• Surge in COVID cases linked to prom

    Weekly total returns to high levels of 2 By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer A COVID-19 outbreak in Hillsboro over the last week pushed the county’s weekly number of cases to 28 — the highest total since early February.

  • Half of Tabor team nabbed in drug case

    College, police mum about arrests, athletes’ status By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer Six Tabor basketball team members were arrested April 21 on suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • 'Rat rod' is more than the sum of its parts

    Lane Sutterby’s 1949 Crosley rat rod is so beastly it’s beautiful. Its station wagon body mounted on a 1-ton Dodge frame looks rusted through, but a 375-horsepower Cadillac engine roars under its hood.

  • Proud dad plays 'Taps' for campers

    Jeff Lilley, the proud father of a Marine veteran, has been honoring all servicemen by playing “Taps” at sunset. He has ended every day this way since he began volunteering to play trumpet at military funerals.

  • Help wanted: Kapaun Museum in need of volunteers

    The phone at the Father Kapaun Museum has been ringing nonstop with requests for tours. The calls are pouring in from so many cities museum guide Harriet Bina can barely keep track.


  • Crowded museum kicks off renovation

    Marion Historical Museum is overflowing with artifacts that tell the county’s story, but lately that’s become too much of a good thing. Its building has run out of room and is in critical need of maintenance.

  • Work on Nighthawk begins

    Signs are up to notify drivers that a portion of Nighthawk Rd. is closed beginning at 140th Rd. County engineer Brice Goebel said road closure will proceed north to US-56 as work is done.

  • Bomgaars hires staff, aims for June 17 opening

    Management of a new farm and ranch store in Hillsboro is aiming for a June 17 opening after hiring 22 nemployees this past week. The former Alco building that will house the Bomgaars store needed a few repairs before new fixtures could be installed.

  • Groundbreaking scheduled for food bank

    Operations will be streamlined and more efficient for the county food bank by early fall. Gene Winkler and Gerry Henderson spoke to county commissioners Monday to give them an overview of work that will soon begin at the food bank’s future home.

  • Defaulted business now being sued by bank

    A couple who bought property from the city of Marion in 2016 with a plan to operate a business, then defaulted on their lease payments to the city in 2018, are now being sued by Central National Bank. In a lawsuit filed April 20, the bank seeks $43,478.36 still unpaid on two commercial loans made to John L. Minor and Amy L. Minor, doing business as Central Perma Column, plus interest and costs.


  • 'Woodstock' brings joy

    Not only is Byron and Lura Lange’s 2001 Suzuki mini-truck handy for working on their farm. It also offers enchanting drives on county roads. The yellow truck Lura affectionately calls “Woodstock” is mostly used for farm work.

  • Pickup comes full circle

    A 1950 Chevrolet pickup originally owned by Dale Johnson of Marion and bought by a man from Louisiana now belongs to Lane Methvin of rural Lincolnville. The Centre High School senior inherited the vehicle from a great-uncle in Louisiana, who died four years ago. He proudly drove it with his date to the Centre promenade Saturday in Lincolnville.

  • Couple's coupe rocks

    Rex and Denise Sageser’s 1940 Ford Coupe Deluxe was a hot standout in a line-up of cool cars Sunday at this year’s first Peabody Cruise. The flame-painted, fire-red custom build had passers-by pulling out their camera phones to take photos.


  • Mary Davis

    Services for Mary Elizabeth (Transue) Davis, 95, who died Friday in Olathe, will be 10 a.m. today at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Basehor. She was born Sept. 16, 1925, to Ira James Transue and Margaret Elizabeth (Byrne) Transue.

  • Erica Schulz

    Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Syracuse for Erica Dawn Schulz, 47, who died April 20 at her home in Syracuse. She was born March 8, 1974, in Syracuse, the daughter of Patrick Dean Schulz and Harriet Joan (Frazier) Schulz.

  • Thomas Warner

    Services for Thomas Allen Warner, 56, who died April 20 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, will be held at a later date. He was born at Ft. Riley, Kansas to Jack and Donna (Vanburen) Warner.


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  • New $76,000 greenhouse expands ag opportunities in Marion

    A $76,000 project approved by the board of education in October to build a greenhouse at Marion High School is coming to fruition. According to ag instructor Mark Meyer, workers from Tom Henry, Inc., of Tyler, Texas, began construction April 20. The greenhouse, attached to the south side of the ag shop, was expected to be completed by Tuesday.

  • Elementary students put learning into practice at Hillsboro garden

    For seven years, Hillsboro Elementary School students have been putting their learning into practice by tending garden plots fashioned out of railroad ties and telephone poles. “There’s many ways we can accentuate what we learn in school by involving the outdoors and getting kids active and participating,” the gardens’ adult caretaker, Evan Yoder, said. “It’ll stick tighter if we can mix it with things that get them physically involved.”


  • Learning the lessons of sports

    Four ideas that could do more to improve sports than debating whether five — yes, there are only five — transgendered school kids in Kansas should compete against kids of their birth gender or their chosen gender: Emphasizing “student” in student athletics — At big universities, student-athletes are minor leaguers, trying out for careers as professionals. Their teams are big-dollar entertainment lures for prospective students and donors. Recruiting them from outside a school’s normal student body — and paying them — might make sense.


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  • Remembering 3 decades of service

    Longtime Marion resident and retired Marine colonel Dick Schwartz, who died April 20, made a lasting impact on his chosen hometown. Schwartz was on a visit to University of Kansas soon before his 1958 graduation from Ottawa University, where he’d been in the Coast Guard Reserve, when he met a Marine Corps recruiter. Schwartz, already drafted into the Army, talked to the recruiter about his desire for something challenging and his wish to be a Marine.

  • Hart Park playground groundbreaking to be Saturday

    With $130,000 raised toward the $180,000 goal, a playground equipment groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Peabody’s Hart Park. A committee has worked three years to raise money for new playground equipment after the city’s insurance company decided not to cover liability at the playground unless its vintage equipment, now in deteriorated condition, was replaced.

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  • Students learn about investing

    It’s never too early to learn about managing money. Juniors Breanna Mallory and Jayda Hayes recently won a stock market game they played in Megan Thomas’s investing class at Marion High School.

  • Students receive Kiwanis honors certificates

    Kiwanis Club member Doug Heery told 52 Marion High School honor students Monday that good grades not only will help them get scholarships but also could give them an edge in the job market. Award certificates were given to the students during a Kiwanis-sponsored banquet at the Sports and Aquatics Center.

  • Making a splash: Swim hits fast lane

    Marion High’s swim team has one of the state’s smallest rosters, but the Warriors still have big goals this season and hope for the team’s future. The team has seen surprising first-year success with key swimmers who are likely to return next year.

  • Marion teams sweep Bennington

    Marion swept Bennington in conference play Tuesday. The varsity baseball team won two away games. besting the Bulldogs, 16-2, in the oipener and 12-8 in the nightcap.

  • Track results

  • Bowling league results


  • Commissioners mull how to reopen county

    With Kansas’ “stay at home” order set to expire May 3, county commissioners are turning their attention to how to relax county health department regulations put in place to combat COVID-19. County health nurse Diedre Serene told commissioners she doesn’t expect a new stay-home order to be issued unless something happens during the next week.

  • Treasurer won't seek office again

    Jeannine Bateman plans to let someone else take over as Marion County treasurer when her term expires. “I just wish whoever takes it on enjoys it as much as I have,” Bateman said.

  • Couple helps struggling pet owners with food

    As people stopped in front of Marion Senior Center Friday to pick up boxes of food for people struggling because of COVID-19 stay-home orders, Victor and Cindy Buckner helped with their pet food needs. While Marion Senior Center staff loaded food boxes into cars and trucks, the Buckners stepped over to ask drivers if they had pets.

  • Outages spur run on generators

    Two lengthy power outages in less than one week led the owners of Lanning Pharmacy in Marion to make a decision they had contemplated for four years. An electric generator was installed for the store Wednesday.

  • Historical museum director remembered for enthusiasm, caring

    Teresa Mills, who died Saturday, didn’t necessarily match what the board of Marion Historical Museum was looking for when choosing a new director two years ago. The board was hoping for someone from the community who had a few computer skills and grant writing experience.


  • False-positive virus test closes factory

    A “positive” COVID-19 test from a Herington laboratory that caused the April 10 shutdown of a Salina pizza manufacturing plant turned out to be a false alarm. Schwan’s Shared Services, told an employee had tested positive for the virus, closed its Schwan’s Pizza plant for sanitizing and cleaning.

  • County has first COVID-19 death

    A COVID-19-related death of a Marion County resident was confirmed Friday. County health nurse Diedre Serene on Friday sent a press release extending the department’s sympathy to the family and friends of the patient.

  • Goessel's weekend food sale raises $19,200

    When Keith Banman heard Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale’s Hutchinson event was cancelled because of COVID-19, he knew he wanted to do something to help. Banman got the idea that he would donate meals from his catering business operated out of his Goessel grocery store, and people would make a donation to KMRS, supporting Mennonite Central Committee efforts.

  • Family agencies see no increase in cases

    An agency that works with domestic violence and another that advocates for abused children in Marion County aren’t seeing increased caseloads during stay-home orders, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe cases are increasing. Courtney Becker, interim director of Safehope, a domestic violence agency, said the numbers of new cases is about the same as this time last year.

  • A different kind of curbside delivery

    Pickups were steady Friday at Marion Senior Center as disaster food boxes were distributed to people who needed them. The state Department for Children and Families sent a shipment of food for people struggling to buy food because of stay-home orders prompted by COVID-19 spread in the state.

  • Commission approves extension district plan

    After reviewing a proposed operational agreement for a joint Marion and Dickinson county extension district, county commissioners voted Monday to approve the document. If Dickinson County commissioners approve the agreement in two weeks, it will be sent to the state attorney general’s office for approval.


  • Marion restaurant told 'no dining in'

    The owner of a local diner has questions after an officer came to his café “to chase everyone out” and “threaten people.” Marion police officer Duane McCarty went to Edward’s café in north Marion last Wednesday after being sent there by the county health department because people were inside dining.

  • Teachers adapting remote learning as year wraps up

    Marion County schools’ final week of classes is just around the corner, but Marion Spanish teacher Luis Medina said one of a teacher’s most important roles is to provide structure during a crisis that closed classrooms. “Their lives are so varied that taking them away from school, which has a setup for them, can actually be disruptive,” he said. “I figure something that will give them structure, even though it may be repetitive, that’s the case for language learning. With new language acquisition you have to do repetition.”

  • Marion plans drive-by procession for graduates

    Marion school district is inviting residents to participate in a drive-by procession alongside staff May 9, recognizing seniors for their achievement. Staff will meet at Marion Aquatic Center at 3:45 p.m. The procession will start at 4 p.m., with plans to drive by the home of any senior who lives in Marion. Any seniors who don’t live in the city of Marion can stand along Main St. to receive recognition as motorists drive by.

  • Peabody council worried over waterline valves

    A waterline in the 300 block of Peabody’s W. 2nd St. has eight stuck valves, but public works superintendent Lucas Larsen is unsure whether they are open or closed. If he cannot loosen the valves, then half of Peabody’s water will need to be shut off when repairs are made, he said at Monday’s city council meeting.

  • Raising city chickens about more than eggs

    Chickens are typically a farm animal, but having four hens in town provides the experience of raising animals, Peabody resident Stephanie Hurst said. “Even just having four a day is plenty for us,” she said. “There’s that, and just having the experience for sure. I wouldn’t say I got them specifically for eggs. I got them basically as pets.”




  • Gardening helps focus on better days to come

    It might seem as if better days will never come, but one beloved hobby proves they will. Avid gardener Elora Robinson is planning for and working on her garden.

  • Kitchens provide valuable family experiences

    Darlene Bartel took an interest in baking bread half a decade ago, but the hobby harkens back to her childhood. “It reminds me of my grandmother,” she said. “She made her own bread, so I think there’s some nostalgia there with great memories attached to it.”


  • A pandemic of finger-pointing

    What next? That’s the question hanging over us like droplets of an infected sneeze. And it’s particularly problematic in areas such ours, which have not seen new COVID-19 cases in more than a week. Are we lucky? Has social distancing worked? Has COVID-19 not yet arrived? Or are we suffering more than we need to, merely because the epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S. and globally is occurring in the epicenter of media influencers — New York City.

  • Learning how to kill a zombie

    Like innocent townsfolk in a zombie movie, Marion County once again is being visited by the very embodiment of the undead. Voters killed the idea once. Commissioners killed a second time after it rose from the grave the first time. Now it appears to be coming back again, like the Ghost of Christmas Future, seeking thirds at the county’s budgetary trough.

  • The passing of two friends

    This week marks the passing of two members of our extended “family” — devoted farmer and family man Jerry Plett, husband of longtime feature writer Rowena Plett, and energetic Marion Historical Museum director Teresa Mills, with whose assistance our weekly Memories in Focus column has been produced. Jerry finally lost a long battle with deteriorating health on his 84th birthday Monday. He was a regular in the newspaper office, nearly always joining Rowena for lunch and once a month offering a letter to the editor that often spoke with a powerful voice that belied his soft-spoken nature in conservation.


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