• Wood brings warmth to local homes

    As fall ushers in cooler weather, people all over the county are turning up thermostats and firing up their electric and gas furnaces. An increasing number of people have turned back the clock to rely on the same heat source used by early settlers — wood, burned in stoves, furnaces, and fireplace inserts.

  • Mule drivers journey to N.M.

    Many people travel south for the winter, but it’s probably safe to say that very few if any use the mode of transportation that two men from Wisconsin are using. Harvey Baumgartner and Richard Meunier recently traveled through Marion County on their way to New Mexico riding in a homemade wagon pulled by mules named Jack and Jim.

  • County will take stretch of former highway

    Marion County Commission voted Monday to accept a 1.5-mile stretch of road that used to be part of U.S. 56/77 north of Lincolnville from Kansas Department of Transportation. Joe Palic of the Department of Transportation’s office in Marion said there was a proposal in 2002 to transfer the road to the county, but nothing was ever officially done. The state had ground up the road for millings, leaving the base as an access road for farmers to reach their fields.

  • Advertising expert joins newspaper staff

    Diane Lacy-Trostle of McPherson started work Monday as advertising manager at Hoch Publishing Company, publisher of the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. She brings an extensive background of experience in sales, marketing, and leadership to the job. “I’ve worked in print media with advertising sales for over 20 years,” she said. “I absolutely love it.”

  • City to sell Santa Fe property

    Marion City Council approved a real estate contract Monday with an agent to purchase the property at 311 E. Santa Fe Street for $5,000. City Administrator Doug Kjellin wrote in a memo that leveling the house to the ground would cost about $5,000, and the city would like to recoup as much of that as possible. The city purchased the house for $500.

  • Chambers cooperate to help schools

    The Marion-Hillsboro football rivalry burned as hot as ever on the field and in the stands of Warrior Stadium on Friday, but the warmth generated at the southwest corner of the field came from good will and hot apple cider. Marion Chamber of Commerce and Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce jointly sponsored a hospitality tent, where members dispensed steaming cups of cider and sold raffle tickets to raise money for the booster clubs of each school.


  • Irene A. Ratzloff

    Irene A. Ratzloff Irene Ratzloff was born Feb. 27, 1929, to Maurice and Mary Ducommun in Peabody, Kan. She was the fourth child of 13 children. With family at her side, God reached down and called her home on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at the age of 82, while on a short stay at Salem Home Skilled Unit in Hillsboro.

  • Elma Ruth Volkman

    Elma Ruth Volkman, 82, passed away Oct. 20, 2011, at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Ariz. Born April 13, 1929 to Benjamin and Margaret Klaassen in Goessel, Kan., she had three brothers: Earl, Max and Garfield. Most of her childhood was spent on their farm near Hillsboro, Kan., and she graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1947. She married Darrell Volkman in 1950, and they had four children.

  • Wilma L. Gutsch

    Wilma Gutsch, 85, of Burdick died Sunday at Morris County Hospital, Council Grove. She was born June 14, 1926, to William L. and Laura (Burns) Huyler.

  • LaVada D. Hass

    LaVada D. Hass, 85, died Sept. 26 at Shabbona Health Care Center, Shabbona, Ill. She was born Jan. 16, 1926 in Herington, the daughter of Fredrick W. and Ida (Utech) Lietz. She worked as an office manager for a doctor in Wheaton.

  • Wilma E. Kandt

    Wilma Kandt, 77, of Woodbine died Monday at her home. She was born March 11, 1934, at Talmage to Clarence H. and Etta H. (Watt) Bowyer. Kandt was a homemaker. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She graduated from Chapman High School with the class of 1952.

  • Donald Riffel

    Donald Riffel, 73, died Oct. 22, 2011, at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Okla. He was born April 18, 1938, in Lost Springs to Edward and Irene Benhardt Riffel. He was a retired truck driver.



  • Soybean yields down this year

    Soybean prices may be a bit higher this year than last, but, with the 2011 harvest almost complete, average yields are down to half of what they were last year, Hillsboro Cooperative Grain and Supply grain coordinator Dick Tippin said Thursday. “The drought had some effect,” Tippin said. “Soybean yields are low this year, averaging around 15 bushels per acre. Last year we had around 30.”

  • Ramona rancher taught, learned on foreign trip

    Why was Cow Camp Ranch owner Mark Brunner of Ramona traveling throughout Russia and Kazakhstan Oct. 6 through Oct. 17? He was following the winding road of ranching economics. Brunner was part of a group of five producers — Brunner plus two farmers from Kansas and two ranchers from Montana and Colorado — that went on the Kansas Department of Agriculture sponsored trip to Kazakhstan and Russia. Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman spearheaded the trip and headlined meetings with Russian and Kazakhstani government officials.

  • High technology revolutionizes farming

    Online gamers by the millions have flocked to Farmville, a computer simulation game where they create and manage virtual farms, but emerging technologies in the real world of farming are no game, with an increasing number of advances that promise to make farming more efficient, more profitable, and more environmentally-friendly. “It’s changing — it’s crazy,” said Randy Rice, agricultural management systems consultant for PrairieLand Partners of Marion. “Ten years ago, technology was for the big guys, but the last few years it has exploded.”

  • Genetics from goat dairy headed to Australia

    In an effort to upgrade dairy goat genetics in Australia, a small Australian firm, Semtech Animal Breeding Service, has solicited the help of breeders in the United States. Along with other seedstock producers, Gravel-Ends Ranch at Hillsboro has sold two goat bucks to the company. Co-owner Jennifer Stultz (who recently joined the news staff of Hoch Publishing Company) said the bucks underwent five blood tests before the Australian company accepted them. Australia has strict standards for livestock and semen coming into the country.

  • USDA commodities at Marion Senior Center Nov. 11

    U.S. Department of Agriculture food commodities will be available beginning Nov. 10 at the senior centers in Marion County. Marion Senior Center will distribute commodities from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11. Other days for distribution will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • FSA environmental program cutoff is November 15

    Nov. 15 is the deadline for fiscal year 2012 submissions for the Environmental Quality Incentives and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Programs provided by the Farm Services Agency. Marion County farmers should visit the USDA office at 303 Eisenhower Drive, Marion to fill out an application or they can call (620) 382-3737.


  • Being part of a team, without all the running

    Please excuse me, everyone, I haven’t been acting like a sportswriter lately. The sportswriter is calm, analytical, and logical. Fans are illogical lunatics, after all the term is based off fanatic. Since the St. Louis Cardinals have started their magical run to the World Series, making up 10.5 games from Aug. 25 and winning two underdog playoff series, I’ve reverted to a fan. I’m making up for lost time, I gave up on the Redbirds in late August.

  • Watching those words

    Several years ago, my sister found a book called “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. It was one of those mind-boggling books. “Listen to this,” Jess would say as she read, “There are thousands of agreements you have made with yourself, with other people, with God, with society, with your parents, with your spouse and with your children. But the most important agreements are the ones you made with yourself.”


  • MHS to sing songs from musical

    Marion Senior Center hosted the senior citizens of Marion County annual meeting Oct. 20, with 151 reservations for the noon meal. The senior center will have the guidelines for the University of Kansas Medical Center Annual Photography contest, open to professional and amateur photographers. First place is $350. Photo must include at least one person 60 years or older. The senior center completed a Halloween menu contest, changing food names to more ghoulish ones.

  • Small business consultant Nov. 16 in Marion

    The Emporia State University Kansas Small Business Development Center will have a small business consultant in Marion 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Butler Community College Marion Campus, located at 412 N. Second Street. The ESU KSBDC program provides free, confidential, one-on-one consulting designed to develop practical solutions to business problems.

  • Wildlife department requests reporting of wildlife crimes

    Marvin Peterson, the local natural resource officer for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, is requesting that anyone who finds evidence of wildlife crime during the fall hunting season should report it. Details of the crime and any other information, such as license tag numbers, dates, and times should be noted.

  • Early doctor subject of presentation

    Tabor College Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies Director Peggy Goertzen will give a presentation about Charles Flippin on Monday at Tabor’s Learning in Retirement series. Flippin was an African-American doctor who cared for many of the early settlers in Marion County. Goertzen has uncovered more of his story and interviewed some of his descendants.

  • Committee hosts hayrack ride

    The Fellowship Committee of Marion Christian Church hosted a hayrack ride Sunday to the Daryl and Pat Enos home in the county. This was followed by a hotdog roast and smores. The evening was spent with games for the children and youth followed by the children trick-or-treating from the adults in attendance.

  • Deer-vehicle collisions peak in November

    Deer can be spotted near Kansas roadways any time of the year. However, in the fall, motorists should be especially vigilant for deer crossing the highways. Deer breeding season peaks in mid-November, and this marks the period when deer-vehicle collisions are highest. According to biologist Lloyd Fox, the increase in deer-vehicle crashes is strongly influenced by the deer mating season, called “rut.” During rut, deer focus on mating, travel more than in other seasons, and pay less attention to hazards such as vehicles. Also during the fall, many deer move to new locations as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, so they are less secure than in their summer habitats.

  • Marion County residents contribute to textile trunk show

    The Marion County Textile Trunk Show will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Marion Community Center, 203 N. Third St., Marion. Organizers tout it as “an event that fashionistas, collectors, and historians won’t want to miss.”


  • Mission workers to build homes in Haiti

    A group of five people from Marion Presbyterian Church will work on house construction May 26 to June 2 in Haiti. Pastor Jeremiah Lange said a second group of five could go if there is enough interest in the community. There are a couple of church members who are on the fence about going, he said. They probably could be persuaded to go if a full group can be put together.

  • Lost Springs native receives award for prosecution

    Assistant Attorney General Amy Hanley, of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, was named Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year by the Kansas County and District Attorneys Assocation. The award is presented to a prosecutor for outstanding prosecution of one or more cases during the year by someone who doesn’t work in a county or district attorney’s office.

  • Seibert's friends throw surprise birthday party

    Friends of Rex Siebert of Marion threw a surprise birthday party for him Friday. Dorothy Conyers, Wanda and Clayton Hamm, Rosalie Schmidtberger, Gene Winkler, Mark Brown, Jerry Kline, Melvin Honeyfield, and LaVonne Klose celebrated his 88th birthday, which was Saturday.

  • Loehr, May wedding celebrated

    Erin Costello Loehr and Paul May were married Aug. 13 at Ascension Catholic Church followed by a dinner and dance held at St. Michaels Reception Hall in Overland Park. Erin is the daughter of John and Barbara (Costello) Loehr of Overland Park. She is the granddaughter of Mary Costello of Marion. Erin received her pharmacy degree at the University of Kansas and is currently employed by CVS Pharmacy.

  • Grandson visits from Georgia

    Jeff Jackson of Pine Lake, Ga., visited his grandmother, Gertrude Ray, Oct. 25 to Thursday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. While in Marion, he had coffee and breakfast with her at 6:30 a.m. every morning. They also visited Vicky Jackson for lunch.

  • Democratic women meet

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch on Oct. 28 at Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. The next Democratic meeting is Dec. 16. Volunteers knitted and donated 300 purple baby caps to the shaken baby syndrome awareness cause. Walter and Betty Norman delivered them to Wichita last week.

  • P.E.O. chapter meets Oct. 17

    Seventeen members and two guests, Shawna Joliff and Jona Neufeld, attended the Oct. 17 meeting of P.E.O. Chapter DB at Marion Presbyterian Church. Hostesses were Debbi Darrow, Cindy Riedel, and Terri Colburn.


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  • Hett raced to 3rd place at state meet

    For Marion High School Warrior cross-country runner Jordan Hett, Saturday was a day of threes. Hett finished third at the Class 3A state championship meet at Rim Rock Farm near Lawrence, his best finish in three career trips to the state championship.

  • MHS season ended by HHS

    The Marion High School Warriors won the opening coin flip prior to the start of their district-playoff football game Friday against rival Hillsboro at Warrior Stadium. It was almost the only thing that went right for the Warriors all evening, as they were outmatched and outplayed by the Trojans, 21-0, to bring their season to an abrupt and disappointing halt.

  • Cougar football advances to playoffs

    The Centre High School football team defeated Hartford on Thursday, 58-36, to advance to bi-district competition. They lost Tuesday at South Haven, 46-0, in the first round of the state playoffs. In the game at Hartford, Kyle Methvin and Houston Svoboda each scored three touchdowns, and Shane Methvin scored two. Three of the eight touchdowns came on pass plays and five on runs.


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