HEADLINES

  • Peabody-Burns School district needs improvement reading

    The most recent newsletter sent to Peabody-Burns USD 398 patrons includes a letter from Superintendent Rex Watson, explaining disappointing results on the state assessment test for 2008-09. At least 76.7 percent in each district must meet or exceed target scores in reading and 70.5 percent in math.

  • People we know: Octogenarian provides service to community

    One look at Ira Penner and you can’t help but notice the twinkle in his eye. Nearing the beginning of his ninth decade of life, the Marion County native remains active and diligent in contributing to his community.

  • Lab is unlikely hero to dachshund -- and her owners

    Many pets are considered members of the family — we care for them, spend time with them, and love them. Jerzee, a 3-year-old miniature dachshund, was inquisitive about everything — until curiosity nearly killed her.

  • Parking will be allowed on North Cedar -- at least for now

    It’s a difficult decision for Marion City Council to make — should parking be allowed on North Cedar Street? Four residents attended Tuesday’s meeting to express their concerns.

  • Local connection to Army icon: Marion man's cemetery research unearths history

    For nearly 40 years, Stan Reed of Marion has learned as much about the Civil War as anyone in this area. His particular curiosity is Confederate veterans, those serving from Southern states, because there is less remaining information about them. To pique his intrigue is the fact that two of his great-great-grandfathers were Confederate soldiers and a great-grandfather and two great-great-grandfathers were Union soldiers.

  • Florence Labor Day, a success despite rain

    Friday morning’s drenching rain forced several cancellations at the annual Florence Labor Day celebration. Events that fell victim to cancellation were the Mountain Men rendezvous and the coed softball tournament. All other events went off as scheduled. According to several reports the garage sales went well. The second annual “King of the Hill” soap box derby race held Saturday morning provided some fun and entertainment for event-goers. This year’s King of the Hill is Nevin Shields, Florence.

DOCKET

DEATHS

  • Clarine Jones

    Clarine R. Jones, 81, of Herington, died Aug. 27 at her home. Born Jan. 14, 1928, in Herington to Peter and Clara (Schaaf) Diepenbrock, she was married July 19, 1950, to Lorenzo Jones in Bento County, Ark.

  • Thomas Tantillo Jr.

    Thomas Tantillo Jr., 71, of Marion, died Sept. 3 at Newton Medical Center. Born on Sept. 27, 1937, in Madison, Wis., to Thomas and Violet (Lang) Tantillo, Sr., he married Burlean Gobin, who preceded him in death.

  • Ruby Vinduska

    Ruby B. Vinduska, 91, Pilsen, died Sept. 2 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Born Oct. 8, 1917, to Frank and Bertha (Bouchek) Prochaska in Glasco, she was married Oct. 15, 1946, to Louis P. Vinduska in Glasco They farmed in rural Marion County.

  • Wanda Dale

    Wanda E. Dale, 98, passed peacefully away at her residence on Sept. 4. She was born on June 23, 1911, in Moberly, Mo. She was the only child of Arthur and Josephine (Shirley) Hardin.

GOVERNMENT

  • Westar may offer city an early deal

    Marion may get a better deal than previously expected from Westar Energy. City administrator David Mayfield told Marion City Council Tuesday that he met with Westar officials to discuss an electrical distribution franchise agreement.

  • Appraiser's office to be temporarily relocated

    The Marion County appraiser’s office will be relocated while air quality problems at the office in the courthouse are addressed. At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners approved renting upstairs space at Great Plains Computers and Networking in Marion for $525 per week. The office is at 324 E. Main St. Office employees will be able to go downstairs to assist taxpayers.

OPINION

  • Press isn't Free anymore

    In case you missed it — and everyone we talked to did — the folks over at the Hillsboro Free Press announced last week that they would start charging to publish obituaries, births, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, reunions, and card showers. The Free Press, whose name now seems a bit inappropriate, blames rising costs and, presumably, lagging sales. These also appear to be what motivated them to cut by more than half the reach of their Newton-based shopper and take on an out-of-county partner.

  • Not all progress is good

    Some may call us out of touch with the latest trends, but if charging to run news items is progress, we’ll happily remain behind the times, as we apparently do in other areas. We have not raised our local advertising rates in three years. Our competitors raised theirs just last year.

  • Remembering 9/11

    Memories are important. It doesn’t matter what we remember but the fact we can remember adds quality to our lives. Some of us can remember specific events from our childhoods but can’t recall what we had for supper last night.

  • COLUMNS:

    Random Thoughts
  • LETTERS:

    Readers weigh in on appraiser issues, Appraiser issues

PEOPLE

SCHOOL

  • Drum major brings leadership to band

    “Being in charge really changes your perspective,” Marion High School band director Adam Johnson said of drum major Nicole Herzet. When Johnson began at MHS in fall 2007, Herzet often questioned his decisions.

  • Trip to Broadway inspires MHS students

    Broadway is known for having the greatest theater productions in the world, and a trip to see three shows on Broadway inspired nine Marion High School students to strive for an outstanding fall musical. A group of nine students and 14 adults spent June 26 through 29 in New York. They saw the musicals “The Lion King” and “Wicked” and the play “Blithe Spirit.”

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