• Winter returns with a bite

    The wind blew so hard at times Monday night and Tuesday, it was difficult to tell if it was snowing or if the wind was just blowing it around. Single digit temperatures and winds topping 40 mph, sent wind chills as low as 15 to 20 degrees below zero.

  • Cost for juvenile detention doubles

    Marion County’s cost to house juvenile offenders for 2011 will be more than double what was budgeted, County Attorney Susan Robson said Monday during a meeting with county commission. Based on previous experience, the county budgeted $20,000 — the same as in 2010 — to send juvenile offenders to North Central Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Junction City. But after the deadline to opt out of a contract with the center was passed, the center informed the county that its share of the cost would be $48,000.

  • Liquor law may have mixed results

    A coalition of chain grocery, convenience, and big-box stores is urging the legislature to allow full-strength beer, wine, and liquor sales in those stores. The group, operating as Coalition for Jobs and Consumer Choice, claims such a change would create 15,000 jobs in Kansas. Some local stores doubt the benefits of the change. Greg Carlson, of Carlsons’ Grocery in Marion, said any gains would likely be offset by loss of jobs in dedicated liquor stores, which currently are the only stores that can sell anything stronger than 3.2 percent alcohol beer and wine coolers.

  • Mental health provider braces for funding cut

    As part of his effort to reduce state spending, Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed a reduction of $10.2 million in funding for mental health services in fiscal year 2012. Prairie View Inc., the licensed community mental health provider for Marion, Harvey, and McPherson counties, stands to lose about $915,000 in state funding if the governor’s proposal is approved, Prairie View President and Chief Executive Officer Jessie Kaye said. That would be in addition to nearly $1.5 million the mental health care provider has lost in the past three years.

  • Vaccines still available, flu activity increases

    Influenza cases are increasing and Kansas Department of Health and Environment is urging everyone 6 months and older to receive a seasonal influenza vaccine. Reports of influenza-like illness from surveillance sites throughout the state have lead KDHE to report flu activity as widespread. In addition to the 2009 H1N1 virus, strains of influenza A and B also are circulating.

  • Hoffman retires from FSA

    After 31 years at the Farm Services Agency in Marion, Wendy Hoffman of rural Marion retired from her administrative position this week. “I’m looking forward to simple things,” she said. “Just sitting back and relaxing.”

  • Pecinovsky has to make attempt to clean up property by May 25

    Marion Municipal Judge Bryson Mills suspended an imposition of sentencing Jan. 26 regarding Frank Pecinovsky’s property. Mills suspended the sentence until May 25 to allow Pecinovsky time to comply with City Ordinance 1252, Section 302. According to Marion Compliance Officer Marty Frederickson, City Attorney Dan Baldwin told Pecinovsky compliance would require screening the western property around a warehouse and organizing the eastern part of the property on Santa Fe Street so tractors and other items are lined up to be sold.


  • Mildred Karnowski

    Mildred Elizabeth (Kennedy) Karnowski, 89, of Hillsboro, died Jan. 26. Born Dec. 21, 1921, in Hillsboro, to William and Salma (Barchent) Granada, she was an elementary school teacher and a missionary teacher.

  • Alice Posch

    Alice Faye Posch, 71, of Spring Hill, passed away Jan. 27, 2011, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gardner. Burial followed at St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery, Gardner. Visitation was 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, with a rosary recited at 6 p.m.

  • Alden Slusser

    Alden Lincoln Slusser was born April 28, 1920, in Cleveland, Okla., to Wallace Harrison and Grace (Moore) Slusser. He graduated from primary school in Valero, Texas, in 1933. He graduated from Winfield High School in 1939. He lived in Oklahoma, Illinois, Texas, and Kansas, but most of his life was spent in Marion. Alden picked cotton in Texas and ran the Conoco in Winfield during his high school years. He enlisted in the Army on Feb. 18, 1942. He was a member of the 752AAA Gun Battalion and served with the Western Pacific Ground Combat in Iwo Jima, Saipan, and Pearl Harbor. He was discharged Nov. 21, 1945. Alden was a member of James William Miesse American Legion Post #22 for more than 55 years. Serving his country was one of his proudest accomplishments.

  • Darlene Spicher

    Darlene Lavering Spicher, 90, died Jan. 18, 2011, at her home in Kansas City, Mo. The daughter of Edward H. and Anna (Pagenkopf) Tiemeier, of Marion, she attended Lincolnville schools and graduated from Lincolnville High School in 1938. She was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolvnille. After attending Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Mo., she worked as an accountant in Kansas City.

  • Denny Stapleton

    Denny P. Stapleton, 62, of Marion, died Jan. 30 at his home. He was born in Hutchinson to Paul and Cora (Spillman) Stapleton. He was retired from the U.S. Navy and later worked as a lab technician.

  • Jaxon Thornhill

    Jaxon Layne Thornhill, infant son of Zeth Thornhill and Sherri Hess of Marion, died Jan. 28 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Jan. 25 at Newton Medical Center.



  • Property could be used for new jail

    Marion County Commission revealed Monday that it was negotiating to purchase property east of the courthouse. Members of the commission didn’t say what the property was to be used for — maybe a parking lot, maybe office space — but we can only hope it will be considered for a new jail.

  • Seeds of something fine

    When I was a little girl, my dad used to take me on special outings, just him and me, to a place he didn’t take my mom or my sister. I remember feeling so special that these outings were just for us, and that he had picked me to help him with whatever he was working on — my dad took me to the hardware store. I can’t have been very old when the tradition started. While cleaning out the basement at my parents’ house I found I card I made for dad at the age of 5 that said “Happy Father’s Day! Thanks for taking me to the hardware store.”

  • Legislative update

    The sesquicentennial year for Kansas began this past weekend. Saturday was Kansas Day. I hope you become active in some event this year focusing on, emphasizing, and promoting Kansas’ past, present or future. We all ought to celebrate big. In his State of the State address, Gov. Brownback talked about establishing a Rural Opportunity Zone for counties with a population loss of more than 10 percent. There are 40 counties with losses that exceed 10 percent, and Marion County is one of them.

  • Another Day in the Country

    I’ve been thinking about how our opinions in life are formed. From the cradle, our earliest impressions mold our opinions and help form our decisions all through life — unless we challenge our assumptions and get information that is more accurate. Meanwhile, our brain, that mechanism that uses information, forms habits, and creates patterns, is awash in a flurry of words and feelings — out of which we very literally create our worldview. And when an opinion allowing a choice is formed, what makes us change?

  • Hope in the Heartland

    Life can be hard. It is expressed in the following, “Murphy’s Laws.” If anything can go wrong, it will.


    Scout grateful to community for support


  • Agency director has county ties

    Dorothy McPherson has come nearly full circle. The executive director of the recently opened branch of Progressive Home Health and Hospice in Newton was a nursing student in 1985, when she worked at Bethesda Home in Goessel — the Newton branch now serves Marion County residents.

  • Lincolnville couple receive award from military

    It came out of the blue for Benny and Sheryl Key of Lincolnville. They consider themselves ordinary people, making a living at Key Convenience in Lincolnville. For them it’s the right thing to do, working around an employee as she serves in the National Guard. This time is a little different. This time, Brianna Moffett isn’t gone for the once-a-month training for a weekend or the once-a-year training in the summer for a few weeks.



  • A third of MHS students failing at least one class

    This past week, a third of Marion High School students were forced to study an extra hour before and after school with a teacher because they were failing a class; many students had to study two hours because they were failing multiple classes — some students as many six. If those students fail to bring up their grades this week, they will be barred from participation in any school sponsored competitive activity, such as sports, band, and forensics.


  • Warriors hot and cold against Council Grove

    The Marion High School boys basketball team got off to a hot start Friday before cooling off and losing at Council Grove, 42-24. The Warriors scored 16 points in the first quarter including 9 points from 3-pointers by Jordan Hett, Mikael Antoszyk, and Jordan Versch. Marion ended the period with 3 steals, which led to layups by Dillon Richmond and Hett.

  • Warriors erase 9-point deficit, defeat Braves

    The Marion High School girls basketball team defeated Council Grove Friday at Council Grove, 33-31. The Warriors took their second lead with 5 minutes 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a Megan Richmond free throw, 26-25.


    Cougars defeat Flint Hills, Centre girls lose to Wakefield


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