• Developer position remains on hold

    Wanting to review more information about job descriptions, Marion City Council tabled discussion and a decision Monday regarding a revamped economic development position that could include tourism duties. Doug Kjellin vacated the original economic development position when he accepted the appointment as city administrator in December when David Mayfield retired. Since that time, Kjellin said he hasn’t had time to give needed attention to city economic development.

  • Another storm buries county

    More winter weather this week made traveling hazardous in Marion County. Following blowing snow and frigid temperatures this past week, residents found themselves digging out again Tuesday and today from another snowstorm.

  • County signs Hillsboro TIF agreement

    Marion County Commission approved an agreement Monday with the City of Hillsboro to correct the legal description of the city’s tax increment financing district. The county discovered in late 2010 that the legal description, approved in 2008, had omitted Hillsboro Business Park, where improvements have already been made, from the district. Without the district, the city would be unable to recover the costs of the improvements.

  • Timing of city employee evaluations will change

    A change in the city employees’ manual will mean annual evaluations will be on the employee’s anniversary date instead of in December of January. City Administrator Doug Kjellin suggested to the city council Monday it was more feasible to conduct employee evaluations throughout the year rather than waiting until one particular time of the year.

  • Web helps couple connect

    Despite being separated by nine time zones, Brett and Mary Maloney of rural Florence will find a way to share Valentine’s Day using technology. Mary is sending him a care package and hoping for a video chat service to be available Monday.

  • Couple falls in love despite distance

    Oliver Good and Marina Moriera passed each other like ships in the night during their time at Marion High School. He was a Marion boy with a high school girlfriend.

  • Former local teacher now with Minstrels

    Dave Deutschendorf and his wife, Arva, of Newton, visited Marion Friday. It was almost like coming home. They lived in Marion for six years when Dave was teaching in Marion and Florence public school systems in the 1960s and 70s. The couple said they loved living in Marion; they loved the setting and the people.


  • Florence Friesen

    Florence Helen Friesen, 93, of Hillsboro, died Feb. 1 in Hillsboro. She was born June 15, 1917, in Oologah, Okla., to John Martin and Mary Elizabeth (Hein) Franzen.

  • Anna Johnston

    Anna Marie (May) Johnston, 82, a resident of Grove, Okla., passed peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord on Jan. 31, 2011, at Grove Nursing Center. Anna was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Topeka, to Fredrick May and Eva (Feil) May Helmer.

  • Alvin Neufeld

    Alvin H. Neufeld, 90, of Hillsboro died Feb. 4 in Newton. He was born March 14, 1920, in Balko, Okla., to John J. and Pauline (Karber) Neufeld.

  • Brenda Reed

    Brenda K. Reed, 50, of Lawrence, died Jan. 30 at her home. She was born Sept. 9, 1960, in Newton, to John F. and Virginia L. (Lueker) Reed.

  • Jolene Scheidt

    Jolene Carrie Scheidt, 61, homemaker, died Feb. 2, 2011. Memorial Mass was 1 p.m. Monday at Church of the Resurrection, Wichita.

  • Hilda Thiessen

    Hilda Thiessen, 97, of Hillsboro, died Feb. 1, at Hillsboro. She was born Oct. 16, 1913, in rural Buhler, to John T. and Margaret (Esau) Ediger.



  • Education deserves scrutiny

    We received the tip that there were a number of students failing at Marion High School, we did the responsible thing — we followed up with a story. That’s when we realized there were a number of factors related to students and academic performance. We started asking questions of school districts in the county, which led to more questions and some interesting answers. Next week, we will share information about policies school districts have in place to encourage students to maintain passing grades and the consequences for unsatisfactory performance.

  • School uniforms would help family finances

    We know that school district officials have many important challenges ahead of them — funding being the most prominent. So, what I want school boards to consider pales in comparison. However, with families’ budgets becoming tighter all the time and some struggling to even find employment, it makes more sense than ever for parents to reduce the cost to clothe their children for school.

  • Seeds of something fine

    Friday morning got off to a rocky start. For some reason, I thought it was Saturday. In my house this would mean it was my day to keep sleeping even after I heard breakfast sounds in the kitchen. It wasn’t until my husband started to leave the house dressed for work that I realized my error.

  • Legislative update

    Gov. Brownback has requested the Kansas legislature work toward defining the term “suitable education” as one of his initiatives to streamline and modernize state government. The need for a widely accepted and defendable definition stems from language in the Kansas Constitution: “The Legislature shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.” That single sentence has led to much confusion, discussion, and even lawsuits, precipitated in part by the fact that education comprises a large part of all state expenditures. Gov. Brownback is correct in recognizing that it would be a huge help if we could figure out a workable definition of “suitable.” On the one hand, the constitution talks about suitable funding, not suitable education, but to figure out “suitable funding,” I believe we must agree on what we are funding.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    Sometimes truth is dispensed from surprising sources. It arrives with a vivid suddenness, becoming one of those “aha!” moments where things come together to make one unforgettable point. It’s always fun to find treasure when you’re not even looking for it. It happened to me recently. The loaded truth that captured my attention was uttered by Horton the elephant. You know, the one who protected and defended all the Whos of Whoville. The perilous pachyderm uttered one of the most important lines of all time when he said, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”



  • MHS scholars 4-3 in regional

    The Marion High School scholars’ bowl team just missed advancing to the championship round robin of regional scholars’ bowl Thursday in Marion, with a record of 4-3. The Warriors defeated Chaparral, 70-0; Hillsboro, 45-30; Remington, 70-30; and Southeast of Saline, 60-20. Their losses were in matches against Halstead, 40-20; Hutch Trinity, 50-35; and Sterling, 60-40.

  • Centre scholars win regionals, advance to state

    The Centre High School scholars’ bowl team placed first at regionals Thursday in Goessel. In pool play, the Cougars defeated Pretty Prairie, 70-40; Little River, 90-20; Rosalia, 55-20; and B&B, 80-10. Their lone loss of pool play was against White City, 60-30.

  • Centre FFA places second in public speaking

    Centre High School FFA placed second in the South Central District prepared public speaking competition Saturday at Chaparral. In the senior division, Theo Kassebaum placed fourth with her speech, “Free Trade and Government.” She will advance to the state competition in June.


  • Warriors put up fight but eventually succumb to Berean

    Despite a comeback in the third quarter that brought Marion within 9 points, the Marion High School boys basketball team lost Friday to Berean Academy, 58-34. Marion started the second quarter down 22-5, with Jacob Harper scoring all of the team’s points. A fade-away 2-pointer and a 3-pointer by Jordan Versch helped bring Marion within 16 points at halftime, 31-15.

  • MHS girls bested by Berean, 53-21

    The Marion High School girls basketball team lost Friday to Berean Academy in Elbing, 53-21. Marion started strong with steady dribbling by Emily Hett and Whitney Gordon to break presses. Their sure-handedness eventually led to assists on layups to open teammates Sarah Guetersloh and Donna Cady. The score was tied at 6-6 with 4 minutes and 4 seconds left in the opening quarter, but a change in Berean strategy led to Marion turnovers and a flurry of Berean points to put the home team on top.

  • Warrior wrestlers finish 3rd at Onaga

    The Marion High School wrestling team finished third Friday at the Onaga tournament in Onaga. The Warriors defeated Pleasant Ridge, Onaga, and Horton but lost to Rock Creek and Burlington.

  • Local youth teams compete in Marion Rec tourney

    Hundreds of people came to Marion Saturday for the Marion Recreation Post-Season Tournament. In the end, No. 1 seed Hillsboro third- and fourth-grade boys were champions and undefeated in the tournament, playing McPherson II and Newton.


    Goessel squeaks by Centre, 42-41, CHS girls defeat Goessel in overtime showdown


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