• Hillsboro man faces battery charges

    A Hillsboro man faces multiple charges after allegedly physically abusing a 26-year-old Hillsboro woman and her 2-year-old son last week in Hillsboro. Michael Newman II, 25, Hillsboro, faces charges of aggravated battery, endangering a child, criminal restraint, battery, and violation of a protection from abuse order.

  • Students help treat, not trick on Halloween

    Halloween often brings out roaming packs of young people bent on destruction or a least a few pranks. An 8 p.m. curfew for children under 18 has kept that kind of behavior in check for the past 10 years or so in Peabody. Even though the city council revoked the curfew this year, a group of students from Peabody-Burns High School decided to forgo a return to destructive behavior.

  • Election Day event features historic military, political items

    Displays of early political, military, POW, and veteran items will available for viewing on Election Day in the basement of Peabody United Methodist Church. Peabody Historical Society will have the displays available from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Ruger and Makenna win Auxiliary costume contest

    Ruger Leis, appearing as Jack Skellington, and Makenna Kangas, dressed as My Little Pony Pinkie Pie, each won individual pizzas Saturday from the American Legion Auxiliary. Their costumes were voted the best boy and girl outfits at the Family Halloween Party at the American Legion. The party drew about 30 parents and children. In addition to the individual costume winners, Ashley Kangas and daughters Makenna and Laekyn won the contest for best family costume. Makenna as Pinkie Pie and Laekyn as a lady bug helped their mom, Ashley, with her costume. She portrayed “The Busy Mom Who Spent All Her Time Getting Her Kids Ready.”

  • Angler catches 26-pounder on 2-pound test line

    Longtime angler Martha Serviss of Canton caught a whopping flathead that far out-weighed the test strength of her line and pole Friday while fishing from the north side of the heated dock at Marion County Park and Lake. “Boy, my muscles are sore,” she said, “but it sure made my day.”

  • New hangout to open in Florence

    Florence will soon have a place for sports enthusiasts to hang out to watch games and enjoy food and drink. Florence residents John Branson and Chris Janzen on Monday paid the county $150 for the building at 315 Main St., which the county owned because of delinquent taxes.

  • Early voting off to a running start


  • 190th Rd. to get repairs

    A federal grant will pay for repairs to an eroded and collapsing section of 190th Rd. County commissioners were notified Monday that the county was awarded a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service. The $415,500 grant requires a $138,500 local match, and repair work must be completed by June 1.

  • Florence youth program opens

    A youth recreation program in a former Florence school building is open for business. Operated by Christian Church of Florence, “The Rock” opened its doors Tuesday for students in third grade through senior high.

  • County health fair is Saturday

    Safety mascots Smokey Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog, and Fred the Preparedness Dog are scheduled to pep up patrons at Marion County Health Fair from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. One event organizer, Ken Johnson, said the mascots and this year’s theme of “Holiday Healthy” are meant to help draw young families.

  • Big gift revealed at hospital dinner

    Jazz and charity filled the air Saturday at Marion Community Center as more than 100 people turned out for the fifth annual St. Luke Hospital Foundation dinner. Foundation director Roger Schroeder livened up the event with a surprise announcement of a major financial pledge for proposed renovations to the Living Center and medical clinic.

  • Gift market offers alternative to stuff

    An upcoming sale offers the perfect gift for that person on your shopping list who needs nothing but appreciates doing good. This year’s Alternative Gift Market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marion Community Center, 3rd St. and Santa Fe.

  • Fire pits bring campfires home

    Fire pits have become a popular item for backyard landscapes. “There’s something pleasant in this part of the country in the spring and in the fall before it’s too hot or cold to sit outside with a fire,” Michael Powers of Marion said.

  • Pastor finds thriving faith in Cuba

    Technological exile, it seems, isn’t so bad after all. That was one unexpected discovery among many for Marion Presbyterian Church pastor Jeremiah Lange when he traveled to Cuba recently as part of a Presbyterian exploration team.


  • Lauren Enns

    Former dairyman Lauren W. Enns, 89, died Friday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Interment will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Johannestal Cemetery, rural Hillsboro. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Mary Wiley

    Tampa native Mary Margaret (Costello) Wiley died Oct. 17 in Centralia, Washington. Born Nov. 26, 1927, in Tampa, she grew up on a family farm, graduated from Tampa High School, and attended Marymount College in Salina. She married Ken Wiley, also a Tampa native. After periods in Colorado and Oregon, the couple settled in Centralia in 1954.



  • It is Curtains for Hillsboro High School fall play

    Hillsboro High School auditorium curtains will rise on the musical ‘Curtains’ next week, which musical director Lynn Just described as a comedy murder mystery that is a show within a show. “This group of actors is putting on a show, and the leading lady gets murdered during their last rehearsal before they open,” Just said. “So they have to sequester the whole cast to find out who the murderer is.”

  • Marion High School students to perform Bye Bye Birdie

    A young but talented troupe of Marion High School actors will take the stage to perform “Bye Bye Birdie” in this year’s fall production. Bye Bye Birdie is set in the late 1950s when popular rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie, played by Jarrett Johnson, has been drafted into the Army. Birdie’s fans are devastated, but none more than his agent and struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, played by Nathan Baldwin, whose song Birdie was just about to record.



  • I sound like my grandfather

    We have entered the month of my 70th year. Seventieth! Seven decades! Good grief, how could that have happened? I should confess right up front that I am glad to have gotten this far. Truly, I am. However, being here also is a game changer. Much of what I remember about my life makes me pretty darn good at playing Trivial Pursuit. However, looking at old photos, visiting with my cousins about our early years and sharing memories, seeing old newsreels or magazines often brings me up short. I can remember those things so well. How could I be looking back 20, 50, or 60 years? Those days seem like just last week.


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  • PBHS football falls at St. Paul

    Peabody-Burns was outmatched and outgunned against St. Paul in Tuesday’s bi-state playoff game in St. Paul, losing 78-32 to end the season. The Warriors trailed 24-6 at the end of the first quarter, 48-12 at the half, and 62-20 at the end of the third quarter.

  • Peabody-Burns heads to bi-district playoffs

    Austin Reynolds had a career game for the Peabody-Burns Warriors Thursday after he carried the ball 39 times for a total of 412 yards to help the team secure a 78-23 win against Cedar Vale-Dexter Spartans. The Spartans made the first touchdown of the evening with 6:24 left in the first quarter.

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  • Calendar of Events

  • World Community Day is Friday

    World Community Day will be at noon Friday at Marion Presbyterian Church. A soup luncheon will be served, and pastor Jeremiah Lange will speak about his recent trip to Cuba.

  • 4-H endowment meeting is Sunday

    The annual meeting of the Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund will be 5 p.m. Sunday in the basement of the Marion Community Center, 203 N. 3rd St. The board of directors invites everyone to attend this meeting to hear how the fund has helped 4-Hers throughout the year.

  • Marion blood drive is Nov. 14

    Red Cross will have a blood drive from 1:15 to 6:15 p.m. Nov. 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church on N. Cedar St., Marion. The Red Cross and blood drive organizers are hoping to collect 48 donations.

  • Speaker to share scoop on Christian life

    County residents with a sweet tooth can catch the scoop on a Christian life from guest speaker Rick Rehmert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Aulne United Methodist Church. Ice cream sundaes will be served after the presentation.


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