• Commissioner angered by at-large appointment

    County commissioner Dianne Novak had angry words for fellow county commissioners Tuesday after she alone voted against appointing Derek Belton to an at-large position on the planning and zoning commission a week after she removed him from the board. Commission chairman Jonah Gehring nominated Belton Tuesday for the position and Novak cast the lone “no” vote.

  • Ambulance gets stuck on call, again

    For the second time in two weeks, a Hillsboro ambulance crew got stuck on muddy roads while on a call. The crew was transporting a patient home from Newton Medical Center at 12:53 a.m. Saturday when the vehicle became mired in mud on Falcon Rd. between 140th and 150th Rds.

  • Cattle dog adjusts to life on the sidelines

    Meggi, a registered border collie, gazes longingly over the pastureland from Rex and Carolyn Savage’s truck emitting the occasional whine from the back seat as she spies the cattle she used to herd so well. Multiple health problems have forced the 13½-year-old Welsh Scottish herder into a retirement she is still adjusting to.

  • Coyote hunters are back in business

    Marion County hunters and trappers now have a market for their coyote pelts through a buyer who visits Marion twice a month. Several hunters and trappers brought pelts, coyotes, and even a bobcat and fox to the parking lot of Ace Hardware in Marion Sunday to sell to a buyer for Lincoln, Nebraska-based Lincoln Fur.

  • Laundromats still valued in an age of convenience

    A washer and dryer are conveniences often taken for granted, but both Marion County’s coin laundry businesses provide a vital service for those without their own appliances, Hillsboro resident Bob Patterson said. Sticker shock over appliance costs spurs Patterson to make a weekly trip to Marion Dry Cleaning and Laundry.


  • Junked cars, homes worry Florence residents

    Florence Council needs to crack down on the number of decrepit vehicles in the city, community member Phil Baldwin said during Monday’s council meeting. “Just going from the restaurant to my house, I bet I drive by 10 or more cars that haven’t been moved for a long time,” he said. “Some of them are jacked up without tires and they don’t run. For some reason we’ve given them the ability that by paying money, they can keep them there.”

  • Main Street Cafe and Bakery opens in Durham

    Main Street Café and Bakery in Durham is now up and running after plenty of hard work put in by owners Mark and Kris Wiebe. The eatery will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Church to participate in Dallas faith gathering

    A livestream event will be 6 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Hillsboro’s Grace Community Fellowship as part of IF:Gathering in Dallas. The international event provides space for women to talk about their faith and connect with peers.

  • Blood drive scheduled for Feb. 10

    An American Red Cross blood drive will be 1 to 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Goessel Mennonite Church. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old or have parental consent, and be in good health to be eligible.

  • GoFundMe popular, quick way to raise funds for causes

    A survey of the gofundme website reveals that quite a few people in Marion County use the site to raise money. The stories and requests engender various emotions, from sympathy, to pity, to laughs. Some are successful and others not so much.


  • Hitting the skids: Response to threat of slick streets varies

    Area road departments took differing approaches in responding to the threat of severe weather caused by last week’s ice storm. Kansas Department of Transportation started staggering employees’ shifts around noon Thursday. The move allowed KDOT to keep workers on standby in case of bad weather overnight, said Ashley Perez, public affairs manager for Kansas Department of Transportation District 2, which includes Marion County.

  • County might buy what it could have for free

    The county is discussing the possibility of buying a Hillsboro building for living quarters for ambulance staff and constructing a two-bay garage for ambulances at an estimated cost of $150,000. In four to five years, it could have ambulance and employee housing free. The main ambulance at Hillsboro is stored free of charge in the Hillsboro firehouse.

  • Wind farm lawsuit loses more plaintiffs

    A second group of plaintiffs have withdrawn from a lawsuit over a conditional use permit granted to a planned wind farm. Court documents filed Friday show 19 have withdrawn from the suit, originally filed Aug. 14 by Peabody farmer Randy Eitzen and 70 other plaintiffs.


  • Delores Cook

    Services were Dec. 26. for Delores M. Cook, 74, Newton, who died Dec. 20 at Newton. Born Dec. 15, 1945, in Marion, to Willis Linn and Gertrude (Schill) Linn, she married Chilson Cook in 1964 in Marion.


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  • Family takes advantage of no-till farming

    Lewis Unruh started using no-till farming with his father in 1996 and he has watched the practice grow in popularity since then. “It’s more than niche farming at this point,” he said. “In the mid-1990s was when it, all at once, became more practical.”


  • Going the distance

    Driving an all-too-familiar 551 miles — the exact same number as our old pre-dial home phone number more than half a century ago — is both literally and figuratively a pain in the backside. But it also provides a welcome opportunity for reflection, especially when traveling with a feline companion who views an Algonquin roundtable as something to jump up and sleep upon, not as a location for stimulating conversation.


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  • Aerospace engineer settles into quiet life

    Brian Tichenor, 65, of Marion grew up in Burrton and attended college at Emporia State University. His drives to and from school usually took him down U.S.-50, but he occasionally swung through Marion and Hillsboro. Now, after 38 years as a materials engineer, he and his wife, Jill, have decided to retire in Marion to be near family and enjoy a quieter life. They moved from Houston, Texas, in 2018.

  • Hospital auxiliary nets highest-ever profit

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary made its highest-ever profit during 2019, bringing in $97,162 and donating $66,403 to St. Luke Hospital, St. Luke Living Center, and St. Luke Home Health. The money given to St. Luke during 2019 exceeds the grand total of contributions from 1973 through 2018.

  • Neo-Century Club scheduled to meet Feb. 3

    At the next meeting Feb. 3 of the Neo-Century Club, Anita Hancock will play harp music following a Valentines theme. Shirley Carlson and Jackie Hett will be hostesses. Members met at Hilltop Manor on Jan. 6 to enjoy an evening of games after a brief business meeting. The winner and loser of each Spinner group were awarded hand-knitted scarves.

  • Library plans story time

    An interactive story time is planned for children up to three years old 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Marion City Library. Activities will focuse on the book “Clap your Hands” by Lorinda Bryan Cauley.

  • Sheriffs' deputy graduates from law enforcement training center

    Marion County Sheriff’s deputy Joshua Melizawas named last week as one of 22 December graduates of Kansas Law Enforcement’s training center near Yoder. Meliza has been working at the sheriff’s department seven months, according to sheriff Bob Craft, but now has his official registration.


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