• 'Going according to plan': Special ed purchases former nursing home

    Marion County Special Education Cooperative approved the purchase of the former Golden Living Center building at 1500 E. Lawrence, Marion. The cooperative approved the purchase price of $100,000 at a meeting Monday evening via telephone conference.

  • Safety is a priority for Florence lineman

    According to Pat Zogelman of Florence, safety training is continuous for an electrical lineman. He entered training one year after graduating from high school and has been a lineman for 34 years.

  • Area students receive scholarships from KSU

    More than 5,000 Kansas State University students were awarded academic scholarships for the 2008-09 school year for more than $1,000 each. Among them were students from Marion County. Burns Leann Spinden — Ralph G. Memorial Scholarship, Shoemaker-Burson Scholarship, and George J. Yapp and Charlene B. Yapp Scholarship. Durham Julianne Chisholm — Arts and Sciences Fund for Excellence and Francis Joseph Martin activity scholarship. Goessel Jacob Schrag — National Science Foundation, Elite. Hillsboro Gina Andrews — George and Mary Gephart Scholarship and Jay C. and Dorothy B. Marshall Human Ecology Scholarship. Dylan Buller — Coonrod Memorial Construction Scholarship and The Perry C. and Virginia H. Peine Construction Science Scholarship. Rachelle Goldsby — activity scholarship. Alexander Jost — activity scholarship. Greta Kliewer — Arts and Sciences Fund for Excellence, Mark A. Chapman Scholarship Fund, and Mitchell L. Koop opportunity scholarship. Katie Morford — Sarah Watson Memorial Scholarship in Journalism. Lindsey Morford — John and Dorothy Perrier Scholarship. Matthew Morford — Baeten Farm Scholarship and R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Matthew Tippin — Henry Van De Riet Memorial Scholarship. Lehigh Mark Prieb — R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship and Robert W. Janzen Scholarship. Lincolnville: Justine Jennings —R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Jacquelyn Klenda — Jim Patry Agricultural Scholarship and John and Dorothy Perrier Scholarship. Lost Springs Tye Remy — R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Marion Nellie Hill — Agricultural Enhancement Fund and R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Kathleen Kraus — Wisconsin Electrical Manufacturing Company Inc. Scholarship. Casey Nelson — Hansen-Rice, Inc. Scholarship in Construction Science and Management. Tacy Taylor — Baeten Farm Scholarship and R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Alissa Vogel — Reba L. Cobb Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Women in Political Science. Peabody Ethan Riggs — R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Jesse Riggs — Arts and Sciences Fund for Excellence and Jaconette L. Tietze Memorial Scholarship. Shaun Rucker — Ralph B. Goltzbach M.B.A. Scholarship. Kristin Waner — Achievement Award, M.A. Durland Scholarship, and First in Class Scholarship. Ryan Wiebe — achievement award. Lindsay Wiebe — George and Mary Gephart Scholarship and Maxine Roper Young Family Studies Scholarship. Tampa Amy Hajek — R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Nicole Stenzel — achievement award.


  • Harry Koslowsky

    Harry Koslowsky, 77, died Dec. 16, 2008, at his home in Marion. Born April 4, 1931, in Peabody, he was the son of Henry and Elma (Seibel) Koslowsky.

  • Jack Beaston

    Jack V. Beaston, 79, died Dec. 17, 2008, at his home in Marion. Born April 6, 1929 in Marion, he was the son of Jay and Esther (Herbel) Beaston.

  • Melvin Kabler

    Melvin “Mel” L. Kabler, 71, died Dec. 13, 2008, at his home in Strong City. Born Jan. 5, 1932, in Wichita, he was the son of Clarence and Treasure (Ellis) Kabler.

  • Ruth Ratzlaff

    Ruth Ratzlaff, 91, died Dec. 21, 2008, at Newton Medical Center. Born Oct. 21, 1917, at Goessel, she was the daughter of John and Sara (Schroeder) Janzen.

  • Lee Remy

    Lee W. Remy, 78, of Burdick, died Dec. 18, 2008, at Medicalodges of Herington. Born Jan. 17, 1930, at Burdick, he was a twin son of Hoyt B. and Nellie E. (Johnson) Remy.

  • Ray Richmond

    Ray D. Richmond, 71, died Dec. 18, 2008, at McPherson Care Center, McPherson. Born July 6, 1937, he was the son of Glen E. and Etta (Druse) Richmond.



  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa

    Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897

  • Holiday wish

    There was this young teenage pregnant woman and her husband who were traveling on business and could not find a place to spend the night. She was tired of traveling, the weather was cold, but there was no vacancies. They ended up staying in a barn where their child was born.



  • Santa Letters

    I would like a digital camera, Hannah Montana stuff, Wii, PixOs, a Baby Alive doll, and a cool game for my PS2. I am interested in SpongeBob, Hannah Montana, and LPS (Littlest Pet Shop), or any girl stuff. I have been a good girl and a bad girl. Tell Mrs. Claus “Hi” and the elves and Rudolph “Hi.” Tell Rudolph I don’t think he looks silly with a red nose. Always and will be, Shelby Johnson Dear Santa, My name is Landyn Johnson. I am 6 months old. Mommy says I have been a great little baby boy. I would like lots of baby toys! Anything will make me happy. I love you, Santa. Have a Merry Christmas. Tell Mrs. Claus “Hello” for me. Love, Baby Landyn Johnson Dear Santa,

  • Santa Letters

    I want a Bratz doll. I’ve been good for you, Santa. I want a big sister like Sam and a MP3 player. I like the Hannah Montana drum sets. I will be good for you. I also would like headphones, shoes, and pink sparkle makeup. Thanks. Love, Sadie MacDonald P.S. Have a Merry Christmas and be careful. Dear Santa and Rudolph,

  • More letters ...

    My name is Lindsey Sigel and I am 9 years old. This year for Christmas I would like to have a Nintendo DS or a Wii entertainment game. I would like some jewelry to wear. Could I also have a couple of short-sleeved shirts to wear? My cast makes it hard to wear anything with long sleeves. In case you didn’t already know, I broke my right arm roller-skating. How is Mrs. Claus? How are you? Ready for the big night? Hope you have a safe trip! By the way, Mom is writing this letter for me because I’m right-handed. Hopes that’s OK. Love, Lindsey P.S. You rock! Dear Santa Claus,

  • And More letters ...

    How is your reindeer doing? Happy Christmas! What I want for Christmas is a Barbie Maraposa that Skylar bringed to school that she got for her birthday and another princess poster in my room. Is it very cold at the North Pole? I have been in Santa’s sleigh. It is red. I have my tree up already. Six real presents under it. I hope you have a nice Christmas, Santa! Your friend, Jaden Slifer Dear Santa, How are your reindeer doing? Please do not get sick for Christmas. Please bring me Hannah Montana clothes for me. And Santa, I would like some toys, a big basketball, and some stickers from Hannah Montana, Barbie doll. Please bring my sister some hairspray, big scissors, books, and a little coat for me and a big coat for my sister. We both want some monkey chains. You will find cookies and milk at my house. Your friend, Mackenzie Eden Dear Santa,

  • Technology driven: MHS web site useful for all

    As the world continues to operate in a technology-driven way, so too does Marion-Florence USD 408. Marion High School art and technology teacher Jim Versch began the district’s web page in 2001, and, with some help, continues it today.


  • Wildcats out-last Warriors

    Sixty-five was the magic number Friday night at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center. Two hours after the Moundridge High School Wildcats downed MHS 65-61 in the girls’ game, the Moundridge boys’ team edged Marion, 65-59.

  • Not quite enough: Zeiner, Hett combine for 46; Warriors still lose close one

    Julia Zeiner scored 31 points and Lindsay Hett added 15 and grabbed six rebounds Friday, but the Marion High School girls’ basketball team fell to third-ranked Moundridge, 65-61. The 2A Wildcats had the lead at the end of every quarter, but the Warriors (2-2) were constantly nipping at their heels. Moundridge led just 43-42 heading into the fourth, and grew its lead to seven halfway through.

  • Warrior wrestlers ready for second half

    It will be 28 days between varsity wrestling matches for Marion High School when it plays host Jan. 8 to a dual at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center. With the Minneapolis dual, which was scheduled this past Thursday at Marion, postponed because of inclement weather, the Warriors have a month to prepare for their next match.

  • MMS boys, girls play at Halstead

    Marion Middle School basketball teams went 1-5 this past week at Halstead. The boys’ C-team claimed a 27-25 victory, while the A- and B-teams lost.


    CHS boys basketball, CHS girls basketball

    From the Sidelines


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