• State seizes dogs

    Kansas Animal Health Department inspected the property at 1753 190th Road, west of Marion, March 4, which resulted in animals being seized and held in the state’s custody. According to Debra Duncan, director of animal facilities inspection program, 46 dogs were seized. The agency has authority to complete the inspection without the owner being present.

  • Couple wins Vegas trip

    Darla Spencer of Florence was in her car a few weeks ago, listening to the radio when the announcer said listeners had a chance to win something. She wasn’t quite sure what the prize was but decided to call. Miraculously, Darla was able to get through, was the 10th caller, and “won” an opportunity to be chosen for a grand prize — a trip for two to Las Vegas for the annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

  • U.S.-50 will close for repairs

    The highway at Florence will be closed the first week of May. Joe Palic and Doug Lind of Kansas Department of Transportation told Peabody City Council Monday evening that the highway will be closed from Newton to Elmdale.

  • Strength in numbers

    The City of Marion joined Kansas Power Pool Monday to provide additional advantage to the city while negotiating a new contract with Westar Energy and to provide a possible second source of electricity. Colin Whitley, general manager of KPP, told the council that the association became operational in May 2005, and currently has 41 members. Of those members, it provides electrical services to 28 cities located in two control areas and transmission systems owned by three entities.

  • Volunteers keep shop vibrant

    For the past three years, shoppers have crowded the St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shoppe in downtown Marion. Others have tried and failed at making a store of used items succeed. Not only has this store succeeded, it has flourished.

  • Stepping in with ease

    It is a natural fit for Janet Herzet, Marion County Home Care Director, to also assume the duties of director of resident services at St. Luke Living Center. When longtime director Debbie Craig decided to step down, it was determined that Herzet would be the logical choice.


  • Mason Fetrow

    Mason Fetrow, 88, of Cedar Point, died March 8, 2009, at his home. He was the owner/operator of Fetrow Livestock and a farmer.

  • Pearl Belton

    Pearl Marie Belton, 97, of Tampa, died March 5, 2009, at Hillsboro Community Medical Center. She was a homemaker.



  • Keep notices 'public'

    An interesting thing happened this week that proves the power of legal notices and the importance of them being in community newspapers. Kansas Animal Health Department keeps an eye on newspapers’ legal notices regarding animals.

  • Random Thoughts

    Have you ever watched the TV show, “Survivor.” The cast lives in primitive areas. I don’t watch it except every once in a while. I don’t like to watch people eat worms or fight snakes and wild animals. However, I am a survivor in a different category. About 60 years ago, I was told I had breast cancer and had drastic surgery. In those days, they didn’t take small portions, but cut away everything within a block of the “villain.” I did go to Wichita for a series of radiation treatment. What I’m saying is that you can survive. I just want to encourage people who are facing treatment. So if you are faced with this problem, have courage. Changing the subject, I’m reading “Winds of War” again. It was about World War II and how different families went through those days, especially the Jews. It’s a huge book. I hold a pillow on my lap to support it. It is going to be a long read.



  • Centre will change leagues, board takes care of business

    It doesn’t have a name yet but, like a baby in the womb, a new activities league is taking shape, and Centre USD 397 has opted to be a part of it. Approval came Monday at the board of education’s regular monthly meeting. A March 26 meeting of activities directors from the schools involved will determine whether the league will be born.

  • MHS will stay with current schedule

    Marion/Florence USD 408 board of education failed to pass a proposal Monday that would change Marion High School’s class schedule to a seven-hour, daily schedule. MHS Principal Brenda Odgers first proposed the change at the February meeting because she said the students learn more material in a daily schedule than a block schedule.

  • Local fourth grader making waves with swimming success

    Garrett Alleven has only been swimming year-round for one year, but don’t tell that to his opponents. The recently-turned 10-year-old qualified for the Missouri Valley Division I championships in eight events, and will compete Friday through Sunday at Wichita’s Garvey Center.

  • Change of Heart: Revamped HOA to include Marion

    After five years in the Mid-Central Activities Association, Marion High School will be moving to the Heart of America League. The change will not take place until the 2010-11 season, making it a six-year run for MHS in the MCAA.

  • MHS play stars heroes, villains

    Marion High School drama department invites the public to see a play that doesn’t take itself too seriously. MHS will present “Pure as the Driven Snow or the Working Girl’s Secret,” written by Paul Loomis. Director Janet Killough said she wanted to produce an old-fashioned melodrama. It has been at least six years since the last melodrama at MHS.


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