• City administrator criticizes council actions

    In a memo to Marion City Council members dated Nov. 29, Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin sharply criticized a pair of decisions the council made Nov. 28. At the Nov. 28 meeting, the council waived a late fee on a city utility bill for St. Luke Hospital and agreed to restore utilities to Ernest Barrell despite a delinquent utility bill, with both decisions countermanding city policies.

  • Administrator's letter to council

    “This is an informational memo drafted to each of you concerning our office personnel responses this morning to your actions last night. The combination of forgiving the hospital late fee, allowing Mr. Barrell to receive electrical service, and comments of “too many employees, already,” has devastated morale within the office. Furthermore, your actions comprise an irresponsible management of city funds that this staff works tirelessly to conserve.

  • Santa portrayal requires quick thinking

    When dressed in full Santa regalia, a red suit and fake, snow white beard, Kenny Newell of Marion must be prepared to answer a range of unique inquiries. Newell has been one of Santa’s chief helpers in Marion for eight years, filling in when Santa is too busy to appear in person. Often children ask him where he parks his reindeer when he is in town. Sometimes Newell says they are down at the city shop, other times he responds that they are still at the North Pole.

  • Christmas events Sunday on Marion Main St.

    Community organizers and businesses are preparing for the first of what they hope becomes an annual tradition called Christmas Celebration in Marion. Events will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, primarily downtown. This year’s theme is “Christmas Past is Christmas Present in Marion.” Organizers have also adopted a slogan, “May all your Christmases be Marion bright.”

  • County contemplates $1M of road projects

    Marion County Commission instructed Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford to get an estimate of what it would cost to double chip seal approximately 30 miles of gravel roads that were previously blacktop. The county plans to double chip seal three miles of 90th and 120th roads from K-15 west to the McPherson County line and possibly five miles of 330th Road immediately east of Tampa. That would leave about 22 miles to hire a contractor. Crawford estimated the cost for a contractor to double chip seal a road at $40,000 per mile, resulting in a rough estimate of $1 million.

  • Making lures helped young stroke patient's recovery

    The Lovelady living room, in the southern section of their home in the 700 block of South Freeborn, Marion, is Bub Lovelady’s space. “I let him have this room,” Linda Lovelady said.

  • St.Luke open house draws 300

    Jeremy Armstrong, St. Luke Hospital CEO, tried to keep the tone light Sunday with his opening remarks at the ribbon-cutting and open house for the 17-month, $6.2 million renovation by using a top-10 list of things he learned during the project. “Number eight, Living Center residents can double as field supervisors when needed,” Armstrong joked. The lobby full of patrons laughed as Armstrong described how some St. Luke Living Center residents made almost daily visits to check on the progress of construction.


  • John Blasenhauer Sr

    John M. Blasenhauer Sr., 70, of Herington died Nov. 29, 2011, at the Medicalodges of Herington. He was born April 11, 1941, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Victor and Ina Blasenhauer.

  • Carolyn C. Brooks

    Carolyn C. Brooks, 74, died Friday at Hillsboro. She was born July 30, 1937, in Johnstown, N.Y., and grew up in New York and California. She was a homemaker and lived with her daughter in Lincolnville since 1996.

  • Marvin Schmidt

    Longtime Peabody resident Marvin E. Schmidt, 78, died Nov. 29, 2011, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. He was born May 12, 1933, in Goessel to Adolf and Elizabeth (Funk) Schmidt. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.

  • Gene C. Warnica

    Gene C. Warnica, 74, passed away Dec. 2, 2011, at his residence. He was born Jan. 27, 1937, in Chapman, the son of George and Hazel Whitley Warnica. He grew to adulthood in the Chapman-Buckeye area, graduating from Chapman High School. He was a surveyor for Kansas Department of Transportation.

  • Paul H. Suderman

    Paul H. Suderman, 85, of Hillsboro died Nov. 30, 2011, at Newton Medical Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Hillsboro to J.F. and Agatha (Hiebert) Suderman. He was a farmer.



  • Harms elected to KLA leadership position

    Members of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) voted Mark Harms, a Lincolnville rancher, as the new president elect of the 5,500-member organization at its annual meeting Friday in Wichita. Harms and the newly elected president, Frank Harper of Sedgwick, will represent KLA members during 2012 as volunteer leaders.

  • No-till group plans soil profit meeting

    No-till on the Plains, Inc. is planning a “Make the Connection” meeting to help local producers increase profits by improving their soil health. The free meeting will take place 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14, at the Marion County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, Hillsboro.


  • Important message might get lost because of tone

    Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin was very critical in a memo to Marion City Council members Nov. 29 after they voted to grant relief to utility billing policies twice at the Nov. 28 council meeting. Kjellin said the decisions hurt morale of the people tasked with enforcing city policies, in part because they will receive angry complaints from other residents who didn’t get the same relief. He also wrote in the memo that the decisions represent irresponsible management of city funds that city employees are tasked with stewardship of, and he questions the fairness of subjectively deciding to make exceptions.

  • Husband: cutting hours does little to help budget

    I want to praise my wife, Lanell Hett, for what she has endured the past three years with the County Commissioners back and forth decisions with her position at the Marion County Department on Aging Office. Wow, now Dec. 21, after almost 30 years of service to the department, they cut her position to part-time, taking away all her benefits. All for the sake of two of the County Commissioners saying “I won” in their minds.

  • Another day in the country

    It’s that time of year for making Christmas lists — whether it’s things we want or things we have to do. When I discovered a couple of months ago that my children wouldn’t be here for Christmas, my sister said, “So, what would you like to have for Christmas? Are there things that just make your ‘inner child’ smile, things that say ‘It’s Christmas’ to you — other than family gathering around, of course? Let’s make a list.” At first, I felt self-conscious about this list-making business — it was a commitment of sorts — about some pretty simple things. “I love being surprised,” I finally said to Jess, “so that’s the first thing on my list.”

  • Simply Christmas in the heartland

    The reason for the first coming of Christ isn’t complicated. The Apostle Paul describes it this way: “Jesus Christ came into the World to save sinners,” (I Timothy 1:15). The Apostle John explained the force behind the coming of Jesus when he wrote, “For God so loved the world, He gave his only begotten Son,” (John 3:16). But, these simple to understand verses bring us to the edge of a grand canyon of theological truth. The first coming of Christ happened at the right time, for the right reasons, and the domino effect changed history. Yeah, it’s that significant.


  • Threat to hospital designation subsides

    A rule proposed by a congressional super committee that would have stripped the critical-access designation from hospitals within 15 miles of another hospital has failed because of deadlock within the super committee, St. Luke Hospital CEO Jeremy Armstrong told St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary at the group’s meeting Thursday. The change would have been financially devastating, costing the hospital about $1.1 million, he said. Although the immediate threat has passed, hospital groups remain vigilant in case the proposal crops up again.

  • Library staff to present program about e-readers

    Staff from the North Central Library System will present a program about e-readers, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Marion City Library. Discussion will center on different types of e-readers, and the pros and cons of each. Staff will also provide information on e-readers in general, and will demonstrate how to download free books from commercial websites.

  • FACT encourages people to adopt a family

    Linda Ogden, director of Families and Communities Together, reports that many in Marion County are without jobs and a paycheck to support their families. “There are others who are employed but who do not earn a wage sufficient to meet family needs. Some are depleted in spirit, in many ways more devastating than being depleted in funds,” she said.

  • Compassionate Families expands membership

    Compassionate Families, a local support group for parents who have lost children, has expanded its membership to include people who have lost spouses, grandchildren, and parents. Initially affiliated with the national Compassionate Friends organization, the group has since become an independent organization. It continues to meet monthly and conducts an annual candle service each December.

  • Vesper service is Sunday

    Marion Presbyterian Church invites the public to the 51st annual vesper service “A Manger Gloria” at 4:40 p.m., Sunday. A 20-minute prelude features cellist Susan Mayo and organist Laura Williams.

  • Tampa home tours a success

    A tour of homes was a new event for Tampa PRIDE’s annual Christmas celebration this year. The hosts who opened their homes for viewing were David and Catarina Rziha, Leo and Sue Yanda, Walt and Iona Dietrich, David Mueller, and Danny Williamson.

  • Quilters donate time for vets, current soldiers

    Joan Winter, Marion, worked at her sewing machine and cut pieces of red fabric for a quilt Saturday in the Marion Community Center Basement. She was part of a group of local, and regional seamstresses who were making quilts for Quilts of Valor all day. The Kansas branch of the national club set a goal to provide 400 heirloom quality quilts to Fort Riley, assistant director Martha Smith said. The quilts go to the 44th Cavalry Division, which has had 90 percent of its soldiers wounded and suffered 1-to-2 casualties a week fighting in Afghanistan.


  • Fine and Keasling plan March wedding

    Together with their families, Joseph William Fine of Marion and Jennifer Dawn Keasling of Hutchinson announce their engagement. They are both 2011 graduates of Emporia State University. Fine is a Hutchinson police officer, and Keasling is a legal assistant at Mann Law Offices LLC.

  • Dicks family to go to Haiti on mission trip

    Because of unforeseen circumstances with the Mexico mission team, the Dicks family will be unable to take its mission trip to Mexico in December. However, they will be traveling to Haiti on Jan. 17 to serve eight days at Haiti Lifeline Ministries Orphanage. The money previously donated for the Mexico trip will be applied to the Haiti trip.

  • Grammy winner to sing in McPherson

    Grammy-award winner Darlene Koldenhoven is playing the McPherson Opera House 7 p.m. Dec. 10. The opera house audience will be treated to classical crossover arrangement of familiar carols like “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night” in four-part, tight, vocal harmony.


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  • CHS horticulture class sells poinsettias

    The horticulture class at Centre High School is offering poinsettias for sale in red, pink, and white colors. They will be available from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the in the agriculture department greenhouse.

  • Marion County students participate in math competition

    More than 440 high school students, including 51 from Marion County schools, competed in the sixth annual MC2 math competition Nov. 30 at McPherson College. Marion High School senior Andrew Kjellin said the socializing and competition with students from other schools made math more enjoyable than a typical classroom experience.

  • Marion-Florence FFA places second in leadership event

    Officers of Marion-Florence FFA chapter placed second Friday among 26 teams at the South Central District FFA Leadership Conference in Arkansas City. Marion placed fourth in parliamentary procedure, first in the FFA information contest, and eighth in the ritual contest.

  • MHS students perform with choir

    Four Marion High School students, who were chosen by audition, performed in the honor choirs of the South Central District Music Mini-Convention held at Andover Central High School on Dec. 3. Singing in the women’s choir were Caroline Collett, alto one. Performing in the mixed chorus were Michael Beeler and Andrew Kjellin as second tenors and Nick Meyer as a second bass. David Clark is their choral director.

  • MHS student performs with state honor band

    Marion High School student Alicia Maloney, daughter of Brett and Mary Maloney, performed in the South Central Kansas Music Educators’ Association Honor Band Concert. The band was conducted by James South, chair of the music department at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

  • Marion Middle School girls' basketball team beats Inman

    All three Marion Middle School girls teams defeated Inman Thursday. The A team won 34-16. Kirsten Hansen led the team with 13 points.

  • MHS senior, Vogel, accepted into technology program

    Jonathon Vogel has been accpted into the electrical technology program at North Central Kansas Technical College, Beloit. He is a senior at Marion High School and is enrolled for the 2012-13 school year at NCKTC.


  • Marion boys open with win over Trinity Catholic

    The Marion High School Warriors opened the basketball season Friday by soundly defeating Trinty Catholic of Hutchinson 51-32 at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center. Jacob Harper gave Marion an early 2-0 lead on a spinning drive to the basket, and the teams traded baskets for the next three minutes. Jordan Hett cut down the lane for a lay up to make the score 8-6 with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. With that basket, Marion took a lead it would never relinquish.

  • Lady Warriors lose close opener against Hutch Trinity

    The Marion High School Lady Warriors started and finished strong Friday in their season-opening home game against Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson. But they couldn’t take care of the middle, falling to the Lady Celtics 45-43. Whitney Gordon, Katie Ehrlich, and Megan Richmond provided the firepower in an opening run that built a 10-0 Marion lead.

  • Centre teams get workout against SES

    Playing against 3A Southeast of Saline Friday in pre-season games at home, the boys and girls basketball teams from Centre High School found themselves up against strong opponents. The mismatches led to defeat for both teams, but it was a good warm-up leading to the pre-season tournament this week at Herington.

  • CJHS girls defeated 18-15 by Wakefield

    The Centre Junior High School girls’ basketball team was defeated 18-15 Thursday by Wakefield in the first home game of the season. Their league record is 2-1. The Lady Cougars outscored Wakefield in the second and third quarters but scored just one point in the first quarter and none in the fourth.

  • MHS wrestlers place 4th at Mission Valley

    The Marion High School wrestling team took six wrestlers Saturday to Eskridge for the Mission Valley Invitational, but did well enough to finish fourth out of 19 teams entered. The Warriors scored 118.5 points, with Brody Carroll and Colten Johnson claiming championships in their divisions.


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