• Car barely misses onlookers

    “It’s one of those things, you can’t believe it’s going to happen but it did,” Marion Ogden said. Ogden was standing inside his antique store, Saturday following the Old Settlers’ Day parade, when he saw Wesley Regier, 90, 506 W. Grand, Hillsboro, back his white Chevrolet Impala from a parking place in front of Duckwalls, across Main Street into his store.

  • Fire marshal reverses jail decision

    In a surprise move, the state fire marshal’s office reversed its decision and now will allow up to 16 inmates to be housed in the county jail although the jail only has 11 beds. County Attorney Susan Robson told commissioners Thursday that she received verbal confirmation. A written statement arrived later in the day from the fire marshal.

  • Buhler man accepts clerk's position

    An applicant was offered the Marion City Clerk position Monday evening but not until after the council and city officials met in executive sessions for nearly two hours. Even then, the council could not unanimously agree on whom to hire — they voted 3-1 to hire Paul Martin Grill. Jerry Kline voted against the motion. Mayor Mary Olson was not in attendance.

  • Feedlot expansion request withdrawn

    Steven and Martha Krispense of rural Marion have withdrawn a request to expand a feedlot at KK Ranch from 575 to 800 cattle in the wake of concerns expressed by the cities of Marion and Hillsboro regarding E. coli levels at Marion Reservoir. Environmental engineer Maria Stevens of Kansas Department of Health and Environment mentioned the change in the permit application before opening a public hearing for comments on the permit request Thursday in Marion.

  • Grains chief makes first trip to Japan, China

    Although Japan and China have been two of the U.S. Grains Council’s most important customers for 30 years, council chairman Terry Vinduska of Marion had yet to visit either country before Sept. 11. Japan is the number one importer of U.S. grain.

  • Disabled hunters get chance to hunt, socialize

    Orlin Wiggers of rural Halstead wouldn’t be upset if he didn’t successfully hunt a deer during a program for disabled hunters at Marion Reservoir. “I’m just happy if somebody else gets them,” the 66-year-old said. “I like the getting-together part. It’s like a family.”

  • Groomer treats dogs like family

    Autumn Hanson does everything she can to keep a dog comfortable while on either of her two grooming tables at her shop, Critter Connection, at 400 Forest St., Marion. That comfort extends to the floor of her shop, which she covered with a plastic tile that mechanics use so dogs can get traction on the surface.


  • Joe J. Alvarez

    Joe J. Alvarez, 80, of Lost Springs, died Sept. 23 at his home. Born June 1, 1930, in Abilene, to Miguel and Jessie Marie (Lopez) Alvarez, he was a retired oilrig pumper and driver.

  • Agnes Bernhardt

    Former Tampa resident Agnes Bernhardt, 91, died Sept. 25 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Born Aug. 16, 1919, at Wolf Point, Mont., to Jacob and Helena (Ediger) Quiring, she graduated from Fordson High School at Dearborn, Mich. She attended Tabor College where she obtained a teaching certificate. She taught 11 years in rural schools in Marion, Tampa, and Pilsen.

  • Fernetta Bitner

    Fernetta Mae Bittner, 84, formerly of Wichita, died Sept. 27 in Marion. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Marion. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

  • Esther Flaming

    Esther Nora Flaming, 92, of Goessel, died Sept. 24. She was born Feb. 24, 1918, at home in rural Marion County, to Henry and Agnes Schmidt.

  • Dorothy Hoover

    Dorothy Hoover, 82, lifelong resident of Herington, died Sept. 25 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Sept. 11, 1928, at Herington, to Paul and Esther (Deines) Wendlandt, she was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Herington.

  • Olinda Meier

    Olinda Meier, 92, of Marion, died Sept. 27 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Born Oct. 19, 1917, in Lehigh, to David and Mary (Schneider) Winter, she was the owner of a café in Durham.



  • Let's talk about the real jail issues

    What a strange turn of events Thursday for Marion County Commission. The state fire marshal had been requiring a 24-hour fire watch in the county jail and was threatening to fine the county for being in violation for housing more than four inmates. And then, the fire marshal said, “Oops, we made a mistake. Never mind.”

  • Mastery is in the eye of the beholder

    Our friend Les Broadstreet pointed out that I had made an error in last week’s feature about his enormous amaranthus. I called him a master gardener and although Les was flattered, he pointed out he was not a master gardener. To claim that fame, a person has to take classes and meet specific criteria. I thought he had mastered gardening pretty well, thus the referral. *****

  • Another Day in the Country

    Twenty years ago, when I bought land in Ramona, one of the delightful things about visiting town in the fall were the monarch butterflies. I’ve always loved them with their gorgeous black and orange wings. In Ramona, I had more time to diddle with the camera. After all, I was supposedly on vacation in those days — even though we usually worked our tails off. It must have been 1995, the first year that I saw the monarch migration come through town. We were here in September for a longer period that year. Stefie, my little neighbor girl, called out to me, “The monarch’s are back, Pat. They’re in the park. Come see!”

  • Hope in the Heartland

    The church is not a holy afterthought. The Body of Christ is not “plan B.”


  • Youth hunting program sees changes

    An adult accompanying youth hunters on upland bird hunts at the closed Marion County landfill will be able to carry a firearm, following a rule change by county commissioners Monday. Program coordinator Dale Ehlers of Quail Forever recommended the change. He said the program hadn’t had as much participation as expected.

  • Thousands attend annual celebration

    It was another Old Settlers’ Day weekend in Marion with class members gathering for reunions. Sponsored by Marion Kiwanis Club, the theme of this year’s parade was “Boy Scouts: 100 years of Scouting” with local Boy and Girls Scouts participating.

  • Peabody rape defendants plead not guilty

    Lora Gay and Terry Bowen entered pleas of not guilty at their arraignment hearing Monday at the Marion County Courthouse, according to Kansas Attorney General’s Office Communications Director Gavin Young. Bowen is charged with two counts of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated kidnapping, and battery.


  • Cubmaster: Scouts' smiles are best reward

    Jackie Palic of Marion doesn’t need much time to decide what her favorite memories have been from nearly two decades involved with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. “It’s the smiles on their faces when they get their awards and when they race their Pinewood Derby cars,” she said. “Just the kids being kids.”

  • Park ranger re-assigned to Council Grove

    Marion Reservoir Park Ranger Neal Whitaker is returning to the lake that got him interested in park management, Council Grove Lake. Whitaker grew up in Dunlap, a community about 10 miles from Council Grove. He had an independent studies class in high school in which he studied fisheries management at the lake, and he worked there in the summers during college.


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  • Districts meet AYP

    Every school district in Marion County met Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the 2009-10 school year. USD 398 was the only district not to achieve standard the previous year and was put on improvement by the state.

  • Hillsboro, Marion high schools on opposite spectrum of ACT scores

    Hillsboro High School continued a tradition of strong performance on the ACT. The average scores of 41 students who took the test were 23.5 in English, 24.2 in math, 24.8 in reading, 24 in science, and a 24.2 composite score.

  • Band teacher transitions smoothly to elementary students

    When Marion High School music teacher Adam Johnson was informed that he would be teaching Marion Elementary School students this school year, he was worried about how he would relate to younger students. He taught fifth-graders at his first job as a choir and band teacher in southwest Kansas but a kindergartner is a completely different story.

  • CHS business classes provide services to the Centre community

    While learning basic business skills, students in Lisa Beye’s business classes at Centre High School also are involved in activities that benefit the community. Tori Marler and Katie Remy are enrolled in the course, In-house Training II. They learn office skills and produce such things as charts, sports programs, videos, and business cards.

  • CHS senior receives award

    Former Tampa resident Nicholas Kleiber was awarded the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem Aug. 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Salina. The Rev. Kerry Ninemire made the presentation. Lynn and Peggy Kleiber of Salina are his parents. Grandparents are Leona Kleiber of Tampa and the late John Kleiber and the late Otis and Pauline Havice.

  • CHS senior receives a merit commendation

    Centre High School senior Jacob Jirak has been named a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Jirak received a Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


  • Warriors win another nail-biter at Moundridge

    The Marion High School football team’s hard work during the offseason was apparent Friday on five Moundridge drives the Warriors halted on fourth-down tackles. The plays eventually allowed Marion to win the game, 22-20. The interior of the Warrior defense clogged all the running lanes for Moundridge running back Trey Unrau on a fourth-and-3 try in the first quarter. Marion defenders forced an incomplete pass on fourth-and-10 later in the first half.

  • Cross-country team takes 2nd

    The Marion High School boys cross-country team finished second Thursday at the Marion Invitational. The rain did not hinder Jordan Hett. He crossed the finish line at 18 minutes, 9 seconds through a tunnel of MHS football players who went to the meet to cheer on the team.

  • MMS records first win

    Marion Middle School Wildcats traveled to Remington Thursday to battle the Broncos. They won 14-6. Nathan Cyr scored on two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead.


    Centre Cougars are undefeated in Wheat State League, Lady Cougars win 1, lose 1


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