• Phelps family plans to picket Marion churches

    According to the Westboro Baptist Church picket schedule, found on the church’s website, church members will be in Marion Sunday to protest at five churches. The group will be at St. Mark’s Catholic Church-Holy Family Parish, 8 to 8:30 a.m.; Marion Presbyterian Church, 9 to 9:30 a.m.; Emmanuel Baptist Church and Valley United Methodist Church, 10:10 to 10:40 a.m.; and Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Veteran charged with stalking protesters

    Retired Army Sgt. Ryan J. Newell, 26, of Marion was charged Thursday with stalking anti-veteran protestors, impersonating a law enforcement officer and three counts of illegally using weapons. According to a complaint filed in Sedgwick County he was arrested Tuesday for allegedly following members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka and the family of controversial church pastor Fred Phelps. He was accused of possessing an M4 military assault carbine, a .45-caliber Glock pistol and a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol at the time and of falsing telling authorities he was a reserve deputy sheriff.


  • Duckwall store will close

    When news hit the airwaves Monday evening that the Marion Duckwall store was closing, residents didn’t take it well. Longtime store manager Janie Meierhoff was fielding calls Tuesday morning from customers who couldn’t believe the news.

  • Mayfield will retire

    Marion City Administrator David Mayfield revealed Tuesday morning that he will retire at the end of the year. Following two, five-minute executive sessions Monday evening, the city council appointed Marion Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin as assistant city administrator.

  • Property taxes vary throughout county

    Property tax statements have been delivered, and with the first half of 2010 taxes due Dec. 20, taxpayers may wonder how their taxes compare to others in the county. Property taxes depend on three factors: property value, property type, and tax rate.

  • County sales tax receipts highest in 7 years

    September was the best month for sales tax receipts for Marion County since at least 2003, excluding a one-time payment related to the Keystone oil pipeline, County Clerk Carol Maggard told Marion County Commission on Tuesday. Maggard described the receipts, totaling $61,060, as “awesome.” That represented a 12.9 percent increase from September 2009.

  • Society OKs opera house nomination

    The Historic Sites Board of Reviews at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka approved the nomination Nov. 20 of the Florence Opera House at Fifth and Main streets in Florence to the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination has been forwarded to the office of the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C., for review. If staff members approve it, the building will be listed on the National Register.

  • Dogs bring skills to job

    Working as a deputy sheriff, there is always a risk when responding to a call that the nearest backup may be 30 miles away, Travis Wilson said Monday. That is part of the reason Wilson is happy to spend the extra time to work with Dax, a dog serving with Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

  • MAC will manage renovated city building

    Marion Advancement Campaign will have full operation and control of the Marion Municipal Auditorium, basement, and kitchen, city council decided Monday. The City of Marion will continue as owner. All events will be booked through MAC with the income from rent being split 75/25 — 75 percent to MAC and 25 percent to the city.


  • Kerry Friesen

    Kerry Lynn Friesen, 31, of Wichita, died Nov. 21 in Wichita. Born May 8, 1979, in Newton, to Jan Friesen and Loren Friesen. She graduated from Hillsboro High School and Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif.

  • Earl Hicks

    Earl E. “Happy Earl” Hicks, 58, of Marion, died Nov. 28 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born July 12, 1952, in Herington, to Ralph and Haroldine (Blomenkamp) Hicks.

  • Michael Ragland

    Michael Dale Ragland, 58, of Marion, died Nov. 30. Arrangements are pending.

  • Michael Rock

    Michael D. Rock, 57, of Topeka, a former Herington resident, died Nov. 23 at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka. Born Jan. 12, 1953, in Herington, to Cecil D. and Shirley A. (Gillispie) Rock, he was a self-employed contractor, specializing in repairing homes and apartments.

  • Laura Slocombe

    Laura Rosella (Ewert) Slocombe, 96, of Peabody, died Nov. 25. Born on a farm west of Aulne, to Albert and Anna (Welsh) Ewert, the family later moved to a farm west of Peabody.



  • Duckwall closing is painful

    When I heard the news of Duckwall closing, it was as if I was kicked in the stomach. We knew it was coming — eventually — but not now. We’re not ready.

  • A gem is polished with a new purpose

    Can you believe it? Renovations to the city auditorium are finished and what a sight! The integrity of the 70-year-old auditorium was not compromised in the making of a large meeting room and reception area this town sorely needed.

  • Seeds of something fine

    I’ve tried to master a yoga pose, called Crane Pose, for years. Once four years ago, I even undertook months of preparation and study in an attempt to “take flight” in what is supposed to be one of the easier arm-balance poses. I never got past the part where I was crouched down, leaning my entire body weight into my armpits with my elbows bent. Yoga has since faded in my life, now that I balance work, daughter, dogs, home, husband, etc. Nowadays what used to be a daily, 45-minute “practice” looks more like two or three minutes of stretching while I’m loading the washing machine or chopping vegetables. Every once in a while I roll out the mat and get 10 minutes to do sitting stretches, but these are something my daughter considers “team activities.”

  • Hope in the Heartland

    (Editor’s note: This is part one of four in a series.) Tears stung his eyes as he walked alone in the darkness. Since Mary had suddenly left Nazareth three months earlier to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, Joseph had wrestled with something that he could not identify — until now. The unknowable had become the unthinkable.


    Resident sends letter to ALCO office, Reader wants to help family get dog returned


  • County road department gears up for winter

    Marion County Road and Bridge Department is making the transition from summer to winter work. The department wrapped up summer road projects about two weeks ago and released five seasonal workers, Road and Bridge Superintendent Jim Herzet said.

  • Antique store expands

    Nadine Iseli believes the little things have helped her run a successful antique business, and even grow — Central Park Antiques is expanding to a building across the street. Iseli makes sure her shop smells pleasant with scented candles and potpourri. She rearranges her shop every two weeks to keep the store interesting and different. The shop evolves with the seasons.

  • Hospital board approves server, nurses call system

    Hospital District No. 1 of Marion County Board of Directors approved two large purchases of equipment and a large construction contract. Hutton Construction uncovered asbestos while working on the St. Luke Hospital renovation project.

  • Families enjoy food packs from Prairie Land Food

    Daniel and Melissa Stuchlik of rural Pilsen have been purchasing food packages through the Prairie Land Food program for two years. Prairie Land Food is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit agency that rewards volunteerism with monthly offerings of fresh frozen meat and fresh fruits and vegetables at a reduced cost.


  • For the love of birds

    Although his goshawk, Phoebe, didn’t catch any quail during a Nov. 21 hunt, falconer Alan Pollard considered it a worthwhile hunt. “We’re more bird enthusiasts than hunters,” he said. “We’re here to see the flight, not the kill.”

  • Former Lincolnville veteran goes to Washington, D.C.

    Eldon Beneke, 86, a World War II veteran, recently joined other veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. The trip was sponsored by Central Prairie Honor Flights. The honor flights were established in 2005 by Central Prairie Conservation Resource and Development and are funded through fundraisers and private donations.


    Cora Ensz

    Senior center, Burdick, Tampa

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


  • Winners chosen in Marion VFW essay contest

    Marion Middle School students wrote essays as part of the Patriots Pen essay contest, sponsored by Marion VFW Post 6958 Ladies Auxiliary. First-place winners are eighth-grader Jacob Baldwin and seventh-grader Zach Fruechting. Kaylie Waner and McKenzee Remmers, seventh and eighth grade, respectively, came in second.

  • MHS FFA takes first in competition

    Members of Marion-Florence FFA Chapter placed first in the greenhand division Nov. 22 at South Central District FFA Dairy Career Development. The event was hosted by Hillsboro FFA Chapter at Marion County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Participants were required to evaluate and place six classes of dairy cows and heifers. They also had to prepare and present a set of oral reasons.

  • Centre FFA competes in district events

    Members of Centre FFA Chapter competed in the South Central District Dairy Cattle, Dairy Foods, and Horse Career Development Events on Nov. 22 at Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Members placing in the top 10 were Brian Burhoop, who placed third overall and received a medal, and Cole Svoboda, who placed sixth in the district and 10th in the Earl Wineinger Invitational Dairy Cattle event.


  • Upcoming tournament uses new formats to bring in crowds

    With six teams instead of the usual eight, the Marion Classic basketball tournament is going to be a little different this year. Eureka and Belle Plaine start the tournament Tuesday with both Marion teams playing later against Peabody. Following games will be played Dec. 9, 10, and 11. The championship games for the boys and girls tournaments will be Dec. 13 at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively.

  • Lessons on and off the field

    Marion High School football coach Grant Thierolf was in the crowd Nov. 5 for Emporia High School’s playoff game against Kapaun Mt. Carmel. He was watching his former player Dustin Delaney coach Emporia Thierolf was sitting next to his assistant coach, Shaun Craft, when they observed Emporia’s young head coach emphatically instruct a player on the field.

  • Marion, Hillsboro to host wrestling tournament Dec. 17

    Marion is hosting an early season wrestling tournament. Marion and Hillsboro have partnered to welcome 10 schools — Leon-Bluestem, Chaparral, Chanute, Rock Creek, Minneapolis, Fredonia, Republic County, Douglass, Bennington, and Wabaunsee — to wrestle in the Marion County Winter Duals Dec. 17 in Marion and Hillsboro.

  • CHS plays in tourney

    Six schools — Centre, Herington, Hope, Northern Heights, Southeast of Saline, and Wakefield — will participate next week in the preseason basketball tournament at Herington High School. They will play in two pools of three. On Dec. 9, Centre teams will play Northern Heights — girls, 6:45 p.m.; boys, 8:15 p.m.


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