• Matt Loveless continues to recover from shooting

    Matt Loveless came home to Marion County last week to see family and friends. It has been two years since his last visit, but this visit was different because Loveless is lucky to be able to return to Kansas — he is lucky to be alive.

  • Drug raid nets three arrests

    Three people were arrested Thursday by Marion police officers at 404 W. Santa Fe Street, Marion, on suspicion of narcotic possession with intent to sell. At least 4.5 pounds of marijuana were confiscated.

  • Suspected abductor has been in local schools

    An accused stalker, who either abducted or convinced a 17-year-old Marion County teen to get in a vehicle with him, has been in some Marion County schools. According to Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft, Rojelio “Roy” Cruz Hernandez, 21, of Odessa, Texas, had been seen in local schools, but Craft does not believe that is where he met Tara Renee Simhiser of Lehigh.

  • Unemployment rates continue high in Marion County

    The September job picture for Kansas was brighter than in August but not as promising as a year ago, with Marion County’s jobless rate near the state mark at 6.3 percent. Marion County is among several counties in the region with an unemployment rate of more than 6 percent. The highest rate is in Elk County at 11 percent. The lowest rates in the state are 3.2 percent in Sheridan, Scott, and Riley counties.

  • Tampa City Council discuss issues

    About a dozen citizens attended the Tampa City Council meeting Oct. 5. Since there was not a quorum of council members present at the usual starting time, the meeting was delayed for half an hour. Citizens present included Angie Schwerdfeger, Tri-County Telephone Association; Teresa Huffman, Marion County Economic Development Director; Sandra Fruit, Central Kansas Community Foundation; Jamie Goering, engineer on the sewer project; Mark Heiser; Jesse Brunner; Bob and Tammy Ware; and Gary and Carole Spohn.

  • Volunteers plan community Thanksgiving dinner

    Marion Ministerial Alliance and community volunteers are preparing for the 20th annual community Thanksgiving Day dinner. A traditional dinner will be served noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Marion Middle/High School Commons. A donation will be accepted but is not required. Proceeds will benefit the ministerial alliance.

  • Annual Pilgrimage to Pilsen will be Nov. 11

    The seventh annual military Pilgrimage to Pilsen, home of Korean War hero and Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun, will take place on Veteran’s Day. Mass will be celebrated at St. John Nepomucene Church at 11 a.m. by the Most Rev. Timothy Paul Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services, USA.

  • 'Spruce Up Marion' begins

    Marion Chamber of Commerce and the housing committee of Marion Economic Development Inc. have created a home-repair program, “Spruce Up Marion.” The program provides minor home repairs to low-income, elderly, or disabled Marion homeowners.

  • Florence Labor Day Committee to meet Nov. 4

    The Florence Labor Day committee has scheduled a short meeting for 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the ambulance building in Florence. There will be just a few items that need to be discussed and decided. Anyone interested in serving on the committee is welcome to attend.

  • Daylight saving time ends Sunday morning

    Standard time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday when clocks are turned back one hour. In the U.S., standard time begins the first Sunday of November. Daylight Saving Time begins the second Sunday of March.


  • 'Appraiser lacks personal skills'

    Petition organizers told Marion County Commissioners Monday that Appraiser Cindy Magill lacks the personal and communication skills necessary to perform her job. The room was nearly full with petition supporters and appraiser’s office employees when Gary Diepenbrock, Jerry Siebert, and Lyle Leppke presented their petition and other documents to the commissioners.

  • Saving roads is priority for county commission

    It’s a case of Marion County officials wanting to preserve county roads and Keystone Pipeline Company wanting to use county roads to bury a 35-mile pipeline to link with a 1,690-mile project from Alberta, Canada to Texas. After a lengthy meeting Monday, neither party seemed satisfied.



  • Lula Classen

    Lula F. Classen, 87, died Oct. 22, at Kidron Bethel, North Newton. Born July 28, 1922, in Fairview, Okla., to Jacob P. and Anna (Salaska) Nickel, she graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1941. She attended Wesley Hospital School of Nursing in Wichita.

  • Loris Habegger

    Loris Habegger, 91, of Moundridge, died Sept. 30 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Wichita. Born Jan. 9, 1918, in rural Berne, Ind., to Arman and Hilegunda (Sprunger) Habegger, he graduated from Monroe High School in 1935. He was a member of First Mennonite Church of Berne.

  • Evelyn Regier

    Evelyn M. Regier, 89, died Oct. 20 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born April 23, 1920, in Hillsboro, to Christian and Katherine (Delk) Seibel, she worked in the Marion County Treasurer’s office and was a member of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Lorraine Ward

    Lorraine Frances Ward, 80, Topeka, died Oct. 21. Born Feb. 10, 1929, in Ramona to Stanley and Elsie (Klenda) Hajek, she was married to Arthur Ward in 1951.

  • Donald Winter

    Donald Dean Winter, 71, of Ness City, died Oct. 21 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. Born Dec. 12, 1937, in Marion to Ferd and Helen (Hein) Winter, he graduated from Marion High School in 1956.



  • Novaks mark golden anniversary with dance

    Robert and Hallie Novak of Lost Springs will celebrate their 50th anniversary Nov. 14. The couple was married Nov. 7, 1959, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Herington.

  • VFW auxiliary sends boxes to troops

    The Ladies Auxiliary to Ecker-Fulkerson-Slifer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6958, Marion, met Oct. 13 at the post home. There were eight members present for the meeting conducted by Auxiliary President Donna Kreutziger. The committee’s reports were given. Veterans and family support sent three boxes to troops in September and three more are ready to send for October. School items were delivered to Marion Elementary School. Cookies will be delivered to the Topeka VA by Raymond Martinez. The auxiliary worked with other groups for Make a Difference Day Saturday.

  • Legion auxiliary plans fundraiser

    Post 22 American Legion Auxiliary is having a fundraiser for sending girls to Girl’s State, from 6 to 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at the post home, 424 E. Main St., Marion. The group will serve biscuits and gravy and will have a bake sale by donation.

  • Poes to celebrate 50th anniversary

    The children of William and Jane (Brewer) Poe will host a reception to celebrate their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary 1:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Homestead Assisted Living, 12221 W. Maple St., Wichita.

  • Bob Brookens speaks to PEO Chapter DB

    Twenty-four members of PEO Chapter DB met Oct. 19 at the home of Marian Crofoot. Wanda Burk, daughter of Norma Hannaford, was a guest. Robert Brookens, state representative of District 70, gave a presentation on the difference women make. Brookens also talked about some of the bills that had come before the House in the last session and some of the issues that he thinks will be of major importance in the next session.

  • Cases host family and friends to celebrate birthdays

    Weekend guests at the Rosse and Janice Case home were Joe and Teresa Nielsen of Amherst, N.H.; Bud Case and Lisa Licause of Denver; Lory Stone of Washington D.C.; and Tamara and J.L. Stone of Overland Park. Joining them Friday evening for a birthday dinner at the Grand Hotel in Cottonwood Falls for Janice, J.L., and Teresa were Jane Course of Olympia, Wash.; and Jay Norvell and Nancy Freutel of Nashville, Tenn. Saturday night, friends and family gathered for an 80th birthday party for Janice Case hosted by her children at the Elgin Hotel.

  • Isaac Leihy graduates from basic training

    Army National Guard Pvt. Isaac J. Leihy has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, Leihy studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

  • World Community Day is Nov. 6

    Church Women United will celebrate World Community Day in Marion with a soup luncheon at noon Nov. 6 at Valley United Methodist Church. The theme is “Piecing Earth Together.” It focuses on the environment and how to be good stewards of earth’s gifts.

  • Church to host Trunk-or-Treat

    Emmanuel Baptist Church will be hosting its annual fall outreach. There will be a Trunk-or-Treat and chili feed starting at 4 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot, 229 Walnut St., Marion. Bring kids in their costumes for a treat and help us pick the best-dressed trunk.

  • Jeremy Armstrong receives award

    St. Luke Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Armstrong recently received Best Earnings Before Interest, Depreciation, Amortization Improvement award of excellence from Quorum Health Resources “Jeremy is to credit for much of St. Luke’s recent success,” QHR President and CEO James Horrar said. “His commitment to ensuring the hospital’s financial stability has helped St. Luke provide comfortable, quality care to its patients on an ongoing basis. It has also resulted in growth opportunities, including a proposed renovation and expansion of the facility.”


    Garlow family, Kleiber family, Groening and Siebert families

    Marion Senior Center: Seniors attend meeting, Tampa: Many participate in Santa Fe Trail Fest, Burdick: Youths to have fundraiser

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


  • Klingenberg brothers keep family farm going

    Derek and Grant Klingenberg are college graduates and likely could find an easier life and good-paying jobs in the business world. However, they both have come back to the family farm at Peabody. “We always knew we would come back,” Grant said. “We grew up working on the farm and couldn’t imagine being confined to four walls.”

  • Livestock podiatry is messy but rewarding

    Livestock podiatry is a fancy name for hoof trimming but Mike Ehrlich is a specialist, an expert; Ehrlich is someone who has forgotten more about cow feet than you will ever want to know. The tools of his trade would be unlikely to give away the nature of his profession; most of his podiatry implements would be more common in a body shop or a hardware store.

  • Farm Bureau opposes 'Cap-and-Trade' bill

    Kansas Farm Bureau is promoting a drive to send a strong message to Congress opposing the proposed climate change cap-and-trade legislation. Their message, “Don’t cap our future,” refers to their belief, based on analyses from numerous sources, that farmers and ranchers will pay more for fuel, fertilizer, and energy if the proposed legislation becomes law.

  • FSA releases final payments

    Producers enrolled in current Direct & Counter-cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election contracts have been issued the final installment of their 2009 direct payments. More than 2,700 Marion County producers received a total of more than $2.6 million. Electronic funds transfer or direct deposit to producer bank accounts disbursed these payments. A payment statement was provided to all payees by mail. For more information, contact the USDA Service Center at (620) 382-3714.

  • Family blog puts a face on animal ag

    Anyone who has ever wanted to learn about the everyday life of a farm and ranch family can go to the Kansas Beef Council Web site, www.Kansasbeef.org, where a new blog is posted by Kim Harms of Harms Plainview Ranch, Lincolnville. A link to “Ranch Family Blog” is provided on the home page. In words and pictures, Harms portrays normal day-to-day family activities as well as those related to production of beef cattle.


  • Marion needs a win over Hillsboro to advance

    With wins over Southeast of Saline and Herington, the Hillsboro Trojans are in control of their own destiny, but in their path to district play is their county rival Marion. After losing to SES on Friday, Marion needs to win and win by at least 13 points to force a three-team tie for district honors, assuming that SES will defeat Herington.

  • Warriors commit costly mistakes in loss to Southeast of Saline

    The game was not as close as the score would indicate. Southeast of Saline may have only scored twice but they controlled Marion on their home field especially at the line of scrimmage.

  • Cougars defeat White City, 52-6

    The Centre Cougars traveled to White City on Friday and got one step closer to hosting a first-round playoff game by defeating the Huskies, 52-6. The Cougars chose to receive and started at their own 33-yard line. Tanner Brunner completed a pass to Zach Antoszyk for an 18- yard gain. On third down, Brunner ran 38 yards for a touchdown. Trevor Troutt ran for the two-point conversion.

  • Centre JV volleyball finishes in second place

    Coach Deb Wiles led her Centre Junior High School volleyball team to a second-place finish Thursday in the league tournament at Manhattan Luckey. The team entered the tournament as second seed, with a record of 8-2 after finishing 1-1 at a triangular Oct. 19 at Prairie Heights.

  • Centre JV football ends season with 4-3 record

    Tyler Weinbrenner, in his first season as football coach at Centre Junior High School, led his team to a 4-3 record. They played their final game Oct. 19 at Cougar Field against Prairie Heights.

  • Lady Warriors' volleyball season ends

    Marion fought valiantly against Hillsboro Saturday in Sedgwick but ended up falling in straight sets to the Trojans 25-19, 25-19. The Warriors defeated Southeast of Saline in their first match of the day 25-3 and 25-13 and Marion Head Coach Jim Versch said that the Warriors were playing some of their best volleyball of the year before they ran into the freight train that is Dakota Kaufman.


  • Centre FBLA to sponsor pancake feed

    Members of the Centre High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake supper Thursday during the district football game against St. Paul. Serving will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the middle school lunchroom. Entrance is gained through the south doors of the building.

  • 'Charlie Brown' is coming to Centre

    Centre High School will present the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Nov. 6. Director Lynley Remy decided to produce the musical as a choir class project when the school struggled to find enough adult volunteers for a fall play.

  • Centre High School lists honor students

    Centre High School and Junior High School recently released honor rolls for the first quarter of the 2009-10 school year. CENTRE HIGH SCHOOL
    HIGHEST HONORS Seniors: Josie Peterson and Carlye Simons. Juniors: Jacob Jirak and Allison Shields. Sophomores: Theo Kassebaum and Shane Methvin. Freshmen: Carrie Carlson, Justin Deines, Anna Weber, and James Wyatt. honor roll Seniors: Derek Calvert, Shelby Deines, Khusrav Mirov, Samantha Seifert, Trevor Troutt, and Quentin Wacker. Juniors: Brian Burhoop, Amanda Floyd, Tyler Klenda, Adam Matz, Cole Svoboda, and Wei Chao Tang. Sophomores: Trevor Hageberg. Freshmen: Cory Brunzell and Thomas Oborny. honorable mention Seniors: Zachariah Antoszyk, Jared Diepenbrock, Alex Hajek, Heath Hill, Jacob Jennings, and Seth Stroda. Juniors: Tanner Brunner, Ripley Howard, Rustyn Kerbs, Casey Kristek, Katie Remy, Victoria Schill, and Diadra Turner. Sophomores: Mikael Antoszyk, Michael Beeler, Cassandra Dones, Max Kemble, and Danielle Spohn. Freshmen: Rebekah Basore, Kylie Beeler, Oaklan Jenkins, Ellie Miller, Genesis Rudolph, Jerami Slayden, Houston Svoboda, and Dallen Thompson. Centre junior high school
    Highest honors Eighth-graders: Amy Makovec, Kyle Methvin, Ty Simons, Grant Srajer, Bryanna Svoboda, Terren Thompson, and Timothy Vinduska. Seventh-graders: Justin Bina, Nellie Kassebaum, Shelby Makovec, Tabitha Oborny, Callie Riffel, and Brenna Shields. honor roll Eighth-graders: Makenzie Deines, Molly Mercer, Chad Mueller, Braden Pagenkopf, Karlton Riffel, and Cacey Simons. Seventh-graders: Daniela Beck, Courtney Hett, Cassidy Hill, Connor Montgomery, Kailyn Riffel, Dakota Stimpson, and Mark Vinduska. Honorable mention Eighth-graders: Mickey Brubaker, Kaylenn Miller, Tanner Peterson, and Nicholas Salamone. Seventh-graders: Jared Barney, Tia Jenkins, Sabrina Jones, Mickayla Kaiser, Caleb Kristek, Addie Love, Kayla Love, and Trenton Miller.

  • MES third graders continue spooky tradition

    Marion Elementary School students Larry Zieammermann, Hap Waddell, and Devin Soyez presented “The Big Spook,” a restaurant-themed Halloween party for classmates Sunday. After Halloween games, guests were treated to a meal of scary-named items, including unappetizers and dead bread.


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