• Man overboard at reservoir

    More than 20 law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel, and volunteer firefighters were looking for a man Thursday evening who had fallen off a sailboat that afternoon at Marion Reservoir. When the search was called because of darkness, the boater had not been found.


  • KBI to probe 2 deaths

    An unidentified body of a white male was found at 3:30 p.m. May 2 while Sheriff Rob Craft, Marion Police Chief Josh Whitwell, and Marion Police Sgt. Clinton Jeffrey were conducting a search in the area of 160th and Xavier roads, in the eastern part of the county. The search was a result of a report a missing person possibly in the area. Kansas Bureau of Investigation assisted in processing the scene and collecting forensic evidence. The body was transported to the Sedgwick County Forensic Center for examination and an autopsy to help to identify the body.

  • City utility bills will balance out

    With changes — even good ones — comes some pain. Marion utility customers may experience some pain in the wallet after new electric meters are installed. According to city administrator Doug Kjellin, as meters are replaced, the final reading of the old meter is entered as the usage to be billed.

  • Replacing old road graders would cost county $70K more per year

    Purchasing three road graders with expiring leases and replacing three older road graders would increase Marion County Road and Bridge department payments for road graders by about $70,000 per year for five years, Marion County Commission learned Monday. Foley Tractor representative Garrett Clay met with the commission and Road and Bridge Superintendent Jim Herzet. The three graders coming off lease each have between 6,500 and 7,100 hours of use and are five years old. They could reasonably be expected to work well for another 10 years or more, Herzet said.

  • MHS valedictorians going into technology fields

    Marion High School seniors Dane Purkeypile and Derek Stuchlik will go out at the top of their class Sunday at graduation. Both students earned 4.0 grade point averages for the entirety of their high school careers. And both of them plan to use their talents for math and science in college, studying technological fields.

  • New games, events announced

    This year’s Chingawassa Days festival June 3 through 5, downtown Marion, will be a combination of new and familiar entertainment and contests. Games

  • Lincolnville church to close after 124 years

    The Lincolnville United Methodist Church will close its doors for good May 22. It is thought to be the oldest sanctuary still in use in Marion County. Tom and Lynley Remy of rural Lost Springs have attended the church almost all of their married life.

  • Peabody nursing home sells

    Legacy Park of Peabody was sold May 1 to Deseret Health Group of Centerville, Utah. The announcement was made Monday. “I don’t perceive any big changes,” regional vice president Clayton South said.


  • Betty Baker

    Betty Florine Baker, 87, of Newton, died May 4 at Newton Medical Center, Newton. Born July 30, 1923, in Wichita, to William and Mable (Lambert) Dilley, she was a registered nurse in the Newton school district.

  • Alan Boese

    Alvin Boese, 94, of Goessel, died May 1 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. Born April 29, 1917, in Goessel, to Abraham L. and Maria (Schroeder) Boese, he was a dairy and grain farmer.

  • Tomas Carrasco Jr.

    Tomas T. Carrasco Jr., 82, of Lincolnville, died May 9 at his home. He was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Crystal City, Texas, to Tomas Sr. and Teresa (Torralva) Carrasco.

  • Leonard Klassen

    Leonard F. Klassen, 84, of Marion, died May 7 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. He was born April 7, 1927, at Lehigh to David S. and Anna (Friesen) Klassen.

  • Irma Levy

    Irma P. Levy, 91, of Herington, died May 7 at Salem Home of Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 10, 1920, at Lincolnville, to Henry H. and Clara L. (Weber) Pagenkopf.

  • Gayland Park

    Gayland “Gay” Wayne Park, 76, of Cottonwood Falls, died May 7 because of a vehicle-train accident near Elmdale. He was born Sept. 24, 1934, in his family’s log cabin in Elmdale, to Wayne Way and Hazel (Broiles) Park. He graduated in 1952 from Clements High School.

  • Frank Patton

    Frank William Patton, 93, of Tampa, died April 30. Born April 22, 1918, in Battlefield, Mo., to Lendey W. and Eliza Jane (Viles) Patton, he was raised on a small farm near Nixa, Mo.

  • William Schimpf

    William John Schimpf, 60, of Marion, died at his home April 27. He was born Nov. 23, 1950, at Marion, to William Sr. and Pauline Gertrude (Spachek) Schimpf.

  • Elsa Wiens

    Elsa Wiens, 79, of Hillsboro, died April 26 at Hillsboro. Born May 18, 1931, in Marshfield, Wis., to Adolph and Ida (Lehnherr) Haeni, she was a registered nurse.



  • Good luck, graduates

    This is what most teens dream of and most parents dread — high school graduation. It’s usually a mixed bag of emotions. Parents want their children to grow up and eventually go out into the world. I believe that God designed teens to drive adults crazy, so when the time comes for the teen to leave home, everyone usually is ready for him or her to go. But even when parents are prepared for the inevitable, it is still difficult.

  • Once in a blue moon

    Some have noticed employees of this newspaper driving a new vehicle. Yes, it’s true. We have purchased a smaller version of the traditional van we’ve used in the past. The vehicle purchase was possible because the newspaper owners and editors were thrifty. It also was a decision of economy. This vehicle makes more than twice as many miles per gallon of gas as the previous vehicles. With fuel nearing the $4 per-gallon mark, economy is imperative.

  • Development vision

    This past week, I asked readers to comment on the development of cabins at Marion County Lake. We heard from three mindsets. Some think the cabins are a good idea and support the project. Others do not like the idea of private development on public land. And then there are those who don’t want anything to be developed at the lake. Ever. Period. End of conversation. Irresponsible development is worse than no development but no development can kill this county.

  • Another Day in the Country

    As a mother, is Mother’s Day something you look forward too? Do you relish the celebration? Is the anticipation palpable? Can you hardly wait? Me neither. While families plan and children may be anticipatory — there is an obligation here, don’t forget — I’ve had bad experiences around this event.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    There was a knot-tying over across the pond. I didn’t tune into the highbrow hoopla because I have a life and a document called the Declaration of Independence. Besides, it was the weekend of the NFL draft … I mean, hello … priorities, people.

  • Legislative update

    While waiting on a budget we can vote on, we’ve passed a bill that will regulate scrap metal dealers. Kansas has a problem with thieves stealing copper tubing out of air conditioning units and electrical and telephone wire even when in use, as well as other items. Some thieves have even climbed on the roofs of multi-story buildings, and stripped out the tubing from air conditioning units causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to the building’s owner.

  • Seeds of something fine

    I like to think my 2-year-old has been instilled with a healthy respect for the awesome power of the natural world, animals in particular. We’re big respecters of all life in our house. As vegetarians, we have explained to Lyla that the food on our table comes from plants like the ones in our garden. We have also told her that some food comes from animals, including the milk, eggs, and cheese she and her father partake of. We were lucky enough to have a friend be the wonderful agent of an educational opportunity with eggs recently and Lyla can’t stop talking about it: “We took those eggs from the chickens!”
    I explained to her the chickens let us have them and we should be sure to think of them when we say thanks for our food before we eat.


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  • Snakes alive!

    Steve Unruh of Marion is a snake aficionado — he finds snakes just about everywhere he goes. He shared his love for the reptiles with students May 4 at Marion Elementary School and at Head Start, showing snakes he had captured a few weeks ago and one that morning. However, he warned Laura Baldwin’s sixth-grade class to not do what he does.

  • USD 408 to join virtual school program

    Following the recommendation of Superintendent Lee Leiker, the USD 408 Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to join the virtual school program offered through Educational Services and Staff Development of Central Kansas. The ESSDACK program allows the district to receive state funding for students who take classes through virtual school.

  • MHS forensics place fourth in state

    Marion High School forensics team placed fourth out of 45 teams at state championships Saturday at Wichita East High School. MHS students on the state team were Isaac Baldwin, Caroline Collett, Sarah Guetersloh, Michael Kirkpatrick, Andrew Kjellin, Landon Leiker, Ryan Nelson, EJ Obermeyer, Shayla Rahe, and JayDee Schafers.

  • Past valedictorians tell of life since high school

    After the speeches, ceremonies, and post-graduation celebrations are done, life will take members of the Marion High School class of 2011 along different paths. Valedictorians from 10, 20, and 30 years ago shared what they have been doing since leaving the halls of MHS behind.


    Centre FFA installs new officers for next year, Retiree Granzow honored at Centre FFA banquet, Centre school board contracts for professional custodial services


  • MHS baseball team's luck washes out Tuesday night

    The Marion High School baseball team cannot catch a break. After losing 8-7 to Hoisington in the first game Tuesday, the Warriors were poised to snap a five-game losing streak in the second game.

  • Warriors lose 2 close games to Hillsboro

    Taylor Heidebrecht’s night at the top of the order for the Marion High School baseball team was indicative of the team’s struggles against Hillsboro Friday in Hillsboro. Although he reached base three times in the second game, he did so without recording a hit. He hit three pop flies to each Hillsboro outfielder in the first game, an 8-3 loss.

  • Softball team loses 2 to Hillsboro

    The Marion High School softball team lost two games Friday to the Hillsboro High School Trojans on in Marion. The final scores were 16-1 in four innings and 17-0 in three innings. In game one, the Warriors fell behind, 7-0, before they got their offense going. Shelby Percell led off the bottom of the second inning with a single to right field. JayDee Schafers added a single to center field, and Sarah Guetersloh moved the runners to second and third bases with a sacrifice bunt. MHS scored its only run of the doubleheader when Montana Percell grounded out but Shelby Percell scored from third base.

  • MHS track teams place fifth

    The Marion High School girls track team finished fifth Thursday at Hesston, its best placement all season. Kaelyn Thierolf led the Warriors with first-place finishes in the 1600-meter run at 5 minutes, 49 seconds, and the 3200 with a time of 12:36.7.

  • Leiker places ninth in county tournament

    Marion High School golfer Landon Leiker placed ninth Friday in the Marion County 36-Hole Invitational Golf Tournament. He shot an 83 in Hillsboro and an 84 in Marion for a total score of 167. Michael Gellerman of Sterling won the tournament for a second consecutive year with a 75 in Hillsboro, 66 in Marion, and an overall score of 141.


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