• Commission to meet with pipeline reps

    Marion County Commission Chairman Randy Dallke wants to know specific road problems caused by construction of the Keystone Pipeline in the county. County commissioners will meet with representatives of TransCanada, the pipeline’s parent company, Friday to discuss road repairs.

  • Stutzman Refuse Disposal sold

    Waste Connections Inc., of Folsom, Calif., has purchased Stutzman Refuse Disposal Inc., the largest provider of waste and recycling services in Marion County. All of the company’s contracts and services will continue, said Don Rogers, sales and operations manager of Stutzman Refuse Disposal, headquartered in South Hutchinson.

  • Hospital surpasses $1 million in pledges

    St. Luke Hospital has surpassed the $1 million mark in its fundraising efforts. To date, more than $1,006,000 has been raised. Donations and pledges began in November and have continued for nearly a year. The goal is $1.25 million, which will provide additional enhancements to the hospital’s renovation project.

  • Elections are Tuesday

    Local, state, and national positions will be up for grabs Tuesday in the 2010 general election. National

  • Karr, Longbine face off in Senate candidate forum

    Party lines were drawn on some topics by Senate candidates Jerry Karr, D-Emporia, and Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia, during a candidate forum Sunday afternoon at USD 408 Performing Arts Center, Marion, but the two candidates also agreed on many issues. The most popular question asked by readers of the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin was whether the candidates supported the state’s willingness to exempt TransCanada from property taxes in Marion County and five other counties for 10 years.

  • More students going head over heals

    There have been two pleasant surprises this year for Diane Jeffrey and her gymnastics class. She has five boys enrolled in the two classes.

  • Artists return to their craft

    Brian Davies did not let his dream die even though life rudely interrupted its progress. “The older I get the more I realize that people start on new paths all the time,” Davies said.


  • Sister Oswald Havlik

    Sister Oswald Havlik, CSJ, 89, entered eternal life Oct. 24, 2010. The daughter of Anton and Leopolda (Stary) Havlik, Patricia was raised in Tampa.

  • Velma Mathews

    Former Marion resident Velma Mae Mathews, 92, died Oct. 26 at Asbury Park in Newton. She was born Feb. 14, 1918, in Holly, Colo., to Guy and Bessie (McComas) Phillips.

  • R.W. Neaderhiser

    Rolland Wesley “R.W.” Neaderhiser, 95, died Saturday at Parkside Homes Health Care Center, Hillsboro. Born Dec. 5, 1914, in Manchester, to Benjamin and Florence (Trott) Neaderhiser, he attended schools in Manchester, Talmage, and Longford, graduating from Longford High School.

  • Randy Sawyer

    Randy Gene Sawyer, 58, died Oct. 13 at his home in Marion. He was born May 3, 1952, at Council Grove to Roy and Mary (Sams) Sawyer.

  • Marie Schultz

    Marie Schultz, 90, of Hillsboro, died Oct. 23 at Parkside Homes of Hillsboro. Born Nov. 20, 1919, in York County, Neb., to John B. and Elizabeth (Wiens) Ediger, she was a homemaker.



  • Sometimes we're too close to see

    It’s funny how we don’t think our families do things that are newsworthy. I guess when we’re close to the action, we don’t see the impact. I was contacted a few months ago by Marion County Department on Aging Coordinator Gayla Ratzlaff because she was looking for a photograph of my mother from the 1960s for the county senior citizens group’s 50th annual dinner. I had forgotten that my mother was the social worker hired to administer the grant that began the county senior organization.

  • Closed sessions are more than just following rules

    On this page this week, Marion Mayor Mary Olson responds to an editorial in last week’s paper about executive sessions and her behavior at a council meeting. She defends her actions by citing Kansas Open Meetings Act.

  • Mayor explains behavior

    (Editor’s Note: Mayor Mary Olson submitted this to the Record in response to an editorial in last week’s paper.) After reading the editorial in last week’s Marion County Record and report of the Marion City Council meeting, I felt the need to respond.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went camping. After a good meal, they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see. What does that tell you,” Holmes asked.


  • Karr has values

    When I think of Jerry Karr, two words come to mind — integrity and trust. Born and raised in the 17th District, Jerry was taught that the success of a man is not judged by his wealth, his popularity, or his connections. Instead, he is judged by the integrity of his person and the trustworthiness of his actions.

  • Experience counts

    When heading to the polls Tuesday, local residents should choose the candidate with the right experience to represent the 17th Senate District. I believe that candidate is Jerry Karr. Jerry has spent his entire life selflessly serving our community. In the policy arena, Jerry served as our state Senator for nearly two decades, as co-chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Wind Power in Kansas, as a member of the Kansas Commission on Rural Policy, and an appointee to the Kansas Inc. Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee.

  • Education is a priority

    As a retired college instructor, I support Jerry Karr in his election bid for the 17th state Senate District. While serving the Kansas Senate, Jerry Karr was instrumental in the passage of the school finance plan that provided smaller school districts, like ours, with needed funding. This plan ensured that all districts were able to provide the same quality of education to our kids.

  • Candidate is ag-minded

    In times like these, rural Kansans need someone like Jerry Karr to stand up for our interests in the state Senate. As a self-made farmer and a member of the Kansas Commission on Rural Policy, Jerry understands the challenges facing Kansas farmers and agricultural producers living in the 17th District. That’s why, as a state Senator, Jerry fought hard for a number of issues that benefitted rural Kansas, including legislation that protected family farmers and expanded economic opportunities in the Flint Hills.


  • County toy run will be Nov. 6

    The 17th annual Marion County Toy Run will be Nov. 6. Participants will meet at 1 p.m. at SherBowl Lanes, 131 S. Thorp St., Marion, and ride to Hillsboro State Bank, where some toys will be distributed. An auction and chili feed will follow at Hillsboro American Legion Post 366.

  • Engineering offices nearly finalized

    Darin Neufeld has signed contracts to set up offices in Hillsboro and Marion and is just waiting on the finalization process. Neufeld’s engineering firm Evans, Bierly, Hutchinson, and Associates will rent space at 105 S. Main St., Hillsboro, and 500 E. Main St., Marion.

  • St. Luke Hospital in black for the year

    The end-of-the-year financial status was revealed Tuesday to the board of directors of Hospital District No. 1 of Marion County. St. Luke Hospital’s net profit for the fiscal was $86,525. The hospital was 58 percent under budget, expecting to bring in $204,345.

  • Hillsboro police narrows scope to find suspect

    A Hillsboro woman reported being raped Oct. 6. She told Hillsboro police she met a man earlier in the evening and invited him to her apartment before he attacked her.

  • Peabody Main Street Association wins 5 state awards

    Peabody Main Street Association won five awards during the Main Street Awards of Excellence ceremony Friday, part of the Kansas Downtown Symposium in Hutchinson. Frank and Janice Woodruff received a Kansas Main Street Community Award recognizing their efforts volunteering in the community.


  • Marion native finishes book about Bosin

    Margaret Williams Norton of River Grove, Ill., has published a book about Native American Blackbear Bosin and the “Keeper of the Plains” sculpture in Wichita, which he designed. The tall, 5-ton statue, made from rust-colored steel, was installed in 1974 on the bank of the Little Arkansas River, next to the Mid-America All Indian Center.

  • Costello: Croatia was unexpected delight

    Croatia is a country Chris Costello of Marion probably would not have chosen to travel to, but now that he has visited the country, it’s a place he thinks should be on travelers’ radar. Costello traveled to Croatia for a two-week vacation in June at the invitation of his brother, Pat, who spent about six weeks in Kosovo as part of an American Bar Association program.


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  • Clickers, electronic quizzes give insight to student development

    One of the most difficult things about being a teacher is deciding when students need to work on a lesson a second or third time. Tests and quizzes are the barometer for students’ knowledge, but teachers only have so much time during the school year and need to cover all material in the curriculum. Writing and then grading a quiz is a time-consuming process and would be negated if the test showed students understood the material.

  • Marion/Florence FFA members attend national conference

    Members of Marion-Florence FFA Chapter attended the 83rd National FFA Convention Oct. 20 through 23 in Indianapolis. More than 50,000 students, parents, and advisers attended the national convention.

  • Two MHS seniors are winners of high school Heisman award

    Sarah Guetersloh and Andy Shipman are Marion High School winners of Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. To be eligible for this award, students must exhibit excellence in academics, athletics, and community and school leadership.


  • Pioneers celebrated for the first 50 years

    It was a time to reflect on the past 50 years and plan for the next 50 when senior citizens from around the county gathered Thursday at Marion Senior Center to celebrate the 50th year of the Senior Citizens of Marion County organization. Past directors, board members, and those considered pioneers were recognized.

  • Gardener sponsors seed-share event

    Darlene Carlson of rural Lincolnville is sponsoring a seed- share meeting 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Lincolnville Community Center. The 66-year-old woman is a prolific gardener, producing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. She sells produce, flowers, homemade jams and jellies, ornamental and herb plants, and other items at Hillsboro Farmers’ Market every year. She also has a greenhouse business and sells bedding plants grown from seed every spring.

  • Grant administrator, social worker had heart for people

    When the Ford Foundation chose to give Marion County a $26,500 grant to start a senior citizens pilot program, county commissioners hired Elisabeth Reznicek to work on the project. Susan Berg, managing editor of the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, is her daughter. She was 3 years old at the time.


  • Warriors defeat SES 28-13

    From the Marion High School football team’s first possession of the game, Warriors returning from injury made a mammoth difference in the outcome of the contest. The Warriors defeated Southeast of Saline, 28-13, Friday in Marion in the second game of district play.

  • Warriors defeat Lyons, lose at substate

    Marion High School volleyball team lost to No. 1 seed Burlington on Saturday in the second round of the Council Grove substate tournament, 14-25 and 15-25. The Warriors ended the season with a record of 15-20.

  • MHS boys qualify for state

    The Marion High School boys cross-country team qualified for state Saturday, tying Hillsboro for second but finishing third because Marion’s sixth runner, Clark Kroupa, finished one place and two seconds behind Daniel Gray of Hillsboro. “I knew we had a shot,” coach Bethany Carlson said of going to state. “I just wasn’t going to say we were going to do it and jinx it.”


    Undefeated Cougars roll over Altoona-Midway, 54-6, Lady Cougars end season at substate


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