• Permit will allow kennel expansion

    A dog kennel will be allowed to expand in the 400 block of Forest Street, Marion. Marion City Council approved a conditional use permit Tuesday for Autumn Hanson to expand her kennel for a dog grooming business.

  • Revival program may get overhaul

    Marion County’s neighborhood revitalization program needs to be simplified, county commissioners said Tuesday. The question remains whether to focus on simplifying it for property owners or program administrators. Commissioners discussed revising the program with County Appraiser Cindy Magill, County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman, and County Attorney Susan Robson.

  • More students enroll in school lunch program

    The number of students in Marion County schools receiving free and reduced-price meals has creeped up from a year ago. More than two-fifths of students are receiving meal benefits. To start the 2010-11 school year, 30 percent of students are receiving free meals, and another 15 percent are receiving reduced-price meals. In 2009-10 the percentages were 29 and 13, respectively.

  • Film crew visits Florence

    Documentary filmmakers Steve Learner, Frank Barthell and Jim Jewell want to tell Florence’s story through the words of Florence residents. The crew of filmmakers captured parts of the Florence Labor Day parade on Monday. They will compare the film they took Monday to 8mm films they received from residents of parades from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s.

  • Care package supplies running low

    A program that has sent more than 400 care packages to area soldiers deployed overseas is running perilously low on supplies and without new donations will run out in October. A group of Marion County veterans’ organizations began sending care packages in 2005. For the first three years, the program sent nine packages per month, which has since declined to six per month, organizer Karen Chaput of Marion said.

  • Peabody rape defendants bound over for trial

    Kenneth J. Frederick II, Lora J. Gay, and Terry Lee Bowen, of Peabody, were bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing Sept. 1 at the Marion County District Court. Each is charged with two counts of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, and aggravated kidnapping.

  • First-year vendor stands out

    A middle-aged man approached a new booth at the Florence Labor Day parade, a dousing of invisible ink slightly visible against his blue shirt He asked vendor Ernie Tafoya how many bottles of invisible ink he had and then bought 12 bottles at 25 cents apiece. “It’s payback time,” the man said.


  • Mildred Bura

    Mildred Lydia Bura, 88, of Emporia, died Sept. 4, at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. She was the daughter of Walter and Lydia (Schultz) Bahre. She married Aaron Alfred Bura on Sept. 15, 1946, in McPherson. He survives.

  • Johnleen Carson

    Johnleen “Jackie” L. Carson, 41, of Herington died Aug. 31, at Herington Municipal Hospital. She was born April 3, 1969 in Homestead, Fla., to John L. and Ellen L. (Cochran) Carson.

  • Margaret Jirak

    A rosary for Margaret M. Jirak, 87, will be 7 p.m. Thursday. A funeral mass will be recited at 10:30 a.m., both at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church-Holy Family Parish, Tampa. A life’sketch will be in next week’s paper.

  • LaVern Liebelt

    LaVern Liebelt, 85, Harvey, N.D., died Sept. 2 at St. Aloisius Nursing Home, Harvey. Born Feb. 24, 1925, on a family farm southwest of Harvey, to Gust and Josephine (Winter) Liebelt, he attended Fairview Township rural school.

  • Carrol Logan

    Carrol L. Logan, 84, of Burns, died Aug. 31 at Via Christi Hospital, Wichita. He was born Jan. 16, 1926, in rural Peabody, to Earl and Clara (Hansen) Logan.

  • Lester Oborny

    Lester Francis Oborny, 87, father and retired self-employed businessman, peacefully passed away Sept. 1, 2010, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s. Viewing was 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Broadway Mortuary, Wichita. Rosary and family visitation was 7 p.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church, Wichita.

  • William Riffel

    Retired certified public accountant William C. Riffel, 77, died Sept. 2 in Wichita. He was part owner and worked at Haney, Riffel, Galbraith and Sabala LLP. He grew up in Lincolnville, and lived his adult life in Wichita.

  • Nora Ann Spence

    Nora Ann Spence, 81, died Sept. 3 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Viewing will be 1 to 4 p.m. today at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Burial will be in Harford, Ark.

  • Evelyn Williams

    Evelyn A. Williams, 81, of Marion, died Aug. 31 at Salem Nursing Home, Hillsboro. She was born Oct. 1, 1928, in Luray, to Cecil and Alice (Travis) Marr.



  • Changing of the guards

    In a year when every school is changing leagues — Hillsboro High School to the Central Kansas League, Marion to the Heart of America League, and Centre, Peabody-Burns, and Goessel to the Wheat State League — there is also a changing of the guard of stellar athletes. Underclassmen are stepping into some big shoes left by another class of outstanding graduating seniors.

  • Smaller MHS team has talent, family feel

    The key to everything the Warriors want to do on the football field — run the ball effectively and explosively, wear out their opponents defense, and keep the opposing offense off the field — is the offensive line. “Our offensive line is coming around very well,” head coach Grant Thierolf said. “We have a lot of smart kids there and a lot of tough kids there.”

  • MHS volleyball team features 4 new starters

    Success on the volleyball court hinges on team communication. Every hit from an opposing team can arrive at the other side of the net at a different angle to a different player. Teammates who assertively call for balls in the air run fewer risks of having the ball bounce on their side of the gym floor.

  • Marion cross-country is keeping up with the pack

    The remainder of the Marion High School cross-country team had to step up after the loss of key seniors from last year’s team. The team trained harder this summer, waking up at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays to run in Marion. The team started with 2- and 3-mile runs, building speed throughout the offseason. The athletes eventually began running a 5-mile distance when school began.

  • Returning seniors give Trojans high hopes

    For 13 years, Trojan football coach Max Heinrichs stood on the sidelines, waiting for the right time to get back to the game he both lives and loves as a head coach. Heinrichs had a brief stint on the staff of Tabor coaching great Tim McCarty 10 years earlier, but it just wasn’t quite the same as running his own show.

  • Trojan underclassmen step up

    When head coach Sandy Arnold starts talking about the Hillsboro High School volleyball team for the 2010 season, words like young and inexperienced start popping up. However, the youth of the Trojan squad didn’t seem to matter in six wins at the Central Kansas League tournament in Pratt Aug. 28 and in three wins against Marion, Mondridge, and Southeast of Saline Thursday in Marion.

  • Trojans doubles teams have eyes on state

    “Our ultimate goal is to get as many girls qualified for state as possible,” Hillsboro High School tennis coach Bob Woelk said. Woelk’s method for achieving that goal is focusing on Hillsboro High School’s two doubles teams. To begin the season, the top four Trojan tennis players will form the two doubles squads.

  • New senior heads HHS cross-country team

    Hillsboro High School senior cross-country runner Joel Allen is attempting to convert a blazing finish at the end of track season last year into cross-country success. Allen finished third in the 3200-meter run at the state track meet with a time of 10 minutes, 6.81 seconds. To capitalize on that finish, he ran 350 miles this past summer.

  • Off-season work should pay off for PBHS Warriors

    A core group of 11 seniors will lead the Peabody-Burns football program in a new direction. The Warriors will join the new Wheat State League and will compete as an 8-man team. The squad opened on the road Friday at Centre and will make their home debut Friday, taking on Wakefield.

  • Young PBHS team stays positive

    Many of the faces on the Peabody-Burns volleyball team will be new to the varsity squad in 2010 but the outlook for strong team competition is high. Only two of the six on the court are veterans but that doesn’t diminish the hope for a bright season. “Embry Hodges and Michaela Methvin will have to be strong leaders as we will rely on them heavily to control our net play and contribute to our defensive strategies,” said ninth-year Head Coach Darren Schroeder. “Embry is a strong hitter and her responsibility will be to shore up the defense at the net. Michaela is our strongest hitter and will have to carry the load with much of the offense going her way. Both are seniors and they possess valued leadership skills. The expectation is high for both of them to lead our team in a positive direction.”

  • PBHS runners will compete individually

    The PBHS cross-country team is smaller than in recent years but it should compete well at the individual level. Neither squad will have enough for team scoring, but they should have a good season with some strong returning individual runners. Three seniors will be the core group on the squad.

  • GHS football will have experience at skill positions

    Goessel High School football team will have a lot of holes to fill after last year’s seniors graduated. However, Alex Ross brings experience to the offensive line. “There are a lot of new faces on the varsity team,” Ross said. “We have some size, but not much depth along the line.”

  • Goessel volleyball to build around 3 return players

    The volleyball season at Goessel begins with a lot of freshness. The Bluebirds return three letter-winners from last year, so several key spots need to be filled by emerging underclassmen who are eager to play on the varsity team. The Bluebirds begin play in the new Wheat State League and will travel to gymnasiums that Goessel has never been in before. With only 11 players reporting for volleyball this year, many of those will get to see action in the new season.

  • Laird Goertzen will lead Goessel cross-country team

    “It’s kind of weird,” Laird Goertzen said, about being the only senior on the Goessel High School cross-country team. “I have always been used to trying to keep up with the upper classmen and now they have all graduated.” Goertzen went to state the past three years and hopes to repeat the trip his senior season.

  • Cougars hope to repeat last year's successes

    Centre Cougar fans still are reveling in the 8-2 record the football team set in 2009 after years of losing seasons. One of its most memorable games was the four-overtime contest with Hope at Cougar Field. Hope won in the end but it was virtually a draw.

  • Team development is top priority

    Sixteen girls are out for volleyball this year at Centre High School. The team is competing in the new Wheat State League this fall. Head coach Yvonne Burhoop expects the team to finish “in the middle of the pack,” behind Little River, Goessel, Wakefield, and Peabody, and ahead of White City, Solomon, Hope, and Elyria.


  • Connecting with the past

    It was 1945 and Gloria Guyer was 14 years old and living in East Salem, Pa., when she started writing to her pen pal, Lola Beth, in Hillsboro. Gloria Guyer is now Gloria Delancey and wants to find her long-lost pen pal.

  • Burdick Fun Run draws record crowd Monday

    At least 111 people participated Monday in the Burdick Fun Run/Walk that kicked off the Burdick Labor Day celebration. Whole families participated, some members pushing babies in strollers.

  • Wind doesn't deter Florence celebration

    A large crowd gathered in Florence Monday to watch the Labor Day parade. The 30-minute parade included a color guard, eight floats, antique cars, and American Legion Riders. This year’s theme was “Rails and Trails into a New Decade.” winners Parade — Open class: 1. Florence Labor Day Committee; 2. Aaron Allen Family; and 3. Florence United Methodist Church. Youth class: 1. Janzen Goat Farm; 2. Leo Kurtz. Button drawing of $138 cash — Melissa Parmley. Cow chip bingo contest — Cindy Becker and Sarah Dawson, $100 each. Kids’ games Running — Pre-kindergarten through kindergarten: 1. Wyatt Allen; 2. Jenna Sokoll; 3. Travis Stephans. First and second grade: 1. Steven Sutclisse; 2. Amy Gayle; 3. Laura Savage. Third and fourth grade: 1. Evan Heidebrecht; 2. Jayne Timm; 3. Corinn Sokoll. Fifth and sixth grade: 1. Marissa Jacobson; 2. Aaron Riggs; 3. Peyton Heidebrecht. Seventh grade and older: 1. Rolando Gutierrez; 2. Cory Heibert; 3. Tommy Tajchman. Gunnysack race — Pre-kindergarten through kindergarten: 1. Travis Stephans; 2. Gracie Blenden; 3. Jenna Sokoll. First and second grade: 1. Amy Gayle; 2. Gunner Brown; 3. T.J. Salas. Third and fourth grade: 1. Evan Heidebrecht; 2. Ethan Darnall; 3. Corinn Sokoll. Fifth and sixth grade: 1. Marissa Jacobson; 2. Ezra Darnall; 3. Aaron Riggs and Peyton Heidebrecht. Seventh grade and older: 1. Jacob Sigel; 2. Cody Shipman; 3. Adam Janzen. Turtle races — 1. Ethan Ramsey; 2. Justis Spicher; 3. Layton Benjamin. Mutton bustin’ — 1. Alex Ramsey; 2. Jayne Timm; 3. Lane Shirley. Soap box derby — 1. Marissa Jacobson; 2. Evan Heidebrecht; 3. Corin Parmley. car show Best other — George and Linda Mattern of Augusta. Best Mopar — David Nichols, Newton. Best original — Roy Houdyshell, Lincolnville. Best of Show — Ed Garman, El Dorado. Best paint — Jake Sigel, Marion. Best engine — Ron Congar, Wichita. Traveled the farthest — John and Jean Hendricks, Oxford. Best Ford — Jean Herron, Wichita. Best restored — Rodney Williams, Florence. Best interior — Carol McHenry, El Dorado. Best General Motors — Dale Herron, Wichita. Best modified — Jim Rogers, Moundridge. horseshoe pitching contest 1. Robet Hartmagel, Florence, and Tim Ross, Peabody. 2. Brian Alexander, Herington, and Mark Tajchman, Marion. 3. David and Davey Nixon, El Dorado.

  • All signs led to new salon

    For Vicki Kay Williams, styling hair is more than her livelihood. It’s a way to express her creativity and make people look good. And according to Williams the stars lined up just right for her to open her own shop this summer in downtown Marion.


  • Organization going to bat for county

    The fight between the county and the state regarding a property tax exemption for a pipeline isn’t over yet. Six counties, including Marion County, now have the support of Kansas Association of Counties. The organization recently decided to support the counties in fighting a tax exemption yet to be filed by TransCanada/Keystone Pipeline if and when it would go before the state court of tax appeals.

  • Want a piece of the action?

    There’s a risk when the county helps one community — other communities want a piece of that action. There’s nothing wrong with that, commissioner Dan Holub said, as long as the county is in the position to help.

  • So far, so good

    I reported in last week’s paper that I was awaiting word from the doctor regarding my leg. Good news — I don’t need surgery; at least not right now. The doc is keeping an eye on it to make sure the tendon doesn’t do something it shouldn’t do and the bone heals properly.

  • Another Day in the Country

    My Grandpa Ehrhardt was a good storyteller and he used to tell a tale of a hired hand. This guy just amazed his employer because he was so fast at everything he did. They sent him out to shuck corn and he was back in no time at all. They sent him to plow the field and he was done in an instant. They gave him the task of chopping wood and before they knew it, the wood was quartered and stacked. They were amazed at his speed. They had hired themselves a wonder-worker.



  • Warriors take the roar from Lyons, 20-7

    The Marion High School defensive line set the tone for an opportunistic Warrior defense from the first possession of the game. The Warriors eventually defeated Lyons 20-7 on Friday at Lyons. After the Warriors stuffed two consecutive run plays, Lyons quarterback Michael Vincent dropped back for a third-down pass and was promptly sacked by defensive end Les Riggs, who raced off the edge to leave the Lyons offense with fourth-and-30 deep in their own territory.

  • Netters turn game around

    The Marion High School volleyball team dropped consecutive games to Hillsboro, 25-19 and 26-24, Thursday even after holding a 24-21 lead near the end of the second game. The Warriors then lost the first game against Southeast of Saline, 25-16.

  • MES football team wins 12-0

    The Marion Elementary School football team defeated Emporia 12-0 in Emporia Aug. 28. Tight end Tyler Arrocha had two touchdown catches thrown by quarterback Janson Garman.


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