• Hot times ahead for Marion's coolest business

    On the hottest days of summer, workers at Frostbite Ice Company of Marion only have to open up a cooler to experience sweet relief. “Whenever you step in and unload it always cools you down,” employee Isaac Hett said.

  • Is your car safe in your driveway?

    Police are warning people to be careful parking their cars after a car thief caused nearly $3,500 worth of damage when he or she stole a car from a residential driveway, took it on a joyride, wrecked it, and ripped out its stereo. The thief entered the unlocked 2000 Pontiac Grand Am in the driveway of George Lynn Hotchkiss in the 1300 block of East Main Street, Marion, found the keys in the car, and drove it on Eisenhower Road, hitting two speed limit signs along the way, police said.

  • Carr bound over in baby's death

    Chad Carr, 26, was bound over Friday for trial in the March 27 death of 19-month-old Vincent Hill. Hill was the son of Richard Hill and the grandson of Jim and Gail Myers, all of Peabody.

  • Pay to play?

    Who couldn’t use an extra $500 about now? For Wayne Hudson of Benson, Ariz., who is visiting son Steve Hudson, superintendent of Marion County Park and Lake, it paid to play. He bought one scratch ticket July 7 at Ampride of Marion and won $500. Hudson stops by the convenience store every morning to visit with patrons and scratch a ticket.

  • Remaining suspects in Peabody barn fire surrender

    The two remaining suspects in the January barn fire on North Maple Street in Peabody turned themselves in to the Marion County sheriff’s department this past week. Arrest warrants had been issued for Isaac Hilliard, 18, Peabody; and Haylee Raye Stewart, 18, and Layton Edward Keegan Tapscott, 19, both of Cassoday, on arson charges.

  • Hannaford's spirit will live on

    From horse and buggy to rocket ships on the moon, 106-year-old Norma Hannaford had about seen it all. The matriarch of Hannaford Abstract & Title Company died Thursday at St. Luke Living Center.

  • Osteoporosis: a stealth assailant

    Fred Helmer, of Marion, walked off his deck five years ago and shattered three vertebrae in his spine. The deck was merely a step or two and his spine broke in three places. Helmer, in his 80s, has osteoporosis. A person with untreated osteoporosis is constantly at risk of breaking a hip or other bones. A break can occur while a person is walking or performing some other normally innocuous task. The disease is most commonly associated with elderly women, but men are often diagnosed.


  • George Cole

    George LeRoy Cole, 83, of Walton died July 11 in Halstead. He was born April 8, 1927, in Florence to Harry and Nellie (Myers) Cole.

  • Rikki D'Ann Doll

    Rikki D’Ann Novak-Doll passed from this life June 29, 2010, in Topeka. She was born July 30, 1968, in Claremore, Okla., to Rick and Donna Brower-DeArmond. At age 12, Rikki was adopted by her stepfather, Ken Novak, of Tampa, and became Rikki D’Ann Novak. She married Rob Anderson and gave birth in 1991 to twin sons, Tyler and Tanner Anderson.

  • Norma Hannaford

    Norma Sigrid (McCullough) Hannaford, 106, passed away July 8, 2010, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born April 10, 1904, to Gilbert L. and Mabel (Swisher) McCullough on a farm near Leon.

  • Harvey Hawkinson

    Harvey V. Hawkinson, 94, of Burdick, died July 6 at Herington Municipal Hospital. Born Nov. 28, 1915, in Lincolnville, to Frank J. and Marie H. (Hane) Hawkinson, he was a farmer.

  • Terry Kimball

    The remains of former Peabody resident Terry Lee Kimball, 60, who had been missing for nearly five years, were found June 29 near Vale Pass, Colorado. He was a victim of a homicide. He was born Feb. 20, 1944, in Steamboat, Colo., and graduated from Peabody High School in 1962.

  • Stephanie Loney

    Former Marion resident Stephanie Marie Loney, 45, of Wichita died July 7 in her home. Born Nov. 18, 1964, to James and Leona Loney, she graduated from Marion High School in 1983, Wichita State University in 1986, and the University of California-Los Angeles in 1992.



  • Lake remains free of invading zebra mussels

    Marion County Park and Lake has received a clean bill of health from the Kansas Division of Wildlife and Parks regarding invasive zebra mussels, Superintendent Steve Hudson said Monday. Lake water was tested mid-June, Hudson told Marion County Commissioners. Results were received July 7.

  • Fix-up ultimatums ordered

    Marion City Council has instructed City Attorney Dan Baldwin to begin contacting owners of structures the city has identified as dilapidated. Owners will be instructed to fix up the properties or risk having the structures removed at their expense.

  • Ruling on jail finance plan expected soon

    Marion County will know soon whether a proposed method for financing a jail is constitutional, a spokesman for Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said Thursday. The Attorney General’s office received a request for an opinion at the beginning of June, spokesman Gavin Young said. An opinion likely will be ready in three or four weeks, he said.


  • Politics, taxes and the death of reason

    We don’t endorse candidates, but we do discuss issues. A big one, circling like a vulture over many races this year, is the notion than any politician who votes to raise taxes somehow breaks faith with the voters. Politicians aren’t to blame for raising taxes amid recession. We voters are.

  • Nothing random about her thoughts

    You think you’re ready for the inevitable but when it happens, sometimes you find you’re not. When word reached the Record Thursday morning that our faithful columnist, Norma Hannaford, had passed away, we were surprised. We knew there would come a time when Norma would die but we weren’t ready yet.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    “I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.” The young man practiced what he would say to his father. Each repetition reminding him of what he had thrown away. He kept walking, retracing his steps on the road that had led him away from everything that his eyes were now desperate to see.

  • Random Thoughts

    Just wanted to let you know that I am fine and having the best journey ever. Heaven is a glorious place and definitely worth the 106 years I waited to get here. I have had wonderful trips in my lifetime but nothing that can compare to this. If I were on Earth, I would for sure need to write a book about this experience.


    Beating the 'blahs', Green supported, Brookens thanked, Brookens questioned


  • The secret to long life? Ask a 104-year-old

    Amelia Vinduska’s relentless nature and her faith have helped her reach her 104th birthday, which she celebrated with 50 others Saturday at St. Luke Living Center. She attributes her long life to staying away from indulgences. She doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol. She worked hard and walks and prays often.

  • The test of time: Barber pole has medieval origins

    The red, white, and blue barber pole is a familiar sight, but its origin isn’t as familiar. Medieval barbers provided services other than hair cutting and shaving. One of those services was bloodletting, barber Martin Bina of Marion said.

  • Developing a taste for eating locally

    Marilyn Jones of Peabody doesn’t remember when she last used store-bought eggs. She gets all the eggs she needs from her chickens, and she has enough extra to sell at Doyle Valley Farmers Market. She takes comfort knowing the eggs are fresh and where the eggs — and other locally grown food — comes from.

  • 'Redneck in Ramona' cut short, but second party is planned

    Only four activities were completed before rain forced cancellation of Redneck in Ramona, the community’s July Fourth celebration last week, but a later party is being planned. Thirty-eight runners — eight in the 10k and 30 in the 2-mile — competed in the Redneck Run.

  • Senior centers receive assistance

    Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. approved two requests June 18 to use taxpayer money for maintenance items. Marion Senior Center received $400 to pay for half of termite control. Goessel Senior Center received $400 to repair a gas leak.


    David Grimmett, Raegan Hancock, Cora Nave

    Burdick, Senior Center


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


  • Centre to offer class statewide

    Centre USD 397 this fall will begin offering online study to students anywhere in Kansas. Superintendent Jerri Kemble spent four hours discussing the program with Kansas State Board of Education Thursday and received approval Friday.


  • Babe Ruth team heads to state tournament

    Marion Senior Babe Ruth clinched a trip to the state tournament with 9-2 win Saturday over Inman in Lyons. The turning point was the third inning. Although Marion scored three in the bottom half of the second, Inman loaded the bases on pitcher Heath Hill and scored two runs. With the bases still juiced and only one out, coach Tyler Mermis called on Ethan Hett to extinguish the momentum.

  • World Cup victory is sweet for former exchange student

    TC Edwards of Marion nervously tapped his fingers about two-thirds of the way through the World Cup final Sunday between Spain and the Netherlands. When Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal for Spain in overtime, Edwards pumped his fist in excitement.


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