• Foghat, Bellamy Brothers are headliners

    Chingawassa Days will feature two diverse headline acts in two nights, offering a variety of music. Foghat will perform June 5 and The Bellamy Brothers will be featured June 6 in Marion’s Central Park.

  • Official to develop a county recycling plan

    Marion County Commission asked Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt Monday to prepare a plan for a county recycling program. The commission approved a contract with Sonoco to take the county’s recyclable goods Jan. 26. Since then, Schmidt has contacted towns to try to arrange a schedule for recycling drop-offs.

  • Working to keep the lights on: Power play continues

    It may be in the City of Marion’s best interest to purchase a distribution line form a Westar Energy substation to the city. City Administrator David Mayfield advised the city council of his findings at Monday’s meeting, indicating a past offer from Westar for the line was $26,000.

  • MHS alumnus Hodson works on solar car

    With high interest in alternative energy sources because of recent fuel prices, one Marion High School graduate is exploring one of the alternatives. Paul Hodson, a software engineering major at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is part of the university’s solar car team. Hodson, son of Don Hodson and Tonya Hodson of Marion, joined the team about one and a half years ago.

  • Sixth grade move discussed at USD 408 school board meeting

    The hot topic for discussion lately has been the possibility of Marion Elementary School sixth grade students moving to the middle school building. A discussion between Marion/Florence USD 408 board members and concerned parents took place Monday at the monthly meeting.

  • MHS students show up at board meeting to discuss class schedule

    Marion High School currently operates on a block schedule that rotates each day. Each student has two block classes every day that last approximately 80 minutes, followed by four daily classes in the afternoon.

  • Romance is in the eye of the beholder: Valentines every day

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment in a series about area couples and how they celebrate their love.) By SUSAN BERG Managing editor It hasn’t been an easy transition for the couple, being separated these past few weeks. After all, they’ve spent nearly every day and night together for the past 60 years.

  • Deli meals continue for county prisoners

    Newly elected Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft has been in office for about a month. There has been little mentioned about the jail situation since the November election when a proposed sales tax increase to cover bond payments and the construction of a new jail failed. Since Craft took the helm, he has not had any conversations with the state fire marshal’s office regarding the current jail.

  • A matter of priority

    How much should a bridge cost which serves only a handful of people? According to an engineer, a new bridge could cost between $155,000 and $405,000.


  • Verle Bowers

    H. Verle Bowers, 98, of Herington, died Feb. 5, 2009, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born March 23, 1910, at Ramona, he was the son of Oscar and Etta (Fike) Bowers.

  • Ronald Break

    Ronald L. Break, 79, Marion, died Feb. 4, 2009, at Robert Dole Veterans Administration Hospital, Wichita, after a yearlong battle with cancer. Born Aug. 18, 1929, at Florence, he was the son of Ernest and Pearl (Caley) Break.

  • Reuben Kerbs

    Reuben Kerbs, 85, of Tampa, died Feb. 4, 2009, at Salina Regional Health Center. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Tampa, he was the son of Godfrey and Lydia (Steinle) Kerbs.

  • Theodore Klenda

    Theodore J. Klenda, 89, of Tulsa, Okla., died Feb. 3, 2009, in Tulsa. Born Aug. 11, 1919, in Pilsen, he was the son of William and Mary Klenda.



  • We are women

    Here I go again, but I just cannot help it. I get more frustrated each time I see a younger woman/teen dress in a way that is disrespectful to her. I know the styles are such that promotes “If you’ve got it, flaunt it,” regardless of your age, but here’s how I see it.

  • A real stimulus package

    President Obama and legislators are considering more stimulus packages, primarily for big business and executives. Let’s look at past stimulus packages.

  • Random Thoughts

    I like to look at the good things that happen, but when bad things happen, it is a great disappointment. Our new president is all fired up to get us back to our honored past. What happens? Some very important CEOs he thought would help, turned out to be thieves. They made millions but didn’t pay their taxes. How could they do that to their beloved country? It is very discouraging. Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and others worked so hard to get our country as an honest government. I’m sure they are very disappointed. Our new president started out with big plans and they threw dirt in his face. What can we do? Keep watch, work toward a better way, and pray that our leaders try to do better.



  • Marion scholars on their way to state

    Members of Marion High School Warriors scholars’ bowl won their regional tournament Thursday at Council Grove. The win earned the team a trip to the 3A state tournament Saturday at Belle Plaine. Team members senior Matt Thierolf, junior Sam Ehrlich, and sophomores Derek Stuchlik, Patrick Hodson, and E.J. Obermeyer compiled a 5-1 record in the preliminary rounds.

  • Marion/Florence FFA places at district contest

    Members of Marion/Florence FFA chapter placed fourth Feb. 4 in the A-team division at the South Central District FFA entomology contest at Marion High School. MHS also had the second-place team in the freshman division, and the first-place team in the B-team division.


  • Warriors escape Halstead with victory

    In a near must-win game Friday, the Marion High School girls’ basketball team escaped with a 51-47 victory at Halstead. The 9-7 Warriors evened their record with the Dragons, who will compete in the Marion 3A sub-state with MHS early next month.

  • Collegiate, Halstead drop Marion boys

    Two top-notch teams were on the schedule this past week for the Marion High School boys’ basketball team. Wichita Collegiate and Halstead downed the Warriors to give MHS a 5-11 overall record.

  • Individuals shine at Onaga

    Cody Wildin and Tylor Neil continue to dominate, while Andy Shipman, and Adam and Randy Regnier get better every match. That certainly was the case Saturday at the Onaga dual tournament when the five lost only three matches combined, and accounted for two first-place and second-place finishes, and a lone third-place finish.


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