• HES festival is colorful makeover

    When is a gym not a gym? At Hillsboro Elementary School, it was Monday, when art teacher Heather Corby transformed the gym into a lively and colorful art gallery displaying a year’s worth of her students’ talent and creativity.

  • Fishing line, diapers, and beer cans

    Lloyd Davies intended to get the 15th annual Marion Reservoir cleanup day started promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday, but he couldn’t; a crush of volunteers was still busy filling out paperwork and scrambling for doughnuts and coffee. “We were so packed in the shed signing up that it was hard to move around,” Davies said. “I usually order 10 dozen doughnuts and had thought about cutting it back to eight, but for the first time they were all gone by late morning.”

  • Eclectic artist welds 'creative lunacy'

    Fusing the way of the welder with drawing and sculpting, Aulne artist Julie Starks conjures new metallic life from the heavy heaps of scrap metal that adorn her lawn. Strobes of flashing light and the smell of burnet metal emanate from her workshop as the crackle of her welder mingles with songs of jazz singers like Nina Simone, whom Starks listens to while working on a project.

  • Drivers extricated after Hillsboro wreck

    A three-vehicle accident on US-56 just north of Hillsboro Tuesday evening sent three people to Hillsboro Community Hospital, one with a possible broken leg. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash log, an eastbound 2017 Subaru Crosstrek driven by Tania A. Sorenson, 32, Hillsboro, was preparing to turn north into a driveway when the Subaru was struck from behind by a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Nathaniel N. Bentley, 33, Gypsum.


  • Local retirement communitites give helping hand

    Local retirement communities came to the rescue Wednesday after a 6-inch pipe caused a “small river” to flow through the hallways of retirement community Moundridge Manor and displaced all of its residents. “Water geysered up wherever it could in the building,” office manager Angela Koehn said. “Through walls cracks, anywhere it could force itself.”

  • Cash stolen under prosecutor's nose

    Someone stole an envelope containing cash and a money order from a desktop counter at the county attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon. County Attorney Courtney Boehm told county commissioners during Monday’s meeting that two individuals came into the office late that afternoon, one of whom has a number of bad check charges against her. An envelope containing $1,244 was left on a counter while staff members were busy with the individuals.

  • New hospital is open for business

    It took more than six years from groundbreaking to construction, but Hillsboro Community Hospital finally has a new home at Industrial Rd. and US-56. Chief executive officer Marion Regier said it was worth the wait.

  • Moran staffer in town on Tuesday

  • Marion EMS gets $175,000 new home

    Cramped quarters will soon be a thing of the past for Marion emergency medical crews, as county commissioners moved Monday to purchase the former Auto House building to house ambulances and personnel. Commissioners took a tour of the building at 1242 Commercial Dr. a week ago, looking over its two bays, office area, upstairs break room, and loft. The building also has a fenced-in storage yard at the rear.

  • Expired medications to be collected Saturday

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced that law enforcement agencies across the state will collect leftover medications Saturday for safe disposal as part of a nationwide effort. “Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets, and the environment,” Schmidt said. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”

  • Polka and family go hand-in-hand in Pilsen

    It all must have been a blur for tiny Jaxon Svitak, whirling around a crowded, darkened Pilsen Community Center floor Sunday in the arms of his great-grandmother to the lively strains of live polka music. He’s too young to know that he had just been baptized into a family and community heritage that stretches back generations.

  • Out of poverty with a little help from their friends

    People living on the edge of self-sufficiency and those who know the ropes of getting by in the world can have a powerful influence on each other’s lives. Leaders, as they are called, who live in poverty, and allies living a middle- or upper-class lifestyle can learn much from each other. That’s an important reason Circles works in Marion County.


    Beer at demo derby


  • James Smith

    Former Centre High School principal James Eldon “Jim” Smith, 79, died April 18. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wilsey Christian Church, Wilsey.

  • Dean Seifert

    Marion native Dean Paul Seifert, 57, of Miles City, Montana, died April 13 in Billings, Montana. He was born Jan. 27, 1960, to Leland and Hilda Seifert in Marion, where he also attended grade school. Seifert graduated high school in Grove, Oklahoma.

  • Willam Jacobs

    William R. “Bill” Jacobs, 69, died Tuesday at Manor Care in Wichita. A graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton.

  • David Carlisle

    Former Carlisle Dairy owner David Jay Carlisle, 79, died April 14 in San Angelo, Texas. Born Dec. 9, 1937, in Florence to Jay H. and Sybil (Hancock) Carlisle, he grew up on a farm near Burns then bought his own farm and ran Carlisle Dairy.

  • John Britain

    John Lloyd Britain, 91, passed away on April 20, 2017, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion, Kansas. John was born January 28, 1926, to Winfred and Grace Harder Britain in Strong City, Kansas. He was the oldest of four children. He graduated from Elmdale High School in 1944.


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    Daniel Miller

    William Rodriguez




  • Art show features young and old

    The word “seniors” refers to high schoolers and those over the age of 55, for an art show this weekend in Goessel at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum. Advanced art created by Goessel High School seniors will be displayed at a free open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Art from four GHS alumni also will be displayed, including quilts, china painting, jewelry, paintings, and photography.

  • Senior menu


    Davises visit California

    Baptist women meet


  • Home meet good for Goessel girls

    Stephany Meyer led the Goessel Bluebirds with two firsts and a second as the girls took second in Friday’s home track meet. Meyer won the 200-meter dash in 27.7 seconds, and won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 7.25 inches for gold medals. Her 33’3.5” distance in triple jump was 2.5 inches behind the winner.

  • Pratt aside, Trojans hitting stride

    Hillsboro High softball coach Stephanie Sinclair could look at the end of last week and see a half-empty glass. The Trojans were scoreless in Thursday doubleheader losses to Pratt, and Friday the team’s lone senior, Mesa Merrill, went down with an injury that will sideline her for an undetermined amount of time. But steady improvement by her young squad has Sinclair looking ahead to a glass that’s half-full and more.

  • Goessel golfer hits hole-in-one

    Ben Schrag of Goessel aced the 123-yard ninth hole Sunday at Pine Edge Golf Course, Witnesses were Tina Schrag, Noah Schrag, and Levi Schrag.


  • Purring engines, pleasant weather make for peaceful day

    Sunny skies and moderate temperatures Sunday got the season’s first Peabody Sunday Cruise off to a brisk and enjoyable start. Both sides of the 100 block of N. Walnut St. were filled with cars, motorcycles, vendors, visitors, music, and good times. People milled around, admired the vehicles, bought trinkets, T-shirts, jellies, and doughnuts, and compared one model to another.

  • Expert tips on detailing vehicles

    The devil really is in the details when it comes to detailing vehicles, one area professional said. A touch tongue-and-cheek Nate Funk, detail manager at Midway Motors in Hillsboro, said there was one thing people can do to keep vehicles clean.

  • From pasture to auto show

    David Cornish spent three years and “a ton of money” restoring a rusty and weathered 1949 Chevrolet Coupe into a beautiful white road car he showed off Sunday at Peabody’s Sunday Cruise. “She literally came out of a pasture outside Augusta,” Cornish said.



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