• Friday: Foghat still true to form

    There may be a few wrinkles on their faces and a little gray around their temples, but Foghat won’t disappoint when the band comes to town at 9 p.m. Friday for Chingawassa Days. Still hard-core, die-hard, true to the bone rock ’n’ rollers, two original Foghat band members remain with the band.

  • Saturday: Bellamy Brothers, 50 albums and counting

    Thirty-five years. Nearly 50 albums.

  • co-dependents: Different name, familiar sound

    Friday night’s middle act at Chingawassa Days is not your Mama’s rock band — or is it? Influenced by his mother’s “hippie” ways, the co-founder of rock band, “the co-dependents” (the name is purposely lower-case), Wade Crump grew up in Texas, listening to songs by the Flying Burrito Brothers, Commander Cody, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, and Jon Prine.

  • Youth advocate to speak at service

    This year’s community worship service at Chingawassa Days will include a mentor of at-risk youth. Earnest Alexander has traveled the world promoting Youth Horizons of Valley Center.

  • Scouts plan fund-raiser for camp

    Two area Boy Scouts will stage a casting competition Saturday during Chingawassa Days to help raise money for them to attend scouting’s National Jamboree next summer in Washington, D.C. Dylan Goebel and Justin Barr, both 14 and of Marion, will run the competition for adults and older children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Luta Creek Stage in Central Park.


  • After 35 years: A real diploma for a real senior

    Karen Glick’s high school graduation was 12 years in the making. Most are. But, hers was different. Instead of graduating in 1973 with her Scott City High School class, the 54-year-old Florence grandmother of 10 proudly walked across the stage May 17 with seniors of the Marion High School class of 2009.

  • An engaging story of graduating from chores to love

    May is traditionally a month where many milestones are celebrated — graduations being at the top of the list. Members of the Makovec family always seem to have a busy month of May, whether it’s their own celebrations or it’s Marissa catering somebody else’s.

  • Electric bills getting bigger

    Most area residents will begin paying bigger electric bills this month as Westar Energy seeks to recover costs of pollution controls it plans to install. The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a $32.4 million environmental rider to Westar’s rates. The rider took effect Monday.

  • Strong City ropes in 72nd rodeo

    “Fasten your seatbelts, and get ready for hides, humps, hooves and horns!” Veteran announcer Roger Mooney’s trademark invocation is set to ring out Friday as the 72nd annual Flint Hills Rodeo — the oldest continuous rodeo in Kansas — returns to Strong City.

  • Symphony's featured artwork unveiled

    A Topeka artist’s oil-on-linen depiction of a Chase County sunset will be the featured painting for this year’s Symphony in the Flint Hills concert near Florence. Cally Krallman’s painting “Flint Hills Sonata” was chosen from about a dozen paintings at a meeting May 27 at the Elgin Hotel in Marion.

  • Care packages need donors

    American Legion Riders of Marion continues to seek donations for care packages to be sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anyone with information about those serving or want to donate reading materials, toiletries, and other items should contact Gary or Karen Chaput at (620) 382-2754.


  • Richard DeForest

    Services for Peabody native and Wichita business owner Richard Lee DeForest, 73, were Tuesday at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Wichita. An officer for what is now Intrust Bank and later owner of a laundry and dry cleaning business, Mr. DeForest died Thursday in Wichita.

  • Phyllis Ann Enos

    Phyllis Ann Enos, 80, died May 27, at St. Luke Living Center. Born June 10, 1928, in Rosalia to Freeman and Sarah (Cronk) Soule, she married D. Eugene Enos on Aug. 9, 1953.

  • Robert Hein

    Services for former Marion resident Robert Hugh Hein, 78, of Topeka, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 37000 SW Wanamaker Rd., Topeka. He died Saturday. Born in Hillsboro, he spent much of his childhood in Marion and served in the Army Reserve during the Korean War.

  • Ardelia Krause

    Services for homemaker Ardella J. Krause, 83, who died Saturday at Andover Care Center in Andover, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville. Born Aug. 9, 1925, in Hope, to Albert and Alice (Weber) Flick, she married Melvin Krause in 1947 in Lincolnville.

  • Elmer Leppke

    Elmer K. Leppke, 91, died May 30 at Via Christi-St. Francis Campus in Wichita. Born March 17, 1918, on a family farm south of Marion, he was a lifetime resident of the area.

  • Earl Priddy

    Earl K. Priddy, 77, of Strong City, died May 26, 2009, at Presbyterian Manor, Emporia. Born July 5, 1931, in Salina, he was the son of Wilbur Hall and Iva Maude (Fry) Priddy.

  • Cecilia Reznicek

    Services for Cecilia G. Reznicek of Littleton, Colo., were this morning at St. Mary Catholic Church in Littleton. Burial was at Fort Logan Cemetery, Denver. Her husband, Paul, who survives, is a former Marion County resident.

  • Andrew Donovan Shields

    Services for Andrew Donovan Shields, 23, who died Thursday after suffering a stroke, will be at 10 a.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 S. Ridgeview Rd., Olathe. Born Aug. 29, 1985, in Overland Park, he graduated in 2003 from Olathe North High School, where he was active in soccer, tennis, and baseball. He participated in marching band and was an Eagle Scout.

  • Joseph Suderman

    Dr. Joseph Suderman, D.O., 91, known to many through the years simply as Dr. Joe, died April 25, 2009, in Medicalodge Nursing Home, Dewey, Okla. He was born to Henry and Katherine (Toews) Suderman Jan. 21, 1918, in Gotebo, Okla., and lived in North Enid, Ringwood, and Kremlin areas during his childhood. He then completed his undergraduate degree in pre-medicine at Tabor College, Hillsboro, and Phillips University, Enid, Okla., in 1950.



  • Resident seeks fairness in street assessment

    Trying to stay within his time limit during the public forum portion of the Marion City Council meeting Monday, Marion resident Roger Schwab hurriedly read a letter to the council regarding the city’s policy of cost-sharing for street improvements. Schwab lives on S. Roosevelt St., part of a newer housing development. Owners of those properties have requested curb, gutter, and a hard-surface street.

  • Maintenance causes water odor

    The Marion Water Department will be using chlorine to “burn out” its water distribution system for the next few days, city officials said Monday. Customers may notice a chlorine odor for two to four weeks.

  • Marion approves water deal for county lake

    Marion City Council has approved a water contract between the city and Marion County Improvement District No. 2, which provides water to Marion County Lake residents. Length of the contract is 40 years with annual reviews. Terms increase the amount of water the improvement district can use and increase in rates to match rates charged to city customers.

  • New lives for old electronics

    To most, it may be nothing more than a mound of obsolete electronics — old computers, microwave ovens, scanners, fax machines, TV sets, video games, and stereos. But to workers at Marion County Transfer Station, there’s gold in them thar hills.

  • Concerts may help fair

    Concerts by Bucky Covington, T. Graham Brown, Kebo Cyrus, and locals The Greenhorns are expected to benefit other events at Marion County Fair, fair board member Chuck McLinden told Marion County commissioners Friday. Marion County Fire Chiefs’ Association is organizing the concerts July 29 through 31. The fair’s signature event, a demolition derby, will be Aug. 1.

  • Jail committee wants residents' questions

    The committee tasked with planning a new jail, sheriff’s office, and 911 center wants county residents’ questions about the project. Public questions and comments would give them a better idea how to approach the project, committee members said Monday in Hillsboro.


  • Too much secrecy -- again

    Marion Mayor Mary Olson unknowingly let it slip Monday that county commissioners had illegally met with mayors from nine cities in the county last week to discuss the county’s economic development council and its director. Government entities can have work sessions but such sessions are bound by the same law that requires them to convene in public and notify the press of those meetings.

  • County is the place to be

    June is a great month in Marion County.Everything gets started this weekend with Chingawassa Days in Central Park, Marion. Where else can you get two concerts with legendary performers Foghat and the Bellamy Brothers, a barbecue meal, ice cream, watermelon, children’s games, a poker tournament, and entertainment for a $35 button ($25 if you purchased it before May 31)? Next weekend is the long-awaited Prelude to the Symphony in Florence. Numerous vendors and entertainers are planned with another several thousand visitors attending.

  • Random Thoughts: Taking virtual journeys

    There are some wonderful travel shows on television. I watched Martha Stewart’s show the other day about Moscow. I always believed Russia was a dark, dreary country. This show about Moscow showed elaborate and impressive buildings. Our Presbyterian church once had a minister who had lived in Russia for a year. He also could speak the language. He was an interesting man. I recently read “Books,” by Larry McMurtry, who has written novels including “Lonesome Dove.” “Books” tells about his bookstore in Texas — full of thousands of books. Some are sold for thousands of dollars. I think he still operates the store.

  • MYAC raises $3,000, says thanks

    Art in the Elgin, a May 23 fundraiser for Marion Youth Activity Committee’s effort to develop a youth center, raised $1,500, the committee said this week. MYAC said the total would be matched by Thirvent Financial for Lutherans and the resulting $3,000 used to help purchase a building for the center.

  • Oldest citizen says farewell

    The day before Tony Meyer died he asked me if I’d reported the Kentucky Derby party held in his room May 2. Tony always loved being in the news, but I hadn’t written many newspaper columns recently, primarily because my life from March to May was centered on him.


  • Barney and Fish: members of KSU fishing team

    Fishing may not be an official sport on college campuses, but it has its place at Kansas State University, where the school’s unofficial fishing team ranks seventh among 160 college teams. Senior Nathan Barney of Tampa has been on the team for two years. The aptly named Jared Fish of Hillsboro, a 2009 KSU graduate, joined last fall and plans to remain on the team as he pursues graduate studies.

  • Free fishing this weekend

    The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has declared Saturday and Sunday free fishing days in Kansas. Ordinarily, nonresidents 16 or older and residents age 16 through 64 must have a fishing license, but on this weekend everyone gets to fish for free.

  • Fishing report

  • Commission adds white perch to prohibited species list

    White perch have been added to the list of species illegal to import, possess or release in Kansas waters. The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approved addition of white perch to the list because the species, native to the Atlantic coast of North America, outcompete native species, resulting in declines in their populations.

  • Community church service planned at reservoir

    Our Savior Lutheran Church of Marion and Zion Lutheran Church of Hillsboro will conduct a community worship service at 9 a.m. June 14 at Cottonwood Point, Marion Reservoir. The hand-bell choir of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Wichita, will provide music.

  • Wear helmets when riding bikes

    Spring has arrived and families are gearing up to enjoy the outdoors on bicycles. While inflating tires and checking brakes are important, according to Safe Kids Kansas, a helmet is essential. Safe Kids Kansas urges parents, caregivers, and children to use helmets each time riding bicycling, no matter how long or short the distance.


  • Library plans summer programs

    The 2009 summer reading program will begin June 15 and continue through July 10 at Marion City Library. Students will be able to track their reading on their “Be Creative @ Your Library” reading record.

  • Poem group shares readings

    Jim Hett recited “Psalm of Life,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, at the May 28 meeting of Marion City Library’s Poem in Your Pocket group. Ellen Darrow read a poem her mother had known, with a sequel to come in June. She also read a poem about autumn leaves that she had written.

  • Farmers' market begins this week

    Tampa’s Wednesday evening farmers’ market, “Treasures on the Trail,” will begin its summer-long run at 7 tonight in downtown Tampa. Sponsored by the Tampa Community Association, the market will feature fresh produce, plants,baked goods, flea-market tables, crafts, and other items.


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    Living Center, Senior Center, Ramona-1, Ramona-2, Tampa

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  • Marion Middle School students receive awards

    Marion Middle School students received awards May 21 at USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The MMS Jazz Band performed under the direction of Adam Johnson. An eighth grade video was presented. Art was shown in the commons area, and refreshments were provided by seventh grade parents. MARION MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS Academic excellence — Isaac Baldwin, Dylan Goebel, Elizabeth Goentzel, Monica Spachek. Citizenship — Baldwin, Goentzel. Composition — 7th grade: 1. Katey Ehrlich, 2. Lauren McLinden. 8th: 1. Erin Meierhoff, 2. Baldwin and Sarah Eurit. President’s educational excellence — Baldwin, Jenevieve Corona, Whitney Christensen, Nicholas Davies, Goebel, Goentzel, Briana Hail, Clark Kroupa, Aaron Molleker, Cassandra McPhail, Ryan Nelson, Spachek, James Svoboda. Pride committee — 7th: Ehrlich, Kelli Hess, Taylor Heidebrecht, Zach Robson, Kaelyn Thierolf, Megan Richmond. 8th: Christensen, Hall, Jacob Harper, Nelson, Montana Percell, KayCee Robinson, JayDee Schafers, Chelsea Voth. Quiz bowl — 7th: Tim Knolla, Alicia and Caitlyn Maloney, Nick Meyer, Thierolf, Robson. 8th: Baldwin, Josh Brown, Corona, Angel Funk, Goentzel, Spachek. President’s physical fitness — 7th: Christian Czarnowsky, Ehrlich, Heidebrecht, Hess, James Jones, Knolla, Caitlyn Maloney, Richmond, Dylan Seacat, Abbey Smith, Brittany Swan, Thierolf, Caleb Williams. 8th: Cody Carr, Brody Carroll, Derrick Dvorak, Funk, Zach Hammond, Jordan Hett, Lance Knoila, Kroupa, Christian Larson, Patrick McCarty, Meierhoff, Austin Pedersen, Brayden Putter, Schafers, Eric Regnier, Spachek, Julio Viscarra. Reading challenge — Elisabeth Adame, Baldwin, Josh Britton, Brown, Jacob Cope, Corona, Emily Cyr, Nicholaus Davies, Ehrlich, Eurit, Katelyn Frese, Funk, Goebel, Goentzel, Hall, Hess, Ethan Hett, Cheyenne Jeffrey, Heather Jacobson, Jones, Trever Kinnersley, Lance and Tim Knolla. Clark and Clint Kroupa, Alicia and Caitlyn Maloney, Cara Martin, McCarty, McLinden, McPhail, Meierhoff, Meyer, Molleker, Nelson, Richmond, Robson, Kate Schroeder, Spachek, Amanda Stuchlik, Svoboda, Thierolf. Reading excellence — Adame, Baldwin, Justin Barr, Britton, Brown, Jermyn Bryant, Cody and Devan Carr, Carroll, Grif Case, Christensen, Cope, Corona, Seth Crawford, Czarnowsky, Megan and Nicholas Davies, Ehrlich, Eurit, Frese, Jennifer Fruechting. Spencer Fugitt, Funk, Goebel, Goentzel, Jared Hague, Hall, Hess, Hett, Lance and Tim Knolla, Clark and Clint Kroupa, Jordan Laurin, John Loftus, Alicia and Caitlyn Maloney, Martin, McLinden, Meyer, Molleker, Nelson, Tyler Phillips, Regnier. Richmond, Robinson, Robson, Schafers, Corey Shields, Smith, Spachek, Stuchlik, Thierolf, Dirk Young. Spelling bee — 1. Meyer, 2. SpacheR, 3. Alicia Maloney. Vocal music — I+ rating: soloist Meyer. I: 8th grade choir, Spachek. I-: 7th grade boys ensemble and soloists Adame, Baldwin, Carroll, Megan Davies, Fruechting, Goentzel. II+: 7th grade girls ensemble and soloists Faith Banning, Case, Nicholas Davies, Goebel, Hett, Caitlyn Maloney, McPhail, Schafers. II: Corona, Czarnowsky, Jones, Robson, Smith. Baldwin, Fruechting, Goebel, and Spachek attended Kansas Music Educators Association south-central competition. HONOR ROLLS High — 7th: Megan Davies, Ehriich, Frese, Hess, Jones, Meyer, Robson, Smith, Thierolf. 8th: Baldwin, Corona, Nicholas Davies, Fugitt, Goebel, Goentzel, Hall, Jordan Hett, dark Kroupa, MePhail, Meierhoff, Molleker, Nelson, Spachek, Svoboda. Regular — 7th: Case, Jeffrey, Caitiyn Maloney, McLinden, Richmond, Stuchlik. 8th: Brown, Cope, Fruechting, Ethan Hett, Jacobson, Clint Kroupa, Wiley Lundy, McCarty, Regnier, Schafers. Honorable mention — 7th: Hague, Heidebrecht, Kinnersley, Tim Knolla, Laurin, Zach Lewman, Alicia Maloney. 8th: Barr, Cody Carr, Carroll, Christensen, Eurit, Ericka Herzet, Karly Hess, Morgan Makovec, Martin, Percell, Voth, Becca Williams.

  • 2 win $1,000 scholarships at Florence alumni banquet

    New graduates Camille Christensen and Katie Maag received $1,000 scholarships May 23 at the 113th annual Florence alumni banquet. A total of 147 alumni, teachers and guests from the classes of 1933 through 2009 attended.

  • Hill chosen as state FFA officer

    Nellie Hill became the seventh Centre student to serve as a state FFA officer when she was elected vice president at the Kansas FFA Convention May 26 to 29 in Manhattan. The Centre chapter and the Marion/Florence chapter both finished in the top 20 percent in student, chapter, and community development.

  • Students receive college honors

    Several college students form Marion County students received honors that were announced this week: Bethel College

  • Student named president of marketing group

    High school senior Ryan Dyck of Littleton, Colo., son of former Marion resident Lt. Col. John Dyck, has been named president of DECA, an association of marketing students with members in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Germany. Dyck will defer his first year of college to serve his term as president. In fall 2010, he will attend Johnson and Wales University in Denver on a full scholarship.


  • MHS track: Zeiner, Klenda earn state championships

    When 15 of your 20 athletes medal at the state track and field meet, it’s a good day. Grant Thierolf’s Marion High School squad did just that this weekend at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.

  • MHS golf: Gordon grabs medal in final state meet

    Luke Gordon finished his senior season in style. Four days before taking third in the high jump at the state track and field meet, Gordon earned a 17th-place medal at the 3A state golf meet.

  • Garrard ends college career with another record-breaker

    Centre graduate Justin Garrard has completed his college career at Ottawa University as an NAIA All-American and four-time Academic All-American. Garrard set his sixth school record and personal best running the marathon in 2 hours, 34 minutes, 43 seconds May 23 at the NAIA Outdoor National Track Meet in St. Louis.


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