• 2,000 marijuana plants seized

    The size of a crop of marijuana plants seized Monday and other factors indicate the probable involvement of an organized group of out-of-county growers, Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft said Tuesday. “This is not a local operator in our opinion,” he said.

  • Dozens more wind turbines may sprout

    Marion County Planning Commission recommended approving a second application for a commercial wind turbine project west of Florence, despite the protestations of one passionate opponent Thursday night. Rex Savage of rural Florence is seeking a conditional use permit for his Doyle North 2 project, which would be adjacent to the Doyle North 1 project the county approved a CUP for in November 2010. The proposed project is mostly west and southwest of the existing project.

  • PRIDE working on signs for Marion entrances

    The Marion PRIDE committee’s second survey report revealed attitudes about Marion entrances that are more negative than those regarding the park. “A majority of responses revealed comments such as disaster, terrible, awful, junky, ugly and lack of ownership,” PRIDE member Sally Hannaford wrote. “One comment indicated, ‘What you see when you enter a town, often sets one’s opinion of the town.’”

  • County signs on for student loan repayment program

    Marion County Commission took action Monday to set aside $3,000 each of the next five years to entice people to move to the county by repaying portions of their student loans. The state will match that amount. The student loan repayment program is part of Kansas’ Rural Opportunity Zone program. The first two qualifying applicants who move to the county will be eligible to have student loans up to $15,000 paid over a five-year period, provided they continue to live in the county the entire time.

  • County offers tours of health department building

    Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene and county commissioner Dan Holub will give tours of the J. Bowron Building from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today for anyone interested in seeing the condition of the building. At the commission meeting Monday, Holub said he already had 20 people lined up to tour the second floor.

  • OSD race results

  • Sometimes it takes a child to raise a village

    A group of Marion High School students — junior KayCee Robinson, sophomore Katey Ehrlich, and freshman Shayla Kline — gardened for Marion resident Bettie Bots at her home on Elm Street for community service day Thursday. They later went a few doors north on Elm and picked tomatoes for Bud Hannaford.


  • Doris Helfer

    Doris E. Helfer, 90, died Sept. 21 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. She was born in Dodge City on March 20, 1921, to Harvey and Verna Rhoades Marcum.

  • Harriet Holeman

    Harriet L. Holeman, 74, of Abilene died Sept. 19, 2011, at Salina Regional Health Center. She was born April 2, 1937, in Herington, to Harry G. and Lillian L. (Lueker) Granzow.

  • Carol Kinney

    Carol Kinney, 74, of Winfield died Aug. 29, 2011. She was a former Peabody resident and was retired. Carol was born Jan. 18, 1937, in Amborn, Pa.

  • Alma V. McCoy

    Alma V. McCoy, 97, of Hillsboro died Thursday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. McCoy was born June 19, 1914, in Herington to Frank and Laura (Rodes) Burdette.

  • Elda Mellott

    Elda Esther Mellott, 92, died Sept. 20 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Oct. 1, 1918, to Henry B. Schmidt Sr. and Eva (Hiebert) Schmidt. She was a homemaker.

  • Virginia Richardson-Bowers

    Virginia C. Richardson-Bowers, 86, died Sept. 20 at Marion Assisted Living. She was born July 3, 1925, in Newton, to Claude and Irena Neuhauser Ayler.

  • Mabel Waner

    Mabel A. Waner, 96, of Warrensburg, Mo., formerly of Florence died Sept. 19 at Warrensburg Manor Care Center. She was born Oct. 10, 1914, in Aulne, to Ed and Lena (Black) Winkley. On Oct. 4, 1938, she married Virgil Waner in Florence.



  • President lauds hunt club's benefits for farmers, community

    New president of the Goldenrod Hunt Club, J.C. Saunders of Lehigh, wants farmers to know that his group is looking for more acreage to add to their membership access base. Farmers who givehunt club members access to crop and CRP ground earn up to$3 per acre in addition to what they already may have received for crops or CRP payments. According to Saunders, everyone involved in the hunt club rental agreements benefits through friendships, effective wildlife management, and economic stimulus.

  • Golden Horse Revue was popular in 1950

    In the late 1940s, several members of the Cottonwood Valley Saddle Club at Marion formed a group to put on public performances with their palomino horses. They called their act the Golden Horse Revue. The co-ed mounted troupe featured riders from Durham in Marion County and from Dickinson and McPherson counties. The group was organized and trained by John Randolph “Randy” Wheeler of Marion, who had recently been discharged from the Army and had been a captain of a cavalry unit during World War II.

  • New hay bale ensilage method turns heads

    They looked like giant marshmallows plopped down in rows, or water barrels lined up, but a second look revealed they were really just round bales of soybean hay wrapped in white plastic and set on end. Several fields around Lehigh, Hillsboro,and Durham sported these notable white cylinders earlier this month, as local farmers chose to salvagefailed soybean and milo crops and send the cuttingsto Texas where it will be fed as silage.

  • FSA loans could cover 100 percent of farm losses from drought

    Farmers in Marion County, who suffered crop or livestock losses due to drought, excessive heat, and high winds occurring Jan. 1 and continuing may apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans. Farmers who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction to at least one cropping enterprise, may have a qualifying production loss. Emergency disaster production loss loans cover 100 percent of qualifying losses.

  • Deadlines nearing for FSA programs

    The end of the federal fiscal year is Friday, which means funding for Farm Service Agency administered programs of the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, and Livestock Forage program expire. Producers can apply for a 2011 or 2012 SURE payment if a crop of economic significance located in a primary or contiguous disaster county under Secretarial Disaster Designation suffered at least 10 percent loss because of a disaster on or before Friday.


  • Best Old Settlers' Day ever

    By the time I brought up the end of the line at the Kiwanis food tent in Brooker Central Park on Old Settlers’ Day, all the pie was gone. Six hundred scrumptious wedges of crust and filling – sold. Vanished. Gone. Every time I’m here for Old Settlers’ Day, a piece of one of those pies is a “must have” item. There’s nothing quite like savoring every sweet bite while enjoying the company of old friends in one of the most beautiful parks around on one of the most weather-perfect days of the year.

  • Another Day in the Country

    When my mother was growing up in Ramona, the Schubert family made beer. They’d put it in the cellar, either for storage or for brewing — maybe both. When a celebration came along, the kids would be sent to the cellar to bring up pitchers of beer. “We didn’t really drink any of the beer,” my mother would say, “we’d just taste the foam.” However, as my uncle Hank told the story, Martha, as a child, ingested enough foam on at least one occasion to make her a little tipsy. As an adult, Mom never drank alcohol, but when I was a kid, she did suggest that maybe it would be fun to make Root beer. Since this naturally brewed root beer is made with yeast, it becomes carbonated as the yeast and the sugar devour each other. You have to put the bottles in a warm place for a few days — of course, within a day or so we’d start sampling to see if the balance was right — and then you can refrigerate your root beer and enjoy! Making root beer became a family tradition. I’ve never enjoyed the taste of beer, but I grew up loving the flavor of homemade root beer. My dad said it was the yeasty flavor that he liked. Me, too.

  • One Woman's View

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every time you lose anything, it would act as a seed to grow a tree loaded with objects like the one lost? This fantasy occurred to me recently when I — once again! — lost a cane. I think this is at least the fifth one I have lost, so it should not be too hard to find a cane tree and just pick one off. Over the years, I have also planted trees which would bear headscarves, combs, lipsticks, nail clippers and files, crochet hooks, scissors, and lancet holders. If you do not know what that last item is, ask a diabetic. If other people also drop seeds even half as often as I do, we would be living in a very convenient forest.


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  • Scouting for food pick up is Oct. 1

    Marion Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be putting bags on every door in Marion this week. Inside will be a note asking for a donation for the Marion County Emergency Food Bank. The scouts ask that you place nonperishable food items in the bag and place it on your porch in a visible spot by 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • Flu vaccine available Oct. 5

    Marion County Health Department will begin giving flu vaccines Oct. 5, administrator Diedre Serene said Monday. The vaccine will be available 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

  • Zoo animals will be at EnviroFest

    A presentation about Kansas animals, featuring animals from David Traylor Zoo of Emporia, will be among the presentations Tuesday at the second annual Marion County EnviroFest for fourth-grade students. Peggy Blackman, Marion Reservoir Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies director, said she expects 110 to 125 students at the event. Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody-Burns, and Centre elementary students will participate in the event. She said she has also invited home-school families and Cottonwood Grove Christian School. The 2010 event had approximately 70 attendees, because only Hillsboro and Marion participated.

  • Local Roper wins team roping championship

    A local rodeo competitor qualified to rope for the nation’s richest team roping during the recent United States Team Roping Championships Kansas Championships held Sept. 16-18 in Valley Center, Kan. Dusty Bina of Lincolnville was the winner in the No. 9 division defeating 400 other teams with partner Mike Holley of Turon, Kan. The duo roped four steers in 37.61 seconds to win Martin Trophy Saddles and split a $7,121 paycheck from the $37,465 total purse. The win qualified both ropers for the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping to be held in October in Oklahoma City.

  • Dinky Duck helps buy hospital tool

    Since the St. Luke Hospital Foundation Dinky Duck Race began eight years ago, the event has raised more than $40,000 to help purchase equipment for the hospital. With part of the approximately $7,000 raised by the race this year, the foundation was able to purchase an AccuVein, a handheld instrument that helps medical professionals locate patients’ veins. The laboratory, radiology, nursing, and home care departments recently completed training with the equipment.


  • Edwards, Klenda exchange vows June 4

    Katherine Lynn Edwards and Gregory Michael Klenda were united in marriage June 4 at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center in Manhattan. Parents of the couple are Bill Edwards of Olsburg, Dianna Edwards of St. George, and Val and Julie Klenda of Lincolnville.

  • Chris Weidert and Kayla Stout wed July 23

    Mr. and Mrs. Evan Stout of Marion are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Kayla, to Chris Weidert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Weidert and Ms. Deb Fessler of Emporia. The wedding was July 23 at Countryside Covenant Church in McPherson. A reception, dinner, and dance followed at Perkins Restaurant Convention Center. The bride is a graduate of McPherson High School. She received double bachelor’s degrees in sports administration and education-social sciences from Wichita State University. She teaches and coaches volleyball at Campus High School in Haysville.

  • Democratic women to hold elections Oct. 11

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center. Eileen Sieger reported that the county central committee will meet 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Big Scoop in Marion. There will be an election of officers; only precinct residents can vote.

  • Crop Walk will raise money for charity

    The Marion County Crop Walk 2011 starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at Marion County Lake, just west of the lake office. Participants will have a leisurely walk around the lake, with a devotion before the walk. The annual event raises money for Church World Service, especially its hunger-fighting development efforts in more than 80 countries. Additionally, 25 percent of the funds raised locally will be donated to the Marion County Emergency Food Bank to help local families in need of food.

  • Lincolnville 4-H

    Janet Matz of rural Lincolnville conducted her last meeting Sept. 12 as a community leader of the Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H Club. She has been a leader for 22 years. “I have really enjoyed being a 4-H leader,” she told the members, “but it is time to move on.”


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  • Johnson, Harms crowned MHS homecoming royalty

    Colten Johnson and Taylor Harms were crowned Marion High School homecoming king and queen Friday in a ceremony conducted prior to the Marion – Moundridge football game at Marion Stadium. The Warriors provided homecoming fans with a thrilling come-from-behind 21-20 win over the Wildcats.

  • Centre FFA has fishing derby

    The Centre FFA Chapter hosted the annual James Weber Memorial Fishing Derby on Sept. 17 at Father Padilla Park in Herington. Zack Barney and Tanner Stuchlik led their divisions with two fish caught apiece. Zack caught a 13-inch and a 12-inch fish. Stuchlik caught a 10-inch and a 6-inch fish.

  • MHS choir concert is Oct. 11

    The Marion High School choral music department will present its annual fall concert 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The concert choir will perform “Lass From The Low Countree,” “Daemon Irrepit Callidus,” and “I Hear the Harps Eternal.”

  • MES book fundraiser was slimy affair for principal, teacher

    Horrible Harry and the Green Slime. The Slime Wars. A Brief History of Slime. Whatever the fascination children have with sticky, gooey, slime, authors have picked up on it, as evidenced by the titles of these children’s books.

  • Centre FFA places 5 in top 10 of test

    On Sept. 19, the Centre FFA freshmen traveled to Arkansas City to attend the South Central District FFA Greenhand Conference and expand their interests and knowledge in FFA. The attending greenhands were required to take a test over topics including who the district, state, and national FFA officers were as well as other FFA knowledge.


  • Warriors stay perfect with last-minute stand

    When the Marion High School Warriors stuffed Moundridge on a 2-point conversion attempt to preserve a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback and win 21-20 Friday, they might just have owed Hoisington High School an assist. “We played JV against Hoisington in 2009 — Helmer, Tacha, and me and the rest of our guys — and we had three or four goal-line stops right there on the 1-yard line,” Warrior senior Cory Hiebert said.

  • Warrior boys take second at cross-country event

    Duffers gave way to harriers Thursday at Marion Country Club, as the Marion High School varsity boys took second place in the cross-country meet attended by 17 schools. Warrior Jordan Hett battled stride for stride with Hutchinson Trinity’s Cordell Goering and Edgar Gutierrez, leading throughout much of the 5K race before the two Celtics edged ahead at the finish.

  • Wildcats fall to Broncos

    Marion Middle School Wildcats fell to the Remington Broncos, 22-0, Sept. 22 at home. Injuries have plagued the Wildcats this season. Several starters are out for the season with broken legs. The Wildcats showed improvement especially on defense holding their opponent to 22 points which is the lowest margin of points allowed.

  • Cougars defeated in three quarters at White City

    Excellent passing and receiving by the White City Huskies Friday led to a 52-6 victory over the Centre Cougars. The Huskies completed 13-of-16 passes for 338 yards in a game that ended at 7 minutes, 16 seconds in the third quarter. They had a negative six yards rushing.

  • MHS volleyball splits matches with Canton-Galva, Remington

    Coming off a disappointing performance in their own Marion Spikefest, the Marion High School Lady Warrior volleyball team needed to make something good happen. Defeating Canton-Galva and losing to Remington Sept. 20 might look like just two more tallies for the win-loss record to some. But for Marion head coach Jim Versch, those matches may prove to be a turning point to the season.

  • Lady Cougars end week with 10-11 record

    After a triangular Sept. 20 at Wakefield and an invitational tournament Saturday at Herington, the Centre High School volleyball team ended the week with a record of 10-11. They split games at the triangular and took fourth place in the tournament.


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