• Support military families

    Sharing the burdens of war and military service was the message the Rev. Brett Heubner of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Marion gave Monday morning at Marion Cemetery at the annual Memorial Day ceremony. “Carry each other’s burdens,” Heubner said as he read from Scripture. “Bear one another’s burdens.”

  • Chingawassa Days is this weekend

    The festival that Marion residents anticipate all year will begin Friday in Central Park, downtown Marion. The 14th annual Chingawassa Days will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the Marion National Bank Community Barbecue. An ice cream social will follow at 6:30.

  • Kansas City developer buys Baker buildings

    Peabody Main Street and Economic Development Director Shane Marler made a surprise announcement Sunday evening at the community band concert and ice cream social under the Operation Celebration tents on South Walnut Street, Peabody. With nearly every table full of enthusiastic music fans, Marler told the crowd a developer from Kansas City had signed a purchase contract and earnest money had been received for the five connected Baker buildings on the west side of Walnut Street.

  • Electrical rates will increase next month

    Marion electrical customers will see an increase in electrical costs beginning July 1. Marion City Council approved a $1 increase for base service for residential and commercial customers and a 1-cent per kilowatt-hour increase for electricity.

  • Flags vandalized at Peabody cemetery

    This story is from June 2, 2010. See later story for important updates. When Prairie Lawn Cemetery sexton Robert Morgan went to work at 7 a.m. Saturday, he discovered nine of the flags in the American Legion Avenue of Flags were ripped from the flagpoles. Some were wadded up and discarded on the ground; others had been shredded, stripe-by-stripe.

  • 38 Special: Continues to be 'soundtrack' of fans' lives

    People were talking about southern rock band 38 Special the last time the group performed at Chingawassa Days in 2002, providing a high-energy show that was not easy to forget. Time has passed, but this year’s show promises to showcase the same energy and intensity as before.

  • Main Street crash causes minor injuries

    Two vehicles collided Thursday afternoon at Main and Coble street in Marion, sending four people to the hospital Margaret Stroda, 80, of Ramona, was driving her 1990 Oldsmobile Royale north on Coble Street and was stopped at the intersection. She told Marion Police Officer Robert Soyez that a passenger had blocked her view of the street. When heading northbound on Coble, the vehicle collided with a flatbed truck, driven by Chuck McLinden, 45, of rural Marion.


  • Parlee Bloomer

    Parlee Lillian Bloomer, 71, of Peabody, died May 29 at Peabody. Born July 8, 1938, in Newton, to Roy and Elva (Jeter) Martin, she married Donald Bloomer on Sept. 11, 1955.

  • Lyle Denney

    Jack Summerville of Marion has received word of the death of his brother-in-law, Lyle E. Denney, 86, of Madison, who died May 23 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Services were May 25 at First Christian Church in Madison. Burial followed in Blakely Cemetery, north of Madison.

  • Delbert Funk

    Delbert Dale Funk, 58, of Hillsboro, died May 29 at St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. Born Jan., 23, 1952, in Hillsboro, to Allen J. and Leona (Wiens) Funk, he was a member of First Mennonite Church.

  • Joyce Patterson

    Joyce Evelyn Patterson was born Aug. 20, 1929, and died April 20. She was a resident of Marion for 20 years before rejoining her family in her home-state of California. Beloved wife of the late Billy Max “Pat” Patterson, her life was a celebration of adventure. She raised three children, became one of the first female pilots in Contra Costa County, Calif., and picnicked with headhunters in the Sumatran rainforest. Among her loves were traveling with Pat to every corner of the U.S. and hosting dinner parties for their many friends.



  • Candidate: Rural growth most important for district

    The United States needs a “new Homestead Act” — especially Kansas’ 1st Congressional District — candidate Rob Wasinger said. Rural communities have spent too long exporting young people to cities, he said. It is time to provide incentives for young people to return to small towns and start businesses after they graduate college.

  • County to allow discharging of fireworks June 27 to July 5

    Marion County Commission set dates and times for the sale and discharge of fireworks Friday. Fireworks can be sold until 11 p.m. June 27 through July 3, until midnight July 4, and until 10 p.m. July 5.

  • Marion Municipal Airport receives $75,000 donation

    As promised at the last Marion City Council meeting, longtime Marion resident Pearl Baxter left $75,000 to Marion Municipal Airport Board. At Tuesday’s council meeting, board president Ty Zeiner spelled out the stipulations of the donation to the council. The funds are to be used for the construction of a new office building at the airport. The building must be designed per Baxter’s requirements, which include two bathrooms with one being handicapped accessible, a lounge area, storage area, and with air conditioning and heating for the building.


  • Marion County is the place to be

    June has arrived — and it’s a good month to be in Marion County. Everything gets started this weekend with Chingawassa Days in Central Park, Marion. Where else can you get a concert with legendary rock band 38 Special, a barbecue meal, ice cream, watermelon, children’s games, a poker tournament, and entertainment for a $35 button ($25 if you purchased a button before Tuesday)?

  • Where's the passion for tourism?

    It was relatively quiet this past week. I figured someone would be calling me with choice words or wanting to burn down the building after the editorial I wrote about the county tourism group. I heard a handful of comments about it, most agreeing with the majority of what I wrote.


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  • Students on break determined to swim

    Sammy Fugitt and Shonda Ratzloff decided they wanted to spend their first day of summer break swimming at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center, but they didn’t have enough money. To earn money for swimming, they decided to start a drink stand at Marion Central Park. They set up their stand about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, selling tropical punch and lemon-lime soft drinks. They made the drinks from mix at home.

  • County EMS to offer first responder class

    Marion County Emergency Medical Service will offer a class for first responders beginning in August. The duties of a first responder include driving an emergency vehicle, basic fracture management, and other first aid, EMS Director Steve Smith said. Their scope of practice does not include invasive procedures.


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  • Retiring school teachers plan to stay involved

    USD 408 had a reception May 26 for six retiring teachers. While they are looking forward to the freedom of retirement, some of the teachers plan to stay involved in school activities. Jan Davis worked 23 years in USD 408 schools, teaching art in kindergarten through seventh grade.

  • MES students receive awards

    The last-day-of-school party took place May 26 at Marion Elementary School. With music blaring, students were encouraged by MES Principal Rod Garman to stand up and make noise.

  • Lincolnville High School alumni gather

    It’s been more than 50 years since Lincolnville had its own high school, but alumni of the school meet every three years to keep its memory alive. At least 61 graduates, 33 spouses, and 21 guests attended a reunion Saturday at Lincolnville Community Center. Betty Batt of Marion, a former teacher, also attended.


  • Zeiner, Klenda reprise roles as state champions

    Marion track and field athlete Julia Zeiner won two state championships this weekend in Wichita. Zeiner won the long jump on Friday with a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches. It was Zeiner’s second jump in preliminaries — it was a full foot further than the next closest competitor, Claire Provenzano, at 16-9.25.

  • CHS senior Troutt places 4th in discus

    Troutt placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 145 feet Friday at the state track meet in Wichita. Centre High School senior track and field athlete Trevor Troutt competed in the state tournament as a sophomore in 2008, but he did not place.

  • Troutt, Antoszyk to play in all-star game

    Trevor Troutt of Lincolnville and Zach Antoszyk of Ramona have been selected to play on the Division II East Team in the 2010 eight-man all-star football game at 1 p.m. June 12 in Beloit. Both were members of the 2009 Centre High School football team that finished the season as regional runner-up, and both graduated from Centre High School this spring.


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