• Marshmallow record attempt taking shape

    With 24 days left until an attempt to set a world record for the most people roasting marshmallows, Marion County Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson has his hands full getting ready for the attempt. The grass in the area where the marshmallow roast will take place has already been burned off, to lower the risk of the bonfire spreading. The area on the southeast side of the lake has been marked with posts and flags, all in preparation for cordoning off the area as required by Guinness World Records.

  • Guinea leads principal on chase

    On school days, one would expect to find Evan Yoder in the halls and classrooms of Hillsboro Elementary School, where he is in his ninth year as principal. So he looked oddly out of place wandering around the surrounding neighborhood Feb. 22, but Yoder was on a mission: capture an escaped guinea fowl.

  • Goessel seniors face changes

    The closing of the AGAPE Senior Center in Goessel at the end of January affected some senior citizens more than others. An impending sale of the building affects still more, as regular pool players scramble to find a place for their tables. Senior center board president Norman Schmidt confirmed last Monday that plans for the sale of the building were underway.

  • MPD to ticket seat belt offenders

    Beginning Monday, the Marion Police Department will join other Kansas law enforcement agencies in an attempt to curb teenage deaths in automobile accidents. In 2010, 51 teens were killed in car crashes; 75 percent of those teenagers were not wearing seatbelts.


  • Ralph L. Carlisle

    Ralph L. Carlisle, 85, passed into his heavenly reward and into the presence of his creator on Feb. 21, 2012. A celebration of his life was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Carlson’s Funeral Home in El Dorado. A private family burial service preceded the memorial service. Ralph was born in Hunter, Mo., on Feb. 13, 1927, to Jay and Sybil (Hancock) Carlisle. At an early age, the family moved to Burns, Kan., where he was raised on the farm and graduated from Burns High School.

  • Myrtle D. Giesbrecht

    Myrtle D. Giesbrecht, 72, of Hillsboro died Feb. 25, 2012, in Wichita. She was born July 9, 1939, to John and Anna (Penner) Dueck in Stienbach, Manitoba, Canada. She was a homemaker. She married Jonas E. Giesbrecht on Aug. 30, 1987, in Greenland, Manitoba, Canada. He survives at home in Hillsboro.

  • Menno Elden Regier

    Menno Elden Regier, 84, died Feb. 21, 2012, at Newton Medical Center. He was born April 26, 1927, to Cornelius and Margaret (Epp) Regier in Elbing. He attended grade school in Elbing and graduated from Whitewater High School. After graduation, he worked on the family farm and then served two years of voluntary service as an orderly at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City from 1952 to 1954.



  • Lincolnville farm produces show lambs

    “The boys were in town and now we have sheep on the ground.” That’s how Sherry Nelson of rural Lincolnville puts it on the Stardust Sheep Farm website.

  • Hillsboro couple connects with pigs and people

    Raising pigs is not an easy business, but Brad and Becky Vannocker, rural Hillsboro, know a lot about it. They share their expertise with others, and raise pigs because they enjoy the people in the business almost as much as the animals. “That is the whole reason we do it,” Brad Vannocker said. “We meet so many good people at the shows. We’ve gone with our pigs to the Pork Expo in Iowa, to national shows as far away as Louisville, Kentucky. We have a great time with the kids and grandkids when they are showing. It’s what we like to do.”

  • Peabody family rescues horses

    Amy Bayes grew up in rural Peabody, loving horses since she was 10 or 11 years old. Now married and with three children, she lives south of Peabody on Remington Road, and with her family, provides a loving home for horses from less fortunate backgrounds. “We plan to call this place Greenwood Stables and someday provide riding lessons for younger children,” she said. “The horses we have been able to rescue just love attention and are so sweet. We want to share that with others, and give these animals a sense of purpose to their lives.”

  • Harms featured in beef report

    Harms Plainview Ranch, Lincolnville, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having two registered Angus cows included in the association’s Pathfinder Report. Taylor Harms, daughter of Mark and Kim Harms, also has been recognized as having one cow listed in the report.

  • Artisanship key for manufacturer at Ramona

    Most businesses do not bother to stop a hard-working employee in the middle of a work day to give visitors a tour of its building. But for Tatge Manufacturing in Ramona, those visitors are looking to examine their old high school stomping grounds. Operating out of an old high school on the west end of Main Street is one of the unique aspects of the small company.


  • Legislators discuss impact issues at forum

    Taxes and legislation that would impact businesses by re-defining personal property were at the fore of questions concerning citizens who attended a legislative breakfast Saturday at Marion City Building. State Rep. J. Robert Brookens and State Sen. Jeff Longbine outlined the status of key legislative issues and responded to questions from the group of 20 attendees.


  • On to the next project

    The “Grading Roads” series I’ve been writing for several weeks has run out of steam, it seems. I was working on an installment about 330th from K-15 west to the McPherson County line — the “Roxbury Road” — for this week’s issue, but by the time I contacted the person who nominated it for a closer look several weeks ago, the condition had significantly improved. The road still has problems common to gravel roads: dust, bumpiness in places, and the potential for rocks to damage tires and windshields. The shoulders could use some work, too, but when I drove it a couple weeks ago, it was generally a well-compacted gravel road.

  • Locked in a cell phone

    Since many people enjoyed my last column about my phone ordeal, I figured I’d update everybody on what has happened since then. To recap, the helpful people at the Verizon wireless store could not give me a new phone so they gave me a card to call their insurance provider. I called Asurion Insurance seven different times before I was awarded a new phone.

  • Brookens outlines property tax relief

    The House passed out a host of bills this past week and sent them to the Senate for consideration. Likewise, the Senate sent their bills over to us so House committees can hold hearings and consider their body of work. Most of the bills with real meat and potatoes have yet to be tackled by either house. Income tax cuts, the budget, KPERS, and the school funding formula have yet to be brought to the floor of the House or Senate.

  • Let people know they are appreciated

    A couple Saturdays ago, I received a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize. I answered the call, “Hello?” The person replied, “Jeremiah, this is Pat Jackson. I’m calling to say goodbye.” We had a conversation for a few more minutes and then it was over. In a very brief amount of time I had said goodbye to a woman who was a significant part of the congregation that I serve, and who also was a significant part of our community.

  • Another Day in the Country

    We stopped the other day on our way home from exercising at the health club in Abilene to buy a card. Our friend Kay always sends the best cards for just any occasion. They are funny, provocative, thoughtful, a hoot! Now was our chance to reciprocate. (The exercising is another story.) Okay, I might as well talk about the exercise. I have a sister and a daughter who seem to really enjoy exercising first thing in the morning. I don’t. We all lived together for several years in California and I’d wake up every morning to Jane Fonda (or some upgrade thereof) pounding away. I’d come staggering out and they’d be stepping and bending, slogging and jogging. I’d join in just long enough to get past them on my way to the kitchen and that would be my organized exercise of the day. “Mom, you have to do more than joke about it,” my daughter would say.


  • Relay For Life meets Monday

    Relay For Life of Marion County will have an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center, 102 N. Thorp St., Marion. The meeting will cover topics such as the planning committee, teams, survivors, and event updates. This year’s Relay For Life will be indoors.

  • 4-H board to meet

    The annual meeting of the Marion County 4-H Development Fund board will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cooperative Grain and Supply office at 135 N. Main St. in Hillsboro. The agenda includes a treasurer’s report, a bylaw change proposal, election of directors, and a brief summary of the past year’s activities.

  • Daddy Olympics are Saturday

    Marion County Parents as Teachers, Marion County Head Start, Safe Kids, and Families and Communities Together will offer a morning of games, activities, and swimming at the annual Daddy Olympics, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center in Marion. The event is for children, birth through age 5, and fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other adult men in the children’s lives.

  • World Day of Prayer planned

    On Friday, a World Day of Prayer will be observed around the world. The day is an annual worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women who come together for prayer on the first Friday in March. Each year women of a selected country write the worship service. For 2012, the women of Malaysia developed the theme “Let Justice Prevail!” A clear message emerges from their writing — it takes courage, compassion, and active engagement for justice to prevail.

  • Walk Kansas begins in March

    An eight-week program to promote a healthy lifestyle is set to begin March 18 in Marion County. Sponsored by Walk Kansas, the team-based program is geared to helping individuals lead a healthier life by being more active, making better nutrition choices, and learning positive ways to deal with stress.

  • Fishing derby planned for March 17

    Marion County Park and Lake will host the fifth annual John Waner Memorial Fishing Derby, 7 to 11 a.m. March 17 at the heated fishing dock. The derby will have two trophy categories, each with a $100 cash prize: largest crappie by weight and most inches caught. After competition, there will be an awards ceremony and lunch at noon at the lake hall.


  • Olsen elected to electric board

    Terry Olsen of Marion was elected Feb. 21 to serve as a District 4 representative on the board of trustees at the annual meeting of Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative Association at Centre High School. Flint Hills is a member of the Kansas Electric Power Cooperative. Executive Vice President Steve Parr said the cooperative receives 40 percent of its power from coal-fired power plants, 30 percent from nuclear power, 20 percent from hydro-electric sources, and 10 percent from gas, wind, and solar combined.

  • PEO chapter meets

    Twenty-seven members of PEO Chapter DB met Feb. 18 at Marion Presbyterian Church for a soup luncheon. Chef Josh Powers gave a presentation on preparing sweet potato soup. French onion and chicken-and-rice soups also were served.


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  • Centre to have own television service

    In addition to receiving a 2012 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award at Houston on Sept. 18, Centre USD Superintendent Jerri Kemble brought back an award for the district. She received a “Certificate of License” worth $3,500. It is a no-cost one-year subscription to an Internet television portal for streaming videos and making live presentations.

  • Bina new secretary at Centre

    In a special session Thursday, Centre USD 397 Board of Education hired Terri Bina of Pilsen as the new kindergarten through 12th grade receptionist and attendance and activities secretary at a rate of $8.50 per hour. Bina’s husband, Jeff, who is a board member, was not present. The decision was made after almost two hours in executive session with Superintendent Jerri Kemble to discuss non-elected personnel.

  • Batting cage purchased for Marion teams

    Marion Baseball-Softball Boosters are preparing to upgrade the batting cage at the city baseball and softball complex. Donations, including $200 from Marion Kiwanis Club, and fundraising by selling concessions at youth basketball games had nearly covered the purchase price by Monday. The remainder of the price will be paid with additional concessions stand funds raised.

  • Overton receives Hesston scholarship

    Megan Overton of Marion has been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship from Hesston College. The scholarship is worth $12,000 over two years. Overton must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to renew the scholarship after the first year.

  • Lindsay exhibits art at Bethany College

    Bethany College senior art student Suzy Lindsay of Hillsboro will exhibit her senior art show, titled “The Reveal,” March 8 through 13 at Mingenback Art Center at the college. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 11, with Lindsay giving a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


  • Marion soccer club re-opens registration

    Marion County United Soccer Club is re-opening registration for its ninth spring season of soccer. Youths who played last fall are guaranteed to play this spring for no extra charge. The re-opening of registration will allow those who are interested to be added for the spring season.

  • Carroll, Johnson finish 3rd at state wrestling

    The Marion High School wrestling team had one of the best showings in program history at the state wrestling meet Thursday and Friday in Hays, placing 14th in the team standings on the strength of performances by Brody Carroll, Colten Johnson, and Evan Slater. “Ninth had 47 points and we had 41, and that was with only three kids scoring points,” Marion head coach Chad Adkins said. Wrestlers from 98 schools competed in the event.

  • Bluebirds knock Cougars out of sub-state basketball

    The Centre High School boys’ basketball team finished the 2012 season Monday with a 72-50 loss to Goessel in the first round of the 1A substate tournament at Goessel. The Bluebirds got off to a 7-0 start making two layups and a 3-pointer.

  • Marion girls defeat Sedgwick, lose to Hillsboro

    The Marion High School girls’ basketball team was poised for a breakthrough after narrow, hard-fought losses in three consecutive games. A road trip Feb. 21 to Sedgwick provided the opportunity, and Marion took full advantage, claiming their third win of the season 41-34.

  • Marion boys end regular season with loss

    The Marion High School boys’ basketball team ended the regular season with a loss to Sedgwick, and their postseason finished the same way, as the Warriors were bounced out of the first round of substate competition Monday with a 49-42 loss to the Cardinals at Sedgwick. The teams were knotted at 34 late in the third quarter when Sedgwick sharpshooter Elliot Money rattled home a long 3-pointer. He opened the fourth quarter with another, and suddenly the Warriors were staring at a 6-point deficit, 40-34.


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