• Fire destroys Mounts' home in Lehigh

    Rick and Gina Mounts’ home in Lehigh was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours Thursday. Family members lost most of their belongings. Anyone wishing to help can contact Ida French at Zimmerman’s Deli, 125 E. Main St., Marion, or call (620) 382-8860.


  • Centre community remembers Weber

    In an emotional pause Jan. 12 between basketball games at Centre High School, the Centre community honored the memory of James Weber, a member of the class of 2009. Weber, of Ramona, and Jeremiah Stang of Marion died in July as the result of a two-vehicle accident on a country road in northern Marion County. Two others involved in the accident recovered from their injuries.

  • Two file for Marion City Council seats

    Two more candidates have filed for Marion City Council positions. Chris Meierhoff and former councilman Jerry Kline have filed for two council seats that will be vacant in April.

  • Marion receives grant for water lines

    The City of Marion is among 18 Kansas communities that will share in nearly $7 million in water and sewer grants through the federally funded Community Development Block Grant program. The city will receive $102,703 in grant funds to replace water lines on South Coble, South Freeborn, South Roosevelt, and Highland streets.

  • Dog gone: A man is reunited with his dog under unusual circumstances

    The retired Army Command Sergeant Major and junior ROTC teacher believes everything happens for a reason. A year ago, Dennis Burch of Lincolnville, was diagnosed with lung cancer.

  • Indoor pool is therapeutic for body and soul

    The women splash gently around the swimming pool, giggling and visiting as they go. Some are recovering from surgeries that required physical therapy, others want to exercise and become more physically fit. Regardless of their reasons for starting the water aerobics class, the reason they keep coming back is clear — to enjoy the camaraderie and friendships.

  • Hospital official reviews renovation timeline

    Renovation plans for St. Luke Hospital continue to move forward. According to Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Armstrong, design development plans are being finalized. Department heads have met with the architects, Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture, regarding the layout and replacement of equipment and fixtures.

  • Tied to the land: Estate planner Meysing got his start at Clark school

    Leo Meysing, 79, of Portland, Ore., has been practicing law for more than 55 years and specializes in estate planning. He is a member emeritus of the Estate Planning Council of Portland. He grew up on a farm southwest of Pilsen. He has two older brothers, Bernhardt and Paul, who continue to live in the Pilsen area. A sister, Patsy Waner, lives in Oklahoma.



  • Theodore Gfeller

    Theodore “Ted” H. Gfeller, 88, retired farmer and accountant, died Jan. 6. He was born near Burns on Nov. 12, 1921, to Herman and Mary Gfeller. They preceded him in death, as did two brothers and two sisters.

  • Grace Hench

    Grace Annette Hench, 60, formerly of Hillsboro, died Jan. 16 in Claremont, Calif. Born June 11, 1949, in Hillsboro to George and Mabel (Wall) Hiebert, she was married Oct. 11, 1986, to Ronald Hench in Pasadena, Calif., who survives of the home.

  • Erma Hoffner

    Erma Hoffner, 80, of Peabody, died Jan. 17 after a short fight with cancer. She was born in Council Grove on Dec. 29, 1929, to Harry Sr. and Bertha Nigh.

  • Charles Swarts

    Charles D. “Charlie” Swarts, 76, of Hope, died Jan. 16 at Memorial Hospital, Abilene. Born Sept. 1, 1933, at Peabody, to Clarence E. Sr. and Minnie M. (Ubben) Swarts, he was a foreman of C.E. Company in Enterprise, retiring in 1993. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.


  • County will seek approval of jail finance proposal

    A bond attorney will discuss a modified proposal for financing a new jail, sheriff’s office, and communications center with representatives from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. David Arteberry of bond firm George K. Baum & Co. and attorney Jon Small conferred with Marion County Commissioners and County Attorney Susan Robson via conference call Monday to discuss the matter. Several members of Marion County Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee attended the meeting, as did other county residents.

  • Commission delays recycling decision

    Marion County Commissioners delayed a decision Monday whether to continue a countywide recycling program. County residents Margaret Wilson and Eileen Sieger attended the meeting in support of recycling. Weighing the benefits of recycling against the cost is a challenge, Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said. If someone could prove to him that recycling would be no more expensive on a per-ton basis than sending waste to a landfill, he would support it wholeheartedly, he said.

  • Hillsboro police investigate another rape case

    A female teen reported being raped in Hillsboro Jan. 11. Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning said that the lead suspect in the case is a 19-year-old acquaintance of the victim.

  • What should Florence do?: Filling empty buildings no simple task

    More than 40 people attended a town hall meeting Thursday in the Florence gym to discuss what to do with buildings given to the city by the school district — the former gym, the home economics building, and the former administrative building. Citizens were allowed to tour the buildings before the meeting.

  • Community needs to get involved: Chamber hears wake-up call for district: Fewer students, less state aid

    The picture is bleak. Enrollment continues to decrease for USD 408 and the base amount of state aid per pupil continues to decrease — not a good combination, Superintendent Lee Leiker said Friday to Marion Chamber of Commerce members. The reason for the shortfall from the state is quite simple — the state spent more money than it brought in.



  • Area missionaries were in Haiti during earthquake

    For most people, destruction caused by a Jan. 12 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, may feel like it is half a world away, but it hit close to home for Brenda Jordan of rural Hillsboro. Her daughter, Jennifer Ebenhack, lives in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. When Jordan heard about the earthquake, she immediately tried to call her daughter. She was unable to reach her by phone, but she quickly learned via e-mail that Ebenhack and her family were OK.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    (Editors note: This is the second in a series leading to Easter.) By LARRY TIMM Pastor of Peabody Bible Church Noise drifted from the city, and the soldier tilted his head. The death walk had begun and would soon end where he stood. He looked down at the three vertical beams that awaited the men being driven out of the city and up the hill. Three large nails were beside each rough timber. A smile spread across his weathered face as he imagined the condemned men staggering up the hill with their own crossbeams on their backs.


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  • Attention Marion Students: It's not too late to get money for college

    For most people interested in going to college, financial aid is a necessity. According to the National Center for Education statistics from 2007-08 for one year of college, plus room, board and expenses, the average cost of a four-year private institution is $30,393, a four-year public institution is $13,424, and a two-year public institution is $6,986 per year.

  • Area schools attempt to curb cyberbullying

    As bullying keeps pace with improvements in communication technology, area schools try to protect their students. But underreporting makes it difficult to stop the spread of threats and insults via cell phones and the Internet — a phenomenon called cyberbullying. Administrators seldom hear about incidents of cyberbullying, but they deal with results — like yelling and fighting — Marion High School Principal Brenda Odgers said.

  • USD 398 not giving up: Peabody: It's about the students, not money

    Members of USD 398 board of education attended the Marion County Special Education Cooperative board meeting Monday night as a united front with one mission — they want out of the county cooperative. School board members said they know it’s going to cost more to provide services to special needs students but it’s not about money. It’s about providing the best possible services to its students.


  • MHS baseball player may be headed to Dominican Republic

    Warrior cleanup hitter Brian Fruechting has been invited by a team organized by the American Council of International Studies to play baseball in the Dominican Republic this summer. Fruechting could join a team of players ages 18 and younger —primarily from Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma — that would spend 10 days, starting the first week of August, traveling around the Dominican Republic.

  • Warriors lose in buzzer thriller

    With 3.9 seconds left on the clock and the score tied, 42-42, Jordan Versch threw an inbound pass Tuesday night that landed in the hands of Riley County’s Bryce Chavez as the Marion High School Warriors competed in the Trojan Classic Tournament in Hillsboro. Chavez took a few dribbles to get into the lane and lofted a looping teardrop runner that fell through to give the Falcons the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter and win the game 44-42.

  • MHS girls continue winning ways

    The Lady Warriors ended up on the winning side of a close game against Riley County Tuesday, coming out on top, 43-39. The Warriors led the game, 24-16, at halftime but started to deteriorate at the beginning of the third quarter.

  • Only one Marion wrestler remains unbeaten: Wrestlers take sixth at Halstead

    Five Warriors made it to the final round of the Halstead invitational Saturday, and all five Warriors lost. If one Marion wrestler seemed poised to go undefeated, it was Dillon Wildin. He has dominated the 145-pound weight class all year long: he had won all but three of his matches by pin or technical fall. Saturday looked to be no different — Wildin defeated Hillsboro’s Justin King by a technical fall in his semifinal match.


    CHS teams win Tuesday night in league tournament


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