• Family Dollar store coming to Marion

    A Family Dollar Store will be built in Marion, Greg Carlson announced at Marion Chamber of Commerce meeting Friday. Family Dollar has purchased the property at 1201 E. Main Street, currently Aunt Bee’s Floral Garden Gifts owned by Wendy Youk. Youk will move to the Main Street location of Gary Carlson’s television and radio service. Gary Carlson will move his business back to his home where he operated the television sales and repair business for almost 50 years.

  • Road inspections cost county $75K

    Marion County Commission approved inspections for the 330th, 120th, 60th, and 40th road projects Monday. Inspections entail reconstruction inspection, asphalt mix, designs for construction, and the final inspection for the site. The engineering firm of Kirkham and Michael is conducting the inspection. The total it will cost the county is $75,000.

  • Garage sales are May 5

    The annual Marion Citywide Garage Sale Day is May 5 this year, sponsored by the Marion County Record. A listing and map of garage sales will be in the May 2 edition of the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. Free maps will also be available in downtown Marion.

  • Paper wins state awards

    The Marion County Record won seven first-place awards in the 2012 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence, presented Saturday at the Kansas Press Association Convention in Overland Park. In the medium-size non-daily division, the

  • Hett gives back to Challenge Games

    When Torey Hett of Marion was growing up, a favorite annual event of his was the Challenge Games, a track and field competition held each year in Derby for athletes with physical disabilities. “Ever since I was a little kid I competed in it, all the way through high school,” Hett said.

  • Potatoes power Aulne youth fundraising

    Hammers, saws and paint brushes are standard tools for home repairs, but for the youth group of Aulne United Methodist Church, the first tools out of the box were potatoes. The Aulne youth hosted a potato and chili supper Sunday at the church to raise funds for a planned July mission trip to San Marcos, Texas, where they will spend a week rehabilitating a home for a needy family.

  • Vehicle department offices close for first week of May

    The vehicle department in the Marion County Treasurer’s Office will be closed May 1 through 7 because of a statewide computer system upgrade. No vehicle title work, registration renewals, or driver’s license or identification card renewals will be allowed while state officials convert 6.8 million vehicle registration records to the new system.


  • Peggy Ann Baker

    Peggy Ann (Yadon) Baker, 73, died April 22, 2012, in Council Grove. She was born Aug. 7, 1938, in Marion County to Arthur L. Yadon and Cleo Bowen. She was a nurse and medical aide.

  • Norma Bergman

    Norma Jost Plett Bergman, 85, died April 15, 2012, at her home in Shafter, Calif. She was born April 9, 1927, in Hillsboro to Mary (Friesen) and Jacob R.M. Jost.

  • Beverly Cooper

    Beverly A. Cooper, 75, died April 18, 2012, at Kidron Bethel Healthcare after a short battle with lung cancer. She was born Nov. 27, 1936, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Thomas and Ila Juanita (Watkins) Eberson. She was a retired bank teller for Sedgwick State Bank and a real estate agent for Century 21.

  • Donald Ray Phillips Sr.

    Donald Ray Phillips Sr., 62, of Aulne died April 18, 2012, at St. Luke Hospital emergency room in Marion. He was born May 21, 1949, in Dodge City to Cleo P. and Anna Marie (Dunn) Phillips. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a long-haul trucker.

  • Jerry Robertson

    Jerry Douglas Robertson, infant, died April 10, 2012. He was born to Max and Cassandra (Nuzum) Robertson at 8:41 p.m. April 10 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and died shortly after birth. He weighed 5 lbs., 1 ounce and was 18 inches long.

  • Geraldine I. Gerri Hett-Williams

    Geraldine I. “Gerri” Hett-Williams, 87, passed away surrounded by her family onApril 17, 2012, in Marion. She was born June 27, 1924, to John and Blanche (Ware) Manuel. In 1942, she was united in marriage to Thomas B. Hett. They owned an implement dealership in Marion; he preceded her in death in 1983.



  • Wheat could make early arrival at elevators

    Farmers could be harvesting wheat by Memorial Day or sooner this year. A warm March and mild weather in April has allowed the wheat to head out more than two weeks earlier than usual. The big variable is the weather.

  • Flaming's life filled with outdoor fun

    There is no better time in the life of Ryan Flaming of rural Hillsboro than spring turkey hunting season when the trees bud out, green grass sways in the cool early morning breeze, and big toms gobble their intentions as dawn breaks across the sky. That is, there is no better time unless it is deer season, fall calving, winter cattle shows, or early summer chick hatching time. Just about any time of the year, Flaming finds something to be passionate about outdoors, whether he is working with farm projects or hunting. It is all part of his year-round love for all-things-outdoors.

  • Chicken or egg, it's all good for Esau

    It really does not matter which came first, the chicken or the egg. As far as David Esau of rural Hillsboro is concerned, they are both good to eat and present a capacity for quick turnaround if cared for properly. “Chickens really are a miracle,” Esau said. “If you think about it, three weeks after an egg is laid, it can turn into a chick. Then just a short time later, in 4 to 6 months, you have an adult bird ready to lay more eggs or be butchered for supper.”

  • Herington Livestock has new owners

    Late last year, a group of local investors bought the Herington Livestock Commission Company. At the time, a dwindling number of buyers and sellers had resulted in a bank holding, and the facility was threatened with closure. The company has been operating since the first of the year under the management of Bill Mathias. Mathias had 16 years of previous experience in running the business.

  • Chickens at home in Hillsboro High School

    There is a phenomenon taking over the Hillsboro High School agriculture department. In the shop, next to the normal tools for welding and pieces of scrap metal, are three separate pens for chickens. On Thursday, the students in Sonya Roberts’ class were huddled around the barrel sized enclosure filled with baby chicks and turkeys.

  • Many corn acres already planted

    A Crop Progress Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week showed that 28 percent of corn for 2012 has already been planted. That is a steep improvement from 2011, when the measure was 8 percent at the same time. Kansas corn planting is 32 percent complete, well above the five-year average of 19 percent at this time of year.


  • Even the best ideas can fizzle

    The announcement Friday that Family Dollar will build its next store in Marion is welcome news. Since the Duckwall stores closed more than a year ago, Marion has been missing that retail niche. Thanks and congratulations are in order for all of the people who worked behind the scenes to make this happen. Without proactive people like Greg Carlson specifically lobbying to bring a store to town, such a plan couldn’t have gotten off the ground.


    Events not possible without volunteers, Supporting Pat Wick

    April is month of honors


  • Area piano students make progress

    Area piano students participated in the Kansas Music Teachers Association District 6 Music Progressions on Saturday at Bethel College in Newton. The annual test is a tool to evaluate the progress of students, whether they study music as a hobby of wish to be professional musicians. The event includes piano performance and tests of listening, keyboard theory, and written theory.

  • Eastmoor plans mission trip

    Eastmoor United Methodist Church of Marion is sponsoring a mission trip to Farmington, NM, four-corners area to assist the Navajo People with mission needs. The trip is open to anyone from the area but is limited to 36 people. The mission will travel by Charter bus and is leaving Aug. 4. The bus will return Aug. 11.

  • Church to celebrate May Friendship Day

    Marion Church Women United will celebrate May Friendship Day with tea at 3 p.m. May 4 at Marion Presbyterian Church. The theme is “Listening to my Sisters,” and the celebration will feature the story of Ruth and Naomi from the Bible. All women in the community are invited to the tea party. A “Fellowship of the Least Coin” offering will collect pennies.

  • Grand Opera coming to McPherson

    The Wichita Grand Opera is returning to the stage of the McPherson Opera House 7 p.m. April 27. The program features highlights from the Grand Opera’s successful current season including “Il Trovatore”, with the Anvil Chorus; arias from Don Pasquale in English; and songs from the Strauss operetta “Die Fledermaus.” For tickets and information call (620) 241-1952, drop by the box office, or go online to www.mcphersonoperahouse.org.

  • Cemetery caretakers learn about Peabody pioneers

    Don and Elnor Stutzman do more than just mow the grass, dig dandelions, plant decorative foliage, and secure the gates at Catlin Community Cemetery north of Peabody. They have also delved into the history behind the gravestones they have faithfully watched over for almost 10 years. They have learned the history of several Peabody pioneers. “If I am going to be out here mowing around these stones, I want to know a little about the people they represent,” Don Stutsman said. “There are so many stories here that are just lost to the main public, interesting stories about interesting people. It’s sad there is not more interest in this history.”

  • MAP raises funds for Circles of Hope

    Marion County Mad About Poverty representative Jackie Volbrecht announced at the Chamber of Commerce meeting Friday that MAP had sold enough shirts at the Marion County marshmallow roast March 24 to enter Marion County in a Circles of Hope initiative. Volbrecht originally said that the group needed to raise $20,000 to pay for the anti-poverty program.

  • Storm assistance available

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Friday that the administration will waive fees to replace government documents for Kansans impacted by storms on April 14 and 15. A state declaration of disaster emergency was declared for 39 counties including Marion County.


  • Molly Hoopes cooked on Santa Fe Trail

    Molly Hoops and her husband Evan came to Marion Centre in 1864. To get a start, they hired out to Moore’s Ranch, a station northwest of present-day Durham on the Santa Fe Trail, for $40 a month. Hoops served as a cook. She wrote the following account of her memories of that time in a 1880s article in the Marion Record. We had not been there long until we had the name of setting the best table from the Missouri River to Santa Fe. The stage came in twice a week with from six to 10 passengers. Government grain teams went through twice a week. They were hauling grain for the stage mules and horses. Often we had other customers. Sometimes the owners of trains and wagon bosses would have meals with us.

  • Final learning session to focus on music

    The final session of Tabor College’s Learning in Retirement spring series is Friday. David Anderson of Hesston will play music on his dulcimer while attendees have rolls made by Dorene Thiessen, and Ron Braun will lead a version of “Name that Tune.” Learning in Retirement meets in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center, starting at 9:50 a.m. For more information, contact Connie Isaac at (620) 947-5964 or conniei@tabor.edu.

  • Boys Scouts plan for camp

    Marion Boy Scout Troop 102 will attend Camp Hale in Talihina, Okla., July 22 through 28 this summer. This is their second time attending the camp. New scouts will be involved in a rank advancement program and have a choices for three other merit badges. Scouts of first-class rank or above will be able to take four merit badge classes.

  • MHS grad receives military award

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel A. King has been decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal. The medal is awarded to members of the armed forces who distinguish themselves by either outstanding achievement or meritorious service to the United States in noncombat situations.

  • Forensics team entertains PEO

    P.E.O. Chapter DB had a meeting April 16 with 25 members present at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Lois Smith, Joyce Eurit, and Jackie Crofoot were co-hosts. Janice Maggard and Diane Richmond were welcomed as new members. Marion High School forensics team members presented a program.

  • Medical experiences strengthen RNs career

    Michelle Bailey did not expect to treat patients she knew. Coping with taking care of friends and family was not a class in nursing school. Over her six-year nursing career, Bailey has worked in emergency rooms, clinical settings, and nursing homes. Having children come into the nursing home who were close to her son’s age was one of the experiences that discouraged her from working in an ER.


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  • MHS scholars honored by Kiwanis

    Academic excellence was the focus Monday as 42 Marion High School students were honored for their classroom achievements at the annual Kiwanis Honors Banquet at MHS. “Kiwanis’ charter is to serve the children of the community,” Kiwanis banquet committee member Doug Heerey said. “One way we do that it to be supportive of students’ scholastic efforts.”

  • Motivational speaker to visit Marion High

    Motivational speaker Joe White will bring his personal message of the dangers of underage drinking to students and adults in Marion County in events today co-sponsored by Families And Communities Together and Marion-Florence USD 408. “He is a kid who has a long-term injury due to horseplay when he was inebriated. He was injured and has a permanent disability because of it,” FACT Executive Director Linda Ogden said.

  • Tabor College band concert ends tour

    The Tabor College Symphonic Band will present its home concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Tabor College Chapel. It will be the final performance of the band’s spring tour, following stops in Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Selections will include standard and classical instrumental literature, contemporary pieces, a composition by Tabor instrumental director Daniel Baldwin, and other music.

  • Harms wins MKC scholarship

    Marion High School senior Taylor Harms has been selected to receive a $500 scholarship from Mid Kansas Cooperative. More than 90 students in central Kansas submitted applications, but only nine received the scholarships. Recipients were selected based on academic achievements, honors, leadership, and school and community activities. Students also submitted an essay about the value of the cooperative system.


  • Lady Warriors place 2nd at Halstead

    Count Marion High School head track coach Grant Thierolf among those who weren’t surprised Friday when the Lady Warriors tied for second place at the historically tough Conrad Nightengale Invitational meet in Halstead. “I’m never going to sell our girls short,” Thierolf said. “All around, every one of them contributed today.”

  • MHS baseball sweeps Bennington

    Any one of the starters in the Marion High School baseball pitching rotation could be put into the role of reliever. Grif Case and Ethan Hett stepped up with shutdown relief performances April 17 as Marion won 8-3 and 3-2 decisions against the Bennington Bulldogs in Marion. Austin Pederson started the first game and benefited from early run production that created a 7-0 Marion lead going into the top of the fifth inning.

  • Centre girls place first at Marion track

    Centre High School track star Theo Kassebaum earned three first-place finishes April 17 at the Marion High School track meet. They were in the 100-meter hurdles, 16.8 seconds: 300 hurdles, 54.2; and long jump, 15 feet, 3 inches. Cacey Simons placed first in the 200 with a time of 30.4. She placed second in high jump.

  • CHS powerlifters take 2nd in state

    The Centre High School powerlifting team finished in second place in the recent Class 1A State Powerlifting Meet at Claflin. Conner Montgomery won all three of his lifts — bench, squat, and power clean — and was the overall 114-lb. champion. Grant Srajer was the overall winner in the 123-lb. class. Other results Kyle Methvin (181-lb.) — 3. Bench; 6. Power clean. Chad Mueller (156-lb.) — 2. Bench; 4. Squat; third overall. Houston Svoboda (148-lb.) — 6. Bench. Justin Deines (140-lb.) — 2. Power clean; 4. Bench; 6. Squat; third overall. Srajer (123-lb.) — 1. Power clean; 2. Squat; 5. Bench. Dakota Stimpson (123-lb.) — 2. Power clean; 7. Bench and squat. Shane Methvin (165-lb.) 2. Squat.

  • Svitak earns golf medal

    Dylan Svitak, a member of the Centre High School golf team, finished 10th at the Remington tournament Thursday in Newton. He scored 87, followed by Kodey Johnson, 96; Michal Baumgartner, 98; and Karl Riffel, 102.

  • Lundy takes 7th for MHS golf

    Marion High School golfer Wiley Lundy fired an 84 Thursday on the Fox Ridge Golf Club course in Newton to place seventh in the Remington invitational tournament. Lundy had struggled April 16 at Council Grove, but got back into form at Fox Ridge by shaving 14 strokes off the score he posted three days earlier.

  • Marion softball team splits with Bennington

    The most consistent part of the Marion High School softball team’s game this season has been its inconsistency. Some games are diamonds, some games are stone. The perfect illustration of that came April 14 against Bennington in Marion. The Lady Bulldogs were winless on the season when they arrived.


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