• Park name central to community

    Since the announcement Oct. 20 by Marion City Council that the council may consider changing the name of Marion’s Central Park to Brooker Park, there has been a public outcry. The office of the Marion County Record has received phone calls and visits from residents who are concerned about the possibility of the 100-year-old park’s name being changed.

  • County poised for wind farm development

    There are people interested in wind farms in Marion County. County zoning administrator Bobbi Strait told Marion County Commission Monday that the county’s zoning regulations regarding wind turbines needed to be reviewed and updated.

  • Jail will be business as usual if bond issue fails

    It’s Nov. 5, the day after the general election. The elections are finished and the jail bond issue did not pass.

  • Hospital ends year in black

    Marion County Hospital District #1 board of directors met Oct. 21 and heard the hospital ended the year with a profit. Administrator Jeremy Armstrong reported the net operating income for 2008 was $611,602 in the red after figuring revenues received from operations and expenses paid for operations.

  • Toy Run works to make Christmas merry

    In its first year, Marion County Toy Run attracted about 30 or 35 participants. In the years since, the event has seen crowds as large as 120 motorcycles and a dozen cars, said organizer Kim Abrahams of rural Hillsboro. “We’re trying to give as many kids a good Christmas as we can,” Abrahams said.

  • Quilt show and craft sale coming soon

    Members of the Peabody Community Quilt Project are hosting a quilt show and craft sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the multi-purpose room of Peabody-Burns Elementary School. The group meets most Saturday mornings during the year to trace, cut, press, and sew quilts and smaller homemade fabric items. Everything is sold to help pay for playground equipment at Peabody city park.

  • First new camera in service with police

    A new in-car camera went into service with the Marion Police Department Sept. 2 and has already demonstrated its value. Patrolman Mike Ottensmeier showed a two-vehicle crash caught on video during routine traffic enforcement on Sept. 30 at the junction of U.S.-56/77.

  • Youngtown has persisted for 135 years

    The rural community of Youngtown may not have a commercial center or even a church since 2001, but the name lingers on. Leon Hayen of Topeka, a native of Youngtown, recently wrote a history of Grant Township in general and Youngtown in particular. Following are excerpts from that history.


  • Robert Hite

    Robert Edward Hite, 60, of Emporia, died at his home Oct. 26, 2008. Born April 18, 1948 in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of Robert William and Edith (Engbrecht) Hite.

  • John Spachek

    John A. Spachek, 95, died Oct. 26, 2008, at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. Born March 25, 1913, near Norton, he was the son of Thomas W. and Anna (Shindler) Spachek.

  • Vesta Stout

    Vesta G. Stout, 68, of McPherson, died Oct. 26, 2008, at Sterling House of McPherson. Born Oct. 7, 1940 at Hutchinson, she was the daughter of Leland LeRoy and Lillian Josephine “Jo” McGee Smyres.

  • Irma Reznicek

    Irma Holub Reznicek, 88, died Oct. 2, 2008 in Marion. She was born May 31, 1920 in rural Marion County, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Oborny) Holub.



  • Administrator may be better than financial adviser

    From the sounds of a conversation between Marion County Commission and accountant Scot Loyd of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, the commission may consider a county administrator. The commission and the accountant were discussing a consulting services agreement Monday via teleconference. Among the discussion items was the difference between a financial consultant and a county administrator.

  • New appraisal software will arrive soon

    Marion County Appraiser’s Office will be required to convert to a new computer system by March 5, 2009. County appraiser Cindy Magill and the county commission had hoped the state would postpone the changes until later in 2009.

  • Majority of sales tax revenue comes from entire county

    When Marion County Commission was discussing sales tax revenue at Monday’s commission meeting, the members requested specific tax information from Marion County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman. The information told a different story than what most thought.

  • County recycling at long last

    Marion County Commission finally committed to a recycling program. At Monday’s meeting, the commission gave transfer station manager Rollin Schmidt the go-ahead to contact Sonoco Hutchinson Mill regarding a contract for recycling.

  • Mermis joins Marion police force

    A new officer recently joined the Marion Police Department. Patrolman Tyler Mermis started about a month and one-half ago. “I want to be a positive role model, and to, of course, help the public,” Mermis said.


  • Save Central Park!

    It was revealed Oct. 20 that there is a possibility Marion City Council could actually entertain the idea of changing the name of Central Park to Brooker Park. I was at that meeting and I was mortified that the council would even consider such a notion.

  • Voice from the past applies to the present

    (Editor’s Note: Following is a excerpt from front page of the May 25, 1895 edition of the Marion Record. City officials saw the value of the property even in 1895.) Marion is fortunate in having a Mayor and Council alert to its interests. For years it has been the cherished desire of our people to have the title to that beautiful place in the heart of the city known as Central Park, vested in the city. The fear has been general and intense that it would pass into the hands of some corporation or some private individual who would destroy its usefulness for park purposes. Indeed, it was once laid off into town lots. So great has been the desire for its preservation for public purposes, that but a few votes were once lacking to invest five thousand dollars in its purchase.

  • Beware of the white elephant

    And then there’s the issue of the City of Marion buying the soon-to-be closed Golden Living Center building. I have always been one to encourage the city to plan ahead and position itself to accommodate growth but I’m not completely sold on the city purchasing the older nursing home building.


    Boundary issues

    Teen center, city power



  • MMS one of many to utilize aquatic center

    The USD 408 sports and aquatics center has now been finished for a few months, and Marion Middle School is doing all it can to take advantage. Seventh and eighth grade students are on a revolving schedule that allows them to have one physical education class every other Friday in the pool.



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