• Hillsboro and Bank of Hays ask court to expand hospital receiver's power

    If a company managing the operation of Hillsboro Community Hospital is not appointed to manage its parent company as well, the hospital is in imminent danger of being closed by the state. That’s the position taken by the city of Hillsboro and mortgage holder Bank of Hays in an emergency motion filed Thursday in district court asking that the receiver, Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting, be put in charge of the hospital’s parent company, CAH Acquisition Co #5, HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc.


  • EMS expenses average $676 per run

    Marion County Emergency Medical Service is one of the county’s largest departments and budget activity reports reflect that, but determining how much each run costs can be difficult. For 2018, there were 1,419 ambulance runs, and 76 first response runs. The department generated $598,603.67 in revenue from these, usually from charging insurance companies when responding to a call.

  • Peabody man killed in train wreck

    A Peabody man died early Tuesday when his 2012 Jeep Liberty was hit by an Amtrak train northeast of Peabody. Sheriff Rob Craft said train crew members reported the Jeep was stopped on the tracks without its lights on when the accident occurred.

  • Inmate care more costly in January

    A $4,368.45 bill to the county from a medical billing company contracted by the jail was higher than usual in January. “Normally we’re not that high,” sheriff Rob Craft said of last month’s bill.

  • Soil contamination found at transfer station

    Contaminated soil was discovered last week during excavation work at the county’s transfer station project. Refuse director Bud Druse alerted county commissioners to the contamination during Monday’s county commission meeting.

  • Coffee and tea shop to open

    Dorothy’s House, a coffee and tea shop across from the Elgin Hotel, will open soon in Marion will serve breakfast and lunch between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guest speaker Jerry Mendoza, who will run the business, told Kiwanians about the plans last week.

  • City offers summer job opportunities

    Marion city council handled a laundry list of routine items at Monday’s meeting. Parks and Recreation director Margo Yates told council members seasonal workers, such as mowers, will be allowed to work outside of the department’s traditional hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • One of a kind

    Each week we’ll be featuring a Marion County business in our Business Bio section. Learn about products, services and people here in your own county. By ALEXANDER SIMONE Staff writer Nestled in what otherwise would seem to be a residential area of S. Coble St. is a global leader in manufacturing.


  • Southern wind farm could launch next year

    A wind farm nearly 15 years in the discussion and planning stages looks to begin spinning rotors, instead of wheels, by the middle of next year. The Expedition Wind Farm project being developed by National Renewable Solutions, based in Wayzata, Minnesota, was originally the brainchild of Florence resident Rex Savage. Under Savage’s hand, the idea notched forward but didn’t reach construction.

  • Icy weather puts damper on student sickness

    For some area schools, two snow days last week reduced the number of students out sick. Hillsboro superintendent Max Heinrichs said the district has been tracking absences since a wave of cold- and flu-like illness began circulating in the county about a month ago.

  • Marion library gets top rating

    Marion City Library was given top marks by a national library association, Library Journal. Head librarian Janet Marler said criteria for its 5-star award include budget, per-capita circulation, visits, number of programs and attendance, public internet usage, and e-circulation.

  • Tabor guest professor tells about life in Ukraine

    For four generations, Michael Cherenkov and his Ukrainian forebears have been pushing back against the godlessness of the former Soviet Union. The presenter at Friday’s Lifelong Learning session at Tabor College, Cherenkov has a two-year teaching assignment at Tabor and travels throughout the country to promote support for oppressed Christians in Asia.

  • Scouts kickoff cookie season with fun

    Eastmoor United Methodist Church was a social hub for girl scouts Friday, as 35 scouts from Marion County and beyond gathered for the sixth annual Cookie Kickoff. The girls came from Marion, Peabody, Hillsboro, Moundridge, Hesston, and Herington to enjoy the event, which had an under the sea theme.

  • Woman's passion for painting flows again

    After retiring a few years ago from a 43-year career in nursing, Peabody resident Carol Smith now has lots of time — and paint — on her hands. “I love art,” Smith said. “I decided early on that I was going into art.”


  • Brennan Fine

    A private family graveside service for Brennan Michael Fine was Sunday at the Marion Cemetery. Brennan was born Feb. 3 at Wesley Medical Center.

  • Marilyn Hageberg

    Marilyn Hageberg, 81, Burdick, died Feb. 5 at Legacy of Herington. Services were Monday at Burdick United Methodist Church. She was born Oct. 20, 1937, at Marion, the daughter of Ernest and Dola Blankley Meierhoff.

  • Danniel King

    Private family services for Danniel King, 65, who died Feb. 5, will be at a later date. He was born Dec. 12, 1953, to Karl and Cecil Fluke Davidson in Clarinda, Iowa.

  • Bob Matz

    Funeral services for Bob Matz, 84, who died Feb. 9 at Newton Medical Center, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery. A prayer service will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Visitation will follow.

  • Valera Morgan

    The funeral service for Valera (Graham) Morgan, 94, who died Monday at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.


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  • Breed called 'cattle of kings'

    If Goessel resident Vernon Base lived in Africa, where his cattle came from, he’d be considered extremely wealthy. There a man’s worth is measured by how many live animals he has. Base and his wife, Angela, have raised Watusi for 24 years and the herd is up to 40 animals.

  • Cattle needs increase in cold

    Extreme weather conditions, such as recently seen in Marion County, mean cattle have greater needs. Nolan Brunner, co-owner of Cow Camp Ranch at Ramona, a feedstock, cow/calf operation and commercial feed yard, said cattlemen need to be especially attentive to their animals’ needs in extreme weather.

  • Symphony 2019 looks to the stars

    The state’s motto, Ad Astra per Aspera, “To the stars through difficulties,” will be the theme of this year’s Symphony in the Flint Hills on June 15. The event will be at a location its owners call Irma’s Pasture, south of Cottonwood Falls at Bazaar. Bazaar is an unincorporated dot in the prairie with 81 rural residents and a United Methodist church.

  • Grain prices edging up

    Despite a slowing ag economy, grain prices are higher than a year ago. Tuesday prices at Cooperative Grain and Supply in Marion were $4.58 for wheat; $8.08 for soybeans; $3.12 for milo; and $3.40 for corn.




  • Attorney reviews legalities of being a school board member

    Centre Board of Education members were schooled Monday on board policies. Donna Whiteman, an attorney with Kansas Association of School Boards, spent an hour reviewing the legalities of being a school board member.

  • Marion, Centre to celebrate National FFA Week

    To celebrate National FFA Week next week, Marion and Centre FFA chapters are planning several days of special activities. Marion will celebrate by sponsoring dress-up days for FFA members each day of the week.

  • Marion stifles Ell-Saline

    Ell-Saline dropped in the first points in the girls game at Friday’s homecoming, but that was one of the few things that didn’t go Marion’s way. The Warriors held the lead from the second basket on, as the closest score was 29-24 at the end of the third quarter.

  • Cougars have rough night at Elyria

    The Centre girls’ team lost by one free throw Friday at Elyria Christian School; the boys lost by 32. Their last home games were Tuesday against Canton-Galva. Three seniors were recognized: Xavier Espinoza, Tanner Wiggins, and boys’ team manager, Mickey Spohn.

  • Marion wrestlers finish 9th at Chase County

    The Marion wrestling team finished ninth out of 14 teams Saturday at the Chase County Invitational at Cottonwood Falls with 32 points. The Warriors got one good, final tune up for this weekend’s regionals at Fredonia, facing competition from Class 4A’s Mulvane, Burlingame, Wamego, and El Dorado.

  • TEEN to meet Feb. 20

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the USD 408 district office in Marion. For questions or more information, contact Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

  • Olympics planned for little ones

    Students enrolled in Parents as Teachers and Head Start preschools in the county can enjoy a morning of come-and-go games and swimming at Marion Aquatic Center and Sports Complex from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 2. The event will include games to improve gross motor skills, swimming, snacks, and home activity ideas.

  • College degrees and honors

  • Centre and Marion school menus


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