• Vandals deface rainbow flag at high school

    Overnight Wednesday, vandals defaced a Marion High School senior’s parking space painted with a rainbow flag that has become a source of controversy. Marion Assistant Police Chief Clinton Jeffrey said the damage was discovered early this morning by officer Duane McCarty. Jeffrey said the act is criminal damage to property.


  • Council overrules mayoral picks for board

    City council members Monday night expressed consternation over a letter from Mayor Larry Larsen appointing Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation board members without a vote by city council. Larsen, a paramedic, did not attend the meeting because he was summoned to transport a patient from Emporia to Topeka.

  • Economic corporation stumbles toward new start

    With two weeks to go until a new board is seated to lead Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation, it’s unclear just who those new leaders might be. As county commission, Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody determine whom to nominate as their board representatives, a familiar face may find himself back on the board.

  • County cash budgeted, but $3 million still available

    Public perception is not quite on the money when it comes to how much county cash is available, county clerk Tina Spencer told commissioners Monday. Only $3 million of the $14.7 million of unencumbered cash reported in the county’s 2016 audit is actually available, according to a document prepared by Spencer.

  • Mysterious whiteboard makes mark on meeting

    A white marker board inscribed with green lettering greeted courthouse visitors Monday morning: “Welcome All 2nd District Voters and Residents to our Commission Meeting Except Mike Beneke,” the marker board read.

  • A sticky situation: $20,000 worth of bees, equipment stolen

    Bill and Candy Vinduska’s custom-built trailer holding 18 active beehives was sitting outside of a sunflower field near the Marion/Harvey county line to help pollinate the crop when it was stolen between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday. The Vinduskas, who have been beekeeping for about 20 years, said they are confident their bees, equipment, and trailer worth a combined value of $20,000 was not stolen by another beekeeper, but rather a thief from an urban area.


  • Farmers harvest a shorter corn crop

    Farmers had completed most of their corn harvest on Monday and were looking forward to combining soybeans. Dick Tippin, grain co-coordinator for Cooperative Grain and Supply, said yields have ranged from 60 to 120 bushels per acre. Total bushels were 65 percent of last year’s crop.

  • Chiefs keep pressure on county

    Rural fire chiefs addressed commissioners Monday for the third time in a month, pleading for county funding of new 800 MHz radios after an audit found $14.7 million unencumbered cash, of which $3 million was unallocated. “I saw the paper came out with the audit report information, and I have some questions,” Lincolnville fire chief Lester Kaiser said.

  • Nominations being taken for veteran honors

    Four veterans will be selected to be recognized at a banquet Nov. 9 at Holiday Inn Wichita East sponsored by KPTS. A local business that serves veterans also will be recognized. To nominate a veteran, visit www.kpts.org and click on the Veteran’s Coming Home Banquet button. Complete the “Distinguished Veteran Service Nomination Form” and email it to prichardson@kpts.org or mail to 320 W. 21st St. North, Wichita KS 67203.


  • 1929 reproduction car to drive in Marion parade

    A car that will cruise in the Old Settlers’ Day parade will appear strikingly like a 1929 Mercedes-Benz. The reproduction vehicle was made to look that way. Chris Costello, president of Tampa State Bank, said he didn’t go looking for the car. Bank employees recommended it as a showpiece for the bank to drive in parades.

  • Children hopeful for careers with big trucks

    When Easton Jost and Canon Schafer grow up, they want to be just like their dads. Easton hopes to be a farmer, and Canon wants to be a driver who operates big, heavy equipment. Easton, a first grader at Hillsboro Elementary School, and Cannon, a pre-schooler at Kid’s Connection, both really, really love big trucks. And tractors. And cars.

  • Ferrari look-alike had short-lived production

    It might look like a Ferrari, but the Pontiac Fiero doesn’t drive like a Ferrari. That is what Bryce York of Prairie Village, son-in-law of the late Ike Thiessen of Lehigh, said about the Fiero he purchased new when it first came out in 1984. He paid $10,000 for the two-seater sports car with a four-cylinder engine.


  • Clifton Baugh

    A private family service will be held for Clifton Baugh, 67, who died Thursday at his residence in Hillsboro. He was born April 15, 1950, to Gordon and Margaret (Whinery) Baugh in Montezuma. He married Lena Carpenter May 9, 1990 in Dodge City.

  • Alice Funk

    A committal service for Alice M. Funk, 92, of Buhler, who died Thursday at Buhler, was Monday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. She was born April 23, 1925, to Adolph and Anna (Enns) Funk.

  • Kathy Nystrom

    Services for Kathy Anne Nystrom, 34, who died Thursday at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, were this morning at Burns United Methodist Church. She was born Nov. 11, 1982, to Terry E. and Patricia (Stewart) Nystrom in Burns.





  • Whitlee Casey to perform for free

    Worship leader and songwriter Whitlee Casey of Troy, Texas, and special guest Justin Gambino will be performing at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Florence Christian Church, 335 W. 5th St. Admission is free. Casey has been traveling around the country to perform for more than 10 years.

  • Events fill Old Settlers' Day weekend

    Marion will celebrate its 106th annual Old Settlers’ Day this weekend. On Friday, Marion Country Club will be open to the public from noon to midnight for all class reunion. There is no cost to enter. Members, prospective members, family, and friends can come at noon during the annual Old Settlers’ Day golf tournament or after the football game.

  • Lunch series to focus on cataracts Tuesday

    Cataracts and cataract surgery will be topics discussed by Emporia ophthalmologist Michael Reynolds Tuesday at St. Luke Hospital’s Lunch, Learn and Live program. Lunch, Learn and Live is a monthly opportunity to learn more about health issues. Held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the basement of St. Luke Medical Clinic, lunch is provided at no cost.

  • Calendar of events

    Old Settlers’ Day is as rich in tradition and as filled with constant change and progress as the years past which it honors. Indeed, it is the careful blending of tradition with innovation that makes Old Settlers’ Day one of the best annual celebrations in Central Kansas. Always county-oriented, Old Settlers’ Day began Jan. 7, 1881, with a reunion for all people who settled in Marion County in the 1860s. The old settlers gathered for a basket dinner and reminiscing in Marion.


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