• The cat came back

    When Linda Frye worked at Coneburg Inn, she had a frequent four-legged visitor. “Our cat, Sosea, would always come over and see me at work,” Frye said. “Sometimes I would go into the kitchen and see him out of the back door.”

  • Market to get improvements

    Peabody Market may get a facelift along with safety improvements. Owner Michael Crow told city council members Monday that he’d like to add light fixtures and decorated metal awnings over paintings with historic themes outside the building.

  • UPDATED: Commissioners trim tax increase for ambulance

    After county commissioner Dianne Novak called a special budget meeting to discuss trimming EMT overtime, commissioners voted to decrease their proposed 2018 budget increase of two mills to one and a half mills. With this decrease, about $165,000 less will be added to the ambulance personnel budget, which includes roughly $247,650 in overtime pay for full-time EMTs and paramedics.

  • Our two newest reporters interview each other

    When one of the Record’s two new reporters, Jason Tidd, first delivered newspapers in the third grade, he had no idea journalism would eventually become his life passion. “My route delivered newspapers to the townhouses in subsidized living,” Tidd said. “The residents would steal newspapers from under the doors of their neighbors, showing me just how much the community values local journalism — even if Thursday’s paper with the TV guide was the one stolen the most.”


  • Deputy moves to detective

    Deputy Derek Fetrow will fill a detective vacancy in the sheriff’s department created by the departure of Wilma Mueller, Sheriff Robert Craft confirmed Monday. The position was advertised July 19. Craft said Fetrow’s experience in the department would be beneficial in making the transition to a multifaceted role.

  • Treasurer on light duty after injury

    County treasurer Jeannine Bateman, recovering from a leg injury, will be in and out of the office for the next several weeks. Bateman said her leg was punctured May 21 by a tree branch as she was mowing. The puncture went nearly to the bone.

  • Wind farm discussion blows through county commission

    Landowners blew through a gust of grievances on un-built wind farms Monday years after they signed leases — or, in one case, after construction started on property where a lease was never signed. One landowner, Sandy Sellers, told Marion County commissioners he never signed a lease, yet Windborne Energy still performed work on his property against his will.

  • Exhibit to close with reception

    An exhibit by Flint Hills artists Joseph Loganbill of Newton, Peggy Lyon of rural Chase County, and Deb Schroer of Strong City will close with a reception at 3 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Bluffs, a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177. Pioneer Bluffs, which also features other Flint Hills artwork, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment.

  • Threshing Days a taste of settlers' lives

    Old-timers like to say things were different in their day. Goessel’s three-day Country Threshing Days this week will provide a view of how things actually were different in bygone years. Demonstrations of farm life over the last century will include not only threshing but also corn cutting, binding, and shelling along with sawmills.

  • Canned goods needed for Relay for Life

    Marion County Relay for Life will be Saturday at Marion High’s Warrior Stadium. Organizers will use canned goods as weights for the luminaries this year. After the event, the canned goods will be distributed among the four local food banks. Multiple drop-off buckets are available at Hillsboro and Marion businesses and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce office.


  • Esta Hall

    Services for longtime Burns resident Esta Hall, 89, Burns, who died Monday at Newton Medical Center, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Burns United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church

  • Bob Hiebert

    No services are planned for Hillsboro native and former Marion resident Robert W. Hiebert, 80, who died July 18 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Hillsboro to Alfred and Ruth Hiebert, he was raised in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1955.

  • Calvin Hiebert

    Services for former Agco employee Calvin Jay Hiebert, 65, Goessel, who died July 29, will be at 2 p.m. today at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Burial will be at Lehigh Mennonite Cemetery, Lehigh.

  • 'Booster' Brown

    Services for longtime Vulcan Chemical operator Mark A. “Booster” Brown, 69, Marion, who died Monday, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Marion Christian Church. Visitation and a private graveside service will follow Born Oct. 16, 1947, in El Dorado to Catherine and Raymond Brown, he was a member of the last graduating class from Burns High School in 1967 and that year married his first wife, Beverly. He married his second wife, Suzie, in 1991. She and his parents preceded him in death.

  • Lewis Pettross

    Services for retired Navy veteran Lewis Pettross, 77, who died Monday at Parkside Homes, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. A committal service at Springfield Cemetery, rural Hillsboro, will follow.

  • Eleanore Rucker

    Services for Lincolnville native Eleanore Rucker, 96, who died July 23 at her home in Herington, were Saturday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington. Burial was at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington. Born Aug. 5, 1920, to Axel F. and Fannie (Kandt) Holmgren, she is survived by children Larry Rucker and Lyn Rucker-Powell, both of Herington, and Eric Rucker of Topeka; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

  • Betty Seibel

    Services for Peabody native Betty Mildred (Newton) Seibel, 94, who died July 24, were Saturday. Burial was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Born Sept. 10, 1922, she graduated from Peabody High School in 1942 and on April 5, 1943, married Wallace C. Seibel.


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  • Think your garden is work?

    Up to 2,000 tomato plants planted this spring in hoop houses on the Jirak Brothers Produce farm in rural Tampa are nearing peak production this week. Jirak’s niece, Heidi Jirak, works every weekday from sunup to mid-morning, harvesting the deep red fruits, some weighing as much as 1½ pounds.


  • The truth about fake news

    Executives from both KWCH-TV (Channel 12) and KPTS-TV (Channel 8) were quick to object to last week’s editorial “Live from Marion County, it’s fake news.” And they were right — sort of. Even though one of his news anchors seemed to say otherwise, KWCH news director Brian Gregory said his station would never knowingly allow news to be staged just so live video could be broadcast.

  • An unhappy reader

    We’ve heard from a dozen readers who offered praise — and from one county employee who most certainly did not — about recent editorials questioning what county commissioners are doing. A county secretary who moonlights as manager of a small business dropped by our office around 4 p.m. Friday to say her business would never again advertise in our papers because of what we have been writing about commissioners.

  • Civilization 101

    “One of my favorite unexpected perks in keeping chickens is the daily lessons they offer.” So says the author of yet another chicken book I’m reading, “Keeping Chickens,” by Ashley English. This particular book, full of lovely color photographs, is one of the most helpful books I’ve found.


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  • New count appraiser says life in Marion is an adventure

    For newly hired county appraiser Lisa Reeder, life in Marion is a new adventure. She worked for almost 23 years in an appraiser’s office in Trego County, where she was born and raised on a farm south of Ogallala.

  • Reception to honor 95th birthday

    Helen Fulton of Salina, who served Florence and Aulne United Methodist churches when her husband was pastor there, will celebrate her 95th birthday at a reception from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at Eaglecrest Retirement Community, 1501 E. Magnolia Rd., Salina. Hosts will be her children Dennis Fulton and wife, Janette, of Nampa, Idaho, and Jeanna Short and husband, Dale, of El Dorado.

  • 95th birthday celebration

    A celebration of Elmer “Bob” Delk’s 95th birthday will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church fellowship hall. Hosts will include his wife, Dorothy; his children and their spouses, Donna and Dan Dalke, Barbara and Dick Koontz, Shirley Delk, and Rob Delk; his grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren.

  • Market adds Saturday

    Farm and Art Market at Marion has expanded from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning as well. Hours now are 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, both at Central Park.

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  • County historical society to meet in Burns

    Marion County Historical Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Burns City Hall. The agenda will include setting membership fees, which will help pay to promote and preserve county historical sites.

  • Labor Day to feature Frisbee golf

    A new event, a Frisbee golf tournament Sept. 2, will be included in the 80th annual Florence Labor Day celebration. The two-man event will start at 8 a.m. at the Frisbee golf course on 8th St.

  • Diabetes class planned

    A class on planning meals for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes will begin at 11 a.m. Aug. 17 in the community room at Hilltop Manor, 1501 Lawrence St., Marion. The class, sponsored by the county Department on Aging, will meet for two hours on each of four consecutive Thursdays.

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