• Plants stolen from reservoir overlook

    When someone dug up and took plants from an overlook at the south end of the Marion Reservoir dam, they weren’t just stealing some flowers, Park Ranger Traci Robb said. They were stealing the hard work of volunteers and the enjoyment of visitors. “It makes me feel kind of violated,” volunteer Sandi Patterson said.

  • Divers inspect Marion water tower

    It was a hot day Friday when Liquid Engineering Corporation, a commercial diving business from Billings, Mont., came to Marion to inspect the city’s water tower — the water was a balmy 76 degrees. Jason White, John Schafer, and Jimmy Richards are certified commercial divers. This particular day, Richards was the diver.

  • Peabody fires policeman linked to flag rumors

    A Peabody police officer whom the originator of an Internet campaign about flag desecration had identified as his primary source was fired Monday after a series of closed sessions by the Peabody City Council. City Administrator Mac Manning declined to comment on the reason for Officer Jeremy Miller’s termination.

  • Elderly hardest hit by shortages

    When people think of someone going hungry, the image that comes to mind is that of a family with young children, a single parent, or someone affected by layoffs. Most people don’t think of the elderly, Main Street Ministries Inc. food bank coordinator Mindy Tharp said. Many of the food bank’s clients receive Social Security, but most of that money is spent on medicine, she said.

  • Pipeline workers committed to safety, one another

    A curious hum of activity can be heard all around the Sheehan Pipeline Construction right of way. Machines of tremendous stature work hurriedly to dig the ditches and trenches that one day will house a pipe that will carry a river of oil from Alberta, Canada, to Oklahoma.

  • Ryan Newell: don't forget other veterans

    “This house means the world,” retired Army Sgt. Ryan Newell said Saturday when he received the keys to a house built for his family by volunteers. Newell was wounded in 2008 in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb was detonated beneath a Humvee he was in. He was the only survivor of the attack, but doctors had to amputate both of his legs at the knee.

  • Jeremy Bowley dies in car crash

    Former Marion resident Jeremy Alan Bowley, 23, of Hutchinson, died June 23 in a two-car crash on U.S. 50 near Zenith. According to Kansas Highway Patrol, Bowley’s 1985 Chevrolet pickup crossed the centerline, colliding head-on with a semi. The semi driver and passenger, David A. Lewis, 36, and Brandi E. Lewis, 14, both of Elizabethtown, Ind., were not injured.

  • Sesquicentennial Committee to host meeting

    The Sesquicentennial Committee will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. July 20 in the city building basement. Representatives from organizations are encouraged to attend to hear about plans already in the works and to share ideas.

  • Tim Makovec shares joy of farming with son

    Just as his father, Tim, did 25 years ago, 10-year-old Tyler Makovec of rural Marion is experiencing his first wheat harvest this summer. With a big smile on his face, the young protégé climbed up the steps to the open cab of the 1959 McCormick combine.

  • County, cities fireworks rules differ

    A variety of rules for discharge of fireworks apply in Marion County and cities within the county. Marion County began allowing the discharge of fireworks Sunday. Permissible hours for fireworks are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Fireworks can be discharged 8 a.m. to 11 p.m Friday and Saturday.


  • Jeremy Bowley

    Jeremy Alan Bowley, 23, formerly of Marion, died June 23 in an automobile accident near Zenith. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jodie Wolf and the late Leslie Bowley, he was married March 17, 2007, to Christina (McCarty) Bowley in Marion.

  • John Brose

    John L. Brose, 82, of Marion, died June 29 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. Services are pending with Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion.

  • Celia Byer

    Celia D. Byer, 58, of Marion, died June 28 in Wichita. Visitation with family will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Mary Deane Peterson

    Mary Deane Peterson, 78, of Burdick, died June 28 at Herington Municipal Hospital. She was a homemaker and post mistress for the Burdick post office.

  • John Solomon

    John D. Solomon, 55, Halstead, died June 24 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. Born Sept. 21, 1954, in Newton, to John and Bettie (Dunn) Solomon, he was a 1972 graduate of El Dorado Springs High School in El Dorado Springs, Mo.

  • David Stucky

    David Stucky, 88, of Peabody, died June 26, in Peabody. Born Dec. 8, 1921, in Moundridge, to Peter T. and Ida J.C. (Gehring) Stucky, he married Esther J. Hess on Aug. 5, 1945. She survives.



  • Marion considers smoking restrictions at ball complex

    Three members of Marion Baseball/Softball Boosters asked Marion City Council to consider enforcing the city’s ordinance that does not allow alcohol to be consumed on city property. Also at Monday’s meeting, the group wanted a clarification of the city’s policy regarding tobacco use on public property.

  • City of Marion delays cleanup

    Marion City Council will wait another two weeks before taking the next step in cleaning up properties. City Attorney Dan Baldwin was unable to attend Monday’s council meeting to discuss dilapidated properties because he was at a hearing at Council Grove.

  • Rec commission considers changes

    “It’s all about the kids” is what Marion Recreation Commission Director Margo Yates and Marion City Councilman Steve Smith say about the rec programs. However, Smith would like to see changes in the programs. Yates, Smith said, should be a city employee and the rec programs under the city’s supervision.

  • County property value increases

    Property valuation in Marion County is up about $4.8 million from November 2009, County Clerk Carol Maggard said Monday. About $3 million of the increase is in assessments of utilities and infrastructure, such as gas and oil pipelines, power lines, and railroads. Those values are determined by the state, Maggard said.

  • State approves loan for Hillsboro hospital

    HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., the Missouri company financing the construction of Hillsboro Community Hospital, has had a $9.5 million loan through the Bank of Hays approved by the state of Kansas. HMC/CAH Chief Executive Officer Larry Arthur said that the company is in the process of clearing the final hurdle, seeking approval of United States Department of Agriculture to guarantee the loan.


  • Let's clean up Marion

    First impressions can be powerful. We often make decisions based on those first impressions. When we meet people for the first time, we often do our best to provide a positive image — our hair is combed, our clothes are neat and clean.

  • Another Day in the Country

    As human beings, we tend to remember the bad things in life. Good stuff comes and goes. We take it for granted. But for the bad stuff, we underline the traumas, make those things that hurt appear in bold print, and hold on to fear as if our lives depended upon it. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the evening news.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    The hunger that attacked his stomach was nothing compared to the memory that blistered his mind. He couldn’t forget that fateful day, that life-changing day, that day that now seemed a lifetime away from this pigpen. That day that now haunted him with bitter regret.


    Story helps fill shelves at food bank, Anthem continues to hit home


  • McFarland rubs people the right way

    With fluid movement and strong fingers, Carolan McFarland has rubbed a lot of sore muscles. “I absolutely love what I do,” she said. “I have a real passion for this.”

  • Therapist joins St. Luke Hospital

    Physical therapist Jamie Fuqua of McPherson is the newest addition to the physical therapy department at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. “In eighth grade I was job shadowing a physical therapist,” she said. “I went and observed and fell in love with it.”

  • Zimbabweans make best of bad situation

    Faced with widespread poverty and government corruption, people in Zimbabwe continue to make the best of what they have, Bob Unruh of Durham said. Unruh, with nine pastors and four other laypeople, spent a week in Zimbabwe, Jan. 28 through Feb. 9, as part of a fact-finding mission for the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church, which includes all of Kansas west of U.S.-77, he said. The conference was interested in starting a partnership with the Zimbabwe East Conference of the church.

  • Bartel-Groening engagement announced

    Harlan and Karla Bartel of Cimarron and Jerry and Sherri Groening of Marion announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Hannah Bartel and Ross Groening. Grandparents of the couple are Bernhard Bartel of Meade; Paul and Lenora Wray of Walsh, Colo.; Irma Groening of Hillsboro; and Tillie Schmidt of Marion.

  • Vinduska to celebrate 104th

    The family of Amelia Vinduska requests a card shower for her 104th birthday July 10. Amelia, a longtime resident of Pilsen, is now a resident at St. Luke Living Center. Cards may be sent to her at St. Luke Living Center, PO Box 258, Marion.

  • Clothier to celebrate 90th

    Hazel Clothier will celebrate her 90th birthday with a come-and-go party from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at the American Legion in Florence. Everyone is welcome to attend, but the family requests no gifts.

  • Kerbs will celebrate 80th birthday

    The family of Jack Kerbs requests a card shower in honor of his 80th birthday July 8. Jack was born in Lamar, Colo., moving to the Durham area with his family. He and wife Treva have lived in Marion for the past 40 years.

  • Svitaks request card shower

    The family of George Svitak, formerly of Pilsen, requests a card shower for his 80th birthday Friday. Cards may be sent to him at 200 Eisenhower Drive, Apt. 124, Marion.


    Burdick, Marion Senior Center, Tampa

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  • New timing system simplifies swim meets

    The USD 408 Sports and Aquatic center is the first pool in the state to use the Dolphin Kick timing system. At Marion’s meet June 19, the volunteer timers lined the south end of the pool with the bright blue timing instruments in their hands. According to swim coach Rod Garman, the timing system worked smoothly with only a few bugs at the beginning of the meet.

  • Sam Ehrlich honored as scholar athlete

    Marion High School graduate Sam Ehrlich was celebrated as the National Football Foundation’s scholar athlete representing Marion June 23 in Lawrence. Ehrlich was one of 11 scholar athletes to be honored at the banquet.

  • Seacat pitches no-hitter Tuesday

    Marion wins doubleheader Dylan Seacat pitched a no-hitter Tuesday in the Marion 14- and 15-year-old Babe Ruth team’s first game against Peabody at Peabody.

  • Swim team results

    The Marion Blue team finished first with 643.5 points out of four teams Saturday at Hesston. The Marion Red team finished fourth. results Girls 8 and younger 100-yard medley relay – 1. Lily Lundy, Chloe Burkholder, Kennedy Fahey; 2. Emma Calhoun, Grace Winter, Cameron White, Macy Sigel. 25 butterfly – 1. Fahey; 2. Lundy; 3. Sigel. 25 backstroke – 1. Fahey; 3. Sigel. 25 freestyle – 1. Fahey; 3. Sigel. 25 breaststroke – 3. Burkholder. 100 freestyle relay – 1. Fahey, Lundy, Burkholder; 3. Sigel, Tristan Williams, Winter, White. Boys 8 and younger 100 medley relay – 1. Luke Lanning, Cade Alleven, Will Alleven. 25 butterfly – 1. Luke Lanning; 2. Cade Alleven; 3. Will Alleven. 25 backstroke – 1. Cade Alleven; 3. Will Alleven. 25 freestyle – 1. Cade Alleven; 3. Will Alleven. 25 breaststroke – 1. Luke Lanning; 2. Cade Alleven. 100 freestyle relay – 1. Luke Lanning, Cade Alleven, Will Alleven; 3. Gunner Brown, Johnny Zieammermann, Cross Brown, Seth Lanning Girls 9 and 10 100 freestyle – 3. Courtney Herzet. 100 medley relay – 1. Alli Molleker, Sarah Hendrix, Herzet, Lindsey Sigel. 25 butterfly – 3. Molleker. 25 backstroke – 2. Herzet; 3. Molleker. 25 breaststroke – 1. Herzet; 3. Hendrix. 100 freestyle relay – 2. Molleker, Hendrix, Herzet, Sigel. 100 individual medley – 3. Herzet. Boys 9 and 10 100 freestyle – 1. Luke Lanning; 2. Jacob Vondenkamp; 3. Logan Waner. 100 medley relay – 1. Vondenkamp, Colin Williams, Evan Calhoun, Waner. 25 butterfly – 1. Waner; 3. Calhoun. 25 backstroke – 1. Vondenkamp; 2. Calhoun. 25 freestyle – 1. Vondenkamp; 3. Calhoun. 25 breaststroke – 2. Williams; 3. Waner. 100 freestyle relay – 1. Calhoun, Waner, Vondenkamp. 100 individual medley – 1. Luke Lanning; 2. Waner. Girls 11 and 12 100 freestyle – 3. Shyla Harris. 200 medley relay – 2. Kristen Herzet, Taylor Pontious, Harris. 50 backstroke – 2. Herzet. 50 freestyle – 2. Harris. 50 breaststroke – 3. Herzet. 200 freestyle relay – 2. Harris, Herzet, Pontious. 100 individual medley – 2. Herzet. Boys 11 and 12 100 freestyle – 1. Mason Pedersen; 2. Rem Putter; 3. Austin Molleker. 200 medley relay – 1. Molleker, Adam Kjellin, Pedersen, Putter; 2. Peyton Heidebrecht, Cody Shipman, Nathan Baldwin; 3. John Lind, Devin Regnier, Bryce Shults, Noah Albin. 50 butterfly – 1. Putter; 2. Molleker; 3. Baldwin. 50 backstroke – 1. Pedersen; 2. Kjellin; 3. Putter. 50 freestyle – 1. Pedersen; 2. Putter; 3. Shipman. 50 breaststroke – 1. Kjellin; 2. Shipman. 200 freestyle relay – 1. Molleker, Putter, Pedersen, Kjellin; 2. Shipman, Baldwin, Heidebrecht; 3. Albin, Lind, Shults, Regnier. 100 individual medley – 1. Pedersen; 2. Kjellin; 3. Molleker. Girls 13 and 14 100 freestyle – 1. Kaelyn Thierolf; 3. Samantha Davies. 200 medley relay – 1. Thierolf, Julia Hall, Davies. 50 butterfly – 1. Thierolf; 3. Davies. 50 backstroke – 1. Thierolf. 50 freestyle – 2. Davies; 3. Hall. 50 breaststroke – 1. Hall; 2. Davies. 200 freestyle relay – 1. Thierolf, Davies, Hall. 100 individual medley – 1. Thierolf. Boys 13 and 14 100 freestyle – 1. Garrett Alleven; 2. Zac Lewman. 200 medley relay – 1. Alleven, Lewman, Nick Meyer. 50 butterfly – 1. Alleven. 50 backstroke – 2. Meyer; 3. Braden Fahey. 50 freestyle – 1. Alleven; 2. Lewman. 50 breaststroke – 1. Lewman; 3. Meyer. 200 freestyle relay – 1. Lewman, Meyer, Alleven. 100 individual medley – 1. Alleven; 3. Lewman. Girls 15 to 18 100 freestyle – 2. JayDee Schafers. 200 medley relay – 1. Schafers, Whitney Christensen, Briana Hall, Emily Hett; 3. Lakisha Hammond, Jordan Harper, Bridget Lundy, Cara Martin. 50 butterfly – 2. Hall; 3. Schafers. 50 backstroke – 1. Schafers; 3. Hett. 50 freestyle – 2. Schafers. 50 breaststroke – 3. Hall. 200 freestyle relay – 2. Schafers, Hett, Christensen, Hall; 3. Hammond, Martin, Harper, Lundy. 100 individual medley – 1. Schafers; 3. Hall. Boys 15 to 18 100 freestyle – 1. Randy Carlson. 200 medley relay – 2. Carlson, Brody Carroll, Zach Hammond. 50 butterfly – 3. Carlson. 50 backstroke – 1. Carlson. 50 freestyle – 1. Carlson. 200 freestyle relay – 2. Carlson, Carroll, Hammond. 100 individual medley – 3. Carlson.


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