• Growing pains

    If Marion County Hospital District #1 follows recommendations from architects, new construction and major renovations could be in St. Luke Hospital’s future. At the board of directors meeting Thursday, hospital administrator Jeremy Armstrong showed preliminary floor plans of the hospital with updated inpatient rooms, and an expanded operating room (nearly four times its current size), emergency room, radiology department, and physical and occupational therapy (triple the current space).

  • Power play: Resolution allows removal of planning commission members

    A special meeting was called Monday afternoon by Marion City Council. One of the primary items on the agenda was a resolution for removal of members from the city’s planning commission.

  • OSD contest results

  • Hospital remains in the black despite slow month

    Even though revenues were down in August, St. Luke Hospital remains in the black. That was the news the board of directors of Marion County Hospital District #1 heard Thursday.

  • Bone density testing available soon at St. Luke Hospital

    St. Luke Hospital will be able to provide dexa scans after the board of directors of Marion County Hospital District #1 approved the purchase at Thursday’s board meeting. Dexa, Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. It is one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis osteopenia or osteoporosis.


  • Gaila Henry

    Gaila May Henry, 86, Wichita, died Sept. 24, 2008. Born in 1922, at Burns, she was the daughter of Harry and Grace Selvy.

  • Donald Tajchman

    Donald D. Tajchman, 61, Great Bend, died Sept. 26, 2008. Born July 8, 1947, at Hillsboro, he was the son of Peter and Adeline (Roh) Tajchman.



  • County to haul trash to different landfill location

    After seven years, Marion County Commission decided Tuesday that it will no longer take its trash to Hamm Quarry after the first of the year. The county had operated on a year-to-year solid waste contract with the landfill at Perry, near Topeka, with a 90-day notice required if the county was not going to renew the contract for the coming year.



  • Guest Editorial: Taxpayers have a right to know

    “Public notice.” Sounds great, but it costs money … at least in the print media. So why in the world should governmental entities spend taxpayers’ money on public notices when they can post them on the Internet for next to nothing? Because the taxpayers have a right to know, have a need to know and want to know, that’s why. The argument is as simple as that.

  • Another Day in the Country: Poor Betty

    In early February of this year, one of my hens got the grand idea into her head of setting. I tried to discourage her by refusing to leave any eggs in her nest; but she would not be dissuaded. In fact, she grew so insistent that she got belligerent when I tried to take her eggs, pecking hard enough to draw blood on my hand and clucking her disfavor until I was the one who recanted and said, “All right, go ahead, SET you idiotic hen. What you don’t understand is that those eggs aren’t even fertile.” She fixed me with one of her beady yellow eyes and said, “Then do something about it.”


  • Hearn, Vogel engagement announced

    Ashley Marie Hearn of Derby and Alan Randal Vogel of Marion announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Parents of the couple are John and Cindy Hearn of El Dorado and Randy and Carol Vogel of Marion. Grandparents are Alberta Harms of El Dorado and the late Vernon Harms, Ed and Willie Hearn of Great Bend, Dwain and Phyliss Gill of Sylvia, and the late James and Maxine Vogel.

  • Andersons to celebrate 25th anniversary

    Tom and Sheila Anderson of Marion will be guests of honor Saturday at an open house in celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary. Friends and family are invited to join them from 4 to 6 p.m. at Marion Country Club.

  • Grandchildren enter military

    Shirley Bowers of Marion recently attended graduation ceremonies for two of her grandchildren entering military service. Kelli Bunnel graduated Aug. 29 from the U.S. Navy Officer Development School at Newport, R.I. She currently is stationed at the Navy Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va.

  • Dale Miller to be recognized

    An open house and reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 to recognize the retirement of Dale Miller who has volunteered for the past 37 years on the Florence Ambulance Department and the past 58 years in the community. The reception will be in the rear of the Doyle Creek Mercantile, downtown Florence. Refreshments will be served. According to Judy Creamer, crew chief of Florence EMS, Miller, 82, and Lois, his wife of more than 60 years, moved to Florence from Newton in 1948.


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  • FFA members spruce up curbs

    Marion-Florence FFA members painted house numbers on curbs Thursday as part of their community service day activity. The students painted more than 300 house numbers during the day.

  • MES sixth graders talk car safety

    Marion Elementary School sixth grade students participated Thursday in a car safety class instead of the regular scheduled physical education class. Sondra Mayfield, director of Safe Kids, and Midway Motors’ Chad Funk, Garth Mock, and Travis Shaw collaborated in an hour-long presentation about car and seatbelt safety.



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