• Election Results

  • Moran visits Marion County Tuesday on conservation tour

    Representative Jerry Moran was in Marion County Tuesday to learn more about conservation efforts in central Kansas. He viewed a CRP controlled burn site before his first stop at the former Potter Ranch southeast of Peabody, owned and operated by Fred and Lynn Berns.

  • Volunteers needed: A chance to help those who cannot help themselves

    The definition of a “guardian” is a person who guards, protects, or preserves; a protector; a defender.” The name accurately describes volunteers who serve the Kansas Guardianship Program.

  • Thieves hit storage units: Snip and take

    Imagine discovering that thieves had cut a lock, gained entry into your storage locker, ransacked through your personal belongings, taken what they wanted, and leaving a mess for you to clean up. That is what happened last week at storage units on North Roosevelt Street, Marion.

  • Mussel mayhem coming

    City of Marion officials recently met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the plight of Marion Reservoir with the presence of zebra mussels. According to David Mayfield, city administrator, the corps does not have a specific plan.

  • Easter Lily

    She was born Lillian Costello Lundy March 31, 2002 in Marion. Everyone calls her Lily, which seems appropriate since she was born on Easter.

  • Chingawassa Days: New and old acts sure to please

    What do all of these things have in common? National recording artists and performers. A barbecue. A magic show. Tricycle races on Main Street. Bingo. Chain saw artists. They are part of the 13th annual Chingawassa Days, June 5-6 at Marion’s Central Park.

  • Tabor College cuts jobs, program

    Hard economic times continue to affect Marion County with the layoff of 11 employees at Tabor College. Tabor College President Jules Glanzer announced Friday the annual operating budget of the college had to be reduced more than $500,000 for the 2009-10 school year.

  • Street progress is a 'pain' for athletes

    It is inconvenient, but there is no other choice. Eisenhower Road in Marion, which is the only major street that leads to the town’s baseball/softball complex, is currently under construction.

  • 'Take cover!'

    The City of Marion may have an opportunity to contact Marion residents by way of text messaging and other forms communication for weather alerts or upcoming events. City administrator David Mayfield told the council Monday that Marion County Emergency Communications was considering participating in the notification program, which would allow the city to use it.

  • Reznicek farm produced first oil well in Lost Springs boom

    Thomas Reznicek Sr. and his wife Antonia did not realize what they had found in 1924 when they bought a half-section farm one mile west of Lost Springs. According to family history, Reznicek bought the property from a man who was quitting the farm to get involved in the oil business in Oklahoma. Little did the man know that two years later, oil would be found on the land he sold in Kansas.

  • Jail to get exercise yard

    Marion County Commission approved a bid Monday to fence in an exercise yard at the county jail. Sheriff Rob Craft said it was difficult to find bidders for the project. He had two bids from Kevin Carter Construction of Hillsboro.

  • 4-Hers show humor, share lesson

    Americans keep hearing about the “tough economic times.” How is a family to get through these “tough economic times?” With that theme in mind, Amy Kjellin of Marion wrote an 11-minute skit for Happy Hustlers 4-H Club to perform as part of the annual 4-H Club Day.


  • Elizabeth Ringering

    Elizabeth Ann Ringering, 101, of Hillsboro, died March 31, 2009, at Hillsboro. Born April 19, 1907, in rural Inman, she was the daughter of Cornelius and Helena (Unruh) Thiessen.

  • Madonna Hedgecock

    Madonna Annette Hedgecock, 43, formerly of Marion, passed away at Truman Medical Center April 3, 2009. She was born to Victor and Madonna (Esparza) Schafers April 17, 1965. She graduated from Emporia High School and attended Emporia State University.



  • Quit complaining already

    Isn’t it funny how some of us complain when there’s nothing going on in town and then we complain when there is activity? It’s called human nature and there are times when there’s more human than nature involved.

  • Time to look up

    Another sign of the times was revealed this past week when burglars struck a storage unit in Marion. Numerous padlocks were cut apart and units ransacked with items taken. This followed a few days of cars being stolen when owners left keys in the ignitions. Not so long ago, thieves were on a rampage in downtown Hillsboro, breaking into businesses and taking merchandise and cash.

  • What is atrazine, and is it detrimental to your health?

    The cities of Hillsboro and Marion recently entered into a contract with a law firm to join a class-action suit against a drug company for the atrazine found in their drinking water supplies. Does that mean the drinking water is unsafe?

  • Our voice in Topeka

    Last Friday ended the regular session, and we will take a three-week break while the state printer prints all those bills we passed. When legislative leaders sign them, the bills are sent to the Governor to consider, and she will either veto them or permit them to become law. You may not hear much from me in the next three weeks, depending on what there is to report. Here are some highlights, both good and bad. We now know that state revenues for March are way down — down $58 million down. This affects the already-passed state budget for fiscal year 2010. We knew we would have to adjust the budget when we returned in late April, and we just found out how much of an adjustment — and we have to plan for the potential losses for April, May, and June, with a blindfold on.

  • Random Thoughts

    I suppose there is something wrong with me. I like cartoons. Sometimes I get a really good laugh. Richard Crowson works for the Wichita Eagle and had been gone a while but now is back. His cartoons mostly are political and not so funny. I clipped one out the other day by someone else. The cartoon showed a grumpy old man, sitting in his comfy chair with a big, black umbrella over his head. His wife (probably grumpy, too) said, “Can’t you help me catch the canary?” Get it? When my daughter, Wanda, comes she parks her car under a tree in the backyard. She groans when she goes out to get in her car. Some beautiful bird had left a deposit right on the top.



  • MHS students heading to FCCLA nationals

    Call Tristen Snelling the promoter and Tori Schmidt the publicist. It could be switched around, but either way the Marion High School duo is heading to the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) nationals July 12-16 in Nashville, Tenn., for a job well done at a state S.T.A.R event.

  • Mock car crash serves drivers and emergency personnel

    More than 26 public service individuals responded to a mock car crash Friday at Centre High School. They included personnel from Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, fire departments at Lincolnville and Lost Springs, Marion County Emergency Medical Services, Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion, and LifeWatch. The staging provided an opportunity for training personnel in the National Incident Managing System begun in 2004. The system provides standardized organization and operational procedures.


  • Warrior softball pitchers young, but talented

    With no seniors on the Marion softball team, leadership has to come from the sophomore and junior classes. First baseman Shelby Percell, the team’s leading hitter a year ago with a .400 average, is a sophomore.

  • Varsity golfers in line ... for now

    Marion High School has named its six varsity golfers. The top three of Luke Gordon, Landon Leiker, and Lindsay Hett should stay the same throughout the season. However, the bottom three are up for grabs.

  • Home is where the track is

    High school track season began Tuesday for Marion, but it won’t be until next week before its athletes have to lace up their shoes on the road. The Warriors played host Tuesday to the Centre CKTL and will be at home again Thursday for the Warrior Invitational.


    From the Sidelines


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