• Dual tragedies rock rescuers

    A dozen county first responders gathered Monday to discuss, and debrief from, two weekend wrecks that took the lives of four people. Working the scene of such incidents can cause lingering emotional and psychological trauma for emergency responders.

  • Teen found dead hours after ATV crash

    A 16-year-old Hillsboro boy who disappeared from friends while driving an all terrain vehicle was found dead three hours later east of the south end of Marion County Lake’s dam. The parents of Seth Michael Mader had reported their son missing only two minutes earlier, at 11:23 p.m. Saturday. They found him lying face down in a pool of blood, tangled in a pile of rocks in a ravine, according to monitored transmissions.

  • Crash leaves 3 dead, 1 seriously hurt

    A wreck Friday afternoon at US-56 and K-256 northwest of Marion left three dead and two injured — one of them seriously. Wanda L. Richmond, 85, Marion, died when a westbound 2016 Ford Taurus in which she a passenger broadsided a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan that had pulled in front of the Taurus on US-56 from a stop sign on K256.

  • Cop, drug dog go to county

    A Marion drug dog that cost $7,600 in 2019, $2,500 for a kennel in a police car, $2,357.67 for emergency surgery after she ate an extension cord in 2021, and about $7,000 a year to house, feed, and recertify, is now in the possession of the sheriff’s office because officer Aaron Slater, the dog’s handler, changed jobs. For now, the dog remains the property of the city of Marion. The sheriff’s office is expected to purchase the dog, named Blue, but a price has not been negotiated.

  • Marion seeks project so it can borrow more

    Marion is looking for a project, or projects, on which it can spend an additional $400,000 it can borrow from Kansas Power Pool. The money is left over from bonds sold last year by the power pool to pay for with electrical service work.

  • Steel shortage taking a toll on farmers, dealerships

    A steel shortage resulting from supply chain issues and high demand is having impact on more than simply construction. It’s affecting life on the farm. Farmers are finding it harder to replace implements or get needed repairs.


  • Ag stress focus of new program

    Wildfires. Drought. Rising grain prices. High fuel costs. Any one of those — let alone all of them combined — can decimate a farm or ranch and leave it’s stewards despondent.

  • Historic building to house auto repair shop

    A new auto repair shop is expected to open soon after the new year in a historic Peabody building. Peabody native Colton Glenn is buying a 1919 building at 122 W. 2nd St. The building has a colorful past, including having once been a World War II prisoner-of-war camp.

  • Marion approve survey for grants

    Marion city council members voted to spend up to $5,000 for Ranson Citycode Financial, a firm it uses to write and administer community development block grants, to survey residents to see whether the city still qualifies for those grants. In a letter to the council, Ranson’s Rose Mary Saunders proposed that she prepare a door-to-door survey for all water customers including those in Marion County Improvement District No. 2 at the county lake. The survey would ask about their incomes.

  • Planners discuss signage

    Ten members of the public, half of them downtown business owners, spoke Tuesday with Marion city planners about downtown signs. Discussion of downtown signs began in August after Chelsea Mackey opened Dawn’s Day Spa at 331 E. Main St. and soon afterward had a perpendicular sign mounted over the sidewalk.

  • Dilapidate homes face fix-or-raze hearing

    Owners of three dilapidated properties in Marion will have to make repairs or raze the buildings. City council members voted Monday to set Feb. 6 hearings on these properties:

  • Christmas concert planned

    McPherson Community Brass Choir will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, just north of Goessel on K-15. Joining the 17-piece ensemble will be the Elbiata Singers, a select singing group from Goessel High School, which will provide a musical interlude.

  • Hillsboro, Peabody plan holiday events this weekend

    Hillsboro’s annual Down Home Christmas and Peabody’s annual Come Home for Christmas will be Saturday. Hillsboro’s event will feature food and drinks from downtown merchants and a chili lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

  • Blood drive planned

    A blood drive is planned for 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in fellowship hall at Goessel Church, 109 S. Church St., Goessel. Donors are being asked to bring a photo ID and to drink plenty of water and eat before their appointments, which can be arranged by calling (800) 733-2767.


  • Kimly Carson

    Services for Kimly Carson, 65, who died Nov. 14 at Peabody Health and Rehab in Peabody, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Peabody. Relatives will receive friends 5 70 8 tonight at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

  • Vernon Funk

    Services for Vernon Funk, 69, Lehigh, who died last Thursday at McPherson Hospital, will be 11 a.m. this Thursday at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Pastor Norma Duerksen will officiate. Relatives will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service at the church. Burial will be at Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

  • Ronald Herbel

    Services for Ronald Herbel, 81, Hillsboro, who died Nov. 13 at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church. Pastor John Werner will officiate. Relatives will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.

  • Seth Mader

    Services for Seth Michael Mader, 16, Hillsboro, who died Saturday at Marion County Lake, will be 2 p.m. Friday at the east side of the lake dam. Public viewing will be 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • John Ryding

    Services for retired Zion Lutheran Church pastor John A. Ryding, 71, who died Nov. 22 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Pastor John Werner will officiate. An additional service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill, Nebraska. Pastor John Nelson will officiate at that service.

  • Melvin Watkins

    Services will be scheduled later at Fort Scott National Cemetery and in the Santa Fe Room of Marion City Library for Melvin Magellan Watkins, 83, who died Nov. 23 at his home in Pilsen. Born Nov. 12, 1939, in Minneapolis, Kansas, to Raymond and Gladys (Lott) Watkins, he married Joan Kaye Pierce on March 28, 1958, in Wichita.


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  • Avoiding a lump of debt in your stocking

    ’Tis the season to make cash registers ring. While the silver bells of Christmas sales may not give angels their wings, they’re still godsends in an economy as tattered as ripped-up wrapping paper on Christmas morning. It’s the thought that counts, of course. That’s why I personally balk at stuffing checks and crisp currency into envelopes of over-priced cards or picking items off gift registries as if Christmas were a casual acquaintance’s wedding to which you obligatorily were invited.

  • Shedding light on darkness

    A quarterback dares to throw what he hopes will be a touchdown bomb only to see it turn into an interception. A basketball player goes for a game-changing steal, but the opponent he’s guarding transforms it into a game-winning layup.


    Surviving get-togethers


  • A little lost tree is found

    When Marsha Pagenkopf was a little girl, her mother and father bought a tinsel tree that came complete with a color wheel. “That tree was magic to an 8-year-old,” she said.

  • Rodeo champ puts Ramona on the map

    The tiny community of Ramona has produced a steer wrestler who will be competing for the fourth time Thursday through Dec. 10 in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. “Tanner Brunner of Ramona, Kansas,” will be blared over loudspeakers for the world to hear.

  • Senior centers menus


    15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 105, 135 years ago


  • Marion boys deep with 17 players

    Donald Raymer is back for his third year as head coach for Marions boys basketball with assistant coach Dawson Raymer. Eleven players are returning from last year, and 10 of them have varsity experience.

  • Girls hope play makes up for height

    Marion’s girls won’t be the tallest group on the court but hopes to be the most aggressive. “This season, our goal is to approach each day with a great attitude, great effort, to be coachable, and champions in everything that we do,” coach Jason Hett said.

  • Wrestling team twice the size

    With 11 boys out for wrestling this year, Marion will have twice as big team as it had last year. Every member of the team has wrestled at some point in the last two years making the transition to a new season much easier.

  • Marion, Centre dive into swimming

  • Top-ranked Trojans return just 1 starter

    Ranked No 1 in the state in Class 2A, Hillsboro’s boys basketball team returns only one starter but retains veteran coach. Darrel Knoll enters his 35th year at the school this season with an overall record of 587-211.

  • Girls, also ranked, get new coach

    Ranked No. 9 in the state in Class 2A, Hillsboro’s girls’ basketball team will open the season with a new coach. Micah Ratzlaff will debut as coach for a team that finished 13-9 last year.

  • Hillsboro cooperates on wrestling team

    Hillsboro will be joined by Canton-Galva in fielding a joint wrestling team this year. Hillsboro has five returning starters and one Canton-Galva starter: Emery Dalke, Aidan Simmons, Anthony Fickles, Isaiah Patton, David Schafer, and Lane Rogers.

  • 2 letter winners back at Goessel

    Letter winners Caleb Burkholder and Noah Schrag return this year for Goessel’s boys basketball team along with coach Curtis Guhr, entering his 12th season. “We will be looking to younger guys to step up this season after losing eight seniors to graduation and losing other letter winners to injury,” Guhr said.

  • Goessel girls small but quick

    Ryan Hoopes enters his 16th coaching Goessel girls basketball as the team prepares for its season opener Friday. Goessel finished 12-9 last year and 4-4 in the Wheat State League.

  • Centre boys look to rebuild

    Centre heads into this season with only one returning senior starter, Matthew Basore. The Cougars’ are looking to rebuild after graduating five seniors from last year’s team. Overall, seven players are returning along with seven newcomers. Returning players are Daniel Rziha, Robert Spohn, Karson Kroupa, Gentri Holub, Santiago Knepp, and Nicholas Krch.

  • Coach returns to girls team

    Centre’s girls basketball coach, Alan Stahlecker, returns this year after taking last season off, but he’s hardly a new face. He’s been coaching at Centre for 17 years, 12 of which as head coach. “Coming off of a 2-17 record last season but returning a handful of players that played significant minutes, we will seek to improve on the record while also taking a step forward in the ability to compete with the majority of teams on our schedule,” Stahlecker said.

  • Peabody-Burns did not respond

    After several attempts via email, text, and direct phone calls to coaches, the athletic director, the principal, and the superintendent, Peabody-Burns failed to provide information on its winter sports teams and season.


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