• Jail completion slated for end of 2012

    Architect Andy Pitts of Treanor Architects P.A. of Topeka reviewed a timeline for construction of a new jail Monday with Marion County Commission. The county takes possession of the land east of the courthouse June 1, at which point demolition of the former lumberyard can begin.

  • Snelling critical following crash

    Dean Snelling, 39, of Goessel continues to recuperate at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis Street, Wichita, following a two-car crash April 15 in McPherson County. Snelling was driving southbound on 27th Avenue near Cherokee Road at 6:40 a.m. when Dustin W. Frank, 21, Canton, who was northbound, crossed the center line, striking Snelling’s pickup head-on. Both men were transported to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis Street.

  • Marion man dies Sunday in collision

    A rural Marion man died early Sunday morning in a two-car crash in McPherson County. James R. Stang, 49, 1660 Quail Creek Road, Marion, was eastbound on U.S. 56 about a mile east of Canton at 3:23 a.m. Sunday when a pickup driven by Laramie J. Siebert, 32, Lucas, was westbound and crossed the center line, striking the Stang vehicle. According to the highway patrol, Stang died at the scene.

  • Moran discusses small town survival at Kiwanis meeting

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped at the Marion Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at La Hacienda in Marion. The appearance was planned at the last minute. Coming back to the U.S. early after visiting Afghanistan Sunday, Moran had time to put Marion into his schedule of cities he will visit during the current congressional break. Before arriving in Marion, he visited Hesston. After Marion, he drove to Beloit.

  • Chingawassa Days: A bit of everything is sure to please

    In an effort to provide entertainment for nearly everyone, this year’s Chingawassa Days will have music performances for the die-hard rock and roll fans, as well as those who enjoy country music. Two tribute bands will rock the park June 3 — Hells Bells and Edge of Forever, tributes to AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd, respectively.

  • Father Kapaun considered for Medal of Honor

    Congressman Mike Pompeo testified April 14, asking Congress to waive the time limitation and award the Medal of Honor to Father Emil Kapaun. Recommendations must be submitted within two years of the action. In this case, Kapaun’s heroic actions took place in 1950 and 1951, when the Catholic priest was a chaplain in the Korean Conflict.

  • Cancer survivor maintains active life

    When individuals gather to walk in the Marion County Relay for Life Friday in Marion, Faye Makovec of Marion in all likelihood will be among them. She is a cancer survivor. A blood test during a regular physical in late 2005 first alerted her to the fact that she might have multiple melanoma. The disease is a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow.

  • Ehrlich mill operated for 90 years

    The Excelsior flour mill 1.5 miles south of Marion was in operation from 1871 until 1962. It is the only flour-milling structure remaining in Marion County. Built on the east side of the original route of the Cottonwood River, the wooden parts of the building have been disintegrating for years, but the three-story concrete structure set on a solid limestone base stands straight and true.


  • Jack Adams

    Jack R. Adams, 79, of Hays died April 18 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. He was born May 23, 1931 in Marion to John Quincy and Eva (Ray) Adams. A graduate of Marion High School, he was married to Patricia McCarty, who preceded him in death. He then married Shirley Williams on July 14, 1974, in McPherson.

  • Roger Land

    Roger E. Land, 74, of Florence, died April 22 at Peabody. He was born Aug. 14, 1936, in Osceola, Iowa.

  • Cliff Mann

    Clifford F. “Cliff” Mann, 81, died April 20, at Legacy Park in Peabody. He was born January 17, 1930, in Cedar Point to Frederick and Gladys (Russell) Mann. He was a shift foreman at the oil refinery, until his retirement in 1992. He then went to work at the El Dorado Walmart as an assembler until 2008.

  • Alfred "Chub" Pinkston

    Alfred Lee “Chub” Pinkston, age 98, died April 22, 2011, at his home in Cedar Point. A celebration of life service was 10 a.m. April 25, at Cedar Point Community Church. The Rev. George Lespagnard conducted the service.

  • Willis Smith

    Willis G. “Smitty” Smith, 72, of Herington, died April 22 at Medicalodges of Herington. He was born March 2, 1939, at Hope, to Ira S. and Dora Mae (Oyster) Smith.

  • James Stang

    James R. Stang, 49, of Marion, died April 24 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Canton. He was born July 3, 1961, at Wichita, to Marvin R. and Mary-Jo (Faber) Stang.

  • Amelia Vinduska

    Amelia A. Vinduska, 104, of Marion, died April 20 at Marion. She was born July 10, 1906, near Lost Springs, to Anton and Frances (Malek) Neuwirth.



  • 2 promoted in county treasurer's office

    Marion County Commission approved promotions and pay raises Thursday for two employees in the county treasurer’s office. The commission met with County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman and County Clerk Carol Maggard in closed session for 15 minutes to discuss personnel.

  • Road dust problematic for rural family's health

    When Scott and Shana Thornhill moved to 1761 Remington Road, rural Marion, from Wichita, the road had a surface of sand treated specifically to reduce dust. The sand had been put on the road by the construction company working on the TransCanada Keystone oil pipeline because of the extra traffic caused by the construction.

  • Florence city supports coalition against outside levee inspection

    Florence City Council members met Monday for a work session. The main issue the council discussed was the certification of Florence’s levee on the Cottonwood River.


  • Eggs galore means fun for all

    It was a wonderful Easter egg hunt Saturday morning. The park was full of excitement as children with their families nearby talked with the Easter Bunny and hunted for eggs filled with candy, quarters, and presidential dollars. Parents and grandparents expressed their appreciation that this event was not discontinued just because the organization that had done it before had disbanded.

  • Governor signs bills into law

    As of April 19, Gov. Sam Brownback has signed 58 bills into law. Some of the bills reviewed and approved by the Governor of local interest included: HB 2192: Allows drivers of motorcycles or bicycles to proceed through a red light if it has failed to change green within a reasonable amount of time because the signal has malfunctioned or failed to detect the cycle.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    Between Easter and His ascension, Jesus “presented Himself alive … by many convincing proofs, appearing … over a period of 40 days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3. It was this “presenting Himself alive” that supplied the undeniable proof that the resurrection really happened. While the empty tomb and the undisturbed burial clothes were enough to stir things up — not to mention the angel sightings — it was the bodily appearances of Jesus that settled the issue forever. And these weren’t just a couple of disputed “sightings” by hallucinating disciples who thought they spotted someone who kinda, sorta, quite possibly, in the right light, might have remotely resembled Jesus … or Big Foot … or the Loch Ness Monster … or a UFO.

  • Legislative update

    The legislature will be back in session today for the wrap-up of bills, mostly budget matters. We really don’t know when we will finish, but we must complete the session in 90 days. According to the current legislative calendar, the 90th day of the session will be May 11, and that won’t change, so long as the calendar isn’t modified to accommodate committee negotiations or an impasse. Here’s a bit of information that might be useful: Most laws become law when published in the statute book July 1 of each year, but many bills signed this month by Gov. Brownback were put on the fast track to become law when published in the Kansas Register. That’s sort of the official state newspaper of Kansas. Publication in the Kansas Register speeds up the enactment date, and is typically used when we want a law to take effect as soon as possible, for one reason or another. This weekly journal contains everything from new state laws being enacted to new agency regulations adopted to various types of official public notices. The Kansas Register is published every Thursday, and you can find it online at http:www.kssos.org/pubs/pubs_kansas_register.asp.


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  • Ramona cattleman named to state agricultural advisory board

    Gov. Sam Brownback has selected Tracy Brunner of Ramona to serve on his agricultural advisory board. Brunner said no formal meeting with the other four members of the board has been scheduled yet. They will meet from time to time at the request of the governor or Kansas secretary of agriculture Dale Rodman.

  • Couple experiences African culture

    People — people everywhere. Those are the lasting impressions for Larry and Wanda Koehn of rural Durham regarding their recent trip to Zimbabwe, Africa.

  • Centenarian lived a full, fruitful life

    When Amelia Vinduska, a longtime resident of Pilsen, died April 20 at age 104, she left behind a legacy of untiring service to her family, her church, and her community. She spent the past 5½ years at St. Luke Living Center, in Marion, and maintained an active lifestyle until the end. Vinduska was active in the St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary. She embroidered tea towels and contributed baked goods such as kolaches, cookies, and cinnamon rolls for fundraisers and other activities.


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  • 4 MHS students earn state scholar status

    Four Marion High School seniors have been designated state scholars. Patrick Hodson, Derek Stuchlik, Dane Purkeypile, and Landon Leiker took the state scholar’s curriculum at MHS, including four English and math credits, three science and social science credits, and two credits of foreign language.

  • FFA members receive district awards

    Three members of the Marion/Florence FFA chapter received awards at the South Central District FFA Banquet April 18 at Stafford High School, Stafford. Adam Cope was recognized as the district proficiency award winner in the area of Beef Placement. Adam will also be recognized at the state FFA convention in June as the state winner in this area of proficiency.

  • CHS seniors show creativity in projects

    When Centre High School English teacher Jennifer Montgomery began assigning senior projects 10 years ago, they were research papers and presentations. Gradually the projects became more personal for students and the seniors began using different methods of presentation.


  • Octogenarian lived on the rails during his youth

    The three years Buddy Dick has lived at Marion Assisted Living is about as long as he has ever stayed in one place. Dick was born in 1924 in Texas, but he said he was born on the railroad. The Santa Fe Railroad is in Dick’s blood. His father worked on the railroad as an engineer while Dick was growing up; the family slept in train cars — either a passenger car or a regular car modified for families.

  • Area gains volunteer extraordinaire

    Jeanice Thomas and her husband, the late Paul Thomas, bought the house at 222 N. Cedar St., Marion, about 20 years ago and spent most weekends for the next 17 years making the trip from Wichita to Marion. In 2008, the couple made the move to living in Marion full-time. Since then, Jeanice has taken an active part in the community, both in politics and culture. Her first involvement in local politics was when Marion City Council and Marion Airport Board discussed disallowing the Heart of America Free Flight Association from having its 2010 annual gathering at Marion Municipal Airport. The group had its 2009 gathering at the airport, largely because of Paul’s involvement in the association, but the Airport Board was displeased with the outcome of the event and rejected the association’s request to return in 2010.

  • County resident takes flight of a lifetime

    When the Central Prairie Honor Flight recipients landed at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Thursday, more than 100 people were waiting to greet the returning World War II veterans. The crowd clapped, cheered, and thanked the honor flight recipients while they walked down the sloping terminal — from the security station to the front door. Some of the people in the crowd were family and friends, most people were strangers who wanted to show their appreciation for the veterans’ service.


  • MHS softball wins 2 Tuesday

    The Marion High School softball team won both games Tuesday at home against Inman. The Warriors scored 5 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a 12-7 deficit and tied the game.

  • Warriors split with Sedgwick

    The Marion High School baseball team split a doubleheader with Sedgwick Thursday in Marion. The Warriors won a tight contest in the first game, 5-4.

  • MHS softball drops 2

    The Marion High School softball team lost both games to Sedgwick on Thursday at home. The Warriors tied the first game at one when Sarah Guetersloh singled home Annie Whitaker.

  • Hett, McCarty set PRs, place

    Sixteen Marion High School track and field athletes placed Thursday at the Conrad Nightengale Invitational. Whitney Gordon won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches, her best jump this season. She placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.72 seconds, which was a personal record for Gordon. She was also part of the sixth-place 4x400 relay team with Sarah Eurit, Katie Ehrlich, and Alicia Maloney, 54.95.

  • Leiker places 2nd

    The Marion High School golf team finished fifth out of 11 teams Thursday at the Remington invitational golf tournament in Newton. Landon Leiker finished second with a score of 81.

  • 3 MHS golfers finish in top 20

    The Marion High School golf team finished fifth April 18 at the Council Grove Invitational tournament. Wiley Lundy finished 14th for the Warriors with a score of 89, 43 on the front nine. He was one of three Marion golfers to shoot an 89. Tim Costello finished 15th; he shot a 44 on the front nine. Landon Leiker finished 16th; he shot a 40 on the back nine.


    Centre golf places 7th at invitational


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