• Rough riding

    An inspector’s report about the condition of Remington Road between U.S. 56 and 290th Road was expected sometime this week, Marion County Road and Bridge Superintendent Jim Herzet told commissioners Monday. The report from engineering firm Kirkham Michael is to compare the condition of the road now to its condition before work began on Keystone Pipeline. The road was used extensively in the pipeline’s construction.

  • Principal wants better test results

    Should teachers teach students the material they need for overall classroom success or teach material to help students do better on ACT and state assessment tests? Not the entire USD 408 Board of Education in attendance Monday evening agreed that teaching students information on the test was the best tact instead of the traditional method of teaching students the information they need to know for the tests. Despite that, the majority of the board — 4-2 — adopted math and reading standards review classes. The classes will be required for those students who do not meet state requirements on assessments. The classes will be an elective for students who do meet requirements.

  • Customers earn points, Food Bank benefits

    Carlsons’ Grocery and Marion County Emergency Food Bank have collaborated on a program allowing Carlsons’ customers to transfer points they accumulate from purchases to the food bank. The owners of Carlsons’ made the suggestion to Food Bank Director Janet Bryant after several customers asked if they could donate their points.

  • Marion County Fire District No. 5 receives $32,068 grant

    Marion County Fire District No. 5 at Lincolnville is receiving a $32,068 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. It is the third grant the department has been awarded since 2007. According to fire chief Lester Kaiser, the money will be used for several purposes including maintenance of bunker gear. This includes a storage system, a washer with an extractor, and a dryer.

  • Florence volunteer connects with prominent journalist, contributes to his latest book

    When Jackie Sigwing of Florence volunteered to update and maintain the City of Florence website, she had no idea the task would lead to a connection with an award-winning investigative journalist and essayist. Stephen Fried is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism and is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award.

  • Pool attracts mother with MS

    The indoor pool at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center is part of the reason Jennifer Sawyer, 34, was drawn to town. Sawyer, her son Nile, 12, and her mother Nyla Sawyer moved about a month ago to Marion from Oxford. Jennifer Sawyer suffers from multiple sclerosis and the soothing waters of a pool ease her aching joints and limbs.

  • EMT class has 16 students

    An emergency medical technician-basic class has 16 students, Marion County Emergency Medical Service Director Steve Smith said Monday. Originally 17 signed up, but one student dropped the class. More likely will quit because of the necessary time commitment, Smith said. A first responder class was canceled because only one person signed up for it.


  • Max Blanding

    Max A. Blanding, 81, of Wichita, died Oct. 6 at his home in Wichitaw. A retired Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad agent telegrapher, Max was born and raised in Formoso.

  • Myra Heath

    Myra “Mimi” Celeste Heath, 102, died Oct. 10 in Overland Park. She was born Oct. 8, 1908, in Elmira, Iowa. She married John Heath on Aug. 9, 1931. He died in 1975.

  • Dorothy Johnson

    Dorothy A. Johnson, 93, of Peabody, died Oct. 10. She was a hairdresser.

  • Rita O'Neal

    Rita Clara O’Neal, 79, died Oct. 9, in Newton. She was born Dec. 29, 1930, to Karl and Ona Mengerhausen, in Oklahoma.

  • Charlene Svitak

    Charlene A. Svitak, 79, of Pilsen, died Oct. 8 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. She was born May 6, 1931, near Pilsen, to Ruby and Lillian (Svoboda) Krch.

  • Fred Wynn Sr.

    Former Marion resident Fred Eugene Wynn Sr., 70, of Jensen Beach, Fla., died Oct. 5 of cancer. He and his family lived in Marion from June 1974 to November 1989, operating the local bowling alley and driving a truck for Ludwig’s of Florence. He also operated the Herington bowling alley for 10 years.



  • Learning a life trade

    Peabody-Burns High School junior Nick Morgan is no newcomer to repairing equipment, a skill he learned working alongside his father. Nonetheless, the school’s agricultural mechanics program has helped him hone his skills. “I live on a farm, and we use a lot of this in the summertime,” he said. “I like to weld and solve problems.”

  • 'Hobby' becomes full-time business

    It is not unusual to see a yard full of semis, cars, farm equipment, and trucks of all shapes and sizes on the Krch family farm, four miles west of Lincolnville. They are awaiting professional service from Kevin Krch of Krch Automotive and his three full-time mechanics. Krch has been involved in mechanics almost his entire life. His father was a farmer and also worked as a mechanic. From the time Krch was a toddler, he spent time with his father in the shop. He grew up helping his father keep farm machinery repaired.

  • Drivers: Watch for deer on roads this time of year

    It’s the season where the leaves are changing color, a crisp chill is in the air — and Kansas motorists are more likely to encounter deer on streets and highways. Unfortunately, these meetings often result in a serious traffic accident. Hundreds of thousands of animal-vehicle crashes occur each year across the country — more than 2,000 in Kansas — the majority with deer. This results in millions of dollars of damages, injuries, and in some cases even death.


  • Kerbs will be new council member

    Russell Kerbs has agreed to fill a council seat that will be vacated when Willis Herbel moves to Hillsboro. Mayor Tim Svoboda made the announcement Oct. 4 Svoboda also reported that County Commissioner Dan Holub had told him the county has not heard about a low-interest loan for paving a road from Tampa to K-15. Since it will soon be too late to do anything until next year, the county plans to spread calcium chloride on the road through the city to control the dust.


  • Postal regs delay newspapers

    Some of our “will call” subscribers may have noticed their papers weren’t available at the office as early this past week as they typically are. We can all thank the U.S. Postal Service for that and other delays.

  • The healing of bumps, bruises, and broken bones

    This will be the last installment of my broken leg peril. I am telling this final accounting because people are asking questions about my lack of crutches and I am elated to share the news. The good news came by way of my orthopedist last week. My broken leg has healed sufficiently for me to begin walking on it. That was music to my ears. I have to admit I had been fudging some — testing the old girl to see if she was strong enough. She was.

  • A Day in the Country

    You’ve noticed, haven’t you? How could you miss the clues? Last night it was like 36 degrees — that’s chilly. We’re having to adjust because fall is here and winter is a-coming. Have you noticed those black fuzzy caterpillars? I have no idea what they are called, but they suddenly appear in the fall. And what are they eating? My friend, Frances, told me the caterpillars come in different colors, depending on the year and the winter before us. Sometimes these creatures are beige, sometimes rusty brown, and sometimes black. The darker the color, so the tale goes, the more severe the winter.


    Free flighters appreciate hospitality



  • School board: No high school swim team for now

    High school swim teams will not be a part of the school’s sports schedule next year. Rod Garman presented information Monday to the USD 408 Board of Education about swim and dive seasons for boys and girls.


  • State-ranked Celtics defeat Warriors

    The Marion High School football team lost to Hutchinson Trinity, 49-6, Friday in Hutchinson. The Warriors got on the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter after Dillon Richmond threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Cole Lewman. Lewman ran a corner route to the back pylon on the west side of the end zone. He leaped over a Trinity defender to secure the catch.

  • Hett leads Warrior runners

    Four Marion High School cross-country runners completed in varsity races Thursday at Sterling. Jordan Hett finished fifth with a time of 17 minutes, 16 seconds, his best time of the season. Patrick McCarty placed 18th, crossing the finish line at 18:28.

  • Wildcats lose to Ell-Saline

    Marion Middle School hosted Ell-Saline Thursday at home. The Wildcats held their own in the second half but couldn’t overcome the 19-point deficit from the first half. They lost 19-6. The lone Wildcat touchdown came in the fourth quarter.

  • MMS defeats Ell-Saline

    The Marion Middle School A volleyball team defeated Ell-Saline Thursday. The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats in the first game 25-23, but Marion charged back defeating Ell-Saline 25-18 after overcoming a 7-point deficit in the second game and won the third game 15-5.


    Lady Cougars split home matches


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