• Peabody raids net five arrests

    Area law enforcement executed search warrants Saturday night at two Peabody residences where several subjects were arrested and illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia were seized. The first took place at 401 N. Vine St., Peabody. One person was arrested and an arrest is pending for a second individual.

  • Car, train collide

    Four people escaped serious injury Friday afternoon when the car in which they were riding was struck by a train. Christian Petersen, 26, 319 N. Ash, Hillsboro, told authorities he was driving south on Remington Road, southwest of Marion in a 2006 Dodge Stratus when he hit a puddle that blinded him from seeing a train as it was crossing the tracks.

  • Physicians will fill in until new doctor is hired

    Two physicians have been contracted to provide medical care at St. Luke Physician Clinic with physician assistant Nita Bittle. Dr. Melanie Byram has treated Marion patients in the past. She will be in the clinic 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, and will be on call Wednesday evenings in the hospital emergency room. She practices in Council Grove and Manhattan.

  • Molasses spill makes highway mess

    It was a sticky mess Thursday afternoon when two trucks collided east of Hillsboro on U.S. 56. Wes McGuire, 41, of Sioux Falls, N.D., was driving a 1995 International truck, owned by Robert McGuire, of Herington, westbound when he collided with the rear of a 2007 Kenworth semitrailer truck driven by Martin Robinson, 45, of Ottawa, and owned by New Life, of Dallas. McGuire was attempting to make a left turn onto Santa Fe Street, north of Hillsboro Industrial Park. The impact of the collision caused a tank on McGuire’s vehicle to split, spilling molasses onto the highway.

  • Volunteer tax preparer not stopped by macular degeneration

    A year ago, Virginia Downing of Marion wasn’t sure if she would be able to continue processing tax returns for low-income elderly in Marion. She was having an eye problem. The problem began when she started waking up in the morning with her eyes feeling pasted shut. She went to an eye doctor who informed her she was experiencing the onset of macular degeneration. He prescribed eye drops and an eye ointment.

  • Pipes for oil line coming

    Pipe segments for TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline will be arriving in Marion County in the next week or two, TransCanada representative Tommy Darnell told Marion County Commissioners on Monday. The company has not yet decided where to unload pipe segments from trains. Florence and Elmdale are being considered, Darnell said.

  • Florence receives agreement from pipeline rep

    TransCanada representative Tommy Darnell presented a haul route agreement to Florence City Council Tuesday night. The agreement presents an ambiguous plan, according to Florence’s attorney Marilyn Wilder, to compensate Florence for damage the approximately 70,000-pound trucks will inflict on city streets.


  • Melvin Brewer

    Melvin Merl Brewer, 84, of Marion died Feb. 3 at St. Luke Living Center. He was born Feb. 25, 1925, to Merl and Leta (Brandt) Brewer. He was baptized at an early age in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Peabody.

  • Delilah Deckert

    Delilah Deckert, 81, of Hillsboro, died Feb. 5, at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born May 10, 1928, in Roxbury, to Albert and Elsie (Decker) Johnson, she was a public librarian.

  • Kermit Dirksen

    Kermit E. Dirksen, 76, of Marion, died Feb. 2 near Florence. Born May 9, 1933, in Goessel to Menno and Edna (Epp) Dirksen, he was married July 10, 1955, to Frances Schmidt.

  • Russell Griffith

    Russell E. Griffith, 75, of El Dorado, died Feb. 8 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Dec. 20, 1934, in Liberal, to Gerald Victor and Emma Clarabelle (Unger) Griffith, he graduated from El Dorado High School in 1952.

  • Mary Herbert

    Former Peabody resident Mary L. Herbert, 90, of Newton, died Feb. 2, at Kansas Christian Home, Newton. Born Dec. 3, 1919, in Caddo, Texas, to Ortha L. and Olive M. (Bridges) Britt, she was a homemaker.

  • Homer McKellips

    Homer “Mac” McKellips, 81, formerly of Marion, died Feb. 4, in Wichita. He was an insurance agent. His parents, Harold and Agnes McKellips, and brothers Byron and Charles preceded him in death.

  • Vernon Strotkamp

    Vernon Aloysius Strotkamp, 81, of Burns, died Feb. 8, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, El Dorado. Born Aug. 8, 1928, to Aloysius and Bertha (Weber) Strotkamp, he was a self-employed welder.

  • Harry Unger

    Harry Unger, 82, of Hillsboro, died Feb. 3 at Newton Medical Center. Born April 11, 1927, in rural Peabody to Peter N. and Mary (Seibel) Unger, he was married Jan. 25, 1975, to Audrey Campbell in Cottonwood Falls.



  • Commissioners want tax limit for extension district

    Marion County Commissioners want either a limit on how much property tax a proposed extension district could levy or a requirement for county approval before any tax increase. Dickinson County Commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday in favor of creating an extension district with Marion County. Marion County Extension Executive Board unanimously supported creating a district, Executive Board Chairman James Riffel said.

  • Construction set for new sidewalks

    Marion’s Safe Routes to Schools project will begin Feb. 22, weather permitting. Replacement of existing sidewalks and construction of new sidewalks will begin on Lawrence Street, near Marion Elementary School, and continue to Elm Street, Marion Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin said. Residents affected by the construction will receive letters with information about the project.


  • Enough already

    It’s winter. We get it. It’s supposed to snow, be cold, and make everyone a little cranky. But, this isn’t Montana or North Dakota.

  • Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

    It’s a simple rule of thumb — you can’t spend what you don’t have. Elected and appointed officials in all facets of government have an awesome task of overseeing money that belongs to the public.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    (Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series leading to Easter.) By LARRY TIMM Pastor of Peabody Bible Church Numerous people pointed at Jesus, some laughing and others weeping. The soldier overheard others discussing how Pilate had repeatedly wavered before finally agreeing to have Jesus crucified.

  • Our voice in Topeka

    By Feb. 20, you should receive a survey from me. I hope you will fill it out and send it in as soon as you can. I look forward to finding out what the folks of District 70 think before I am called on to vote on various matters before us this session. Even if you and I have corresponded about an issue, please fill out the whole survey. It will make tallying constituents’ thoughts more accurate. It is possible you won’t receive the survey, because of an incorrect address on our part. We are using the best constituent list we can compile, yet it is not likely to be complete. Anyway, if you don’t get a survey by Feb. 20, please stop by the office of the Hillsboro Star Journal, Marion County Record, Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, and other newspapers to pick one up, fill it out, and mail back to me.


    To the editor, It's time to rally for repeal of tax exemption


  • Veteran looks to become golf pro

    Hillsboro resident Pete Richert will only be kept off the golf course by snow. Cold weather, enough to stop the average golf enthusiast, is not enough to stop Richert from playing the sport he loves. “I think he’s crazy,” Krista Richert, Pete’s wife, said. “He just went last week.”

  • Marion resident goes to Mexico for training

    The experience of studying in Spain for the 2007-08 school year inspired Marion resident and Marion High School alumnus TC Edwards to join a program in Mexico, where he will learn to teach English as a second language. Edwards flew from Wichita to Guadalajara, Mexico Saturday. He will study as part of the University of Guadalajara’s International Teacher Training Organization, taking Spanish classes and teacher training.

  • Program provides resources for parents

    Elijah Klenda, of Pilsen, spent part of his morning Feb. 2 feeding and watering his animals — a horse, cow, sheep, and rabbit. He did it all from the comfort of his living room floor, because 21-month-old Elijah was playing with his toys. Such pretend play is a good sign of his development, Parents As Teachers educator Ronda Suderman King told Elijah’s mother, Andrea Klenda.

  • Organization is lifesaver for first-time parent

    My experience with Parents as Teachers, as a parent, has spanned two towns. Our parent educator in the Kansas City area became an invaluable support to me as a new mother. When my husband and I moved to Marion, one of the first things we did was get our names on the waiting list for the Parents as Teachers group that serves Marion. For me, the program is a lifeline of information, encouragement, and reassurance that I can’t find anywhere else. My daughter was a miracle baby born into a worst-case scenario situation for us — Michael and I were both unemployed and living with my parents. I grew into my role as a mother in a high-stress environment with a lot of input, both welcome and unwelcome, from other adults.


    Damian Prideaux

    Couple announces engagement

    Burdick, Tampa, Marion Senior Center

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


  • Special ed 2011 budget in dire straits

    Like balancing a checkbook, Marion County Special Education Cooperative board members were told in a meeting Feb. 3 that the cooperative’s “checkbook” was going to be overdrawn in 2011 unless some drastic measures were taken. Cooperative Executive Director Chris Cezar showed projected revenues, expenses, and cash balances for this fiscal year and next.

  • CES will close

    Centre Elementary School students and USD 397 central office will be moved from Lost Springs to the Centre High School campus in the fall. In a cost-saving measure following the recommendation of Superintendent Jerri Kemble, USD 397 Board of Education approved the change Monday. With all students under one roof, Kemble will be principal of all grades.

  • MES recognized for test scores

    Marion Elementary School students were recognized for achievements on the Kansas State Assessments. Students in grades three through six took assessments in various subjects. Following are students recognized for their exemplary individual achievements, listed by subject. Reading – Evan Calhoun, Falon Crawford, Emily Davies, Zach Fruechting, Julia Hall, Brittany Hett, William Holt, Debra Kimbrel, Raleigh Kroupa, Alexa Smith, Brendon Stika, Jacob Vondenkamp, and Davion Ware. Math – Garrett Alleven, Katelyn Christensen, Jacob Crabb, Janson Garman, Peyton Heidebrecht, Erika Hess, Josiah Meador, Mason Pedersen, Shonda Ratzloff, Nevin Shields, and Emma Spachek. Science – Joseph Legg and Aaron Riggs. Writing – Monica Harrison and Samantha Ratzloff. Reading and Science – Brook Bradford and Molly Hess. Reading and Math – Jacob Baldwin, Sydnee Baldwin, Alexa Boyd, Austin Cogdill, Samantha Davies, Jimi Dornbush, Braden Fahey, Taylor Fahey, Dakota Funk, Cooper Garman, Devin Hamm, Reann Hamm, Payton Harms, Courtney Herzet, Kristen Herzet, Caleb Hett, Quinton Hett, Daniel Hinton, Marissa Jacobson, Jarrett Johnson, Joshua Knolla, Kayla Kroupa, Jarret McLinden, Austin Molleker, Dylan Pippin, Remington Putter, McKenzee Remmers, Bailey Robson, Seth Savage, Bryce Shults, Lindsey Sigel, Victoria Smith, Seth Snelling, Jacob Spachek, Bret Voth, Kaylie Waner, Logan Waner, and Corbin Wheeler. Reading, Math, and Science – Kennedy Allen, Tyler Arocha, Nathan Baldwin, Victoria Boyd, Ezra Darnall, Cade Harms, Jeremy Hett, Paige May, Taylor May, and Devin Regnier. Reading, Math, and Writing – Jade Corona, Shyla Harris, Adam Kjellin, and Elizabeth Meyer.

  • Smith, Burns resign from USD 397

    The Centre USD 397 Board of Education accepted Monday the resignations of junior/senior high school principal Nadine Smith and first-grade teacher Phyllis Burns, effective June 30. Burns will be retiring after 20 years of teaching at Centre Elementary School.

  • Marion board mulls budget for two hours

    The USD 408 Board of Education deliberated over budgetary issues in a two-hour executive session, but held off all decisions until further meetings. The board also listened to presentations by teachers from Marion Elementary School and Marion Middle School saluting students for meeting and, in many cases, exceeding state assessment standards, while introducing plans to keep students advancing in mathematics and reading.

  • Consolidation would affect county schools

    Whether Marion County school officials and residents want it to happen or not, consolidation may be on the way. A Legislative Post Audit Performance report released Monday suggests reorganization of Kansas school districts may be the answer to savings the state money.


  • Marion Warriors lose to Halstead 44-39

    The Marion High School boys basketball team fell to Halstead Friday night, 44-39. The Dragons are the third-ranked team in 3A with a 13-2 record, and Wichita Collegiate, which toppled the Warriors Tuesday, is the top-ranked team.

  • Success is a team effort

    “I’ve never been the one that scores 15 or 20 points,” Marion guard Bridget Lundy said. “I think that people see Julia (Zeiner) and Lindsay (Hett) and say Bridget is the weak one of all the seniors and all the starters.” Lundy’s main statistical moment in the blowout victory, 70-30, over Halstead on Friday was a wide-open 3-pointer. Marion High School Head Coach Randy Savage got Lundy the ball after he had seen the Dragons sag off Lundy to guard other more threatening Warriors.

  • Senior wrestlers are driving force behind MHS squad

    The 2009-10 season has been strikingly different for each of the four Marion senior wrestlers. On the one hand, Cody and Dillon Wildin have been dominant. Cody Wildin has amassed a record of 16-2 in the 140-pound class, with his two losses coming in the championship match of two separate tournaments. Dillon Wildin is 20-1 in the 145-pound class with his only loss being a 2-point defeat to Nick Hockett of Cherryvale in the championship match of the Halstead Invitational.


    Cougars battle Lebo and lose, 75-66, Lady Cougars fall to Wolves, CJHS girls finish season undefeated


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