• UPDATED: Suicidal gunman dies in officer-involved shooting

    A brief but tense standoff with an intoxicated and suicidal gunman who fled into a shed in Lehigh ended in a fatal shooting Tuesday evening. Although law enforcement officers would not immediately identify the victim or confirm that he had died, radio transmissions indicated that Robb Stewart, 408 E. Maria St., was shot and killed at 6:46 p.m., just 33 minutes after police and sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to his house.

  • Reservoir remains under algae warning, lake under watch

    As it has been all month, Marion Reservoir will remain under a blue-green algae warning for the next week while Marion County Lake has been upgraded to less significant “watch” status. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the advisories Thursday. They will remain in effect for a week


  • EMT called to own house, where wife lay dying in yard

    Among calls ambulance personnel receive, one provokes anxiety above all others. “Here is small-town Kansas, almost every call is someone you know,” emergency responder Ben Steketee said. “But it’s almost unfathomable to think of responding to one of your loved ones.”

  • Trunks tell tales of historic migration

    A trunk brought to America from Crimea by Heinrich and Maria Froese in 1875 is one of 18 that will be on display in the historic schoolhouse at the museum complex in Hillsboro. As immigrants prepared to leave their homes in the Old World and move to the New in the 1870s, they carefully packed trunks with their most important possessions.

  • Mini-cows found 7 miles away

    A half-dozen miniature cattle, missing and feared stolen for five days, were recovered by their owners Sunday from a pasture seven miles away in Butler County. Rudy, Blue Belle, Duck, Daisy, Bessie, and Rosie were in their own pasture, with the gate chained shut, when owner Aaron Moore completed her chores at 6 p.m. June 13.

  • Intern finds Kansas's hospitality refreshing

    Jackson, Mississippi, and Marion, Kansas, are vastly different cultures, but Lee Jones finds Marion’s culture a pleasant change. A Jackson native, the soon-to-be senior at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, is in Marion for a summer internship with Natural Resources Conservation Service.


  • Fights break out after Bluegrass at the Lake

    Two fights, both leading to ambulance calls and one leading to an arrest, broke out after Bluegrass at the Lake this weekend at Marion County Lake The Sheriff’s Department, Marion’s canine unit, and Marion ambulance responded to both incidents one just before midnight Saturday, the other near 4 a.m. Sunday.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug, weapon charge

    Two semi-automatic handguns, 6.5 grams of marijuana, and paraphernalia were reportedly found under a front seat during a traffic stop June 12 at Industrial Rd. and US-56. At 12:32 a.m., Marion officer Lee Vogel pulled over a Chevylet Camaro with a defective tag light and obstructed tag. In his report, Vogel said he smelled marijuana and called for Marion’s canine unit.

  • Changes coming at county lake

    Operational changes are being contemplated for Marion County Park and Lake after the resignation of superintendant Steve Hudson. Hudson’s resignation was effective Monday, the same day he was rehired by the county as an equipment operator for the road and bridge department. He worked for the road and bridge department for 3½ years before being appointed lake superintendant 11 years ago.

  • Bluestem Art Guild to exhibit at Gallery 101

    Members of Bluestem Art Guild will exhibit numerous art pieces through September at Gallery 101 in Marion. A pre-opening from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday will give the public a chance to meet the artists. Proprietor Jan Davis will offer wine and refreshments.

  • Panel show to include editor

    A new weekly panel discussion program featuring newsmakers and a rotating panel of journalists from five Kansas newspapers, including news editor David Colburn, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday on KPTS-TV, Channel 8. The half-hour “Kansas Week with Pilar Pedraza,” formerly of KWCH-TV, will include a different journalist each week, starting with the Wichita Eagle then moving to the Marion County Record, the Wellington Daily News, the Times Sentinel suburban Wichita newspapers, and Kansas Publishing Ventures’ newspapers and shoppers in suburban Wichita, Newton, and Hillsboro.

  • Commissioners split on awarding re-bid contract

    County commissioners debated Monday whether to award a contract to demolish the Florence school to the lowest bidder or to a local business whose bid came in close but higher. In the end, they awarded the contract to Belle Plaine-based H Excavating. H Excavating had bid the project at $79,500, with an additional $2,500 to replace existing sewer line beneath the building if the demolition work destroys it.

  • Storm doubles couple's bad luck

    If all were right in the world of Tom and Cheryl Potts of Peabody, they would have ridden out Thursday’s storm in their 102-year-old two-story house at 612 N. Walnut St. in Peabody, and they still would have a car. However, a December electrical fire rendered the house uninhabitable, forcing them to look for temporary living quarters.


  • Aileen Hanschu

    Services for retired farm wife, rural teacher, and school cook Aileen Hanschu, 91, who died Monday at St. Luke Hospital, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Lewis Cemetery, Ramona. Born July 3, 1925, to Ernest and Minnie (Hill) Bird of Hope, she married Theodore Hanschu on May 24, 1947. The couple farmed for 29 years, and she worked as a teacher at a rural school for five years. They moved to Marion in 1976, and she cooked at the elementary school and did housework for others.

  • Erma Koehn

    Services for Erma Koehn, 83, who died Sunday at her home in Hillsboro, were this morning at Alexanderfeld Mennonite Church. Born Sept. 6, 1933, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Daniel and Lena (Schmidt) Smith, she married Marvin Koehn on March 8, 1953, in DeRidder, Louisiana.

  • Amanda Marler

    Services for Amanda A. Marler, 37, who died Monday in Wichita, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Visitation will be 7 to 8:30 tonight at the church. A committal service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday.

  • Bruce Sayers

    Services for retired Boeing worker Bruce Sayers, 59, of Burns, who died June 14 at Via Christi - St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, were Saturday in Peabody. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence. Born Dec. 10, 1957, in Wichita to Lawrence F. and Lois L. (Glass) Sayers, who survive, he was preceded in death by son Travis Wayne Sayers.

  • Darlene Sondergard

    Services for Ramona native Darlene F. Sondergard, 94, Herington, who died Saturday at Herington Municipal Hospital, were to have been this morning at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ramona, with burial in Lewis Cemetery. Born June 11, 1923, to Adam and Mary (Schick) Helbach, she married Alfred J. Sondergard on Sept. 16, 1942, at her parents’ home in Ramona. She worked as office manager for his business for more than 40 years. He died July 13, 2014. A grandson and a brother also preceded her in death.


    Del Hollon





  • Matzes to celebrate 71st anniversary

    Raymond R. and Eunice (Janzen) Matz will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary Thursday. They were married June 22, 1946, in Hillsboro.

  • Blood drive collects 41 pints

    A local blood drive June 12 collected 41 pints, according to Callyan Lacio, an incoming senior at Hillsboro High School who assisted as part of a Leaders Save Lives scholarship program. Dale’s Supermarket provided sandwich material for donors and workers, volunteers helped prepare and serve meals, and Hillsboro United Methodist Church allowed use of its facilities.

  • Senior menu


    Wiebes celebrate 50th anniversary


  • Schools appear headed for 2-A

    It’s still too early to tell, but it appears that a class realignment adopted last week by the state will put both Marion and Hillsboro securely in Class 2-A for all sports. For several years, both schools have been on the cusp between 3-A and 2-A, often being in one class for football and another for other sports.

  • County students honored at KSU tractor design contest

    Two Marion County students were part of Kansas State University teams that placed in the top five this month in an international design competition for quarter-scale tractors. Hillsboro High School graduate Jesse Meier, now a biological systems engineering major at K-State, was part of a seven-member team of freshmen and sophomores that placed second.

  • Honors and degrees


  • Free talk to explore history of ranching

    Elmdale ranchers Joe and Connie Mushrush will share stories about the history and science of ranching at a Ranching Heritage Prairie Talk at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Bluffs, a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177. The Mushrush family has raised red angus cattle for more than 60 years.

  • Calendar of events


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