• County lake still under algae warning

    There was no respite for Marion County Park and Lake in Thursday’s weekly blue-green algae list. Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a warning for the lake for a fourth consecutive week. A dozen Kansas lakes are under watches and warnings, but noticeably absent from the list is Marion Reservoir, clean for two consecutive weeks after a 10-week run of watches, warnings, and a week in which it was closed.


  • Commissioners spar over EMS, budget

    Monday’s commission meeting was over, save for final optional comments from commissioners. What ensued was nearly 30 minutes of often-contentious talk about ambulance service overtime and further budget cuts. It soon became clear that an initially ambiguous comment by commission chairman Randy Dallke was targeted at how commissioner Dianne Novak was supposedly communicating with ambulance personnel about cuts in proposed overtime pay.

  • Peabody ponders 9th St. cleanup

    Now that a new store has opened near US-50 at the east edge of Peabody, downtown stores are working on ways to attract some of that traffic. One idea city council members liked Monday night was sprucing up 9th St. and putting up signs directing travelers to businesses on Walnut St.

  • Caught between a levee and a hard place

    Tough decisions lie ahead for Florence council members as federal remapping of flood plains could drive down real estate values and force many home and business owners to buy flood insurance. Army Corps of Engineers workers will be surveying homes in the leveed area of Florence from Sept. 11-14, taking elevation measurements that will be used to decide if the flood risk level in those areas should be raised.

  • Post offices offer eclipse postmark

    Commemorative solar eclipse postmarks and stamps will be available at Monday open houses at Marion and Peabody post offices. A postmark featuring the eclipse date and a line of solar images progressing through the eclipse will be stamped free of charge on any item bearing first class postage.


  • Coffee is a craft: Students manage Java Jays Coffee Bar

    For Austin Calam, co-manager of Java Jays Coffee Bar, coffee is more than just a morning beverage and a coffee shop is more than just a place to grab your coffee and leave. Rather, coffee is his craft and the on-campus, student-run coffee shop at Tabor College is his place to create and savor the depths of a coffee bean.

  • Running from the law

    Legal briefs, court arguments, and administrative tasks fill Courtney Boehm’s days as county attorney, and her husband Josh and son Declan vie for time evenings and weekends. Still, in the midst of a busy life, Boehm finds time to run. She’s training to run her first marathon.

  • State changes welfare application program

    A web-based application program for Department of Children and Families and Kansas Department of Health will begin being upgraded Friday. People applying for medical and social services from the Department of Children and families and Department of Health will soon apply through the Kansas Eligibility Enforcement System website. System upgrades begin Friday.

  • Online calculator computes income tax increase

    Taxpayers can estimate how state income tax changes enacted by the legislature will affect their personal tax liabilities by using an online calculator created by Kansas Department of Revenue. Users will need to know their filing status, allowances claimed, and adjusted gross income.

  • Hillsboro man charged for pornographic images

    A Hillsboro man was charged Aug. 10 with 10 sex offenses after allegedly sending pornographic images by phone to a former Hillsboro girl. Steve A. Kahn, 58, Hillsboro, is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a child and five counts of promoting obscenity to minors. The alleged incidents took place over an eight-day span in November.


  • Gloria Potter

    Services for Gloria Jean (Wodke) Potter, 68, Marion, who died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Marion Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Strong City Cemetery in Strong City. Visitation with family will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.



  • JK Review: A small-town Kansas party

    “This is small-town Kansas — and it’s a good thing.” That is what we thought as we strolled through Central Park on Friday evening during Marion’s back-to-school bash.

  • Sharing a Child's world

    If you have children in your life, you are a lucky soul. Kids bring insight, joy, playfulness, and unexpected blessings. Yes, I know they are time-consuming, sometimes annoying, and a heavy responsibility, but all in all they are the spark of life! My kids are long grown and my one and only grandson lives half a continent away, but I’m so lucky to have cousin’s kids and grandkids in my life.


    EMS pay


  • Schmidt family holds reunion

    Fifty-three descendants of Reinhardt and Julia (Nuss) Schmidt met Aug. 5 at Tampa Senior Center for a family reunion including a potluck luncheon and slideshow of family history. Reinhardt and Julia Schmidt were the parents of eight children born in Durham Park Township. In 1927 the family moved to a Scully lease just south of Tampa. The Schmidts’ youngest child, 98-year-old Evelyn Hensley of Winfield, was in attendance and is the only surviving sibling.

  • Party honors Everett's 90th birthday

    Wilma Jean Everett of Florence was guest of honor at an Aug. 5 family dinner at Carriage Manor to celebrate her 90th birthday. Attending were Mary Jane Grimmett, Tyson and Melanie Grimmett, Bethany, and Heidi, all of Florence; Justin and Rachelle Grimmett, Ethan, Levi, Keziah, David, and Aliyah of Lindsborg; Ed and Linda Hepburn, Travis and Michelle Swift and Abby, Tanner and Tara Swift, Caitlin, John, Molly, and Parker, all of Benton; John and Arletta Everett of Grenola; Lisa Everett of Auburn; and Tom and Shiloh Everett of Cedar Vale.

  • Couple to celebrate 60th anniversary

    The children of Joe and Arlene (Makovec) Evans request a card shower in honor of the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 24. Marion native Arlene Makovec moved to Chase County as a young girl, and the couple met after graduating from different high schools. They were married Aug. 24, 1957, at St. Anthony’s Church in Strong City.

  • Chingawassa band to play in Salina

    Fans of 2015 Marion Chingawassa Days musical headliner Casey Donahew will have a chance to see him again at an Oct. 5 concert at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina. Ticket and concert information is available by calling (785) 827-1998 and online at stiefeltheatre.org.

  • Special state winter hunting appilcations due Sept. 25

    Hunters interested in getting permits for special hunts from November through February have until 9 a.m. Sept. 25 to apply to Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. Special hunts during these months are primarily for deer, ducks, geese, turkey, and upland game. A lottery is used to select successful applicants. About 1 in 7 applicants received special hunt permits last year.

  • Commodities to arrive Aug. 16 at senior centers in county

    Government surplus commodities will arrive at county senior centers today. Marion Senior Center will distribute from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Senior center menu


    Lang visits parents


  • Hillsboro Senior Center volunteer fills pie with love

    When Hillsboro Senior Center needed just one more pie for its fundraising social event Aug. 9, Jeri Klose knew she had the perfect homemade apple pie recipe to fill the need. Complete with flaky crust topped with cinnamon, quarter-chopped apples tossed in cinnamon and sugar, and a whole lot of love, Klose’s apple pie helped fill the hole in a table topped with pumpkin, peach, and pecan-filled pies.

  • Dry mouth a common problem among people over 50

    Bad breath, mouth pain, fungus infections in the mouth, sore throat, and sticky saliva which can cause difficulty speaking and eating all are signs of dry mouth. Besides being a nuisance, dry mouth sets the stage for cavities to form because saliva helps keep teeth healthy.

  • Hearing aids go high-tech

    Many people lose some of their hearing ability as they get older. For Bob Wall of Hillsboro and Effie Smith of Marion, both 71, experienced hearing problems that came on gradually. Both have found help through hearing aids.

  • County seniors to discuss budget

    Budget requests top the agenda for a Senior Citizens of Marion County board meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Peabody Senior Center. Also to be discussed are nursing recognition nominations.


  • Peabody school district takes $18,000 hit

    While a formal budget hearing at Monday’s school board meeting was postponed, Peabody-Burns superintendent Ron Traxson’s report that the district would have $18,000 less to spend this year was good news. “I was anticipating $70,000 to $80,000, so I can live with that,” Traxson said.

  • Baker's daughter to teach English in South Korea

    Your lips look different when you say “err” instead of “ellll,” and it’s not something most native English speakers notice. Esther Schmidt, 25, knows exactly what movements to look for, which will be helpful as she begins teaching English to middle schoolers in Jingu, South Korea, as part of English Programs in Korea, a program that hosts guest English teachers.

  • Tabor invites solar eclips viewers to campus

  • Eclipse offers unique learning experience

    The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse presents a rare learning opportunity for students as well as a rare phenomenon for anyone to see. Area schools are making plans ranging from at-school viewing to a road trip to Hiawatha.

  • Trainer picks Bearcats over Broncos

    Athletic trainer and 2004 Goessel High School graduate Nick Peters was perhaps on the verge of something big as he was beginning a second year of working with the NFL’s Denver Broncos. Having completed a college internship with the Tennessee Titans and with two years of advanced internship experience with the Broncos, Peters might well have gone on to a career in the pros.

  • School menus


  • Ag advocacy conteste entries sought

    Youth ages 15 to 23 are eligible to participate in a contest designed to spread positive messages about agriculture. The “Gen Z Speaks Ag” advocacy contest has categories for photography, videography, special events, and education activities that portray farmers, ranchers, and other facets of agriculture using the theme “Ag Day is Every Day.

  • Calendar of events


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