• Greens on the mend at golf course

    Progress continues with repair of damaged greens at the Marion Country Club golf course, with expectations seven greens will be rehabilitated and ready for use April 1. Two separate events last year ravaged the greens, creating huge barren areas that made the greens unusable.

  • New officer brings expertise to Marion

    The terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001 led to a renewed sense of patriotism and commitment to service among Americans, and the response wasn’t limited to adults. That Sept. 11 was a defining moment in the life of a seventh-grade girl in Parma, Idaho, putting her on a path that would eventually lead Sarah Alam to Marion.

  • Vice-Commander to visit Marion

    Marion American Legion Post 22 will host National Vice- Commander David N. Voyles of Amazonia, Mo., on his three-day tour of Kansas, at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, at the post hall, 424 East Main. American Legion members and guests are invited to a reception, and to hear Voyles speak on Legion programs and issues concerning veterans. During his tour, Voyles will visit 18 American Legion posts while in Kansas.


  • Ralph F. Bernhardt

    Ralph F. Bernhardt, 91, died March 10, 2012, at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City. He was born Nov. 11, 1920, near Lost Springs to George and Hannah (Riffel) Bernhardt. He spent his childhood farming on the family farm and later served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He then worked as a welder for the Rock Island Railroad for more than 35 years before retiring.

  • Maurice L. Hollar

    Maurice L. Hollar, 78, retired Financial Vice President and member of the Board of Directors for Stelbar Oil Corporation, Inc., passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012. He was born in Abilene, Kan., to Frank and Gladys Hollar and later moved to Marion, Kan., with his family. He graduated from Marion High School and Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.He served 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

  • Gladys L. Knapp

    Gladys L. (Carr) Knapp, 93, died March 7, 2012, in Mission, Texas, where she spent the winters. She was born July 2, 1918, in Kearney County to William A. and Bertha Willey Carr. As a young girl, she moved to Marion County where she was raised and educated.

  • Don A. Kraus

    Donald Alfred Kraus, 62, was born March 31, 1949, in Wichita, Kansas. He was the son of Raymond and Rita Friess Kraus. At the age of 2, his family moved to the Marion area, which became his life-long home. He attended Pleasant View Grade School and later graduated from Marion High School with the class of 1967.

  • Alexander Lorei

    Alexander “Alex” Lorei, 95, of the Shady Brook area northwest of Herington died March 12, 2012, at Salina Regional Health Center. He was born on Oct. 20, 1916, near Ramona to immigrant parents David and Katherine (Weimer) Lorei.

  • William 'Gayle' McWhirt

    William “Gayle” McWhirt, 71, passed away March 7, 2012, at Newton Medical Center. He was born Sept. 1, 1940, in Lyons, the son of W.T. and Faye Ahrens McWhirt. He graduated from Russell High School in 1959. He had been an over-the-road trucker for Binning Trucking for many years.



  • Savings bonds no longer available

    Area bank patrons have been used to walking up to a teller to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds, a secure staple of small investors and gift givers for more than 75 years. That option ended Jan. 1 when the U.S. Treasury Department switched to selling savings bonds exclusively through their website, TreasuryDirect.gov.

  • Chicago trader finds success

    Kelcy Voth, formerly of Goessel, became interested in the stock market when he was 13-years-old. His interest led him to a career as a commodities trader in Chicago, Ill., and he thrives on the challenge, the excitement, and the freedom every day on the job brings him. “The markets are always changing, so my strategies and trading style need to be flexible,” Voth said. “It’s exciting because anything can happen at any time. Every day is different.”


  • GOP caucus has high turnout

    Voter turnout greatly exceeded organizers’ expectations Saturday at Marion County’s Republican Presidential Caucus. Volunteers had set up about 70 chairs in the Marion Community Center, but attendance was high enough they had to get out extra chairs. The eventual vote total was 178.

  • County sees increase in oil company interest

    Equipment upgrades were discussed for two county departments Monday at the Marion County Commission meeting. The requests were spurred by demand from oil companies with interests in the county. Register of Deeds Jo Ottensmeier requested copying 126 deed books from microfilm to compact discs. The cost of the copies would be $12,096. She said she has $18,326 in her technology budget.

  • Tampa seeks ball diamond grant

    Tampa Mayor Tim Svoboda told Tampa City Council at their March 5 meeting that the Kansas City Royals have a website where grant applications for ball diamond renovations can be made. “We’ve missed the first deadline of Feb. 1, but the second deadline is Aug. 1,” Svoboda said.


  • A solution for time-change lethargy

    I like daylight saving time. First and foremost, I like it because it keeps sunrise at a sane time during the summer. If we stayed on standard time all year, the sun would come up at 5:04 a.m. in the middle of summer, and I just can’t sleep in after the sun is up. I also like having an extra hour of daylight in the evening. More sunshine in the evening means more time for outdoor fun, whether that means playing sports, riding a bike, going for a walk, or just working in the yard or garden.

  • Kids are busy

    If you missed last weekend’s melodrama performance by the high school students, you truly missed a fun evening in Marion. As I sat there on Friday night, I laughed quite a bit, but as I was watching the show, a thought crossed my mind. It is absolutely amazing in how many things our high school students in this community are involved. They are first and foremost students attending class and doing homework (ideally speaking of course). Some of them are in choir or band and they are preparing for spring concerts.

  • Another day in the country

    The history of women in America, land of the free and home of the brave, is a troubled tale. While brave ladies followed their husbands to new frontiers in quest of freedom to believe, freedom to attain, freedom to choose; their own personal freedom to do all of the afore mentioned was withheld. It was just the way it was. Things could have been worse. Most of them didn’t seem to mind. Some thought it their duty. It’s mind boggling to learn that many women were little more than legalized slaves for the first hundred years of our country’s history. A woman belonged to a man, legally — given from her father’s hand to her husband’s. She had no right to leave her husband, once married, and if she didn’t marry, she had even fewer rights — destined in spinsterhood to be a servant, a nanny, without wages, living subservient in someone else’s home.

  • Brookens writes about bill passage

    HB 2609 is the new HB 2212 I wrote about two weeks ago. It came back as promised on Friday, with both its moving parts. The property tax relief portion in the bill of $45 million to local governments (not schools) is very important to all Kansans, and that part passed. The bill in its final form also had that part forcing local governments to lower their mill levies to match the previous year’s budget, then raise to the mill levy now needed to do business.


  • P.E.O. chapter elects officers

    P.E.O. Chapter DB met at the home of Mary Kay Classen on March 5 with 23 members present. Lavonne Hannaford and Suzanne Thole were co-hostesses. Election and installation of officers was held, and Jackie Volbrecht was welcomed as a new member. The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. April 2 at the home of Eileen Sieger with Beth Collett and Marlene Utech as co-hostesses. The program will be “Orchidelirium” by Sieger, who grows many different varieties of orchids in her home.

  • Marion blood drive scheduled Monday

    The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from 2:15 to 6:45 p.m. Monday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. Donors should drink plenty of fluids ahead of time. Donors must have their donor card or photo identification to donate.

  • Community health center treats body, mind

    The nonprofit Health Ministries Clinic, 209 S. Pine St., Newton, has expanded its services to include mental health services in addition to medical and dental services. Health Ministries served 6,000 patients in 2011, including 250 from Marion County.

  • Hillsboro hymn sing on Sunday

    The monthly community hymn sing will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, Hillsboro. The service will include singing, prayers, and scripture readings. Those attending will have the opportunity to select favorite hymns to sing.

  • Sign-up period for CRP begins

    Tampa Mayor Tim Svoboda told Tampa City Council at their March 5 meeting that the Kansas City Royals have a website where grant applications for ball diamond renovations can be made. “We’ve missed the first deadline of Feb. 1, but the second deadline is Aug. 1,” Svoboda said.

  • Happy Hustlers 4-H club seeks books

    Larry Zieammermann, Hap Waddell, and Charlie Nordquist did not flinch at setting a high goal for the book drive they have started to support their reading project through Happy Hustlers 4-H club. “We want to raise at least 1,001 books,” Zieammermann said.

  • Florence Chess Club meets Saturday

    The Florence Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 726 Marion St., in the former Catholic school across from the Catholic church. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and there is no cost. The former Kansas Chess Club Association president Rick Hodges will be in attendance for lessons.


  • Marion Library hosts quilt show

    Marion City Library will have its annual quilt show Monday through March 31 during regular library hours. The show will include 30 quilted items on display, including vintage quilts, new quilts, wall hangings, and table runners.

  • Kiwanis Club reports activities

    In February, Sheriff Rob Craft updated Marion Kiwanis Club members on the status of the new jail. Club members entertained at St. Luke Living Center by singing Valentine’s Day songs and visiting with residences.

  • Marion Christian church hosts meal

    The Fellowship Committee of Marion Christian Church hosted a potato bar after Sunday church services Sunday. The congregation provided salads and desserts. Approximately 90 people attended the dinner.

  • Georgeson chosen prince

    Mason Georgeson, 14, son of Howard and Laurie Georgeson, was recently named Valentine’s Day Prince at Children’s Care Hospital and School. He was chosen for the honor by a vote among his peers. Mason is a day student at CCHS and resides with his family in Pipestone, Minn.


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  • Leiker named KSU leader

    Marion High School alumnus Landon Leiker was recently selected to be an orientation leader at Kansas State University. Leiker, a sophomore secondary education student, will assist with the university’s summer orientation and enrollment program, informing new students about resources, services, activities, and facilities at the university. Leiker and other orientation leaders will participate in training in the spring and early summer.

  • Art competition is open

    Entries are being accepted for the 2012 Congressional Arts Competition. High school students in Kansas’ First Congressional District are eligible to participate. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. “Last year, I received several outstanding submissions from the many talented young artists in our district,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp said. “The judges stated that although choosing a winner was difficult, they were greatly inspired by the level of talent in our state. I am excited for this year’s competition, and look forward to receiving more submissions from talented Kansas students.”

  • Centre students create business

    The Centre USD 397 Board of Education approved a business plan presented Monday by Beka Basore and Anna Weber, students of Lisa Beye and members of Future Business Leaders of America. Operating out of an expanded concession stand in the high school commons, the business, Centre Perk, will provide district students, staff, and visiting community members with a source of quality snacks and drinks.

  • Career patheways increase at Centre

    What used to be called vocational education in schools is now known as career pathways. Career pathways are designed to provide students with a smooth transition from school to the workplace. Centre High School ag education instructor Mark Hager and Technology Excellence in Education Network Director Brandi Hendrix gave a presentation on career pathways Monday to the Centre USD 397 Board of Education. Hager is involved in developing career pathways in agriculture.

  • Marion/Florence FFA members receive awards

    Several members of the Marion/Florence FFA chapter received awards at the South Central District FFA selection day activities on March 5 and 6 in Wellington and Newton. Five members received district proficiency awards for activities related to their supervised agriculture experience programs. They had to complete a 10-page application that explained their activities and financial earnings along with six pictures of their project.

  • Teaching scholarship available

    At its meeting next month, the Alpha Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Marion County for women educators will award a $500 scholarship to a female student majoring in education. The award is given annually to encourage young women to enter the field of education. Any female Marion County high school graduate planning to major in education at a college or university in Kansas is eligible for the scholarship.

  • MMS musicians get high marks

    Marion Middle School music students traveled March 6 to Inman for the league music festival. The MMS Choir received a 1 rating from all three judges, and all vocal ensembles received 1 ratings as well. Vocal solos receiving 1 ratings included Molly Hess, Cade Harms, Tori Boyd, Ryan Cochran, Noah Albin, Tori Smith, John Lind, Elizabeth Meyer, and Shyla Harris.

  • Centre plans kindergarten screening

    Centre USD 397 will have kindergarten screenings March 30 at the Centre K-12 School. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 are encouraged to participate in the screening. For an appointment, call the district office at (785) 983-4304. There will be no kindergarten class that day.

  • Marion school board plans for the future

    While state education finance measures are still being debated in the Kansas Legislature, improvement in state revenues prompted speculation Monday among Marion-Florence USD 408 board members about possible staffing enhancements for next year. “Over the past several years because of school funding, we’ve seen a continual decrease, and we’ve agonized over reductions,” Superintendent Lee Leiker said.


  • Hett, Harper earn league honors

    Marion High School basketball players Jordan Hett and Jacob Harper earned selections to the postseason Heart of America League first team. The Marion duo joined Trey Unrauof Moundridge, Caleb Cherryholmes and Caleb Tanner of Remington, Cameron Rust of Berean Academy, and Logan Thompson of Sedgwick on the honors squad.

  • Centre girls' basketball team overwhelmed at state

    Given that a Centre High School girls’ basketball team has not been to a state tournament in 39 years, it is understandable that the Lady Cougars were somewhat intimidated in their matchup Thursday against Hoxie in Emporia. Not only was it the first appearance in many years, the eighth-seed Lady Cougars were facing top-seed Hoxie, a team that ranked first in the state and went on to win the championship.


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