• Kids matter in Marion County

    A report card came out recently comparing Marion County children and families with families in the other 104 Kansas counties. There were some highs and lows, but overall, Marion County’s marks were better than other counties of similar size and many times better than the state average.

  • Herington Recycling plant could bring 1,400 jobs to area

    A Florida company’s plan for a recycling plant at Herington could bring as many as 1,400 new jobs to the area, if everything goes smoothly. There is also a possibility the business could save Marion County money on solid waste disposal. Waste Not Technologies LLC, of Destin, Fla., identified Herington as a possible site for a recycling and manufacturing facility, Dickinson County Economic Development Coordinator Janelle Dockendorf said Friday. Herington is an enticing location because of its access to railroads and highways, and it is not in a floodplain, she said.

  • Historian keeps memory of house at springs alive

    Power D. “Denny” Custer Jr. of Okemos, Mich., was researching Custer family history when he came across memoirs written by a distant relative, 72-year-old Raymond E. Custer in 1963. “I still like to visit my birthplace, a little stone house on a steep bank of a spring fed creek,” Raymond Custer wrote.

  • More donations needed for Community Christmas

    Marion Community Christmas organizers are concerned. Referrals of families in need of assistance have increased but, at this point, donations are down. “Lots of folks are needing help this year,” organizer Margo Yates said. “Our plans are not to decrease food boxes but stocking stuffers, socks, and blankets may have to go to the wayside this year if things don’t pick up.”

  • Museum open house is Nov. 29

    Marion Historical Museum will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Learn about the tradition of the Christmas pickle and hunt for the pickle in the museum.

  • Community Thanksgiving dinner is Thursday

    The 20th annual community Thanksgiving Day dinner will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Marion Middle/High School Commons, 125 S. Lincoln St., Marion. A traditional holiday meal will be served.

  • St. Luke Hospital waits for bond petition period to end

    The notice has been published in the official newspaper of Marion County Hospital District No. 1 to solicit bonds for a multimillion-dollar renovation project. No petitions have been filed with the county clerk to stop the process and the deadline is approaching.

  • Marion Economic Development seeks directors

    Marion Economic Development, Inc., is looking for Marion residents interested in serving on its board. The organization will have its annual meeting and director election at 6:45 a.m. Dec. 15 at Stone City Café, Marion.

  • Reservoir to lower water level for winter

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release water from Marion Reservoir into the Cottonwood River, lowering the water level about 27 inches for the winter. Park Ranger Neal Whitaker said the reservoir is about three inches above conservation pool currently. Conservation pool is the reservoir’s level when it isn’t holding back flood waters.

  • State increases tax on golf carts

    Marion County Commission Chairman Dan Holub said Monday that Kansas more than tripled personal property taxes for golf carts, but taxpayers can appeal the cost. The tax previously was less than $20, but increased to $75, he said. The county appraiser receives a guide from the state but can deviate if a taxpayer shows why a golf cart isn’t worth that much.

  • Commission stands by decision: Bennett will not be reappointed

    Despite a finding that Marion County Law Enforcement and Public Safety Center Committee met improperly behind closed doors when the committee decided to ask Marion County Commission to remove Harry Bennett from the committee, commissioners stood by their decision Monday in a meeting with Bennett. Commission Chairman Dan Holub said he had read a letter from Bennett addressing several concerns about the committee, but he said he saw nothing to change his mind.

  • KSU honors former Peabody editor at ballgame

    When Warren Slocombe of Peabody glanced at the Jumbo-Tron from his seat in Snyder Family Stadium on the Kansas State University campus several weeks ago, he thought to himself that the guy on the screen looked just like former Peabody Gazette-Bulletin editor Bill Krause. The longer he looked the more convinced he was that the man was indeed Krause.

  • County development group seeks direction

    What is the purpose of Marion County Economic Development Council? What are the goals? When these questions were asked at the council’s monthly meeting Nov. 18, there were numerous answers.

  • Christmas comes to downtown Marion Sunday

    Marion is gearing up for Christmas with kickoff activities this weekend. The annual Christmas parade will be 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Marion. This year’s theme is “A (Stay Home) Country Christmas in Marion,” encouraging residents to shop at home for Christmas.



  • Edith Pugh

    Edith A. Pugh, 85, formerly of Wichita, passed away Nov. 22, 2009, at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. She was born Jan. 1, 1924, in Burlington, to Vernie and Viola (Crouch) Ralston.

  • Ruth Suderman

    Ruth Suderman, 87, of Oshkosh, Wis., died Nov. 19, at Aurora -St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee. Born May 9, 1922, in Lehigh, to Daniel and Martha (Scheikoski) Jost, she lived in numerous states including Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, and recently in Wisconsin to be near family.

  • Linda Funk

    Linda Funk, 97, died Nov. 19 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Born June 3, 1912, in Hillsboro to Ferd and Susie (Doering) Janzen, she was married June 3, 1932, to Jacob A. Funk in Hillsboro.

  • Aaron Laramore

    Aaron Bradley Laramore, 23, of Parkville, Mo., died Nov. 21 in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Feb. 8, 1986, in Newton. He was a U.S. Marine.

  • Harrison Pankratz

    Harrison Pankratz, 90, of Hillsboro, died Nov. 21 at Holton Community Hospital, Holton. Born Jan. 1, 1919, in Inman, to Sam G. and Lena (Wall) Pankratz, he was a farmer.

  • Anna Smith

    Anna Smith Anna Smith, 93, of Hillsboro, died Nov. 17 at Salem Home, Hillsboro.


  • How much is your raise?

    We have been hearing grumbling among Marion residents when they read in last week’s Record that city employees were to receive a 4 percent cost-of-living pay increase in 2010. The council made the decision in July, when the 2010 budget was finalized. At the time, the most recent cost-of-living adjustment made to such things as Social Security benefits was 5.8 percent, effective in December 2008. No cost of living adjustment is planned for this December because the cost of living, as measured by the federal government for such purposes, has actually gone down since last year's adjustment. However, the new number, indicating no cost-of-living raise, was not computed until last month.

  • Thankful to be able to share

    There are many things wrong in the world and in our neighborhoods, but most of us have much for which to be thankful. We live in safe, caring communities.

  • It's time to win one for the home team

    It was by far the most important score of the year. It wasn’t in football, volleyball, basketball, baseball or swimming. It wasn’t even in music, debate or drama.


    Random Thoughts, Another Day in the Country


  • Card shower requested for George Steiner

    A card shower has been requested for former Marion County resident George Steiner for his 90th birthday, Dec. 5. Cards may be sent to George Steiner, 607 St. James Place, Wichita KS 67206.

  • Purses take over at PEO meeting

    The PEO Chapter DB was host to the Cottonwood Falls Chapter BZ Nov. 16 at the Doyle Creek Corral in Florence with Judy Mills, Margaret Pickering, Debbi Darrow, and Patty McLinden hosting. Judy Christensen gave a presentation titled “A Wild Woman with Purses.” Christensen shared stories of her collection of purses and gave a history of purses. Barbara Abbott assisted with the presentation and Lenore Dieter played the piano for the singing of “You’ve Got Purse-anality.”

  • Corrections officer helps offenders return to community

    What would it be like to be a probation officer? Jo Olsen of Lincolnville knows. She is the Marion County Community Corrections Officer for the Eighth Judicial District.

  • Hope in the Heartland: The what and why of Thanksgiving

    “I’m getting you that for Christmas.” Announced my 8-year-old daughter, Jayne, as she pointed to something at the store. “Honey,” I said, “if you want to surprise me, you shouldn’t show me the present before Christmas, because now I know what it is.”

  • Women celebrate World Community Day

    A group of 15 women representing four churches gathered Nov. 6 at Valley United Methodist Church for World Community Day. A soup lunch was served followed by a business meeting.


    Marion Senior Center, Burdick

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


  • MES second grade expresses gratitude

  • Centre elementary students share Thanksgiving recipies

  • Marion County students earn KSU scholarships

    More than 5,380 Kansas State University students have been awarded academic scholarships for the 2009-10 school year. In all, K-State students have received nearly $15 million in scholarships. K-State students receiving scholarships totaling more than $1,000 from Marion County include: Durham — Julianne Chisholm. Florence — Danielle Cope and David Deforest. Hillsboro — Craig Banman, Lance Bartel, Alexander Jost, Andrew Klassen, Greta Kliewer, Laura Lindsay, and Katie Morford. Lehigh — Mark Prieb and David Ratzloff. Lincolnville — Savik Howard, Jacquelyn Klenda, and Adam Kristek. Marion — Levi Anderson, Casey Nelson, Adam Regnier, Travis Shockley, Adam Svoboda, and Jacob Thurston. Peabody — Bayleigh Clark, Seth Methvin, Jesse Riggs, Shaun Rucker, Jason Unruh, Lindsay Wiebe, and Joseph Zappone. Ramona — Joshua Leach and Sheila Makovec. Tampa — Nathan Barney.

  • Centre FFA par-law team qualifies for state competition

    Centre High School hosted the South Central FFA District Leadership School Nov. 10. Twelve schools were represented. Centre FFA par-law parliamentary procedure team finished in second place, qualifying it for state competition next June in Manhattan.

  • Dentistry comes to Marion schools

    Dental hygienists from Grace Medical Health Clinic in Wichita are going to be performing dental screenings, cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments for Marion students Dec. 2. The hygienists will start at Marion Elementary School and then move to Marion Middle and High School to give every age group a chance to receive dental care. The services are free of charge to the school and parents.

  • Scholars' bowl takes knowledge, strategy

    For 10 points, what Marion High School team returns five of six varsity players from a team that advanced to the state tournament? Scholars’ bowl is the correct answer.


  • Fourth grade team dominates league

    In six October games — including contests against Hillsboro, Canton Galva, Peabody, and Centre — the Marion fourth-grade Warrior flag football team won every game by at least 60 points. The team was dominant on both sides of the ball.

  • MMS teams go 4-2 against Hillsboro

    All six Marion Middle School basketball teams played Hillsboro on Thursday. The A team boys lost, 45-34, in a close game. MMS head coach Kelly Robinson said the game was tightly contested throughout but Hillboro used a hot second half to pull away. Zach Robson had 12 points to lead the Wildcats in scoring.

  • Centre Jr. High teams defeat Wakefield

    Centre Junior High School varsity teams defeated Wakefield Thursday in their first home games of the season. The boys A-team won, 42-29. Ty Simons led the Cougars with 17 points. Tanner Peterson scored nine points and Kyle Methvin scored eight. Grant Srajer and Terren Thompson scored four points each.

  • Jimmy Rudolph wins 9-pin no-tap tournament

    Marion hosted a United States Bowling Congress 9-Pin No-Tap Tournament Nov. 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 at SherBowl Lanes, Marion. Jimmy Rudolph rolled a perfect 300-game, making 12 strikes in a row.


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