• Kemble goes to Washington

    Jerri Kemble, superintendent of Centre USD 397, traveled earlier this spring to Washington, D.C., to confer with other administrators who are engaged in virtual learning. It was her second annual trip for that purpose. She discovered that Centre is on the map of the nation’s top advisers. The National Network of Digital Schools sponsored the conference.

  • Hospital has new look, more space

    After years of the physical therapy department at St. Luke Hospital being in an area about the size of two hospital rooms, therapists and patients are now enjoying an area that is six times larger. The first phase of renovations and new construction at St. Luke Hospital opened Monday at 537 S. Freeborn St., Marion.

  • Body of minister found

    The body of Timothy Kliewer, 71, of Hillsboro, was spotted by a boater 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the shore between Hillsboro Cove and French Creek Cove at Marion Reservoir. The retired minister had been missing since May 12 when his catamaran overturned at the reservoir between Marion Cove and Cottonwood Point.

  • Cancer patient puts trust in God, alternative medicine

    Bryan Harper, 48, of Florence, keeps a quote by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the wall by his desk at Midway Motors in Hillsboro. “We do not have to become heroes overnight,” Roosevelt said. “Just a step at a time, meeting each thing as it comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”

  • On the road to recovery

    After more than a month in Via Christi Hospital and rehabilitation in Wichita after a head-on car crash, 39-year-old Dean Snelling of Goessel went home May 18 with his parents, Dale and Tootsie Snelling of rural Chase County. “I’m doing good today,” Dean said at his parents’ home Thursday. “My pain level is at a good low.”

  • Father and son work to restore church

    Visitors will be welcome this weekend at the former Rosebank Brethren in Christ Church one mile west and two miles north of Ramona. Thane “Jay” Plank, 68, of Ramona purchased the building several years ago and is working to restore it to its former glory. The facility will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Coffee and cookies will be offered, and bathrooms will be available.

  • Grammy-winners Diamond Rio to play at Marion festival

    Chingawassa Days headlining band Diamond Rio broke onto the country music scene with a bang in 1991 when their debut single, “Meet in the Middle,” reached No. 1 on the U.S. country music charts. It was the first of five No. 1 hits the band has recorded. The others are “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” and “I Believe.”


  • Elsie Burkholder

    Elsie M. Burkholder, 74, of Marion, died May 19 at Marion Assisted Living. She was born May 2, 1937, in Marion, to Lonnie and Irene (McKibben) Smith. She graduated from Marion High School.

  • Lucille Fredrickson

    Lucille J. Fredrickson, 87, of Marion, died May 23 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. She was born Sept. 20, 1923, in rural Chippewa, Wis., to John and Agnes (Meier) Hart .

  • Marian Kandt

    Marian R. Kandt, 78, of Salina, died May 16 in Salina. She was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Lincolnville, to Arnold and Lillian (Kaiser) Riffel.

  • Beth Wilson

    Beth Anne Bartel Wilson, 51, died May 15 in Denver. Survivors include her parents, Lila Bartel and Herbert Bartel, and a brother, Paul.



  • Let's remember those who have paid the ultimate price

    Memorial Day weekend. The first official kickoff to summer. The kids are out of school. Most adults have a three-day weekend. The weather is usually sunny. Yes, it’s the perfect weekend for a family outing. Let’s go through the checklist.

  • Another Day in the Country

    It’s that time of year — the season of new beginnings. The world is full of hope as the earth turns on its axis and the weather warms. New life emerges. Right about this time every year I’ve been in Kansas, I survey my garden and smile. It’s lovely. The ground is fertile and newly tilled. Pre-annuals peak through soil and volunteerism is on the rise. Bulbs unlock their tightly held secrets of joy, irises are in bloom, and the world is beautiful.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    Final exam questions are, shall we say, underappreciated. Some of the answers are too. Here is how some students answered a few questions on a final exam in their science class:
  • Define H2O and CO2. One student wrote, “H2O is hot water; CO2 is cold water.”
  • On a question concerning how a city purifies its water, one student said, “A city purifies its water by filtering it and then forcing it through an aviator.” I think all pilots just flinched.
  • In response to a request to name the four seasons, another young scholar replied, “The four seasons are: salt, pepper, mustard, and vinegar.”
  • And yet another, when asked how we get dust, said, “The main cause of dust is the janitor.”
  • Finally, one pupil defined the spinal column as, “A long bunch of bones — the head sits on the top and you sit on the bottom.”
  • Seeds of something fine

    I took a much-needed trip recently to visit old friends. On my own. A chance to be a woman and friend and not so much a mom or wife for a few days. I’m normally quite obsessive about making arrangements before heading in to any new venture. I’ve relaxed over the years and even made a point of doing so with this trip.


    Constituent not pleased with cabin decision, Keep experienced people in aging department



  • 7 MHS track athletes qualify for state meet

    Look no further than the Thierolf family for an example of the Marion High School track team’s success Friday at its 3A regional track meet in Hillsboro. Freshman Kaelyn Thierolf dominated the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs. She lapped a competitor in the 3200 to win the race with a time of 12 minutes, 33.73 seconds. She was 26 seconds faster and more than 100 meters in front of the second-place finisher.

  • Distance runners take first at league track meet

    Both the Marion High School boys and girls track teams placed third May 13 at the Heart of America league track meet in Newton. The female Warriors outscored the boys team, 73-68, for the first time this season. Kaeylyn Thierolf led the way with a first-place finish in the 3200-meter run, with a time of 12 minutes, 19.8 seconds, and a second-place finish in the 1600, 5:39.8. Both marks were new personal bests for the freshman distance runner.

  • Marion golfers overpowered at state tourney

    The Marion High School golf team finished 11th out of 12 teams at the 3A state tournament Monday at Salina. Senior Landon Leiker shot one stroke higher than his Marion regional winning score, 83, but finished 49th out of 102 golfers. He shot a 37 on the back nine. Leiker followed up a double bogey on the 13th hole to hit birdies on 15 and 16.

  • MHS baseball loses to Hillsboro in regionals

    “It’s baseball,” coach Roger Schroeder said. “It’s a mean, nasty game.” The Marion High School baseball team had more than its fair share of mean, nasty moments this past season.


    Kassebaum heading to state


  • Artist takes it one 'step' at a time

    Frelna Crawford, of Marion, was visiting Jan Davis at Gallery 101 in early April when Davis showed her a drawing of her sculpture garden, which she plans to open by June 12. Crawford noticed that the drawing included plain concrete stepping stones, so she went home and brought back a piece of art she had made — a concrete stepping stone with stained glass embedded in it, forming a pattern.

  • Walker wants to commune with nature, people, and God

    Yashen Mu is on a mission. He is determined to walk across Kansas in the next 30 days or less to see the country and meet people.

  • Expansion in progress at Cottonwood Point

    The biggest news for visitors at Marion Reservoir this year is that the Cottonwood Point campgrounds are being expanded and will be closed at some point. The expansion will include the addition of an entire new loop of campsites at Cottonwood Point and the construction of a new gatehouse. The new camping loop will include a swimming beach, and each new campsite will have electrical, water, and sewer hookups for recreational vehicles.


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