• Tempers flare at county commission

    Tempers flared yet again Monday over “inappropriate” economic development meetings that pointedly excluded one of three county commissioners. The meetings, to which commissioner Dianne Novak was not invited, were arranged by economic development corporation treasurer Mike Beneke, who is seeking to unseat her.

  • Rollover accident kills two on K-15

    Two women are dead after a one-vehicle roll-over accident that occurred at approximately 2:46 p.m. Tuesday on K-15 three miles north of Goessel. According to Kansas Highway Patrol, Rhonda Hannon, 43, Newton, and Christina Miller, 45, Canton, were traveling northbound on K-15 when the 1996 Chevrolet 1500 truck they were in went off the roadway. The driver of the vehicle over-corrected causing the vehicle to roll.

  • Economic group picks reluctant chairman

    The countywide economic development corporation appointed a new board chairman Tuesday, but not without confronting the renegade behavior of member Mike Beneke. When former Hillsboro economic development director Clint Seibel was asked if he would take over the chairman position from outgoing chairman Amy Doane, who has taken a job in Smith Center, he expressed reservations.

  • Car thieves strike on consecutive days

    Fresh on the heels of a car theft from a Tabor College parking lot, three more vehicles were stolen this past week in Hillsboro. Irwin Sander, of Hutchinson, reported his 1998 Honda Civic had been stolen out of the Dollar General parking lot between 3 p.m. and 3:58 p.m. May 16.

  • Golf course owner rebuffed on ditch work

    The owner of a Goessel golf course who did a favor for the county road department found no favor among commissioners Monday when they denied his request to be paid for cleaning out his ditch. Myron Schmidt has allowed county trucks to park in the Pine Edge Golf Course parking lot on 130th Rd. east of K-15, superintendent Jesse Hamm said. A clogged ditch by the course has been on Hamm’s agenda, he said, but it hadn’t been touched.

  • Sporting bull's golf game nixed by police

    A large bull decided he’d try a round of golf on Tuesday, but was corralled by city employees before he had a chance to tee off. Police chief Dan Kinning said the bull wondered his way into town from a farm not far from the southern city limits.


  • County to observe Memorial Day

    Burdick Burdick area services will be at 9:30 a.m. at Diamond Springs Cemetery, 10:15 a.m. at Mission Valley Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. at Burdick United Methodist Church Cemetery, and 11 a.m. at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery.

  • Lawyer asks to represent both sides

    A lawyer hired by the county commission to represent the county’s interests in a wind farm project sent an email to county commissioners asking if he could also represent potential investors in the Diamond Vista wind farm project. Pat Hughes, with Adams Jones Law Firm in Wichita, was hired to make sure the county doesn’t end up with out-of-pocket expenses years down the road when the turbines are shut off, taken down, and hauled away.

  • Crime victims can learn of offender status changes

    A service to notify crime victims of offender custody status changes is now available through a program known as Victim Information and Notification Everyday. The service is free to the public and is now available to look up incarcerated individuals in Marion County Jail.

  • Graduate perseveres after mother's tragic death

    High school seniors approach graduation with a myriad of questions, from where they will go to college to what career they will pursue. However, for the past five months, Peabody-Burns senior Lane Markham had a far more serious question to contend with: “What am I supposed to do without my mom?”

  • Dance studio offers options for adults

    As Studio 23’s youth classes come to an end with the beginning of summer vacation, owner Krista Matlock said she is excited about several classes that will target adults age 16 and over. “We had our student recital a couple of weeks ago at the high school,” she said. “We had a great turnout. We’re taking a break for the summer and will start up again in September. We’ll have an age-based dance camp June 4-8.”


  • Mustang gives 54 years of driving pleasure

    Max Ewert and his wife, Gerri, had to contemplate whether they could afford an extra $6 per month on the payment when they bought their 1964 Ford Mustang in Newton. Their choices of transmission, V-8 engine, and 289 four-barrel carburetor increased the car’s price, and even though the car cost $2,943.80 to buy in 1964, that’s the equivalent of $23,644.51in 2018.

  • Auto mechanic takes pride in appearance

    Auto mechanics are known for getting their hands dirty and greasy, but Kevin Krch of rural Lincolnville likes to keep the work environment neat and organized, and he likes to spend time outside, according to his wife, Kelly. The landscaping at their automotive business is proof of that, with a square, two-acre rock yard surrounded by grass kept green by an underground sprinkler system.


  • Roxanne Balcacer

    Services for Roxanne (Zerger) Balcacer, 69, who died Friday in Richmond, Missouri, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Marion Presbyterian Church. Daughter of Reuben and Eleanor (Voth) Zerger, she was a former Marion resident and a 1967 Marion High School graduate.

  • Bradley Carlson

    Services for lifelong Marion resident Bradley A. Carlson, 55, who died Tuesday at his home, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion, with burial following at Marion Cemetery. Visitation is today from 1 to 8 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion.

  • Doris Kuchar

    Services for Doris Joan Kuchar, 80, who died May 13 at Marion Assisted Living, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hebron Lutheran Church, Burdick, with burial following in the church cemetery. Born May 9, 1938, to Fred and Florence (McCreath) Hedstrom in Herington, she grew up on a farm east of Lincolnville and attended Bethel Grade School. She graduated from Lincolnville Rural High School in 1956, and attended Bethel College.

  • Gerald Shirley

    Services for Marion native Gerald Carter Shirley, 76, of Marshfield, Missouri, who died May 12, will be at 1 p.m. June 3 at Foundation Church of Marshfield. Born Nov. 1, 1941, to Mary Logan Stokes and Silas Weidenbener in Marion, he married Bunita Shirley of Sacramento, California, on Nov. 18, 1988.


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  • Rocky and rudderless

    I’ll freely admit that I never tire of the chuckles I get when county commissioners start discussing something, anything. Following where it goes is often like trying to win a Whack-A-Mole game while juggling five china plates. Monday’s discussion about whether to reimburse Myron Schmidt a whopping $375 for cleaning out a ditch was rather straightforward by comparison. Schmidt asked, and commissioners turned him down because — get ready for this — it’s policy that people get permission before doing anything about their roads and ditches.


    A spiritual experience


  • 19th Century rock house stands straight and true

    Matt and Michelle Knepp purchased a small limestone house one mile south of Lincolnville in 2013. According to the county register of deeds office, the land on which it sits was homesteaded in 1876, about four years after Lincolnville was platted. The 80-acre tract changed hands after one year and was purchased by W. Pope, an early settler in the Lincolnville area. He sold it to Norton Pope in 1902. Though no date is available, it is probable that the Popes built the house during the late 1870s or early 1880s.

  • Open house will mark Cooper 90th

    Family and friends of Eva Cooper of Marion will celebrate her 90th birthday at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. June 3 in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. Cooper’s birthday was Tuesday. The family requests no gifts. A mailing address for cards is 312 N. 2nd St., Marion KS 66861.

  • Cards requested for Knaussman 90th birthday

    The family of Jean Clark Knaussman of El Dorado requests a card shower in honor of her 90th birthday May 31. Born May 31, 1928, to Les and Lucille Clark in Florence, she married Howard Knaussman at Ebenezer Methodist Church in Burns. Howard died in 2009.


    School honors three graduates


  • Five Trojans punch tickets to state track meet

    As front-runner for the entire state’s shot putters throughout the year, Trojan boys’ standout thrower Wes Shaw was an almost certain lock to secure a ticket to this weekend’s state high school track meet before the season began. On Friday in the Valley Heights track regional at Blue Rapids, Shaw was just one of four other Trojans to get tickets to the biggest meet of them all at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium.

  • Trojan golf team finishes ninth at state

    The Hillsboro High School golf team wrapped up its season Monday, competing at the Class 2A state championship at Pittsburg’s Crestview Country Club. Out of the 12 schools with enough players for a team score, the Trojans finished 9th with a 395.

  • Bluebird senior tops county golfers at state

    Nine county high school golfers participated in state tournaments Monday, and Goessel senior Braden Roby proved to be the cream of the crop. Roby struggled through the front nine of the Class 2A tournament at the Crestwood Country Club in Pittsburg, carding a 49. He pulled it together on the back side, shooting 42 for a total score of 91, placing 32nd out of 88 golfers.

  • Tabor College holds 108th commencement

    More than 2,000 parents, family and friends gathered at Joel H. Wiens Stadium and via live stream on Tabor Webcast on Saturday to celebrate Tabor College’s 108th commencement. Of the 190 graduates, 119 earned degrees at the Hillsboro campus. Online degrees were granted to 71 graduates of the Wichita campus, including 33 master’s degrees in business, ministry, and nursing.

  • Classical quartet to play in Lindsborg

    Works of composers Franz Joseph Haydn and Robert Schumann will be featured in a free performance by the Dala Camerata Quartet at 7 p.m. June 5 at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, 401 N. 1st St., Lindsborg. The group is composed of Ann Samuelson on violin, Cindy Fong on piano and violin, Diane Guillemette on viola, and Valerie Matthews on cello.

  • Bluebird tracksters stymied at 2A regional

    Goessel’s track team jumped to Class 2A this year and had a frustrating regional meet Thursday, with four finishes one short of qualifying for state. The lone highlight was Stephany Meyer placing second in long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 1½ inches, securing the Bluebirds’ only spot in this weekend’s state meet in Wichita.


  • Pop opera show slated for June 2

    What opera singers do when they “let their hair down” will be be on display for “POPera: Simply Irresistible,” a Wichita Grand Opera production to be staged at 7 p.m. June 2 at the Historic McPherson Opera House. Grand Opera resident artists will step outside opera to perform pieces from pop, classic rock, movie score, classical, and music theatre genres.

  • Frequent flyer to make appearance at Peabody cruise

    Sunday Cruise enthusiasts can anticipate a worship service and music from Gerry McCaan this Memorial Day weekend. McCaan, a member of a Christian Motorcycle Association chapter out of Andover, is no stranger to the event held in Peabody every fourth Sunday of the month April through October.

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