• No credits for Christmas lights

    In light of the need to increase rates for the city refuse service, Marion City Council decided Monday not to approve $10 credits on city utility bills to those residents who display Christmas lights. When the time came for the council to discuss the annual light credit, councilmen Stacey Collett and Gene Winkler said they weren’t in favor of giving residents $10 credits for displaying lights and then turning around to vote for an $18-per-year increase.

  • Eagle Scout Holt plans military career

    New Eagle Scout Louis Holt will graduate a semester early from Marion High School. While his classmates finish their high school studies, Holt will be in basic training for the Kansas Air National Guard. “I’ve always wanted to serve in the military,” he said Friday.

  • City employees will get 4% raises

    Marion Mayor Mary Olson asked when the council would consider raises for city employees at Monday’s meeting. “I understood the council approved a 4 percent cost-of-living raises for employees,” Administrator David Mayfield said, referring to an across-the-board pay increase for all full-time employees.

  • Schools for Fair Funding delays litigation vote

    Schools for Fair Funding members delayed a vote whether to sue the state of Kansas for more school funding until a Dec. 18 meeting in Salina, USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble said after a meeting Friday. Newton attorney John Robb said representatives of 63 school districts attended the meeting in Newton. The organization has 57 member districts, representing 147,358 students, he said.

  • Remembering the troops: Hillsboro business donates to military care packages

    Hillsboro chiropractor Kodi Panzer wanted to do something for military personnel. When she heard there was a need for items to go into care packages for Marion County servicemen and women, she jumped at the chance to help. Panzer organized a fund-raiser Nov. 10, where she offered chiropractic adjustments to her patients for $10. All proceeds then were given to American Legion Post 22 of Marion to purchase items for care packages.

  • More than expected attend: Florence dedicates 'Veterans Memorial Park'

    Around 90 citizens attended the dedication of Veterans Memorial Park in Florence Nov. 11. PRIDE chairmwoman Sue Klassen welcomed everyone and introduced Florence mayor Mary Shipman who spoke briefly and christened the new park as “Veterans Memorial Park.” Servicemen from Florence and surrounding areas are memorialized at the entrance to the park where 235 bricks display names of those who served. The ceremony was continued in the American Legion Building where the PRIDE committee served a meal. Following the meal, PRIDE chairwoman Sue Klassen presented the American Legion with a picture of a U.S. flag and verse. Accepting for the legion was Commander Reilly Reid of John McKay American Legion Post 308, Florence.

  • Many acts of faith: Faithful gather to honor Father Kapaun

    Hundreds of the faithful traveled to Pilsen Nov. 11, for the sixth annual Catholic archdiocesan pilgrimage in honor of Father Emil Kapaun. Kapaun was a U.S. Army chaplain during the Korean War. He died a hero in a prison war camp, and was a spiritual inspiration to prisoners and guards.

  • Veterans support women in the military

    Several local veterans support the role women have in American armed forces, they told Marion Middle School students on Nov. 11. Women serve in all branches of the U.S. military but are restricted from many combat roles. Retired Col. Dick Schwartz said women do a good job, despite the objections of some people.

  • Marion prepares for winter weather

    Marion public works department is putting up Christmas decorations around town. A crew of workers placed a decorative Christmas tree — including red balls imbedded in the pine needles to simulate decorations and a yellow triangle perched at the top of each wreath to mimic a star — on light posts along Main Street.

  • Weed department shifts gears with change of seasons

    Marion County Noxious Weed Department finished its annual spraying program in October, but the department stays busy even during cold weather. Department employees spend the winter cutting brush in county ditches, director Rollin Schmidt said. The department receives more positive feedback for clearing brush than spraying weeds, he said.

  • Benefit will help Brooks family

    Friends of Sharlene Brooks and her family are hosting a benefit soup and chili feed from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Peabody-Burns High School. Cost of the meal is by donation.

  • Aging on a high note: Woman provides model for growing older

    Everyone, including adults, needs a role model to look up to in life — someone who sets a good example for us, especially as they grow older. Adeline Bernhardt of Tampa is that kind of person. Despite having a bad back, the 87-year-old woman maintains an active lifestyle and takes measures to stay healthy.



  • Daryl Demain

    Daryl Demain, 44, of Mulvane, died Nov. 14. He was an internal trucker at Hawker-Beechcraft, Wichita.

  • Harold Taylor

    Harold B. Taylor, 85, died Nov. 15 at Hospice House, Hutchinson. Born May 15, 1924, in Walton to Robert L. and Elsie May (Warren) Taylor. He was married Aug. 27, 1948, to Dot Mae Logan in Newton. She died in 1978. He was married April 21, 1979 to Hazel Naomi Dunn in Hutchinson.

  • Crystle Deering

    Crystle M. Deering, 95, died Nov. 9, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Cottonwood Falls. She was born Crystle Jones on July 24, 1914, at Matfield Green, the daughter of Elmer and Mary (Harlan) Jones. She was a 1932 graduate of Matfield Green High School.


  • Off the record: Some things are out of our control

    My better half and I went to see the movie “2012” Sunday afternoon. It was an intensely entertaining science fiction movie. And that’s what it was — a science fiction movie. The movie is based on the prophecy of the Mayan calendar, which will end on Dec. 21, 2012, leading some people to believe that the world is going to end on that date.

  • Patriotic feelings lead to circumspection

    Whenever I attend services to honor our military men and women, I get emotional. When I hear or join in singing patriotic songs, I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. It happened again at the Veterans Day program at Centre Elementary School. Afterward, I asked myself why. Why do I get so emotional?

  • 'Tis the season to give

    Thanksgiving Day is a week away and Christmas will be here before we know it. With so many people out of work or working fewer hours, those of us with jobs should count our blessings. One way to count our blessings is to share our good fortune with those less fortunate.


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  • A proud soldier speaks to CES students

    The Veterans Day program at Centre Elementary School was a solemn and emotional occasion. Retired Major Dennis Burch of Lincolnville led the audience in a moment of silence to remember the 13 soldiers who were killed Nov. 5 at Ft. Hood, Texas, by a fellow soldier.

  • Most county schools meet or exceed state ACT averages

    The five school districts in Marion County released their average ACT scores for the class of 2009. The Kansas average scores are 21.8 in science, 21.4 in English, 21.7 in math, and 22.4 in reading with a composite score of 21.9. The national averages are 20.9 in science, 20.6 in English, 21 in math, 21.4 in reading with a composite of 21.1

  • School watches gym floor closely

    The basketball court at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center has had to be refinished twice since the gym was built. Sport Unlimited, a sports flooring company based out of Stillwater, Okla., installed the flooring and varnished the floor all three times. USD 408 Superintendent Lee Leiker called them back in between the volleyball and basketball season last year and the fall and winter sports seasons this year to refinish the floor.

  • USD 408 gets health grant

    Pending the completion and approval of the grant work plan, USD 408 will be rewarded a $5,750 tier two level Kansas Coordinated School Health grant. USD 408 School Nurse Kristin Garman went through the lengthy application process, submitting an application and other documents proving Marion’s qualifications to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

  • Centre school education board seeks community input with goal-setting session

    At a special meeting Nov. 9 to discuss district goals, Centre school board members heard from two Friends University graduate students, Marci Shearon and Cat Palmer, who are working on degrees in organizational development. They stressed the importance of community involvement in setting goals and establishing timelines.



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