• A home for a soldier and his family is becoming a reality

    A slab of concrete on Country Club Drive was the promise of a new home that is becoming a reality after communities came together this past weekend for a common cause. By Sunday evening, all but one side of the house was sided and more than one-half of the roof was covered.

  • Special ed chief resigns

    Marion County Special Education Cooperative Director Chris Cezar has resigned. The special education cooperative board met behind closed doors for nearly an hour Monday evening. When the members returned to open session, board president Deb Geis read Cezar’s letter of resignation.

  • City officials reappointed, clerk resigns

    April is the time of year when city appointments are made. Following executive sessions Monday afternoon, Marion City Council approved the reappointment of all city officials. Newly re-elected Mayor Mary Olson recused herself from discussion of or any action regarding the re-appointment of administrator David Mayfield and attorney Dan Baldwin.

  • New Marion City Council members, mayor sworn in

    Two Marion City Council members stepped down Monday evening and newly elected council members Chris Meierhoff and Jerry Kline and Mayor Mary Olson, who was re-elected in the April 6 election, took oaths of office. Meierhoff was elected vice mayor since vice mayor Stacey Collett was no longer on the council.

  • County development group to review proposed bylaws

    A committee will recommend a new set of bylaws for Marion County Economic Development Council intended to protect the interests of small and large towns, committee member Larry Paine, of Hillsboro, told Marion County Commissioners on Monday. Under the proposed bylaws, representation would be determined by population, but the council would need representatives from seven different cities present to conduct business.

  • Alarm scares off burglar

    A Hillsboro police officer responded to a commercial alarm April 6 in the 600 block of North Ash Street, Hillsboro. The officer discovered someone had broken the glass on the front door of the business and attempted entry. Authorities believe the burglar was frightened by the alarm and fled the scene. This attempted break-in has been connected with burglaries in several other counties.

  • Customer service is paramount for a variety of local businesses

    Home delivery is a thing of the past … except in Marion County. Service is a common theme for Marion County grocers and pharmacies.


  • James Beach Jr.

    James “Jim” Corbett Beach Jr., 86, retired Chance Industries customer service representative and owner of HRK Warehouse in Marion, passed away, April 14, 2010, at his home in Augusta. Jim was born in Checotah, Okla., to Corbett James Beach Sr. and May Cora (Duke) Beach Nov. 30, 1923.

  • Adina Jost

    Adina Jost, 94, of Hillsboro, died April 15 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born March 10, 1916, in Hillsboro, to John G. and Tina (Hiebert) Kornelsen, she was a homemaker and a member of Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro.

  • W.J. McPheeters Jr.

    W.J. “Bill” McPheeters Jr., 83, of Peabody, died April 16 at Newton Medical Center. Born Nov. 23, 1926, in Peabody, to William John and Ella Augusta (Eberhard) McPheeters, he was a retired farmer and served in the U.S. Army

  • Abbie Mowat-Maust

    Abbie Mowat-Maust, 93, of Sun City, Ariz., died April 14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Born May 28, 1916, on a farm near Wilsey, to Solomon and Mary (Hoag) Longhofer, she was a homemaker.

  • Lucinda Reed

    Lucinda Anne Reed passed away April 19, 2010, following a courageous battle with prolonged illnesses associated with spinal stenosis. Born in Wichita Sept. 28, 1942, Lucinda was the daughter of Marion Elizabeth Streeter and Harold Mansfield Hauser of Marion. Having spent her childhood in Marion, Lucinda attended Lindenwood College and the University of Kansas. She majored in English and Fine Arts and was named “Actress of the Year” at the university.

  • Herman Schambron

    Herman G. Schambron, 83, of Peabody, died April 12 at Legacy Park Care Home, Peabody. Born Jan. 21, 1927, in Strong City, to Lewis and Sophia (Lawrence) Schambron, he was a farmer, worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and helped to build Marion Reservoir.

  • William Weber

    William K. Weber, 94, of Burns, died April 18. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Burns United Methodist Church. A life sketch will be in next week’s newspaper.



  • Kitchen renovation renews love of cooking

    In October 2009, Albert and Kay Steele’s kitchen at 423 N. Roosevelt St., Marion, had its original cabinets and what they called ugly brown and yellow floor tile. They decided to renovate their kitchen, replacing the cabinets, countertops, and flooring.

  • Excellence and affordability characterize this handyman's work

    Every small community needs someone who can fix things without it costing an arm and a leg. The community of Lincolnville is fortunate to have such a person. Warren Barton, 75, has been the “go to” man in Lincolnville for almost 30 years. He fixes push and riding lawn mowers, garden tillers, bicycles, chain saws, and even small appliances. He has a reputation for quality work.

  • The dandelion: Friend or foe?

    Dandelions purportedly were brought to the Midwest from Europe to provide early spring pollen for imported honey bees, and now they are found everywhere in the world. People either hate them or love them. Though useful and harmless, they are considered obnoxious by those wishing to maintain spotlessly green lawns.


  • Beautiful, just beautiful

    I have to admit that I’m the one who gets teary-eyed when those sappy commercials come on TV, usually around Christmas, where a son comes home from college first thing in the morning and surprises his mother or a grandmother gets a phone call from a grandchild. I got a little sappy this weekend when I was watching people — most of them strangers — working side-by-side for a common cause. What a tremendous sense of community.

  • Let's not miss another chance

    The reality of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline project should be settling in by now. Hundreds of pipes were transported from the Florence depot to a field on 290th Road. A company representative came by the office last week to say construction was on schedule and should begin in about a month. There will be hundreds of workers in Marion County for several months during the construction of the nearly 40-mile pipeline through the county.

  • Another Day in the Country

    For 20 years now, my cousin, Keith, has used the same brand of shampoo. In that time the only innovation he recalls was that they added conditioner to the shampoo, which made it a two-for-one product. He liked the smell. It worked. He loved it. Last week, standing in the shower, he grabbed his newest bottle of shampoo and lathered up his hair.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    I dislike, I mean my friend, dislikes winter, especially whenever the snow causes someone to say “Oh, it’s soooo pretty.” He wants to tell them to go stand in the freezing white scourge and lick a flagpole. Shame on me, I mean, him. Then comes spring — the grass greens, trees bud, flowers open, warm breezes blow, and I, I mean my friend, says, “It’s soooo pretty. I’ll open the windows in the house.”

  • Our Voice in Topeka

    The April Consensus Revenue Estimates were released Friday. The Consensus Revenue Estimating Group projects we will be short on money between now and the end of June another $70 million more than anticipated, and they believe revenue for fiscal year 2011 (which starts July 1, 2010) will be short an additional $60 million more than originally estimated. This means the deficit for the remainder of this year when added to the projected deficit for next year is projected to be $510 million. This shortfall is based on the Governor’s proposed budget because that’s the only budget around at the moment. The legislature did not pass any budget before our April break, so we don’t have one to use when trying to estimate the shortfall.

  • Random Thoughts

    Everyone should read the book I just read. It is about what has happened to women since 1960. Everything has changed. The change in dress impressed me. Back then, women were still wearing dresses for the most part. It was told about one judge who even sent a woman away for wearing pants. Look at Hilary Clinton; has she ever worn a dress? Surely when her daughter gets married, she will wear a nice dress.

  • St. Luke Hospital News

    In the more than 25 years I have worked in radiology, it still amazes me the number of people who have not had some form of radiologic or X-ray study done. It could be due in part to the number of types of imaging we perform such as general X-ray, CAT scan, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and MRI. I imagine that a vast majority of people would have experienced an imaging study in one form or another. Those patients we see who have not had the experience of visiting the radiology department sometime express trepidation, and even fear, about the imaging study the physician has ordered. General X-ray studies, like a chest or hand, are so common the study is easy to understand. CAT scans have been around long enough that, again, most people understand what they are.


    Free flight event may have flown away from Marion



  • Final payment made for special ed renovation project

    Marion County Special Education Cooperative approved the final payment to Regier Construction, Inc. of Newton Monday evening for the renovation of the former nursing home building into administration facilities and classrooms for the special education cooperative. The payment of $24,531 included 16 items that were added to the project, including the replacement of a main distribution electrical panel.

  • MHS music students compete in festivals

    Marion High School Choir received a I rating April 14 at the State Large Group Music Festival at Lindsborg. Under the direction of David Clark, the choir performed “Festival Sanctus,” by John Leavitt and “Psalm 23,” by Paul Basler with Landon Leiker playing a flugelhorn solo.

  • Work study gives MHS students a peek into a career

    The reasons Marion High School students do work studies with Marion employers are about what people would expect. It’s a good insight into a potential career — a lot can be observed in an hour a day, which is about the amount of time each of the four Marion seniors in the program this semester have with their work study employers.

  • Local students participate in area quiz bowl

    Marion hosted an Extended Learning Placement Quiz Bowl meet April 12 at USD 408 Performing Arts Center, Marion. Sherri Sells, ELP facilitator for Goessel, Marion, and Peabody schools coordinated the event.

  • MES concerts planned

    Marion Elementary School students will perform in two concerts in the coming weeks. Kindergarten through third-graders will present a vocal music concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the USD 408 Performing Arts Center, Marion. There will also be a performance at 1:15 p.m. today in the performing arts center.


    State officials to attend student award ceremony at Centre Elementary School, Two CHS students receive TCT scholarships, Events planned at Centre school



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