• Algae warning at county lake stretches into 10th week

    Marion County Lake is under a blue-green algae warning for a 10th consecutive week, and its 12th since June 15. On Thursday, Kansas Department of Health and Environment listed 13 lakes affected by blue-alge warnings or watches, and Hodgeman State Fishing Lake has been closed.


  • Fire chief's plea goes unanswered

    Two weeks and two meetings after Lincolnville fire chief Lester Kaiser asked for county reserves to help pay for new 800 MHz radios, county officials failed to answer his questions. “When do we order, who’s going to order, how are we going to order, is each department going to order individually or is (Sheriff) Rob (Craft) ordering for everybody, these are the questions that we’re going to have,” Kaiser told commissioners Monday.

  • Marler mixes science and music at Orpheum

    When Science Friday, a Public Radio International talk show, made a rare road appearance at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Shane Marler wasn’t in the audience — he was on stage, and not because he’s a science expert. “I’ve listened to the Science Friday show and I really like it, but no, I’m a music guy,” Marler said.

  • Robson targets political social media

    Commissioner Dianne Novak’s social media account came under fire from county counselor Susan Robson on Monday. Novak said a confidential memo from Robson in commissioners’ packets addressing social media was aimed at her.

  • More sunflowers with less definite answers

    Take a drive through the county and you are sure to see common sunflowers lining the sides of roads both in and out of the ditches. If you have noticed more of the state flower this year than in years past, you are not alone.


  • Firefighters sharpen skills at Marion training event

    Firefighters from Marion County and a large portion of the state trained over the weekend at Marion. Kansas State Firefighters Association held regional fire school Saturday and Sunday. Training is a mixture of both classroom and hands-on practice.

  • Playground project gaining momentum

    Efforts to replace City Park playground equipment Peabody’s insurance company considers high-risk are gathering momentum. At Monday’s city council meeting, council member Janice Woodruff said donations can be placed in a bank account already established instead of incurring fees for a new account.

  • Water conference registration open

    A new event and format await attendees at the sixth annual Governors Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas on Nov. 8 and 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan. A pre-event reception will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Breakout sessions have been added to the Nov. 8 agenda.


  • Lola Augusta Brockmeier

    Services for Lola Augusta Brockmeier, who died Sept. 3 at Herington, were Thursday. Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery at Lincolnville. She was born Jan. 30, 1918 to Rudolph and Ottille (Krause) Albrecht at Lincolnville.

  • Cody Pankratz

    Services for Cody Pankratz, 31, who died Sunday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, will be at 1 p.m. today at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. He was born Feb. 23, 1986, to Jerel and Serena (Stum) Pankratz in Hillsboro. Survivors include father Jerel Pankratz of Greeley; mother Serena McGinn of Sedgwick; sisters Paula Schwarz of LaCygne; Heather Madison of Ft. Scott; Alec McGinn of Wichita; and Riley McGinn of Sedgwick; grandfather Allen Pankratz of Hillsboro; and grandmother Sandra Stum of Towner, Colorado.

  • Mary Ann Hoffner

    Services for Mary Ann Hoffner, 78, who died Sept. 7 at Salem Home in Hillsboro, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. She was born March 16, 1939, to Jesse Lee and Ollie Ann (Logue) Julius in St. Elmo, Illinois.


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  • Marion's Art in the Park to see an increase in vendors

    Art in the Park is shaping up to be an even bigger event than last year. About 130 vendors will set up shop in the park Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., up from 100 or so last year.

  • Both new and old at Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair

    For the first time in Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair’s 47-year history, the estimated 40,000 shoppers who will attend this year’s fair can buy something new — that is old. In years past, Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Association only allowed vendors to sell original, handcrafted items. These items were new to both the seller and the buyer.

  • Walls preparing for arts and crafts fair in a new way

    As 300 vendors from about 15 states are preparing for 40,000 shoppers anticipated for Hillsboro’s 48th annual Arts and Crafts Fair, one local vendor is preparing for quite a bit more. Brenda Walls, a vendor of about 20 years, is not only preparing to sell hand-crafted trees and ornaments, but she also is organizing the fair, including volunteers, vendor registration, and vehicle loading zones.

  • Elgin birthday party is Saturday

    There’s a 131st birthday celebration Saturday at the Historic Elgin Hotel, and the public is invited to drop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to join in the festivities. “It’s not mine, thankfully,” owner Tammy Ensey said. “Our trusty old Elgin is having a birthday.

  • Parade announcing is 48-year family tradition

    A day celebrating alumni and reminiscing marks a family tradition for Casey Case. Case announces the Old Settlers’ Day parade, which his dad, Alex, did for 30 years, 1969-99. Case stepped into his father’s shoes, or maybe not his father’s shoes, when he took on the role in 2000.

  • Old Settlers' Day started as a picnic in the park

    The following is an account of the first Old Settlers’ Picnic, written by E.W. Hoch, editor, as it appeared in the issue of the Marion Record for Oct. 14, 1912. Old Settlers meet Good Crowd, Good Time and a Permanent County Organization Formed.

  • Pete the Rhino ready to explore Marion and beyond

    Anyone with a taste for having fun and a camera to use can enjoy a new activity in Marion. Marion Parks and Recreation has a new initiative called “Where’s Pete?” that capitalizes on the community’s iconic “Pete the Rhino.”

  • Combining junk and antiques at Arts and Crafts Fair

    With a passion for continuing their family-run business, Clemo Haddox and his brother Michael took over DC’s Juntiques from their parents in 2011 and continue to bridge the gap between junk and antiques. “We combine junk and antiques to come up with juntiques,” Clemo said.

  • Schaeffler House a peek at early 1900s

    The 1909 home of a successful immigrant family in Hillsboro can be toured in its unchanged state. Schaeffler House is a Queen Ann-style home built by successful German immigrants William and Ida Schaeffler, who owned a popular mercantile store. It was a larger-than-average home for its time. A St. Louis architect designed the house.

  • Tabor College students to perform Peter Pan prequel

    Fans of Peter Pan can experience the classic tale’s prequel at Tabor College’s theater production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” during homecoming week, Oct. 18-21. The show tells the story of how Peter became the boy who could fly with an enchanted island he could call home. He meets the Starcatcher, Molly Aster, in training, who then helps him and the orphans protect a trunk filled with magical Starstuff from Black Stache and his crew of pirates.

  • Lincolnville Octoberfest to celebrate "vintage harvest" with fashion pageant

    “Vintage Harvest” will be the theme of Lincolnville Octoberfest on Oct. 7. A vintage fashion pageant on stage at 4 p.m. in the park will feature people wearing clothing commonly worn from the 1850s to 1970s. Pre-registration forms will be available later.

  • Holiday shopping event coming to Marion

    A new Marion event featuring socializing and shopping is planned for the holiday season. Jingle and Mingle will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Marion Community Center, 203 N. 3rd St.

  • Artifact ID workshop will be Sept. 23 at Marion library

    Have you ever wondered what the story might be behind an arrowhead you picked up, or what in the world is that very old, rusted metal thingamabob you dug up in the yard? Answers to those questions and more may be found at a Kansas Anthropological Association artifact identification workshop coming to Marion City Library on Sept. 23.


  • Frogs endure

    In case you hadn’t noticed, we haven’t had any rain for a while. A little field runoff stream where I like to go to shoot frogs and dragonflies (with my camera, of course) was flowing and green with duckweed a month ago. Frogs sitting at stream’s edge were easy shots with a telephoto lens, but would dive under the water when apparently dangerous me tried to get closer.

  • For love of licorice

    Ever since the days when I was growing up in Ramona and Grandma Schubert would put anise flavoring in her cookies, licorice has always been a favorite flavor of mine. I loved going down to the local grocery store that featured penny candy — I could buy a whole little package of licorice cigarettes (much to my mother’s dismay) for only a penny.


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  • Home for a heifer: Missing 4-H project found 45 days later

    When David Oborny went out to his pasture to check on his calving red Angus cows Sunday, he did not expect to see a black heifer living among them. He checks on his cows a few times a week during calving season, but never before had he seen the black Simmental living among them.

  • PHS class of '67 holds 50th reunion

    Peabody High School class of 1967 celebrated its 50th reunion Sept. 3 at Marion County Park and Lake Hall. The afternoon was spent catching up with one another. Layne Pierce served as master of ceremonies. The class enjoyed a meal together, many pictures, and more visiting. Those attending were: Mike Reynolds and Kathy Winter, both of Peabody; Charlie and Kay Clark, Patti (Sutphin) Gaines, Greg Langenegger, Mike and Bev Morgan, and Lowell and Lavonne Koehn, all of Burns; Delbert and Becky Hanneman and Karen (Swanson) Gooch of Wichita; Steve and Melody Grosse and Kenton and Barb Buller of Newton; Martha (McGaugh) Foreman of Derby; Carol (Yoder) and Blaine Warkentine of Emporia; Rod and Winona Myers of Udall; Linda (DeForest) Long of Alta Vista; Bernie Vestring of Whitewater; Herb Gaines of Cassoday; Chris (McClure) and Jack Hughes of Palmer, Alaska; Tom Burkholder of Henderson, Nevada; Dennis and Janet Fisher of Denton, Texas; Carolyn (Stucky) and John Nitzsche of West Point, Nebraska; Layne and Mila Pierce of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Wayne and Gloria Handle of Wyandotte, Oklahoma;

  • Marion County Democrats meet

    Led by county chair Eileen Sieger, Marion County Democrats met Saturday at Willie J’s Bar and Grill in Marion. Sieger and Jackie Volbrecht volunteered to serve at the Democratic Party booth last Sunday at the state fair.

  • Test-drive a Ford, earn money for your school

    If you test-drive a Ford, you can earn $20 for county schools. Every test-drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at Hillsboro Ford will earn $20 for the school of the driver’s choosing.

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  • Turnovers spell doom for Warriors in 62-26 loss

    Peabody-Burns was in the thick of it with Wakefield until the Bombers turned an interception and two fumbles into second-quarter touchdowns, and the Warriors couldn’t mount a second-half comeback in a 62-26 loss Friday at home. As they did last week, the Warriors mounted an impressive first drive, only to see a fumble kill it at the Wakefield 32.




  • Free cancer screenings are Saturday

    Free cancer screenings are available at the Eastmoor United Methodist Church at 105 Eastmoor St. in Marion Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Centre Masonic Lodge sponsored the screenings.

  • Tabor faculty to hold free recital

    Faculty at Tabor College will be performing “From Russia with Love” as the first recital of the 2017-18 Tabor College Recital Series. The recital will showcase soprano Jen Stephenson and pianist J. Bradley Baker, who will perform selections by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. The show will include a presentation of images of Russian life and culture.

  • Mennonite heritage sessions planned

    Pastor Willmar T. Harder of Buhler Mennonite Church will be the featured speaker during Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum’s annual heritage lecture in Goessel. He will present two sessions, “Vivir Bien: Low German Mennonites in Bolivia” and “Kjenn Jie Noch Plautdietsh: Is Mennonite Low German a Dead Language?”

  • Disabilities group to meet Monday

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold a board of directors meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. A public forum will begin the meeting.

  • TEEN to meet Sept. 20

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its monthly meeting at 6p.m. Sept. 20 at the USD 408 District Office at For questions or more information, call Lena Kleiner at 620-877-0237.

  • Flu shot clinics scheduled this month and next

    Flu shot clinics for people age 6 months and up will be offered by Marion County Health Department. A clinic at Goessel School will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17. A clinic at Hillsboro Middle School will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

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