• Burdick couple creates travel business

    How often have you witnessed some idea in action, profitability in motion, and thought, “I could do that?” That is exactly what Dan Peterson of Burdick did. He followed through on that idea and made it into a 10-year business.

  • Starship to headline Chingawassa

    Rock band Starship will be the headline concert of Chingawassa Days 2012, the Chingawassa Days Committee announced Monday. Starship is a newer act than previous rock bands to headline Chingawassa Days.

  • Centre superintendent wins tech award

    Centre USD 397 Superintendent Jerry Kemble will travel to Houston, Texas, this week to accept a Tech Savvy Superintendent Award Saturday during the National Conference on Education. Kemble is one of 10 administrators nationwide who will receive the award, including another Kansas winner, Mark Evans of Andover Public Schools.

  • Fruechting turns life around

    Josh Fruechting is undoubtedly on the right track. It may have been difficult to convince Fruechting in 2008, when he was living out of his truck, that his life would turn out this way. The 26 year old quickly gained responsibilities in the U.S. Army, even though he is a specialist. He is part of the 74 Delta CBRN medical unit in Afghanistan. His job with the unit is to take preventative measures against biochemical attacks on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The army tapped his biochemistry experience. While in the Army, Fruechting is completing a double major in biochemistry and criminology from Colorado State University online.

  • Dr. Roberts joins St. Luke

    Dr. Joyce Ann Roberts, M.D., board certified in family practice, has joined St. Luke Hospital and Living Center. She will provide primary care to patients of all ages. Most recently, Roberts worked as a family practice physician at the Roosevelt General Hospital clinic in Portales, N.M.

  • City decides against commercial

    Everything was sounding so good until the television producer mentioned money. Marion leaders huddled around a phone Thursday in the Marion City Council Room for what they thought was a proposal for a television news show. The group included Mayor Mary Olson, City Administrator Doug Kjellin, St. Luke Hospital CEO Jeremy Armstrong, USD 408 Superintendent Lee Leiker, Chamber of Commerce President Don Noller, Chamber Executive Secretary Margo Yates, and Ministerial Alliance representative Jeremiah Lange.

  • County considers options for 30th Road

    Gordon Entz of rural Peabody drives along 30th Road south of Peabody two times a day, to and from his office in Newton. The three miles of blacktop before the road crosses into Harvey County have concerned him for several years. The two miles between Old Mill and Mustang roads are a little bit bumpy, but the road’s safety improved about three years ago when flashing lights and crossbars were installed at a railroad crossing.

  • Vinduska analyzes agriculture in Brazil

    A recent international trip to Brazil and Argentina with the U.S. Grains Council was a little bit different for Terry Vinduska of Marion. For starters, Vinduska has been in the past president position since the beginning of 2012, moving down after a full year term as Council President. On some occasions, the sitting president has other obligations and the past president is tapped to fill and perform those duties — move meeting discussions, act as a representative for the council, and provide quotes for the media.


  • Leland Chizek

    Leland E. “Red” Chizek, 86, of Lincolnville died Feb. 7, 2012, at Lakewood Senior Living-Seville, in Wichita. He was born Nov. 27, 1925, in Agenda to Edward V. and Martha V. (Hajek) Chizek. He was a farmer, semi-truck driver, and oil well driller. He lived in the Ramona and Lincolnville area since he was 5. He graduated from Ramona High School in 1943 and served in World War II.

  • Martha Fast

    Martha Fast, 85, of Hillsboro died Feb. 10, 2012, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born May 5, 1926, in Dolton, S.D., to M.A. and Helen (Epp) Kroeker. She was a teacher. She married David E. Fast on Dec. 26, 1963, in Hillsboro. She was a member of Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Joyce Hanneman

    Joyce Hanneman, 80, of Hillsboro died Feb. 11, 2012, in Hillsboro. She was born May 19, 1931, in Tampa to Thomas and Maude (Carter) Costello. She was a farm wife. She married Ervin Hein on Feb. 13, 1945, in Newton. He preceded her in death. She later married Clifford Hanneman on Sept. 4, 1979, in Hillsboro. He also preceded her in death.

  • Jay C. Hutchison

    Jay C. Hutchison, 80, of Russell died Jan. 30 at Russell Regional Hospital in Russell. He was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Howard to Ray and Grace (McCarty) Hutchison. He graduated from Russell High School in 1949.

  • Elaine Leppke

    Elaine Leppke, 85, of Hillsboro died Feb. 13, 2012, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 28, 1926, in Harvey, N.D., to Gus and Josephine (Winter) Liebelt. She was a housekeeper at Salem Nursing Home. She is survived by one son, Craig Leppke of rural Hillsboro; one daughter, Carlotta Pankratz of San Bernardino, Calif.; one brother, Merle Liebelt of Modesto, Calif.; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

  • Lindsey Rae Miller

    Lindsey Rae Miller, 27, died Feb. 9, the same day she gave birth to her beautiful son, Thomas James Woodruff. Lindsey was born in Ulysses, to Jerry and Cheri Miller on March 2, 1984. She was in a loving home with her brothers Dallas Miller and Clayton Miller, with her grandparents Howard and Martha Miller, and George and Marie Meier nearby.

  • Linda Scarberry

    Linda Faye Scarberry, 59, of Emporia died Feb. 8, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 8, 1952, in Salina to Wayne and Faye Parks Annis. She married Daniel C. Scarberry on Sept. 22, 1973, in Emporia. He survives at home.

  • Peggy Beryl A. Razor Thies

    Peggy Beryl A. Razor Thies, 91, Overland Park, died Feb. 7, 2012. She was born May 21, 1920, in Marion. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, affectionate grandmother and great-grandmother, a loyal and loving companion, and true to many friends, and passed away peacefully into the loving hands of God and his angels.

  • Lucille M. Weyer

    Lucille M. Weyer, 82, of Kansas City, Mo., died Feb. 4, 2012, at a Kansas City, Mo. hospital. She was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Marion to Walter and Minnie (Remers) Ruby. She graduated from Marion High School. Her first husband, Earl Hoffman, died in 1976. She then married Heinze (Bill) Weyer. He died in 1986. In later years, she had a companion, Bob Freeman.

  • Thomas James Woodruff

    Thomas James Woodruff died shortly after birth on Feb. 9, 2012. Holding him here for a short time on Earth was his father, Todd Woodruff and waiting to greet him in Heaven was his mother, Lindsey Miller. Thomas was already loved by his grandparents Jerry and Cheri Miller of Sublette; Martha Miller of Sublette; Stuart and Tracy Woodruff of Peabody; Frank and Janice Woodruff of Peabody; and Glenda Vorse of Wichita; his uncles Clayton Miller of St. Louis, Mo.; and Brandon Woodruff of Peabody; aunts Traylee Woodruff and Kathryn Woodruff of Peabody and Godparent and Uncle, Dallas Miller of Kansas City.



  • Commission focuses on roads

    Marion County Commission stressed the importance of repairing county roads and talk of roads dominated the later part of its meeting Monday. The commission approved a revised bid for the 330th Road project of $1,934,999, down $230 after John Riggins from Kirkham/Michael reevaluated the bid.

  • Tampa council dicusses culvert

    Most of the discussion at the Tampa City Council meeting Feb. 6 dealt with a grant application for replacing street signs. Mayor Tim Svoboda said he had counted 127 signs, including stop signs, other traffic signs, and street names. He received a cost estimate of $3,720 from a representative of the National Sign Company for replacing them. Regarding lighting at the postal boxes, council member Wilbert Backhus said David Mueller has acquired the former grocery store building and would get wiring installed to the light.


  • Marion County belongs in First District

    Every 10 years, Kansas’ congressional districts are tweaked to account for changes in population as shown by the U.S. Census. In his “Legislative Update” column this week, District 70 Rep. J. Robert Brookens warns that this decade’s redistricting could move Marion County out of the “Big First” and into the Fourth Congressional District. Such a move would change Marion County’s congressional representative from Tim Huelskamp to Mike Pompeo. Both congressmen are Republicans, and both districts have a history of electing conservatives, so gerrymandering — drawing district boundaries for the political gain of one party — isn’t an issue in this case.

  • County could change districts

    The House passed its redistricting map, and the 70th District will retain all its former territory and will gain Hope, Solomon, Elmo, and surrounding townships in western and southern Dickinson County. I look forward to meeting and talking to the good folks of Dickinson County, in addition to those in Butler, Chase, and Marion counties. I hope to have community meetings throughout the new district this winter and spring. In the column last week, I said I believed that none of the proposed congressional maps affected Butler, Chase, or Marion County. I can still say no map is expected to affect Dickinson, Chase, or Butler, but I have discovered there is a map floating around that proposes to move all of Marion County into the 4th Congressional District, which includes Wichita. I’m not so certain our voice would be as strong in the mostly-urban 4th District.

  • Another Day in the County

    I’m not sure just when a heart-shaped box of candy became a symbol of importance to me. Perhaps it started in grade school with the annual Valentine exchange when you hoped against hope that you would get a proper amount of these little cards to count and recount with your friends and just maybe you’d be lucky enough to get one from a boy you’d noticed. His name was Vincent, and I was in third grade. In those long ago and far away days of yore, it didn’t seem to me that egalitarianism was stressed quite so highly as it is today. As I recall, everybody didn’t do it. Mostly it was the girls, and often we made our own cards.


    Bar set high for continued chamber cooperation


  • Meteorologist to speak at conservation banquet

    Chance Hayes, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita, will be the guest speaker Saturday at the annual meeting of the Marion County Conservation District in Marion. Hayes has been with the Wichita office since 1995. He was the leading contributor to the national implementation of increasing the minimum hail size for a severe thunderstorm warning from three-fourths inch to one inch in diameter.

  • Irish meal planned

    The Marion Community Center in the Marion City Building will be the site of a Celtic Celebration on March 3. The evening will begin with a buffet of traditional Irish foods at 6:30 p.m., followed by performances by the Wichita Caledonian Pipes and Drums, Cory Academy of Irish Dancing, and Knocknasheega Celtic Band.

  • Hillsboro hymn sing is Sunday

    A monthly community hymn sing will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The gathering will include singing, scripture reading, and prayer. People in attendance will be able to select favorite hymns to sing. The theme will be “One Door — and Only One,” with Steve Vincent leading the group and Lewis Hagen playing trumpet.

  • EMS calls down in January

    Marion County Emergency Medical Service was called into action 100 times in January, a decrease of about 5.7 percent compared to January 2011. The largest portion of ambulance calls was medical emergencies with 29, followed by transfers, 22; no-transports, 15; standbys and falls, 9 each; cardiac emergencies and motor vehicle accidents, 7 each; and canceled calls, 2.

  • Kansas Voices opens writing contest

    Entries in the 23rd annual Kansas Voices statewide writing contest are due March 15. The contest has adult and youth divisions for poetry and short stories. Each entry must be an unpublished poem or short story, accompanied by an official entry form and a $3 entry fee.

  • Ghost hunters study Hillsboro home

    It started the day they moved to Hillsboro, into a home with a history of frequent turnover.


  • Veterans oganizations plan celebration

    Eight military personnel will be welcomed home Saturday with a community celebration that combines the people and resources of two long-standing Marion veterans organizations. “VFW Post 6958 and American Legion Post 22 have different philosophies in our views about veterans, but the Legion and the VFW are working together to facilitate a celebration of the return of these veterans,” Amercian Legion Post Commander Kevin Hofer said.

  • Neo-Century Club elects officers

    The Neo-Century Club met Feb. 6 at Hilltop Manor. Belinda Skiles presented the program, “Your Cup of Tea.” Officers elected for the next club year are Shirley Carlson, president; Val Morgan, vice president; Lenore Dieter, secretary; and Donna Fruechting, treasurer.

  • Happy Hustlers plan library activities

    Cathy Martin, community leader of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club, announced at the group’s Feb. 10 meeting that the reading project members will be presenting Dr. Seuss activities at 10 a.m. March 3 at Marion City Library. The meeting began with a meal prepared by the foods project members.

  • PEO reads president's letter

    The Feb. 6 meeting of PEO Chapter DB saw 18 members in attendance at Judy Reno’s home with Joni Crofoot as co-hostess. The program was the reading of the President’s Letter written by Anne Collett and the Founder’s Day program presented by Vice President Laura Williams.


    Ronald and Ruth Herbel celebrate 50 years

    Marion Senior Center news, Tampa news


  • 10

    The Ampride Convenience Store in Marion has received the “Circle of Pride Award” from Cenex, a division of the CHS Cooperatives of St. Paul, Minn. The award is in recognition for exceeding standards related to retail image, cleanliness, and customer service.

  • 25

    Marion County Conservation District presented “Bankers’ Awards” to farmers Monday for soil conservation efforts. The men are Larry Andres, Eldon Andres, Lowell Cooper, Max Cooper, David Cooper, Harold Jantz, and Greg Bowers.

  • 35

    Six Marion girls received certificates of participation recently for competing in a Kansas Piano Festival in Lindsborg. The festival was part of the state music festival conducted each spring. Those receiving the certificates were Julie Hett, Sherri Kelly, and Theresa Kroupa from Florence Junior High; and Carol Regier, Carol Ehrlich, and Ann Christensen from Marion High School.

  • 50

    Mary J. Klenda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Klenda of Marion, and Nancy L. Vinduska, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Vinduska of Lincolnville, are among the 65 of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing who will receive the symbolic white cap of the nursing profession at ceremonies Sunday afternoon.

  • 60

    Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Watt and twin babies will be honored Wednesday afternoon at an informal “at home” party at the home of her parents, the John Wheelers.

  • 100

    Roscoe King has gone to Lawrence to finish his work at the State University Law School. He was admitted to the bar a year ago but still has a little work in the school in order to get his degree.

  • 125

    Big Sale A Significant Sample of our Boom. “Uncle” George Griffith sold his farm of one hundred and eighty acres, close to Marion on the south, to Levi Billings for the Marion Town Company, last Saturday, for eighteen thousand dollars, cash. Four years ago this farm went-a-begging, with all its present improvements, for six thousand dollars. We reckon the new purchasers wouldn’t take twenty-five thousand dollars for it.


  • FFA to host business appreciation breakfast

    Marion-Florence FFA will express appreciation to local businesses for the ongoing support they provide to USD 408 schools by hosting a breakfast Feb. 22 in the basement of the Marion City Building. The breakfast coincides with National FFA week, and FFA sponsor Mark Meyer said chapter members welcome the opportunity to give something back for the support they receive.

  • Centre counselor to retire

    The Centre USD 397 board of education accepted a letter of retirement from school counselor Lacy Wallace. The board thanked him for his years of dedicated service to the school district. Wallace came to Centre High School in the fall of 1993. An iTeam of students from the third and fourth grades gave a demonstration of how they use iPads in the classroom to enhance their educational experience. The team presented at the TEEN Mash-up workshop Jan. 16.

  • Centre scholars place 3rd at state

    The Centre High School scholars’ bowl team placed third in the Class 1A-Division 1 state tournament Saturday at LeRoy High School. The Cougars began pool play with a 40-20 loss to Rock Hills, but followed that up with victories over Satanta, 40-30, and Burrton, 110-30. They lost a match to South Gray, 50-30, and finished pool play with a victory over Hanover, 40-20.

  • Centre student wins county spelling bee

    Carissa Shields of Lincolnville won the Marion County Spelling Bee on Feb. 8 in Marion. She is an eighth grader at Centre Junior High School. Twenty participants from third to eighth grades competed. Juliana Schrag, fifth grader, and Lanna Wagner, seventh grader, both from Goessel, finished second and third, respectively. After three rounds, five contestants remained. Of the five, Shields was the only one to spell the word “phylum” correctly. She spelled “cellophane” in the final round to claim the championship.

  • HCC announces honors

    Hutchinson Community College recently announced its fall 2011 semester President’s Honor Roll and Vice President’s Honor Roll. Students from Marion County on the President’s Honor Roll include Leslie Cook of Goessel; Nicole Bartel and Jedadiah Janes of Hillsboro; Teresa Cole and Mikayla Hiebert of Peabody; and Matthew Klenda of Tampa.

  • Centre business leaders report results

    The Centre High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter attended the district contest Feb. 4 at Canton-Galva High School. Results Accounting I: 5. Bessie Yang. Business Ethics Team: 8. Cacey Simons, Beka Basore, and Grant Srajer. Client Service: 7. Theo Kassebaum. Computer Apps: 7. Justin Deines. Computer Problem Solving: 7. Michal Baumgartner. Desktop Publishing: 3. Anna Weber and Beka Basore. Entrepreneurship: 7. Bryanna Svoboda, Makenzie Deines, and Cassidy Hill. FBLA Principles and Procedures: 6. Nellie Kassebaum. 8. Dakota Stimpson. 9. Timothy Vinduska. Future Business Leader: 2. Carrie Carlson. Job Interview: 3. Theo Kassebaum. Global Business: 6. Anna Weber, Timothy Vinduska, and Michal Baumgartner. Impromptu Speaking: 10. Nellie Kassebaum. Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure: 7. Nellie Kassebaum. Marketing: 7. Theo Kassebaum. Networking Concepts: 2. Michal Baumgartner. Network Design: 2. Trevor Hageberg, James Wyatt, and Houston Svoboda. Parliamentary Pro Team: 2. Carrie Carlson, Makenzie Deines, Theo Kassebaum, Ty Simons, Bryanna Svoboda. Personal Finance: 3. Theo Kassebaum. Public Speaking I: 3. Makenzie Deines. Public Speaking II: 2. Carrie Carlson. Technology Concepts: Michal Baumgartner. Word Processing I: 8. Cacey Simons. Word Processing II: 5. Carrie Carlson.

  • USD 408 considers league realignment

    Marion-Florence USD 408 Board of Education learned Monday the Heart of America League could be in for some changes which would affect membership and league-sponsored activities from sports to music. Superintendent Lee Leiker and Marion High School Principal Tod Gordon spoke to the board about discussions at recent league administrator meetings driven by league member Canton-Galva to expand the league and create two divisions, based on school size.


  • Simple living, service fills couple with purpose

    Growing vegetables in winter, teaching children survival skills, mentoring college-age young adults, and visiting prison inmates are just a few aspects of simple living and serving others that fill Jim and Carrie Truax, rural Peabody, with a sense of purpose. “It seems like God teaches us that each life has a purpose,” Jim said. “I find true joy in helping others find what their gifts are, what their purpose is.”

  • Faith flourishes in nursing home

    When people move from living independently to a long-term care facility, their world changes as they leave one community and join another. Something they bring with them is their religious faith, and residents at St. Luke Living Center find activities and support that help to keep faith a vital part of their lives.


  • Warrior boys beat Bennington

    Down by as many as 10 points Friday against Bennington, the Marion High School Warriors captured the lead in the game’s final two minutes, and held on for a thrilling comeback road win, 62-59. The Warriors had trimmed just 1 point off of a 10-point halftime deficit as they entered the fourth quarter, trailing 41-50.

  • MHS girls drop lead in loss

    The Marion High School girls’ basketball team played its best half of the season Friday at Bennington, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a heartbreaking 51-45 overtime loss to the Lady Bulldogs. Senior Whitney Gordon dominated the first quarter Friday at Bennington, scoring all 11 Lady Warrior points and wreaking havoc defensively with blocked shots and steals.

  • Cougar boys defeat Wakefield

    The past week was a good one for the Centre High School boys’ basketball team. They defeated Elyria in a home game and Wakefield on the road. Their record now stands at 8-11. Consistent scoring the final three quarters helped them earn a victory Friday at Wakefield. Centre’s 8 points in the first quarter came from two 3-pointers by Kordell Harding and a field goal by Kyle Methvin. They were joined by Ty Simons, James Wyatt, and Justin Deines in scoring 15 points in the second period. Centre led, 23-22, at halftime.

  • Marion wrestlers place second

    Marion High School wrestlers returned Saturday to the invitational tournament format in which they’ve excelled this season, and wrapped up the regular season with a second-place team finish at Chase County. Brody Carroll, Colten Johnson, and Evan Slater claimed championships in their respective weight classes to lead the Warriors.

  • Cougars win two games

    The Centre High School girls’ basketball team won both of their games last week to improve their record to 10-9 overall. Playing on the road Friday, they defeated Wakefield, 51-46. After an 11-10 first quarter, an 11-4 second quarter increased Centre’s lead to 8 points, 22-14, at halftime.


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