• A month later, Class of '09 remains optimistic

    A month or so ago, they were bright, shiny faces walking across a stage to get diplomas. Now, the Class of 2009 is taking its first steps into adulthood.

  • Business is hot for young entrepreneur

    e summer is what most college students try to do. Jason Hett already had a job with Frostbite Ice Company of Marion when it occurred to him to take his work home with him.

  • Each blossom is a colorful memory

    To those driving and walking past the residence on the corner of Roosevelt and Hudson streets in Marion, they see a colorful array of flowers, bushes, and vegetables. But to Shirley Bowers, each flower and bush holds a memory.

  • His last hurrah, er, harvest

    Reno Penner, Hillsboro, finished harvesting his 2009 wheat crop at 11:17½ a.m. Saturday. “I wanted to document it,” he said. It was his final harvest. After 59 years, the 75-year-old farmer has decided to retire.

  • Sewing heirlooms, a stitch at a time

    With thimble and needle in hand, the women carefully stitch together 80-year-old quilt blocks. As intertwined as their stitches, each block tells a story.

  • Some take different approaches to health

    Rhonda Toal of rural Hillsboro was weighing whether to begin hormone replacement therapy. She decided against it because she thought if she started it, she would be on it the rest of her life. Instead, Toal researched nutritional and herbal alternatives. She learned that soy was a common alternative and tried it.

  • $6 million coming to reservoir

    Marion Reservoir will benefit from a $6 million federal project, Ranger Traci Robb said. The project is part of the federal stimulus program.


  • Shirley McClure

    Shirley Arlene McClure, 79, died June 26, 2009, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. She was born Aug. 20, 1929, in rural Marion County near Peabody, the daughter of Stanley Perlee and Hazel Evalina VanTuyl McClave.

  • Josephine Stroda

    Josephine A. Stroda, 88, passed away on June 24, 2009, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born Josephine Annie Johnston on April 27, 1921, in Gale Township, Marion County, the daughter of Clark and Martha (Schlotthauer) Johnston.

  • Harold Ehrlich

    A memorial service for former Marion resident Harold F. Ehrlich, 86, who died Dec. 14, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Marion Cemetery. Born April 20, 1922, in Marion to A.T. and Anna Ehrlich, he graduated from Marion High School and in 1943 entered the U.S. Air Force, serving for 20 years.

  • Timmy Herman

    Marion native and Centre High School graduate Timmy L. Herman, 64, Herington, died June 24 at Salina Regional Medical Center. Services were Monday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home and Crematory, Herington. The Rev. Mark Wesely officiated.

  • Delbert Kuhn

    Delbert N. Kuhn, 70, North Newton, died June 28 at Kansas Christian Home, Newton. Born July 29, 1938, in Goessel, his parents were Nathaniel and Velma (Wedel) Kuhn.

  • David Montgomery

    Capt. David Montgomery, 70, Cumberland, R.I., a former Marion resident and Marion High School graduate, died June 24, after a brief illness. Montgomery was a 1960 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the submarine service for 30 years.

  • Olive Rowland

    Olive Leola (Guggisberg) Rowland, 90, formerly of Burns, died Friday. Born Dec. 22, 1918, to Alfred and Leola Maud (Stebbins) Guggisberg on their farm southwest of Burns, she attended Prairie View School and graduated in 1937 from Burns High School.

  • John Summers

    John Henry Summers Sr., 87, died Friday at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. Born Sept. 23, 1921, in Metz, Mo., to Allen and Ethel May (Hill) Summers, he married Iris Mae Raffety on Aug. 30, 1941, in Springfield, Mo.



  • Marion reps quit county panel

    Four of five City of Marion appointees have resigned from Marion County Economic Development Council. Some cite issues with leadership of the council. Todd Heitschmidt, Margo Yates, Jackie Crofoot, and Don Noller resigned. City economic development director Doug Kjellin remains on the board as a requirement of his job.

  • County roads may need more fitting names

    Marion County may need to change the names of several north-south roads, Road and Bridge Superintendent John Summerville said Tuesday. State law will require that road signs have letters at least six inches tall beginning in May 2012. County road signs now have four-inch letters.

  • Marion purchases battery sirens

    Concerned about not being able to warn residents during power failures, Marion City Council approved purchase of two battery-operated sirens Monday. Total cost will be $23,555. City officials were not pleased with the results of a test of a different battery-powered siren last week.

  • Council firm on how to assess improvements

    Five property owners on South Roosevelt Street attended a public hearing Monday regarding a special assessment for curb, gutter, and street overlay. Only two of the five in attendance chose to speak.

  • Broken gas meter causes concern

    Disaster was averted Thursday afternoon, thanks to alert children. It all began when children playing near the alley between Melvin and Highland streets heard a hissing noise. Authorities were alerted and determined a natural gas meter was broken, allowing gas to escape.

  • Odor problem returns to courthouse

    Intermittent odor problems have returned to the basement of Marion County Courthouse, and commissioners are seeking bids to tear up tile in a break room to look for the source. No one has pinpointed the source of the odor, Deputy County Clerk Tina Spencer said. It is mostly in the break room and appraiser’s office, but the odor comes and goes.

  • Drivers: Be aware of new lane law

    New laws go in effect today that prohibits motorists from staying in passing lanes on multi-lane highways. The Right Lane Law prohibits vehicles on divided highways outside city limits from operating in the far left lane except to overtake and pass another vehicle, preparing to make a proper left turn, or go around stopped vehicles.


  • Not entirely malarkey

    The collective cringe you’re hearing comes from the hard-working, thoroughly professional staff of this newspaper. The signature at the end of this tells you why. Whenever I come home to help out (that’s what I call it, at least), I try to offer a set of fresh eyes with which to look at local issues. I am, of course, my father’s son: I’ve never met an issue I didn’t want to comment on. That said, my views from afar on issues that hit close to home:

  • Where are today's George Washingtons?

    Whenever the Fourth of July rolls around, I wonder how American colonists had the courage to take the bold step of declaring independence from Great Britain, a power so great it was said, “The sun never sets on the British empire.” The colonies had no standing army. They were ruled by governors usually appointed by the king.

  • Reciting the politics of hate, chapter and verse

    One of the benefits, if you can call it that, of publishing a newspaper is receiving mountains of junk each day — mail, e-mail, faxes. From scams to sex drugs, it’s an amazing pile of steaming excrement, at the very top of which are the almost daily pronouncements of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka.


    Marion impressive, Free Flighters grateful, Jail questions

    Another Day in the Country, Random Thoughts



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