• Thane Hurst to have second surgery

    Fifteen-year-old Thane Hurst and his family are traveling from Hillsboro to Baltimore today. He will undergo surgery Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Thane has a rare form of slow-growing, benign cancer on his spinal cord. If the tumor and cyst are left alone, they could cause permanent paralysis. Surgery also is dangerous but necessary to remove as much of the growth as possible.

  • Teens on main: Already have hangout spot

    On any given night, someone driving in Marion will likely see a group of teenagers gathered downtown and cruising Main Street. Marion Youth Advancement Campaign is working with the city in an attempt to establish a downtown youth center. MYAC intends for a center to give teen-agers something to do.

  • Fill up with service from days gone by

    A visit to Cardie Oil in Tampa is a step back in time to when gas stations truly were service stations. Attendants not only fill your tank. They automatically wash your windshield, check your oil and tires if requested, process your credit card in the office, and bring you the receipt without your ever having to leave your car.

  • Life on Cedar street: quiet but very messy

    The end may be worth it, but the four-month means to getting there has tried the patience of residents of North Cedar Street in Marion, closed since mid-March for repairs. Chet Brown is among those concerned about the lengthy project, not expected to be completed until early or mid-September.

  • What would you do if you won a million dollars?

    Here’s what Marion County fairgoers told us last week: “I would give to the church, take trips, and give to my kids.” — Marge Christensen, Marion

  • Missions show life's different side

    Mission trips this summer took Marion County youths south, where they saw a different side of life than what they see at home. Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church’s youth group went on an annual mission trip to Anadarko, Okla., and young people from Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church went to the border of Mexico in south Texas.

  • Prairie Rose Rangers to perform in Florence

    Florence Labor Day will feature performances Sept. 6 by Prairie Rose Rangers, featuring Orin Friesen, and Hearts 4 Him. Additional entertainment that Sunday feature Ron Tibbetts, known as the “Bubble Man.” A science educator at the Wichita Omnisphere and Science Center, he is part scientist, part comedian. His act features a giant bubble machine that can yield a 10-foot-high bubble.


  • Smaller tax increase likely

    Marion County’s revised 2010 budget calls for a smaller tax increase than expected. Commissioners met Friday with accountant Scot Loyd of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd of McPherson, to discuss revisions.

  • Dangerous prank spurs county to offer reward

    Marion County is offering a $500 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of whoever nearly caused an accident by moving barricades into an open road and removing warning lights. The dangerous prank occurred Wednesday night at 330th and Quail Creek roads, south of Ramona, Commission Chairman Dan Holub said Friday.

  • Tampa to get paved road

    By ADAM STEWART Staff writer Contractors will resurface 33 ½ miles of roads in Marion County, including a blacktop road into Tampa, in early September.

  • Treasurer wins state honor

    County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman has been named the 2009 Betty J. McBride Kansas Outstanding Treasurer. The award is presented annually by Kansas County Treasurers Association to an active member of the organization for at least four years who serves as a leader in his or her home county and a professional of the highest caliber in the operation of his or her county office.



  • Donald Bartlett

    Donald E. Bartlett, 72, formerly of Florence, died July 21 in New Castle West, County Limerick, Ireland, after a long illness. Services were July 24 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bruree, County Limerick, Ireland. Burial was in the church cemetery.


  • It's time to chip in

    Lost among the calculus and rhetoric of President Obama’s health-care proposals is the human face of health care in a recession-racked nation. We can’t tell you what to think about the administration’s proposals. The spin and counter-spin are so convoluted we’re left reeling, with little more than slogans to debate.

  • Jail issues are common

    A familiar name appeared in Sunday’s edition of the Wichita Eagle regarding Sedgwick County’s jail issue. Allen Beck of Justice Concepts Inc. was hired as a consultant by Marion County Commission to assist in a feasibility study of a new Marion County jail in 2007.

  • Another day in the country

    I chuckled when I read about Marion’s rooster on Main Street. Chickens are difficult to photograph, even tame ones, so “Rah, Rah,” for the chicken paparazzo who got the candid shot. I’d say he’s one happy chicken, living in the Marion park. It’s probably his version of camping out or going on vacation.

  • Random Thoughts: Births, deaths, and presidential beer parties

    Did you miss me last week? I missed me. The only excuse I have is that I had some family here and that claimed my attention. I love my family. I am sorry for all the people who have lost loved ones in terrible tragedies. Young people are so excited to be on vacation they think they are safe.


    Road safety, Unpaved and dusty, Camper responds, Development panel




  • Riding Herd

    Cowboys symbolize the free life, closely tied to the outdoors and nature. It is a life Dusty Bina of Lincolnville loves, and that love was apparent in a presentation he made Friday at Marion Senior Center. Even though his father, Robert, didn’t own a horse or use one in his cattle-feeding operation, somewhere along the way, Dusty acquired a desire to own one. Maybe he watched westerns on TV. Maybe he observed neighbors working cattle on their ranches.

  • Procedures to claim livestock losses change

    The 2008 Farm Bill created several new disaster programs. One is the Livestock Indemnity Program, which compensates producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality because of adverse weather from Jan. 1, 2008 through Oct. 1, 2011.

  • Farmers warned about seed sales

    Kansas Crop Improvement Association is reminding farmers to make sure wheat seed transactions are legal. Seed companies have started exercising their rights to pursue farmers who sell wheat seed illegally. They also can pursue purchasers of illegal seed and request that they destroy fields planted with the seed.

  • Old alfalfa mill: Hot, dirty, and missed

    Three aging buildings on Walnut Street are reminders of when an alfalfa mill was a thriving business on the north edge of Marion. In the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, alfalfa mills were common in central Kansas. Operating out of Neodesha, W.J. Small owned many branch mills, including the one in Marion, adjacent to the Rock Island railroad track.


  • 13-year-olds capture state baseball title

    The Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars 13-year-olds showed the rest of the state what Marion and Chase County ballplayers are made of, bringing home a state Babe Ruth championship Monday and heading to regional play. The team was 3-0, the only undefeated team in the state tournament, when it faced Stevens County Monday afternoon at Ottawa for the championship trophy. CVL defeated Stevens County, 5-1.

  • Softball team ties for 7th in national tourney

    Kansas Elite fast-pitch softball team, including four players from Marion County, tied for seventh place out of 21 teams from eight states in the 16 and younger “B” division in the Amateur Softball Association Northern National Championship. In pool play July 29 through Aug. 1 at Wichita, Kansas Elite defeated Omaha Lightning, 7-4 and Glenview (Ill.) Titans, 11-5.

  • Four from area compete in Special Olympics

    For members of the Harvey County Wildcats softball team, including four Marion County residents, practice is just as much fun as playing. The team participated this weekend in a Special Olympics state softball tournament in Wichita.


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