• Planning board OKs wind farm

    Marion County Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend approval for a wind farm south of Marion. Rex Savage of Windborne Energy, of rural Florence, has applied for a conditional use permit for a wind farm of up to 79 turbines in an area bounded by 140th and Pawnee roads and U.S. highways 50 and 77.

  • City eyes sewer rate hike

    Marion City Council reviewed a possible sewer rate increase for Marion city customers Monday to help fund a bond issue to dredge the city’s sewer ponds. The proposed increase was from $12 to $15 base rate per month for all customers and from $1.20 to $1.50 per 1,000 gallons of water usage for residential customers only.

  • Kapaun pilgrimage is Nov. 11

    The eighth annual Archdiocese of the Military Services Pilgrimage to Pilsen, home of Korean War hero and Chaplain Father Emil J. Kapaun, will be Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Mass will be at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church-Holy Family Parish, Pilsen. Celebrants will include Bishop Michael O. Jackels, bishop of Wichita; Monsignor Thomas P. Olszyk, judicial vicar of the archdiocese for military services; Monsignor Sommers, a Kenrick Seminary classmate of Father Kapaun; and visiting chaplains and priests of the Kansas dioceses.

  • Pipeline gives more than $430K for road repairs

    It was apparent that TransCanada, the company installing an oil pipeline through Marion County, was ready to deal Friday with the county commission to restore county roads. Remington Road, between 290th Road and U.S. 56, was already in disrepair when the project began in May but repeat pipeline truck traffic caused the road to further disintegrate.

  • Turnout is excellent for election

    Marion County posted voter turnout that election officials characterized as excellent in Tuesday’s general election. Of 7,658 registered voters, 4,494 actually voted, making voter turnout 58.7 percent.

  • New Marion City Clerk takes office

    Marty Grill began his duties Monday as Marion City Clerk. The Turon native has an accounting and finance background, and most recently was self-employed as an accountant and substitute teacher.

  • County attorney asks for pay increase

    County Attorney Susan Robson asked the county commission to consider giving her a raise Friday since she has provided additional counseling this past year. Robson said she was elected to be the county attorney with the primary function of prosecuting cases, but this year in particular, she has worked numerous hours on special assignments from the commission.


  • Velma Bredemeier

    Velma A. Bredemeier, 92, of Carrollton, Mo., died Oct. 30, at Life Care Center of Carrollton. She was born March 2, 1918, in Marion to Amous and Lula (Wisdom) Bogart. She attended Marion High School.

  • Jona Dyck

    Jona H. Dyck, 93, died Oct. 29 at Moundridge Manor in Moundridge. Born Aug. 8, 1917, at Hillsboro, to David H. and Anna (Hoeppner) Dyck, he was a farmer and a minister.

  • Virgil Meyer

    Virgil M. Meyer, 93, died Oct. 20 at Abilene Memorial Hospital. He was born March 8, 1917, near Carlton, to Jesse and Thirza (Jones) Meyer.

  • Charles Miller Jr.

    Charles E. Miller Jr., 77, of Herington, died Oct. 31 at his home. Born Feb. 15, 1933, at Salina, to Charles E. Sr. and Mary L. (Hickey) Miller, he graduated from Salina High School in 1951 and moved to Herington in 1969.

  • Eli Suderman

    Eli J. Suderman, 94, died Nov. 1 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Born Aug. 9, 1916, in rural Hillsboro, to G.W. and Anna (Loewen) Suderman, he was a farmer and stockman.

  • Dorothy Whisler

    Dorothy L. Whisler died Oct. 28, at Legacy Park, Peabody. Born June 19, 1914, in Walton, to Chester A. and Leora (Wagoner) Waggy, she grew up in rural Burns. She was the middle child of seven children.



  • The Free Press does it again

    We’re glad that the Hillsboro Free Press, which causes a stink about the matter every few months, finally has admitted to local officials that it cannot legally publish official notices. We assume the Free Press will now be giving a refund to the Burns fire protection district, whose public notice it fraudulently published last summer, and will apologize to other local officials for the consternation it caused a few years ago by creating — then quickly abandoning — a sham publication it contended was qualified to publish official notices. The latest Free Press ploy involving public notices is that it wants to put them on the Internet. It says it wants to do it for free, but like everything else the Free Press folks do, at some point they undoubtedly will come back with their hands out, wanting to charge. Meanwhile, local government is being asked to assume all of the liability for legal challenges that might arise if there’s some difference between a notice the Free Press unofficially publishes and the actual, legal version of the notice published officially in a qualified newspaper.

  • Take lesson on giving

    Pearl Baxter was a generous person. Her generosity will be appreciated for years to come in Marion as her trustees finish the final distribution of her estate. She gave money to the church she attended, the hospital that served her, the library that provided her hours of reading enjoyment, and the airport she and her husband George patronized when they were active with the Flying Farmers organization.

  • Getting lost in the shuffle

    My sister sent me a text message as I was trying to eek out both productivity and “me time” while my daughter “napped.” I put down the laundry soap I was making and read it. “It has taken me an hour and a half to empty and reload the bleepin’ dishwasher. So . . . How’s YOUR day going?”

  • Another Day in the Country

    Life is basically one series of adjustments after another — what you can do and not do. What you can wear and not wear. What you can eat and not eat. Where you can go and not go. When you get it all figured out, it would be nice if it would stay that way indefinitely. Some things do stay for a while. Others are very fleeting.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    I am seeking your vote. It is a vote for truth and freedom. Vote “yes” and keep hope alive. Vote “yes” and keep me alive. I am your local church.


  • Costs finalized for new airport building

    After nearly an hour of discussion, Marion City Council came to an agreement with the trustees of the Pearl Baxter estate and airport advisory board Monday evening regarding the demolition and removal of the current airport office and additional site work associated with the construction of a new office building. Longtime Marion resident Pearl Baxter had bequeathed $75,000 to the airport board for a new office building. Trustees of Baxter’s estate wanted to be certain the money was being used only for the office building and not for expenses the city should cover.

  • Defense motions in rape trial denied

    Defendant Lora Gay was in handcuffs Monday in the Marion County Courtroom for a motion hearing. Gay is facing two counts of rape, and one count each of aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated kidnapping, criminal threat, and battery, stemming from events occurring over a six-day period around June 23 in Peabody.

  • Municipal water intake free of zebra mussels

    Despite murky water, diver Jeff Willard could see Friday that a water intake structure at Marion Reservoir was free of zebra mussels. That is important, because the intake structure is the source of municipal water for Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody.

  • Bowhunter hasn't missed a season in 45 years

    “Every year you hunt, you learn something different,” Peabody resident Jerry Foth said Saturday. That means Foth has been learning about bowhunting for 45 years. He started hunting deer with bows and arrows as soon as Kansas made it legal.


  • Family Century Farm goes back 127 years

    The farm owned by Helmut and Carol Wituk of Pilsen and Carol’s sister, Marian and her husband, Randy Guapo of Wichita, has been designated a Century Farm by Kansas Farm Bureau. The homestead is located a half-mile north of Pilsen and 1.25 miles west on 280th Road. The designation signifies that the farm has been in the same family for 100 years or more, with at least 80 acres of originally deeded land.

  • 100th birthday brings memories of lost son

    100th birthday brings memories of lost son By ROWENA PLETT Staff writer What could be more terrifying to a parent than to find out a child is missing?

  • Tillie Hein to celebrate 102 years Monday

    Tillie Hein to celebrate 102 years Monday By ROWENA PLETT Staff writer The birthdays come and go for Tillie Hein of Tampa. She will be 102 years old Monday.

  • Cowboy traditions influence holiday decor

    When guests visit the home of Mark and Lisa Johnson, 2175 E. U.S. 56, Marion, they can visualize the cowboys who rode tall in one of three historic saddles on display. The Johnson’s home is among four homes in the Marion area that will be part of the Candy Cane Christmas Home Tours sponsored by Marion City Library 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 28.


    Burdick, Senior center, Tampa

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  • Dangerous distractions

    Marion High School junior Justin Rahe was all over the virtual roadway Thursday while driving a simulator, before he eventually drove off the road. The simulation was intended to show students how much the distraction of text messaging can affect driving ability.

  • MHS students win math contest

    Two teams of Marion High School students won contests Oct. 27 at the Donald L. Bruyr Mathematics Day at Emporia State University. Patrick Hodson, Tim Costello, and Dillon Richmond were the winning algebra team in the 3A through 1A schools group.

  • MHS students map Central Park for events

    Marion High School students Patrick Hodson and Adam Moelleker are mapping Central Park, Marion, as a part of their computer-aided drafting class. The two seniors’ schedule could not fit the regular period of teacher Roger Schwab’s CAD class, but both students showed an interest in engineering.


  • Trojans shut out Warriors, 23-0

    “We didn’t make enough plays,” Marion High School coach Grant Thierolf said after the Warriors 22-0 loss to Hillsboro Thursday in Hillsboro. The quote was a repeating chorus to Thierolf’s postgame remarks. Although the game was a defensive struggle, when opportunity knocked, Hillsboro was able to open the door.

  • Hett places 6th at State

    A year’s worth of hard work paid off for the Marion High School cross-country team Saturday morning at Wamego. The team finished ninth behind Minneapolis and ahead of Winchester-Jefferson County North. Sophomore Jordan Hett finished sixth with a time of 17 minutes, 30 seconds -- besting his freshman-year finish by three places and 15 seconds.


    Cougars move on to regional


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