• Harvest starts strong, farmers optimistic

    Harvest is in full swing as hot weather and strong winds drive grain moisture levels down. While kickoff was uneventful for most area farmers, there have been some setbacks. A windstorm Monday night blew down tree limbs throughout the county but no crop damage was reported. Randall Vogel also had some excitement when his full grain truck flipped on its side.

  • Centre hires Peabody grad as new superintendent

    Centre school board had offered a contract to Wilson schools principal Brian Smith to be the district’s new superintendent. The board was to officially ratify the contact at a rare 5:30 a.m. meeting today. If all goes according to plan, Smith will succeed Jerri Kemble as kindergarten through 12th grade principal and superintendent.

  • Marion Main Street to close only briefly

    Resurfacing work on Main Street in Marion shouldn’t close any portion of the road for more than a few hours this summer, engineer Darin Neufeld of EBH & Associates said Thursday. The city has contracted with Kansas Paving of Wichita to resurface the street from Locust Street to just west of 1st Street for $222,709. The company will grind off the top two inches of asphalt and overlay the surface with the same amount of new asphalt.

  • New restaurateur is helping the world, one taco at a time

    In a couple hours of down time, between lunch and supper, a Tampa resident came in to visit with Tara Luna at her new restaurant in Tampa. In the conversation, the resident told Luna that she had to put her dog down. Luna’s immediate response was that she needed to sit down and eat some free food, whatever she wanted. She wanted to provide comfort, but she also had a feeling the woman had not eaten much all day and was not planning to do so in her state of grief.

  • Durham buffet is bucket list experience

    Jeanne Smith attends the Friday buffet at Main Street Café in Durham every week. She’s not alone. “In a few minutes this place is going to be packed,” she said.

  • Law firm moves to remodeled building

    As you drive down Main Street, you will notice that one of the buildings on the North side of the street has a new face. The building at 426 E. Main that formally housed LinCo Electric and G & J Video, will now be the home for the law offices of Karstetter and Bina. The law firm was forced to find a new office space after the building they did occupy was sold. They now lease the building across from the post office from TY Zeiner, owner of Zeiner Funeral Home.

  • Developer says support for wind farm is excellent

    Community support for a proposed wind farm project between Marion and U.S. 50 has been outstanding, Rex Savage of Windborne Energy Inc. told Marion Chamber of Commerce Friday. Support was crucial at the zoning stage of the project. Big companies fail to get zoning permits for wind farms 90 percent of the time, he said, so other developers thought his independent project had no chance to succeed.


  • Herman Kukuk

    Herman E. Kukuk, 82, of Perry, Okla., died June 15. Services were June 18 in Perry. He was born April 2, 1931, to Raymond and Anna Feken Kukuk. His wife, Audrey, and a great-granddaughter preceded him in death.

  • Elenora Walker

    Elenora Walker, 84, of Hutchinson died Sunday at her home. Arrangements are pending with Carlson-Becker Funeral Home of Hope.


    Willard Remmers



  • Bumps, bruises don't stop wakeboarder

    If you are at Marion County Lake most weekends in the summer, chances are you will see a boat either navigated by or pulling Jared Smith. If he is driving, he will be aware of the wind direction, state of the water, and safety of the family member or friend he is towing. If he is behind the boat, he will usually be on a wakeboard.

  • Eclectic styles will be on display for garden tour

    Three gardens in the city and one at the county lake will be featured on Marion City Library’s garden tour 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The tour begins at the library, a converted Santa Fe Railroad depot south of the courthouse. The library moved to the more than century-old depot in 2002. Tickets for the tour will be sold for $5.

  • Development director encourages agritourism

    Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman has a map in her office. Not of Kansas, but of Oklahoma, and it’s all about agritourism. “It’s all color coordinated. It’s wonderful,” she said. “Oklahoma gets agritourism.”

  • Peabody Fourth promises a million explosions

    According to newspaper files, photographs of July Fourth activities, and records of the former Peabody Chamber of Commerce, consecutive Peabody Fourth of July celebrations began in 1921. This year we arrive at the 92nd of them. There are no “old timers” left to reminisce about early celebrations. Old black and white photographs show parades and patriotic speakers addressing crowds, probably at the city park, but there is not much concrete evidence of the growth of the event. It is likely the celebrations of old are nothing like those today.

  • Volunteers invigorate town, create Redneck in Ramona

    “We all have fire in us,” Jessica Gilbert said. “Anytime you have an idea and other people join in it’s beautiful.” Gilbert and her sister Pat Wick have been organizing Ramona’s Fourth of July Celebration since 1998. Some years, Gilbert wishes she could just walk away and let someone else plan the event, starting in January.

  • Calendar of events

  • Fireworks schedules vary by area

    When people can discharge fireworks depends on where the person is in Marion County. Rural portions of the county have the most days — nine — and the allowable hours change from day to day. At the other end of the spectrum is Hillsboro, with only four days of fireworks. County County regulations apply in rural areas and in cities that do not have their own regulations. Fireworks may be sold June 28 through July 6.
  • June 28 — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • June 29 to July 1 — 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 2 and 3 — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 4 — 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • July 5 — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 6 — 8 a.m. to midnight. Fireworks may be discharged at Marion County Park and Lake. They may not be discharged at Marion Reservoir. Hillsboro Fireworks may be sold in Hillsboro June 27 through July 5.
  • July 1 to 3 — 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 4 — 10 a.m. to midnight. Marion Fireworks may be sold in Marion July 1 through 4.
  • July 1 and 2 — 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 3 and 4 — 9 a.m. to midnight. Peabody
  • July 1 and 2 — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 3 and 4 -- 8 a.m. to midnight.
  • Even with algae warning, lakes offer much to do

    Blue-green algae has struck again at Marion Reservoir, but that is not stopping people from enjoying the lake. So far this year Marion County Lake has not been affected, but the possibility is high as drought continues. If both lakes receive a warning, what can people do to have fun without getting in the water?

  • Late night swim to benefit ministries

    Hillsboro’s municipal pool will offer a special “twilight swim” from 9 to midnight Friday as a fundraiser for Main Street Ministries.Pool staff are volunteering their time. Swimmers will be asked to donate $3 or three non-perishable food items.


  • City starts off expecting to lose even more on building

    The former Arlie’s building will be listed on state websites with an asking price $36,500 below the lease-purchase price the city agreed to six weeks ago. The asking price will be $198,500. Because the websites, Location One and LoopNet, are through the Kansas Department of Commerce there will be no fees. The city is paying principal and interest on the $235,000 agreement at a clip of $1,339 a month over 20 years.

  • Work on Pilsen road won't delay other projects

    Unplanned expenses to prepare Remington Road for the Father Kapaun pilgrimage to Pilsen earlier this summer won’t delay other projects this year. Road and Bridge Department had budgeted to have funds carry over to the 2014 budget, but if 10 miles of road are chip sealed as planned, that carry-over would be depleted, Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford said.


  • Bravery, piety in the face of death

    The Chaplain was mentioned constantly by those who knew him in battle and later in the prison compounds. He was their hero — their admired and beloved “Padre”. No one could say enough about his bravery, his constancy, his love and kindness and solicitude for his fellow prisoners. A Korean correspondent for the Associated Press sent the following dispatch to the United States — a simple, yet eloquent and unanimous expression of grateful fellow P.O.W.’s, “We remember Father Kapaun for his great humility. No task seemed impossible to him, and he never got disturbed about the amount of work that was always his. His constant cheerfulness reflected his inner piety and devotion. One would never guess that he was a very educated man.

  • About the series


  • It's time to bag the tea party

    We beg to differ with State Rep. John Barker’s assertion, elsewhere on this page, that the most recent legislative session was an unqualified success. Yes, the Legislature lowered sales and income taxes, but at what cost and to what end?

  • These little town blues . . .

    Imagine the scene. It’s 9 a.m. Saturday — a time that doesn’t really exist for most 20-something males, particularly those without regular female companionship. There’s a knock at your door — a door few knows exists because it leads to an obscure, second-floor downtown apartment.

  • Barker views legislative session as successful

    Nearly half of the House members, myself included, were newly elected. That helped sweep away many personal conflicts that mired previous legislatures. We came to Topeka with a new attitude and your mandate that the status quo was not acceptable. Second, the Legislature adopted a long-term approach to budget and tax policy. It used to be that a mere few months into a budget year state agencies had to start scrambling to develop a budget for the next year and guessing what resources might or might not be available.


  • Williams family gathers for reunion at lake

    Forty-two descendants of Christopher C. Williams, Lucy E. Williams Crawford, and the J.K. Williams family from six states met at the Marion County Lake hall June 9 for their annual reunion. A potluck meal and a short business meeting were followed by Fred Williams of San Antonio, Texas, telling of his missionary work in Thailand. His wife, Oht, assisted him in his work there.

  • County students graduate, earn honors

    With the spring semester ending and summer here, schools are releasing news of achievement by college and high school students. Kansas State University Twenty-two Marion County students earned spring semester honors: Florence: Jaclyn Deforest. Hillsboro: Aaron Klassen, Bryant Miller, Alex Nuss, and Candace Weinbrenner. Lehigh: Neal Kaiser. Lincolnville: Taylor Harms. Marion: Samuel Ehrlich, Patrick Hodson, Louis Holt, Tristan Snelling, Derek Stuchlik, Eric Vogel, and Julia Zeiner. Peabody: Alexandra Holm-McDowell, Broderick Kyle, Seth Methvin, Derrick Till, Courtney Traxson, and Joseph Zappone. Tampa: Matthew Klenda. Hutchinson Community College


    Marion Senior Center, Tampa

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