• Old Settlers' Day recognizes city, school cooperation

    Without the cooperation between USD 408 and the City of Marion, a new indoor swimming pool may not have been possible. Because of this cooperative spirit between the two entities, Marion Kiwanis Club chose as the theme of this year’s Old Settlers’ Day parade “Team Work Makes the Dream Work: USD 408 and the City of Marion — Building for the Future.”

  • Kleine joins staff

    Ben Kleine has joined Hoch Publishing Company news staff as a sports writer and general assignment reporter. A recent graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia school of journalism, Kleine is from St. Louis.

  • Where are they now? MHS alum Kraus opens new vet clinic in Marion

    A new facility housing Spur Ridge Vet Hospital opened this past week at 901 N. Industrial Road in Marion. Veterinarian Brendan Kraus said the entire operation has been moved from Florence, where he originally went into business seven years ago.

  • WISHART'S WOODLAND: Another Beautiful Trysting Place in Marion

    (Editor’s Note: Following are excerpts from the Marion Record with information copies as printed.) Copied from the June 24, 1887 Marion Record.

  • Just Rambling

    Copied from the July 12, 1945, issue of the Marion Record-Review. By Mrs. T.B. Matlock Marion’s first “Fourth of July” celebration took place in Billing’s park, which is about four hundred yards from our present home.

  • Architects give negative report on Lost Springs building

    In a presentation Sept. 14 to Centre USD Board of Education, two representatives from Wilson and Company, a Salina engineering and architectural firm, painted a bleak picture of the elementary school building at Lost Springs. The building houses pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students.

  • Special education receives a face-lift

    The most troubled kids in Marion County now have a new place to learn and, perhaps, thrive. The Special Education Cooperative at 1500 E. Lawrence in Marion is that place.

  • Hospital foundation plans major capital outlay campaign

    St. Luke Foundation is in the planning stage of a capital outlay campaign and has taken one of the most important steps — hiring a professional fundraiser. Frank Albert has been hired by the foundation to oversee the campaign — St. Luke Foundation: A Healthy Investment in Your Future.

  • Octoberfest will feature new events

    The Lincolnville Octoberfest committee has come up with a variety of new activities for its Oct. 3 celebration. A turkey shoot will take place at noon along Seventh Street at the north end of town. Cost will be $5 for five ham, turkey, and money shots, and $3 for five bacon shots.



  • Douglas Williams

    Douglas D. Williams, 40, Marion, died Sept. 22. Services will be announced at a later date. A life sketch will be in next week’s edition.

  • Duane Brunner

    Duane R. Brunner, 74, Herington, died Sept. 17 at Memorial Hospital in Abilene. Born June 19, 1935, in rural Herington to Henry F. and Mollie (Schneider) Brunner, he was married Aug. 28, 1958, to Helen Betty Jean Evans at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Herington.

  • Ruby Friesen

    Ruby V. Friesen, 84, Hillsboro, died Sept. 15 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Born July 16, 1925, in Peabody to Jacob and Martha (Franzen) Klein, she was married July 15, 1945, in Peabody to Carl H. Friesen, who preceded her.

  • Marlene Gutsch

    Marlene M. Gutsch, 67, Emporia, died Sept. 19 at her home in rural Emporia. Born March 2, 1942, in Marion County to Edmond and Mildred (Vinduska) Steiner, she was married June 10, 1961, to James Gutsch in Pilsen.

  • James Marasco

    James Marasco, 84, Wichita, retired brick and stonemason, died Sept. 21. Born to Domenico and Caterina (Manfri) Marasco in Nutter Fort, W. Va.


  • Commissioners remove Bennett from jail committee

    Marion County Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to remove Harry Bennett from Marion County Law Enforcement and Public Safety Center Committee. The vote followed Bennett’s refusal to resign. In a Sept. 9 meeting, members of the volunteer committee voted unanimously to ask for Bennett’s resignation. The committee’s request came after Bennett spoke independently with a property owner about land the county might wish to use as a site for a new jail without the committee’s prior knowledge, Commission Chairman Dan Holub said.

  • Developer can opt out of county development group

    Marion Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin no longer has to be a member of Marion County Economic Development Council. Marion City Council met in closed session Monday evening to discuss Kjellin’s request to have the city job description changed so he no longer would be required to attend.

  • Committee meets with two architects about jail

    Two architects each told Marion County Law Enforcement and Public Safety Center Committee that jail space costs between $220 and $250 per square foot. With basic layouts presented Tuesday, that would mean a 32-bed jail would likely cost between $3.2 million and $4.3 million.

  • No resolution found with Cedar Street parking issue

    The parking issue on North Cedar Street just doesn’t seem to go away — or to be resolved. Marion City Council discussed the issue again Monday. Council members said they have heard both sides from those who live on North Cedar Street — some are in favor of continuing to allow parking on the east side of the street. Others do not want parking allowed.




  • Parents can take steps to reduce teen drinking

    A survey of Marion County students suggests that there are steps parents can take to reduce teen drinking. The Communities That Care survey found that only 22 percent of students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 drank in the month before the survey, administered in December and January.



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