• In the business of helping businesses

    It’s a service that’s been available to Marion County businesses for more than 20 years but one that has not been utilized to its fullest potential. Officials at Kansas Small Business Development Center of Emporia has decided to bring their services and expertise to Marion County once a month to assist area businesses.

  • Catholic church undergoes extensive remodeling inside

    Extensive renovations at St. Mark’s Catholic Church of Marion are taking place. The church is part of the consolidated Holy Family Parish of Marion County. According to church officials, the interior of the 50-year-old church is being remodeled with old sacristies converted into a large gathering area and new sacristies being built in other areas of the church.

  • Former Peabody resident heads Palin's campaign

    Several national publications have recently noted the addition of Michael Glassner to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s team of expert advisers. Glassner is head of vice presidential operations. He oversees Palin’s schedule, travel, and communications. He was actually coordinating elements of the campaign for the candidate before one was even chosen.

  • Tampa Cafe occupies historic building

    After four months in business, Amber Peterson, operator of the Tampa Cafe, remains optimistic about her business venture. “I think I’ve had more success than I expected,” said Peterson. “The community has really supported me, and I appreciate that.” Although Peterson had no previous restaurant experience, she knew how to cook for large numbers of diners. She had cooked in a nursing home in Winfield which she called “one of the top-of-the-line nursing homes.” She had started there as a dishwasher and worked up to head weekend cook. “You had to be good, or they wouldn’t let you cook there.”

  • Fund-raising drive for youth center this month

    Fund-raising efforts continue for mYac, Marion Youth Advancement Committee, with its goal of opening a youth center. According to organizers, the purpose of mYac is to “start and maintain a youth center that is a safe, fun, and positive place for Marion youth, where all are respected and accepted.”

  • Volunteers raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease

    It can be a slow, lingering death that robs the patient of memories and a life. That’s how Terry Garman of Kiowa describes Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia.


  • Leona Maxine Morgan

    Leona Maxine Morgan, 81, died Oct. 11, 2008, at her home in Topeka. She was born Nov. 4, 1926, in Marion.



  • County commission candidates respond to questions

    There are four candidates in two races vying for two positions on the board of Marion County Commission. In District 2, which includes Marion and residents east and north of Marion, incumbent Republican candidate Dan Holub of rural Marion is seeking a second term. He is being challenged by former Marion County Public Works Director James Herzet, of rural Marion. Herzet is a Democrat.

  • EMS director tallies crashes

    Since April, there have been six accidents at the intersection of U.S.-56/77/K-150 with 24 people being taken to hospitals. Marion County Emergency Medical Services Director Steven Smith made the announcement Monday to Marion County Commission. He said he compiled that information after reading a story about the dangerous intersection this past week’s Marion County Record.

  • Courthouse roof needs to be repaired

    Additional repairs to the Marion County Courthouse roof will have to be made in the coming months. Marion County Clerk Carol Maggard told Marion County Commission Monday that a second adjuster had looked at the roof and determined there wasn’t any hail damage but there was significant deterioration of dormers and flashing around the roof. Maggard said there are visible gaps in the roof’s edges allowing daylight to come through into the attic.

  • County says 'not funny' to sign thieves

    Pranksters who think it’s fun to take down stop signs in Marion County should know the county doesn’t think it’s funny. Road and bridge superintendent John Summerville told Marion County Commission Monday that vandalism in the north part of the county has been running rampant.

  • State will pay for majority of bridge

    Marion County will be responsible for only 10 percent of the costs to replace a bridge on a county road. That was the news Marion County Commission heard Monday from Peggy Blackman, Marion County WRAPS coordinator.

  • Lincolnville: Council discusses sewer system

    Joe Vinduska, Lincolnville City Council member in charge of the sewer and burn site, informed the council at its Oct. 6 meeting of the condition of the sewer system. It includes 14,000 feet of pipes. He said the system was built in 1958 or 1959, and interior videos taken of the lines reveal several weak spots where the lines could cave in. He said the sewer ponds also are in need of renovation.

  • Tampa: County commissioner hears concerns

    “If it’s not raining, Hi Plains will be here tomorrow to work on our streets,” Mayor Jim Clemmer announced Oct. 6 to Tampa City Council. That work is now in progress. Dan Holub, Marion County Commissioner, appeared at the meeting to hear concerns of the mayor and council members. He asked Paul Backhus whether the county road and bridge superintendent had agreed to put requested culverts under 330th Road to prevent the city from flooding. Backhus said, “Yes.”


  • Patience, please

    It’s not easy taking another person’s place.It’s particularly not easy to take the place of Donna Bernhardt. As most know, Donna was more than a boss to me. First and foremost, she is my friend.

  • Random Thoughts: Writer returns to reading

    I’m back! I think. I like to move around so I convinced my children to bring me home from the nursing home. I’m depending on home health and my daughter, Wanda, who is visiting me. She lives in Colorado Springs and will stay here through the month of October. This is the month for accidents. My little five-year-old great-great-grandson who lives near Wamego, fell at the playground and broke his arm. Poor, little boy. I guess he thought he could do anything the big boys did on the jungle gym.


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  • Hillsboro school district resolves lawsuit

    USD 410 and Raymond Brandt have reached an agreement which will end a lawsuit filed by Brandt against the school district. In a special board meeting Oct. 8, the board of education approved an agreement that will pay $27,500 in legal fees to Brandt.

  • Novice debaters compete at Salina

    The Marion High School novice debaters had a winning record Saturday at Sacred Heart. E.J. Obermeyer and Andy Shipman defeated Great Bend and Hutchinson.

  • USD 397 introduces new student information system

    A new electronic information system, Skyward, has been installed by Centre USD 397 school district. The new system will provide information on students to parents, staff, and students themselves. At parent-teacher conferences scheduled for Oct. 27, parents will receive instruction on how to access and use the system online. Each parent will be assigned a password.

  • Tabor's senior designer puts heart and soul into her work

    Diane Steiner of Durham is the senior designer in the communications department at Tabor College. For her, designing graphics is like painting a picture. The art has to convey a message to its target audience.



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