• Algae warnings renewed for 10th straight week

    For the 10th consecutive week, Marion County tourism is being challenged by blue-green algae advisories. The county’s bodies of water switched places on this week’s list of state advisories, issued Thursday.


  • 75-year-old trapped for 1 1/2 days in mud

    Brooks Beeton, a Shawmar Oil employee, was out checking gas and oil pumps Saturday when he heard someone yelling and saw him waving his hands from the ditch. When he stopped, he was surprised to find his Lincolnville neighbor, 75-year-old David Schneider Sr.

  • Intentionally deluged with no warning

    Monte Magathan probably thought that Marion had weathered the worst of the storms. At 5 p.m. Thursday he drove home under clear skies over dry ground, unaware that a decision to release water from Marion County Reservoir would force him to grab what he could in the middle of the night and run.

  • Amid $1 million damage, beloved cafe won't reopen

    Last week’s flooding hit Durham and its Main St. businesses hard. A beloved local eatery will likely close. Main St. Café owners Linda and Wendell Wedel said the decision to shut the doors is tough.

  • Wind farm approved in part

    Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for development of a wind farm, but took no action on a development plan submitted by the company Monday. Audience members had been told earlier there would be no public comment at Monday’s meeting because meetings were earlier held for people to voice their opinions.

  • Available near you: marijuana extract

    A marijuana extract believed to have multiple medical uses has shown up at several retailers in the county in recent months. A year ago, Kansas legislators voted to remove cannabidiol with no THC — the marijuana component that produces a “high” in users — from the state’s definition of marijuana.


  • Insurance agent honored

    Agent Jayson Hanschu of Hillsboro has been named an “all American” agent by American Family Insurance Group of Madison, Wisconsin. Hanschu, an agent with American Family for nearly 20 years, was honored for sales and customer satisfaction.

  • Drivers find bad luck backing up

    Residents in the 200 block of S. Ash St. in Hillsboro might want to look thrice when backing out of their driveways. Resident Carroll J. Perry, 41, was backing out of his driveway in his 2009 Ford Escape at 4:35 p.m. July 1, and Bryce G. Rader, 16, was backing out of his driveway in a 2018 Ford Fusion owned by Jennifer L. Rader, when the vehicles hit one another in the middle of S. Ash St.

  • Aulne to leave Methodists over gay marriage

    A clash over gay marriage and clergy is leading a local United Methodist Church to begin withdrawing from the denomination. The General Conference, the global tier of the United Methodist Church, in February voted that homosexuality is not compatible with church teachings. Thus, homosexuals cannot be ordained as ministers and same-sex marriages cannot be performed in United Methodist churches.

  • Body of missing boater found

    An autopsy report for a Eudora angler found dead at Marion Reservoir last week will take six to eight weeks to complete. According to coroner JoAnn Knaak, the body of Steve Meyer, 46, was sent to Topeka for autopsy, and toxicology results will take several weeks to complete.

  • Goessel senior attends FFA conference

    Goessel High School senior Alexandria Nickel made traveled last week to Washington, D.C. to take part in the National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference. She and adviser Alicia Cox participated in the conference with 70 FFA members from Kansas, and 300 members from four other Midwestern states.

  • Council hears audit report

    Hillsboro city council were not surprised by annual audits last week but accountants said the numbers do not include $13,318.39 in legal bills so far for a hospital mortgage foreclosure lawsuit filed in early January. Grace Huxman, of the accounting company Adams, Berens, Brown and Ball, pointed out that expenses for the hospital lawsuit were not factored.

  • Ramona's party 'only in America'

    Ramona’s Independence Day celebration Saturday offered plenty of activities all day, but Herington resident Nick Gonzalez said he enjoyed relaxing in the shade of Ramona’s post office. “I don’t like to be in the sun,” he said. “We sat over by the bank for three or four years, but there wasn’t any shade.”



  • Flooding inundates farms, destroys crops

    Hundreds of acres of farmland were flooded Thursday after intense thunderstorms dumped up to 7½ inches on northern Marion County. Durham’s main street was swamped by up to a reported 50 inches of water and Marion Reservoir swelled to record levels above its capacity, forcing release of water that led to flooding downstream. Alan and Neal Hett of Marion had 200 acres of wheat standing in flood water after Thursday’s rain, and at least 100 acres were underwater.

  • Jirak Produce takes a hit

    Ron Jirak, owner of Jirak Produce, has been battling inclement weather all spring, and recent rains have flooded many of his tomato plants, forcing him to abandon them. A wet, cold spring set the harvest season back three weeks. Located along Mud Creek in northern Marion County, his farms received 8 to 10 inches of rain Thursday.


  • Disastrous communication

    Amid a flood of good deeds washing up in the wake of high water over the Fourth of July weekend were troubling pieces of debris hinting of serious lapses in county emergency procedures. As usual, firefighters were models of preparedness and sacrifice. After monitoring roadways and assisting motorists and others in their own communities, volunteers from Peabody, Lincolnville, and elsewhere took time out of their own holiday weekends to travel to the other side of the county to help relief efforts in Durham — not just once but seemingly every day throughout the weekend.


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  • Love of grandparenting leads to new book

    Elaine McAllister loves being a grandmother so much, she is releasing a book of ideas to engage and share with grandchildren. “Celebrate Grandparenting” is McAllister’s debut book.

  • Hett, Bliss united in marriage

    Jeremy Hett of Marion and Kassidy Bliss of Halstead were married May 25 in an outdoor ceremony near his parents’ farm in rural Marion. Don and Dawn Hett are Jeremy’s parents. Dan Bliss of Bentley and Robin Bliss of Halstead are Kassidy’s parents.

  • Viviana Bustos

    Claire Mueller and Carlos Bustos of Denver announce the birth of their daughter, Viviana Ray Bustos, at 12:38 a.m. June 16 at Rose Hospital, Denver. Viviana weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long.

  • Tax money helps improve center lot

    A month after agreeing to give Marion Senior Center $700 in taxpayer money to help pay for $1,291 in parking lot rock, Senior Citizens of Marion County will consider additional requests for taxpayer funding July 19. The group’s 10 a.m. meeting at Hillsboro Senior Center also will include discussion of an upcoming senior fair and of adjusting the group’s bylaws to provide representation for each of five new county commissioner districts instead of the three present districts.

  • Disability group to meet

    A public forum is planned at the start of this month’s meeting of the board of Harvey-Marion County Developmental Disability Organization at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, in Newton.

  • County Fair's headliner has many talents, interests

    Singer Jaron Bell, who will headline Marion County Fair’s entertainment July 26, is proud of his success as a country artist, but it is far from his only talent. “I don’t know which one I get more excited by,” he said. “I love being on stage, but I get a thrill from being in a boardroom with a company interested in using my business.”

  • Water classes for toddlers planned

    Familiarizing children ages 6 months to 36 months with water will be the topic of two classes July 16 through 19 and July 22 and 23 at Hillsboro’s pool. The classes teach swimming readiness, provide safety information, and offer parents techniques they can use to help orient children to the water.


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  • Dramatic comeback leads to district title

    In a dramatic comeback, Marion County’s Cottonwood Valley League team pummeled previously unbeaten Abilene to claim an 18-and-younger Senior Babe Ruth district title this weekend in Haven. The Marion County / CVL team entered the tournament with a regular season record of 9-3 and opened with a tough 8-5 loss Friday to Hesston but fought its way back to the championship game, defeating Haven, 16-7, and then avenging its opening-round loss to Hesston, 6-5, in a thrilling, come-from-behind, walk-off victory.



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