• ‘Community effort’ pulls drowning boy from lake [UPDATED]

    A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized Saturday after a valiant 20-minute effort by Marion County Lake residents and staff to rescue him from 8 to 10 feet of water at the lake’s swimming beach. Residents involved in the rescue said the boy did not initially respond to resuscitation from emergency medical technicians at the scene.


  • Murder defendant appears in court

    Dustin Tyler Smith, 24, of McPherson, made his first appearance in McPherson County Court on June 1 on the single charge of premeditated first degree murder. Smith is charged with the murder of Justin John Milne, 30, of McPherson. McPherson County sheriff’s officers believe Milne was murdered May 29 in McPherson. Smith was found May 29 near Milne’s burning 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe near Marion Reservoir. Milne’s body was found 1.5 miles northeast of the burning vehicle.

  • Contract for jail architect approved

    Marion County Commission approved and Commission Chairman Roger Fleming signed a contract with Treanor Architects P.A. on Tuesday for work on a new county jail. The architecture firm from Topeka will be paid $250,000 for design and professional services. They will also be paid 110 percent of cost for surveying, geotechnical work, printing, and some travel. Architect Andy Pitts estimated those expenses will total $6,000 to $8,000.

  • Charges for rescue vary widely in county

    Having a vehicle accident in Marion County is expensive … even more than drivers may realize. Fees for fire, ambulance, and rescue truck services vary throughout Marion County.

  • Council discusses pending litigation

    Marion City Council met in closed session Monday to discuss the pending legal action against the city by Darryl and Linda Brewer, owners of a truck parking lot in Jex Addition. The council met for attorney-client privilege for 70 minutes with city attorney Keith Collett and city administrator Doug Kjellin.

  • Pilgrimage continues cause for Father Kapaun

    The weather was merciless this weekend as a band of walkers made their way across more than 60 miles of county roads. Catholics and protestants, men and women, young and old, came from all walks of life to walk for a priest who died helping others.

  • Art & Music Stroll will provide variety

    It will be a combination of music and art Sunday in Marion. An Art & Music Stroll will be 1 to 5 p.m. with art on display and music performed at local businesses.

  • Chingawassa rocks the town

    Chingawassa Days Committee members knew something was bound to go wrong eventually for the annual festival Friday and Saturday in Marion because too much had already gone right. Mike Powers, committee chairman, was astounded at how smoothly the planning of the event went weeks before the scheduled festival. Usually, there are a series of small crises to smooth out before the festival. However, all the committee members were prepared for their events this year.


  • Richard Brenzikofer

    Richard A. Brenzikofer, 77, died June 4 at his home near Marion. He was born June 6, 1933, at Newton, to William and Demelia Belle (Pierce) Brenzikofer.

  • Victor Brunner

    Victor P. “Vic” Brunner, 93, of Herington, formerly of rural Burdick, died June 3 at Herington Municipal Hospital. He was born June 13, 1917, at Ramona, to Henry F. and Ida (Heoppner) Brunner.

  • Avis Faulk

    Avis Ayler Faulk was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Avis passed away May 24. She would be the first to say, “Don’t be sad; it’s just the next adventure!” Born in Kansas and raised on a farm, Avis always sought to help others. An award-winning Girl Scout troop leader and trainer, she sponsored the Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas, Wilderness Society while serving the university as acting dean of women. Upon completion of her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University, she returned to serve as resources librarian at Sul Ross. Avis loved the outdoors and was a lifelong camper.

  • Robert 'Dale' Hague

    Robert “Dale” Hague, 63, died May 31 at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis St., Wichita. Born March 6, 1948, in Newton, to Lyle and Roberta “Bobbie” (Reld) Hague, he graduated from Peabody High School in 1966. He graduated from the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.

  • Daisy Herbison

    Daisy D. (Mosiman) Herbison, 86, of Newton, passed away June 3, in Wichita. She was born May 29, 1925, in Bloomfield, Mont., to Tobias and Mildred (Byrd) Richert.

  • Howard Hiebert

    Howard Lee Hiebert, 74, of Clay Center, died June 7 at his home. He was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Hillsboro. He was raised in Hillsboro, graduated from Hillsboro High School, and worked for 25 years at the IGA grocery store in Hillsboro.



  • For a good cause

    This simple farm boy from Marion County grew up just like any other child in the early 1900s. He was raised a Catholic, attended school, worked on the family farm, and probably behaved much the same way as many other children. Father Kapaun would go on to college and the seminary to become a priest. He had a calling to serve his fellow man in the military. And what a calling that was.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    My time in jail was brief but meaningful. I have a picture that captures the experience in freeze-frame reality. My left hand is clutching one of the black iron bars as I stare out at the camera. In my right arm, I am holding my little son and standing next to me on my left side is my daughter. It was quite a family moment — the three of us peering out from between bars — and my wife on the outside taking the picture. After that photo was taken, I nonchalantly strolled right out of the jail and into sunshine splashing through the canopy of leafy tree branches above the tiny house of detention. Don’t worry, there was no bloodhound assisted manhunt that followed, nor were there posters that declared “Baby face Larry” to be the FBI’s most wanted fugitive.

  • Legislative update

    June 1 was Sine Die. The Governor had signed the budget with a few line items vetoed and we had one last look at those matters. The one that gave me concern was related to the Arts Commission. The Governor’s veto of the roughly $680,000 budget completely unfunded it; like many of you who contacted me throughout the session, I disagreed with cutting out the Arts Commission, and I voted to override the Governor’s veto. While I knew we didn’t have the votes to override it, I thought I ought to stay true to my advocacy during the session. We mustered a majority of those representatives who came to Sine Die (50 of us voted to override), but that was short of the constitutional two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. I hope the arts flourish; I guess we’ll do it without funding from our state. The Governor did appoint a new commissioner and he pledged some of the funds remaining from his inauguration to the Arts Commission, about $150,000.

  • Seeds of something fine

    Last year was our first experience of Chingawassa Days. As parents of a 1-year-old, and considering the oppressive heat that weekend, we didn’t attempt to participate in much. This year, we were ready for something a bit more exciting. Knowing our toddler, we still weren’t planning to spend the whole day at the festival, but we were just sure she’d be interested in enough things to make it worth the effort.


  • Florence council hears about hydrogen generator business plan

    Burns resident Shawn Ridder talked to the Florence City Council on Monday about his plan to start a business in Florence. Ridder wants to build hydrogen generators that produce H and HHO gases; he said the building at 2505 U.S. 50, owned by Joel Hayes, would be ideal for the operation.

  • Bluegrass at the Lake is sure to please

    During the summer, Marion County Lake is alive with sounds of boats, children playing in the water, and people visiting at campgrounds. On June 18, the air will be filled with sounds of banjos, mandolins, fiddles, and guitars with Bluegrass at the Lake.

  • Engineer selected for Lincolnville sewer project

    Lincolnville City Council voted Monday to hire EBH Engineering of Marion to design the project to revamp the city’s sewer ponds. According to sewer chairman Joe Vinduska, the firm was highly recommended in reference letters he received. The council has applied for a grant to cover the cost of the project. Dennis Burch, who was sworn in as a new council member in May, serves as streets chairman. He received approval to purchase $455 of millings for the section of Sixth Street that lies west of Topeka Street. He said pothole repairs to city streets would be made in July and August. He reported receiving assurance from county commissioner Dan Holub that Cemetery Road would be repaired from 290th to the cemetery entrance. It contains deep potholes. Burch instructed city employees to install yield signs at strategic locations around town. The city already has the signs.

  • Moran talks health care, budget in Florence

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran walked Thursday into the basement of Doyle Creek Mercantile in Florence to a room of people anxiously awaiting his arrival. Moran wasted no time in engaging the crowd, immediately introducing himself and his views to 28 people in attendance. It was the last of Moran’s 60 planned Kansas town hall meetings.


  • Family's artistic talent traces to grandfather

    Judith Priest of Marion holds many memories of her father, Howard Bish, hard at work in front of an easel, crafting one of hundreds of paintings. Priest and her sister Diane would observe their father transform a blank canvas into a scene of a farmhouse nestled in a vast prairie.

  • Emergency food bank helps in time of need

    People who volunteer to staff the Marion County Emergency Food Bank see firsthand the need for food assistance that some people experience. Donations of food or money are appreciated. A local woman who wishes to remain anonymous uses the food bank as it was intended — in times of emergency. The working woman said she has used the food bank two times in the past three years. She used it again recently when she was sick for a week and had no income.


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  • FFA chapter attends state convention

    Members of Marion-Florence FFA Chapter attended the 83rd annual Kansas FFA Convention June 1 through 3 in Manhattan. MHS FFA members participated in a leadership workshop and attended all six sessions.

  • Cope wins state FFA award

    Adam Cope, a member of Marion-Florence FFA Chapter, was recognized Thursday for having one of the best career development programs in the state at the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention. He received a state FFA proficiency award during the convention for outstanding accomplishment in development programs that will prepare him for a career in agriculture.

  • Lewis wins state creed speaking competition

    Centre FFA member Kevin Lewis won the creed speaking competition at the 83rd Kansas FFA Convention in Manhattan. As the winner, he presented the creed in the opening session of the convention on June 1. He will also compete at National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, Ind.


  • Answering the call to remember

    When a woman celebrates her 50th wedding anniversary and anticipates her 70th birthday in the coming weeks, she may look forward to slowing down and taking time to smell the roses. Rose Mary Neuwirth of rural Lincolnville knows some of her work is finished but another chapter in her life is about to begin.

  • Senior citizens can enjoy summertime safely

    Many people look forward to the warm weather, particularly senior citizens. Spending time outdoors can be healthy and refreshing, but seniors exposed to too much sun and heat could be at risk medically. One of the factors contributing to seniors’ risk of health implications from hot weather is their loss of the sensation of thirst as they age. Without the desire to drink regularly, individuals could become dehydrated very easily. This, factored in with changes in body temperature regulation, can result in confusion, falls, and other preventable adverse effects.


  • Warriors receive all-league honors

    Five Marion High School baseball players last week were named to Heart of America League teams, as were two MHS softball players. Junior Cole Lewman was named as a first-team outfielder. Lewman played every outfield position during the year but primarily patrolled center and left fields. He was also prone to making diving catches on sinking line drives.


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