• Couple pays Web site to call 1,000 neighbors about missing cat

    A pet often becomes a part of a family — sharing a home, sometimes a bed, and definitely a family’s life. Imagine the anguish the David and Danica Hoffman family of Marion is experiencing.

  • Unpredictable Kansas weather

    It started with a little bit of rain and a cloudy sky Friday morning in Marion County but by early afternoon, forecasters were predicting a significant winter storm. Blizzard warnings and winter weather warnings were issued, some the previous day.

  • Taxpayers can pay now or pay later

    Many employees have begun taking more money home in every paycheck thanks to a 6.2 percent reduction in withholdings provided by a measure in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It is a repeat of the stimulus payments taxpayers received in 2008 but is being done in a different way.

  • Old newspapers found in house razing

    It endured nearly 100 years in a wall of the former Lehigh Hotel. Who knew that behind some cedar siding, newspapers — Marion Record, Topeka Capital, Kansas City Times, anything readily available — were used for insulation?

  • Soldiers for a day: Fantastic flight

    It was a typical workday March 25 for most people in Marion County, except for a group of business professionals who had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in a H-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Kansas National Guard 108th Aviation Company of Salina flew employers and other professionals from Marion, Burlington, and Dodge City from their respective airports to the Kansas National Guard Training Center in Salina. The flight was part of the Boss Lift program to give business leaders an opportunity to experience similar training as soldiers and encourage employers to support troops as they serve.

  • Hearts 4 Him to perform at Florence's Spring Fling

    Hearts 4 Him, a men’s vocal ensemble, will perform April 18 at Florence’s annual Spring Fling. They began as a men’s ensemble in August 2001. The original group, accompanied by a pianist, made their singing debut at the Koerner Heights Church in Newton.

  • Classes for parents, teachers offered

    The series of Conscious Discipline classes will continue from 6 to 8 p.m. for four consecutive Tuesdays in April, beginning Tuesday at Marion Elementary School. According to Linda Ogden, director of Communities in Schools of Marion County, new parents, seasoned classroom teachers, or anyone who interacts with toddlers and elementary school-aged children will appreciate the information provided.

  • 'There's nothing to do': Solution: Concert Saturday night

    With a wish and a prayer, 17-year-old Matt Klenda hopes his efforts pay off. The Hillsboro High School senior is single-handedly producing a rock concert at 7 p.m. Saturday night in the 4-H building on the Marion County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro.

  • Communities discuss development by endowment

    Establishing and growing rural community endowments was the topic of discussion Thursday at a Hometown Competitiveness workshop in Marion. More than 40 representatives from cities, counties, and businesses from throughout central Kansas attended the workshop, Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman said, including representatives of Hillsboro, Marion, and Goessel.

  • St. Luke Hospital loses money in February but remains in black

    St. Luke Hospital and Living Center ended February in the hole with nearly an $87,000 deficit but overall net income remains in the black at more than $182,000 for the year which began Oct. 1. Despite the loss, according to a report by chief financial officer Bev Reid, the hospital remains on a positive track.

  • Stitch by stitch: Child is learning life lessons

    Malorie Hein of Hillsboro appears to be a typical 5-year-old girl. She wears skirts, likes to play, likes the color pink, and spends time with her family. What makes Malorie a bit unusual is her “hobby” — making quilt pieces.

  • Jail committee chosen

    A committee to develop a proposal for a new law enforcement center drew 30 volunteers, Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft said Monday. Marion County Commissioners chose 12 members and three alternates to join Craft, Communications and Emergency Management Director Michele Abbott, and Undersheriff Dave Huntley.

  • Barbed-wire art is rewarding hobby for Marion farmer

    Ladd Helmer of Marion has gained a reputation for making decorative items out of barbed wire. The 65-year-old farmer said he began developing his talent five years ago. “I was looking for something to do so I could retire,” he said. “I wanted a hobby that would make a few bucks and let me retire.”


  • Patricia Zinn

    Patricia “Pat” Zinn, 90, formerly of Lost Springs, died March 28, 2009, at Hilltop Manor in Cunningham. She was a homemaker.

  • Larry McGahee

    Larry William McGahee, 43, of Topeka, died March 19, 2009, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, after an 18-month battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor. Born July 15, 1965, in Hillsboro, Ore., he attended schools in Marion and Perry-Lecompton where he graduated in 1983.



  • Accountability

    Remember a time when bank officers had to publish banks’ quarterly statements in local newspapers? It is interesting that banks no longer are required to do that and now they’re in such plight.

  • Our voice in Topeka

    This week was short so conference committees could meet, but we still passed more legislation and made more sausage than in the rest of the session put together! We passed the “mega” budget and a capital improvements budget. The subject of a smoke-free Kansas came up, but did not come to a final vote. The most excitement surrounded a “transparency” bill that came up Wednesday and we passed a host of other legislation on various topics. We return next week to review the conference committees’ work. Then I am home for three weeks while the Governor considers what she will veto.

  • Random Thoughts

    A blizzard! That sounds exciting! I had company coming but they were stranded in McPherson. That did not make me happy. A telephone call told me that snow was coming down thick there. They could not even see across the road. It was a good thing they (my company) could stay with family. I am sitting here trying to think of big snowstorms in the past. I remember one when I was probably 5 or 6 years old. I walked to country school in deep snow. (I know it must have been at least a mile!) Anyway, that snow was so deep, I was afraid it would be over my head.




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