• County awards $3 million jail contract

    Loyd Builders Inc. of Ottawa won the bid to construct a new Marion County Jail with a bid of $3,055,000. Marion County Commission awarded the contract Monday after Andy Pitts of Treanor Architects P.A. reviewed all nine bids the county received. Pitts said he has experience with Loyd Builders from another project, and said they have been good to work with.

  • Carlsons' Grocery to get upgrades

    Lunchmeat, hot dogs, eggs, cheese, butter, and similar items will be unavailable at Carlsons’ Grocery in Marion for a day or two in mid-October, while the store installs new refrigeration cases. “Hopefully we won’t be torn up for too long,” co-owner Linda Carlson said Friday.

  • Ginger Becker coming into her own as an artist

    Marion Elementary School second grade teacher Ginger Becker has taught at nearly every level of elementary school through her 23 years of teaching, 20 at MES. During that time, she has encouraged individual students to express their artistic talents. While doodling might be a classroom infraction for some teachers, Becker took it upon herself to buy sketchpads for active artistic students to take home with them so they could draw whenever they received inspiration.

  • Wichita Eagle ending daily delivery in county

    The Wichita Eagle has decided to eliminate non-Sunday delivery to Marion County, president and publisher Kim Nussbaum said Tuesday. Daily subscribers received a notice of cancelation with their Saturday newspapers.

  • Lots of hours required to prepare for crafts shows

    Hillsboro and Marion will be exemplars of both commerce and volunteerism this weekend, as the communities welcome thousands of people for Arts & Crafts Fair in Hillsboro and Art in the Park in Marion. On one hand, vendors will line the streets of downtown Hillsboro and Central Park in Marion, peddling their wares. On the other hand, it takes countless hours by organizers and other volunteers to make such events run smoothly.

  • Road superintendent recommends closing bridge

    With barely a week on the job under his belt, Marion County Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford gave the county commission bad news on Monday. He urged the commission to consider closing a bridge over the North Cottonwood River on 310th Road between Bison and Chisholm Trail roads. The 100-foot span on a dirt road is in such poor condition that it has a weight limit of 3 tons, he said. Although closing the bridge would affect a few landowners in the vicinity, replacing it would be tremendously expensive for its use. Crawford gave a very rough estimate of $750,000 to $1 million to replace the bridge.

  • Road chief has construction experience

    Randy Crawford’s new job as Marion County Road and Bridge Superintendent solves a longstanding dilemma for the Hillsboro resident. He wanted to see more of his children’s activities, but work interfered. “I was on the road quite a bit with a construction company,” he said Thursday.


  • Martin R. Hajek

    Martin R. Hajek, 87, died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. He was born in rural Tampa Dec. 9, 1923 to Stanley and Elsie (Klenda) Hajek, graduated from Tampa High School, and attended Wichita State University. He served in the army during World War II.

  • Burdette Peterson

    Burdette E. “Bud” Peterson, 61, of Burdick, died Friday at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was born on Nov. 9, 1949, in Herington, to Wendell E. and Mary Deane (Burns) Peterson.

  • Justene Raleigh

    Justene L. Raleigh, 92, died Sept. 9 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born near Windom on May 18, 1919, to Clive and Leona (Rush) Myers. She married Ralph Raleigh on Aug. 3, 1940. She was a farm wife.



  • Singing the Bowron building blues

    County Commissioner Dan Holub, an otherwise noble, diligent and at times insightful public servant, appears not to understand our concerns about the county’s plans for the 1887 J. Bowron Building. (See his letter to the editor on this page.) We don’t know which line item of the county’s voluminous budget includes money for what project. Information like that no longer is included in the county’s public notices, which have been so trimmed down from the old days, when every check written had to be publicly disclosed, as to be almost unintelligible.

  • Another Day in the Country

    I’m not sure that breasts are a topic up for discussion in this portion of The Marion Record, but I’m going to give it a try. Recently I was invited to join a “breast awareness” project to assist the fight against breast cancer. It was called “Blinged Up Bra Contest.” Artist friends of mine had each done one. My friend Phyllis said, “You’ve just got to see what we’ve been working on in the Studio.”


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  • Lincolnville buys new park equipment

    Just in time for Octoberfest, the city park in Lincolnville has a new set of play equipment for youngsters to enjoy. The new equipment is the result of a gift of $12,000 from the estate of Irma (Pagenkopf) Levy. It is geared to 2- to 12-year-olds and includes a composite set of slides, a teeter-totter, and a double-seated bouncer.

  • Roger Fleming speaks to interagency

    Marion County Commission Chairman Roger Fleming wove the theme of cooperation throughout his remarks to attendees of the bimonthly Marion County Interagency Team lunch meeting Friday in Hillsboro. “Residents, officers, businesses – we’ve got to work together to maintain what we have,” Fleming stressed.


  • Ashlee Moore to wed in San Antonio

    Patrick and Jandee Moore of Marion announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashlee Kathryn Moore of San Antonio, Texas, to Adam Michael Biechlin of San Antonio, son of Michael and Cary Biechlin of Austin, Texas. The couple will be married Oct. 1 in San Antonio.

  • Centre community mourns loss of "Bud" Peterson

    The Centre and Herington communities are still reeling from news of the death last week of Burdette “Bud” Peterson of Burdick. He died Friday after a brief illness. Peterson was a graduate of Centre High School and was an instructor there for 24 years. He coached football, served as athletic director, and taught history, including classes over the TEEN network through Butler Community College. Others have said he regarded performance in the classroom as important as performance as an athlete.

  • Brian Bina joins law firm

    Brian L. Bina, formerly of Marion, is now associated with the law firm of Karstetter & Klenda LLC of McPherson and Marion. Bina was born and raised in the Marion area and graduated from Marion High School as one of four co-valedictorians in 2003.

  • Card shower requested for Veronica Konecny

    Patsy Waner, formerly of Marion, has requested a card shower for Veronica Konecny. Konecny, a Marion High School graduate and longtime resident of Pilsen, has recently moved to an assisted living facility in Hutchinson and would greatly appreciate hearing from friends in the Pilsen and Marion areas.

  • One attic, two books, and WWII

    When I trudged up the stairs to the attic in my mother’s house last December, I found things I expected to find: old clothes, old toys, school memorabilia, and more. What I didn’t expect to find as I sorted through one of the many boxes was my Dad.


    Tampa, Marion Senior Center

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  • Marion-Florence school board meets

    Marion USD 408 Board of Education members experienced how two technological innovations provide and enhance learning opportunities for students during their meeting Monday at Marion Middle School and Marion High School. School board members from Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody, and Centre participated in a demonstration of the Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) by Brandi Hendrix, TEEN director.


  • Marion resident goes on mission to Zimbabwe

    Earlier this year, Bob Priest of Marion got hands-on experience with a project he first played a part in eight years ago as he visited Zimbabwe for about three weeks in February and March to finish work at the Zimunya Skills Training Center near Mutare. In 2003, Priest welcomed Chief Eddy Musabayana and Kennedy Mhondoro of Zimbabwe into his home for 45 days while they visited United Methodist churches gathering assistance to build a skills training center in their home country.

  • County to send two vans to Senior Fair

    For several years, Virginia Downing of Marion has been a fixture at the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging Senior Fair each fall in Salina. “It’s very educational,” she said Friday. “You get a lot of first-hand information about what’s happening with Medicare.”


  • Gordon commits to Wyoming

    Marion High School Lady Warrior senior Whitney Gordon has announced her intention to play basketball for the University of Wyoming after she graduates, and a decision by her sixth-grade coach may have been instrumental in making it possible. In 2005, Jerry Smith was coaching a sixth-grade girls recreational league team, and he had a problem. He didn’t have a point guard.

  • Lady Cougars sweep pool, place third

    The young Centre High School volleyball team proved its competitiveness in the Centre Invitational Tournament Saturday by winning all three matches in pool play against Herington, Tescott, and Little River. The Lady Cougars played Berean Academy in the semifinals, losing the first game, 25-17, but coming back to win the second game, 25-23. They were defeated in a close third game, 25-22, putting them into contention for third place.

  • Cougars show improvement

    In the first home game of the season Friday, the Centre Cougars were defeated, 58-22, by the Little River Redskins. After being forced to punt over and over again in the first quarter and giving up 20 points, the team began to make some progress in the second quarter.

  • Warriors football team remains undefeated

    Strong defense set the tone in the face of early miscues, and the Warriors scored on offense and defense for a decisive 34-12 Marion win Friday night against the Inman Teutons at Inman. “With the exception of three or four plays on defense, our guys played lights out,” said Marion head coach Grant Thierolf.

  • Lady Warriors place second at Centre tourney

    A slow start to the volleyball season is a thing of the past after the Marion High School Lady Warriors won four matches Saturday, before losing to Berean Academy in the championship match of the Centre High School Invitational. One of those match victories in pool play came against Berean Academy, who the Lady Warriors defeated earlier in the week in two games on Sept. 6.

  • Thierolf takes first at Hesston cross country

    Kaelyn Thierolf won the Class 3-2-1A sophomore girls race at the Hesston Swather Special Cross Country meet Thursday in Hesston. The event is unique in that runners from Class 3-2-1A schools are in a separate division from larger schools, and runners compete only against others in their same grade level.

  • Opponent changes for upcoming MHS JV football game

    The Marion High School junior varsity football team will play at Southeast of Saline next Monday at 6 p.m. The game originally scheduled against Bennington has been canceled, according to Marion head coach Grant Thierolf.


  • Marion County attractions and events

  • City museum weds something new, something old

    Old Settlers’ Day is fast approaching, and Marion City Museum, a place specializing in ‘old,’ will once again be a favorite destination for visitors. But bringing some newness to the old is a goal museum director Cynthia Blount and the museum’s board of directors have for local residents and the steady stream of out-of-town visitors throughout the year, something achieved through a variety of activities and changing exhibits.

  • Every corner of the county is rich in history

    For the second consecutive year, teacher, historian, author and storyteller Brian Stucky will be leading the “Secrets of Goessel” historical tour Oct. 1 during Harvest Festival in Goessel. He specializes in the history of Goessel and surrounding area, but he said all of Marion County is rich in history.

  • Art and Music Stroll is step for Marion's 'artistic colony'

    As a part of Marion PRIDE, Jeanice Thomas has studied the information returned from citywide surveys in June. One major complaint from residents was the empty Duckwalls building on Main Street. However, suggestions for a replacement business were not the advice Thomas was looking for.

  • Woman dedicates herself to history, Peabody

    Susie Schmidt has a different relationship with history. To her it is not just events written in a book that have no bearing on her life. Schmidt lives history. She has been a seamstress for 40 years and she currently specializes in crafting Victorian era clothing. Her husband, and Peabody City Council member, Tom Schmidt, participates in Civil War and other historical reenactments. Schmidt has made clothing for many women who participate, from Civil War era ball gowns to hoop petticoats. She has also made women’s clothes for Operation Celebration.

  • Agritourism is a promising resource

    Marion Economic Development director Teresa Huffman said one untapped source of tourism in Marion County is agritourism. Huffman said agritourism is about selling an experience, for example, people coming to the county who would be interested in calving cows in the winter and harvest in the fall.


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