• Toddler's mother arrested, more charges filed against Carr

    Katheryn Nycole Dale, 20, the mother of 19-month-old Vincent Hill of Newton, was charged March 31 with child abuse, aggravated battery, and two counts of aggravated endangerment of a child in connection with the child’s death. Previously, her live-in boyfriend, Chad Carr, 26, had been the only person charged in the death of the boy. Carr was charged March 30, with two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of abuse of a child.

  • Olson re-elected, other race too close to call

    Marion City Council candidate Chris Meierhoff was a clear winner Tuesday night but the other two candidates will have to wait until 8:30 a.m. Monday to find out if they won a seat on the council. Only four votes separated Jerry Kline and Dick Varenhorst and there are seven provisional ballots.

  • Mayor says she cooperated with KBI in investigation

    During the public forum segment of Monday’s Marion City Council meeting, Mayor Mary Olson announced she had met with a member of Kansas Bureau of Investigation Monday morning and fully cooperated. “He did not indicate any further investigation,” Olson said, and said she could continue to campaign, which she said she intended to do.

  • Airport board willing to negotiate use of airport

    It looks like a compromise may be in the works between Marion Municipal Airport Board members and the city of Marion regarding the Heart of America Free Flight Association using the city’s airport in June. At Monday’s council meeting, airport board president Ty Zeiner said the airport board met Sunday afternoon and determined requirements for the association to meet.

  • County population decreasing

    Marion County is caught in a downward spiral. The population of Marion County has decreased 10 percent over the last 10 years according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Norma Hannaford to celebrate 106 years

    Marion County Record columnist Norma Hannaford will celebrate her 106th birthday Saturday. She said she was planning to skip birthdays after she turned 105 but that seems to be impossible. Her family is planning a get-together to help her celebrate.

  • 'Musical cars' baffle Peabody police

    Has your vehicle gone missing recently? Have you left your house in the morning to find your car is half a block away? Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke has heard about a rash of smaller cars and pickups that have been moved during the nighttime hours. “We have had two or three owners come in, write, and sign an incident report,” he said. “But I hear of other individuals who have gotten up in the morning to find their car or truck is no longer where they left it the night before.


  • Clara Bartel

    Clara Bartel, 99, of Hillsboro, died March 31 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born May 2, 1910, to George and Anna (Ehrhardt) Dick at Tampa, she was a farmer and nurse’s aide.

  • Leota Baxter

    Leota M. Baxter, 97, of Herington, died April 1 at Medicalodges of Herington. Born Oct. 11, 1912, on the family farm near Elmdale in Marion County, to Henry and Caroline Otellia (Wambsganss) Koegeboehn, she was a homemaker and teacher at Lyon Valley School and Cottonwood Falls.

  • Judith Brinkman-Rowe

    Judith D. Brinkman-Rowe, 55, of Burlington, died April 3 at the Life Care Center, Burlington. Born Dec. 4, 1954, in Wichita, to E.E. and Marquetta (Feeley) Eilerts, she grew up in Wichita, Marion, and Peabody. She was a Peabody High School graduate.

  • Arthur Burt

    Arthur J. Burt, 91, of Herington, died March 30 at Herington Municipal Hospital, Herington. Born May 11, 1918, in Garden City, to Jeptha and Alpha Jones, his parents died of the Spanish flu. He was adopted by Charles and Elizabeth Burt and raised in Peabody and Herington.

  • Venona Buryanek

    Venona C. Buryanek, 98, of McPherson, the sister of Laurel Gilbert of Marion, died April 3, at Memorial Hospital, McPherson. Born Nov. 6, 1911, to James and Alvah (Christy) Pavey, in rural Garrison, Iowa, survivors include a son, Larry, of Marquette.

  • Paul Ford

    Paul Jerome Ford, 69, of Bartlesville, Okla., died March 30, at Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville. Born June 9, 1940, in Marion, to Ervy Jerome and Ella May Ford, he was a Marion High School graduate.

  • Harold Friedli

    Harold E. Friedli, 80, of Herington, died March 30 at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina. Born April 14, 1929, near Ramona, to Casper and Amalia (Helbach) Friedli, he was a farmer.

  • Freddie Mosiman Jr.

    Freddie Mosiman Jr., 86, of Newton, died April 4 at Asbury Park Health Care Center, Newton. Born July 22, 1923, in rural Elbing, to Fred and Mary Mosiman, he was a farmer and was employed at Cessna Aircraft Industries.

  • Leona Riffel

    Leona E. Riffel, 82, of Herington, died April 3 at Medicalodges of Herington. Born Feb. 21, 1928, in Ramona, to Gustave and Minnie Elizabeth (Kuether) Hamm, she was a homemaker and a nurse’s aide at Lutheran Home.

  • Clyde Secrest Jr.

    Clyde A. Secrest Jr., 54, of Marion, died suddenly April 3. Born Feb. 17, 1956, to Clyde Sr. and Delphia (Hackney) Secrest, he was a master electrician and was an electric maintenance supervisor at Future Foam of Newton.

  • Anna Seibel

    Anna Seibel, 99, of Hillsboro, died April 2, at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born April 1, 1911, in rural McPherson, to Abraham J. and Marie (Wall) Richert, she was a homemaker.

  • Elizabeth Snelling

    Elizabeth “Betty” Snelling, 70, of Marion, died April 3 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Born Jan. 6, 1940, in Rockdale, Pa., to John and Elizabeth (Murphy) Scheivert, she graduated from Eddystone High School in 1957 and earned dietitian certification from Wichita Vo Tech.



  • Health Department building has numerous issues

    Marion County Health Department sought bids for carpeting the building, but other building issues should be handled first, department administrator Diedre Serene said Monday. She said she wants to scrape off old wallpaper and repaint the walls, and thought it would be best to wait to put new carpet in.

  • Officials unhappy with roadwork by asphalt company

    Marion County is not pleased with the workmanship of 6 miles of county roads that were sealed last year by Blevins Asphalt Construction Company, Inc. County Road and Bridge Superintendent Jim Herzet told the commission March 31 that he had reviewed the county’s warranty and wants County Attorney Susan Robson to send the asphalt company a letter, informing the company that the work completed on Limestone and Timber roads was not satisfactory.

  • A county construction and demolition landfill reviewed

    Marion County Commission may consider the development of a construction and demolition landfill. The commission reviewed information March 31 from consultant Jack Chappelle of Engineering Solutions and Design, Inc.

  • County recycling still unresolved

    Despite agreeing that recycling is worthwhile and that a single-stream program would produce the biggest results, Marion County Commissioners reached an impasse Monday about how the county should approach it. Commissioners Randy Dallke and Dan Holub disagreed whether the county’s current system costs or saves the county money.

  • May 1 is Garage Sale Day in Lincolnville

    At its Monday meeting, Lincolnville City Council set May 1 as Garage Sale Day. The community center will be available for rural people to set up booths. Alex Case Jr. of Case and Son Insurance reviewed the city’s insurance policy. Inventory had not changed much from the previous year except the addition of a Dodge pickup and elimination of two older vehicles.


  • Spirit of cooperation

    It was a proud moment Monday evening at the Marion City Council meeting — one that I’ve witnessed many times before but not lately — when an olive branch of cooperation was offered. The council and civic leaders had been wrestling with options regarding the city hosting a Heart of America Free Flight Association contest Father’s Day weekend at Marion Airport. Pilots who use the airport wanted to be able to use that weekend and civic leaders didn’t want to lose an opportunity to showcase the community and bring in much-needed consumer dollars to the local economy.

  • Happy birthday, Norma

    One of our resident columnists, Norma Hannaford, will celebrate her 106th birthday Saturday. What an incredible fete! In this day and age, most of us are happy to make it to another year and cannot imagine living on this earth for more than a century.

  • Here to serve

    (Editor’s note: This periodical column will feature information about the hospital and updates about the proposed renovation project.) By JEREMY ARMSTRONG CEO, St. Luke Hospital In this edition, we are introducing a new column to keep you informed about St. Luke Hospital and Living Center. We hope you enjoy and benefit from taking time to read about St. Luke Hospital and educating yourself on what we have to offer to Marion and the surrounding area.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    Most historians acknowledge the fact that Jesus was killed; some are Christians and some are not. Yet, they admit that the evidence is obvious: Jesus died. There is also no debate that Jesus was buried. Historical records, and common sense, make that case as solid as the limestone tomb itself: Jesus was buried.

  • Our voice in Topeka

    Last week, we worked all day March 29 and 30, and we wound things up about 1 a.m. We finished the bulk of the bills in front of us March 31 — all except the budget bill. We didn’t even take it up. Recognizing that neither the Senate or the House had crafted a budget that could pass muster in either house and knowing that we would soon receive the April Consensus Revenue Estimate (a benchmark prediction of how we will end the fiscal year, determined by weighing and reconciling income and expense factors), we adjourned two days early. The leaders of both houses thought the money could be better saved for use in the veto session, if we end up needing them. A few of the highlights I haven’t mentioned in a column yet (not all signed yet by the Governor) are as follows.

  • Random Thoughts

    I see that a Shriners circus will be performing in Wichita. How I would like to go. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved circuses. I’m so impressed with those big, hulking elephants with pretty girls perched on top. What are those huge creatures thinking? I have heard that they never forget the people who are mean to them. I got to sit on the back of one here in Marion. Marion Kiwanis Club used to sponsor a small circus every summer. When these large lions and tigers performed, you held your breath because they were liable to attack their trainers. It was fun to see the horses and pretty girls perform.


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  • Florence man takes vintage to a new level

    It’s like other hobbies — when it’s in your blood, it’s there and there’s not much you can do but keep on doing it. Anyone who knows Rodney Williams of Florence knows the man loves vintage automobiles. It’s obvious when he proudly drives them through local parades or just around the area.

  • Farm wife is spokeswoman for Kansas Wheat Commission

    Mary Beth Bowers is a self-proclaimed teacher at heart; she loves to get people excited about where their bread comes from and the benefits of eating whole wheat products. That’s probably why the Kansas Wheat Commission recruited her as a spokeswoman for the wheat industry.

  • Camaraderie is draw for motorcyclists

    With temperatures in the 70s and spring in bloom, the thunderous rumble of motorcycles won’t be far behind. Jim and Peggy Wilson of Marion have already prepped their Harley for bike season. Jim checked the air pressure and tread on the tires and all the fluids to make sure the bike was in top shape. Peggy made sure they had jackets and gloves in the bike’s storage compartments. Even when the weather is warm, a biker has to be prepared for all the elements. The Wilsons have ridden in rain, cold, wind, and searing hot temperatures.

  • Weather draws kids to Florence's egg hunt

    Thirty-six children gathered in Florence’s Grandview Park to hunt Easter eggs Saturday morning. The Easter bunny supplied more than 500 eggs which were dispersed around the park. A year-old egg also was found. The quarter inside was a little tarnished, but still good. Winners of an Easter basket were Conner Austin in the 4-and- under division, Karlee Fetrow in the 5- to 8-year-old division, and Trey Magathan in the 9- to 12-year-old division.


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  • MMS vocalists perform in festival

    Marion Middle School vocal music festival was March 30 at Marion Middle School. Marion Middle School Choir received a I rating as did the boys and girls ensemble.

  • CES named 'Kansas Green School of the Year'

    The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education has named Centre Elementary School at Lost Springs as the 2010 Kansas (Elementary) Green School of the Year. Principal Jerri Kemble will officially accept the award on behalf of the students at a special ceremony Friday in Topeka. Marci Penner, executive director of Kansas Sampler Foundation, will be honorary chairman of the event. Kemble will receive a big banner to display at the school.

  • Centre business students qualify for national contest

    Members of Centre Future Business Leaders of America participated in the State Leadership Conference March 31 in Topeka. First-place winners were Jacob Jirak, marketing; Carrie Carlson, Introduction to Par Law; and the parliamentary team of Tanner Brunner, Cole Svoboda, Brian Burhoop, Theo Kassebaum, and Ripley Howard. They qualified to compete in the national FBLA contest July 14-17 in Nashville, Tenn.

  • CHS FFA takes 2nd place Barton County Community College

    Centre High School FFA A-team placed second in the South Central District and Barton County Community College Invitational Ag Sales Career Development Event. Team members were Ripley Howard, Theo Kassebaum, Tori Marler, and Shane Methvin.


  • Marion track, softball teams win Tuesday

    The Marion High School girls and boys track teams placed first in the Herington track meet Tuesday in Marion. Julia Zeiner won the triple, long , and high jumps with distances of 36’9”, 17’7”, and 5’ respectively.

  • MHS softball team battles in losses to Sterling

    Down 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning of the first game of Thursday’s softball doubleheader at Sterling, Marion High School shortstop Brooke Johnson swung and missed with two strikes, but she didn’t give up on the play. The Sterling catcher dropped the pitch, and Johnson hustled to first base, beating the throw. That hustle turned into the Warriors’ first run of the night two plays later when centerfielder Anna Laurin drove her in with a sacrifice fly.

  • Middle school athletes perform well in Trojan Invitational

    The Hillsboro and Marion Middle School track teams competed in the Trojan Invitational Thursday in Hillsboro. Hillsboro seventh-grade girls finished second out of five teams; Marion finished fifth.


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