HEADLINES

  • USD 398 wants out of special ed co-op

    Marion County Special Education Cooperative board members heard some bad news and then heard more bad news Monday evening. Director Chris Cezar informed the board that the cooperative was in the red nearly $240,000 for the remainder of this year and at least that much in the 2010-11 school year, and that Peabody-Burns USD 398 no longer wants to be a part of the county cooperative.

  • Free H1N1 vaccine available to residents

    At long last, the H1N1 vaccine is available to anyone who wants to receive it. Marion County Health Department, 230 E. Main St., Marion, will have walk-in clinics from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Jan. 6 for the H1N1 vaccine.

  • Musician is 'playing it back'

    As a way of “paying back” the Marion community for its support, Michael Brookens, like his brother, Justin, is “playing it back” with a vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center, 127 S. Lincoln St., Marion. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Soldier comes home in time for first child's birth

    Imagine being a young husband and anticipating the arrival of your first son. Now imagine being thousands of miles away from home — serving your country in Afghanistan. This was Eric Smith a few weeks ago. The former Marion resident and 2003 Marion High School graduate returned to his El Dorado home Dec. 3, after serving 11 months in Afghanistan.

  • Carlsons' deli is remodeled

    Tucked into a corner of the deli at Carlsons’ Grocery are two new pieces of equipment – a breading table and an automatic fryer. The equipment, provided by Champs Chicken, a Missouri company, makes it possible to provide deli customers with freshly breaded chicken, fish, potato wedges, and other deep-fried products.

DOCKET

DEATHS

  • Joel Hanneman

    Funeral services for Joel Hanneman of rural Peabody, who died Dec. 22, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Hillsboro. Full life’s sketch will be in next week’s edition. Phyllis Allen

  • Phyllis Allen

    Funeral services for Joel Hanneman of rural Peabody, who died Dec. 22, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Hillsboro. Full life’s sketch will be in next week’s edition. Phyllis Allen

  • Ruth Arnold

    Funeral services for Joel Hanneman of rural Peabody, who died Dec. 22, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Hillsboro. Full life’s sketch will be in next week’s edition. Phyllis Allen

  • Donita Buethe

    Funeral services for Joel Hanneman of rural Peabody, who died Dec. 22, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Hillsboro. Full life’s sketch will be in next week’s edition. Phyllis Allen

  • Pete Weibert

    Funeral services for Joel Hanneman of rural Peabody, who died Dec. 22, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Hillsboro. Full life’s sketch will be in next week’s edition. Phyllis Allen

  • Wanita Selvy

    Funeral services for Joel Hanneman of rural Peabody, who died Dec. 22, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, Hillsboro. Full life’s sketch will be in next week’s edition. Phyllis Allen

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Naomi Daly, Sherri Druse, Florence Gimson, Josephine Lagergren, Pearl Baxter

GOVERNMENT

  • Counties work together to fight pipeline exemption

    Marion County and five other counties agreed to jointly hire a law firm to oppose an effort by TransCanada — owner of the planned Keystone oil pipeline — from receiving a property tax exemption. Marion, Butler, Clay, Cowley, Dickinson, and Washington counties each committed $2,000, Marion County Commissioners announced Monday. Commissioners previously approved committing $2,000, contingent upon at least four of the other five counties committing.

  • New rules for beginning drivers include a ban on cell phone use

    Increased requirements take effect next year for teenagers younger than 17 years old who apply for driving permits and driver’s licenses after Jan. 1. State representative Bob Brookens of Marion challenges parents to take responsibility for promoting safe driving by their teenage children.

  • Group of schools seeks to reopen funding lawsuit

    Schools for Fair Funding members voted unanimously to reopen the Montoy v. State of Kansas lawsuit, in an attempt to force the state to provide more funding for public schools. The group conducted a voice vote at a meeting Friday in Salina. USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble said nobody in attendance voted against reopening the suit. USD 410 and USD 398 are member districts of the group.

  • Development council finding common ground

    Members of Marion County Economic Development Council made positive comments Dec. 16 as they talked about goals to help determine a direction for the group. As part of a brainstorming exercise, members found they agreed that the purpose of the group is to network, collaborate with each other, and celebrate successes. The rivalry between Hillsboro and Marion also was discussed.

OPINION

  • Off the record: Merry Christmas to all

    Despite the cold weather, a large crowd gathered downtown Saturday for a chance to win gift certificates as part of the Marion County Record’s Christmas Magic promotion. Shoppers filled out entry tickets for every $10 spent at participating stores. Those tickets, then, were part of three weekly drawings for $50 at those participating stores. On Saturday, we drew for two unclaimed gift certificates, another $50 gift certificate, and a $100 gift certificate.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    (Editor’s note: This letter was written by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897 to the editor of New York’s Sun. This editorial has become the most reprinted newspaper editorial in history.) Dear editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

  • Stop the blame game

    The announcement was made last week that Scully Estates is moving its office to Hillsboro. Blame has been thrown around but here are the facts: Scully Estates paid $7,000 — full price — for a .7-acre lot in Hillsboro Heights, the city-owned business park. Agent Doug Sharp of Scully Estates offered the City of Marion $3,000, which the city turned down, for a similarly priced lot in Marion Industrial Park.

  • COLUMNS:

    Random Thoughts, Another Day in the Country

PEOPLE

SCHOOL

SPORTS

  • MHS boys lose close game, 55-46

    The Warriors led 39-36 at the beginning of the fourth quarter against Moundridge Friday at Moundridge. A three-play turnaround changed that. Still down three, Moundridge center — Austin Neufled — lined up a 3-point shot. The bulking center, hardly an obvious threat from the outside, hit the shot to tie the game.

  • MHS girls win at Moundridge

    Marion High School girls head coach Randy Savage said that his team played its best basketball Friday at Moundridge. The Warrior offense and defense clicked in the 57-46 victory. Marion shot 40 percent from the field and 42 percent behind the 3-point line and held the Wildcats to 30 percent and 21 percent in both categories. Marion led by as much as 18 in the second half; the Wildcats clawed away seven points by forcing the Warriors to shoot free throws for nearly half of the fourth quarter.

  • Two wrestlers remain undefeated

    After the dust cleared Thursday at Minneapolis, Marion’s two undefeated wrestlers remained unbeaten. Even though he wrestled up a class at 152 pounds, senior Dillon Wildin defeated Adam Klein with only 11 seconds left in his match. Wildin found himself down 3-2 in the third round to Klein in what had been a cautious, defensive match by both parties. Wildin — possibly bested for the first time all year in strength — was unable to get underneath Klein to lift his opponent for a throw.

  • CJHS girls team remain undefeated

    The Centre Junior High School girls A team added two victories to their record before heading into the holiday vacation. Playing on their home court, they defeated Herington Dec. 14, 27-24, and St. Xavier Thursday, 51-20. The Lady Cougars trailed Herington 14-10 at halftime. They outscored Herington 17-10 in the second half to win by three points.

  • CENTRE:

    Lady Cougars finish 1-1 in league play, Troutt leads Cougars to victory

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