• Marion OKs talks with Power Pool

    Marion City Council unanimously approved a preliminary resolution Monday to negotiate a new contract with Kansas Power Pool. The point of contention among council members is KPP’s request for a 20-year electrical contract instead of the 10-year contract to which the city previously agreed.

  • County seeks estimates for health building

    Making the second floor of the 1887 J. Bowron building usable for offices would probably require temporarily relocating the Health Department and cost as much as $500,000, Dan Hall of BG Consultants told County Commission on Monday. Hall said he had studied the building four years ago. He said sagging floor joists would have to be beefed up. The existing construction wouldn’t meet current building codes for office use. The building’s roof needed major work when he first looked at it in 2007, he added.

  • County tables lake rent discussion

    Marion County Commission voted Monday to delay making any decisions about increasing rent on mobile home lots at Marion County Park and Lake until 2012. Commissioner Randy Dallke said he wanted a full report on expenses for the mobile home court for 2011 from Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson before deciding.

  • Business owners get marketing advice

    Tourism expert Richard Smalley highlighted Kansas’ strongest assets as a tourism state Tuesday. “We don’t have the plastic experience, fake mountains at Disney Land,” Smalley said. “People make the difference.”

  • EMS classes planned

    Marion county EMS will provide Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Medical Responder training courses starting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6. The classes will be in the Hillsboro City Building. Interested individuals may sign up for the classes and apply for an education incentive grant by visiting the Marion County EMS Office, 202 S. Third St., Marion.


  • Linda Grafton

    Linda Kay Grafton, born May 23, 1950, in Hillsboro, died Saturday morning, Aug. 20, 2011. She was 61. She joins her father, Gus Dirks, and her mother, Elizabeth Dirks. Ever gentle, sweet, creative, talented, and kind, Linda gave unselfishly to others as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, counselor, cook, and friend. Beautiful, with consoling blue eyes, a comforting smile and tender voice, Linda filled her house with lights and with joy as generously as she filled others’ lives with light and joy.

  • Harvey Falen

    Harvey J. Falen, 94, of Hope died Aug. 15 at Village Manor in Abilene. He was born Dec. 25, 1916, to Alden and Florence (Ettridge) Falen of Hope. He grew up in the Hope community and attended Dillon Grade School and Hope High School.

  • Edna Reimer

    Edna Reimer, 84, of Goessel, died Aug. 18 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born March 21, 1927. She married Irvin Reimer Aug. 22, 1946, in Hillsboro. She was a homemaker.

  • Andrew Spachek

    Andrew F. Spachek, 79, died Aug. 4 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born Feb. 3, 1932, to Thomas W. and Mary (Neuwirth) Spachek. He grew up in Pilsen, attending the Pilsen School and Lincolnville High School.



  • A familiar byline returns

    Even as the Big 12 conference seems to be falling apart, we’re doing our best to bring together a bit of old Big 8 rivalries in our newsroom. Joining Missouri grad Ben Kleine and K-State grad Adam Stewart on our staff of reporters and in-house sports debating society this week will be a very familiar face — KU grad David Colburn, whose byline has graced these pages on quite a few occasions over the years.

  • Honoring those who live among us

    Being a hero means more than leaping tall buildings with a single bound, rescuing fallen comrades on a battlefield, saving children from towering infernos, or leading teams to once-in-a-lifetime comebacks. It may not be true everywhere, but in strong communities like ours, we’re surrounded by everyday heroes — people who may not get the same publicity as their more celebrated counterparts but whose loyalty, dedication, and willingness to put the interests of others ahead of their own impact our lives just the same.

  • Another Day in the Country

    Way back in June, from the far reaches of northern California, I ordered chicks. They were to be delivered in August, by mail, to me, in little old Ramona, Kansas, to coincide with the visit of my “chick”, Jana, and her one-and-only “chick,” Dagfinnr. This “Arrival of the Chicks” event was going to be so exciting. Dagfinnr and Jana arrived pretty late at night in Wichita on August 6th. It was really late by the time we landed in Ramona and my little grandson was travel-weary. Even so, we had to tour the house, (with accompanying “I remember this, Baba,” comments) as he familiarized himself once again with Baba’s House. Of course, our tour included the back porch where the Chick Nursery was all prepared.

  • One Woman's View

    With children and youth headed back to school, I have two pieces of seemingly contradictory advice for parents and teachers. I believe with Emerson that “consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.” First, when you expect excellence from your children, you are very likely to get it. This goes for academic accomplishments as well as good behavior. On the other hand, when you expect substandard workmanship or conduct, you are very likely to get that.


    Students beautify roads, Volunteers recognized


  • Marion artist wins judge's award

    Marion County Lake resident and photographer Ronald Beeton is a traditionalist — his award-winning photos were shot with film. He has been pursuing the perfect picture for 40 years. He is willing to wake up during a pitch-black winter morning, drive on snow-covered streets to his favorite spot of barbed wired fence line, and wade through several inches of fresh snow. The inconvenience is worth it for the chance to capture the bright white pillow-like Flint Hills while the sun is rising.

  • Hetts gather for 93rd year

    The 93rd annual Hett family reunion was Aug. 14 at Marion County Lake Hall, where a potluck dinner was shared by family members and guests. Following the meal, reunion president Jeremy Hett conducted a business meeting. Officers were elected for 2012: Torey Hett, president; Jarvis Whiteman, vice president; Shirley Jo Hett, secretary; and Evelyn Hett, treasurer.

  • Democratic women to meet

    Marion County Democratic Women will meet for lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center. Attendees are asked to bring canned vegetables to donate to Marion County Emergency Food Bank.


    Tampa, Burdick, Marion Senior Center

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


  • Adam Cope is finalist for national award

    Adam Cope of Florence was selected as a national finalist for the FFA Proficiency Award in beef production-placement. Cope will be one of only four people to compete for the award at the national finals this October during FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.


  • Thierolf set to be a quadruple threat

    Before the first Marion High School volleyball practice Aug. 15, Kaelyn Thierolf was restless. While her teammates slowly put on their shoes and talked before coach Jim Versch arrived at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center, she busied herself repeatedly setting a ball up and down. The first order of business at practice was to run laps around the track above the hardwood floor. Thierolf raced around the carpeted track, arriving back to the floor minutes before her teammates would join her. “She always wins,” Versch said of Thierolf’s determination to finish sprints first. “It’s a bad day if she doesn’t win.”

  • Marion bowler wins third in national event

    Kenny Rindt of rural Marion placed third in his age division at the 2011 U.S. Bowling Congress Senior Championships for ages 55 and above on July 6 and 7 at Syracuse, N.Y. “I think it was about 26 pins per game over my average,” he said.


    MHS football, MHS volleyball, MHS cross country, CHS football, CHS volleyball


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