• 1,272 people roast marshmallows at lake

    A warm Saturday afternoon with clear skies and a slight breeze at Marion County Park and Lake provided excellent conditions to set a world record for most people simultaneously roasting marshmallows at a single site, pending verification by Guinness World Records. The event drew 1,272 participants, exceeding Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson’s goal of 1,000. With no pre-existing record, all that remains is paperwork and documentation, followed by a wait to find out whether Guinness World Records will certify the attempt as a valid world record.

  • Commission reaches agreement with lake group

    The Marion County Commission and Friends of Marion County Lake came to an understanding Monday, setting rental fees for trailer homes at $1,200 a month. The agreement was preceded by a contentious discussion at the regular commission meeting. The discussion between representatives of the Friends of Marion County Lake and Marion County Commission intensified when the group’s president Jim Bratt said that specific rules the commission outlined for trailers at the lake were illegal.

  • City elections are Tuesday

    The cities of Marion, Hillsboro, and Burns will have city council elections Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jerry Dieter, Todd Heitschmidt, incumbent Steve Smith, Dick Varenhorst, and Lee Vogel are running for two Marion City Council positions, currently held by Smith and Bill Holdeman. The council positions are for four-year terms.

  • Marion candidates discuss issues

    Candidates for two Marion City Council Positions answered questions about local issues during a forum Sunday sponsored by Marion PRIDE and the Marion County Record. Howard Collett moderated the discussion. Background Jerry Dieter

  • Farm auction is big gathering

    What happens when a farm implement dealer with surplus inventory joins forces with an entrepreneuring auctioneer? In Durham, that combination led to a farm consignment auction Saturday that drew more than 700 people from near and far, some even from Mexico. Beautiful spring weather led to an enjoyable day for sellers, buyers, and those just there to spend a day in the sun visiting with neighbors.

  • Restored church is ready for use

    According to Thane “Jay” Plank of Ramona, owner of the former Rosebank Brethren in Christ church building 2.5 miles northwest of Ramona, repairs have been completed and the facility is ready for use. Tiles on the entire basement ceiling have been replaced. The large kitchen is equipped with two electric ranges, a double-sink island, a new refrigerator, two cookers, a microwave, and two large serving counters. The cupboards are supplied with drinking glasses and cups.

  • Guitar is easy to learn

    At Butler Community College’s Free Class Day on Saturday in Marion, Mike Moran will provide a seminar on guitar basics and three-chord songs. Moran estimates he started playing guitar at age 25, and he has played off and on since then.


  • Dorothy Dozier

    Dorothy E. Dozier, 83, of Herington died March 23, 2012, at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She was born Aug. 25, 1928, in Council Grove to Allen Sr. and Eleanor B. (Durell) Garrett. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. She also was a member of the United Methodist Women and was a past member of the Eastern Star. She attended Council Grove High School with the class of 1946.

  • Emilie Herpich

    Emilie “Johnnie” Herpich, 96, of Herington died March 27, 2012, at the Medicalodges of Herington. She was born Dec. 19, 1915, near White City to George F. and Flora T. (Yakle) Herpich. She worked for Sandra’s Bakery for 20 years, then for Stiles Thriftway for 15 years until she retired. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Shady Brook. She was an avid bowler for many years.

  • Bernice Hiebert

    Bernice Hiebert, 89, of Hillsboro died March 24, 2012, at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater. She was born April 10, 1922, in Fairview, Okla., to Benjamin H. and Anna (Loewen) Buller. She was a homemaker.

  • Mary Laughlin

    Mary Beatrice Griffin McGrady Laughlin, 88, died March 20, 2012. She was born June 9, 1923, on a farm near Sayre, Okla., to Henry Horatio and Laura Ann (Roach) Griffin. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, John, Oscar, Elmer, and Jess Griffin; two sisters, Bessie Green and Mattie Green; her husband, Elmer Laughlin; and one son-in-law, Raymond Crist.

  • Richard L. Dick Maggard

    Richard L. “Dick” Maggard, 64, passed away March 21, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born May 16, 1947, in Marion, the son of Charles R. and Helen Kohls Maggard. He proudly served his country with the United States Army.

  • Lenard Price

    Lenard Price, 79, died March 21, 2012, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan following a long-term illness. He was born June 22, 1932, in Erwin, Tenn., to James and Deckie Blankenship Price.

  • Melvin Whitaker

    Melvin Lewis Whitaker, 93, died March 23, 2012, at Morris County Hospital in Council Grove. He was born Aug. 25, 1918, outside of Dunlap to John Allen and Mabel Addie (Wolfram) Whitaker. He graduated from Dunlap Elementary and Dunlap High School. He served as a tank mechanic and halftrack driver in the 5th Armored Division of Patton’s 3rd Army. He saw action in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart medal.



  • Love of horses leads to life dreams

    Horses are a lot like children according to rural Hillsboro horse enthusiast Ruthie Walker, age 21. She and her sister, Rebekah Walker, 16, a cohort in all-things-horse, agree that working with horses is the best pastime ever, with so many rewards in the form of companionship and life lessons learned. “They need consistency. In order for them to understand what you want from them, you need to be consistent,” Ruthie Walker said. “They are just like kids in that they are curious, but they want so much to please you. They just need help in understanding what it is you want from them.”

  • Newborn calves get special treatment

    Veterinarian Jessica Laurin and her staff at Animal Health Center of Marion County in Marion have a special place in their clinic for treating baby calves that are dehydrated, sick, or weak from the cold. Laurin said this year has been not nearly as bad as the last one because of mild temperatures, but all three stalls in a room kept at 70 degrees were occupied Tuesday.

  • Marion County farmer gets Monsanto award

    DeAlan Unrau of rural Goessel recently won a $2,500 cash prize from America’s Farmers Grow Communities. He designated Goessel’s Future Farmers of America chapter to receive the Monsanto sponsored award. Members of the Goessel FFA, DeAlan and Alma Unrau, and a Monsanto representative will participate in a check presentation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on March 30, at the Goessel High School, 100 E. Main Street, Goessel.

  • Custom silage crew involves Lincolnville family

    It won’t be long before the crew of Zeller & Sons, custom silage harvesters, head to the panhandle of Texas to begin another season of forage cutting. The business has been in operation since 1993. The owners, Phil and Agnes Zeller, lived in rural Manhattan until 2000, when they established a company headquarters on U.S. 56/77 two miles north of Lost Springs.

  • Farmers learn about weather insurance, fracking

    Jared Brown, district sales manager for The Climate Control Corporation, promoted purchase of weather insurance by farmers at an ag information meeting Thursday in Marion. The meeting was sponsored by Central National Bank and the Jerry Cady Insurance Agency. Brown said weather insurance does not replace federal crop insurance; it is a supplement that goes beyond what federal crop insurance covers. It is being offered for the first time in 2012.


  • Toasting the roast

    Congratulations, Marion County! Whether the effort is acknowledged by Guinness World Records, turnout for the marshmallow roast Saturday at Marion County Park and Lake was fantastic. The final tally, not including all of the volunteers that made the event possible, was 1,272 participants. That’s more than the population of Washington, Kan., where I grew up. For more than an hour after the gates opened, it looked like turnout might be disappointing. But a late surge of people swelled the crowd well past Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson’s goal of 1,000 participants. The sight of that many people congregating around a single bonfire was quite a spectacle.

  • Do your civic duty

    Marion City Council elections are Tuesday, and they are heavily contested this year with five candidates for two positions. I hope the amount of competition is enough to result in voter turnout above 50 percent, but I’ll just have to wait to see about that. The right to vote is something that one group after another has had to fight hard for over the history of the U.S., yet so many people treat voting as a burden. Getting half of registered voters — without even including people eligible to vote who never register — to show up is considered a success now.


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  • Huelskamp to speak in Hillsboro

    Congressman Tim Huelskamp will host a Marion County town hall meeting in Hillsboro from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 10. The meeting will be in the west room of Hillsboro Civic Center, 118 E. Grand Ave., Hillsboro.

  • Computer scams on the rise

    The Better Business Bureau of Kansas is alerting consumers about a phone call scam where the callers are representing themselves as Microsoft employees or computer repair technicians. They claim to want to update or repair computer problems so they can gain remote access to personal information on computers.

  • Berevement camp is June 1

    Hospice Care of Kansas will host its fourth annual children’s bereavement camp, Healing Hearts, June 1 through 3, at Horizon Camp and Retreat Center near Arkansas City. The camp is for children ages 7 through 17 who are having difficulty with the death of a loved one. There will be one adult for every two campers, and a camp nurse and security staff will provide peace of mind.

  • Bluegrass players highlighted at Opera House

    The Better Business Bureau of Kansas is alerting consumers about a phone call scam where the callers are representing themselves as Microsoft employees or computer repair technicians. They claim to want to update or repair computer problems so they can gain remote access to personal information on computers.

  • History internships available

    The Kansas Historical Society will offer two paid internships this summer. The internships are full-time, 40 hours per week for eight weeks, and include a $2,500 stipend. The John Ripley Internship is named for a Topeka businessman well-known for his interest in local history. Undergraduate and graduate students studying in a related field qualify for the internship if they meet at least one of three requirements: studying at Washburn University, graduated from a high school in Shawnee County, or are a resident of Shawnee County.


  • Beckham to solo with professional band

    Former Marion County Park and Lake resident, Dwight Beckham Sr., will be featured as a trumpet soloist with the Wichita Wind Ensemble Professional Concert Band at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wichita Forum, 147 S. Hillside Ave. The theme of the concert is “An Expression of Life at the Carnival.” Beckham will be featured in the band’s performance of “Carnival of Venice,” by Herbert I. Clarke.

  • Marion blood drive successful

    The Marion community surpassed the goal of 50 units of blood at the American Red Cross drive on March 19 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. The final total was 54 units. Many volunteers made this blood drive work. Bruce George, Ken Wealand, and Eileen Schmidt from Prairieland Partners helped in various ways. Joni Crofoot was in charge of the canteen, assisted by Grace Yoder, Gayle Thomas, Schmidt, Carol Laue, Diane Richmond, Kathy Meierhoff, and Judy Reno.

  • Democratic women meet

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch at Marion Senior Center on Friday. Margaret Cook was welcomed as a new member. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting.


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  • Taylor accepted by VCU art school

    Put a pencil in her hand, give her a subject to draw, and Marion High School senior Jessie Taylor can create amazingly detailed lifelike artwork. But it was the simple use of a pencil to fill in little circles that eventually led her to the best public university visual arts program in the country. “I was about 5 when I started drawing dresses, like in Disney movies ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” Taylor said. “My mom would buy bridal magazines, and I’d draw those dresses.”

  • Centre student stars in professional video

    Ty Simons, a sophomore at Centre High School, became a star on Tuesday. Jody Small, a writer and producer from the New York City metropolitan area, and Gabriel Diamond, a videographer and producer from Los Angeles, visited CHS to highlight Simons’ participation in the Kansas Online Learning Program. Simons is known as a “hybrid” student, taking classes online and also onsite. He said he is taking Algebra II through the virtual program because it didn’t fit into his regular school schedule.

  • Tabor choir to give concert

    The Tabor College Concert Choir recently went on an annual Spring Tour that included performances at eight churches in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The choir will present the final performance of the series at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The theme for the 2012 concert series is “Eternity in our Hearts.”

  • Donation supports MHS belt safety

    An eight-student committee at Marion High School has been promoting seat belt safety to their classmates the past four months, and Monday they received a financial boost from a local charitable trust to encourage and enhance their efforts. The SAFE (Seat Belts are For Everyone) program is a student-driven education program through the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, which provided seed money to implement the program at MHS.


  • MHS power-lifters prepare for contest

    Most high school athletes include weightlifting as an integral part of their conditioning programs for their chosen sports. Some, like Marion High School athletes Mikael Antoszyk, Colten Johnson, and Spencer Fugitt, will take it to the next level Saturday when they pit their strength and skills against others in the 3A Kansas State Powerlifting Championships in Marion.

  • Marathon in Abilene to benefit needy families

    The annual Eisenhower Marathon will begin at 7 a.m April 14. on south Buckeye Street in Abilene, between the Catholic church and the Eisenhower Center. The race is hosted by the R.H. Viola Family with assistance from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.


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