• Auditorium makeover

    If there ever was a time to renovate the city auditorium, it’s now. That was the theme of a meeting Nov. 19, when previous donors of Marion Advancement Campaign (MAC) and the general public heard comments about the possibility of a Marion City Auditorium renovation project.

  • Lasting impressions

    What are the first impressions of visitors to our communities? Do they notice buildings in disrepair and tall grass? What about signs? Can they find their way through our cities? This past week, Ron Wilson, director of Huck Boyd Institute, Kansas State University, Manhattan, held community meetings to reveal information about the impressions communities make to outsiders.

  • Commission approves purchase of tractor mower

    Marion County Commission voted unanimously Monday to purchase a tractor and mower deck, but not without hitting some snags along the way. Road and bridge superintendent John Summerville told commissioners the tractor the county has now, spends nearly as much time being repaired as being used.

  • County purchases new semi to haul refuse

    Marion County Commission approved a second large purchase at Monday’s meeting. The commissioners voted unanimously to purchase a 2009 International semi. The semi will be used to haul solid waste from the transfer station to a landfill.

  • 'The last stand': Vintage building still in use

    The Centre Elementary School building in Lost Springs is the only original small-town school building in northern Marion County still used for educational purposes after 80 years. After consolidation in the late 1950s and 1960s, several of the small-town school buildings deteriorated and eventually were torn down. A few were transformed into businesses.

  • Commission breaks election ties of township offices

    Marion County Commission drew names out of a hat Monday to break ties in 11 races for township offices in the county. The 11 ties were between candidates with a single write-in vote.

  • Hospital CFO hired but individual not divulged

    Marion County Hospital District #1 Board of Directors has offered the position of chief financial officer to a candidate. The decision was made by the board at the Nov. 18 board meeting following an executive session.

  • Community synergy brings band to Ramona area

    The Wiyos of Brooklyn, N.Y., performed Nov. 16 at Hope Community Center in a private concert with nearly 140 in attendance. Jessica Gilbert, one of the California Sisters of Ramona, organized the event.


  • Gabriel Demmitt

    Gabriel “Gabe” Demmitt, 26, Goessel, died Nov. 23, 2008, as a result of a pickup/train accident in rural Cedar Point. Born Feb. 26, 1982, in Newton, he was the son of Duane G. and Carol Sue (Holtsclaw) Demmitt. He worked at AGCO Corp. of Hesston.

  • Norma Jean Goering

    Norma Jean Goering Norma Jean Goering, 79, Marion, died Nov. 22, 2008.

  • Norma Lee Smith

    Norma Lee Smith, 86, of Marion, died Nov. 22, 2008. Born Dec. 15, 1921, in Hartford, Ark., she was the daughter of Calvin and Neva (Woods) Spence. She retired after 20 years of service as a dietary aide at Marion Manor.

  • James Reed

    James Reed James M. “Jim” Reed, 49, originally of Florence, died Nov. 23, 2008. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

  • Donald C. Viets

    On the first day of September, 1924, Donald Clinton Viets was born to Leslie and Alice (Buckley) Viets at their farm home near Aurora, Kansas. His boyhood days were filled with assisting his father with farm chores, schooling, and long walks in the country with his dog, Shep. After graduating from Clyde High School, he enrolled at Friends University, Wichita, where he met a student named Ruth. Shortly, Uncle Sam invited him to free training in the United States Army Air Corps. Don served as a skilled navigator on a B-29. During these years, God’s call to become a minister was realized. He married Ruth Paulin, received an honorable discharge from the Air Corps when World War II ended, and he and his bride became a team serving God with the rest of their lives.



  • Counting our blessings

    Recently there was a news story about a store in Maine with a sign instructing people to place bets on, not if but when, President Elect Barack Obama would be assassinated. The town was outraged, to say the least, and the sign came down. The sign in the Oak Hill General Store asked customers to place a one dollar bet on the date of Obama’s assassination and it read, “Let’s hope someone wins,” the Portland Press Herald reported. It was called the “Osama Obama Shotgun Pool.”


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  • MHS JV scholars fourth at McPherson

    The Marion High School JV scholars’ bowl team competed in two meets this past week. At the Remington Invitational, the team of sophomores Landon Leiker and Patrick Hodson, and freshmen Caroline Collett, Drew Knolla, and Beth Nesser compiled a 5-1 record in pool play, but lost to Andover Central in the single-elimination semifinals.

  • Dancing with the Warriors

    Usually when the first Friday in December rolls around in Marion, the high school Warriors are getting ready to play their first basketball game of the season. This year, the boys’ and girls’ teams will be ready to show-off their dance moves at the Marion High School Winter Jam.



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