• Centre Cougars advance to second round

    Centre High School Cougars defeated South Haven Tuesday, 56-26, in a bi-district game at Cougar Field. “We played well,” Coach Kelly Steiner said. “We were more physical and shut down their running game.”


  • Vaccines available: Today at health office

    While supplies last, Marion County Health Department will be administering seasonal flu shots from 9 a.m. to noon today at Marion County Health Department. This afternoon, by appointment only, the health department will administer H1N1 vaccines, while supplies last, to the following priority groups:

  • Power surge: City electric rates are likely to increase

    Even though a contract is months away from being finalized, Marion City Administrator David Mayfield advised the City Council Monday that a 1-cent per kilowatt hour increase probably will be proposed by Westar Energy when the city negotiates a new contract in the new year. “It’s a pretty good chunk of change,” Mayfield said.

  • Push to fire appraiser fails

    A motion to fire Marion County Appraiser Cindy Magill — at the request of petitioners — failed because of a lack of a second at a special Marion County Commission meeting Monday. Commissioner Randy Dallke made the motion. He had voted against re-appointing Magill at a June 15 meeting.

  • St. Luke Hospital moves forward with renovation, addition project

    The board of directors of Marion County Hospital District No. 1 took the next step Oct. 27 to secure funding for hospital renovations and additions. Publication of a resolution that authorizes the board to seek up to $6 million in hospital revenue bonds is published elsewhere in this newspaper.

  • Newton-based foundation offers services

    Sandy Fruit of Central Kansas Community Foundations and Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman presented information Monday to Marion City Council regarding joining the foundation. Huffman said she has been promoting foundations to communities within Marion County and noted that Goessel and Lincolnville are forming foundations with the Newton-based foundation.

  • 100 years ago: Capitol rotunda architect John Stanton designed Record home

    E.W. Hoch, editor of the Marion County Record from 1874 to 1909, was governor of Kansas when John Stanton was the state architect. Stanton came to Kansas in 1887 to join a leading architectural firm. Several years later, he became a partner in a firm named Haskell & Stanton.

  • Lincolnville has new city personnel

    Dennis Stevenson of Hope and Troy Peterson have been employed by Lincolnville City Council to provide maintenance services. Patrick Combs was sworn in Monday as councilman. He replaces Sherri Pankratz, who resigned in October.

  • Commission considers alternatives to hiring

    Commissioners discussed alternatives to hiring a full-time employee to fill a clerk vacancy in the County Treasurer’s Office Friday. Treasurer Jeannine Bateman said she is understaffed because the department has a vacancy and an employee is going on leave for six weeks. The end of the calendar year is the busiest time for the department, she said.

  • Postal workers sometimes victims to pets

    In early September, a mail carrier in Hillsboro was attacked and bitten by a dog when it broke free from its chain. According to Postmaster Rebecca Larsen, the dog owner witnessed the attack and restrained the animal, but the incident required a trip to the emergency room.

  • Want free land? Bring jobs to Marion:More equality sought for business incentives

    Not all businesses are created equal, especially when applying for city-issued incentives. Marion Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin requested and received permission Monday from Marion City Council to follow specific guidelines when working with business development.

  • 30 years of service: Agency helps clients stay home longer

    There’s no place like home and for the past three decades, Marion County Home Care has provided services to Marion County residents so they can stay at home as they recover from surgery, an illness, or as they age. The care has been exemplary — earning the agency top home health care provider awards for the past four years.


  • Holubs keep family military tradition alive

    All four children of Dan and Rhonda Holub, of rural Marion, are serving overseas in the military. Chris served two tours in Iraq with the Marines as a mechanic for Harrier jets. Now he works in Japan as a weapons adviser for both Harrier and F-18 jets for the Marines

  • Taking care of his own: Vietnam veteran wants proper homecoming for military

    Bob Gillett, of Marion County Lake, received a terrible homecoming reception when he returned from a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. “They called us women killers and baby killers,” Gillett said. “It was like a slap in the face when you came home.”

  • Outpouring of support inspires Lehigh soldier

    Kansas National Guard Staff Sgt. Rick Mounts, of Lehigh, frequently receives thanks for his service in Iraq, and he wants to reciprocate. “I would like to send my thanks to everyone,” he said.



  • Mildred Taylor

    Mildred M. Taylor, 99, died Oct. 29 at Worth County Convalescent Center, Grant City, Mo. Born March 9, 1910, in Linden, Iowa, to Roy L. and Elizabeth (Shafer) Hodson, she was married Aug. 9, 1928, to Jack M. Taylor in Iowa.

  • Wayne Pavlicek

    Wayne “Mouse” Pavlicek,68, of Fairbury, Neb., died Oct. 30 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury. He was born March 20, 1941, in Goodland.




  • Carlson and Hill receive American FFA Degrees

    Two members of the Centre FFA chapter, Andy Carlson and Nellie Hill, received American FFA Degrees Oct. 24 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Both graduated from Centre High School in 2008. They join at least seven other CHS graduates who have earned the top FFA honor since 1985.

  • MES talent show a success

    On Thursday, Marion Elementary School held a school-wide talent show before the annual Halloween costume parade. The opening act for the talent show was Marion Police Chief Josh Whitwell and the Warrior Kids of Marion who gave trick-or-treating tips to the students.

  • MHS FFA attends national convention in Indianapolis

    Marion High School FFA members attended the 82nd FFA National Convention Oct. 21 to 24 in Indianapolis, along with more than 50,000 other members from across the United States. The theme of the convention was “Lead Out Loud.” Members saw national winners receive awards and listened to speeches from retiring FFA national officers.


  • Marion defeats Hillsboro in overtime

    It came down to an extra point for a second straight year, but Marion had the advantage this time around. With the wind swirling a soft, cold mist erratically Thursday evening, kicking should have been frustrating for both MHS kicker Brian Freuchting and Trojans Max Bertinchamp, but both kickers were a perfect two for two on extra point opportunities during regulation to tie the score at 14-14.

  • Hett, Jones medal at state race

    Two Marion cross-country runners medaled at state and, respectively, opened and closed strong running careers. Ryan Jones and Jordan Hett were placed on the far northwest side of the starting line, but Hett stumbled at the opening gun. He dropped to one knee and was able to regain his composure to fight his way to the middle of the pack as the race started uphill.

  • New MHS coach brings winning attitude to the plate

    Tyler Mermis seems to have the right temperament for managing baseball. Think Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, and Terry Francona not Ozzie Guillen: even keeled, professional, and confident. His two jobs — baseball coach and Marion Police sergeant — at least in their stereotypical personifications, seem to be at odds. While a cool head is often an asset in either place, he doesn’t exude muscle-bound, tough guy like some cops.

  • Centre advances to regionals

    After defeating St. Paul Thursday, 46-16, the Centre High School Cougars were district champions with a record of 4-0. They faced South Haven Tuesday in the bi-district playoff game. Centre advanced to Saturday’s regional playoff by defeating South Haven, 56-26. The Cougars will play either Hanover or Wilson.


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