• Spinning rabbit fiber into serenity

    People decompress after a long day at the office in many ways, but where some exercise, play music, or watch TV, one local medical official spins animal fiber to help alleviate stress. “It’s fun and relaxing,” Sharon James, assistant chief nursing officer and director of quality and risk management at St. Luke Hospital, said. “Like many people, I have kind of a stressful job.”

  • Loose dog kills pet rabbit

    A dog running free killed a little girl’s pet rabbit last week in the 100 block of Roosevelt St. in Marion. “It is unknown what kind of dog attacked the rabbit,” Marion assistant chief Clinton Jeffrey said. “All that was left was the aftermath.”

  • Dog threats prompt post office to demand mailbox relocation

    In response to prolonged dog threats, Marion Post Office told citizens in several parts of Marion to move their mailboxes to the curb in order to increase the safety of their postal carriers. Marion Postmaster Lori Kelsey said citizens in the 100 to 400 block of S. Freeborn St., the 100 block of Billings St., and one address on Nickerson St. had been told to move mailboxes curbside because of different dogs in each area that posed a continued threat to carriers.

  • Eyesore must be fixed or flattened

    The city will have one less dilapidated house after city council members gave the property owner 90 days to repair the structure or have it condemned. Property owner Deliliah Belshe told council members Monday she plans to repair the property at 714 Sherman St.

  • Family ties and rural life bring doctor back home

    If not for an enduring love of interaction with and helping people, Amanda Baxa might have been a mathematician or an engineer. Instead, the Tampa native and 2004 Centre High School graduate has found her way home as the newest physician at St. Luke Medical Clinic.

  • Man charged with sex offense

    A Hillsboro man charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child will make his first appearance in Marion County District Court on May 1. The charge against Leslie W. Hopkins, 52, Hillsboro, stems from an alleged Sept. 25 incident involving a 9-year-old.

  • Scholarship to honor legacy of local nurse

    Chris Combs’ entire life was about caring for people. Along the way, she became a nurse who left an indelible mark on those whose lives she touched. Their number includes the colleagues she left behind at St. Luke Hospital, who established a scholarship as part of her legacy after her recent death.


  • Work on 190th Rd. to begin soon

    While county commissioners bemoaned delays in one project Monday, they moved ahead on another that should have cross-county traffic moving again by summer. A Wichita construction firm will soon begin work to repair 190th Rd. west of Marion, which has been closed as a safety precaution for over seven months.

  • Though it be but little, it is fierce

    Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered in my (God’s) name, there am I among them.” St. Paul Lutheran Church may have just 25 members attending in a month, but part-time pastor Tom Hallstrom said their group is going strong.

  • Rogue propane flare ruins sausage

    A fitting caused a propane grill to flare up and ruin a length of sausage last week in the 300 block of Date St. in Hillsboro. Responding to a report of a propane explosion, fire chief Ben Steketee said the homeowner had extinguished the fire before fire fighters arrived.


  • Kathy Boesker

    Katherine M. “Kathy” Boesker, 65,died March 24 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. She was born May 8, 1951, to Dick and Mary (Borovick) Sipes in Topeka. She was a registered nurse. She was preceded by two grandchildren.

  • Christine Combs

    Christine Sue (Lies) Combs died April 5 at Via Christi— St. Francis in Wichita. She was born Sept. 15, 1951, to John and Shirley (Orth) Lies in Wichita, and graduated from Andale High School.

  • Velma Martin

    Velma Rachel Martin, 95, died Friday at St. Luke Living Center. A service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen with a Rosary being recited at 10 a.m. before Mass. Interment will be at Pilsen Cemetery.

  • Lula Penner

    Lula V. Penner, 91, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born May 30, 1925, to Peter J. and Pauline (Javorsky) Schmidt at Bessie, Oklahoma.



  • Old-school farmer has soft spot in his heart

    For more than 60 years in farming, Wilbur Leppke of rural Peabody and his wife, Helen, have sown seeds of friendship in hopes of bettering other people’s lives. The harvest hasn’t always been as hoped, but there’s satisfaction in knowing they tried. Leppke said his father, Sol, set the example for him while he was growing up. He had a heart for others in need and took them in.

  • Peacocks rule at Leppke farm

    One morning 10 or 12 years ago, an unexpected visitor appeared at the Wilbur Leppke farm in rural Peabody: a male peacock. The bird made itself at home and never left. Spring came, and he was still fanning around.

  • Vinduska visits Mexico on Kansas ag trade mission

    In the midst of uncertainty about America’s foreign trade agreements, Terry Vinduska of Marion recently had a hand in building bridges with Mexico, the largest export market for U.S. wheat and corn. Vinduska was among nine Kansans who traveled to Mexico from March 26 to 30 on an agricultural trade mission sponsored by Kansas Department of Agriculture. Vinduska represented the Kansas Corn Commission.

  • Relief effort keeps on rolling along

    Generosity from area farmers and ranchers continues to flow into parts of Kansas hard-hit by March wildfires. Shane Williams, manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply’s Canton location, said volunteers have taken truckloads of supplies three of the last four weekends to help victims of the largest wildfires in Kansas history.


  • Can't get there from here

    It was dark Monday when I left the Peabody city council meeting, and just as pulled out of town, I spied the glow of a controlled burn off to the southeast. Grassland fires in the dark are spectacular, so I turned off the highway to go take a look. It was indeed worth the drive down; I’m not so certain it was worth the drive back.


    Heirloom recipes

    Lake improvements noted


  • Chat and Dine Club finds new life

    After the president of Chat and Dine Club at Marion County Park and Lake resigned in October, the club’s future was in doubt. The November meeting was sparsely attended, and there were no volunteers. No one was interested in taking the lead. As a result, those in attendance set the first meeting in 2017 as a time to decide whether to continue.

  • Collett talks about bakery to 20th Century Club

    Rachel Collett of CB Baked Goods served bierocks and sticky buns at 20th Century Club’s meeting April 3 at the Santa Fe Room of Marion City Library. Collett shared how she became interested in opening a bakery, which has been open for nine months. She told how many bierocks, cinnamon rolls, and cookies she has baked in that time, and talked about how she manages her time.

  • Where there's a whisk, there's a way

    Mid Kansas Co-Op Association holds an annual food drive every April, but MKC employee Scott Alcorn wanted to do more. Alcorn started selling baked goods in front of Pop’s Diner to help raise money for the Peabody food bank.

  • Trading in a protractor for a pro tractor

    After 24 years of rounding up elementary school children, Hillsboro Elementary School teacher Rod Just will instead be rounding up cattle on his father’s farm near Aulne. “It’s something I’ve had in my mind for the past few years,” Just said.


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    Centenarian dines at center, Senior menu


  • Centre board hears report from Parents as Teachers

    Parents as Teachers coordinator Susie Kliewer presented updates on the program to the Centre school board Monday. To qualify for the PAT program, the parent or child must fit into one of 19 categories. These include teen parent, low educational attainment, recent immigrant or refugee family, court-appointed legal guardian or foster care, incarcerated parent, death in immediate family, child abuse or neglect, disabilities or chronic health conditions, parent with diagnosed mental illness, low income, substance abuse, homelessness, very low birth weight, domestic violence, deployed military parent, or English learner.

  • Bina, Basore lead Centre at Marion Invitational

    Seven Centre track players placed in the top six in their respective events Friday at the Marion Invitational track meet. Brendon Bina and Kate Basore had the best showings with third-place finishes in javelin.

  • Warriors golf team improves score by 29 strokes

    The combined forces of Marion and Peabody-Burns high school golfers polished 29 strokes off their team score from their first to their second meet of the season. The Warriors shot a 487, finishing seventh, on Thursday at Herington and a 458 finishing fourth on Monday at Hutchinson.

  • Centre reports league forensics winners

    Three Centre students competed in the Wheat State League forensics tournament April 3 at Herington. Kate Basore and Jensen Riffel received first place in improvised duet acting, which qualified them for state competition. Grace Peterson placed sixth in oration and extemporaneous speaking, and Basore placed third in serious solo.

  • Happy Hustlers 4-H report

    Happy Hustlers Roll call at Happy Hustlers 4-H club meeting at 7 p.m. April 3 at the Marion Christian Church was, “What is your favorite sport?” Twenty-three members, four leaders, and six parents answered the question.

  • TEEN to meet for regular meeting

    Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. April 19 in the USD 408 District Office. For more information, contact Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

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  • Calendar of events

  • Democrats offer scholarships to county high school seniors

    County high school seniors planning on postsecondary education are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Marion County Democratic Party. A $100 scholarship will be awarded to one senior from each of the county’s five high schools. Students planning to attend a university, college, community college, or technical school are eligible.

  • Easter egg hunt is Saturday

    The annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Florence
    Chamber of Commerce will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grandview Park. Kids 12 and under are invited to come and hunt for eggs and register for prizes.

  • Seniors to convene

    The Senior Citizens of Marion County board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 21 at Tampa Senior Center. Tampa seniors will serve morning refreshments, but not lunch. Attendees may eat lunch at Tampa Grill following the meeting.

  • Disability board to meet

    A public forum will begin the monthly meeting of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton.

  • Waste authority to meet

    A Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority quarterly meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 19 at McPherson County Transfer Station, 1431 17th Ave, McPherson.

  • Historical society to meet Monday

    A tour of the Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion will highlight a Marion County Historical Society meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the hotel. Attendees will learn about county museums, historic sites and trails, and have an opportunity for input into promoting the county’s historic features.


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