HEADLINES

  • City electric rates will increase

    It appears that any way Marion City Council looks at electric rates, it’s going to cost city electrical customers more. The city’s long-term contract with Westar Energy will end July 1, forcing the city to look at rate increases to cover costs.

  • Drug is a destroyer

    Meth provides one of the most powerful and longest lasting highs of any illegal substance. It’s effect on an user’s life is defined by suffering. Methamphetamine use and production still exist in Marion County.

  • Fire destroys Lehigh home

    In the early morning hours Thursday, Rick Mounts woke up to the sound of what he thought was one of his stepsons’ alarm clocks. He quickly realized the sound was a smoke alarm. Mounts woke up his wife, Gina Mounts, and they escaped the burning house with most of their pets. Gina’s sons — Tristen and Jace Hett — were not there.

  • Missionaries bring Haitian children to U.S.

    When she saw her children playing Sunday at her family’s home southeast of Hillsboro, Jennifer Ebenhack finally realized it was real. She and her husband, Jarod, began trying to adopt three Haitian children — Jaden, Justin, and Daphne — nine years before, but they had made virtually no progress.

  • Farm groups decry change in atrazine review

    Triazine Network representatives said advocacy groups pressured the Environmental Protection Agency to change an upcoming review of the herbicide atrazine. Atrazine is used in corn and sorghum farming. The cities of Marion and Hillsboro are members of a class action lawsuit against the makers of the chemical; they are seeking money for removal of atrazine from the cities’ water supply.

  • Scouts practice barter system at Trappers' Rendezvous

    Marion Boy Scouts learned about pioneer history and got practical experience with the barter system Jan. 15 through 17 at Trappers’ Rendezvous, an annual campout at Harvey County Park West. The 2010 rendezvous had 4,556 scouts and adults registered, setting a new record. Scouts were able to participate in several demonstrations, including black powder rifle shooting and tomahawk throwing, scout Zack Fruechting said.

  • Cub Scout has need for speed

    Matthew Christensen of Marion won the Tiger Cub division in Cub Scouts Pack 102’s Pinewood Derby for 2009, but he saw some design aspects among the winning cars of older scouts that he plans to incorporate into his car for the 2010 derby. “I’m doing it a little different this year,” Matthew said.

DEATHS

  • Irvin Mosiman

    Irvin C. Mosiman, 86, of Whitewater, died Jan. 23, at Newton Medical Center after a short bout with cancer. Born Dec. 6, 1923, in rural Peabody, to Christian C. and Mary (Nickel) Mosiman, he worked at Vicker’s Refinery in Potwin and Derby Refinery in Wichita.

  • Norma Weber

    Norma L. Weber, 85, of Ramona, died Jan. 24, at Golden Living Center, Wilson. Born Feb. 19, 1924, in Hope, to William and Emma (Sattlemaier) Bentz, she grew up near Tampa, attending local schools and graduating from Tampa High School.

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • Candidates file for council seats

    Marion City Council member Steven L. Smith will run against incumbent Mayor Mary Olson in an. Three candidates filed for two openings on City Council: Gerald Kline, Chris Meierhoff, and Richard Varenhorst.

  • MEDI sets goals for 2010

    Marion Economic Development, Inc. has set these goals for this year. Sale or long-term lease of speculative building at industrial park.

  • This is the 'Year of the Marion Entrepreneur'

    What can a community do to give development a much-needed boost? How about encouraging entrepreneurs to begin their businesses this year. That’s the approach Marion Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin is taking.

  • County recycling director: Commit or get out

    Marion County has two viable options for a recycling program: take over all recycling in the county and really commit to it or get out of it entirely, Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt told county commissioners Monday. The county shouldn’t do it halfheartedly, he said.

  • Commission may force departments to share

    Marion County Commissioners want county departments to take bigger strides to fill temporary staffing shortfalls in other departments. Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said in a special meeting Thursday that he was not impressed with some departments’ willingness to help in a time of budget woes.

  • City park project moves forward

    Marion City Council approved specifications Monday for replacing some sidewalks in Central Park. Some parts of the sidewalk will have thicker concrete to accommodate trucks needed to reach utilities. There will be a wire mesh instead of rebar used in the concrete for stability and strength. The cement will be pumped from a truck on Main Street.

OPINION

  • Gracious gifts

    In the past, I have been accused of being a Pollyanna — unrealistically upbeat and optimistic — a negative trait for newspaper people. These days, it is even difficult for me to keep my chin up and stay on the positive side of life. There are so many reasons to be negative — the plight of the economy, legislators arguing, shortage of state funds — the list goes on and on.

  • Our voice in Topeka: readers respond

    Thank you to the folks who have responded to the questions I asked last week. I now know that more than 90 percent of those who responded so far believe they would rather pay an extra cent of sales tax than cut more dollars from Medicaid for nursing homes, mental health centers, the disabled, or from schools. Seventy-five percent of those who responded to the issue of beer sales told me they believe that opening up strong beer sales to convenience stores would harm the local economy and be more difficult for law enforcement to monitor — most of you believe it would lead to more undetected sales to minors. One respondent said for the reason of convenience, it would be OK. I appreciate all your responses; you have helped me get a handle on more aspects of the issues than simply the questions I raised in the last column.

  • LETTERS:

    Chain saw mentality is wrong, Bless the beasts, More taxes for better roads?
  • COLUMNS:

    Random Thoughts: Hair-raising times

PEOPLE

  • Relay for Life kickoff is Feb. 3

    Marion County walkers will walk around the clock to fight cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marion County. This celebration of life brings groups and individuals concerned about cancer together in an effort to fight back. Relay For Life will return June 18 and 19 to Reimer Field at Tabor College, Hillsboro. Kickoff has been set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Marion Family Physicians Clinic Basement, 537 S. Freeborn. Enter through the west door.

  • Community Calendar

  • Marion woman receives grant

    Betty Williams presented a continuing education grant to Carole Davies of Marion from the International Chapter PEO Sisterhood Jan. 18 at the Chapter DB meeting at Marion Presbyterian Church. Seventeen members attended. Hosts were Deanna Thierolf, Anne Collett, and Terrie Colburn.

  • Seamstress still making memories

    Ask any bride and she’ll tell you it’s all about the dress. A bridal gown is an important part — if not the centerpiece — of a wedding ceremony.

  • Church collecting items for Haiti

    Burns United Methodist Church will be assembling “health kits” to send to Haiti as part of relief efforts to earthquake victims. Each health kit will include a hand towel, washcloth, large comb, nail file or fingernail clipper, bar of soap, toothbrush, and a package of six adhesive strip sterile bandages in sealed, one-gallon bags.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    (Editor’s note: This is the third in a series leading to Easter.) By LARRY TIMM Pastor of Peabody Bible Church The soldier heard the cursing that spewed from the mouth of the first victim to appear. Each outburst of verbalized hatred was followed by the distinct sound of a whip delivering sharp blows to his already torn and bleeding body.

  • BIRTHS:

    Bryless Smith
  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Marion Senior Center: Birthdays celebrated, Tampa: Women don hats
  • HOSPITAL:

    Hospital auxiliary has record profit, St. Luke Hospital is accepting applications for scholarships, St. Luke Living Center is one of the best in America
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125

SCHOOL

  • MHS musicians chosen for state honor band

    Marion High School band members Sarah Guetersloh and Landon Leiker were selected to be part of the 1234A State Honors Band. Leiker will be first chair trumpet, and Guetersloh will be third chair trombone. It is Leiker’s second selection to the band and Guetersloh’s first.

  • KSU professor of English to speak at Centre

    Gregory Eiselein, professor of English at Kansas State University, will speak to students at Centre Junior/Senior High School as part of K-State’s Presidential Lecture Series. Eiselein will present “What Literature Teaches Us,” at 2:50 p.m. Feb. 5 at the school.

  • Centre students will perform

    Centre Elementary fourth-graders will present Famous Kansas Characters to the public at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Centre Elementary gymnasium in Lost Springs. The fourth-graders have researched famous Kansans and written reports to tell about their lives.

SPORTS

  • Warriors finish 7th at Hillsboro

    The Marion High School boys basketball team carved up the Buffaloes of Republic County Saturday, 65-45, to take seventh place in the Hillsboro Trojan Classic. Eric Vogel played like a shark among fish. He constantly attacked the Buffalo defense, ending the game with 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting. He was also the Warriors leading rebounder with seven boards.

  • Thierolf named 3A track and field coach of the year

    The Kansas Cross-Country and Track and Field Coaches Association named Grant Thierolf as 2009 3A coach of the year Jan. 9 at the 2010 KCCTRCA Track and Field Clinic luncheon in Junction City. Thierolf commended the work of his coaches — Deanna Thierolf, Rex Wilson, Dick Schwartz, Charlotte Waner, Ann Leppke, Jerry Smith, and Jill Hudson — for their assistance during the 2009 season.

  • Wrestlers win at Eureka tournament

    The Marion High School wrestling team won the Eureka Wrestling invitational, scoring 157 points as a team. Dillon Wildin returned to his regular form, winning all four of his matches and taking first in the 145-pound weight class. He was the Warriors only first-place finisher.

  • MHS girls capture third in tournament

    The Marion High School girls basketball team defeated Hesston Saturday, 61-56, to take third place in the Hillsboro Trojan Classic. The Warriors trailed by as many as nine points in the third quarter, but they locked up their defense — allowing Hesston to only score six points in the fourth quarter.

  • MHHS girls defeat Ellinwood, boys lose

    Marion High School girls basketball team defeated Ellinwood Tuesday, 65-35. Marion dominated in nearly every facet of the game. Whitney Gordon was the leading scorer for the Warriors with 19 points. Gordon also added eight rebounds and five steals. Kayley Heerey scored 11 points and also notched a game-high nine assists.

  • CENTRE:

    Cougars are the last Eisenhower League champions, Centre Junior High teams win some, lose some, Centre girls win second place at league tourney

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