• Structure works in Hillsboro: Possible move upsets some parents

    As of now, Marion-Florence USD 408 sixth graders are part of Marion Elementary School. In fact, it could remain that way despite talk of moving them to the middle school building.

  • Golden tones: Celebrating 60 years as musician

    For Dwight Beckham Sr. of Marion, his musical career of playing the trumpet has come full circle. Starting as the youngest member of the Wichita Symphony at age 17, he now is the eldest of the Wichita Wind Ensemble Professional Band, which is associated with the symphony.

  • Where has the city been and where is it going? Marion council reviews five-year plan

    Marion City Council recently reviewed the city’s five-year improvement plan from 2003-2008 which was provided by City Administrator David Mayfield. Budget The city has come in under budget an average of 18-20 percent from 2003 to 2007, and was one percent under budget in 2008. Debt limit

  • Optometrist fills void

    There is such a demand for an optometrist in Marion and the surrounding area that when Dr. Bret Wise first started coming to Marion, twice a month in January, his days were busy. “I was booked solid — all day,” he said. “So I decided to come here every Monday.”

  • Looking for Rosies

    Are you a “Rosie?” Or maybe a “Rosebud?” The Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star Journal, and Peabody Gazette are seeking to identify local women who individually played a role as “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II (1941-1945).

  • Valentine pen-pals: Couple has farm journal to thank

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of love stories, leading to the day for lovers, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.) By ADAM STEWART Staff writer In the summer of 1984, Farm Journal Magazine published an article about the difficulties single farmers had in finding romance. The magazine asked readers to submit a paragraph and contact information for a directory to help relieve the problem.


  • Carson Crawford

    Carson E. Crawford, 93, of Cottonwood Falls, formerly of Florence, died Jan. 26, 2009, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Born Nov. 9, 1915, at Valley Center, he was the son of Ray T. and Pearl M. (Ramsey) Crawford.

  • F. Delores Henke

    F. Delores Henke, 82, of Emporia, died Jan. 31, 2009, at Emporia Presbyterian Manor. Born Aug. 25, 1926, at Herington, she was the daughter of Ray and Frances Johnson.



  • Drastic measures

    Governor Sebelius and the legislators certainly have their hands full this session, trying to sort out the budget crisis. We just hope our cities and county don’t end-up shouldering the brunt of the financial burden as the Governor has indicated in the past.

  • Off the record: Hug your kids, call your Mama

    I watched some of the pre-game shows Sunday leading up to the Super Bowl game. There was a player for the Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald Jr., who lost his mother a few years ago. Unfortunately, when she died, it was during a time when the mother and son were not speaking to each other. The amount of guilt this young man felt, weighing heavily on his heart, was evident during the interview. His father said his mother had already forgiven him and there was no need for him to carry the guilt. Sunday was the anniversary of my mother’s death and it broke my heart to hear him talk of his guilt and remorse but it certainly serves as a reminder of keeping our family close to us. We just never know what the future holds or even the next minute.

  • Random Thoughts

    My granddaughter, Kristine, who lives in Manhattan, sent me some pictures of her grandchildren, Burk, 5, and Reese, 3, posed beside a TV showing President Obama taking his oath of office. They are such good pictures. The children are so adorable. The pictures will be interesting when they are old enough to vote. That should be interesting. Who knows how long he will be in office? It might be four years, eight years, or maybe he will lose it like the Governor of Illinois. Our country is so full of people holding office in our country. You wonder how it survives. I am now reading the book, “Svetlanna.” She is the daughter of Stalin, the Russian dictator. If he didn’t like a person, he would just have them killed. Even his three children had to be careful of what they said, wrote, or did. I’m still reading it so I’ll have to give the end later. She lived in India, Italy, in a monastery in Switzerland, and even the U.S. Every country handled her with kid gloves. Any little word might get us in a war with Russia.



  • MHS scholars' bowl team takes second at league

    The Marion High School varsity scholars’ bowl team of senior Matt Thierolf, juniors Sam Ehrlich and Eric Vogel, and sophomore E.J. Obermeyer captured second place Saturday at the MCAA league meet at Lyons. Marion posted a 4-1 record in pool play losing to Halstead, 40-30, while defeating Lyons, 50-10, Smoky Valley, 90-35, Nickerson, 60-10, and Sterling, 60-50.

  • MHS debate season a success

    Marion High School debaters completed a successful 2008-09 season this January, coach Mary Griffith said. Highlights included a pair of third-place finishes. The team participated in seven tournaments. One other was canceled because of snow.


  • Brave effort: Warriors pull out last-minute victory against Council Grove

    There were only 33 points at halftime — for both teams. Marion High School’s 37.5 percent shooting bested Council Grove by seven percent, and the leading-scorer in the game, MHS’s Elliot Hett, had 13 points.

  • Lady Warriors crush Council Grove at home

    Julia Zeiner scored 21 points and Lindsay Hett scored 15 Friday to lead four Warriors in double figures during Marion High School’s 68-39 non-league victory against the Council Grove Braves. “They came out and were ready to play, and they didn’t take their foot off the gas until we called them off,” said MHS head coach Randy Savage.

  • It's a strike!: New PBHS sport successful in first year

    It is one of the oldest sports yet today is the fastest growing sport in America, including among high school students. Some believe bowling has been around for more than 5,000 years, yet has evolved into a popular sport for children and adults.


    Boys, Girls


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