HEADLINES

  • 1 killed in highway crash

    A University of Central Missouri graduate student died in a two-car accident Nov. 16 at the U.S. 77/K-150 intersection three miles east of Marion. Kansas Highway Patrol investigators said a 2008 Toyota RAV4 driven by Taylor Kaitlin Sharp, 20, of Derby was southbound on U.S. 77 at 8:30 p.m., when a 2011 Nissan Sentra westbound on K-150 driven by Naveen Raj Arcot-Bhasker, 24, of Warrensburg, Mo., failed to stop at the intersection and collided with the Toyota.

  • Evancho take job as interim superintendent for Peabody-Burns

    Demitry Evancho of Marion has been hired by Peabody-Burns USD 398 Board of Education to fill the vacancy caused by the recent resignation of former Superintendent of Rex Watson. Evancho, who lives with his wife, Pat, at Eastshore, was the superintendent at Centre USD 397 from the 1991-1992 to the 2003-04 school years.

  • Huge rig passes through county

    Highways simply aren’t made to accommodate loads as large as the one that made its way through Marion County during the weekend. At 280 feet long, it was approximately three times the length allowed without a special permit. At 18 feet, 10 inches from the road to the top of the cargo, it couldn’t go under bridges or overpasses. At 15 feet, 10 inches wide, it took all of one lane and one-third of another. And at nearly 300 tons, it was more than seven times the weight allowed on Kansas highways without a special permit.

  • Builders plan to have jail enclosed by end of year

    Marion County Commission received two pieces of good news Monday regarding construction of a new jail. Josh Walker of contractor Loyd Builders Inc. of Ottawa told the commission that the company plans to have the roof on the building by Christmas or New Year’s Day if the weather remains clear enough for construction. With a roof overhead, construction workers could continue interior work through the winter, speeding up completion.

  • In taxidermy, the eyes have it

    In the eyes of Sean Bechtold of Hillsboro, the success of a well-mounted deer depends on one basic thing—how the eyes have been set. “The eyes can make or break the mount,” Bechtold said. “They way they are set and the time spent to get the features right, that is the difference between a good mount and a top-quality one.”

  • Trainer loves job with Broncos

    The closest most people get to professional football is through a television set, but Nicholas Peters, formerly of Goessel, spends every day on the sidelines and in the training room with players of a National Football League team, the Denver Broncos. As a seasonal athletic trainer intern, it is his job to rehabilitate injuries and help with the daily duties of keeping the team healthy. “I love my job,” Peters said. “It really is a dream come true.”

DEATHS

  • Harry Lee Bernhardt

    Harry Lee Bernhardt, 76, died Nov. 18, 2011, in Wichita. He was born June 8, 1935, in Westfield, Iowa, where he was raised and attended school.

  • LaVern Miller

    LaVern Jacob Miller, 88, of Hillsboro, died Nov. 20, 2011. at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Miller was born July 29, 1923 in rural Durham to John and Hannah (Hein) Miller.

  • Sandra Ethem

    Sandra L. Ethem, 65, died Nov. 20, 2011. She had been a rural Florence resident since 2005 and she was a retired secretary. She was born Feb. 25, 1946 in Louisville, Ky., to Jessie and Hester Middleton Holthouser.

  • Ruth E. Franzen

    Ruth E. Franzen, 89, died Nov. 16, 2011. She was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Hillsboro to Jacob H. and Katharina (Quiring) Franzen. She was a retired college professor.

  • Stella Rosfeld

    Stella Rosfeld, 98, died Nov. 16, 2011, at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born Oct. 20, 1913, to Henry and Pauline (Winter) Hanneman of rural Hillsboro. She was a homemaker.

  • Ralph Ruby

    Ralph Ruby, 77, of Leavenworth died unexpectedly Nov. 10, 2011, at his residence. He was born May 29, 1934, to Walter and Minnie (Remers) Ruby of Marion. He attended and graduated from Marion High School and entered the U.S. Army.

  • Darrell Volkman

    Darrell Eugene Volkman, 81, died Nov. 6, 2011 in his home in Cottonwood, Ariz. Volkman was born March 2, 1930 to Wesley and Josephine Volkman of Herington. He graduated from Herington High School in 1947. In 1950, he married Elma Ruth Klaassen. They moved to Wichita. He and Elma moved to Peeples Valley, Ariz., in 1986.

DOCKET

FARM

  • Dental care is crucial to horse health

    The average horse has about 35 teeth and should live to be about 30 years old. However, according to veterinarian Rebecca Erwin of Animal Health Center of Marion County, most horses do not live that long because their teeth get bad. “Most horses need to have their teeth checked every year from about age 8 on,” she said. “Some need special care even earlier than that, but if a horse’s teeth are cared for, they will live a lot longer and have a happier healthier life if they can eat properly.”

OPINION

  • Things we don't need

    Finally, my prayers have been answered — Kentucky Fried Chicken has topped their “famous bowl” with bacon. The famous bowl was already an unneeded mixture of mashed potatoes, crispy fried chicken, corn, and cheese. Obviously bacon was the missing ingredient.

  • What makes a great community?

    Six years in one place is a record for me as an adult. There were almost three years in Spokane where I lived in five different places. Then there were three years in the Pasadena area where I lived in four different places before coming to Marion and moving into the house we have. Other than the amount of stuff that accumulates when you’re not moving as often, it is wonderful to be in the same house for so long. We have a tremendous sense of home here, and a significant part of that is the community of which we are a member.

  • The big happy family

    When my mom was a kid, her big happy family consisted of Mom, Dad, and nine siblings — that’s 11 people sitting down at the family table. A lot! Many times there were even more with the hired help, live-in aunts, grandparents and cousins stretching the fare and the length of the table. My own table only comfortably seats four. We can push it to six, and that pretty much takes up all the room; but 11? I have to put in extra leaves (which I can’t find, for some reason) and borrow chairs from other houses to accommodate 11 or 12.

  • I am thankful for...

  • Easy cheesy Thanksgiving...with cake

    Everything in life is a balancing act. I am constantly walking a tight rope between time for work and time for family. Add to that issue the time needed for Thanksgiving preparation and it all gets a little out of synchronization. In order to have it all make sense, I try to find a good balance. When it comes to food for Thanksgiving Day, I have found it helps to combine a little new with the old, and think outside the box for the Thanksgiving meal. I have to admit, however, that I am a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving Day food. At our house, we have turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole and some sort of gelatin salad on Thanksgiving.

  • Hope in the heartland - appreciation

    A man owned a small estate. One day he decided to sell it, and he hired a real estate agent. He told the agent to write an ad that described the house and the land. The ad was prepared, and the owner asked the agent to read it to him before it was published in the paper. After the agent finished reading the ad the first time, the owner requested that it be read again. So the real estate agent read the description of the house and land one more time.

OTHER NEWS

  • Chamber hears about hospital proposal

    An idea Congress is considering to help reduce the federal deficit would pit hospitals and communities against each other if passed in its current form, St. Luke Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Armstrong told the Marion Chamber of Commerce on Friday. The proposal that leaked from the deficit-cutting “super committee” would strip critical-access hospital designation from any hospital with another hospital within 15 miles. St. Luke and Hillsboro Community Hospital, which both are critical-access hospitals, are a little more than 10 miles apart.

  • Scam promises reward for paying taxes on time

    The Better Business Bureau of Kansas is warning consumers of a new version of a common scam making the rounds. In the latest twist on a scam where consumers receive a call telling them they’ve won a large sum of money, the callers say they want to reward consumers for paying their taxes and utilities on time. The caller may say that the recipient was selected at random by the U.S. government.

  • Cady recalls 9-11 on trip

    Jerry Cady and his wife, Enid, of Marion took a step back in time when they went to Washington, D.C. earlier this fall. They were there 10 years ago when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and attempted to attack the White House or Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The couple’s return to Washington was nostalgic, as it brought back memories of that time. They visited the same places as in 2001, including the senate office building in which they were on Sept. 11 when the attacks occurred.

  • Singers will entertain at learning in retirement meeting

    Tabor College’s Learning in Retirement series will wrap up the fall semester with its annual Christmas coffee Monday. The gathering will feature the Heritage Quartet, singing songs of the season. Members of the quartet come from North Newton, Canton, Goessel, and Hesston.

  • HHS alum takes financial adviser job

    Robert Wall is the new primary financial adviser in the Hillsboro office of Everence, where he will assist residents of the area with strategies for retirement, investments, health plans insurance, and other financial matters. Wall graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1979. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tabor College.

  • Prairie View office moving to Hillsboro

    Prairie View’s Marion County office will relocate to a former family practice clinic at 508 S. Ash St. in Hillsboro by early 2012. Prairie View’s current office in Hillsboro, located at 805 Western Heights, is made of temporary modular units, which will be returned to the company from which they were leased.

  • Marion Main Street to be resurfaced in 2013

    Thirty-seven projects totaling $15.4 million in overall cost and $6.8 million in state funds have been selected for funding under the Kansas Department of Transportation’s 2013 KLINK resurfacing program. Main Street in Marion has qualified for the project, from Locust Street to Walnut Street.

PEOPLE

  • Couple married 60 years

    Eldon Beneke and Betty Frobenius married Dec. 8, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnville. Their sons, Doug and Larry, both of Salina, and their families, request a card shower in honor of their parents’ 60th wedding anniversary.

  • Centenarian celebrated another year in Tampa

    Tillie Hein of Tampa celebrated her 103rd birthday on Nov. 8 with a private dinner with her family at Tampa Senior Center. “I’m doing really good for how old I am,” she said.

  • Topham weds Morgan in June ceremony

    Kate Topham and Blake Morgan were married June 24 at Westlink Christian Church, Wichita. The groom’s pastor, Todd Hutchison, performed the double-ring ceremony.

  • Card shower requested for Frances Stuchlik

    The children of Frances Stuchlik of Lost Springs are requesting a card shower in celebration of her 90th birthday. Frances was born Dec. 4, 1921, to Joe and Mary Holub and lived her entire life in Marion County. She married Richard Stuchlik in February 1941. They had 14 children including three daughters and 11 sons.

  • Christian church has Thanksgiving celebration

    Marion Christian Church held their annual Thanksgiving dinner following Sunday’s worship service. The church provided turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and rolls for approximately 125 people. Each family brought a salad or dessert.

  • Santa will visit library

    Santa Claus will visit Marion on Dec. 3 and 10 at Marion City Library. On Dec. 3, children may visit Santa from 10 to 11:30 a.m. before making crafts at the library. On Dec. 10, Santa will visit while the library offers cocoa, cookies, and stories from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Marion senior center news, Tampa news
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 20, 35, 60, 100, 125

SCHOOL

  • CHS scholars split matches

    The Centre High School scholars’ bowl team finished with a 2-2 record Nov. 10 at Flint Hills High School in Rosalia. In pool play, the Cougars defeated Bluestem, 60-10; and Douglas, 25-10. They lost matches to El Dorado, 50-40; and Circle, 50-35.

  • JV scholars from MHS have winning record

    The Marion High School junior-varsity scholars’ bowl team posted a 6-2 record Nov. 15 at Moundridge. The team defeated Fairfield, 60-50; Goessel, 60-50; Eureka, 50-10; Inman, 90-10; Sedgwick, 50-20; and Peabody-Burns, 30-20.

  • Tabor to perform Messiah

    Tabor College’s long-standing Christmas tradition of performing “Messiah” — the 18th Century work by George Frederick Handel — will continue Sunday with performances by the Tabor College Concert Choir, Alumni Chorus, and Tabor’s Community Orchestra. The production will be 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Admission is free to the public.

  • College increases classes, enrollment at Marion location

    Butler Community College’s Marion location had a 10 percent enrollment increase from fall 2010 to fall 2011, and the college is increasing the classes it offers in Marion, Butler of the Flint Hills Director Amy Kjellin said Friday. In particular, the college is expanding availability of early childhood development classes, such as child psychology, she said. Another recent addition is a computer class about Microsoft’s Office 2010 programs.

SPORTS

  • Sports teams to vie for dance trophy

    Sports and dance moves will be on display Monday as Marion High School basketball players and wrestlers take over USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center for the fourth annual Marion High School Winter Jam. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. with introductions of the MHS wrestlers, boys and girls basketball players, and cheerleaders.

  • MMS basketball teams lose

    Both Marion Middle School girls basketball teams lost Monday to Remington. The A team lost, 37-23.

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