• Child abduction attempt thwarted in Ramona

    A dark-complected male attempted to abduct a 12-year-old girl at the Ramona park Sunday, according Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft. Around 5 p.m. on Sunday, the girl was playing at the park when a man driving a black newer model Ford Mustang pulled up. The driver told the girl her mother had sent him to pick her up.

  • Moms find ways to work at home

    Three Marion County moms supplement their household income, yet still stay at home with their children. According to the Home Based Working Moms Network, a professional online organization, today, more than ever before, parents are trying to find ways to stay with their children, and many are finding it makes financial sense.

  • County wants clear plan for roads

    Marion County Commission and Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford agreed Monday that the county needs a specific plan for road maintenance and improvement. Crawford requested that the county prioritize a list of roads needing chip sealing and double chip sealing to provide more direction for Road and Bridge Department.

  • Duo creates costumes for mini horses

    What does it take to create a winning taco? Cathy Martin and Cara Martin of Marion might be the only ones on the planet who answer that question with carpet pad scraps, painted fiberfill, and a horse named Bob. Along with Cara Martin’s younger brothers, Larry and Johnny Zieammermann, the grandmother/granddaughter duo created approximately 20 horse and people costumes in the past five years. The costumes are used for community fundraisers, nursing home visits, and Halloween parties, but mostly for youth horse show events.

  • Pumpkin patch seeks to revive fall traditions

    Kristi Unruh, rural Goessel, said two main thoughts led to the creation of her family’s farm business, Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, several years ago. First, pumpkins should come from a field, not a store, and second, families should have a place to get together for fun. “My kids and I used to get our pumpkins at the store,” she said. “But we thought that was just wrong. Pumpkins should come from a field.”

  • County allocates money for fairground improvements

    Marion County Commission set aside $16,000 Monday for improvements at the Marion County Fairgrounds at the request of Marion County Fair Association. The funds will come from $26,000 the county was given for community enhancement during construction of the Keystone Oil Pipeline. The funds will be used to add handicap-accessible restrooms and make other improvements to the 4-H building and to replace the rodeo arena announcer booth.

  • Youth center close to opening

    After two years of planning and thousands of volunteer hours, the Marion Youth Activities Center is only a few minor pieces of work away from opening. A snack bar complete with cabinets, pool table, air hockey table, computers, and two large televisions are already in the revitalized gas station. The walls, floors, and ceilings have been finished and painted. The Marion Advancement Campaign and Doug Kjellin will gather the last pieces of the center. Kjellin plans to purchase a couch and loveseat. Gene Winkler will contribute a pair of videogame consoles.


  • Doris Brunner

    On Oct. 9, 2011, Doris Brunner of Renton, Wash., went home to the Lord. Born in 1932, Doris grew up in Kansas. In 1953 Doris married Junior Brunner. She is survived by her four children, Katherine Alvord, Jacob Brunner, Donald Brunner, and Virginia Brunner; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

  • James Peters

    James Peters was born May 25, 1915 to Gerhard Peters and Helena (Hiebert) Peters on the family farm near Lehigh, Kansas. Jim was the eighth of nine children, having five brothers and three sisters, all of which have predeceased him. His early schooling was at the Maple Hill country school where, among other things, he learned to sing. Jim graduated from Lehigh Rural High School in 1934.

  • William Atkins

    William Atkins, 81, died Oct. 20 at his home in Kansas City, Kan. He was born Dec. 17, 1929, in Summit Township, Marion County to Cliton Edgar and Jessie L. (Hess) Atkins. He attended rural and Peabody schools.

  • Sally Pullano

    Sally Ann Pullano, 69, died Oct. 21 at Cambridge Care Center in Denver, Colo. She was born April 28, 1942, in Newton to Nina and Frank Ullum, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Peabody High School in 1960.

  • Eugene Steiner

    Eugene Steiner, 80, died Oct. 24 at his residence in Hillsboro. A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Holy Family Parish, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Marion. A memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

  • Lydia Willems

    Lydia Evelyn Willems, 84, died Oct. 18, 2011, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born June 9, 1927, in Corn, Okla., to Peter D. and Maria Ens Willems. She was a school teacher.



  • Livestock workshop is Monday

    Farmers and ranchers are invited to participate in a one-day workshop on managing livestock wintering areas Monday at the Straussberg Baptist Church Hall north of Marion. The workshop will be an opportunity for participants to gain information on evaluating their own winter-feeding operations and the management of the wintering area before and after the feeding season.

  • Doud to speak at cattle producers meeting

    Animal Health Center of Marion County is sponsoring a fall cattle producers’ meeting Nov. 7 at the Lincolnville Community Center. After a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Gregg Doud, an aide to Sen. Pat Roberts, will speak about efforts underway to draft the 2012 farm bill. A brisket supper will follow Doud’s presentation.

  • Ranch is 8th highest in registrations

    Harms Plainview Ranch, Lincolnville, is ranked as the eighth largest in Kansas in registration of Angus beef cattle with the American Angus Association. Operated by Mark and Kim Harms, the ranch recorded 285 head of Angus during the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30.

  • Flour sacks and aprons to be featured

    Among the demonstrations to be presented Nov. 6 at the Textile Trunk Show at Marion Community Center will be programs by two women from north-central Kansas. Flour sacks


  • Sea gull or flash drive?

    I once played a game where everyone had to pick what animal he or she would be, if that were possible. It was not an easy choice. My first thought was a dairy goat, my favorite animal. On further consideration, however, I quickly discarded that notion. Who would want to be dependent on humans for food, have multiple babies every year, be milked twice daily, and sleep in the barn? A wild animal would be better, like a coyote. My thinking was a Kansas coyote is intelligent and free, likes to sing, and is usually surrounded by friends. That would not be bad, except for the constant struggle for food and the fact that I have seen too many smashed on K-15 highway or Indigo Road.

  • Reunite with delight

    A few weeks ago I went to Lindsborg for homecoming weekend and attended my 50th class reunion. Almost everything which can be said about a class reunion has been said so many times it is totally trite. However, clichés become clichés because they are true. Classmates I had seen from time to time over the years did not appear particularly old to me. Some had white hair or a few wrinkles, but I had become accustomed to them, just as I’ve got used to the ones I see in the mirror. When I spotted someone I had not seen for nearly 50 years, I often thought, “My gosh, she looks old!” Of course, she was no doubt thinking the same thing about me, even though I have barely noticed myself getting old.

  • We gave our best

    In the scheme of things, that’s all you can do — give your best. And that’s what we did in Ramona. We’re trying to save our post office and maybe, just maybe, our petitions and letters, our plea for reconsideration, our cry for help, our best effort, will actually make a difference. These “meetings” that the Postal Service orchestrates seem to be a necessary formality, required by the head office. The postal employees who chaired the meeting and took notes were just “doing their job” and “not the ones to make decisions” and “I don’t know the answer,” was the most often used rejoinder.

  • A pastor's appreciation

    To honor someone is to decide they are valuable, then act accordingly. Sometimes that is a decision based on personal feelings. Other times, however, it is a response to a pre-established fact. For instance, God has told us that we are to honor our parents. God has already decided that parents — especially godly parents — are a great and necessary value to any culture. Therefore, we honor our parents because of the importance God has already placed upon them.


  • 640-mile pilgrimage honors Kapaun

    John Moore of Gallup, N.M., had a special well-wisher as he set out on a pilgrimage from Santa Fe, N.M., to Pilsen to honor the late Father Emil Kapaun. He visited Medal of Honor recipient Hershey Miyamur, who was a prisoner of war in the same Korean POW camp where Kapaun died in 1951 while tending to other sick and wounded POWs.

  • Toy run collects toys, funds for children

    The 18th annual Marion County Toy Run will be Nov. 5. The event is sponsored by Sons of the American Legion Post 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers. Each participant is asked to donate one new toy as their entry fee.

  • Nationwide emergency test set for Nov. 9

    The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time Nov. 9. At that time, an announcement will be made on every TV and radio channel indicating there is an emergency.

  • Church plans turkey dinner

    Florence United Methodist church will have its third annual turkey dinner Nov. 6 at the Florence Senior Center, on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in Florence. Church members will provide the turkey, dressing, potatoes, gravy, drink, tableware and eating utensils. Participants may bring side dishes, salads, and desserts.

  • Preserve the Heartland remains inactive

    The Preserve the Heartland Coordinating Board voted Oct. 2 to keep the group organized but inactive. The group was formed April 19, 1990, when Fort Riley was planning an expansion of 100,000 acres in the area, a proposal the group opposed. After the Department of Defense informed the group the expansion had been canceled, the group became inactive.

  • Volunteers knit baby caps to highlight shaken baby

    Marion County knitters and crocheters made about 300 purple caps for newborn babies in an effort to raise awareness of shaken baby syndrome. Their craft efforts are part of Kansas Children’s Service League’s campaign to educate new parents about the “period of purple crying,” the first four months when newborns cry the most, even to the point their skin turns purple. Kansas Children’s Service League is washing the caps and giving them to every hospital with a birth ward in Kansas. Included with the caps will be information about shaken baby syndrome.

  • Sew What Quilt Shop to make quilts for veterans

    Sew What Quilt Shop will have a Quilt of Valor Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3. A lunch will be provided. The goal of the day is to finish as many quilt tops as possible. The Wichita chapter of Quilts of Valor was contracted by a chaplain from Fort Riley asking for 400 quilts for soldiers of the 4-4 Cavalry coming back from Afghanistan in March. The unit has had at least one casualty a week since being deployed.


  • CHS graduate to wed

    Steve and Angie Seifert of Lost Springs and Dawn and the late Mark How of Lacey, Wash., announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children, Samantha JoLee and Brian Lee. The bride-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Centre High School and a sophomore at Cloud County Community College in Concordia. She is on the Thunderbolt dance team and a member of the Great Society Singers. She will graduate in May.

  • Woman celebrates 100th birthday

    Edith White of Redding, Calif., celebrated her 100th birthday with a luncheon on Oct. 12. She was joined for the celebration by all of her children, Ron, Ted, Doug, Jerry, Sharon, Beverly, Jim, and Marilyn, several of their spouses, and four of her 16 grandchildren.

  • Church Women United celebrating 70 years

    Church Women United was founded nationally in December 1941, and less than a year later a local group was organized. The final 2011 celebration of the Marion group’s 70th anniversary is World Community Day on Nov. 4 at Marion Presbyterian Church.

  • Church hosts missionary to Africa

    First Baptist Church of Durham, 725 Abilene Street, is observing a special day of missions Sunday. The special guest of the day is Willie Hunter, who serves with the missions ministry of Gospelink, a missions organization that oversees mission work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

  • Chat and Dine Club to meet Nov. 5

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will have its annual soup dinner and business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the lake hall. All current and former lake residents are invited. Residents are encouraged to bring a side dish and guests.

  • Several events announced at chamber

    There were several event announcements Friday at the Marion Chamber of Commerce Meeting. Jeanice Thomas told members about the textile and trunk show taking place Nov. 5 and 6 at Marion Community Center. She also told members about Marci Penner, author of “Eight Wonders of Kansas,” speaking Nov. 19 at Marion City Library.

  • TOPS club is tops in weight loss

    Members from more than 20 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapters in central Kansas met Oct. 15 in Hutchinson for the annual TOPS Fun Day. TOPS KS 1075, Marion, won several first-place awards based on weight-loss results from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31.


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  • Centre students receive classroom tablets

    IPad 2s were introduced Tuesday to third and fourth-grade students at Centre Elementary School. The tablet-sized touch-screen computers will be available to students during school hours in their classrooms. Most students already were somewhat familiar with the concept, and several owned an iPad.

  • Hard work pays off in FFA award

    Adam Cope’s reaction the first time he saw the 12-page application for the National FFA Organization proficiency awards was probably typical of most high school sophomores. “It seemed like a lot of work, and I didn’t know if it would pay off or not,” Cope recalled.

  • Marion-Florence FFA attends national convention

    Seven members of Marion-Florence FFA were among 50,000 students, parents and advisers at National FFA Convention Oct. 19 to 22 in Indianapolis, Ind. Corey Shields, Ericka Herzet, Clint Kroupa, Zac Lewman, Nick Meyer, Dylan Carpenter, and Landon Petersen represented the local chapter at the event. Marion-Florence FFA adviser Mark Meyer and Diane Carpenter served as sponsors for the trip.

  • Candy serves as good campaign technique

    As the polls closed at Centre High School on Friday, it ushered the end of one of the closest races in CHS fictional election history. “Usually I can pick the winner,” history and social studies teacher Greg Wyatt said. “This year is going to be interesting.”


  • Hett's finish qualifies for state

    Marion High School Warrior runner Jordan Hett earned his way into the Class 3A state cross-country championship by finishing fourth Saturday at the Class 3A regional meet at Lake Afton. Hett battled a group of runners from Salina-Sacred Heart, Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson, Belle Plaine, and Wichita-Independent, who distanced themselves from the rest of the field by the midpoint of the contest.

  • Centre finishes season sub-state runner-up

    Playing on their home court Saturday, the Centre High School Lady Cougars claimed the runner-up trophy in the 1A substate volleyball tournament. Centre defeated White City, 25-15 and 25-22, in the first match. Both teams had a first-round bye. Both sides stayed almost even in the first game until they tied at 14-14. After that, Centre held White City to one more point while adding 10. Good serving by junior Anna Weber and freshman Brenna Shields and good spiking by sophomore Brianna Svoboda contributed to the victory.

  • Marion toppled by Trojans, 43-21

    Midway through the fourth quarter Friday against Southeast of Saline, the Marion High School Warriors were on the move toward a go-ahead touchdown against the host Trojans. Two minutes and three key plays later, it was the Trojans who scored to lock up a 34-21 win, dropping Marion to 1-1 in district play.

  • Warriors lose to Trojans

    The Marion High School girls volleyball team saw their season come to a close Saturday, as eventual substate tournament champion Hillsboro knocked them out of the first round of play at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center. Hillsboro opened up a 14-7 lead in the first game and the lead quickly turned into 19-11, as the Lady Trojans coasted to a 25-15 victory.

  • Cougars defeat Altoona, 71-21

    It took less than a minute for the Centre High School Cougars to score a touchdown against Altoona-Midway Friday in the final home game of the season. The Cougars went on to win the game, 71-21, in a shortened contest due to the 45-point mercy rule. It was parents’ night and four seniors — Kordell Harding, Zach Calvert, Trevor Hageberg, and Shane Methvin —were recognized along with their parents.


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