• Vandal redirects Marion's website

    People who went to the city of Marion’s website by means of a Google or Bing search Wednesday through midday Tuesday found themselves where they didn’t intend to go. Instead of Marion’s homepage, a website for an online pharmacy that sold drugs to treat erectile dysfunction came up.

  • Inmate cuts wrist

    Tanner Jasper, 21, a county jail inmate, was taken to St. Luke Hospital at 8:43 p.m. Monday after he cut his wrist with a piece of metal in his cell. The injury was not life threatening or serious, but did require stitches, sheriff Rob Craft said.

  • Taxpayer blasts county

    Lloyd Meier minced no words when he gave two county commissioners a piece of his mind Monday. On his list of irritations were road repair money owed to the county by Diamond Vista wind farm in the northern portion of the county and money lost on a covered fishing dock at the county lake.

  • Camper dies at reservoir

    A woman found not breathing at 12:24 p.m. Sunday at Marion Reservoir near a campsite was pronounced dead at St. Luke Hospital after being transported there by Marion ambulance. At deadline Tuesday, the coroner, sheriff’s department, and emergency crews still were refusing to release the woman’s name, but did say she was not from Marion County.

  • Harvest (and young farmer) get under way

    Alan Vogel’s family spent Fathers Day weekend working together as wheat harvest kicked off in the county. His four children — Allyson, 10, Kelsey, 8, and twins Landon and Justin, 5 — waited their turn to ride with him in the shade of a harvest truck.

  • Likely drunken driver plunges car into lake ravine

    A possibly intoxicated woman in her 40s drove her car off Lakeshore Dr. and into a steep ravine east of the Marion County lake dam at 6:27 p.m. Monday. Although the vehicle was partially overturned midway down a steep embankment, rescue squad members dispatched to the scene were not needed to free her.


  • Towns could reap $1.16 million

    Another round of federal coronavirus relief money available could bring a total of $1.16 million to Marion County — if cities ask for it. The American Rescue Plan Act targets strategic investments intended to build better, resilient, and more inclusive local economies.

  • Prosecutor to investigate Burns

    County attorney Joel Ensey is investigating possible violations of the state open meetings law by the Burns city council. Ruckuses at recent meetings have had a sheriff’s deputy summoned and the city police chief clear the room.

  • UPDATED: Algae advisories extended

    A similar alert for Marion County Lake, which had been under a warning for the past week, was downgraded to a less-serious watch.

  • Man accused of fondling 2 kids

    A 30-year-old Peabody man was charged Thursday with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The charges involve two children and are filed as separate cases.

  • UDPATED: Thouvenell trial delayed again

    UPDATED WEDNESDAY Trial that was scheduled to begin today for an adoptive grandfather charged in 2017 with 12 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with children and one count of battery was delayed for the 10th time. In a case prosecuted by the attorney general’s office, Jerry Thouvenell was charged in February 2017 for alleged offenses involving three victims between Jan. 1, 2012, and Aug. 8, 2016.

  • Cat goes down the drain

    Marion police were met June 14 with an unusual sight of two young girls crouched down by a storm drain on the west side of 5th St. in Marion. A witness called officers out of fear that the girls would fall down the drain, but it turned out that the girls merely were trying to lure their housecat out of the storm sewer a block from their home.


  • Museum shows history on wheels

    Despite heat and harvest, Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum’s 14th annual car show attracted nearly two dozen historical vehicles. “We get to see classic cars and trucks, and the people get to sit and visit,” Fern Bartel, museum director, said. “It’s a wonderful time.”

  • Freshman finds way from field to freeway

    Most kids from urban areas are afraid of driving in the country, with looming threats from deer and rough roads. Colby Nafzinger is more intimidated by the city. “Driving in downtown Newton wasn’t fun,” Colby said about his experience in driver’s ed. “I don’t have a lot of driving experience in towns.”


  • Marvin Koehn

    Services for carpenter Marvin Koehn, 92, who died Thursday at his residence in Hillsboro, were Monday at Alexanderfeld Mennonite Church, rural Hillsboro. Burial was in the church cemetery. Born May 18, 1929, to Mano and Eva (Jantz) Koehn in Isabella, Oklahoma, he married Erma Smith on March 8, 1953, in DeRidder, Louisiana.

  • David Sheppard

    Services for David Sheppard, 68, former director of the Marion County Special Ed Co-Op, will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro. He died April 28, 2021, at his home in Hillsboro. Born March 5, 1953, in Smith Center to R.G. and Eda Sheppard, he married Marla Pruitt on Dec. 20, 1997, in Lawrence.

  • Wilmer Thiessen

    Services for Wilmer Henry Thiessen, 89, who passed away from this life on earth to his heavenly home on Dec. 19 in Wichita, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Church, Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hildegard; his brother, Virgil Thiessen; his children, Charlene Thiessen, Lynette Roth, Shaun Thiessen, and Vonda Kinser; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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  • Microfilm preserves fallen soldiers

    Marion City Library’s microfilm viewer is 18 years old, no longer prints images, is out of focus, has sticking buttons, and is Melissa Methvin’s best source for soldier obituaries not available anywhere else. Methvin is a volunteer for Story Behind the Stars, a project in which volunteers write life sketches of World War II soldiers. It is associated with Fold3, a military records website that works in tandem with Ancestry.com.

  • Riding to the desert on a horse with no name

    Oliver McCloskey created quite a stir Monday and Tuesday when he rode his haflinger and quarter horse paint mare down Marion’s Main St. and stopped overnight in Central Park. A mountain man who looks the part wearing handmade buckskin clothes and carrying a black powder rifle, he was traveling from Fort Scott to Santa Fe, New Mexico, roughly along the route of the 200-year-old Santa Fe Trail.

  • Seeing the USA, just not in a Chevrolet

    When he set out from Montrose, Colorado, three weeks ago, Tyler Jones didn’t think he would be riding into a furnace. As he pedaled through Marion on Sunday, the temperature was over 100 degrees.

  • Community is sold on idea of garage sales

    Both sides of a garage sale find a thrill in haggling for items. “Are you sure you only want one?” a seller asks as a buyer approaches with half of a pair of miniature shopping carts. “Those two have been together forever. I’ll take $2 off if you take both.”



  • 4-H fundraiser doles out donuts

    Marion County may have many things, but it lacks a Krispy Kreme Donuts location. The Goessel Goal-Getters 4-H club rectified this with a recent fundraiser, partnering with a Krispy Kreme location in Wichita to sell donuts and coffee. The club more frequently does bake sales and sells baseball concessions to raise money for local organizations, camp scholarships, and its own activities.

  • Publisher honored

    Record publisher Eric Meyer was notified this week that he has been included for the 25th time on a list of instructors rated as excellent by their students in his full-time job as a tenured journalism professor at the University of Illinois. The honor is based on student evaluations of his spring semester classes.

  • Insurance agent honored

    Hillsboro insurance agent Jayson Hanschu was notified this week that he has been named an all-American agent by American Family Insurance. The award honors agents for their commitment to customers.

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  • Meatloaf a favorite for seniors

    You can’t please everyone, but Kathy Bernhardt, the cook at Marion Senior Center, does her best. “They just did a survey for favorite meals, and our meatloaf took No. 1” Bernhardt said. “Fried chicken and country fried steaks were runners-up.”

  • Senior center menus


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