• Pilsen man fixes more than shoes

    He can fix just about anything constructed with leather, but family ties and tradition are the heart and soul of what Jim Horinek does at his Family Shoe Repair shop in Pilsen. “I kind of got an epiphany on what to make the grandkids this year for Christmas,” Horinek said, as he free-hand cut a moccasin sole from a supple piece of cow leather, last week. “I’ve made lots of moccasins before from a pattern, but these are going to be special. I am making them from scratch.”

  • Municipal judge to be appointed

    Marion City Council has interviewed three municipal judge candidates and an appointment is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today at the final City Council meeting in December. Mayor Mary Olson has the duty of appointing the judge, but even with a second, the council can overrule the appointment with a 3-2 vote. In that case, a council member would make a suggestion of a different judge, Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin said.

  • County Commission discusses roads, fuel

    Roads and fuel were the main topics Tuesday on a light agenda for the Marion County Commission meeting. Gerald Unruh appeared for a follow-up discussion of a request to close 310th Road between Bison Road and Chisolm Trail Road.

  • Cataract surgeon is at home on the road

    Some people look deep into a person’s eyes and find love. Dr. Mike Reynolds found a career he loves. Reynolds, an Emporia ophthalmologist, visits St. Luke Hospital in Marion monthly to perform cataract surgeries, but if not for chance encounter in medical school, he might instead be delivering babies.

  • Limousine driver's life revolves around cars

    When he was 12-years-old, Brian Meeks of Goessel, now 23, started working with his dad on a 1955 Chevrolet car. He worked on several cars since and even fixed up a 1997 Limousine, which he currently drives for customers by request or for special occasions. “My dad taught me how to work on cars. I’ve just always enjoyed doing that,” Meeks said.

  • Preservationist purchases Lincolnville church building

    Jay Plank of Ramona recently purchased the Lincolnville United Methodist Church building from the church conference. The congregation disbanded in May. “I want to keep the building there,” Plank said.

  • Workshop offered for prospective entrepreneurs

    A free workshop will be offered Feb. 15 in Marion for people thinking of starting a business. The workshop will help participants assess the feasibility of their business idea and provide a starting point for writing a business plan. The workshop will be 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Butler Community College campus in Marion, 412 N. Second St.


  • Norman Dale Coe

    Norman Dale Coe, 55, died Dec. 22, 2011, in Wichita. He was born Dec. 18, 1956, in Medicine Lodge to Bob D. and Nona M. (Hall) Coe. He worked in maintenance at the Florence nursing home.

  • Patricia Marie 'Pat' Miles

    Patricia Marie “Pat” Miles, 72, went home to Heaven to be with Jesus for Christmas on Dec. 23, 2011. Pat was born Jan. 16, 1939, in Peabody to Herbert and Sarah Klein Hanneman. She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1956, attended Tabor College, and graduated from Emporia State University in 1962 with her Master of Science degree. She was an avid supporter of World Vision and a member of Bethany Nazarene Church.

  • Glennon Crowther

    Glennon Crowther, 85, of Durham died Dec. 22, 2011, at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. He was born July 30, 1926, in Roxbury to Jimmy and Vera (Nirider) Crowther. He was a stockman and owner of Crowther Construction.

  • Josephine Highsmith

    Josephine Highsmith, 90, of Topeka died Dec. 24, 2011, at Rolling Hills Health Center in Topeka. She was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Topeka to George and Elsie Luscombe Nissen. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1941. She worked at Ripley’s Laundry and did baby-sitting from her home.



  • Essence of Marion County could be the answer

    Without going into a lot of detail, let me just say that, the moment I first smelled him, I knew my husband was the man for me. It likely was much more a subconscious thing, but in our early dating months, I remember keeping one of his T-shirts under my pillow because the scent reminded me of him when we were apart. Even today, when I have had a stressful day or need something to get me going again, a nice hug and big, deep sniff of my husband of 23 years is all I need. It is awesome how the scent of something or someone special can improve everything. I have often wondered if I could bottle him up somehow and carry a bit in my purse.

  • One woman's view of Christmas

    If this sounds familiar, perhaps you have expended so much time and energy on the trappings that you have not made time to keep Christmas itself. The Sunday before Christmas, my pastor titled his sermon, “The Man Who Was Christmas.” He pointed out that Christmas is not the gifts we give and receive, the mountain of goodies with which we stuff our tummies, the lights and decorations, nor even the candlelight church services. Christmas is Jesus Christ, and he does not go away on Dec. 26 or even Jan. 7, the day after Epiphany. So, my friends, Christmas is not over if we are following Christ and have His spirit within us.

  • Another day in the country with perspective

    It’s pretty much the same with people in general; but they just may not be aware of how subjective, limited, fleeting and, yet, life changing their perspective can be. We can all be looking at the very same thing but it’s our perspective that tells the story. Perspective changes the whole picture. We do this little trick in art: hold up two fingers spread and place the two fingers (spread) from your other hand over the top to make a box. Look through. You are essentially framing your perspective and blocking out all the rest of the view.

  • Is there pride in serving in our military?

    Pride, Webster’s Dictionary defines this five-letter word as a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.


  • New Year's Eve hymn sing planned

    A special community hymn sing will be 7 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. Steve Vincent will lead guests in singing, and the theme will be “Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

  • P.E.O. has Christmas party

    P.E.O. Chapter DB met Dec. 12 for a Christmas party at the home of Marian Crofoot. Pam Bowers, Dorothy Youk, and Elora Robinson were hostesses for the meeting. Youk read a Christmas story for 28 members and guests in attendance.


  • Relatives celebrate children's birthdays

    Erin Regnier’s family had a birthday party Dec. 18 in honor of her fifth birthday and her brother, Devin’s, 13th birthday at their rural Marion home. Invited guests included Mike and Gretchen Bina and family of Bel Aire, Brenda and Doug Whitsitt and family of Newton, Brian Bina of McPherson, Barry and Andi Sullivan of Norman, Okla., Amanda Bina of Atchison, Laverne and Harriet Bina, Marge Regnier, Mike and Karen Regnier, Doug and Michelle Regnier, Adam, Randy, Eric, and Michaela, all of Marion.

  • Marion Senior Center plans Elvis celebration

    Marion Senior Center will celebrate Elvis Presley’s birthday at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. He was born almost 77 years ago, on Jan. 8, 1935. The senior center will play the King’s music all day, and local fans will have Elvis memorabilia on display. One of his many movies will be screened after lunch.

  • Zettie Elder Marsh born

    Dr. Eliza Apple Bennett and Benjamin R. Marsh of Madison, Wisc., announce the birth of their daughter, Zettie Elder Marsh, born 9:47 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011. She weighed 9 lbs., 6 ounces and was 21 inches long at birth. She has an older brother, 2-year-old Orion.

  • Reception planned for Vern Smith's 90th birthday

    The family of Vern Smith will host a celebration of his 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Peabody Care Center. The event will take place downstairs in the residential commons area.


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  • Students graduate from technical college

    Manhattan Area Technical College had its fall commencement on Dec. 9 at McCain Auditorium in Manhattan. More than 70 students graduated in nine programs of study. Joshua Gayle of Florence and Chase Carlson of Marion were among the graduates. Both students were also among the 19 graduates inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.


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