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Top headlines of 2015

Here, by category, were Marion County’s most popular headlines of 2015, as determined by subscriber readership data from our websites:

GOVERNMENT

  • Gravel gets rocky reception (February), farmer confronts county (July), 300 pack lake hall to protest (July), road and bridge supervisor resigns (October)
  • County ultimatum leads to shake-up at Tampa EMS (March), another ambulance goes down (May), Peabody crew chief fired (October), state may be investigating county (October), EMS director resigns (November), calls for Peabody reinstatement lead to allegations of wrongdoing (November), consultant addresses EMS refusals (December)
  • Marion economic developer resigns then quits new job in McPherson after arrest in first week (November)
  • Marion officials defend flawed hotel study before hotel pulls interest in city (July)
  • County budget: commissioner abstains (September), attorney trades raise for assistance (November), commissioners approve Christmas bonuses (December)
  • Roundabout opens after months of construction and detours (December)
  • Kapaun museum fails hours test for highway tourism sign (July)
  • State cuts costs county schools almost $150,000 (February)
  • Rancher sues county over wind farm setbacks (April)
  • Marion mayor learns to practice what he pitches: sewer insurance (December)

BUSINESS

  • Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opens in Hillsboro (January)
  • Dollar General picks location in Marion (February) and opens (December)
  • Alco clearance marks beginning of end for Hillsboro store (February)
  • Marion Chamber of Commerce board votes to disband (October)
  • Benefactor helps Cindy’s Family Café reopen after brief seizure for sales tax delinquency (March)
  • Mexican restaurant in Marion ransacked (October) then reopens under new ownership as Cazadores (November)
  • Plans for new Dairy Queen in Marion put on hold (April)
  • Bombarded by “stuff,” St. Luke Thrift Shoppe temporarily stops accepting donations (August)
  • Builders Concrete expands after buying out operations in Marion and Hillsboro (July)
  • Sale of Peabody drug store to Central Kansas Pharmacies goes seamlessly (September)

CRIME

  • Former Santa impersonator charged with raping minor (February), pleads guilty (March) and is sentenced to 177 months (April)
  • Alcohol poisoning sends Hillsboro teen to hospital (August)
  • Police confiscate $10,000 of meth in two separate busts (October and November)
  • Marion mom arrested twice in one day (June)
  • Officer follows nose, finds three pounds of marijuana (June)
  • One arrested after Marion grade school lockdown (January)
  • Peabody native dies in Mississippi campus shooting (September)
  • Good deed thwarts child abduction (July)
  • Discarded bag blows up into big bomb scare in Peabody (December)
  • Arrest leads to return of stolen cattle (March)

ACCIDENTS

  • Burdick couple dies in crash at US-56/77 and K-150 (April)
  • Woman dies in Tampa-area accident (June)
  • Marion teen dies in fatal crash west of Strong City (July)
  • El Dorado woman dies when car hits tanker on US-56/77 (November)
  • Teen hurt, semi explodes after crash on US-56 (August)
  • Toddler OK after nearly drowning in Peabody koi pond (July)
  • Lifeguard resuscitates 7-year-old at Morning Star Ranch (June)
  • Family, dog survive boat sinking at reservoir (August)
  • Widely known volunteer airlifted after bike accident (September)
  • Roadside memorials help parents endure lost teens (May)

OTHER TRAGEDIES

  • Florence man with COPD cannot afford prescriptions, dies (February)
  • Family pulls together in wake of Marion house fire (February)
  • Fire destroys Peabody mobile home, kills pets (March)
  • Burns family loses everything to fire (October)
  • Family can’t save pet in rural Hillsboro house fire (November)
  • Dozen fire departments battle to contain three-county prairie inferno (October)
  • Dog’s life saved by emergency surgery (August)
  • Farmer stuck in combine survives storm’s wrath (September)
  • Squall slams county (September)

ODDS AND ENDS

  • Salon owner kicked out; landowner cites poor work ethic (January)
  • Fed-up farmer plows his stake into home rentals (July)
  • ‘Brain blob’ sponges feast in lake water (August)
  • Mr. Moran goes to Marion -- and almost gets a speeding ticket (March)
  • Was Santa wearing blue jeans when he paid for random layaway at Marion store? (December)
  • Aussies come stateside to claim American icon vehicles (August)
  • Loved ones’ ashes become jewelry to soothe grief (January)
  • Canadian shoes for Canada, Kansas, is marketers’ gimmick in commercial filmed here (August)
  • Snakes alive! 2 women kill nearly 30 of them (June)
  • Transgender waiver for Tabor hints at larger issues (December)
  • The family that prays together preaches apart (July)
  • A girl and a horse heal together (July)
  • County native ‘adopts’ 700 towns on Wikipedia (September)
  • Burns grandmother joins millions in seeing ‘American Sniper’ (January)

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