• Jail tax nets $45K in first month

    A 0.5 percent sales tax increase implemented in July to fund construction of a new jail generated $44,978 in its first month, Marion County Commission learned Friday. That was in addition to the $50,650 the county received from its previously existing tax, up about 6.5 percent from the same time in 2010. Sales tax receipts for the year to date, not including the jail tax, are $486,242, up about 4.6 percent for the year.

  • Butler County bust follows marijuana discovery

    Less than a day after approximately 2,100 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed in rural Peabody, another 2,300 were seized about 6 miles away in northern Butler County. Meanwhile, Marion County Sheriff’s Department expanded their search area, although no new marijuana plots turned up, Sheriff Rob Craft said.

  • Marion County Lake chili cookoff features variety of options

    There was a tie for the title of championship chili at the Marion County Lake chili cook-off Saturday. Bob McCurdy and Richard Wormser both finished with 100 votes; the eventual title went to McCurdy after a judge’s taste-off.

  • Man accused of rape in Peabody

    Peabody Police arrested Alexader Beck, 19, of Newton in the early morning hours of Sept. 28 in Peabody, Police Chief Bruce Burke said. Beck is accused of rape of a juvenile. The incident began in Peabody on Sept. 27. The victim gave her report to Peabody Police on Sept. 28.

  • Huffman upset with City of Marion crew

    Teresa Huffman stepped forward to speak to Marion City Council on Monday and she was angry, visibly. Usually, as Marion County Economic Development Director, Huffman is even tempered. However, Huffman was speaking to the council as a citizen of Marion.

  • Few sales count in Peabody, Florence appraisals

    Because of Kansas’ rules regarding appraisal for property taxes, less than one-third of sales in the past three years in Peabody could be considered in making appraisals, County Appraiser Cindy Magill told Marion County Commission on Friday. There were 58 real estate sales reported to the County Register of Deeds in that time, but because of various factors, only 19 were validated for market analysis. The state’s rules aim to limit analysis to sales that are likely close to the market value of a property, so sales to family members, foreclosure sales, auctions that either aren’t well advertised or attended, and sales where a property was never really on the market aren’t included.

  • Holub says Brownback meeting productive

    Marion County Commissioner Dan Holub, commissioners from five other counties, Rep. J. Robert Brookens, and representatives of Kansas Association of Counties and Kansas Department of Revenue met with Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday to discuss a property tax exemption that was given to TransCanada for the company’s Keystone XL oil pipeline. Holub said he thought Brownback showed sincere concern for the issues raised in the meeting.


  • Lincolnville man turns misfortune into opportunity

    When Gavin Shields of rural Lincolnville graduated from Centre High School in 2006, he dreamed of becoming a certified mechanic and eventually owning his own repair shop. Two things happened this year, five years later, to help him achieve that goal in a much shorter time than he had expected. First, his mother, Kim, bought the building at the intersection of U.S. 56/77 and Main Street in Lincolnville from Duane Kahns and John Fenske, seeing it as a strategic location for a small shop. Then, in February, Shields was laid off from his mechanic’s job at Robert’s Truck Center in Wichita.

  • Morcycles provide unique experience

    Traveling on a motorcycle provides a sensory experience that can’t be duplicated riding in a car, and that is just one of the reasons to ride, Hillsboro resident Shelby Dirks said on a Friday afternoon that was excellent for a ride. “Being on the open road, being able to smell all the smells,” he said. “You see things a lot more when you’re on a bike.”


  • LaVera Bernhardt

    LaVera I. Bessel Bernhardt, 97, was transported into the hands of her Lord, on Sept. 30, 2011, from St. Luke Living Center, Marion. LaVera was born July 1, 1914, in Durham, the daughter of John and Rose Lorenz Bessel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ezra Bernhardt. She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Ollenberger (Leslie) of Salina; nieces Sydney Teeter (Wayne) of San Diego, Calif; and Rosemary Hawver (Jerry) of Charlotte, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews on the Bernhardt side of the family.

  • Jean Derstine

    Jean Langenwalter Derstine, 78, died September 24 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. Born January 11, 1933, in Wichita, to Edwin and Marie Dester Langenwalter, she graduated from Hesston Academy in 1953 and La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing in 1956. After marriage, she was a homemaker.

  • George Goossen Jr.

    George Goossen Jr., 81, died Oct. 1 in Hillsboro. He was born April 30, 1930, to George J. and Marie (Nickel) Goossen in Goessel. He was an electrician.

  • Roger Hannaford Jr.

    Roger W. “Bud” Hannaford Jr., 79, passed away Oct. 1, 2011, from St. Luke Hospital, Marion. He was born Jan. 13, 1932, in Marion, the son of Roger W. and Norma McCullough Hannaford Sr. He owned and operated Hannaford Abstract and Title Company.

  • Carol Helmer

    Carol L. Helmer, 86, died Saturday at Asbury Park Healthcare in Newton. She was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Marion County to John and Eva (Ray) Adams.

  • Beatrice Martinez

    Beatrice K. “Bea” Martinez, 68, died at her home Saturday in Marion. Born on Dec. 19, 1942, to James and Laurene Smith Cogdill in Strong City, she worked in the food service industry.

  • Joyce McCullick

    Joyce L. (Swarts) McCullick, 52, of Salina, died Monday, at her home. Born Sept. 23, 1959, in Herington, she was the daughter of James L. and Rose E. (Varney) Swarts. Memorial service will be held at 4p.m., Oct. 7, at Crossroads Church, 1111 W. South St. Salina, with Pastor Ron Bowell officiating. Inurnment will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington, at a later date.

  • Shirley Ann Moore

    Shirley Ann (Neukirch) Moore, 80, born May 12, 1931, died Sept. 10, 2011, in Florence. She will be missed by family and friends who loved her so much. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Ruby Neukirch and her sister, Jo Ott.

  • Carol Ann Unruh

    Carol Ann Unruh, 50, died Oct. 1 at Moundridge Manor in Moundridge. She was born June 26, 1961, in Hillsboro to Dayton and Martha (Dirks) Unruh. She was a housekeeper at Salem Hospital and nursing home.

  • Ruth Marie Waner

    Ruth Marie Waner, 87, of McPherson died Sept. 30 at McPherson Care Center in McPherson. Born Feb. 6, 1924, in Newton to Martin Frank and Lorene Dale (Ives) Adler, she attended Prairieview Country School, rural Burns, and graduated from Burns High School.



  • Roger 'Bud' Hannaford

    There’s no place like home. Judy Garland said it.

  • Guest editorial: A parting shot

    I had the pleasure of driving Grand Marshal Bud Hannaford in the Old Settlers’ Day parade Sept. 24. After Margie got him settled on pillows in the back seat of our convertible, Bud remarked, “this is really living.” When we turned the corner off of Walnut Street and took our place in the parade lineup, Bud offered a few remarks that really got my attention.

  • Another Day in the Country

    We were at the 80th birthday celebration for my friend, Zeb, the other day. His grandkids did a little program for him where he was presented with gifts from each decade of his life. They started out in the 1930s when he was born, telling a little something about what was popular, the going rate for gasoline, and who else was born during that time period. Gas rose from 10 cents a gallon in the 30s to $3.29 (if you’re lucky) now. Being reminded of the changes through the decades was a fun thing to have happen at a party. I thought I’d remember a whole bunch of the interesting facts; but instead I came away with just a few. For one thing, I was surprised about the exact decade things were invented — super glue, for instance — when it seemed such a common item that we’d had forever. (Forever is such a case-sensitive timeframe. For a child, forever could be an hour. For me, forever was fifty years — when it came to the super glue thing. It was invented in the 1960s.)


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  • Davidson to perform in Wichita

    Performer Jeff Davidson, a native of Florence, is experiencing increasing popularity this year as the state celebrates its 150th birthday. His programs are a unique blend of songs, history, and pictures that portray the development of the West. This year his performances focus on Kansas as the 34th state of the Union. He uses a combination of classic western and folk tunes along with his own compositions to highlight the significant historical events that led Kansas into statehood. He also performs as a member of the Trail Rider Band, a trio that includes Tony and Travis Cassity.

  • Ethan Frantz wins title in livestock show

    Ethan Frantz of Hillsboro won the grand champion title in the barrow division of the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, held Sept. 23-26 in Wichita. His winning barrow was a 278-lb. crossbred and sold for $4,154 at auction. A total of 264 market hogs were shown in the division.

  • KDHE clears Marion County Lake for all activities

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday that a public health advisory for Marion County Lake because of toxic blue-green algae had been lifted. A test conducted Sept. 26 determined algae concentrations were safe for water contact. However, the swimming beach at the lake had already been closed for fall. The lake is open for boating, fishing, and personal watercraft.


  • Edith White will be 100

    Edith White, currently of Redding, Calif, is turning 100 Oct. 12 and her family requests a card shower. White was the owner and operator of the Town ‘N’ Country Café in Florence for 35 years starting in the late 1950s.

  • Card shower requested for Virigina Shields

    The family of Virginia Shields requests a card shower for her 90th birthday, which is today. The family will host an open house celebration Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran church in Lincolnville.

  • MHS class of 1946 holds reunion

    Members of the Marion High School class of 1946 met Sept. 24 for a 65 year reunion. After having breakfast together, the 12 members in attendance rode in the Old Settlers’ Day Parade and participated in an afternoon program in Central Park. The class of 1946 was the oldest class in attendance.

  • Bredemeier family reunites

    The 58th annual Bredemeier family reunion was Sept. 25 at the Marion City Building. Thirty-three relatives attended the covered dish dinner. Bruce Winkler conducted the business meeting. Family members attending from out of town included Christopher, Chantal, Orion and Ciaran DeYoe of North Fairfield, Ohio; Shirley Davis, Brain, Clarissa, and Layla Harris of Valley Center; Ray and Carol Peirce of Hesston; Gary and Joyce Mott of Manhattan; David, Kris, and Archer Page of McPherson; Rod Summervill of Hutchinson; Myron and Bobby Harris of Peabody; Buck and Joyce Sangwin of White City; and Annette and Layne Nienstedt of Lincolnville.

  • Senior citizens to hold annual meeting

    Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. will hold their 51st annual meeting Oct. 20 at Marion Senior Center. Registration begins at 11 a.m. There will be a noon meal followed by the program at 12:45 p.m. This year the SCMC board will be honoring 10 older workers in the county.

  • Hospital auxiliary to meet

    The monthly meeting of St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the basement of Marion Family Physicians. Hosts for this meeting and the living center coffee Tuesday are Judy Reno, Feebie Holdeman, Lois Johnson, Noreen Holtsclaw, Lenore Dieter, and Gloria Ash. The program will be given by Josh Whitwell, Marion Police Chief, on fraud and other issues.


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  • Hageberg, Kassebaum are CHS royalty

    Trevor Hageberg, son of Mike and Denice Hageberg, and Theo Kassebaum, daughter of Bill and Jennifer Kassebaum, were crowned Friday at Centre High School as the fall homecoming king and queen. Other queen candidates were Brianna Alvarez, daughter of Becky Alvarez and the late Sam Alvarez, and Kinsley Shoup, daughter of Kent and Dana Shoup and granddaughter of Geneva Wallace.

  • MHS choir concert is Tuesday

    The Marion High School Choral Music Department will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The Concert Choir will perform “The Lass from the Low Countree,” “Daemon Irrepit Callidus,” and “I Hear the Harps Eternal.

  • Charater ed is 'kickin' at MES

    “You’ve got to be carefully taught to hate and fear,” go the lyrics to a song from the musical “South Pacific.” At Marion Elementary School, staff are carefully teaching the opposite by emphasizing positive traits and behaviors that demonstrate good character.


  • Johnson shines, but MHS loses

    Long after the Marion High School Warriors’ 34-18 loss Friday to the Sedgwick Cardinals becomes just another mark in loss column, fans will still be talking about Colten Johnson’s electrifying 52-yard touchdown run on the final play of the first half. “You’re not going to see anything at any level better than that run,” Marion head coach Grant Thierolf said.

  • Jordan Hett wins Halstead CC event

    Conditions were not ideal for record times Thursday at the Halstead Invitational cross-country meet, but they did not deter Marion High School Warrior Jordan Hett from taking first place in the varsity boys 5K race. “It was really windy, and the course was very hilly, which made this meet more challenging than previous weeks,” Marion head coach Rebecca Hofer said.

  • Lady Warriors take second at Belle Plaine

    The Marion High School Lady Warrior volleyball team rode two strong come-from-behind match wins to a 4-1 record and a second-place finish Saturday at the Belle Plaine Invitational Tournament. Marion entered the final match of the day as the tournament’s only unbeaten team, but could not overcome a strong showing by Trinity Academy, who won the tournament by virtue of their head-to-head win over the Lady Warriors.

  • Cougars win homecoming contest

    A large, freshly-painted cougar paw print on the center of Cougar Field might have had something to do with the Centre High School football team’s first victory of the season Friday against Flint Hills of Rosalia. The Cougars defeated the Mustangs, 40-16. It was largely a ground game for Centre.

  • Lady Cougars weep triangular

    The Centre High School volleyball team advanced above .500 Sept. 27 in a triangular at White City. The Lady Cougars defeated Little River and White City to improve to 12-11. The junior varsity also won both of its matches. The varsity played three games — 25-16, 22-25, and 25-18 — to defeat Little River. It was at least their third victory over Little River this season.


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