• Flooding creates life-or-death drama for driver

    Up to four inches of rain in less than two hours Monday inundated Marion County, sending the Cottonwood River 13 Kevin Steele of Marion says he is lucky to be alive after rushing water pushed his Pontiac Grand Prix off Nighthawk at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Flooding takes toll countywide

    Torrential rain Monday flooded streets and caused the Cottonwood River and creeks to overflow, but the effects weren’t uniform across the county. Peabody

  • Daughter faces 4 charges; 2 Tabor players also charged

    A special prosecutor appointed to file final charges related to a party July 12 filed four charges against Whitney Dawn Gordon of Marion. Gordon is charged with:

  • Peters family shares love for cattle showing

    Six-year-old Ashley Peters led her black-and-white Maine-Anjou steer, 3-times her size, into the show ring Friday, hoping he would bring a good price. Her steer, Leopard—or Leopold, depending on the day—won grand champion in its class at the Marion County Fair.

  • City wants to fill vacant businesses

    Renewing Marion’s Main Street neighborhood revitalization plan will not change its provisions but could develop the city’s downtown economy. County commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to continue the inter-local agreement. The plan includes a 95 percent real estate tax rebate on improvements lasting 10 years. The county will retain five percent for administration of the program.

  • Hess family on the road to recovery

    Life is almost back to normal for the family of 18-year-old Karly Hess, who had open-heart surgery July 15. “She’s doing great,” mother Sherry said last week. “She has some pain and had some muscle spasms but is improving every day.”

  • Death near Florence a likely suicide

    The body of 67-year-old Raleigh Heskett of Lyndon was found Thursday east of Florence. Sheriff Rob Craft said a coroner’s report identified Heskett, who had been reported missing July 15 in Osage County. He died of a single gunshot to the head. It appeared to be self-inflicted, Craft said.


  • Vincent Garber

    Vincent F. Garber, 70, of Lyons died Friday at his home. Garber was born Dec. 14, 1942, in Fremont, Ohio, to Frank Richard and Alya May Dymond Garber.


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  • Teachers enjoy "light bulb" moment

    Teaching is more than just a job for two new USD 408 teachers. Kelsey Metro, who will teach middle school science, is returning to her alma mater.

  • School supply drive scheduled

    For the second year, Butler Community College is organizing a supply drive for USD 408 students who cannot afford new crayons, pencils, washable markers, glue, scissors and notebook paper. Boxes will be located at the Chamber of Commerce, Carlsons’ Grocery, Marion Health Mart Pharmacy, St. Luke Hospital, Marion Presbyterian Church, Marion Senior Center, and Butler of Marion.

  • Tabor prepares for return of students

    Tabor College’s full student-life staff returned to work Monday to prepare for students. Most of the staff takes a 1½-month break during the summer to recharge. Dean of Students Jim Paulus and administrative assistant Kaylene Unruh are the only student-life workers who stay all summer.

  • Two new graduates follow different paths to college

    Like many recent graduates, Tabatha Rose has plans for college. A spring graduate of Centre High School, she already has been accepted at Kansas City Art Institute, where she will study illustration and graphic design. However, she is delaying admission to spend more time with her family and earn money to cover what financial aid won’t pay.

  • Future collegians study today to save tomorrow

    Centre High School juniors Daniela Svitak and Tabitha Oborny did not get much of a summer vacation, but they are OK with that. Svitak and Oborny were taking general psychology for college credit at Butler Community College of Marion. They finished Thursday.



  • Adrift in a torrent of news

    When it rains, it… well, you know the rest. You lived it this week. And we’re not talking about just the weather. From lingering animosity over jail towers and new competition for local hospitals to additional charges lodged against young partiers, we’ve been deluged by news that, quite honestly, we take no particular pleasure in reporting.

  • Raising city kids in a small town

    We laughed when we heard the quip, and perhaps there is some truth in it. It would seem though, that as a culture, we are raising teenagers in a much different time than ever before, and I believe that we don’t grasp the significance of it. A few years ago a professor of youth ministry (yes, there is such a thing) set out to understand youth culture. What he found was eye-opening to many adults.

  • No one thrown under bus

    The request for the forgotten tower was brought to the city Planning Commission for informal discussion. At that meeting I said it did not appear the tower met zoning regulations and we probably could not approve a conditional use permit. Since there was some urgency to get started on the tower, I then suggested thattime could be saved if the request was taken to the Board of Zoning Appeals as a variance request. This was done, and a public hearing was scheduled, but it was cancelled when another approach was taken.

  • Support hometown health care

    Health care has changed significantly over the years. Doctors can easily find themselves practicing “cookbook medicine” governed by insurance companies. Care is divided between many different providers due to health care cost and reform. From what I can tell, these changes are what can give our patients the impression that they are on an assembly line. I left a large hospital full of protocols and divided care to practice in Hillsboro. In my short time here, I have had the opportunity of a lifetime. I have been able to see the compassion and support of this community.


  • Cosmetologist to come back to roots

    Marion native Chassidy Carlson knew at a young age she wanted to be a cosmetologist. “It’s always been a passion of mine,” she said.

  • Veteran day care provider to reopen

    After a two-year hiatus, Marion child care provider Tracey Long is reopening her day care business at 319 Locust St. The decision came when Long became a grandmother.

  • Gooding family has reunion

    Members of the Gooding family gathered for a reunion July 21 at Marion County Lake hall. After a potluck dinner, a cake was served to celebrate Lucille Kerbs’ 80th birthday and Virgil Gooding’s 85th birthday.

  • Marion Senior Center accepting donations

    Marion Senior Center is taking donations for Butler Community College’s school supply drive. The Center also is accepting donations of paper towel rolls for Marion Elementary School. Mary Costello brought candy bars for treats for “no special reason.”


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