HEADLINES

  • Peabody council approves fundraiser letter

    Peabody residents will soon get a letter in their water bill asking customers to make a monthly donation for repair and replacement of City Park playground equipment. In June, the city’s insurance company, EMC Insurance, recommended several pieces of playground equipment be removed.

  • Inmate released for childbirth

    A woman in county jail was released on her own recognizance Monday, but instead of getting to go home, she ended up taken to St. Luke Hospital instead. An ambulance was summoned to the lobby of the sheriff’s office because Daisyanna Latisha Mitchell’s labor contractions were four minutes apart.

  • Inmate complains of jail treatment

    Jail inmate Jonathan L. Mangold has filed a hand-written lawsuit petition seeking $1 million from the county, claiming his treatment in the county jail is “cruel and unusual punishment.” Mangold on Oct. 2 — the same day he was convicted and sentenced on a handful of criminal charges — filed what he called a “Motion of civil lawsuit violation of 14th amendment rights, as well as mistreatment of a confined person, cruel and unusual punishment and treating others with favortism. Being prejudice.”

  • Membership required for model airstrip?

    Membership in a private club could be required for model airplane enthusiasts to use a paved airstrip on public property at Marion County Lake. County counselor Susan Robson recommended Monday that commissioners require membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics instead of imposing other regulations. While on public property, the airstrip is near private homes and the county airport.

  • Cook-off, car show draw crowd

    Between chili tasting, a car show and a cornhole tournament, Marion County Park and Lake was hopping Saturday. Chili cooks hawked their culinary skills to eager tasters.

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Police mum on early morning chase

    An early-morning pursuit Tuesday involving Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis ended with the chased vehicle crashing about eight miles south of town and the fleeing driver escaping on foot. Mermis confirmed that he was on duty and involved in the chase, but declined to provide any rationale for the out-of-town pursuit, saying the case was still under investigation.

  • Aulne church auction to benefit missions

    Youth recreation, emergency housing, and overseas missions will benefit from “The Big Give,” a dinner and auction Saturday at Aulne United Methodist Church. A 5:30 p.m. pulled pork meal will be followed by a live auction at 6:30 p.m.

  • Longtime area resident named Octoberfest grand marshal

    Maurice Pritz, 82, and his wife, Twila, of rural Lost Springs were grand marshals Saturday in the Lincolnville Octoberfest parade. Pritz is a lifelong resident of the area and has worn many hats including farmer, business owner, technician, and musician.

  • Burglar targets valuables in vehicles

    Reports of theft from automobiles have made their way to social media and Marion police as several townspeople have had their belongings taken in a string of burglaries. “Some things were taken out of some vehicles, like purses and wallets,” Police Chief Tyler Mermis said. “We’re still investigating. We actually have a couple leads.”

  • Proposed county economic board puts brakes on transition

    On the night a new board was to be sworn in for Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation, all five proposed board members declined to be sworn in, saying they wanted another week to think about it. County appointees David Mueller, Chris Hernandez, and Chase Gann, as well as Peabody appointees Mark Whitney and Hannah Bourbon, sat through words of welcome and remarks on the occasion from interim chairman Russell Groves, through a motion to approve the transition to a new board, and listened to interim board member Tammy Ensey review a policy book and informational packet.

  • Deer are fall traffic hazard

    Drivers should take special care to watch for deer on the roadway during fall, especially from dusk until morning. Kansas Highway Patrol recorded 125 deer-related accidents in Marion County last year, three of which caused injury to occupants of the car.

DEATHS

  • Vernon Jones

    Services for Vernon H. Jones, Herington, were this morning at St. John Catholic Church in Herington. He died Oct. 4 at the age of 99. Jones was born July 30, 1918 at Herington. He was a farmer.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Scott Alcorn, Thomas Poppe, Carol Smith

DOCKET

FARM

  • Beef travels a long road to get to the table

    How long does it take to produce the meat that consumers buy and eat mostly every day in this country? It’s a long road, taking over two years from the time a cow is bred to when a beef calf is fattened and ready for the packing plant. It also takes a lot of feed, a lot of expense, and a lot of work.

  • New wheat variety is available this fall

    Farmers have begun sowing wheat, but recent rains have slowed it down. According to Jeff Youk, an agronomist for Cooperative Grain and Supply, producers have six varieties to choose from, including a new variety called Zenda.

  • Gardens, chickens, and chores complete school days

    Tossing handfuls of grain, collecting eggs, and eating fresh tomatoes are just a few of the many “chores” performed by Hillsboro Elementary students at the end of school days. Principal Evan Yoder leads kindergarten through fifth grade students to the back of the school, where tubs of recyclable waste collected throughout the day are dumped in bins. Chickens are fed, and their eggs collected by students who harvest fresh garden vegetables before their parents pick them up to go home.

  • Sunflowers a choice for some area farmers

    Sunflowers aren’t the most popular crop choice among area farmers, but the state flower does have devoted growers. Jeff Naysmith, agronomist for Cooperative Grain and Supply, said the co-op sells seeds, but demand for them is far lower than demand for wheat and corn.

OPINION

  • Eco fiasco

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water .... After almost a year of planning and development, after months of recruiting Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody into the fold, Tuesday was to be the day Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation was to take off with a new nine-member board leading the way.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

    Food donors overlooked

PEOPLE

  • Bredemeier family holds reunion

    The 64th annual Bredemeier family reunion was Oct. 1 in the Santa Fe room at Marion City Library. The youngest family member in attendance was Emma Quinones, and the oldest was Carol Peirce.

  • Panzer, Crofoot to wed

    RobertandSherri Charbonneauof Clyde announce the engagement of their daughter, Kodi Panzer, to Brian Crofoot, son of Dave Crofoot of Marion and Cindy Pierce of Mico, Texas. Panzer is a graduate of Kansas State University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, and owner of Panzer Chiropractic in Hillsboro. Crofoot is the thirdgeneration to work for family-owned Western Associates, Inc. of Marion.

  • Senior center menu

SCHOOLS

  • Warriors take lopsided loss

    Oxford turned the tables on the Peabody-Burns football team Friday, doing to the Warriors what they’d done the week before to Flinthills. With homecoming as extra incentive, the host Wildcats dominated on both sides of the ball, running away with a 52-6 win in just two quarters of play.

  • SCHOOL MENUS:

    Peabody-Burns
  • DEGREES:

    College Degrees and Honors

UPCOMING

  • Chat and Dine to have potluck

    The October Chat and Dine meeting and potluck meal will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Marion County Lake Hall. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share, table service, and a white elephant item as a prize for bingo winners.

  • Church concert to feature junkyard percussion

    Egg cartons, flip flops, flower vases, even aerosol sprays can be musical instruments of love and hope, as singer-songwriter Mitch McVicker will show in a concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Christian Church of Florence. McVicker began his career collaborating with the late Rich Mullins, a contemporary Christian artist well-known for his worship songs. McVicker is a Dove Award-winning artist who has recorded 11 CDs, played himself in the movie “Ragamuffin,” and performed more than 1,800 concerts in the United States and abroad.

  • TEEN to meet Oct. 18

    A regular monthly meeting of Technology Excellence in Education Network will be at 6 p.m Oct. 18 at USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.

  • Water meeting scheduled Thursday

  • Disabilities board to meet Monday

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

  • Calendar of events

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