• Spider's bite leaves its mark

    “Ouch! Something just bit me.” It happens all of the time — in houses, gardens, and even riding in a vehicle you realize you’ve been bitten, and go on about your life.

  • Parking or no parking on North Cedar Street?

    North Cedar Street will be opening this week and Marion city officials want public input regarding parking on the busy street. When the street re-opens, there will be no parking on the east side of the street, as before. City Administrator David Mayfield said some residents want a two-hour time limit on the west side or eliminate parking.

  • Playground safety paramount

    Playground accidents are one of the leading causes of injury to children in elementary school. Each year, in the United States, more than 200,000 children receive emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment. The leading cause of deaths related to playgrounds and playground equipment is strangulation. Approximately 15 children per year die from playground-related injuries such as strangulation when a piece of loose clothing or jewelry gets caught on equipment or the child’s head gets stuck between climbing bars.

  • Children find fun in triathlon

    Triple Threat Triathlon participant Alex Ratzlaff, 11, did nothing to train for the 5.1-mile race. She did what she always does in the summer — swimming and playing sports. Her non-training regimen paid off, because she won the girls’ 10- through 12-year-old division with a time of 27 minutes, 21 seconds. She is the daughter of Damian and Amy Ratzlaff of Hillsboro.

  • Reflectors assist in locating hydrants

    Marion resident Bill Keith is willing to put some of his own money toward a project that will assist firefighters in locating fire hydrants, particularly at night. Keith asked Marion City Council to consider asking utility customers to donate 50 cents to $1 toward the purchase of blue reflective markers that would be placed in streets to identify locations of fire hydrants.

  • Goessel grocer keeps customers coming back

    At a time when many small-town grocery stores are closing, Keith’s Foods of Goessel stays open with a seemingly contradictory combination of specialization and diversification. Not every town is fortunate enough to keep a grocery store. Losing one can be hard on a community, Florence resident Cheryl Steward said of the loss of Wilbur’s Market, which closed in 2008.

  • Youth center organizers consider different building

    Members of Marion Youth Advancement Committee and Marion Advancement Campaign may have a better idea for a youth center. Although no specific details were revealed, city economic development director Doug Kjellin told Marion City Council Monday evening that the groups are looking at another property for a youth center that costs less and would possibly be a better investment.

  • WIC helps health of children, pregnant women in county

    When Sarah Gill of Hillsboro was pregnant with her now 18-month-old daughter, Gracie, she knew where to turn for help with the cost of eating for two — the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). She was familiar with the program through her work at Marion County Health Department. WIC is a program that provides nutritious food for breastfeeding, pregnant, and recently pregnant women, infants, and children through age 4 that qualify on income.

  • Flower garden gains special meaning

    Cheryl Stang takes great joy in nurturing both gardens and children alike. “It’s really rewarding seeing something you planted grow,” she said. “It’s like the fruit of your labor.”



  • Nelson Funk

    Nelson P. Funk, 75, of Hillsboro, died Aug. 25 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born Sept. 13, 1933, in Hillsboro, to Arthur and Katherine (Pankratz) Funk, he was a farmer and carpenter.

  • Monroe Kreutziger

    Monroe W. Kreutziger, 93, of Hillsboro, a lifelong Marion County resident, died Aug. 24, at Via Christi Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Wichita. Born Aug. 24, 1916, in Marion, to Irvin and Lucy (Siebert) Kreutziger, he was a farmer and stockman in the Canada area.


  • Employee safety is at center of Marion County jail issue

    Marion County corrections officers and 911 employees have to walk along a dark corridor within arm’s reach of jail cells, placing them at unnecessary risk, especially the 911 employees who are not trained to deal with inmates. Sheriff Rob Craft and Law Enforcement and Public Safety Center Committee chairman Danny Flynn spoke Friday at Marion Chamber of Commerce.

  • Taxpayer wants county appraiser fired

    Gary Diepenbrock, of Lincolnville, asked Marion County Commission Monday what he needed to do to convince commissioners to fire Appraiser Cindy Magill. The matter wasn’t about property taxes, Diepenbrock said. He felt Magill had a bad attitude and was not helpful in the course of his interactions with the appraiser’s office.




  • CHS class will memorialize classmate with bench

    James Weber died this past summer in a tragic car accident. His friends, classmates, and Marion County community want to remember the active teen with a memorial at Centre High School.

  • Centre 'goes green' at orientation

    The staff of USD 397 participated Friday in an orientation about “going green.” According to Superintendent Jerri Kimble, when the kindergarten class of 2009 graduates from high school, one-third of jobs we know today will not exist.


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