• Elaborate break-in at Ampride occurs

    An unidentified man and woman backed up a stolen Mercedes-Benz into the door of Ampride in Marion at about 4:20 a.m. Sunday night, Marion Police reported. They then stole the cash box off the counter, $5,000 worth of lottery tickets, and a few packs of cigarettes before departing. With damage from the break-in, the total value of the property affected by the crime was $8,100, Police Chief Tyler Mermis said.

  • Barker wins House primary

    John Barker defeated Doug Lindahl on Tuesday in the Republican primary to represent the 70th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. The preliminary vote totals across the 70th District were 2,015-1,375 in favor of Barker. The 70th District includes the northern half of Marion County, excluding Hillsboro. Lindahl won in Marion County, 302-224. The race was wide open after two-term incumbent J. Robert Brookens of Marion decided against running for a third term. Neither candidate lived in the 70th District until a redistricting map created by a panel of federal judges put Dickinson County in the district. No Democratic candidates filed for the race. Barker lives in Abilene and Lindahl lives in Enterprise.

  • Trees will survive drought

    Don’t start crafting a eulogy for ailing trees just yet. Kansas State University extension agent Rickey Roberts said they will probably survive even if the drought persists. That has not stopped people from worrying. Trees are beginning to shed their leaves way ahead of schedule. Wind row and domestic trees alike have been affected by the hot and dry weather.

  • Upland corns arrives at elevators

    Farmers began harvesting corn in upland fields around the county this week, with test weights below normal, but coming in nonetheless. “We’re pecking around some,” said Cooperative Grain & Supply Marion elevator manager Mike Thomas. “The upper fields are ready, but the test weights are not real good.”

  • Circles of Hope gains direction

    Jackie Volbrecht had always hated the men that abandoned their families, compounding poverty be creating a single mom. She could not understand what could drive them from a home, what could allow them to leave their own children stranded in dereliction. The Circles of Hope training Volbrecht attended on July 10 through 13 tried to break down this prejudice. Not to make Volbrecht sympathize with someone she despised, but to realize their motivations.


  • Gordon Appleby

    Gordon B. Appleby, 88, died Thursday at Green Acres Nursing Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., after several years of kidney disease. He was born Jan. 21, 1924, to Clyde L. and Edna (Bragunier) Appleby in Peabody, where he grew up and graduated from Peabody High School. He operated Gordon’s TV & Appliance from 1959 to 1999 in Oklahoma City.

  • Mary Cole Budde

    Farm wife and homemaker Mary Cole Budde, 102, died July 31at Halstead. She was born Dec. 25, 1909, to Harry and Nellie Cole on their farm at Florence. After jobs as a housekeeper and briefly as a Harvey Girl in Dodge City, she married farmer Fred Budde and resided in rural Peabody from the 1930s. After Fred’s death, she married his widowed brother, Frank, in 1982. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Newton, and its women’s groups into her 90s.

  • Steve Eskeldson

    Steven C. Eskeldson, 83, of Ramona died Saturday at the Medicalodges of Herington. He was born May 4, 1929, at Ramona to Stephen C. and Elizabeth (McRae) Eskeldson. He graduated from Ramona High School in 1947 and was a farmer and stockman. He married Myrna R. Brockmeier on March 27, 1960, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lyons Creek.

  • Earlene Hague

    NEWTON — Earlene Hague, 84, formerly of Marion, passed away on Aug. 2, 2012, at Newton Medical Center. She was born April 19, 1928, at Haven, the daughter of Edward and Mildred (Beeton) Nicklaus. She was the former school board clerk and secretary to the superintendent of Marion USD 408. On June 16, 1946, she was united in marriage to Willard Hague, he preceded in her in death. She is lovingly survived by her children: Don and wife Beverly of Gering, Neb.; Dennis and wife Susan of Cedar Point; Roxanne and husband Conlee Mann of Livonia, Mich.; and Douglas and wife Kimberly of Benton; siblings: Edward and wife Rosalyn Nicklaus of Garden City and Delores and husband Robert Haag of Topeka; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

  • Herb Jackson

    Retired teacher and pastor Herb L. Jackson, 81, of Marion died Friday at Peabody Care Center. An Air Force veteran, he married Joyce Tucker on Dec. 22, 1978, in Liberty, Mo., and the couple moved to Marion in the early 1990s.

  • Oliver Unruh

    Oliver Unruh, 88, died July 31 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. He was born July 12, 1924, to Henry A. Unruh and Eva (Schmidt) Unruh, rural Durham.




  • Audit dings city reports

    A $150,000 error in financial statements is a result of a city accounting system deficiency described by auditors Monday to city council. Jodi Baerg and Bill Glazner of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball reported the results of a financial audit for 2011.

  • City holds budget steady

    Marion residents will not see an increase in the mill levy for city government under the $6.3 million 2013 budget approved Monday by city council. “There are enough tax increases from other sources that we held the line on the budget this year,” City Administrator Doug Kjellin said.

  • FSA announces erodible land initiative

    A continuous sign-up for highly erodible land started July 23 and will continue until the state target allocation of 28,000 acres is reached or the deadline Sept. 30 is reached, whichever occurs first. The program is part of the conservation reserve program in which landowners receive annual payments to establish long-term, resource conserving cover oneligible farmland.

  • City switches water meters for savings

    As Marion city workers go around town replacing old water meters this summer, sometimes they find one so deep they can’t reach far enough down inside the 18-inch diameter meter wells to change it. How do they get to it? “Skinny guys come in handy,” city superintendent Marty Frederickson said.

  • Skunks create stink in Lincolnville

    Lincolnville City Council hired Leonard Meyer of rural Lincolnville to trap skunks that are running rampant in town. “There is an abundance of skunks in Lincolnville,” Mayor Barb Kaiser said Monday.

  • Nonfarm disaster loans available

    Small, nonfarm businesses in Marion, Butler, and Chase Counties are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loans are intended to offset economic losses caused by drought conditions that began July 17.


  • In search of silver linings

    Ten weeks in the town I still call home (though my legal residence has long been elsewhere) have me feeling a bit like the weather — trying valiantly, but often in vain, to provide a little relief. Only once in my 10 weeks here — early on, at that — did I feel anything beyond a few sprinkles of rainfall. Good news seemed equally elusive and widely scattered. Both, however, are on their way, and the time is right to begin looking forward to them.

  • An editorial you should read

    For as many years as anyone can count, cities in Kansas have been required to publish whatever ordinances they enact. After years of heated lobbying, primarily by interests in suburban Kansas City, our legislators and governor caved in this spring and did away with decades of tradition.


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  • Reservoir algae advisory lifted

    All toxic algae warnings and advisories for Marion Reservoir were lifted Thursday for only the second week this summer. The only other week since May 31 when neither an advisory nor a more serious warning was in effect was June 21 through 28.

  • Ramona resident wants pit bull ban

    If Norma Bird-Wright has her way, Ramona will be the next city in Marion County to restrict ownership of certain breeds of dogs, specifically pit bulls and similar breeds. She is concerned about safety, especially for children in Ramona.

  • Paddle boat races Saturday at lake

    Legs will be furiously whirling north of the swimming beach at Marion County Lake for the first-ever paddle boat race 10 a.m. Saturday. “Everybody kept saying we should do paddle boat races,” race co-organizer Maggie Nichols said. “I talked to (lake supervisor) Steve Hudson, and he said, ‘You do it; I’ll back you.’”

  • Upcoming events listed

  • DeLaVerne engine brings history alive

    Jim Wiens of Goessel calls himself a stickler for punishment when it comes to involvement with Threshing Days and the work associated with planning and participating in the three-day Mennonite history celebration in Goessel each year. But there is no doubt that he loves to talk about his favorite engine on the grounds of Mennonite Heritage Agriculture and Engine Museum. “Every year I am so tired after this,” Wiens said. “I know I met myself at least five times coming in and out of the shed.”

  • Chat and Dine potluck is Saturday

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will have a potluck at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the north shelter house. Horseshoes, ladder ball, and washers will be available for recreation. Other outdoor games are welcome.

  • Birth certificates visible online

    Parents who need birth certificates or immunization records to prepare children for school may obtain them online or in person. Birth certificates are available at www.kheks.gov/vital/birth.html and in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 120, Topeka. There is a $15 fee for each certified copy of a Kansas birth certificate.

  • Food group provides options

    Chicken breast fillets, smoked pork chops, sausage links, kiwi fruit, oranges, cauliflower, and queso dippers were just a few of the selections in Christyn Schroeder’s pre-ordered food package last month from Prairie Land Foods. Every third Saturday, a group of 30 to 50 participants meets at the food building on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro to unload and distribute food, and socialize a bit while carrying out their volunteer duties.

  • Stick horse races part of Day on the Farm

    Stick horse races for jockeys of all ages will be a new event Aug. 18 at Agri-Urban’s 16thannual Day on the Farm fundraising event. Participants in the new Willow Spring Downs Derby are encouraged to bring their own stick horses, but some additional ones will be available on site, at the farm of Carol Duerksen and Maynard Knepp, 1582 Falcon Road, rural Hillsboro.


  • Highway flagger is tedious job

    Roberto Gonzalez made sure he brandished the bright orange “SLOW” sign well above his head on Tuesday as the American-made truck barreled east toward the construction zone on K-150 near the Marion County line. He was lucky because this vehicle was slowing down. Some drivers won’t apply the brakes until they are 10 feet from Gonzalez and his sign. He cautiously walked out from the shoulder of the road to the yellow line separating the lanes. Usually the only reaction he gets from commuters is a glare from an impatient driver, or maybe a wayward cursing rant.

  • Charles Heery turns 80

    Charles Heerey of Marion was born Aug. 20, 1932. He will celebrate his 80th birthday Aug. 20. He and his wife, Virginia, have three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

  • Wilsons get yard help

    Weekend visitors of Rex and Margaret Wilson were Kevin and Janet Wilson with children Miranda and Dylan of Bentonville, Ariz., and Blaine and Logan Ragsdale of Shawnee. The guests came to help with yard chores.

  • Hodge named law firm partner

    The Newton law firm of Adrian & Pankratz has recently named Tim Hodge a partner and shareholder. Hodge, a graduate of Hillsboro High School, Tabor College, and Washburn University School of Law, has practiced with Adrian & Pankratz since 2003.


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  • Technology transforms school communication

    The days when teachers pinned notes for parents to children’s jackets or stuffed them in student backpacks is gone. Today those notes may reach parents before their children ever leave school, as Marion County districts embrace Internet-based tools to make communication with parents better and faster. Districts have scrambled to embrace rapidly-changing technology, weaving together websites, e-mail service, social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, streaming video, and smartphone apps.

  • Butler collects school supplies

    Donations of supplies for classroom use in USD 408 schools are being accepted Monday through Friday at Butler Community College, 412 N. 2nd St., the Marion Chamber of Commerce Office in the city building, Carlsons’ Grocery, Marion Health Mart and Pharmacy, and Marion Presbyterian Church until Aug. 15. Crayons, pencils, washable markers, glue sticks, scissors, and notebook paper are suggested.

  • McPherson College honor roll lists 4 from county

    Four students from Marion County were among the 155 students McPherson College listed on its honor roll for spring. Evan Hiebert, a sophomore from Goessel; Kory Hiebert, a senior from Goessel; Karis Janzen, a sophomore from Hillsboro; and Ashley Evans, a junior from Marion, all recorded a grade-point average of 3.55 or better.


  • Noller wins women's scramble

    Judy Noller of Marion and Kathy Kopfman of Burlington won a two-woman, nine-hole scramble Thursday at Marion Country Club. Noller and Kopfman scored 33 to lead the championship flight. Judy Patton and Laverne Soetebier of Emporia were second with 40. Vicki Manuel and Rita Brennan of Hillsboro were third with 41.


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