• State offers exemption, counties not pleased: Pipeline construction moves forward

    Imagine 350 construction workers laying 35 miles of steel pipe across Marion County. Now imagine where these 350 construction workers will stay, eat, and buy fuel.

  • Time capsule surprises all

    A day that threatened rain turned partly cloudy Saturday as people gathered at the Lost Spring Station site west of Lost Springs on 240th Road. The crowd gathered to witness the unveiling of an interpretive plaque approved by the National Park Service. The sign tells the story of the Santa Fe Trail in the vicinity of the Lost Spring Station, a convenience store that operated on the trail from 1859 to 1866.

  • Train passenger dies near Florence

    A 58-year-old California man was found dead between a set of train tracks near Florence at 6 a.m. June 30. Amtrak officials have ruled the death as an accident. According to Marion County Sheriff Deputy Jim Philpott, Fred J. Lucero of Barstow, Calif., was a passenger on a westbound Amtrak train when he left the moving train around 3 a.m. for unknown reasons. His body was discovered by a railroad employee one-quarter mile east of Florence, near Yarrow and U.S. 50.

  • It's looking like a heat wave

    ool July 4th, temperatures are forecasted to climb above 100 degrees this week, so residents should take precautions to keep cool. Temperatures are likely to reach the century mark Friday and remain in the high 90s or low 100s through July 16.

  • Register for 'Run for Your Momma' and help MOPS

    There never has been a half- marathon in Marion County — at least not in recent memory. That was one of the reasons Bethany Carlson, one of the organizers and a member of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) of Marion, wanted to have a half- marathon as a fund-raiser.

  • Savvy CHS sophomore wins national FBLA contest

    Jacob Jirak of Ramona competed in a national Future Business Leaders of America contest June 25 to 29 at Anaheim, Calif., and came away with a first-place finish in personal finance. The 16-year-old student got to the national level by placing first at a regional contest and again at the state convention.


  • Crossing borders: Organic growers exchange ideas and locales

    Harry Bennett of Marion joined nine others from Kansas who traveled to Japan for 13 days in May as participants in a program called Global Partners for Local Organic Foods. Bennett is the marketer for Kansas Organic Producers. A team of 10 Japanese left for home July 8 after a reciprocal visit to Kansas.

  • Wheat: A $40 million economic stimulus for county

    Another wheat crop is in the books for Marion County. We all realize that in Kansas, and certainly in Marion County, agriculture is an important part of our economy. What is the value of the wheat crop, and how much does that stimulate our local economy? The total benefit is approximately $40 million.

  • Producers reminded of terms of marketing assistance loans

    Producers are reminded that maintaining the condition of farm-stored grain is a requirement if producers wish to obtain a commodity loan. Producers who take out Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and use the farm-stored grain as collateral are responsible for maintaining the quality of the grain throughout the term of the loan.


  • Leeland Crawford

    Leeland M. Crawford, 71, of Clyde, died July 1 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Wichita. Born Dec. 6, 1937, in Clay Center, to George R. and Lottie Mae (Bergman) Crawford, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • Ira Hein

    Ira W. Hein, 86, of Hillsboro, died July 1 at Via Christi St. Francis Burn Unit, Wichita. Born Dec. 8, 1922, to Henry and Tina (Duerksen) Hein in rural Hillsboro, he married Hilda Suderman on March 14, 1944, in Hillsboro.

  • Anna Klenda

    Anna P. Klenda, 95, formerly of Lincolnville, died July 3 at Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center in Salina. Born June 29, 1914, in Marion County, to Joseph W. and Barbara C. (Gladowski) Dvorak, she was a farmer’s wife and later a housekeeper.

  • Jerold Vogt

    Jerold W. Vogt, 63, owner of Vogt’s Hometown Market, died July 5. Born Sept. 21, 1945, in Goessel, to John F. and Fern Vogt, he married Karleen Regier Sept. 5, 1965, in Hillsboro.

  • Mary Windsor

    Mary E. Windsor passed away June 30, 2009, at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Mary was born Nov. 30, 1938, in Peabody, to Theodore and Ruth (Uphoff) Lackey.



  • Are lake residences becoming a city?

    Commissioner Randy Dallke offered incorporation as a remedy to complaints about roads at Marion County Park and Lake. Lake residents Dan Crumrine and Gordon Pendergraft spoke with Marion County Commission Monday. They wanted the county to help maintain private roads at the lake.

  • Hillsboro officials dislike direction of county economic development council

    Marion County Economic Development Council is moving too much toward tourism, Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine said Tuesday at City Council meeting. The board’s bylaws call for members to assist with trade shows promoting the county, Paine said.




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