• Postal officials hold community meetings

    Ramona residents Fern Leach and Connie Smith need a post office, or at least the same level of service they are receiving from the Ramona office and post master Kathy Matkins. Leach and Smith both receive medication through the mail. For Smith, her life could be in danger if any one of her three essential medications is more than two days late.

  • Marion City Council votes to refinance bonds

    Marion City Council approved the sale of two separate city-owned items Monday. Under the advice of Ranson Financial accountant Rose Mary Saunders, the City Council unanimously passed Resolution 11-11which refinanced a general obligation bond and then authorized the city to sell the bond worth $800,000 for 2012 through 2021.

  • Retirement isn't for everyone

    With 58 years of experience, Bill Holdeman of Marion is the oldest working barber in Kansas, and he doesn’t sound like he has any plans on giving up that title in the near future. “I never found anything in the Bible that says you’re supposed to retire,” Holdeman said. “And I’m the kind of guy who has to get up and do something.”

  • Trial delayed in toddler death case

    The trial of Chad Carr was postponed from its scheduled beginning Monday in Harvey County. Carr, formerly of Peabody, is accused of first-degree felony murder related to the death of 19-month old Vincent Hill on March 27, 2010. A separate case against Carr alleging possession of child pornography has also been postponed to coincide with the other case.

  • Students to walk against drugs

    Red will flood Main Street in Marion when USD 408 students and staff parade Monday on Main Street in a walk against drug abuse. “The goal is to come together as a school district and community to show that we are united in the fight against drug abuse,” USD 408 counselor Kris Burkholder said.

  • Hillsboro operator execs explain bankruptcy

    Senior executives of HMC/CAH, operators of Hillsboro Community Hospital, came to Hillsboro on Friday to answer questions and dispel rumors surrounding the company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy in a community forum at the hospital. “Everybody hates to hear that term ‘bankruptcy — it’s not a friendly term — because when you hear bankruptcy all you think about is chapter 7 and dissolution,” Bill May, HMC/CAH vice-president of operations, said.

  • Resident addresses Marion City Council on truck parking

    Lisa Anderson addressed the Marion City Council at the end of their meeting Monday. She read about halfway into her prepared speech before a buzzer signaling the end of a 3-minute time limit for public statements interrupted her. Anderson was upset that city attorney Keith Collett had singled out Anderson and her husband, Bill, as the main reason for a potential ordinance limiting semi-truck parking on private property in the city.


  • Robert Hansen

    Robert (Bob) Hansen of Newton, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 at Showalter Villa, in Hesston, Kansas, at the age of 88. Bob was one of six children born in Marion, Kansas, to Frank and Bessie Hansen on Jan. 31, 1923. Bob married Doris E. Mellott on August 30, 1942, and the couple made Newton, Kansas, their permanent place of residence upon his return from serving his country during WWII. He is survived by a loving family including his only daughter, Norma Arnold; also by three granddaughters, Shawn, Kelly, and Jennifer; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Krystene, Tanner, Madyson, Emersyn, Jackson, Lillian; and two great-great-grandchildren, Landen and Brooklyn.

  • Craig Leon Inlow

    Craig Leon “Spook” Inlow, 61, died Oct. 14 at his home in Florence. He was born Dec. 3, 1949, at Emporia, to Paul and Margaret Betty Holdeman Inlow of Florence. He married Judy on Aug. 24, 1983, in Newton. He was a machine painter at Heckendorn Equipment Co., Peabody.

  • Rita Mae Weibert

    Rita Mae Weibert, 63, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and Hospice Care of Kansas bereavement coordinator, went to meet her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Visitation with the family was 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. The service took place 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 17, at the Central Community Church, followed by the graveside service at 2:30 p.m., Haven of Rest Cemetery in Hillsboro.



  • Owner loves home's style, yard

    At 117 N. Locust Street, there is a house unlike any other dwelling in Marion. The white stucco structure with its red Spanish-tile roof looks like it was plucked out of the southwestern U.S. and indiscriminately placed between colonial and Victorian homes more common in Kansas.

  • Easy fixes improve winter efficiency

    The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and winter will soon be here. There are several steps people can take to improve the energy efficiency and safety of their homes during winter.

  • Goessel gets garden grant

    Warren Yoder of Goessel has been volunteering time to lead a gardening project at Goessel Elementary School for the past 18 months. Now, because of a $2,500 grant from the Kansas Department of Education, USD 411 will be able to compensate Yoder for his time, as well as providing additional resources for the gardening program and a curriculum provided by the state.

  • Gardening season is never really over

    Open hours at Serenity Gardens, rural Hillsboro, end officially Oct. 26, but for owner Jana Dalke, gardening season is never really over. “I like fall and winter because I’m not so tied down here, I can take my youngest to story hour in town or go shopping in the middle of the day,” Dalke said. “But there is always something going on with the gardens.”


  • A changing of the guard

    We searched high. We searched low. All across the nation, for nearly four months, we have been running a talent hunt rivaling that of any TV realty show in an attempt to find just the right leaders for our three newspapers. We brought in veteran publishers from as far away as North Carolina. We tried out newspaper editors from Georgia, magazine editors from Utah, even a talented veteran sports magazine designer with ties to the county.

  • Seeds of Something Fine

    Today is my last day at this paper. By this evening, I will be in the middle of a celebration that’s about as different from my current situation as one can get. The past couple of months as interim news editor have been challenging. Rewarding, but challenging. I can’t say I know I always did the right thing, but I know I always did my best and that’s something to stand on.


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  • Holub apologizes for comments about legislators

    Marion County Commissioner Dan Holub has asked to clarify comments he made at a Sept. 26 commission meeting. Suggested at the meeting that the county “start budgeting to contribute to political campaigns of select government officials in Topeka so that someone would start listening to us.”

  • Residents want better care of roads

    Residents of the northwest corner of Marion County told Marion County Commission about their concerns Monday regarding roads near Roxbury and the McPherson County line. On many of the gravel roads in the area, large rocks have worked their way up to the surface of the road, where they cause problems such as more frequent flat tires and broken windshields.

  • Boys continue scary charity work

    Marion fifth-graders Larry Zieammermann, Hap Waddell, and Joeb Corona will host “Scary Larry, Howling Hap, and Jack-O-Lantern Joeb’s Family Fun Trails and Trail of Terror” on Oct. 28 to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County. This is the sixth consecutive year of Halloween-themed charity events by the Marion Elementary School students. Larry started the series as a kindergartener, and Hap joined him in first grade. This year they are joined second-graders Johnny Zieammermann and Anderson Waddell.

  • EMS returns to plain English for dispatching

    A switch to medical codes for dispatching ambulances has placed too much burden on dispatchers to decide what code is most accurate, Marion County Emergency Medical Service Director Steve Smith told Marion County Commission on Monday. Because of that and emergency medical technicians’ preferences, EMS is switching back to plain English for initial dispatch. Medical codes may work better for bigger, full-time ambulance departments, but they aren’t what works best for Marion County, Smith and the commission determined.


  • Collett family meets for reunion

    Sixty-three Collett descendants met Oct. 9 at the Marion County Lake Hall for their annual reunion. After sharing food and visiting, the “white elephant” auction was held with Deanna Talbert and Gina Marx as the usual entertainment.

  • PEO chapter to meet

    The regular business meeting of the PEO chapter DB met at Doyle Creek Mercantile at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Hostesses for the meeting were Judy Mills, Laura Williams, and Betty Williams. Members brought a covered dish to share for lunch. Sixteen members were present and Sara Dawson was a guest. The program on PEO projects was given by Suzanne Thole.

  • County Democrats reorganize

    The Marion County Democratic Party met Oct. 10 at the Big Scoop in Marion to reorganize. Kaelyn Seymour, state Democratic party field and training director attended the meeting. Officers elected were: Eileen Sieger, county chairman; Keith Collett, vice chairman; and Janet Bryant, secretary-treasurer.


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  • Lack of funding delays high school house construction

    Blueprints have been finalized and students have received introductory instruction, but the Marion High School construction class has not started its annual house project yet because of lack of funds. Teacher Lucas King said Homestead Affordable Housing delayed progress for construction this year, because the house built by his class last year on the corner of Eisenhower and Denver streets in Marion has not been sold.

  • Adam Cope competes for national FFA beef production title

    Adam Cope, a 2011 Marion High School graduate, is competing for a national proficiency award this week at the Future Farmers of America national conference in Indianapolis, Ind. As a member of Marion-Florence FFA Chapter, Cope won the Kansas FFA competition in the Beef Production Placement category this past spring. Cope’s project was judged against other state winners, and was one of four chosen for the national competition.

  • Marion Middle School band to hold concert

    The Marion Middle School band will have a concert at 7 p.m. Monday in USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The band will play “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “High School Never Ends,” and “Just Dance.”

  • Centre students learn about aircraft carrier

    Senior Chief Navy Officer Maurice Harden and Petty Navy Officer Nola A. Maxie, who serve on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, were at Centre schools Thursday to talk about the aircraft carrier named in honor of the 34th president. They were in the area to participate in the annual celebration of Eisenhower’s birthday Friday and Saturday in Abilene. Senior Ashley Spohn provided a slide show of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier.


  • Warriors defeat Remington

    The Marion High School Warriors opened district football play with a convincing 34 – 6 win Friday over Remington at Warrior Stadium, in a game shaped by big plays and key miscues. Warrior Colten Johnson had another stellar performance, running for 223 yards and four touchdowns, including an 80-yard fourth-quarter score that slammed the door on any hope Remington had for a comeback.

  • Thierolf wins HOA title in cross country

    At the midpoint of the varsity girls 4K cross-country run in the Heart of America league championships Thursday at Marion County Club, Kaelyn Thierolf found herself all alone. The Marion High School sophomore runner was far ahead of the pack and still pulling away. There was no one to pace her, no one to push her. No one except herself.

  • Lady Warriors finish fourth in league tourney

    As the sixth seed out of six teams Saturday in the Heart of America league volleyball tournament in Sedgwick, the only chance for Marion High School to advance was to pull off an upset. The Lady Warriors got that upset in the second match of the day against Bennington, a top-five team in the Kansas Volleyball Association Class 2A rankings for much of the season. The win paved the way to a fourth-place finish in the tournament.

  • Waverly overwhelms Centre Cougars

    There was a lot of scoring Friday during the football game at Centre between the Cougars and Waverly, but the game ended with a 40-point loss, 76-36. Waverly led 24-0 in the first quarter before Houston Svoboda returned the ball 68 yards on a kick-off to put the Cougars on the board. A pass from Kyle Methvin to Justin Deines added two extra points, and the quarter ended with Waverly leading, 24-8.

  • Lady Cougars defeat White City

    In a sweep of the last regular-season triangular Oct. 11 at Hope, the Centre High School volleyball team improved its record to 15-12. The team defeated White City in three games, 25-12, 20-25, and 25-16. Shelby Makovec served for 11 team points and was a perfect 23-of-23 in setting. Anna Weber spiked 20-of-20 at the net, including five kills. Basore was 13-of-14, with four kills and two blocks.

  • Lady Cougars finish fourth in league tourney

    The Centre High School volleyball team started out with a bang Saturday at the Wheat State League tournament at Solomon. They defeated White City and Solomon in the first two matches but then lost the next three to finish in fourth place. Their record is 17-15.


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