• Blood drive moved

    A Red Cross blood drive Monday will be moved due to the funeral of June Jost at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. The blood drive will be 2:15 to 6:45 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church activity hall, 415 N. Cedar St., Marion.


  • State is millions of dollars in debt

    State Rep. J. Robert Brookens and State Sen. Jim Barnett were greeted Saturday by packed meeting rooms in Hillsboro and Marion. Constituents asked questions regarding KPERS, health care reform, a pipeline exemption, and ways to balance the state’s budget.

  • It is no longer a 'pipe dream'

    After much anticipation, they are coming by train carloads to the usually quiet Florence depot. Giant pipes, weighing 13,000 pounds each, began arriving this past week during the night with 8 to 12 pipes per car.

  • Athletes wrestle in tournament after arrests

    Two students who represented Marion High School in the state wrestling tournament this past weekend were arrested in Newton the weekend before on suspicion of a variety of offenses. USD 408 Superintendent Lee Leiker said the students were not suspended from the tournament because the school district had not been officially notified of the arrests.

  • Rock 'n' roll headache

    Bands continue to play at Chingawassa Days because of the effort put in by the members of the Chingawassa Days committee. The process starts with two or three lists. Patti Donahoe-Fadden a Nashville-based booking agent, puts together lists of classic rock and country acts, and what they charge for a show. She then sends them to Chingawassa committee member Mike Powers.

  • Pilsen State Bank changes hands

    Barry Linnens, owner and president of Cottonwood Valley Bank in Florence and Cedar Point, has purchased Pilsen State Bank in Lincolnville. The sale was finalized the second week in February. The business was in the Spachek family for almost 100 years.

  • City candidate forum moved to March 14

    Because of a scheduling conflict, the Marion City Council candidate forum will be at 1:30 p.m. March 14 at Marion Senior Center, 309 S. Third St., Marion. Mayoral candidates include incumbent Mary Olson and city councilman Steven Smith.

  • House passes smoking ban

    The Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday banning smoking in most enclosed public places and businesses. The House passed HB 2221 by a 68-54 vote. District 70 Rep. J. Robert Brookens voted in favor of the bill. The Senate previously approved the same bill, 26-13, in February 2009. Gov. Mark Parkinson indicated he will sign the bill into law.


  • Helen Chill

    Helen M. Chill, 83, passed away Feb. 23, 2010, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. She was born Sept. 29, 1926, in rural Marion County, the daughter of Fred and Lydia (Vogel) Stenzel. She attended Kreutziger Grade School, District 97. She was a 1943 graduate of Marion High School and attended business classes at Kansas State Teacher’s College inEmporia.

  • Lawrence Gilbert

    Lawrence Milton Gilbert who was born Sept. 12, 1921, near Lincolnville, died Feb. 24, 2010. Lawrence was the son of Abner and Hannah Riffel Gilbert. He attended Wren, Morning Star, and Youngtown country schools. After eighth-grade graduation, Lawrence worked in construction. He worked on U.S. 50 and K-150. He also worked as a blaster for Foster Construction. He joined the Navy in August 1942. He served in Hawaii and Saipan. He was discharged in January 1946. He returned to Marion and started farming in the Youngtown Community, where he lived the rest of his life. He took much pride in his farming and gardening.

  • Homer Stiller

    He was born June 30, 1913, in Marion, the son of Alferd “Fred” and Ethel (Pierce) Stiller.

  • Virginia Frick

    Virginia Frick, 99, of Durham, died Feb. 28 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born Nov. 8, 1910, in Shattuck, Okla., to Edward and Anna (Wasemiller) Weber, she was a homemaker.



  • Sales tax collections continue to decrease

    Marion County sales tax receipts in February were $49,966, a decrease of $2,989 from the same period in 2009. Overall, sales tax collection in Marion County is down about 6 percent from 2009. Deputy County Clerk Tina Spencer presented the sales tax report Friday to Marion County Commissioners.

  • Pipe trucks coming through Lincolnville

    At the Monday meeting of Lincolnville City Council, Mayor Barbara Kaiser announced that semis hauling pipe to the pipe depot at Quail Creek Road have been coming through Lincolnville since Friday. She and council members agreed Keystone Pipeline supervisors and drivers are being “very careful and conscientious.”


  • Obligated to report the news

    As a newspaper, we are obligated to report news — the good, the bad, and the ugly. For us, it doesn’t make any difference who the people are. If it’s news, we do our best to investigate, research, and report it in a fair and balanced manner.

  • Keep wishing for spring weather

    There was much outdoor activity last week — sidewalks in the process of being replaced as part of the Safe Routes to School project, groundbreaking for the Newell home, and pipes being delivered for the TransCanada/Keystone Pipeline construction project. It’s as if we’re forcing it to be spring.

  • Random Thoughts

    The other day I noticed a commercial on TV advertising Gerber baby food. I remembered spending time pushing that food in my babies’ mouths and I did the same for my grandchildren. I always thought the strained food looked unappetizing, but the children seemed to thrive on it. Another memory came up; when I was in high school in El Dorado, I had a boyfriend who wrote poetry. He wrote some poems about me and put some of them in a little book tied together with a blue ribbon. I then moved to Marion and he moved to New York. He started writing cute little poems and they were published in the Saturday Evening Post. He was employed by the Gerber Food Company, and that impressed me. I know the company is still in business but I wonder where Stephan is.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    (Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series leading to Easter.) By LARRY TIMM Pastor of Peabody Bible Church Jesus’ words to the heartbroken woman filled the soldier with a curiosity that stabbed at his thoughts. “Is this his mother?”

  • Our voice in Topeka

    The legislative coffees on Saturday were well attended and both Sen. Jim Barnett and I were grateful for the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues of greatest concern to you all. Thanks for taking part in our government process. We now have the unofficial figures for the state’s revenue in February, and revenue is again below the estimate predicted by Legislative Research.


    Fans appreciate tournament organizers, The other side of the pipeline tax exemption issue


  • Farmers encouraged to use marketing

    Tampa State Bank sponsored an agriculture seminar for farmers Thursday at Pilsen Community Center. Greg Lohoefener of Market Data, Inc., Oberlin, was the presenter. He gave an overview of the crop and livestock outlook for 2010 and showed farmers how they can set realistic target prices and work to achieve realistic profit goals for their individual operations.

  • Teenager, parents recognized in report

    Taylor Harms, Lincolnville, has a registered Angus cow that is listed in the American Angus Association’s 2010 Pathfinder Report. The Pathfinder Report identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits, such as early and regular calving and heavy weaning weights, that are economically important to efficient beef production.


    Thurston Silhan

    Burdick, Tampa, Marion Senior Center, Another Day in the Country

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  • The science of reading

    The way reading is taught in elementary schools has changed. “We have so much more information; it’s almost scientific,” Peabody-Burns Elementary School Title I teacher Michelle Gossen said. “It used to be more of an art.”

  • MES students get hands-on with sharks

    The stench of formaldehyde filled the science room Thursday at Marion Elementary School, but second-graders’ excitement didn’t wane as they watched teacher Ginger Becker dissect two dogfish sharks. As she dissected the fish, Becker showed and explained the animals’ anatomy. Students’ exclamations of “disgusting” and “awesome” punctuated the dissection.

  • FFA auction is more important than ever with state shortfall

    “I’ve never seen this many people here,” Marion High School FFA adviser Mark Meyer said Thursday before the FFA Alumni Work Auction. “This is unreal.” It couldn’t have come at a better time. Because state funding reductions have forced schools to trim their budgets, fundraisers have become more important than ever for groups like FFA, Meyer told the crowd.

  • MHS duo perform with honor band

    Marion High School students Sarah Guetersloh and Landon Leiker performed Saturday at Century II Concert Hall in Wichita as part of Kansas Music Educators Association 1234A State Honor Band. The band rehearsed for 18 hours in three days with guest conductor Dennis Fischer, a professor at University of North Texas and former Peabody resident.


  • 4 Warriors medal at state wrestling tourney

    Four Marion High School wrestlers placed at the state wrestling tournament Saturday at Hays. Cody Wildin, for the fourth time this season, lost to Tyler McMichael of Central-Burden in the third-place match of the 140-pound weight class to take fourth.

  • Season ends for MHS boys

    A basketball game can come down to one play and it isn’t always the last one. Council Grove was leading the Marion High School boys basketball team, 43-41, with about 2 minutes left in the game. The Braves found themselves in the fortunate position of a fast break and the ball was in the hands of Council Grove’s point guard Tyler Sisson. Sisson drove down the middle of the lane, drawing Marion defender Wil Case who planted his body in front of Sisson in an attempt to draw a charge.

  • MHS girls advance to substate tourney

    The Marion High School girls basketball team defeated Neodesha 67-42 Tuesday at Marion in the Warriors first-round game of the Eureka regional substate tournament. Julia Zeiner had a double double for Marion, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.


    Troutt leads Cougars to 1st winning season in 7 years, Centre girls ends season in first round of regional, Banner year comes to a close


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