• Dispatch errors prompt EMS changes

    Mistakes that led to a rural Lincolnville woman arriving at a hospital more than an hour after an Oct. 28 911 call reporting she’d had a cardiac arrest likely won’t happen again. “That was a mistake by dispatch,” Emergency Medical Services director Ed Debesis told county commissioners Monday.

  • Christmas home tour is novel and nostalgic

    Something old, something new, and something borrowed might bring to mind a wedding is in the works, but those words also describe Marion City Library’s annual Christmas home tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3. “We’re always fortunate that people are so generous to open their homes,” library director Janet Marler said. “We have a couple of older ones, a couple of newer ones, remodeled ones — some good variety this year.”

  • Council overrules mayor on appointment

    Three Marion city council members rejected Mayor Todd Heitschmidt’s recommendation Monday to delay appointing Darin Neufeld as representative to the board of the county’s new beleaguered economic development corporation. Councilman Chris Costello broached the subject by saying the city needs to decide whether it will appoint representatives.

  • Stabbing remains a mystery

    An investigation into an alleged Nov. 15 stabbing in Peabody is stalled because the victim refuses to cooperate with authorities. “Since I don’t have a victim reporting a crime or making a statement to the police department, I don’t have anything,” Peabody police chief Bruce Burke said.

  • Coloring contest open

    Children ages 3 to 10 can put crayons, markers, and colored pencils to festive use by creating entries for Hoch Publishing’s annual Santa’s Christmas Coloring Contest. One winner drawn at random from all entries will receive a large Christmas stocking filled with gifts and more.


  • Trump and Yellow Dog for school board?

    While write-in candidates won 21 races across the county, many more names — real and fictitious — were written on ballots. Countywide election results show a few fictitious names written on ballots for various elected offices.

  • Lake talk stirs up commission

    Commissioners got a polite but firm earful from county lake residents Monday, with blue-green algae leading the list of concerns John and Sharon Quinn, who bought their house at the lake in April 2014, shared information about a $280,000 aeration system proposal to eliminate algae that John Quinn requested from Medora Corp.

  • Road issues surface at meeting

    From hauling wind farm supplies to bridges needing replacement to storing gravel, county commissions took up the subject of roads several times during Monday’s meeting. Commissioners agreed to hire Kirkham Michaels Engineering to do haul route evaluation service for the Diamond Vista wind farm project. Under a road use and maintenance agreement between the county and the project developer, engineering work and any needed repairs to roads and bridges will be paid by the developers.

  • Gunshots in dispute land woman in jail

    Shots fired from a .357 magnum revolver during a domestic dispute Nov. 14 resulted in a Peabody woman being booked into jail. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke was dispatched to the 200 block of Elm St. at 11:44 a.m. for what he described as “an argument between spouses” in which shots were fired.

  • Nutrition termed key to animal health

    At a cattlemen’s meeting Thursday in Lincolnville, veterinarian Dave Rethorst emphasized the importance of good cow nutrition in producing a calf that will remain healthy throughout its lifetime. Known to many in the cattle industry as “Dr. Dave,” Rethorst has more than 40 years of veterinary experience. He has taught at Kansas State University’s school of veterinary medicine and is a featured speaker at many ag issues events. He will begin practicing at the Herington veterinary clinic in the next month or two.

  • Transfer station fix won't be cheap

    A new facility to replace a deteriorating transfer station could cost almost $750,000. Bruce Boettcher and David Devore of BG Consultants met with county commissioners Monday to present three options.

  • Shopping events offer unique gifts

    Anyone looking for a unique gift this holiday season might want to attend a hometown-sponsored shopping event. Peabody American Legion Auxiliary will have a Christmas Showcase from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

  • Thanksgiving travel busiest in years

    If you are one of the projected 50.9 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving, expect your drive to be its busiest in 10 years. An estimated 1.6 million more people than last year will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which according to AAA will have the highest traffic volume since 2005.

  • Thanksgiving a boom time for county bakers

    Marion County has at least four commercial bakeries that can make the Thanksgiving holiday easier by filling special orders. Rachel Collett of CB Baked Goods in Marion said she has one customer who orders a big batch of bierrocks every year.

  • Ag and food play major role in county economy

    Agriculture, food production, and food processing sectors of Marion County contribute $370.5 million to the county economy, according to the latest economic analysis by Kansas Department of Agriculture. KDA economist Kellen Liebsch said the analysis is based on data provided by county ag producers and related businesses to the state and federal government.

  • Tired of fake calls? So are feds

    Federal regulators are targeting calls from fake phone numbers in a new rule adopted Thursday. Telephone providers are now allowed to block calls originating from certain fake phone numbers under a Federal Communications Commission rule aimed at reducing the amount of robocalls consumers receive.


  • Johnnie Liles

    Services for former Hillsboro city superintendent Johnnie Liles, 75, who died Nov. 13 at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were Saturday at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. He was born July 16, 1942, to George and LaVon (Norberry) Liles in Wichita. He married Virgielee Hiebert on April 6, 1963, in Hillsboro; she died in 2002. He married Rhonda Epp on June 23, 2012, in Hillsboro.


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  • New cars are going even leaner on spares

    Asking questions has always been a key part of making a smart purchase. A recent trend in car equipment highlights that importance. A recent American Automobile Association study shows that automakers have been eliminating spare tires from new vehicles in an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy. AAA reports that 28 percent of 2017 vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment, creating hassle and expense for drivers.

  • Damaged vehicles may flood market

    Consumers purchasing used vehicles from private sellers should watch for severe water damage after summer and fall hurricane flooding. There are potentially thousands of formerly waterlogged vehicles in the private seller market after hurricanes ravaged parts of the southern United States earlier in the year, the Kansas Department of Revenue warned.

  • Why air filters are important

    Vehicle owners likely know to check fluid levels and get their car’s oil changed, but air filters may not be at the top of their maintenance checklists. Despite being a relatively inexpensive part, air filters often go overlooked. Air filters have an important job in a vehicle, prolonging the life span of engines and helping cars run more smoothly and efficiently.


  • Partners promote healthy eating

    In the fall of 2015, Marion FFA chapter received a two acre parcel of land from the Marion school district with the intent to start a community garden. After months of grant writing, planning, and recruiting volunteers, the community garden was established. The spring of 2016 was spent working the land and planting various kinds of produce. As the gardening season progressed, several volunteers along with the FFA chapter harvested produce including corn, potatoes, summer squash, beets, onions, and carrots. This produce was donated to Marion County Resource Center Food Bank.

  • Florence native wins teaching award

    A Florence native and Benedictine College associate professor has been named World Language Teacher of the Year. Julie Sellers won the award, which recognizes an outstanding foreign language educator, from the Kansas World Language Association. She specializes in adult second language acquisition and Latin American pop culture, is a certified court interpreter, and has published three books on Dominican music and identity.

  • Supper to benefit cancer victim

    The Tampa community is having a benefit supper for Kathleen Hyman of Florence, who is battling cancer. Hyman is a beautician who works at Tampa two to three times a week. A potato and chili dog bar will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the community center for a donation. Ice cream also will be served.

  • Old Saint Nick to stop at Tampa

    Santa will be coming to Tampa at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, arriving at the community building on a fire truck. He will pass out bags of candy to children. Karsen Kroupa will be on hand to take photos of children with Santa.

  • Marion student nominated

    Sen. Jerry Moran announced Tuesday that Luke Socolofsky of Marion has been nominated for admission to the Air Force Academy. Moran’s Service Academy Board considered more than 70 applicants interested in attending one of five service academies. Forty-two were nominated.


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  • What not to be thankful for

    Turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie are but appetizers. What we mainly feast on each Thanksgiving is tradition. For nearly 40 years, since before my son could clearly say his name, my family has spent every Thanksgiving week in Marion, dining at my mother’s, hauling truckloads of leaves from her yard, and frolicking in Central Park.


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  • Greenhand receives jacket

    The National FFA Foundation recently awarded an official FFA jacket to Centre FFA member Cecilia Rziha and contributed $750 to the chapter. The blue corduroy jacket is the most recognized symbol of the National FFA Organization and worn only by student members.

  • Centre FFA members judge dairy

    On November 15, members of the Centre FFA chapter traveled to McPherson to participate in South Central District dairy career development events. Members competing in milk quality and products identified cheeses by sight and taste and categorized them based upon their characteristics. They also sampled milk and milk products and identified them by flavor, fat content, and CMT levels. They took a written test over milk production and marketing. The senior team comprised of KJ Hudson and Athena Salamone completed a problem solving practice.

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  • Lake to feature holiday lighting

    Start the Christmas holiday with a “drive through” on Hill Rd. at Marion County Lake from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 to view festive decorated homes and acres of sparkling lights. Visitors are being encouraged to continue around the lake to view decorations.

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