• Olson maintains innocence following KBI probe

    Marion Mayor Mary Olson released a statement Tuesday through her attorney, Tim Hodge, regarding an investigation stemming from accusations she “maliciously circulated false rumors concerning financial status.” “I am writing as the attorney for the re-elected mayor of Marion, Mary Olson. On the eve of the election, April 5, my client and I met with an agent of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in an effort to answer and respond to any allegation of wrongdoing on my client’s part. My client answered every question honestly and effectively.

  • Kline wins council seat in final tally

    When Marion County Commissioners counted provisional ballots Monday morning for the Marion City Council race, Jerry Kline passed Dick Varenhorst to claim the second open council seat. The first open seat went to Chris Meierhoff The final tally was Meierhoff, 319 votes; Kline, 213; and Varenhorst, 210. Before the provisional ballots were counted, Varenhorst had a four-vote lead over Kline.

  • Special ed co-op is back in the black

    It was a complete turnaround Thursday night when Marion County Special Education Cooperative board members were told that the special education cooperative was actually in the black and should end the fiscal year in June with a carry-over of funds. It was quite a change from a couple of months ago when the cooperative director and board members were desperately searching for ways to maintain staff and serve students — even considering selling the cooperative building — anticipating a huge deficit at the end of the school year.

  • Arrest made in Hillsboro drug raid

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant April 6 at a residence in Hillsboro. The warrant was issued for possession of narcotics. Assistance was provided by Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody police departments, Kansas Highway Patrol, and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

  • Simulation at MHS shows costs of DUI

    Law enforcement, firefighters, and ambulance workers hustled to get victims of a two-car DUI crash safely to hospitals as a Lifeteam helicopter arrived at the scene Thursday at Marion High School. Fortunately, the entire scene was a simulation, but the workers went about their duties seriously. Emergency medical technicians extracted and stabilized the victims, while law enforcement officers collected details from the scene.

  • Centre students learn firsthand about life in prison

    A vibrant student body at Centre High School reacted positively to a presentation Thursday by Rick Voisin of Towanda. He is the court administrator for Towanda Municipal Court. The recovering alcoholic and former prison inmate shared the story of his life and urged students to make good choices in life.

  • Jammin' Biscuits to play at Florence Spring Fling

    Jammin’ Biscuits will be performing April 25 at Florence’s Spring Fling, in the gym on Dean Street, Florence. Gerry and Tracey Roberts of Moundridge and Tom Unruh of Sedgwick formed the group in 2008.


  • Violet Bartel

    Violet Bartel, 88, of Hillsboro, died April 6 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born Nov. 29, 1921, in Hillsboro, to Ferd and Susie (Doering) Janzen, she was a school teacher.

  • Verna Bezdek

    Verna P. Bezdek, 95, retired caterer and business owner, died March 31, 2010, in Wichita. Services were April 5 at the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.

  • Florence Holt

    Florence Alice Holt, 90, formerly of Marion, died April 10, 2010, in Demorest, Ga. Born Nov. 20, 1919, on a farm near Pilsen, she was the daughter of William Louis and Ella (Cerny) Silhan.

  • George Meyer

    George A. Meyer, 96, of Ellinwood, died April 11 at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. Born March 20, 1914, at Tampa, to Gerhardt and Wilhelmine (Brandt) Meyer, he was employed by drilling companies.

  • Bernard Meysing

    Bernard J. Meysing, 86, Ramona, died April 9 at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina. Born May 26, 1923, in Marion County, to Joseph H. and Mary Margaret (Reznicek) Meysing, he graduated from Tampa High School and Tabor College.

  • Herman Schambrom

    Services for Herman G. Schambrom, 83, of Peabody, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Florence Christian Church. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Florence. A life sketch will be in next week’s edition.

  • Bonita Strasser

    Bonita L. Strasser, 72, of Peabody, died April 7 at Via Christi Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 25, 1937, in Newton, to Ernest and Fern (Jost) Fisher, she was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone in Garden City.



  • Revitalization program up for renewal

    Whether Marion County will continue its neighborhood revitalization program will be decided this year. Since its inception in 2005, the program has been fraught with complications, County Appraiser Cindy Magill said. In some cases, property owners didn’t apply until work had already started. Other times, participants haven’t completed work within deadlines and required extensions. Some participants have even missed extension deadlines.

  • Officials want to curtail abuse of public facilities

    Several issues were discussed April 5 at a Tampa City Council meeting. Mayor Tim Svoboda said some residents had been using public bathrooms on Main Street as their own, even hooking up hoses to faucets and filling barrels with water. The decision was made to lock the bathrooms and make them available to the public during special occasions such as the annual Tampa State Bank hog roast.

  • March ambulance calls level from 2009

    Marion County Emergency Medical Service tallied 82 calls in March, the same number as in March 2009, EMS Director Steve Smith told Marion County Commissioners Monday. Of those, 24 were medical emergencies, 18 transfers, 13 motor vehicle accidents, nine falls, seven no-transports, six standbys, four cardiac emergencies, and one canceled call.


  • Too much gray area

    The election is over and all votes — even the provisional — have been tallied. So, where does that leave us? Two members of Marion City Council will step down Monday at the next council meeting, and two more will step in.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    My daughter, Jayne, and I travel together often. And we have repeatedly died — because of extreme temperatures; or because we accidentally shot ourselves while hunting, ironically so that we would not starve to death; or because we’ve drowned when crossing a treacherous river. And when we’re not dying, we’re stopping to give a proper burial to someone who was traveling with us. Furthermore, when someone’s not dead or dying, they’re sick with scurvy, cholera, or other ailments. Then there’s those nasty bites, such as mosquito bites, snakebites, and frostbite. Icky. We’ve encountered flooded trails, bad water, broken wagons, prairie fires, harsh thunderstorms, blinding blizzards, deep hunger, exhausting thirst, blocked passageways, steep paths, wild animals, quicksand, dust storms, high mountains, and relentless deserts. Also, we’ve had to deal with ill-tempered travelers, injured draft animals, and high prices at hole-in-the-wall trading posts. Double yuck.

  • Our voice in Topeka

    I thought you might be interested in more bills we’ve passed through in March, some of which have yet to be signed by the Governor. I have previously mentioned several bills, and next week you may get a dose of a few more, but there are a lot more I’m not likely to mention, so if you have an interest in an area and don’t see it in this column, let me know. We passed Concurrent Resolution SCR 1615, reminding Congress it has its powers because the states granted powers to Congress, and not the other way around; therefore Congress shouldn’t pass laws that violate the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and it shouldn’t require states to pass legislation or lose federal funding. Those are called “unfunded mandates” and no one really likes them.

  • Random Thoughts

    So you have a birthday. Well, I just did, a big one. 106! I can’t believe it. I try to think of the past years and all that has happened. It blows my mind. From horse and buggy to rockets to the moon. I can remember a time when there were no telephones, no cars, no radio, no TV, no laundry appliances or stoves, no air conditioning using electric power. The microwave oven, I use every day. The running water, our water source was a well or a spring. The new telephones are just pure magic.


    County officials tired of rhetoric, letter sent to legislators, Beware: There are scams in Marion County, Polling place needs to be more accessible


  • Funding cuts continue to concern seniors

    State budget cuts that could affect Marion County seniors continue to concern board members of Senior Citizens of Marion County, Inc. When the board met March 19 in Tampa, information was distributed by Central Home Care Administrator Robert Carlton regarding state legislator contact information. Seniors were encouraged to contacted legislators regarding proposed cuts to senior programs.

  • At long last: Brothers meet for the first time

    In May 2008, Rick Mounts, of Hillsboro, clenched the phone number of his younger brother, Michael, in his hand and anxiously paced around his house. Mounts was afraid. He was afraid that the man on the other end of the phone would want nothing to do with him, that he would want them to stay strangers.

  • Goessel resident restores vehicles for charity auction

    Jerry Toews, of Goessel, has spent the last few months restoring vehicles for the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale and Auction, which will be Friday and Saturday at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. A 1929 Ford Model A was donated by Irvin and Evelyn Harms, of Moundridge. A 1945 John Deere Model H tractor was donated by Ethel Abrahams, of North Newton and formerly of Hillsboro. And a 1961 Mercury Comet — with only 50,000 miles and all original parts — was donated by an anonymous woman in Hillsboro, Toews said.

  • Collector shares tractor treasures

    It wasn’t easy more than 60 years ago when Jerry Kline of Marion was saving to buy a toy tractor. But he did. He bought his first tractor, a 1947 John Deere, when he was about 10 years old. It took him many weeks to save up enough money to buy it.


    Burdick, Marion Senior Center, St. Luke Living Center, Tampa

    Couple announces engagement, Engagement told

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


  • FFA chapter places in contests

    Marion/Florence FFA Chapter recently competed in numerous contests. Entomology

  • USD 408 school calendar set for next year

    There are no major changes in the Marion school calendar for the 2010-11 school year. USD 408 Board of Education approved the calendar Monday evening with the possibility of the dates of spring break changing.

  • Superintendent says Centre is in good shape for now

    At its Monday meeting, Centre school board members reviewed several cuts proposed for possible cost-savings. Superintendent Jerri Kemble said, with the $121,000 of reductions already approved, the district is in good shape. Other possible reductions could come from cuts in classified staff, discontinuation of the 4-year-old at-risk program, and elimination of the purchase of a bus for the 4-year-old at-risk program. These items were not discussed.

  • Centre school board addresses transition issues

    With plans underway to move elementary school children from Lost Springs to the high school site, the Centre USD 397 board of education addressed two pressing issues at its Monday meeting: relocating the Interactive Distance Learning room and renovating the food serving area in the kitchen. Money for the changes will come from capital outlay and will not impact the general fund.


  • MHS track team proves it belongs with 5A, 4A schools

    The Marion High School boys track team finished second and the girls team finished third Friday at The Warrior Invitational in Marion. The Warriors faced stiff competition from 5A schools McPherson and El Dorado but showed they belonged in jumps, throws, and long distance events.

  • Warriors hold on to split doubleheader with Hillsboro

    Marion High School players and fans erupted in cheers Friday when relief pitcher Wil Case struck out Hillsboro High School’s Luke Moore to save game two of the doubleheader against the Trojans, 6-5. The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Brian Fruechting hit an RBI single to drive in Corey Seacat. The lead was extended in the fifth inning when Adam Maag drove in Isaac Hett.

  • Lady Warriors win two against Ellinwood

    The Marion High School softball team defeated Ellinwood ,6-5 and 5-4, Tuesday in Marion. Anna Laurin ended up notching the game-winning RBI in both games. After a walk to Jordan Harper, Laurin singled in Annie Whitaker and Harper to put Marion up 6-4 in the first game.

  • MHS takes fourth in Hillsboro tournament

    The Hillsboro High School golf team finished second in the six- and four-man team standings Friday at the Hillsboro Invitational in Hillsboro. Daniel Kunantaev tied for second, shooting a 79 for the day, hitting 9-of-18 pars. Daniel Dick finished 10th, shooting an 87.

  • Marion's Boone headed to Tabor College

    Marion High School senior Sheldon Boone signed a letter of intent to play football next season at Tabor College. The 5-foot-8, 195-pound running back was a First Team All-MCAA selection in 2009 and made the MCAA second team in 2008.

  • MMS track wins medals at Reno Valley

    Several Marion Middle School track athletes won first-place medals Thursday at the Reno Valley track meet. Nick Meyer won the eighth-grade boys shot put, with a throw of 33 feet, 7.75 inches, and discus with a throw of 101-7. Meyer was also part of the winning 4x100-meter relay team with Clint Kroupa, Zach Lewman, and Grif Case who finished with a time of 1 minute, .2 seconds.


    Centre golfers win first tourney, Underclassmen top CHS track team results at Canton-Galva meet, CJHS track teams take first places at meet, CHS to sponsor benefit golf tournament


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