• Police say: Take keys, lock vehicles

    Car thieves have struck Marion twice in the past several weeks and Marion residents are more or less inviting them. The past two thefts occurred when motorists left their keys in their vehicles.

  • Zebra mussels continue rampage: Cities seek solutions

    Marion and Hillsboro city councils agreed Thursday to cooperate with a plan to keep zebra mussels in Marion Reservoir from shutting down the cities’ water treatment plants in the future. An angler discovered the invasive mussels in July 2008 in the reservoir, and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks officials confirmed their presence.

  • County recycling begins May 2

    Marion County’s planned recycling program took an important step Monday — it got an official start date. Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt said the program should begin May 1.

  • Defending chivalry and family: Hobby symbolizes lifestyle

    When passers-by see Ralph Noriega’s 2008 Toyota Yaris, they see interesting decals of a knight on a horse and symbols related to dragons. On the trunk, are the words, “Dragon Rider.”

  • Auto industry a buyer's market

    Despite the sluggish economy — perhaps even because of it — the automotive industry is a serious buyer’s market now, according to area car dealers. “It’s a good time for people to buy a new car, especially in this area,” said Danny Flynn of Midway Motors of Hillsboro.

  • Young Keazer enjoys 'new' car purchase

    To paraphrase a line from the great Mick Jagger, he wants to paint it black. Marion resident Casey Keazer has always liked old cars, and when he saw a 1971 Chevelle four-door Malibu in January with only 72,300 miles, he decided to make it his.

  • Jail committee has 20 volunteers

    About 20 people have volunteered to serve on a committee to create a proposal for a new jail and dispatch for Marion County, Sheriff Rob Craft said Monday at Marion County Commission. People interested in being on the committee need to call the sheriff’s office no later than Friday, he said. The committee will include about 12 members representing law enforcement, business, and private individuals. In other business:

  • County conservation service has new supervisor

    Grover DePriest is the new NRCS Supervisory District Conservationist for Marion, McPherson, and Rice counties. Working out of the Marion office at the USDA Service Center, he assumed the position four weeks ago, replacing Gary Schuler, who retired in November.


  • Aaron Timothy Steinborn

    Aaron Timothy “Tim” Steinborn, 48, of Ramona, died March 9, 2009, after being diagnosed Jan. 12 with cancer. Born Aug. 5, 1960, at Abilene, he was the son of Ralph A. Steinborn Sr. and Frances E. (Gasswint) Buxman.

  • John Brookens

    John W. Brooken, 92, retired Second Judicial District Judge, died March 16, 2009, in Shawnee. Born Jan. 13, 1917, in Westmoreland, he was the son of E.C. and Flora E. Brookens.



  • It's a fine line

    Sometimes there’s a fine line between news and too much information. It’s a tough call for an editor to make. Take for instance a recent photograph on the front page of a regional newspaper. It showed a dog caught in an animal trap. The photo was graphic, showing gruesome details of the dog’s death. The editor was making a point — this was a horrible way for a dog to die, which could have been prevented. Was that photo necessary in all of its graphic detail? Maybe.

  • Melodrama was a blast

    I went to Marion High School’s presentation of “Pure as the Driven Snow or a Working Girl’s Secret” Friday night at USD 408 Performing Arts Center, and it was plenty of fun. The melodrama starred Brady Hudson as hero Leander Longfellow, Danae Edwards as damsel Purity Dean, and Michael Kirkpatrick as the over-the-top, mustache-twirling, cape-and-top-hat-wearing villain, Mortimer Frothingham.

  • It could happen to you

    When it first started, it was somewhat amusing. It began when I received a coffeemaker and expensive packets of flavored coffee. Next, I received acne cream, a photograph of a zebra, and a roll of labels. What in the world is going on? I sent everything back because I did not order any of those things. When I followed up with some telephone calls, I was told the items were ordered online from my debit card.

  • Random Thoughts

    When I was a teen-ager, the ultimate outing was a camp-out. We invited Mrs. Carpenter (Helen) to be our chaperone. She brought a friend. Helen was a newlywed. I wonder how her young husband liked that. We rented a cabin in the river. We could swim, boat, fish, or hike. I remember that was when I cut my hair for the first time. Men always have gone on fishing trips and boys go skiing. Men and women enjoy doing separate get-togethers. What does that mean? No family vacations?


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  • Hett named to MCAA postseason team

    Marion High School boys’ basketball player Elliot Hett was named to the Mid-Central Activities Association honorable mention team. The senior was second on the team in scoring at 11 points per game, and led all Warriors with 2.1 steals and 1.9 assists.

  • Four Warrior wrestlers earn all-league honors

    Marion High School upperclassmen filled the Mid-Central Activities Association’s first and second-team wrestling lists with two Warrior juniors and two seniors earning honors. Junior classmates Cody Wildin and Tylor Neil were named to the league’s first team, while seniors Adam Regnier and Levi Anderson were part of the honorable mention squad.

  • Five Centre High School athletes named all-league

    Three girls and two boys from Centre High School earned Dwight D. Eisenhower League honors this past week. Seniors Leann Pankratz and James Weber finished their careers on a high note after coaches named them to the first team.


    From the Sidelines


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