HEADLINES

  • School enrollments mostly down

    Most school districts in Marion County suffered enrollment decreases this fall. That is a problem, because state funding is determined on a per-pupil basis. State aid to schools is $4,012 per student of weighted enrollment.

  • Postal workers 'go pink'

    Area post offices are having a contest to see who can raise the most money to support breast cancer research through the sale of special stamps. Connie Johnson of Burdick, Officer In Charge at the Lincolnville post office, set a personal goal to sell at least 800 stamps, which equals 40 sheets. She sent out a letter to patrons stating her goal and pledging to dye her hair pink if she reached it.

  • House fires destroy homes in Marion, Lincolnville

    A house in Marion was destroyed by fire Thursday but no one was injured. The fire alarm for Bill and Lisa Anderson’s two-story, nearly 100-year-old house, at 503 S. Cedar St., sounded at 12:38 p.m.

  • Former Marion business settling into Hillsboro park

    Scully Estates and Midlands Farm Services Partners Agent Doug Sharp and secretary Sharon Andes are anxiously awaiting the completion of a new office in the Hillsboro business park. They have been working out of a construction trailer next to the office site since summer. They moved to the site in Hillsboro this summer. The Scully office had been in Marion for the past 130 years.

  • Defendant in murder trial has chance for plea bargain

    Former Peabody resident Chad Carr, accused of killing his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son, will have an opportunity for a plea settlement. A settlement conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 14. Settlement conferences are a process where a judge, other than 9th District judge Richard Walker who is trying the case, will hear both sides of the case and then each side will offer separate proposals moderated by the judge.

  • Bredemeier to turn 103

    Longtime Marion resident Clara Bredemeier’s secret to a long life is simple — “Good friends, lovely relatives,” she said. Preparing to celebrate her 103rd birthday Saturday, the modest, unassuming great-grandmother doesn’t know why she’s lived for more than 100 years but takes life one day at a time.

  • Flu vaccine available in nasal spray

    Marion County Health Department had such a positive reaction to H1N1 influenza vaccines given as a nasal spray in 2009 that the department is making seasonal influenza vaccines available in the spray form, Health Administrator Diedre Serene said. “People who get the nasal love it,” Serene said.

DOCKET

FARM

  • 2010 Centre graduate chooses farming as a career

    Alex Hajek of Tampa graduated from Centre High School in May. He has been involved in his family’s farm operation since childhood and plans to make agricultural production his career. With the average age of farmers nearing 60, his dedication to farming is an encouraging sign.

  • GPS has myriad benefits for farmers

    With the help of a global positioning system, farmer Randy Vogel of rural Marion was able to see his son, Eric, compete at the state track meet and still get the day’s work done. It was the right time to plant crops, and conditions in fields were good to get the work done, but Vogel wanted to see his son compete in the track meet. He went to the event and returned home late, but was able to plant at night.

  • Wheat remains principle crop

    The past year was the lowest year on record for the number of acres of wheat in Marion County, and the first year under 100,000 acres. Wheat acreage in the county has been in decline for several years, said Farm Service Agency County Executive Director William J. Harmon.

  • Wise and prudent

    Are extremists in the environmental movement really concerned about the welfare of our animals, the quality of our water and conserving our planet, or are they trying to change the world to fit their own image? Listening to their agendas and following their actions, there is little doubt such extremists are hell bent on eliminating animals in production agriculture. Referendums like those in California, Ohio, Missouri, and other states by well-funded animal rightists are taking direct aim at the rights of farmers and ranchers who raise, care for, and sell farm animals.

  • Soybean yields vary, cash price is excellent

    Phil Timpken, manager of Mid-Kansas Cooperative Association elevator in Peabody, estimates there was a 25 percent increase in the number of acres planted to soybeans this year. “Yields are no comparison to last year, but they are good,” he said.

  • Monsanto donates $2,500 to HHS FFA

    A $2,500 donation from seed company Monsanto to Hillsboro High School FFA came at a fortuitous time. Because of budget constraints, USD 410 Board of Education eliminated district funding for all out-of-state trips, including FFA National Convention, which begins today in Indianapolis, Ind.

GOVERNMENT

  • Commission split on graveling road for resident

    Marion County commissioners wish to meet with a property owner who has requested the county gravel a dirt road. Two roads from the unidentified property owner’s home near U.S. 50 are graveled, but the property owner wants the road directly from the home to the highway graveled, Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said.

  • City sells part of parking lot to Elgin owners

    Marion City Council approved the sale of part of a parking lot west of the Historic Elgin Hotel and Bed and Breakfast on Monday. Elgin owner Jim Cloutier had asked the city several months ago to consider selling him about one-fourth of the city parking lot. He wanted the space to build a garage for his personal vehicles and to have parking stalls for his customers. At Monday’s meeting, city economic development director Doug Kjellin said Cloutier was offering $1,500 for the south half of Lot 59, Miller’s First Addition.

OPINION

  • Closed sessions should be last resort, not first option

    Monday’s council meeting was another exercise in futility. As an observer and reporter, I was appalled when the mayor called out a council member — like a student in a classroom. She stifled him which ended the discussion about an important topic — executive sessions. Kudos to Steve Smith for questioning the number of executive sessions requested at each meeting. Some council members missed the points Smith was trying to make. Smith questioned whether some of the topics brought to executive sessions could be handled internally — by paid department heads. He also wanted more background information about executive sessions in the information packets provided by the city administrator prior to meetings.

  • Caring about one another

    This truly is a caring community. We’re reminded of this quite often when a member of our community has a tragedy and the community comes to help. I cannot begin to imagine what it would be like to lose a house and all my belongings — especially to have them within reach and not be able to get to them.

  • Become informed -- come to the forum

    A candidate forum for state senate candidates Jeff Longbine and Jerry Karr is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center in Marion. This newspaper supports voters being informed, which is the reason we facilitate candidate forums. We need sound leadership in every aspect of government. The only way to make informed decisions is to meet the candidates and see how they perform under pressure.

  • It's time to prepare for flu season

    (Editor’s Note: With flu season nearly upon us, Brenda Rhodes, lab manager and infection control chairman at St. Luke Hospital, offers these tips and information for staying healthy.) No one can predict the magnitude of the upcoming flu season or any flu season. Will it be mild or will there be flu outbreaks, which will affect all of us one way or another?

  • Another Day in the Country

    There’s really more to that old phrase than the title suggests. I come from a long line of people who had a strong distinction between what was presented to the world at-large and what was for private consumption only. If a family matter became public knowledge, my grandmother referred to it as “airing your dirty laundry.” She was also a strong advocate for putting on clean underwear when you went out the door to run an errand. “You never know …,” she’d admonish.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    We went shoe shopping for our 2-year-old and the salesperson put her foot in her mouth. The experience started in a positive direction when my toddler son cooperated with having his feet measured. Afterward we were giddy when we picked a shoe that the store actually had in stock. Next came the relief of having the energetic little lad sit still while the shoes were place on his feet — the finish line was in sight. Then it was time to let Josiah get down from the chair and take a test run in his new footwear.

OTHER NEWS

  • Pediatrician to see patients in Marion

    Derek Brown, a pediatrician in Emporia, will begin seeing patients Nov. 2 twice a month in Marion. “I’ve always embraced pediatrics,” he said. “I really enjoy working with children.”

PEOPLE

SCHOOL

  • Leiker: Marion schools maintaining edge despite funds

    Despite cuts in state funding, lower enrollment, and a reduction of teachers and aides, Marion USD 408 continues to excel, Superintendent Lee Leiker said Friday at the monthly chamber of commerce luncheon. “We’re an excelling school district, maximizing tax dollars available to us,” he said.

  • Staff needs more time, MHS principal says

    Marion High School principal Brenda Odgers said the school needs more staff development days if they are to improve ACT and state assessment test scores. Odgers gave a presentation to USD 408 board members Oct. 11 in response to the board’s criticism of ACT scores Sept. 13. While the board accepted the need to make math and reading review classes mandatory, they did not make a decision on allowing more staff development days.

  • Kemble presents action plan to address bullying

    At the USD 397 board of education meeting Oct. 11, Superintendent Jerri Kemble presented an action plan to combat bullying. She reported the formation of two committees that are working on how to incorporate character education into the daily curriculum. One part of that education will be to make students aware of bullying behaviors and that such behaviors are against the law.

SPORTS

  • Warriors dominated at Remington, 43-24

    The Warriors lost to Remington 43-24 Friday at Remington. Marion was down 43-0 early in the third quarter. Marion started with the ball and ran three rushing plays. The first two runs resulted in no gain. On the third try, Regnier was tackled in the backfield for a 4-yard loss.

  • Warriors swept at HOA tournament

    The Marion High School volleyball team lost four matches Saturday during the Heart of America League tournament at Berean Academy. Ell-Saline defeated the eighth-seeded Warriors, 25-20 and 25-21.

  • 2 Marion runners earn best placements of the season

    The Marion High School boys cross-country team finished third Thursday at the Heart of America League meet at Remington. Sophomore Jordan Hett was the first to cross the finish line, placing third with a time of 18 minutes, 8 seconds. He was in second for the majority of the race but was passed on the final straight-line stretch to the finish.

  • MMS Wildcats end season on winning note

    The Marion Middle School Wildcats defeated Inman 20-0 Thursday to end with a 3-5 season record. The first Wildcat touchdown came in the second quarter when Nathan Cyr took the handoff from Bret Foth and passed to Kyle Palic who raced into the end zone. The two-point conversion was successful.

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