• Burn ban extended

    Marion County Commission voted Tuesday to extend a countywide burn ban until Monday. The ban was set to expire Tuesday. Commissioners discussed a system to determine whether a ban should be in place on a daily basis, but waited to make a decision until all three commissioners were present. Bob Hein was not at the meeting.

  • Bowl For Kids' Sake is Feb. 27-28

    Big Brother Big Sisters of Marion County will have its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser Feb. 27 and 28. The fundraiser starts at 10 p.m. Feb. 27 and 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at SherBowl Lanes of Marion, Peabody Lanes, and Trail Lane Bowling of Hillsboro.

  • County below state unemployment rate

    When it comes to unemployment statistics, it appears to be location, location, location. While Western Kansas typically has a reputation of having fewer people and fewer jobs, it is not necessarily true.

  • People we should know: He's an EMS volunteer extraordinaire

    (Editor’s note: This is a series about ordinary people in our community who sometimes do extraordinary jobs.) By SUSAN BERG Managing editor Gene Winkler has been a Main Street fixture for decades, owning businesses, downtown Marion.


  • James Bridges

    James H. Bridges, 84, formerly of Marion, died Feb. 16, 2009, at Via Christi-St. Francis Campus, Wichita. Born June 27, 1924, in Carrol County, Tenn., he was the son of Milton and Estelle Bridges.

  • Betty McGee

    Betty J. McGee, 77, died Feb. 11, 2009. Born Nov. 23, 1931, in Delaware County, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Park and Edna Wiles.

  • Evelyn Beard

    Evelyn Elizabeth Beard, 94, died Feb. 10, 2009, at Spanish Cove Retirement Village of Yukon, Okla. Born Nov. 1, 1914, in Marion, she was the daughter of Paul and Myrtle Kyle.

  • Edna Meikle

    Edna L. Meikle, 90, of Marion, died Feb. 10, 2009, in Marion. Born Sept. 3, 1918, in Ramona, she was the daughter of W. Edward and Willie (Kerr) Miller.

  • Harold L. Bowers

    Harold L. Bowers, 95, died Feb. 16, 2009, at Hillsboro Community Medical Center Long-Term Care Unit. Harold L. Bowers, the only child of Lee and Clara (Wolf) Bowers, was born Feb. 22, 1913, on the family farm on Middle Creek near Elk Community.



  • Dress codes 'revealed'

    It is seldom an editorial solicits as many comments from readers as the editorial I wrote last week about young women’s apparel. The question begs to be asked — what are the dress codes at the local middle schools and high schools?

  • Off the record: Keep both hands on the wheel

    Have you ever wondered how one shoe or a sock ends up on highways? My better half and I were taking one of our weekend excursions when we saw one sneaker on the highway. How does that happen? Was it being worn at the time? Wouldn’t a person miss the shoe? Maybe it blew off the back of a pickup or something. I don’t know. It remains a mystery. Another anomaly is racing to a stop light or stop sign. Drivers know there’s a stop sign at the corner. Why race to it just to slam on the brakes? It’s the same way with a stop light. Drivers know it’s going to turn red after it turns yellow. Does that mean to floor it to the intersection? It’s not necessarily an age thing. I’ve seen middle-aged drivers do the same thing, usually talking or texting on a cell phone and eating a bowl of chili.

  • Random Thoughts

    Did you send a valentine to your special friend? I remember when I was a third or fourth grader in country school. A special shoebox with an opening in the top was set on the west end of the teacher’s desk. We were allowed to make valentines at our desks — usually tablet paper and crayons did the job. We were supposed to have one for every child, so no hard feelings. When we had them ready, we slipped quietly up to the teacher’s desk, and dropped them in the box. We would flush and giggle as we did it. Just before school was out, the teacher opened the box and would call our names to come forward and receive our valentines. What a big day that was. I don’t know the history behind the tradition. I’ll let you do the research.




  • Warriors come out 'ready to play'; drop Hesston and Sterling at home

    Something has been different the past three games for the Marion High School girls’ basketball team. And it seems to translate into victories.

  • Girls defeat Nickerson

    It was a good news-bad news kind of Tuesday night for Marion High School when the varsity girls overpowered Nickerson by a score of 72-59. Unfortunately, the boys’ varsity team didn’t fare as well, being defeated 53-37. The Lady Warriors were on fire on the Panther’s court, hitting six three-pointers throughout the game.

  • Warriors to wrestle at Garden Plain regional

    With the regular season ending Saturday, the Marion High School wrestling team is now preparing for the postseason. Warrior wrestlers will compete Friday and Saturday at Garden Plain High School for individual and team regional titles.


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