HEADLINES

  • Truck parking may return to Grant Street lot

    Members of Marion Board of Zoning Appeals were torn Thursday afternoon when deciding whether to allow a truck parking and storage business to continue on Grant Street, knowing it would upset residents in the area. The board was given the task of reviewing an appeal by residents in Jex Addition who were concerned about large, over-the-road trucks driving and parking, possibly with their engines running for long periods, in the residential area.

  • Budget shortfall driving decisions

    Sen. Jeff Longbine of Emporia and Rep. Bob Brookens of Marion met with constituents Saturday in Hillsboro and Marion to provide updates and to field questions. The budget shortfall continues to be the driving force in making difficult decisions. State funds were $550 million in the red but are now less than $500 million following Gov. Sam Brownback’s cuts after he took office in January.

  • Going up and up

    If Marion County keeps benefits and deductibles the same, employees’ health insurance premiums will increase about 16 percent, Marion County Commission heard Monday. For employees who take health insurance through the county, Marion County contributes $479 per month now — enough to cover the premium for a single-person policy. Employees who wish to extend coverage to dependents have to make up the difference in cost.

  • Newell hearing rescheduled to March 17

    Defense attorney Boyd McPherson requested a preliminary hearing for Marion resident Ryan Newell to be postponed from Thursday to March 17. Newell was charged Dec. 2 with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and five misdemeanors — stalking, three counts of criminal use of weapons, and false impersonation. Newell reportedly stalked members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka while they were in Mulvane for a protest.

  • Database will be good for Marion manufacturers

    When a customer is looking for a company to manufacture a roll-form machine, where do they look? Advanced Manufacturing Institute is creating a searchable database of companies customers can use to find a manufacturer with capabilities they need— like the ability to create roll-form machines. When a customer types in their desired feature, Marion Manufacturing and other manufacturers will appear with information on how to contact them.

  • From horses to athletes

    Probably no one living remembers the time when horse racing was a popular sport in Marion County.

  • Ambulances called 105 times in January

    Marion County Emergency Medical Services responded to 105 calls in January, up from 99 in January 2010. Hillsboro’s ambulance crew was the busiest, with 34 calls in the city, followed by Marion with 25; Peabody, 18; Goessel, 7; Florence, 5; Burns, 4; Lincolnville, 4; Lost Springs, 2; Tampa, 2; and Lehigh, 1. Marion County ambulances made three trips out-of-county: two to Wichita and one to Herington.

DEATHS

  • Dean Batt

    Dean C. Batt, 87, of Marion, died Feb. 25. Memorial services will be in late March after his daughter and granddaughter return from a trip to Asia.

  • Jean Childs

    Former Marion resident Jean Childs, 69, of McPherson, died Feb. 26 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover. She was born July 21, 1941, in Hutchinson, to Allen and Mary E. (Driver) Trego. She graduated from Newton High School and attended business school in Wichita.

  • Bonnie Crandall

    Bonnie D. Crandall, 88, of Tampa, died Feb. 27 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 18, 1922, in McPherson, to Guy and Clara (Anderson) Ash.

  • Frederick Cullins

    Frederick W. Cullins, 82, died Feb. 27 in Grove, Okla. He was born Sept. 5, 1928. A former Peabody resident, he graduated from Peabody High School in 1946.

  • James Druse

    James A. “Jim” Druse, 80, of El Dorado, died Feb. 24 at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis St., Wichita. He was born Oct. 11, 1930, the eldest son of Charles and Palma (Young) Druse. He grew up in Marion County and graduated in 1948 from Marion High School.

DOCKET

OPINION

  • We only have one chance to make an impression

    Visitors come to our fair community year-round — many stay at the lakes and come to town to buy supplies and to eat out. What is their first impression of our community? Do they see neat yards and a pristine downtown?

  • We need to focus on the next pipeline project

    I was one of those stubborn people who just wasn’t going to let the Keystone pipeline exemption go away without a fight. It finally began to sink in Saturday when Rep. Bob Brookens and Sen. Jeff Longbine said — and I heard for the umpteenth time — that nothing could be done. I now understand there could be fallout with the pipeline company — court proceedings, tax dollars spent for litigation, and the embarrassment.

  • The 'magic' of publishing newspapers

    (Editor’s Note: This was from the newspaper more than 50 years ago. Our press days have changed since the computer age has made our lives easier, but the contents of our papers haven’t. We still rely on subscribers, advertisers, and our communities to fill these papers with social news, advertisements, and features. Thank you for your continued support and interest. We couldn’t do it without you.) Every once in a while some cheerful individual remarks to us, “well now that the paper is out I suppose you can take it easy for three or four days.” Yes, how delightful it is that a country editor has practically nothing to do between press days.

  • Legislative update

    This past week was turnaround week in the legislature. The House and Senate completed their work on the bills that started in those respective chambers. We completed our work about noon Friday and the House and Senate each sent respective bills to the other for consideration. We did not meet Monday or Tuesday to give the Revisor of Statutes office time to finalize and print all those bills. Our work begins today.

  • Another Day in the Country

    During these winter months, I set myself the task of sorting family photographs. In the process, I’ve started creating photo books for members of the family. I started with myself, after all, I’m doing the work, and I can experiment to see if I like the outcome. I did. This process was similar to cleaning out Green Acres, our storage house in Ramona. Once again, I’m sorting through the past. One of the amazing finds was a school picture from first grade. I looked at this little face (that looks amazingly like my grandson) that once was me. I don’t remember ever seeing that picture.

  • LETTERS:

    Open letter to Rep. Bob Brookens, Auxiliary is looking for members

PEOPLE

SCHOOL

  • As budget cuts loom, teachers are hit the hardest

    Last year, Goessel Elementary School eliminated both its remediation and enrichment summer school programs. The summer school program cost GES approximately $2,000 to $2,500 annually including salaries, air-conditioning, and supplies for teachers. Even at an affordable cost, GES was forced to eliminate summer school because of budget cuts

  • Hodson wins math competition

    Marion High School senior Patrick Hodson placed first individually among seniors and overall in the fifth annual MC2: McPherson College Math Competition on Feb. 23. The MHS team placed third overall. More than 400 students from 23 high schools competed in the event. It was divided into two portions: an individual exam and a team competition.

SPORTS

  • Warriors lose to Sterling in sub-state contest

    The Marion High School boys basketball team came back from a 21-10 deficit at the end of the first quarter to take a 47-45 lead with 5 minutes, 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. However, they lost the game, 58-52, Tuesday against Sterling in the first round of sub-state. Mikael Antoszyk hit the go-ahead 3-pointer at the top of the key. Jacob Harper blocked a Sterling layup on the other end of the floor, which eventually led to Jordan Versch driving a lay-in to put Marion up, 49-45.

  • Warriors on two-game winning streak

    The Marion High School boys basketball team defeated Ell-Saline Friday at Ell Saline, 47-34. Jordan Hett was the Warriors high scorer, for a second consecutive game, with 15 points.

  • MHS girls fight to the end but lose at sub-state

    After surrendering an 11-0 run to start the game and trailing 16-2 after the first quarter at Hutchinson Trinity Monday, coach Randy Savage asked the Marion High School girls basketball players Monday if they wanted to pack it in or go out fighting. One freshman responded by swinging a phantom rapier as a request to keep fighting.

  • Carroll takes fifth

    Marion High School wrestler Brody Carroll placed fifth Saturday in the 130-pound class at the 3A state tournament in Hays. The sophomore grappler defeated Jacob Schroeder of Silver Lake, 6-0, in the fifth-place match.

  • CENTRE:

    Centre Cougars get a bye at sub-state, Lady Cougars lose to Goessel, CHS to sponsor golf tournament

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