• Special Veterans Day for local soldier

    It’s tough when a spouse or children’s father is away. It’s even more tough when he’s serving in a war — a world away. Becca Kimbrel of Marion knows what it’s like to keep a home and care for her children while her husband, 1st Lt. Luke Kimbrel, is serving his country in Iraq.

  • Peabody native was guinea pig for nuclear testing

    Nineteen-year-old Gary Thornton had no idea what he was getting into in June 1962 when he signed a form swearing to secrecy about the U.S. government’s involvement in a secret nuclear weapons testing program. The penalty for speaking out was a $20,000 fine or 20 years behind bars. As an enlistee in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he spent two years on a ship in the South Pacific and Far East and had many interesting experiences at various ports along the way.

  • Wall remembers area servicemen

    It was a war when there were few heroes of the time. It was a war most wanted to forget.

  • County resident serviced air-refueling planes

    Joe Nowak of Pilsen grew up in Wisconsin and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in January 1953 during the Korean War. He was not involved in combat but, after six months of training, served as a mechanic for an air-refueling squadron of 21 propeller airplanes. They supported a bombing wing made up of B47s.

  • Marion is partner in E-Community

    NetWork Kansas recently announced that Marion was among seven additional Kansas communities chosen to participate in its innovative Entrepreneurship Community (E-Community) partnership. First introduced in September 2007, communities were granted $775,000 in tax credits, enabling them to raise more than $1 million in seed funding for entrepreneurs. Other communities and counties chosen include Augusta, Bird City, Chase County, Kiowa County, Linn County, and Woodson County.

  • Holton man dies in U.S.-50 crash

    A Holton driver died in a two-vehicle, head-on crash seven miles east of Florence. The accident occurred at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 30, in Chase County.

  • Young entrepreneur develops skills for life

    Charles Stuchlik of rural Lincolnville is just 15 years old but already has hands-on experience in a lot of practical skills. One reason might be that he has several good teachers.

  • ELECTION 2008:

    Jail rejected as Craft, Holub, Dallke win, Complete returns


  • James Fruechting

    James R. Fruechting, 75, of Marion, died Oct. 28, 2008. Born Dec. 24, 1932 at Aulne, he was the son of J.L. “Les” and Ada Krueger Fruechting.

  • Maude Gaines

    Maude Elizabeth Gaines, 96, of Peabody, died Oct. 30, 2008, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. Born March 16, 1912, in Summit Township near Burns, she was the daughter of George and Ida Roberts Clark.



  • Proposed jail: Enough already

    There comes a time when it’s appropriate to let go of issues and let the public decide for itself. That was the point I was at this past week. Yes, I suppose I could have filled the newspapers with more information about what had already been said about the proposed new jail and sales tax increase. And, yes, I could have again shared my opinion about the situation but I was to the point then (and still am) where the public has heard and read the proposal presented by Marion County Commission.

  • Central Park: Two sides

    I was reminded this past week there are two sides to every issue. I received a call from a rural Marion farmer who sees the park donation and renaming of the park as an opportunity.


    Another Day in the Country, Random Thoughts

    County lawsuit, Proposed jail, Power generation, Park name



  • All jazzed up: MMS excited about new band

    It’s 7:15 a.m. on a school day, yet noise abounds from the Marion High School band room with drums beating, tubas blaring, and alto saxophones humming. Each Tuesday and Thursday during the school year, a group of about 12 students gathers together with band instructor Adam Johnson to practice for the newly formed Marion Middle School jazz band.


  • Warriors fall to Hillsboro in OT

    It was déjà-vu Thursday night for Marion High School football fans. For the second straight year, the Warriors lost to Hillsboro High School by one point in overtime.

  • Centre ends season on low note

    The Centre High School Cougars ended their 2008 season on a low note. They were zapped Thursday by St. Paul High School, 46-0. St. Paul had a district record of 4-0 coming into the contest. St. Paul shut out the Cougars and scored six touchdowns and 10 extra points by the end of the first half, cutting the game short.

  • MHS JV wins final game

    The Marion High School junior varsity football team closed out its season Oct. 27 with a 46-14 victory against the Southeast of Saline Trojans. The Warriors finished 6-2 on the season.

  • Jones earns first cross country state medal with top-20 finish

    A trio of Marion High School Warriors found success Saturday at the 1-4A state cross country meet at Wamego Country Club. Junior Ryan Jones came away with a medal after finishing 16th out of 102 in the boys’ 5k race.


    From the Sidelines


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