-star team toppled at state

    A 13-year-old Cottonwood Valley League Babe Ruth all-star team featuring eight Peabody players met stiff competition Friday and Saturday at a state tournament in Frontenac, failing to advance to the championship round. The team played two games Friday, dropping the first to Garden City, 17-7, and the second to Pittsburg, 14-0.


  • Retirement reception to be Aug. 1

    A reception to honor the retirement of county extension service secretary Doris Winkler will be 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at Marion City Library. Winkler worked for the extension office for 55 years.

  • Grand Finale Luncheon to be Tuesday

    Tabor College has invited Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce members to a luncheon at noon Tuesday at the construction site for the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. Tours of the construction site will be given following a lunch and short presentation.

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