Five years ago
• Referendum ballots will be mailed to Marion County residents this week asking if they would support a destination resort casino here. About 8,950 ballots will be mailed, according to Carol Maggard, county clerk and election officer.
• Sponsors of the 12th annual Marion County Toy Run distributed $10,200 and 26 bicycles to representatives from charitable organizations from Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody and Goessel.
• After 15 years of teaching at Tabor College, Bible professor Lynn Jost was appointed academic dean and associate professor of Old Testament at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, Calif. His new position will begin July 1.
• Jami Williams was named Marion’s economic development director, effective Jan. 1. She had been serving as chairperson of the Marion Chamber of Commerce.
• The Hillsboro and Marion wrestling teams dominated the season-opening triple dual, with the Trojans prevailing in a final face-off with the Warriors. Andrew Bina registered three pins for HHS while John Barr paced MHS with two pins and a victory by decision.
• Erika Jo Larson of McPherson has opened a dance studio in the building she purchased at 110 N. Fourth in Marion. She also is using the space for a second enterprise, a catering service.
• Jason Hett and Travis Hett combined for 39 points to lead the Marion boys’ basketball team to a 54-41 win over Chase County in the season opener for both teams. The MHS girls lost, 53-41.
Ten years ago
• With natural gas prices spiraling upward, area residents can expect their gas bills to be 50 percent higher this winter, according to a Greeley Gas official.
• More names were being added to the plantiffs’ list of citizens suing the city commission of Marion to stop annexations the city is alleged to have made illegally for the purpose of obtaining land for a regional landfill. The land acquisitions in question are near the Martin-Marietta rock quarry northeast of Marion.
• The city of Marion is nearly halfway to the amount it needs to raise to begin construction that will transform the old Santa Fe Railroad Depot on South Third Street into a new public library. The city’s goal is to raise around $152,000, which will be combined with $606,553 received through a Kansas Department of Transportation grant.
• Peabody-Burns High School will be presenting “Lost in Yonkers” by playwright Neil Simon this weekend.
• Hillsboro boys defeated Marion, 65-41, in the season opener for both schools. Chase Freeborn scored 11 points to lead Marion while Grant Brubacher led Hillsboro with 13.
• The Hillsboro girls, meanwhile, edged Marion, 44-36. Krista Zogelman led MHS with eight points while Jill Hein led HHS?with 23.