• County may award jail contract Monday

    Bids for Marion County’s jail construction varied by as much as 16.5 percent when they were opened Thursday afternoon. Architect Andy Pitts of Treanor Architects P.A. will review the bids with the commission and make a recommendation on Monday.


  • Marion approves park fundraising

    The Marion City Council, minus council members Steve Smith and Chris Meierhoff who were responding as emergency workers at a car accident, approved the Marion Park board’s request to begin raising funds for a new gazebo Tuesday. Todd Heitschmidt represented the park board and said he wanted to start raising funds for a new gazebo by Old Settlers Day. The current gazebo is infested with termites, he said.

  • Sales tax receipts jumped in June

    Revenue from sales tax increased 21.6 percent in June compared with 2010, Marion County Commission learned Aug. 31. The county received $67,162 in sales tax for June. June 2010 sales tax revenue was $55,253.

  • New road chief hears county's expectations

    Communication will be the key to success, Marion County Commission told new Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford on Tuesday — communication with the commission, communities in the county, and department employees. Commissioner Randy Dallke emphasized that any issues that arise should be discussed with the whole commission rather than a single commissioner.

  • County businesses face questions about tourism

    Marion County businesses and officials alike are perplexed by the conundrum of appropriate weekend hours. Businesses say they do not have enough customers to keep their shops open on weekends.

  • Burdick celebrates Kansas' birthday

    It was a great day Monday to celebrate the 150th birthday of Kansas. For the first time in a long time, it was as comfortable in the sun as in the shade at the Burdick Labor Day celebration. The temperature was in the 70s after an unusually hot summer. As usual, a large crowd was on hand to view the 60 entries in the 2 p.m. parade announced by Diana Jost.

  • Labor Day weekend is big in Florence

    The 74th annual Florence Labor Day weekend celebration had good crowds and nice weather. The only hiccup was a downpour at the end of the street dance on Saturday. This year’s main event on Saturday was “It’s Magic,” a magic and comedy performance by T.A. Hamilton. From mind reading to the guillotine, he left the audience laughing.

  • Marion-Florence FFA dominate annual "Barnyard Olympics"

    The Marion/Florence FFA in conjunction with the Florence Labor Day committee hosted the 5th annual county-wide FFA Barnyard Olympics competition on Monday. Teams from Marion and Hillsboro competed in events ranging from a trailer backing contest to hay bale stacking. There was also a bale toss for height, a steer roping contest, and a wheel-barrow obstacle course. Girls’ division Individual results: Alicia Maloney, first; Lauren McLinden, second; Erin Loewen, third; Lauren Geis, fourth; Ericka Herzet, fifth. Team results: Marion, first; Hillsboro, second and third. Guys’ division Individual results: Aaron Klassen, first; Nathan Unruh, second; Derrick Dvorak, third; Clint Kroupa, fourth; Evan Slater, fifth. Team results: Marion, first; Hillsboro, second; Hillsboro 2, third; Marion 2, fourth.


  • Ardella Brunner

    Ardella J. Brunner, 77, of Herington died Aug. 31 at her home. Born May 22, 1937, in Geary County to Floyd F. and Lois D. (Adam) Kemph, she was a nurse aide at the Lutheran Home in Herington for many years.

  • Virgil Buckner

    Virgil (Pete) Buckner, longtime resident ofMarion, died at his home in Langley, Okla., on Thursday. Virgil was born in Mountain Home, Ark., on June 11, 1927.

  • Robert Carrell

    Robert Carrell died Friday at his home in Peabody. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie (Platt) Carrell and brothers Richard and Warren of Indiana.

  • Elda Ebel

    Elda Evelyn Ebel, 94, homemaker, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at Life Care Center of Cheyenne, Wyo. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, with Rev. Brett Huebner officiating; interment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Jost funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Dean Glahn

    Dean R. Glahn, 73, of Gypsum, died Aug. 30 at his home. Born March 28, 1938, in McPherson to Henry and Gladys (Vermillion) Glahn, he graduated from Roxbury High School in 1955 and served in the U.S. Navy.

  • Ernestine Hurdle

    Ernestine M. Hurdle, 80, died Monday at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis Street, Wichita. She was born Jan. 26, 1931, near Cedar Point on the family farm, to Ernest and Gladys (Fetrow) Lespagnard, who preceded her in death. Her sister Ruth “Rusty” Ford also preceded her.

  • Doris Janzen

    Doris Janzen, 82, died Sept. 4 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born May 7, 1929, to Benjamin and Elizabeth (Unruh) Janzen in Goessel. She worked at Northview in Newton and was a member of Tabor Mennonite Church.

  • Linda McLain

    Linda Sue McLain, 61, formerly of Marion, died Aug. 29 at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. Born Jan. 11, 1950, to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Larson, she married Larry McLain in 1968. He preceded her in death.

  • Arlene Sittner

    Arlene K. “Hett” Sittner, 70, died Aug. 28 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Born February 27, 1941, in Marion to Homer and Wilma Bowers Hett, she was a graduate of Westmar College and received her master’s degree from Kansas State University. She was a home economics teacher. She was an active member of the Peace Church of Hudson. On July 21, 1972, she married Marvin Sittner in Marion. He survives. Other survivors include a brother Warren Hett of Dighton, a sister Ruth Snodgrass of Santa Barbara, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.

  • Louise Wood

    Louise Shaddox was born June 8, 1930, near the Canadian River at Rodgers Place in Oklahoma, to Curtis and Dovie Massengale Shaddox. When Louise was in high school, Curtis moved his family to Elmdale, Kansas, where she met Earl Wood. Louise and Earl were married Aug. 11, 1948. They lived in Manhattan, until Earl completed Veterinary School, after which they moved to Marion.



  • Lawns can rebound from summer

    Record-high temperatures put Marion County lawns under extraordinary stress this summer, causing many homeowners concern over possible long-term damage. Helping those lawns recover, however, may not take anything extraordinary at all. Standard recommendations for fall lawn care should do the trick for the county’s predominantly fescue lawns.

  • Monarch migration moves into county

    A gentle wave of orange is spilling its way into Marion County this week, as the leading edge of the annual monarch butterfly migration is upon us. The monarchs are on their way to Mexico for the winter, having spent the spring and summer living and reproducing in the U.S. and southern Canada.



  • Virtual school was only choice for 10-year-old

    A sensation that most people take for granted is something 10-year-old Andrea Daeges, of Chanute, will never experience. Because of short bowel syndrome, Andrea cannot digest food and thus cannot eat normally. She is constantly fed through a tube in her stomach.

  • Alternative gift market will be Nov. 12

    Shoppers will have several alternative options for Christmas gifts this year in Marion. At least 19 charities will be represented Nov. 12 at an Alternative Gift Market, the first of its kind in the county. Organizers met Aug. 27 at Marion Presbyterian Church to select projects.

  • Spanish trip highlight was Mass with Pope

    When two million people from all over the world converged on Madrid, in August at World Youth Day — a Roman Catholic sponsored event for young people — events were held on the runways of Cuartro Vientas airport. Pope Benedict XVI navigated through the crowd in his Mercedes vehicle, where he was elevated and protected with bullet-proof glass, as the crowd parted around him.

  • County requests action on pipeline exemption

    Claiming inconsistencies in the reasoning for a property tax exemption for the Keystone Oil Pipeline, Marion County Commission requested legislators work to repeal portions of the legislation in a letter sent Aug. 31. The letter says that the reasons given for granting the exemption — that the company would go around Kansas if the exemption weren’t granted, that the pipeline would deliver oil to Kansas refineries, and that it would have a significant positive economic impact on counties it passed through — are baseless.

  • Townships played larger role in early county history

    Will Meysing of Portland, Ore., recently discovered an old Clark Township book in the attic of his parents’ home at 2871 Quail Creek Road, northwest of Pilsen. The 15-by-11missive is labeled “Justices Civil Docket” and contains recordings of civil proceedings and even a few criminal proceedings that occurred in Clark Township beginning in 1887, soon after the township was created.


  • Dietrichs to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Walt and Iona (Moses) Dietrich of rural Tampa will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 16. Their children Melissa Stuchlik (Chris) and Maylene Fletcher (Michael), and grandchildren — Thomas Clegg, Chace Dietrich, Charles, Timothy, and Quentin Stuchlik, and Bre Fletcher — have requested a card shower in honor of the occasion. They were married Sept. 16, 1961 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wichita.

  • Sad times can't keep Irene Richmond done

    Irene Richmond of Marion probably has had more than her share of sad times, but she is resilient and makes the most of every year she is given. Although no one would guess it by looking at her, Irene will be 95 years old on Friday.

  • St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary purchases AC for store

    The St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary met Thursday with 21 members present. Hostesses for the meeting were Rosemary Garrard, Dorothy Youck, Henrietta Waner, Beth Collett, Dorothy Conyers, and Elora Robinson. Carolan McFarland presented a program on stress management and relaxation techniques.

  • Max Dunn to celebrate birthday

    Max C. Dunn, formerly of Marion, will celebrate his 84th birthday Sept. 15 at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. He graduated from Marion High School in 1945 and served in the armed forces from 1950 to 1952.


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  • Themes set for VFW patriotic essay contests

    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6958 in Marion and its Ladies Auxiliary are accepting entries in patriotic essay contests. The theme of this year’s Voice of Democracy essay contest for high school students is “Is there pride in serving in our military?”


  • Warriors defeat Lyons, 34-0

    Marion High School Warrior running back Colten Johnson exploded for 238 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors got the 2011 season off to a fast start by crushing the Lyons Lions 34-0 at Marion on Friday night. The Warriors set the tone for the game at the outset with a methodical 85-yard scoring drive. Mikael Antoszyk’s 13-yard run on fourth down from the Lions 22 led to Johnson’s 4-yard scoring plunge, putting Marion up 6-0.

  • Challenge Cup is chance for friendly competition

    Hillsboro golfers will have an advantage as they defend the Bruce-Crofoot Challenge Cup on Saturday and Sunday in their annual matchup with Marion — they will be playing on their home course. Ordinarily, the Challenge Cup rotates between Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course and Marion Country Club, and last year the event was at Hillsboro. However, damage to the Marion course led organizers to keep the tournament at Hillsboro for a second year.

  • MHS volleyball looks to rebound from slow start

    The Marion High School Lady Warrior volleyball squad slipped to 0-5 on the season with match losses to three teams on Thursday at the Moundridge quadrangular. First up for the Lady Warriors was rival Hillsboro, a team in the top-10 preseason rankings for Class 3A, and their most difficult test of the evening.

  • Centre to host volleyball tournament

    Centre High School will host an invitational volleyball tournament Saturday. In pool play in the main gym, Centre will play Herington at 10 a.m., Tescott at 12 p.m., and Little River at 1 p.m.

  • Lady Cougars have a rocky start

    The Centre High School volleyball team, in its first outing of the 2011 season, had a difficult time scoring against teams from Canton Galva and Inman. The triangular was played Aug. 30 at Canton Galva.

  • CHS football tests the water at Peabody

    A relatively inexperienced football team from Centre High School faced its first test Friday at Peabody-Burns. A game full of trial and error, mostly errors, resulted in a defeat of 36-6. The team lost the ball three times on fumbles and three times on interceptions.


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