• Bierocks among popular food booths

    For 13 years, Marion High School Booster Club has served bierocks to hungry Art in the Park visitors on a massive scale. Saturday morning, Marion Elementary School kitchen will be filled with the sound of rolling pins on metal countertops. Volunteers will gather to turn 180 pounds of flour, 175 pounds of hamburger, and 80 pounds of cabbage into about 1,000 bierocks. That is enough to line them up end-to-end from one end zone to the other at the football field.

  • Jail conditions hazardous

    Marion County jailers and dispatchers take a risk every hour, walking down a corridor of cells to perform a mandatory inmate check. The corridor is narrow enough that an inmate could reach out and grab anyone walking by, but they are more likely to spit or throw bodily fluids, Sheriff Rob Craft said Friday. Employees occasionally receive verbal abuse, too.

  • Newton symphony comes to Marion, features Marion County musicians

    The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphonic Orchestra kicked off its 2009-10 season with a free pops concert Sunday evening at Marion High School Performing Arts Center. Several Marion County residents played prominent roles. A trumpet trio composed of Dwight Beckham of Marion, Greg Bergman of Peabody, and Kyle Unruh of Goessel played an exhilarating version of “Bugler’s Holiday.”

  • Sheriff Craft says fight club is active in Marion County

    Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft gave a report Friday at the Interagency meeting in Hillsboro about law enforcement trends in Marion County. He reported Marion County has an active fight club that includes individuals from the Marion, Hillsboro, and Goessel areas.

  • Seat belts can save lives

    It’s one of the easiest things a driver or passenger can do. It only takes a couple of seconds. Fastening a seat belt could be one of the most important decisions a driver or passenger can make. It could be the difference between life and death.

  • Dale's sausage provides links to good eating

    Arts and Crafts Fair is Saturday in Hillsboro By ROWENA PLETT Staff writer Many people attend the Arts and Crafts Fair to shop, and many attend to enjoy the variety of unique foods sold at the fair.

  • Health Department has timeline for H1N1 vaccine

    Vaccines for H1N1 flu should be available in Marion County sometime mid-October, Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene told County Commission Monday. She hopes to eventually have enough vaccines for everyone, but the first priority groups are:

  • 'Miracle' plant just keeps growing

    If you were to ask Forrest and Bea Kelsey of Marion what caused their seemingly average hanging plant to grow so large, they would smile, laugh, and say, “We don’t know.” The couple purchased the plant locally, brought it home, set it on their front porch, and treated it just as they had other plants.

  • Food commodities help families stretch income

    Johnney Harold, of Ramona, is grateful for U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities distributed at senior centers throughout the county.

  • Hurst benefit collects nearly $3,500

    A fundraiser chili and chicken noodle soup supper for Thane Hurst was a success Friday evening at Hillsboro Scout House. Sponsored by the chapters of Marion/Morris 30280 and McPherson 30306 of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, there were 220 meals served and $3,348 was collected.



  • Steve Solomon

    Stephen “Steve” Michael Solomon, 33, former Marion resident, died Sept. 5 while riding his motorcycle. He was born Nov. 12, 1975, in El Dorado Springs, Mo., to Stephen and Theresa Solomon. After graduating from Marion High School in 1995, he enlisted in the Air Force and was a jet engine mechanic at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb.

  • Evelyn Ens

    Evelyn K. Ens, 83, Hillsboro, died Sept. 11 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Born July 3, 1926, to Cornelius and Elizabeth (Shierling) Thiessen in Medora, she was married Sept. 2, 1954, to G. George Ens in Inman.




  • FCCLA members attend conference

    Members from Marion High School’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Chapter traveled to Webster Conference Center in Salina Aug. 30 and 31 for the annual Take AIM (Active Involved Members) Conference. New members, chapter and district officers, peer education teams, and state officers were among the many in attendance. Karly Hess attended as a new member. She attended three sessions facilitated by Rhett Laubach. Session one focused on being an active member. Members learned about different FCCLA events and how to make the best of their FCCLA years. The second and third sessions were focused on becoming an involved member and an active member. In these sessions, members learned about leadership and becoming a team member.

  • Students plan trip to Australia

    It’s not going to be easy — or inexpensive — but Marion High School English/communications teacher Lisa Johnson wants to give her students the world. “I want students to have the opportunity to see other cultures,” she said, “visit other countries and meet all kinds of people.”



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