• Algae plagues reservoir again

    Marion Reservoir swimming beaches, closed since June 12, will be closed again this week because of toxic blue-green algae. Fishing and boating are still safe. It also is safe to eat fish caught from the reservoir. However extra precaution should be taken to make sure the fish is rinsed of any reservoir water.


  • Mystery business resurfaces at council

    An unidentified business that rescinded an offer to buy 3.7 acres of land at Hillsboro Heights has made another offer to Mayor Delores Dalke in the past two weeks. The city first announced the sale in March, and after 60 days the offer was taken back. Economic developer Clint Siebel said he questioned the party as to why they pulled out, but could not get an answer.

  • Rodeoer takes down steers for fun

    Tanner Brunner of Ramona is used to the dust and grime of road life. However, despite the constant movement and a horse as a roommate, Brunner said he wouldn’t give up rodeo life. “I’ve been rodeoing since I could ride from a very young age and I love it,” Brunner said. “After one steer is down I’m always looking on to the next one.”

  • Dole gives back one more time

    His step is slower than when he walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol, but the legendary wit and wisdom of former Sen. Bob Dole was as sharp as ever Monday in Marion. A crowd of about 50 at Marion Community Center paid their respects to the longtime legislator and listened as Dole talked about his career and views about current events.

  • Celebrities wrangled into fair contest

    Eight ragtag teams of county luminaries will butt heads at Marion County Fair, starting July 26, by attempting to fill buckets with as much goat’s milk as the tribe will allow. Event coordinator Kelli Olson wished she had a tape recording of all the phone conversations she has had with contestants.

  • Caught on the blade of a dilemma

    A woman parks her car on the lawn to unload groceries on a hot day and leaves it there. A resident with a one-car driveway parks a car beside the driveway to not block a family member, who has to leave early for work. A resident owns four cars and parks them in the front lawn for months on end. Are these problems? Many Marion residents think yes.

  • Attacks could lead to leash laws at lake

    Recent dog-related disturbances at Marion County Park could lead to passage of a leash law, Superintendent Steve Hudson said Monday. Hudson told county commissioners there have been issues with dogs coming from the lake to the park, where he witnessed a fight, and another dog owned by a lake resident has bitten multiple people.

  • First meeting of Marion Power-Ups set

    Young professionals are invited to an informal mixer to kick off the formation of the Marion Power-Ups chapter at 6 p.m. July 26 at Willy J’s 9th Lane Sports Bar and Arcade. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce county residents ages 21 to 39 to each other to promote networking.

  • Film to be screened

    An advance screening of “God’s Not Dead” will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center in Marion. The screening will be sponsored by Marion Ministerial Alliance and serve as a fundraiser for the Helping Hands program.

  • Summer activities winding down

    As summer softball and baseball teams move further into postseason play, activity for the Hillsboro Recreation Commission begins to wind down for the summer. “All that’s left is tennis camp,” director Doug Sisk said Sunday at the HRC board meeting.


  • Cars are in their blood

    Brothers Randy and Terry Hagen will receive a plaque from Ford on Thursday commemorating 50 years of service and sales at their dealership location in Hillsboro. Although they haven’t been selling cars for that long, they grew up immersed in automobiles. It’s in their blood.

  • Mechanics share automotive horror stories

    From a routine oil change to replacing blown transmissions, mechanics periodically diagnose and repair vehicles with any number of problems, some of which can make even the most experienced motorist shiver at the thought. Brute strength

  • Many myths surround ideas about fuel efficiency

    Taking steps to conserve fuel is a good way for drivers to save money and benefit the environment, but misconceptions abound about how to achieve fuel efficiency. Drivers and automotive professionals alike share common myths about fuel efficiency that don’t work. The following are some of the more widely held myths about fuel efficiency.


  • David Cowley

    Retired industrial parts salesman David Cowley, 73, of Florence died July 10 at Newton Medical Center. Services were Monday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence.

  • Harold Keazer

    Harold Jay Keazer, 96, a retired postmaster, retail manager, and for 15 years vice president and district director of the Kansas Babe Ruth baseball league, died Friday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Services were Tuesday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Pastor Dan Ferguson officiated.

  • John Newcomer

    Former Marion resident John Newcomer died July 8 in Littleton, Colorado. Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton.

  • Jack Summerville

    Retired police captain and municipal judge Jack Summerville, 89, of Marion died July 10 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Services were Monday at Valley United Methodist Church. Interment was in Marion Cemetery.

  • Al Sondergard

    Former Ramona City Council member Alfred Sondergard, 91, died July 13 at Medicalodges of Herington. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ramona. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Herington.


    Frank Stika



  • Change is good -- and tough

    I don’t like writing about myself too often. I like to keep my values and ideas inside, because many times personal thoughts and insights mean the most to one individual. In this case, I feel this best explains why I am leaving. I’m not a journalist.


  • Tabor College to sell donor tax credits

    Tabor College received a $190,000 fundraising boost Monday in the form of tax credits for donors to the new Center for the Arts. “Tax credits allow a person or a business to make a contribution to a charity, and by doing so receive credits that reduce their tax liability to the state,” vice president of advancement Ron Braun said.

  • Hillsboro tops swim league

    Hillsboro Swim Team’s first place finish Saturday in the Mid-Kansas League meet marked the first time the team won league in 15 years, coach Stephanie Moss said. “There’s a new kid on the block, and it’s Hillsboro Swim Team,” she said.

  • 6 from county on KU honor roll

    Six Marion County students were named to the honor roll at the University of Kansas this spring. They included Jeconiah Spangler of Florence, pharmacy; Taylor Hagen of Hillsboro, liberal arts and sciences; Caroline Collett of Marion, arts; Ernest Nelson of Marion, architecture, design and planning; Alicen Whitaker of Marion, education; and Paige Lewis of Peabody, liberal arts and sciences.

  • TEEN meeting July 23

    The monthly meeting of Technology Excellence in Education Network is at 6 p.m. July 23 at the USD 408 district office at 101 N. Thorp, Marion.

  • Burkholder family gathers for reunion

    The 12th bi-annual family reunion of the Frank and Rebecca McHenry Burkholder family was held July 4th and 5th at the home of John and Penny Antoszyk in Marion. Festivities began July 4th with a barbecue, yard games and fireworks. A meal of pulled pork, baked beans, and desserts was shared on Saturday. Guests reminisced over old photos and remembered relatives past, as well as caught up on current events.

  • Lawyer attends classes

    Randy Pankratz of Adrian and Pankratz Law Firm learned the ins and outs of estate, tax, and business planning during a class June 12 and 13 in Indianapolis. Pankratz has been with the firm since 1984, which serves residents in Marion County.


    Koehns travel to Ohio

    Harvest is almost over


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