• Search for man continues at reservoir

    Officials continue to search Marion Reservoir for the body of a missing boater. Timothy Kliewer, 71, of Hillsboro, was believed to have fallen overboard Thursday afternoon after his sailboat was found overturned with no one on board. His truck and trailer also were located at Hillsboro Cove.

  • Commission OKs zoning for cabins

    Marion County Commission took the unusual step Monday of overruling Marion County Planning Commission’s recommendation to reject a conditional use permit application for rental cabins at Marion County Park and Lake. Planning Commission members on April 28 recommended rejecting the application by siblings Chris, Heather, Molly, and Tamra Holub by a 5-3 vote. Planning Commission Chairman David Mueller said some members were categorically against cabins at the lake, while others opposed one location, and others opposed another location.

  • Body had ID of missing man

    The driver’s license of a Marion man last seen in February was found on a body May 2 in a pasture near the intersection of 160th and Xavier roads, but the condition of the body was such that law enforcement couldn’t make a positive identification. Charles Hilliker was last seen Feb. 13 and was reported missing March 8, Marion Police Chief Josh Whitwell said.

  • Food Bank director suspends vouchers

    In a report Friday at the Marion County Interagency meeting in Marion, Janet Bryant, director of Marion County Emergency Food Bank, said some people are overusing the voucher program and draining the agency’s money supply. People who are referred to the food bank for food generally are given $25 vouchers for use at local grocery stores. Bryant said the food bank served 54 families in April, and $1,325 worth of vouchers was handed out.

  • Barn full of hay burns west of Hillsboro, total loss

    When firefighters were called to a barn fire the afternoon of May 9 west of Hillsboro, they determined the best decision was to let the fire run its course. Owner David Randall Hakes, 448 180th Road, Hillsboro, told firefighters he thought the fire was started by sparks when he was mowing. The fire spread to the barn, which was filled with about 100 bales of hay.

  • Airport donors recognized with naming of Baxter Field

    Marion airport will now be known as Marion Municipal Airport Baxter Field. Marion City Council approved the recommendation Monday submitted by the airport authority board.

  • Chingawassa Days

    Bed races organizers Torey Hett and Jarvis Whiteman have been reaching out to possible contestants for the Chingawassa Days staple. In recent years the competition has declined, but they hope to reverse that trend. Response has been generally positive, they said Friday. “I think it will be a success,” Whiteman said.


  • Agnes Bina

    Just as she dedicated her life to devotion for God and family, Agnes Jeanne Mastek Bina entered her eternal rest surrounded by the love of her children on May 14. Born to Vincent and Maria (Floch) Mastek on July 18, 1919, in Brest, France, she traveled as an infant to her father’s homestead in Tampa, where she became the oldest of eight children.

  • Jeffrey Raskopf

    Jeffrey Shawn Raskopf, 45, of Peabody, died May 8, in Marion County. He was born June 25, 1965, to Larry Sr. and Glenda Kay (Wilkinson) Raskopf.

  • Gertie Schubert

    A memorial service for Gertrude “Gertie” (Hicks) Schubert will be 10:30 a.m. May 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fourth and E streets, Ramona. Following the service a luncheon will be served, hosted by Schubert’s sons and their wives, Keith and Vicki of Aurora, Colo., and Gary and Carol of Greeley, Colo.

  • Margie Seymour

    Margie Seymour, 89, of Peabody, died May 10 in Peabody. She was born Sept. 30, 1921, in Manhattan, to Charles and Mazie Rice.

  • Ilse Shields

    Ilse Shields, 77, of Marion, died May 14 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. She was born Jan. 7, 1934, in Mageburg, Germany, and came to the U.S. in 1967.

  • Bernice Strotkamp

    Bernice Ethel Strotkamp, 81, of Burns, died May 10 in El Dorado. She was born June 14, 1930, in Houston, Mo., to Jesse and Bertha (Baker) Lea.

  • Warreen Wilkinson

    Warreen Elizabeth Wilkinson, 91, of Peabody, died May 12 at Peabody Care Center. She was born Jan. 9, 1920, to Waren and Maude (Butcher) Blanchard.



  • 4-H project becomes business for Peabody entrepreneur

    When Duane Unruh, 21, of rural Peabody was in third grade, his siblings and neighboring cousins were raising and showing hogs in 4-H. He wanted to do something different. When his father suggested chickens, he went for it. Unruh bought day-old chicks and ended up with 50 laying hens and 100 broilers that his parents helped him butcher.

  • Farmers brace for poor yield as dry weather hurts crops

    Farming is a business where an inch can make a substantial difference in production — between making a profit, breaking even, or losing money. “It would be tremendous if we would catch an inch of rain in the next week,” Hillsboro farmer Steve Bartel said May 5. “If it were to rain, it would be better than last year.”

  • Young consultant advises livestock feeders

    The Kansas Livestock Association, a nonprofit organization funded by membership dues, owns a business that provides environmental services to farmers and livestock producers. It is a for-profit business not funded by KLA dues. Derek Belton of Tampa is the Compliance Technology Manager for the company. The 2003 graduate of Centre High School earned a degree in agriculture technology and a minor in agronomy in 2007 from Kansas State University.

  • Horsewoman finds tranquility on trail rides

    It’s Friday. While most 20-something-year-old women are planning a weekend that may include shopping, eating out, movies, and spending time with friends, there is one Marion woman who is thinking about loading up her horse trailer and venturing out into the wilderness on horseback.


  • Proposed new truck route challenged by residents

    Five residents of Jex Addition submitted a letter to Marion City Council on Monday asking the board to deny a request by Darryl and Linda Brewer to change the city’s truck route. The Brewers own a truck parking lot on South Grant Street and had requested the city change the truck route. Currently, trucks are required to reach the lot from the south, crossing unmarked railroad tracks with limited visibility. The business had been shut down when the Marion Planning Commission did not approve a conditional use permit for the business. The Brewers took the case to district court and the board of zoning appeals was required to review the case and make a determination. The appeals board overturned the previous ruling, which allows the business to operate.


  • Marion is deserving of recognition

    When the announcement was made this past week that Kansas Department of Commerce was going to travel around the great state of Kansas to promote tourism by visiting notable events and places, it was disappointing to say the least that no Marion lakes or Marion’s Chingawassa Days were included on their stop. The “Faces & Places Tour” is being promoted as a “driving billboard” to promote Kansas tourism.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    A group of friends went hunting and paired off into twos for the day. That night one of the hunters returned to the campsite alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck. “Where’s Harry?” he was asked.

  • Legislative update

    We passed a budget. That’s not exactly a surprise since we’re required to but we passed a negotiated budget late Thursday evening. OK, it was actually 6 a.m. Friday when we passed it, but by passing it “late on Thursday,” we don’t get paid the extra day and at least we saved the state some money — one day’s legislative payroll. In previous columns, I have discussed many of the issues reported, and constituents may want to re-read those reports for additional background. The final state budget that was passed was negotiated by the Senate and House Joint Conference Committee, with give and take on more than 250 differences of opinion on how to structure the budget, and a difference of thought on the size of the ending balance left in the budget on June 30, 2012, which is the close of the fiscal year — a predicted sum we hope to achieve.


    What do we want?, Lake was not intended as housing complex, No benefits from splitting county staff


  • Flying group to celebrate Baxters

    If not for former Marion residents George and Pearl Baxter, and other friends in Kansas Flying Farmers, charter member Alberta Brinkman would not have stayed in the organization. The Baxters’ contributions to the Flying Farmers and Marion will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Marion Municipal Airport. Dedication will be at 1 p.m. The date is the 65th anniversary of the Flying Farmers and the airport will also open a pilot’s lounge that was paid with money from Pearl Baxter’s estate.


    Burdick, Senior Center

    Jirak-Ziesmer, O'Dell-Haines, Story-Walker

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago


  • Graduates: Seek your future

    The top three scholars of the Marion High School class of 2011 had common messages Sunday to their classmates — make the most of your talents. The 49 seniors were recognized for their accomplishments at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center.

  • Awards distributed at FFA banquet

    Marion-Florence FFA Chapter conducted its banquet for parents, members, and employers April 28 in the Marion High School cafeteria. Members were recognized for activities during the school year and received awards. More than 130 members and guests attended.

  • MHS, CHS freshmen place in contest

    A team of freshman agriculture education students from Marion High School took third place May 11 at the South Central District FFA freshman ag mechanics contest at Inman. Clint Kroupa placed 10th individually. Activities included tool identification, a written safety test, a problem solving activity, identification of parts on a metal ironworker, and a welding skill. For the welding skill, contestants were required to use an oxy-acetylene torch to make a straight cut and a cut with a 45-degree angle on a piece of metal.


    20 graduate from CHS, Mowrer scholarship fund rooted in Lost Springs history


  • Marion softball loses to Hillsboro in second round

    The Marion High School softball team lost its second-round game Tuesday of the regional tournament to Hillsboro, 10-0, in Lyons. Annie Whitaker recorded the Warriors only hit in the first inning. Trojan pitcher Tena Loewen escaped the inning without giving up a run. Only one other Marion baserunner would reach base all game; JayDee Schafers was safe at first after a throwing error by Hillsboro shortstop Stephanie Sanders. Loewen struck out one hitter in five innings of work.

  • Girls advance in first round

    The Marion High School Warriors softball team won its first-round regional game Monday at Salty Archer Field in Lyons. The fifth-seeded Warriors defeated the fourth-seeded Sterling Black Bears, 4-2. One day after graduation, Raelene Allen pitched what head coach Jill Hudson called possibly the best game of Allen’s high school career. Allen struck out five opposing batters. Hudson also credited the Warriors defense with doing a good job of backing up Allen.

  • Warriors:Statement made with 15-0 win

    After three weeks of struggling to score runs, the Marion High School baseball team exploded offensively Monday to defeat Minneapolis in the first game of the regional tournament, 15-0, at Marion. Seven Warriors scored runs and every Warrior, with the exception of shortstop Corey Seacat, recorded a hit by the end of the four-inning contest.

  • MHS golfers win regional

    The Marion High School golf team won the regional tournament Monday in Marion with a team score of 367. Landon Leiker won the tournament with a round of 82. He shot a 39 on the front nine and a 43 on the back nine.

  • Zeiner places sixth in Big 12 heptathlon

    Marion High School graduate Julia Zeiner finished sixth in the heptathlon for the Kansas State University track and field team Friday and Saturday during the Big 12 Tournament in Norman, Okla. The freshman athlete’s score of 5,142 points is the fifth best finish for a KSU competitor in the event. However, the heptathlon is not an automatic qualifying event for the NCAA tournament. While Zeiner ranks 42 in the NCAA in the event, she is not ranked high enough to compete in the heptathlon June 8 at Drake University. Results 200-meter dash — 12. 26.27 seconds 800 — 5. 2:20.86. 100 — 6. 14.58 High jump — 2. 5 feet, 5.75 inches Long jump — 4. 18-9 Shot put — 11. 31-10 Javelin — 6. 114-2


    CHS athletes set personal records at meet, Golf team sends 2 players to state competition, Academic, athletic awards presented


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