HEADLINES

  • Proposal could jeopardize hospital

    A proposal authored by a U.S. Congress super committee established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 could eliminate the Critical Access Hospital designation within 15 miles of another licensed hospital facility. “If they pass this, not only us, but Marion has the potential to close,” Hillsboro Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Cheri Barton said Monday.

  • Pilsen church welcomes pilgrim

    More than 220 people attended Veterans’ Day mass Friday at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen. None was happier to be there than John Moore, who had just come to the end of a remarkable pilgrimage honoring Pilsen native and former Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun. “To be blessed enough to carry this crucifix as far as I did, 630 miles over 40 days, and to be able to honor Father Kapaun, our veterans and military, to be able to honor the community here in Pilsen, I’ve been blessed and humbled by that,” Moore said.

  • Marion P.I. evolves with industry

    On Nov. 7, Terry Monasmith was given the task by his attorney employer to videotape a subject at a hotel in Wichita. The man made an insurance claim that he was unable to partake in any physical activity.

  • Market raises $4,706 for charities

    An Alternative Gift Market on Saturday in Marion raised $4,706 for a variety of charities, both local and throughout the world. “I think it’s tremendous for the first time,” organizer Jackie Volbrecht said. “It’s fun to see it happen.”

  • Fun times, family keep Marion man going after health scares

    Merle Douglas, of Marion, has not had an easy life, but he would be the last one to complain. Fishing stories, fun times with family, and chasing the thrill of a casino jackpot top his list of favorite topics to talk about. It has not all been fun and games however, and Douglas has many things to be thankful for this holiday season, the greatest of which is his life.

  • Strassburg Baptist church celebrates 100 years

    Strassburg Baptist Church, 2249 Pawnee Road, Marion, was not connected to a church conference until 1911, but the community existed long before that. The church celebrated its 100th anniversary on Oct. 15 and 16. The first settlers in this rural community northwest of Marion migrated from Russia and arrived in Peabody on Feb. 22, 1876. They were German Baptists who came from villages established along the Volga River in Russia.

  • Expansion reflects booming bison industry

    Change is coming to Coon Creek Buffalo near Goessel in the way of a major expansion. Owners of the ranch, Vernon and Angela Base, recently confirmed a contract was in the works with Grandma’s Horn, a national restaurant syndicate, to provide 2,000 pounds of American bison meat weekly to the company. “This industry is going like gangbusters,” Vernon Base said. “We will be stocking up to 130 head here at these facilities to meet the demand.”

DEATHS

  • David F. Wiebe

    David F. Wiebe, 81, passed away Nov. 11, 2011, and was thereby transported to the care of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born June 19, 1930, to David V. Wiebe and Martha Frantz Wiebe in Hillsboro, Kan. He is survived by brothers, Raymond and John and wife Caryl; a sister Constance and husband Don Isaac; all of Hillsboro. Nieces and nephews include Dorene Wiebe Thiesen (Linden), Jon Wiebe (Ellynne), Colene Wiebe Wiens (Joel), Christina Isaac Zimmerman (Lance), James Isaac, and 15 grand-nieces and nephews.

  • Marie Rosenberg Hansen

    Marie Rosenberg Hansen, 95, died Nov. 14 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born Aug. 19, 1916, in Marion to Harry and Anna Wesley Linn. She was a homemaker.

  • Doris Jane Heidel

    Doris Jane Heidel, 81, died Nov. 10, 2011, at Newton Medical Center. She was born Nov. 10, 1930, to Ed F. and Linda May (Reimer) Jost in Goessel. On Aug. 9, 1951, she married V.L. Doc Heidel in Hillsboro. He preceded her in death in 1996.

  • Virgil Waner

    Virgil Waner, 98, formerly of Florence, died Nov. 14 at Warrensburg Manor Care Center. He was born May 28, 1913, in Florence to George Franklin and Mary Agatha Meirowsky Waner.

  • Frank Williams

    Frank Albert Williams, 87, formerly of Glasco, died Friday in Hillsboro. He was born May 21, 1924, in rural Richmond to Francis Leroy and Susie (Stevenson) Williams. He married F. Leola Gull on Oct. 7, 1945, at Dalhart, Texas. He was a newspaper owner and editor.

  • Walter Woosley

    Walter E. Woosley, 75, of Panama City, Fla., former resident of Herington, died Nov. 2 at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Panama City. He was born Sept. 17, 1936 to Earl P. and Donna (Stover) Woosley in Herington.

DOCKET

FARM

  • Farm banquet has long history

    Marion Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Farm/City Appreciation Banquet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Marion City Building. The banquet is an opportunity for the chamber to show its appreciation for how important local farmers are to Marion’s economy, banquet chairman Roger Hannaford III said.

  • Emergency farm loans available

    Marion County farmers who suffered crop or livestock losses due to drought, excessive heat, and high winds since April 1 may apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans. The application deadline is June 27. Loans covering physical and/or production losses are available at a 3.75 percent interest rate and are scheduled for repayment as rapidly as feasible, consistent with the applicant’s ability to pay.

  • Election for FSA committee members in progress

    Ballots have been mailed to eligible voters--those who participate in Federal Service Agency programs, for the election of Marion County Farm Service Agency committee members. Producers in the townships of Lehigh, Risley, Menno, Liberty, East Branch, and West Branch received ballots with instructions for the election of one candidate to serve as a county committee member for a 3-year term beginning in January.

OPINION

  • Can two hospitals continue to exist?

    The bill for billions in drunken-sailor federal spending on bailouts, war, and pork-barrel stimulus projects is coming due, and Marion County is about to be hit with more than its fair share of the tab. Congressional deficit-cutters are poised to make a seemingly minor change in federal health care regulations that could force the Marion and Hillsboro hospitals to merge or resign themselves to fighting intolerable, some would say fatal, cuts in Medicare reimbursement.

  • Another Day in the Country

    It happened for the first time when I was somewhere between 45 and 50. I got a glimpse of what it was like to grow old. My parents were in their 70s, seemingly ageless, but I had a friend nearing 80, and he needed some help. After I would visit him, doing things at his slower gait, I felt like I had wings on my heels when I headed home, having never really paid attention to how fast I usually walked.

  • Farewell to an anonymous friend

    Marion County lost one of its most important friends this weekend even if only a handful of its residents knew his name. Les Anderson, an amiable giant of community journalism, died of a heart attack Saturday while en route to a Wichita hospital. He was 62.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    A proud grandfather — and military veteran — told his grandchildren of his wartime experiences. He talked on about the battles he fought, and the close calls he encountered. Finally, one grandchild interrupted him, “But, Grandpa, what did the rest of the army do?”

OTHER NEWS

  • City saves $100K refinancing bonds

    Marion City Council approved an ordinance refinancing the general obligation bond that the city is paying off that went toward the industrial park in 2001. With the bid through Commerce Bank, the city will pay 1.975 percent average interest over 10 years on $840,000. The way the bond was originally structured the city would pay about 5 percent interest on $800,000. The city will save $114,606, 13.13 percent of the refunding issue.

  • Campground closes for expansion

    Cottonwood Point campground at Marion Reservoir has been closed to the public so construction can begin on the first phase of a $7.9 million expansion project. “It’s going to be inaccessible for quite awhile,” Park Ranger Kyle Manwaring said.

  • Sock and blanket drive in progress

    State Farm Insurance in Marion is collaborating with Community Christmas to collect blankets and socks for children for the holiday season. “We just wanted to do something to help the community,” State Farm agent Becky Walsh said.

  • African mission director speaks at church

    Given a choice of spending months in Paris or months in a poverty-stricken African nation, most would gladly choose Paris. Not Steven Wiebe-Johnson, the featured speaker Sunday at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro for the congregation’s Mission Sunday activities.

  • Earthquakes not covered by regular insurance

    Earthquakes in Oklahoma the weekend of Nov. 5 were felt in parts of Kansas, prompting Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger to address how earthquakes are covered by insurance. Insurance against earthquakes is not part of regular homeowners, renters, or condominium insurance policies.

  • Leadership Marion County participates in summit

    Leadership Marion County members and alumni joined more than 300 Kansans from nearly 40 communities across the state converging Sunday through Tuesday in Wichita for the third annual Kansas Community Leadership Initiative Summit. The experience, convened by the Kansas Leadership Center, offered three days of inspiration, education, and intense civic leadership training.

  • Murder mysteries new on restaurant's menu

    Country Lakes Café in Marion is preparing for its first murder mystery dinner, “Mystery on the Titanic.” The dinners are intended to capitalize on and further enhance Marion’s growing status as a destination. With multiple antique shops, an art gallery, and a historic hotel in town and two lakes nearby, Marion is getting more out-of-town visitors than in the recent past, restaurant co-owner Barbara Smith said.

PEOPLE

  • Author to speak at library

    Marci Penner, writer of the “8 Wonders of Kansas,” will be in Marion at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 to speak at Marion City Library and then hold a reception and book signing at Gallery 101 of the Flint Hills. The “8 Wonders of Kansas” includes 800 photographs of the “Wonder” winners and features categories with architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, geography, history, customs, and people.

  • Ellie Summerville

    Jason and Sara Summerville of Gardner announce the birth of their daughter, Ellie Marie, on Sept. 9 at Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park. She arrived at 7:30 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.

  • Florence Chess Club to meet

    Students and adults in Florence will have a new recreation option on the third Saturday of each month as the Florence Chess Club gets up and running in the community. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome, recreation director Holly Pereillo said.

  • Jerry and Marjorie Jensen celebrate 50th anniversary

    Jerry and Marjorie Jensen of Marion celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking their family on a six-day cruise last week. Joining the couple on the Carnival Glory cruise ship were their children, Tonya and Jeff Stemmons of Leander, Texas, Kayla and Richard McMichael of Kansas City, Steph Jensen and Steward Andres of Marion; and grandchildren Reed and Renee Stemmons.

  • Neo-century club meets

    Neo-Century Club met Nov. 7 at Hilltop Manor in Marion. Sarah Waddell gave a program on the daily life of people in Ethiopia. She also shared souvenirs she brought back from her trip to the African country. Following the business meeting, hostesses Theodora Koslowky and Bea Kelsey served a pumpkin dessert.

  • Brookens looks ahead to 2012 legislative session

    State Rep. J. Robert Brookens of Marion shared his insights and concerns at the Interagency meeting Friday in Marion. He spoke about government reforms, education, taxes, and the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. He said it is hard to know what is going to happen in the legislature next year. Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration are coming up with reform proposals, many of which have not yet been put on paper.

  • Breakfast with Santa is Dec. 3 in Lincolnville

    Lincolnville’s Breakfast with Santa will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 3. The announcement was made Nov. 7 at the Lincolnville City Council meeting by city celebrations chairman Kristen Ebaben. Tri-County Telephone Association will provide the breakfast. In a 4-1 vote, the council approved the hiring of Martin Combs as a part-time city employee. Joe Vinduska opposed the move. Combs will receive $9 an hour for maintenance work not to exceed 30 hours per week.

  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Tampa, Marion Senior Center, Decorations highlight PEO meeting, Auxiliary hears about whole grains
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125

SCHOOL

  • Centre USD pays steep insurance increase

    Centre USD 397’s property/casualty and fleet insurance premium is $57,774 for the 2012 year. This is an increase of $12,823 from the $44,951 paid in 2011. The payment was approved Monday by the board of education. The insurer, Copeland Insurance Agency, cited numerous storms and claims throughout the country this past year and the district’s own four-year loss ratio of 160.8 percent as reasons for the increase.

  • Marion students make honor bands

    Marion Middle School seventh-graders Krisde Robinson and Cade Harms were selected and performed with the South Central Kansas Music Educators Association Honor Band. They rehearsed all day Nov. 5 and performed in the concert with students from schools in the region.

  • MHS musicians earn honors

    Marion High School band members Jenevieve Corona, Sarah Eurit, Jennifer Fruechting, Elizabeth Goentzel, Andrew Kjellin, Alicia Maloney, and Beth Nesser performed as members of the Heart of America League Honor Band on Nov. 8 at Berean Academy. Honor Band members were selected by a committee from nominations by their home band directors. George Naylor, a retired band director from Valley Center, was the guest conductor for the performance.

  • Centre school blood drive is Tuesday

    The Centre High School FFA chapter will be conducting an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. To make an appointment, call the school office at (785) 983-4321.

  • USD 408 adjusts contract calendar

    USD 408 Board of Education voted Monday to approve a calendar adjustment to bring the schedule in line with the requirements of its contract with teaching staff. Parent-teacher conferences in the district occur in evenings, outside of regular school hours, Superintendent Lee Leiker explained.

  • TEEN board meets today

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will have its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today at the USD 408 district office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion. For more information, call TEEN Director Brandi Hendrix at (620) 877-0237.

  • MHS scholars' bowl loses tiebreaker at Moundridge

    In competition Thursday at Moundridge, the Marion High School scholars’ bowl team posted a 3-2 record in pool play and advanced to the quarterfinals as a wildcard team. They lost to Moundridge B in a tiebreaker, 50-40. In pool play, Marion defeated Canton-Galva, 60-20; Minneapolis, 80-10; and Sedgwick, 55-30. Marion lost to Inman, 55-10; and Moundridge A, 90-20.

SPORTS

  • Johnson makes HOA team 4 times

    Marion High School senior Colten Johnson was the only Heart of America League player to be a four-time first team all-league selection in 2011. Johnson was recognized as an offensive back, kick returner, linebacker, and punter.

  • Gordon makes HOA all-league volleyball

    The Heart of America League announced volleyball all-league teams selections Nov. 4, and Marion High School senior Whitney Gordon was among the eight players named to the first team. Other first-team all-league selections were seniors Jessi Green of Remington, Ashley Zrubek of Trinity Catholic, MaKayla Ladwig of Berean Academy, Alyson Bressie of Canton-Galva, and Quin Tillotoson of Remington; junior Emily Bebermeyer of Sedgwick; and sophomore Aubrey Wilson of Ell-Saline.

  • Florence gym closes for winter

    Florence Gymnasium is closed for the winter, Florence Recreation Director Holly Pereillo said recently. All activities taking place at the gym, including roller skating, will be suspended until the gym re-opens sometime next spring.

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