• Dangerous intersection

    The intersection of U.S.-56/77/K-150, northeast of Marion, has been the scene of numerous accidents during the past several weeks. Most recently, there were two accidents at that intersection in the past five days.

  • Lincolnville Octoberfest is great for children

    Organizers of the 22nd annual Lincolnville Octoberfest set out to plan a smalltown festival that would be especially enjoyed by children, and they appear to have succeeded. The theme itself was bound to attract children, Circus Day in Lincolnville: Come Clown Around with Us.

  • The story behind the story: Can sheriff deputize special officer?

    There is a Letter to the Editor in today’s newspaper from Hank Shockley of Marion. He asks questions pertaining to a recent article in an area newspaper regarding Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker appointing an out-of-county deputy.

  • New fun center is all about families

    It’s a more than a family affair. It’s a dream for Bill Sherbert and his family to have a bowling alley with all of the amenities.

  • New design, use plans revealed for city auditorium

    When Bob Brookens and the auditorium committee members look at Marion City Auditorium, they see something more than the traditional auditorium. They want to see the seats removed and the slope of the floor changed to accommodate tables and chairs. The stage could stay intact.

  • No political signs allowed near polling sites

    All’s not fair in love, war, and politics. And during this election year, candidates are reminded to abide by county and state laws.

  • Public sounds off: County promotes new jail project

    (Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of informational items related to the jail project bond issue and sales tax that will be voted on Nov. 4.) There were three public forums in three cities within four days for Marion County residents to hear information about a proposed county jail.

  • ACT is a test of knowledge, not IQ: How county school districts measure up

    It’s a rite of passage for high school seniors across the country. The ACT test assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

  • Weather wasn't chilly but good for chili

    ndy Saturday but that didn’t deter several hundred people from enjoying a chili cook-off at Marion County Park and Lake. The second annual competition attracted 11 competitors from the Marion area, Newton, Park City, Wichita, Goddard, Derby, Salina, and Elmo.


  • Get the best price on your next car

    (MS) — With the days of affordable fuel a thing of the past, more and more people are looking to downgrade the size of their current vehicles. While the turn of the century saw a boom in SUV sales, the current economic and even social climate is changing the way we look at automobiles. Nowadays, gas mileage and the environment are playing a significant role in just what we’re looking for when we buy a car. While you might have a good idea of your vehicle preferences (good gas mileage, environmentally friendly, etc.) as you head to the dealership, you might be less confident in how to negotiate once the time to buy arrives. The following negotiating tips should help regardless of the type of car you want to buy.

  • With rising fuel costs, are motorcycles the answer?

    (MS) — Gas prices at the pump have been hovering at or about $4 US for some time now. We’ve already seen the trickle down effect: People are choosing to stay closer to home instead of traveling for vacations, individuals are trading in gas-guzzling SUVs for compact cars, and many are looking for ways to cut their gas consumption. According to the Piaggio Group, the company that makes Vespa scooters, one in three Americans would consider purchasing a scooter to save money on their commute. Others may have been pondering the advantages to hopping on a motorcycle rather than climbing into their family sedan.

  • Did you know?

  • New services available: Body shop settles into new building

    It’s more than just fixing fenders and replacing windshields. For Arlie and Gina Overton, owners of Arlie’s Paint Body & Glass, it’s making the customer feel comfortable about having his or her vehicle repaired by them.

  • Replacing fluid levels

    (MS) – Do you know how to check motor oil levels? Are you aware of what type of water to use to tap off a car battery? Could it be time to add washer fluid? If you’ve answered “no” or you aren’t sure about any of these questions, it might be in your best interest to learn the basics of car maintenance, which includes maintaining fluid levels. Otherwise you could be unnecessarily spending extra at the nearest service station.


  • Howard R. Riggs

    Howard R. Riggs, 80, died Oct. 4, 2008 at his home in Burns. Born June 8, 1928, at Burns, he was the son of Thomas and Julia (Bolen) Riggs.

  • Opal Lambert-Winter

    Opal Lambert-Winter, 87, died Sept. 29, 2008. She was born in rural Peabody in 1921 to Lloyd and Velma Converse.

  • Peggy Joyce Seifert

    Peggy Joyce Seifert, 75, Greeley, Colo., died Sept. 27, 2008. Born April 18, 1933, in rural Marion County, she was the daughter of Richard Lewis and Bessie Catherine (Hastings) Williams.



  • Planning meeting nets little action

    The culmination of a Marion planning and zoning commission meeting Sept. 30 resulted in little action. Any action regarding an amendment on the table was illegal since the commission did not give the full 20 days notice in the newspaper.

  • Council approves lease of spec building

    Marion City Council approved a lease Monday with Auto House of Galva for the business to use the city’s speculative building at the industrial park. City economic development director Doug Kjellin explained that the lease would require the business to pay the city $200 per month and $30 per day per vehicle for storage of inoperable vehicles.

  • Commission talks with Butler County

    Marion County Commission had an abbreviated agenda Monday with the most noteworthy item including a meeting with the Butler County Commission to discuss solid waste options. Marion County Transfer Station Manager Rollin Schmidt had approached Butler County authorities about a contract with Marion County for solid waste.

  • Rock for lake roads discussed

    Marion County Commissioner Dan Holub asked the other commissioners Monday to consider providing rock for roads at Marion County Lake. Holub’s original plan was to have rock available for lake residents to fill potholes on the private drives.


  • Life is funny

    One thousand four hundred fifty-six. That’s roughly the number of weeks I’ve been involved with publishing the Marion County Record. Twenty-eight years. That’s longer than I’ve been out of high school, longer than I’ve been married. The point is — it’s a long time. When I started thinking about writing a last editorial, I had all sorts of ideas in mind. Now that I’m sitting here facing a blank screen, it’s not so easy.

  • Another Day in the Country

    I was in my early 30s when I heard it for the first time. “You create your own life,” I read and couldn’t quite believe it. “Surely not,” I muttered. And yet in my early 20s I’d wondered why some people seemed to have more bad things happening to them than others. Was there really something in this universe of ours called The Law of Attraction? Being a curious, word-hungry, knowledge-seeking sort, I kept searching for more information about choices that we make, who is in charge, and our destiny. That’s probably one of the nicest things about being older — the knowledge one acquires with experience and a certain wisdom to go along with it — after all, us oldsters have been around long enough to see patterns in our own lives.

  • Letters to the editor

    As a concerned citizen of Marion County, I feel obligated to inform others on the pressing issue of the plan to build a new detention center. I grew up in Marion and still to this day believe we have a wonderful community in which our children can play safely. From personal experience dealing with housing Department of Corrections and federal inmates, it is not a profitable business, nor the quality of life that I feel the people of Marion County strive so diligently to preserve. If we house such inmates, their families often follow them and reside where the inmate is housed. When prisoners are released, they often stay in the same community due to the lack of financial stability and more times than not are once again a burden to society. We do not need these people residing in our communities. The Department of Corrections and federal agencies typically send their problem inmates to the contract county facilities so the inmates are no longer DOC or the federal agency’s problem. The other issues are the financial aspects of housing these types of inmates. No matter what the agreed price is for a contract bed, there will be tremendous expenses for certification of staff personnel, additional staffing, transportation costs, 24/7 medical staff, and all of this is on top of the cost of daily operations. Having contract beds is not a profitable venture for any county facility.


  • Ryding, Yiu married in double ring ceremony

    Jennie Rae Ryding and William Sze Ming Yiu were united in marriage April 26, 2008, at Christ Lutheran Church, O’Neill, Neb. The bride is the daughter of the Rev. John and Kathryn Ryding of O’Neill, Neb. The groom is the son of Wai Dick and Boi Lin Yiu of Overland Park.

  • Schneider family meets for reunion

    The annual reunion of the descendants of Fred and Mary Schneider gathered Sept. 28, 2008, at the Golden Age community room, Herington. The committee for this year’s reunion was Anna Mae Stika, Millie Rowe, and Alice Wendt. Door prizes were won by Kellie Olson, Norma Olson, George Schlesener, Haylie Olson, and William Bron.

  • Reception is Saturday for Miller

    An open house and reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday 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.


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  • MMS students are full of PRIDE

    A group of Marion Middle School students is taking pride in their school. The leadership group of 14 seventh and eighth graders, called PRIDE, is working on ways to make sure positive things are happening at MMS.

  • MHS debate season underway

    The Marion High School debate team has had a busy season preparing for its current debate topic, “The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.” The students have been preparing for the topic by listening to guest speakers and traveling to debate sessions.

  • Walking to school safety promoted this week

    Safe Kids Marion County and FedEx volunteers are participating in the International Walk to School Day 2008 which is Monday through Friday. More than 100 children from elementary schools in Marion County will participate in the Safe Kids Walk This Way program.



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