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Published Feb. 10, 2021


Dora Arlene Johnson, age 90, Mound City, Kan., passed Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. She was born on Dec. 19, 1930, in Farlinville, Kan., the daughter of Lawrence Russel and Dora May Johnson Holt. She graduated from Mound City High School. Arlene was united in marriage to Raymond Johnson on Dec. 19, 1948, in Mound City. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Russell Holt Jr., Everett Holt, and Freddie Holt; and a great-grandchild. 

Arlene was a farm wife, clerk at Big Dollar and Landers Pharmacy and ran a diner on Main Street in Mound City. She enjoyed quilting, fishing, and gardening, especially growing roses. Arlene is survived by a son Marion Johnson (Vicki); a daughter, Theresa Kortemeyer (Lee); four brothers, Lloyd Holt, Burton Holt, Virgil Holt, and Roger Holt; a sister, Rita Rhodes; nine grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren. 

Individual respects and Guest Registry can be made from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. A private family service will be held.  Interment will be in Curry Cemetery.  Contributions are suggested to Hillside Villages Activity Fund or Douglas County Visiting Nurse Association, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box J, Mound City, Kan. 66056. Online condolences can be left at      


Bruce Michael Mitchell 06-23-1953 to 02-27-2021


Linn County News Published March 3, 2021   Bruce Michael Mitchell, 67, of Blue Mound, Kan., died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at St. Luke's East Hospital in Lee's Summit, Mo. Bruce was born June 23, 1953, in Moran, Kan., to Lloyd Gene and Betty Jo (Northway)... [More]

Janet Lynne New Keating 03-14-1950 to 02-23-2021


  Linn County News Published March 3, 2021   Janet Lynne New Keating 70, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. She passed away at her home in Bucyrus, Kan., after a prolonged illness. Daughter of Thomas Beauford New and Lora Irene Hewitt New,... [More]

Ruth Jean Rhynerson 10-08-1924 to 02-19-2021


Linn County News Published Feb. 24, 2021 Ruth Jean Rhynerson, age 96, La Cygne, Kan., passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. She was born on Oct. 8, 1924, in Mound City, Kan., the daughter of Walter “Buck” and Ida Simmons Smith. She graduated from Mound City High... [More]

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SPECIAL: Governor Laura Kelly Signs Bill to Protect Kansas Cities from Surging Utility Costs


~ Senate Bill 88 provides relief for cities facing utility price spikes due to extreme cold temperatures ~ TOPEKA – Wednesday night, Governor Laura Kelly signed a bill to protect Kansas cities from potential price surges in electricity bills caused by extremely cold temperatures... [More]

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Prescott City Council declares state of emergency


The city of Prescott called a special meeting for Friday, Feb. 26, to discuss and take action on the state of emergency concerning the looming electricity bill associated with the unprecedented cold weather from Feb. 12-17.  Temperatures reached subzero readings similar... [More]

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White wins Jayhawk’s first wrestling State title


The Jayhawk-Linn wrestling team only took one wrestler to the 3-1A State tournament in Hays on Feb. 27  but this year was about quality over quantity. Corbin White became the first wrestling State champion for the Jayhawk wrestling high school program going 3-0 in the... [More]

Cox-Halliburton places sixth at State for the Lady Buffs’ wrestling


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