HEADLINES

  • New jail lacks zoning permit

    Construction of the future Marion County jail began without a required conditional use permit due to a mistake in the City of Marion’s oversight of the permit process. The city’s zoning code doesn’t include any areas set aside for government functions, except for schools, so a conditional use permit is required to build for government purposes. Buildings that were in place before city zoning was enacted were grandfathered in.

  • Florence motel a no-go for county

    Marion County Commissioner Dan Holub made a motion for the county to take ownership of the Holiday Motel in Florence. The motion languished for minutes as commissioners Roger Fleming and Randy Dallke continued to discuss the proposal. They contemplated the action in silence in two separate instances.

  • Christmas magic includes memories of rural electrification

    Eugene Just of Aulne will never forget the Christmas of 1948, when electricity came to the farmhouse where he lived with his parents, Wes and Laura Just, and three-year-old brother, Maurice. Eugene was 10. The family had been anticipating electricity for a long time. Earlier in the decade, the Rural Electrification Association had installed lines along a road just a half-mile away. However, World War II put a stop to further activity for a while.

  • Artist looks home for inspiration

    Observing the paintings of Amy Karnes, several are currently displayed in threes sections in Gallery 101 in Marion, the viewer can see what is important to the artist. From yards away, the viewer can tell that the paintings depict Kansas — quiet farmhouses in a sea of golden prairie, children playing in fields of wildflowers, rolling plains swathed in purple and red at dusk, and children carrying buckets from a barn, completing their chores.

  • Last of $2,201 in prizes awarded

    This week’s announcement of seven more weekly winners (see Page B8) and two grand prize winners brings the total prize package for this year’s Santa Bucks promotion to $2,201. A total of 656 entries were received at seven participating businesses from Nov. 16 through Monday.

  • Proposal would increase school funding in county

    A proposal to change how public schools are funded is projected to improve funding of all five school districts in Marion County, at least in the short term, USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble said Friday. Gov. Sam Brownback released his funding proposal Dec. 14. The proposal includes an 18.9-percent increase in per-student aide to school districts from $3,780 to $4,492. However, it also eliminates weighted enrollment for needs including transportation and career and technical classes, as well as equalization funding for local taxes in districts with comparatively low property tax bases.

DEATHS

  • Kurtis Tate Bowman

    Kurtis Tate Bowman, 40, of Hillsboro died Dec. 8, 2011, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. He was born April 5, 1971, in Oakley to Jay and Connie (McGuire) Bowman. Growing up in Colby, he participated in a variety of activities, including wrestling, baseball, football, 4-H, choir, National Honor Society, and other activities. He graduated high school in 1989.

  • Joyce E. Daugherty

    Joyce E. Daugherty, 79, died Dec. 13, 2011, in Marion. She was born July 5, 1932, in Latimer to Harry H. and Elva M. (Adam) Langhofer. She was a homemaker and a buyer for Briggs-Weaver Inc. in Houston for many years.

  • Barbara A. Gordon

    Barbara Anne (Sims) Gordon, 57, of Independence, Mo., died Dec. 4, 2011, at her home. She was born July 2, 1954, in Herington to George C. and Jeanette W. (Frese) Sims. She was a radiology sedation nurse.

DOCKET

LETTERS TO SANTA

  • At newspaper office

    How are you? How is Mrs. Clause? How are your reindeer? How are the elves? We saw you sent Ernie back. Thanks for sending him back. Well, I wanted to ask you something. For Christmas, will you get me a phone? I really NEED a phone. I would also like and iPad, but still a phone would be better.

  • Goessel 3rd grade

    Do you have any brothers or sisters? My behavior has been a little good. For Christmas, I would like a remote controlled Cranky the Crane, a Chugginton movie, and the game Ticket to Ride. A fish tank would make my fish live. Boo would like a TV. Mom would like a candle snuffer. I will be in Tampa at Susan and Boo’s house. We live on a bumpy road. How do your reindeer fly? I will leave milk only, because you’ll be full of cookies. Why do you always wear red and not blue? Blue is my favorite color. Your friend, Roy Dear Santa, How is your family? Are the elves working hard? I have been awesome. I’ve done everything that my mother asked me to do. For Christmas, I would like an airsoft gun, a phone, and a four-wheeler. Could you please bring Faith a new doll and Riley a stuffed animal? My house is peach colored. There is a swing set and a jungle gym in the side of my yard so it is easy to find. Do the reindeer stay outside while the elves work? This year I think I will leave chocolate milk and grilled cheese because it’s healthy and filling. Do you always wear a Santa hat? Thank you for bringing me toys when I was little. Your friend, Jordan Dear Santa,

  • Marion kindergarten

    How are the reindeer doing? I want my mom to get some slippers for Christmas. I would like some Legos. I would also like some Thomas the train stuff, and a silver bell from your reindeer!! I will give you some Christmas cookies and some milk. Your friend, Cooper Bailey Dear Santa Claus, How are your reindeer? Is your sleigh nice and shiny? I have been good! I can now tie my shoes! I want my two front teeth for Christmas and a new doll and some new boots. Merry Christmas! Love, Abi Bernhardt Dear St. Nick,

  • Marion 1st grade

    Please would you get me a Barbie doll. Could you say hi to Rudolph for me. Love, Taelar Creed Santa, you are the best! Please would get me a phone and a pair of black Nike socks and a dog. Love, Calli Burkholder Dear Santa,

  • Marion 2nd grade

    Hi! My name is De, and I am a second grader. I have been a good boy this year. I hope you and the reindeer have a safe trip around the world. Thank you for everything you brought me last year. I can’t wait to see what I get this year. Love, De Smith Dear Santa, My name is Miles Olson, and I have been a great kid this year.

  • Peabody-Burns 1st grade

    I would like some play money and a Barbie doll, I can’t wait until Christmas. I wonder if the elves work. Wilda Brown Dear Santa, I like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. I also like you, Santa. Please bring me a B-B gun for Christmas. Trevor Johnson Dear Santa,

  • Peabody-Burns 2nd grade

    I want a Wii and games and new Super Mario Brothers. I want a Play Station 3. I want lots of Lego sets. Tommy Jay Salas Dear Santa, Is Mrs. Whiteman really an elf? I would like an Xbox 360, Puss and Boots the movie, journal voice active password. How do the elves make the toys? Love, your friend, Sarah Dear Santa,

OPINION

  • Connections make Christmas memorable

    I spent a lot of time this week thinking about memorable Christmas gifts. One reason was an assignment from work to record what other’s most memorable gifts were. Another reason was that I wanted to make sure our family made some memorable choices this year. Looking back, I really do not remember special gifts I got as a child, though I am sure there were many. I do remember experiences though. One year my older sister and I decided to have all our stuffed animals give each other gifts. To accomplish this, we wrapped up every toy in the house, using newspaper, tissue paper, even toilet paper, when we ran out of all else.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    (Editor’s note: This letter was written by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897 to the editor of the New York Sun. This editorial has become the most reprinted newspaper editorial in history.) “Dear editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

  • Another day in the country

    In our attempt to make Christmas cookies again this year, we weeded out all but our most absolute favorites to make. When we went to the store to find mint chips to make that wonderful, delightful cookie (recipe on the package) we couldn’t find them. “What’s this”? I asked my sister. “Usually they have displays of these clogging the aisles and now no chips — are we early?”

  • LETTER:

    Use it or lose it applies to hospitals

PEOPLE

  • Former Florence, Aulne pastor turns 90

    The Rev. Curtis Fulton of Salina will celebrate his 90th birthday with family on Monday. He was born Dec. 26, 1921, in Talmage to Harry and Elizabeth Fulton. He graduated from high school in 1939 and farmed with his father. He enlisted in the Naval Air Corps in 1942 and received training in Iowa City, Iowa; St. Louis, Mo.; and Pensacola, Fla. He was honorably discharged in 1943, and returned to the farm where he remained until 1966.

  • Christian Women's Fellowship celebrates 100 years

    The Christian Women’s Fellowship of Marion Christian Church recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a banquet. The theme of the evening was, “Our God is Faithful.” This thought was carried out in the decorations as well as the program. Mementos of the evening marked each place.

  • Democratic women celebrate Christmas

    Marion County Democratic Women met Dec. 16 for a holiday luncheon at Hilltop Manor in Marion. Lunch was chicken enchiladas from Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough conducted a short business meeting. Betty Norman reported 5,000 purple caps for newborns had been sent to the Kansas Children’s Service League from knitters and crocheters in Kansas. The project will be offered again in 2012.

  • Christmas party enjoyed

    The staff of Hoch Publishing Company and friends enjoyed a holiday party, a mystery theater dinner, Dec. 14 at Country Lakes Café in Marion. Those present for the evening were David Colburn, Melvin Honeyfield, Ben Kleine, Patsy Kline, Joan Meyer, Rowena and Jerry Plett, Debra Steele and Danny Rudolph, Adam Stewart, Jean and Alex Stuchlik, and Jennifer and Harold Stultz.

  • Kiwanis club welcomes new members

    Three new members were inducted into the Marion Kiwanis Club in November. They were Roger Schroeder, Evan Stout, and Darin Neufeld. The club meets weekly at noon Tuesday.

  • Weight loss group donates food

    For the second consecutive year, members of TOPS KS 1075, Marion, chose to donate items to the Marion County Emergency Food Bank in lieu of exchanging gifts this holiday season. More than 120 pounds of food were collected Dec. 12 at the club’s Christmas party.

  • BIRTHS:

    Emily Louise Simon born
  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Marion Senior Center, Tampa
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago

SCHOOL

  • Cara Martin wins essay contest

    An essay by Cara Martin of Marion was featured in the December issue of “Miniature Horse World.” The full-color bimonthly magazine is published by the American Miniature Horse Association. Martin’s entry into an essay contest won Best of Show and was published in the Youth News section of the magazine. She won a trophy and $50.

  • Radio station to feature MHS music

    Part of a Marion High School band and choir concert from Monday will be featured on KXKU 106.1 on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Music teacher David Clark said the radio station will play about a 20-minute block of music from Marion at 4:20 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 1:20 on Christmas.

  • Scholars compete in Topeka

    The Marion High School Warriors scholars’ bowl team participated Dec. 3 in the Super Saturday qualifying round for the Quest High School Academic Competition at Washburn University in Topeka. There were 52 teams competing for 16 spots in the televised tournament rounds. The contest allowed students from across Kansas to compete against one another answering questions on topics including math, science, art, literature, and history.

  • 5th graders forgo gift exchange for charity

    On the last day of school before Christmas break, Marion Elementary School fifth-grade students will forgo their usual gift exchange and to give $300 or more to charities. “Instead of exchanging gifts, we wanted to do something for other people,” fifth-grader Samantha Kelsey said Friday.

SPORTS

  • Warriors suffer 67-54 loss to Trojans

    The Marion High School Warriors scored first Tuesday, but a first-quarter run by Hillsboro on their home court gave the Trojans a cushion they never relinquished, and the Warriors left with a 67-54 loss to their cross-county rivals. Jordan Hett was the workhorse for Marion, scoring 29 points for the game. Hett put Marion ahead, 3-0, with a drive and a free throw 50 seconds into the game.

  • Lady Warriors trounced by Hillsboro, 54-25

    When Katey Ehrlich scored a basket to give the Marion High School Lady Warriors a 2-1 lead over rival Hillsboro midway through the first quarter, the home Trojan crowd appeared stunned. From that point on, it was Hillboro who did the stunning, using a stifling man-to-man defense and balanced scoring to demolish Marion, 54-25.

  • MHS takes 6th at Marion County Winter Duals

    A season goal for the Marion High School wrestling team went by the wayside Friday with a sixth-place finish in the Marion County Winter Duals at USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center, but head coach Chad Adkins was decidedly upbeat in his evaluation of the team’s performance. “We wrestled well, and our young kids are wrestling better every time we get on the mat,” Adkins said. “We’re doing very well right now, and we’re not very good yet. We’re not nearly as good as we’re going to be in February.”

  • Cougars win first two games

    The Centre High School boys’ basketball team is off to a winning start in the regular season. Playing on the road, the Cougars won both of their games last week, defeating Elyria Christian Dec. 13, 64-54, and Canton-Galva Friday, 41-27. Justin Deines was Centre’s top scorer in both games, scoring 25 points at Elyria and 18 points at Canton.

  • Centre girls stumble at Elyria, 51-30

    The Centre High School girls’ basketball team was defeated Dec. 13 at Elyria Christian, 51-30. Deficit scoring in three quarters and a scoreless third quarter led to their loss.

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