• Jones shoots two deer at one time

    Jones shoots two deer at one time By SUSAN BERG Managing editor It’s like making a hole in one on the golf course or a home run in a baseball game. Shooting two deer with one shot just doesn’t happen that often.

  • Lincolnville girl snags 13-point buck

    She’s petite and soft-spoken, but don’t let her appearance fool you. Taylor Peterson, 12, of Lincolnville, is becoming a formidable deer hunter.

  • Plans take shape for youth center

    The former service station looks a little rough around the edges, but with a little imagination and some hard work, it is possible to see the potential. Members of Marion Youth Advancement Committee were working at the former Mike’s Service Station, 1220 E. Main St., Marion Dec. 30 and Thursday — giving supporters an opportunity to hear plans and see the work ahead.

  • Hillsboro man translates New Testament

    Bob Fenstermacher, of Hillsboro, sought God’s guidance. He had a stroke Oct. 15, 2008, and was recovering in a hospital bed in Wichita. The incident made vividly clear that his time on earth was limited, so he asked God what he could do with the remainder of his life that would be of worth. God gave him an answer: translate the New Testament from Greek.

  • Radio rule change could affect local farmers

    Farmers will be among the businesses and agencies affected by a federal rule change regarding radio frequencies, Marion County Emergency Management and Communications Director Michele Abbott said Monday. In order to allow more radio operators, the Federal Communications Commission ruled in 1999 that licensees must switch to narrow-band frequencies by 2013. The change will roughly double the number of usable frequencies, Abbott said.

  • The big fire! The night before New Year's Eve brings unexpected fireworks

    The fire that destroyed Duckwall’s store at 220 E. Main in Marion on the night of Dec. 30, 1968, was an event that longtime residents will never forget. The Marion County Record’s first issue of the new year — Jan. 2, 1969 — contained many stories about the fire.

  • Celebrate Recovery shows participants they aren't alone

    For Celebrate Recovery participant Sara — who asked that her last name not be used — the best part of the weekly classes is the knowledge that she isn’t alone. “It’s very easy to feel like you’re the only one who is dealing with what you’re dealing with,” she said.

  • Group will perform 1-act plays

    Members of the Alumni Radio Players, Marion High School alumni, will present three, one-act plays from the Little Theatre Movement at 8 p.m. Saturday at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center, Marion. Isaac Guetersloh, Cassy Legg, Lucy Collett, Luke Bowers, TC Edwards, Riley Ross, Emily Svoboda, and Brett Billings will perform “Suppressed Desires” by George Cram Cook and Susan Glaspell, “It Isn’t Done” by Carl Glick, and “A Question of Morality” by Percival Wilde.



  • Doris Hansen

    Doris Esther Hansen, 85, of Newton, died Jan. 2, at her home. She was born Sept. 22, 1924, on a farm near Peabody, to James Lilburn and Lula (Taylor) Mellott. She attended school in Peabody.

  • Ella Brose

    Ella Marie Brose, 82, homemaker and resident of Marion, passed away Dec. 26, 2009, at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. Ella Marie Reinke was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Marion, the daughter of Homer and Elsie (Stallwitz) Reinke. She was a 1945 graduate of Marion High School and attended Kansas State University.


  • Out-of-state title? Better get it verified

    It’s a service that’s offered in Marion that few may be aware of — that is, until it is needed. If a person purchases a vehicle or trailer out of state or purchases a vehicle or trailer with an out-of-state title, the out-of-state title or ownership document must be inspected to ensure that the vehicle identification number shown on the foreign title is genuine and agrees with the identification number on the vehicle or trailer.

  • Inspection details are next hurdle for pipeline agreement

    Marion County, Keystone Pipeline parent company TransCanada, and engineering firms need to determine details of agreements to inspect roads and monitor right-of-way crossings before TransCanada and the county approve an agreement, commissioners determined Monday. Commissioners met with Road and Bridge Superintendent John Summerville, County Attorney Susan Robson, and Keystone representative Tommy Darnell. Commission Chairman Dan Holub participated in the discussion via speakerphone.

  • County explores incentives for demolishing derelict structures

    Marion County Commissioners said Thursday they were in favor of creating incentives to encourage property owners to demolish unusable buildings. Waiving transfer station fees for demolition waste was discussed Thursday as a possible incentive, as commissioners met with County Attorney Susan Robson, County Appraiser Cindy Magill, and County Sanitarian Tonya Richards.

  • Licenses are approved for contractors, bars

    Marion City Council approved licenses Dec. 28. They included: Class “A” Club: VFW Post 6958.

  • Hillsboro City Council considers cell phone alternatives

    The City of Hillsboro may stop providing cell phones to employees deemed to need a cell phone; instead, the city would provide a monthly allowance to those employees. City Administrator Larry Paine discussed the issue with City Council members during a public work session Tuesday following the regular council meeting. There are 21 employees issued phones, including Paine.

  • No texting, chatting for younger drivers

    The new year has begun and Kansans are faced with new laws that went into effect Friday. Cell phone use in cars

  • Hillsboro police investigate five rape cases

    Hillsboro police are investigating five cases of rape committed in Hillsboro over a period of 13 months. The victims are 16 to 28 years old. Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning said police have suspects in every case and are either waiting for cooperating police agencies to secure out-of–state suspects or waiting for DNA evidence to return from the Kansas Bureau of Investigations main crime lab in Topeka.


  • Off the record: Thinking out loud

    This time of year, we look back to what has happened so we can have a clear vision of the future. The only problem with that is this community does not really have a clear vision of the future.

  • From other editors: Tax exemptions need a look

    There is an old saying among auditors and others who deal with financial crime: “Follow the money.” As the debate over taxes and budget cuts once again becomes more intense and as the next legislative session begins next month, I think all of us need to keep this old cliché in mind. I think one of the great problems with this debate is that it has been conducted at a level of generality and by hidden principals and their lobbyists, so that ordinary people are confused, if not misled. I think there is a very strong argument for not raising taxes on individual Kansans and small Kansas businesses. In our current economic climate, raising such taxes would create great hardships. On the other hand, it is not at all clear to me that, in fact, many of the billions of dollars in tax exemptions that have been handed out by the Kansas Legislature in the past decade, actually have a significant benefit either for individual Kansans or for most small businesses in our state.


    Jail committee name change?

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  • James Weber's jersey will be retired during game

    Friends and family will remember James Weber Tuesday evening when Centre High School will retire James’ baskeball jersey, No. 23, and dedicate an outdoor bench in his honor. The jersey, encased in a wooden and glass case built by James’ friends and classmates, will be presented to the family between the varisty girls and boys games at CHS gym.

  • Changes in coaching

    With the report of recently fired Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach locking Adam Jones — a Texas Tech player — inside of a janitor’s closet even though Jones had suffered a concussion, Marion coaches, — past and present — administrators, and players reflected on the national story and the way coaching has changed. One of Marion’s longest tenured coaches, football coach Grant Thierolf, had a unique perception on the situation because of his experience playing Division 1 College football at the University of Kansas.


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