• Hillsboro hospital operator files for bankruptcy

    HMC/CAH Consolidated, Inc., operators of Hillsboro Community Hosptial, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday. For the immediate future, local residents won’t notice any differences in the operation of Hillsboro Community Hospital.


  • County approves second wind farm project

    Marion County Commission approved a conditional use permit Monday for the proposed Doyle North 2 wind power project west of Florence. Rex Savage and Windborne Energy had previously received a permit for the Doyle North 1 project in November 2010. Marion County Planning Commission voted Sept. 22 to recommend approval of the new project.

  • Schools recognized for excellence

    Marion County school districts had numerous schools and grade levels achieve the Standard of Excellence for performance on Kansas state assessments in reading, math, and science for the 2010-11 school year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Kansas Department of Education.
    Standard of excellence awards recognize achievement that exceeds basic curriculum standards established by KDOE.

  • Rural carriers are option for towns slated to lose post offices

    Post offices in Florence, Lost Springs, Ramona, Burdick, Cedar Point, Durham, Cassoday, Elmdale, Potwin, and Lehigh have all received proposals to close from the United States Postal Service. “The locations were chose because they have little foot traffic and have a workload of less than two hours a day,” Central Plains postal district regional spokesman Brian Sperry said. “Obviously, people in those cities are already gong to other cities for groceries or gas.”

  • TCT appeals to Tampa council

    Angie Schwerdtfeger of Tri-County Telephone Association attended the Tampa City Council meeting Oct. 3 to explain some developments in connection with the Rural Universal Service Fund. This is a cash pool funded by a small extra charge on every customer’s phone bill to help phone companies pay expenses, assuring services to everyone, regardless of location. The Federal Communications Commission wants to change this to something they call Connect America. They want to provide less service to rural areas than to cities. Tri-County feels this is unfair.

  • Thefts increase in rural areas

    Marion County Undersheriff David Huntley said there has been an increase of burglaries and thefts in rural areas in the county. Thefts of items like chainsaws, tool battery chargers, mower batteries, a gas powered generator, gallons of fuel, and yards of piping, all of which have been stolen from rural locations since Aug. 31, are difficult for the Sheriff’s office to solve. Huntley said it might take an owner weeks before they realize a theft has occurred. The deterioration of evidence in that time is staggering.

  • Lincolnville approves sewer pond renovation contracts

    At its Oct. 3 meeting, Lincolnville City Council approved two contracts regarding renovation of the sewer ponds. A contract with engineering firm EBH and Associates was approved contingent on legal counsels’ concurrence. The firm has offices in Hillsboro and Marion and is helping the city with its applications for a Community Development Block Grant and bank loan.

  • Polka brings people together

    When the Midwestern Polka Club gathers for a polka dance and hog roast Saturday at Marion County Park and Lake, the number of dancers is likely to be a fraction of what it used to be, Charlote Casey of Marion said. In recent years there have been as few as 30 dancers, compared with 100 or more in the past, she said. The reason for the decline is because few young people are taking up the traditional dance that Czech, German, and Polish settlers brought to the U.S. It used to be that children learned to polka from their parents, she said.



  • Mary Ann Duerksen

    Mary Ann Duerksen, 93, of Lehigh, died Oct. 9 at The Cedars in McPherson. She was born April 23, 1918, in Lehigh to John W. and Sara (Loewen) Ewert. She was a homemaker.

  • Marion E. Hamilton

    Marion E. Hamilton, 93, of Hillsboro died Oct. 10 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. He was born Sept. 24, 1918, in Minden, Neb., to Edgar M. and Jessie S. (Sallee) Hamilton. He was a public school teacher.

  • Emice H. Hein

    Emice H. Hein, 84, of Hillsboro, died Oct. 3 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on March 15, 1927, at Hillsboro, to Henry W. and Tina (Duerksen) Hein. He married Lydia Adrian on Sept. 29, 1947, at Buhler. He was a farmer and a member of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Irene Humphries

    Our beloved mother, Irene Humphries, went to be with the Lord on October 3, 2011, at the age of 89, in Augusta, Kansas. She was born to Wendell and Dorothy Seibert on March 18, 1922 in Vesper, Kansas and was the oldest of three daughters. She was married to her late husband, Edwin Humphries for 52 years. He preceded her in death in 1998.

  • John Charles Jacobson

    John Charles Jacobson, 65, died Oct. 3 at his home in Peabody. He was born April 16, 1946, in Arkansas City.

  • Helen Jane Klassen

    Helen Jane Klassen, 93, of Hillsboro died Oct. 10 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Sept. 9, 1918, in Ingalls to Jacob C. and Katherine (Thiessen) Willems. She was an elementary school teacher.

  • George F. Oborny

    George F. Oborny, 81, died Oct. 4 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. He was born July 7, 1930, in Durham to John and Elsie Huna Oborny Sr. On April 14, 1956, he married Kathleen Steiner.

  • Lynna W. Powers

    Lynna W. Powers, 98, of Marion and formerly of Yates Center died Oct. 10 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born March 28, 1913, at Toronto to daughter of Adam and Mary (Liebau) Stock.



  • Komen unravels maze of cancer websites

    Combing through 149 million pages returned from a Google Internet search for “breast cancer” for reliable, accurate information is a daunting task. This would be equivalent to shuffling through a stack of paper almost nine miles high.

  • Good health is the spice of life

    Spices and herbs can give a boost of flavor to any meal, but they also have health benefits. With increasing interest in “functional food,” herbs and spices have been receiving greater attention for their potential to decrease inflammation, reduce the risk of cancer, fight heart disease, and more. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, along with the International Food Information Council (IFIC), explains how different spices can benefit people who are on their own wellness journey. Basil


  • It's time to spread our wings

    Hey, all you big-city folks, reading this on the Internet. You need a serious attitude adjustment. Whoever thought life in rural America was quiet and uneventful clearly has never spent much time in Marion County. Find all the evidence you need by counting down the past few weekends: Octoberfest, Art and Music Stroll, Old Settlers’ Day, Art in the Park, Arts and Craft Fair. The list goes on. And those were just the headliners. Every weekend something is going on, and much of the goings-on seem to focus on a uniquely quaint combination of artistic creativity and community history.

  • Another Day in the Country

    Many small towns in Kansas are about to lose their postal service. Ramona, Durham, Burdick, Lost Springs, Roxbury — these are some of the towns in my neck of the woods that are endangered. Losing their post office is not the only thing that threatens them and their way of life, it’s just the latest blow. To fight for the life of a town is such an amorphous thing. It feels futile, like spitting in the wind. We know change is inevitable with our shrinking demographic; but to lose our post office is the last nail in the coffin dooming this community to ghost town status.


  • Roger Schroeder takes position at St. Luke

    Marion resident Roger Schroeder, 26, accepted the public relations and foundation director position with St. Luke Hospital departed by Mike Norris. Schroeder, who formerly worked at Central National Bank will start today. “I was kind of interested in changing fields,” Schroeder said. “Obviously it’s completely different from banking. My degree (from Tabor College) was in management and marketing.”

  • Recyling program grows in popularity

    Despite some early confusion, Marion County’s new recycling program has rapidly grown in participation since it was implemented mid-July, Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt said. At that time, the county ceased a weekend pickup route with a trailer in favor of having 8-cubic-yard recycling bins in each of the towns, which are regularly emptied by Waste Connections Inc.

  • Park receives $20K gift

    The park and scholarship campaign has received notice from a Marion family that they will agree to provide $20,000 if the campaign can raise $20,000 to match it. The park and scholarship campaign includes the Marion Advancement Campaign, Marion Kiwanis club, Marion PRIDE committee, and the Marion Park Board.

  • County recognized for Santa Fe Trail support

    Marion County Commission received an Award of Merit from the national Santa Fe Trail Association on Monday for its support of efforts to mark the route of the trail through the county. Steve Schmidt, president of the local Cottonwood Crossing chapter of the association, cited the commission’s decision to provide land for a kiosk, assisting with a site near Lost Springs, and allowing trail crossing signs to be placed in the public right of way as reasons for the award.

  • Marion PRIDE will apply for grant

    The Marion PRIDE committee will meet with local engineer Darin Neufeld in one of the first steps toward acquiring a downtown revitalization grant. The deadline for the grant application is October; PRIDE will shoot for this time next year to apply for the financial assistance.

  • Rape defendant charged, posts bond

    Alexander Clyde Beck, 19, 7620 S. Anderson Road, Newton was formally charged Oct. 5 with one count of rape. The victim in the case is 14 years old.


  • Schafers hold family reunion

    The children and grandchildren of Madonna Schafers assisted her Aug. 6 in hosting the Esparza family reunion with dinner at the Holy Family Marion Activity Center on Aug. 6 and breakfast at Hilltop Manor and a picnic in Central Park on Aug. 7. Attending the reunion were Alfredo and Debbie Cisneros, Marshaltown, Iowa; Jason and Jennifer Hailey, Elijah, Lydia, and Joshua, Wichita; Jeremy and Olivia Cates, Eudora.

  • Neo-Century meets

    The Neo-Century Club met at Hilltop Manor 7p.m. Oct. 3. All 15 members were in attendance. Shawna Winter gave a program on healthy lifestyle and exercise. Following the business meeting, hosts Sylvia Helmer and LaVaughn Klose served sherbet and iced sugar cookies.

  • Auxiliary hears about ID theft

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary met Thursday with 15 members present. Judy Reno, Feebie Holdeman, Lois Johnson, Noreen Holtsclaw, Lenore Dieter, and Gloria Ash provided refreshments.

  • Clara Bredemeier turns 104

    Clara Bredemeier of Marion was born Oct. 23, 1907, in the Lincolnville area where she grew up on a farm as part of a big family. She will celebrate her 104th birthday with family Oct. 23 at St. Luke Living Center, 535 S. Freeborn St., Marion.

  • Card shower requested for Bert Zogelman

    The family of Bert Zogelman requests a card shower to celebrate her 80th birthday. Her birthday is Oct. 21. Cards may be sent to her at 213 W. 4th St., Florence, KS 66851.

  • Tampa resident participates in SHL

    Tom Duggan of Tampa recently returned from Topeka, where he participated in the 29th annual Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature as a delegate from Marion County. Established by the Kansas Legislature, the organization consists of individuals aged 60 and older, elected by their peers to develop bills and resolutions that are of interest to Kansas seniors and their families.


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  • Audit, school plans dominate Marion school board meeting

    Marion-Florence USD 408 Board of Education members received financial audit and school improvement plan reports Monday, and heard an underlying common theme. Donna Fadenrecht, audit manager for Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd, LLC of McPherson, presented the results of the annual independent audit of the district’s financial condition and practices.

  • Centre USD 397 enrollment jumps to 341 students

    Because of a large increase in students enrolled in the Kansas Online Learning Program, the official enrollment at Centre Unified School District is 341. At least 85 students were enrolled in the virtual school program on Sept. 20, compared with 25 students one year ago. Total head count one year ago was 276.

  • Erica Geis graduates from KSU

    Erica Shae Geis was among 500 students who earned degrees this summer from Kansas State University. Geis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and marketing.

  • Koehn, Jones complete degrees at WSU

    Tiffany D. Koehn of Goessel and Carmon R. Jones of Hillsboro were among 400 Wichita State University students who completed their degrees during the summer. Koehn earned a Master of Science in nursing, and Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

  • Centre FFA teams place in land judging

    On Oct. 5, the Centre FFA chapter hosted and participated in the South Central District Land Judging Career Development Event in Hillsboro. The event consisted of judging six pits dug out from land provided by Cooperative Grain and Supply. The Centre “A” team — Tom Oborny, Shane Methvin, Kinsley Shoup, and Jerami Slayden — placed fifth overall. Individual placements in the freshman division were Justin Bina, second, Jared Barney, fourth, and Dakota Stimpson, eighth.


  • Trinity overpowers Warriors in 21-0 win

    Ill winds blew through Warrior Stadium Friday night, as Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson took advantage of field position and ball control to hand the Marion High School Warriors their second consecutive loss, 21-0. Game time winds gusting to 30 mph heightened the importance of the pre-game coin flip, and winning it gave the visiting Celtics an immediate advantage.

  • Warrior volleyball stalls heading into league tourney

    The Marion High School Lady Warriors wrapped up regular-season play on a sour note Oct. 4 with losses to Canton-Galva and Sedgwick at Canton-Galva. Despite the losses, Marion edged into the sixth and final spot in the Heart of America league championship tour-nament Saturday.

  • MHS harriers place seventh at Sterling

    The Marion High School Warrior varisity boys cross-country teams struggled Thursday against 35 mile-per-hour winds, but managed a seventh-place team finish in the Sterling Invitational meet. “The wind really made this meet a challenging run,” Marion head coach Rebecca Hofer said.

  • Lady Cougars split matches

    Playing in a triangular Oct. 4 at Elyria, the Centre High School volleyball team defeated Peabody but was defeated by Elyria. After losing to Elyria, 25-20, in the first game, the Lady Cougars stepped up to give their opponent two close games. They defeated Elyria, 25-23, in the second game, and lost, 28-26, in the third.


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