HEADLINES

  • Meth, cocaine found in searches

    A child taking a syringe to Marion Elementary School led to the drug and child endangerment arrests of two Marion residents Monday. Ninety minutes after school officials reported the syringe, which Police Chief Tyler Mermis said tested positive for methamphetamines, a search warrant was obtained for the child’s home at 319 S. Cedar St.

  • Homestead has no project in Russell

    The The former mayor of Russell Carol Dawson, who was the mayor at the time of the discussions, refrained from saying anything about the city’s relationship with Homestead Affordable Housing. She said the newspaper should contact the city manager, John Quinday.

  • Defendant in Tabor student death case found not guilty

    A jury found former McPherson College football player Alton Franklin not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Tabor College football player Brandon Brown in September. The jury had the option of convicting Franklin of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, but acquitted him on all charges April 16.

  • Student survives bomb attack in Boston

    Ryan Wiebe of Peabody goes to Kansas State University, right next door to Fort Riley. He had heard bomb blasts before; one such practice explosion rattled the glass of his dorm room window. The blasts at the Boston Marathon were much louder because Wiebe was much closer, only about two blocks away. He heard two explosions and they seemed to occur in quick succession, although he read in media reports there was about 12 seconds in between. He could feel the impact of the bombs, the Earth shake, as mini tremors rolled through his body.

  • Tombstone raises questions

    When Wilhelmine Stelting was born, her parents might have named her after the Queen of the Netherlands or after a Prussian princess. However, the only thing really known about her is that she was born September 15, 1856 and she died July 3, 1902. Someone inscribed those dates, along with her name, on a gravestone that rests on the edge of a cattle pasture along 180th Road just outside the southwest city limits of Marion.

  • Kiwanis celebrates 90th anniversary

    Misadventures in flight might have been the unplanned theme of Marion Kiwanis Club’s 90th anniversary banquet on Thursday. Longtime members Leland Heidebrecht and Matt Classen told stories from early in their membership. One story was about flying to Leavenworth to deliver a donation (which was small enough to be meant as a joke), but accidentally landing at the Fort Leavenworth airstrip rather than at the public airport.

DEATHS

  • Max Lee Herzet

    Max Lee Herzet passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the age of 79. Max, one of seven children, was born on a farm in Marion, Kan., on Aug. 11, 1933. He attended grade school in a one-room school house and graduated from Marion High School in 1951. Max attended Wichita University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree in 1956. He received the Gold Key Award from the Savings and Loan Graduate School of the University of Indiana in the early 1970s.

  • Herman M. Lovett

    Herman M. Lovett, 87, died April 17 in Wichita. He was born July 9, 1925 in Leech, Okla., the son of Monroe and Bessie Hoopengarner Lovett.

  • Velma Elsie Willems

    Velma Elsie Willems, 92, of Newton died Saturday at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She was born Aug. 7, 1920, to Peter and Mary (Fast) Reimer in Fairview, Okla. She is survived by two sons, Joe Willems of Hillsboro and Harry Willems of Great Bend; a daughter, Sunny Christensen of Marion; a brother, Leonard Reimer of St. George, Utah; a sister, Ruby Watkins Dick of Reedley, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren.

  • Colleen B. Yoder

    Colleen B. Yoder, 83, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, Kan.

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • County still hot on recycling

    Marion County Commission collectively expressed continued interest in single-stream recycling. The commissioners would prefer that Marion, Hillsboro, Goessel, and Florence would come on board with a county program. Having Marion and Hillsboro would ensure enough recyclables would make a difference in reducing transfer station trash costs.

  • Marion County included in request for aid

    Gov. Sam Brownback sent a letter April 10 to President Barack Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration to assist 23 affected counties in recovering damages and cleanup costs associated with the severe winter storm that swept across most of the state Feb. 20 to 23. Marion was one of the counties named, along with neighboring Dickinson and McPherson counties.

  • CRP workshops for landowners is May 8

    Pheasants Forever is hosting a workshop for landowners who would like to learn more about the upcoming Conservation Reserve Program signup. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. May 8 in the city hall basement, Marion. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hold the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup from May 20 through June 14, 2013. CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality and develop wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 to 15 years. Accepted contracts will begin on Oct. 1, 2013.

HOME AND GARDEN

  • Woman plants garden to tie-dye

    Betty Williams of Marion wants to plant vegetables and flowers this year for one purpose: to get some natural dye. “I loved tie-dyeing when I was a kid,” the 66-year-old said. “But I didn’t want to use all the chemicals. Then I found instructions on how to make some natural dye and I just have to try it.”

  • Herbalist says herbs keep her family healthy

    Karen Woodward of Florence recommends implanting a regular does of chickweed, wild sage, and dandelions into a routine. All the herbs naturally grow in the Flint Hills environment and can be brewed in a tea. “You could stay extremely healthy,” she said.

  • Every bird is welcome

    Birdhouses are a common sight around Sylvia Bailey’s home in Lincolnville. She took early retirement from a job she held in California and moved to Lincolnville in 2004. Bailey has at least 18 birdhouses of various sizes and shapes in her expansive backyard and another seven in the front yard. Cardinals, blue jays, finches, sparrows, orioles, and robins are among the many birds that find a welcome there. A large fish pond provides water and a feeder provides food.

  • Bowls of beer solved slug problem

    Anyone wanting to know how to deal with slugs in the garden can ask Lenore Dieter of Marion. She knows all about them from firsthand experience. For years, slugs were eating the lower leaves off the trailing petunias in the two brick planters at her house at 737 S. Freeborn. However, it wasn’t until last summer that Dieter finally learned what was causing the damage. She found out from Wendy Youk at Aunt Bee’s Floral and Garden in Marion.

  • Florence establishes garden

    The Fred Harvey Community Garden in Florence, located just east of the Florence Harvey House, now has a special section for children. The children’s garden is being established using a $200 grant to the city from the Florence Community Foundation for that purpose.

  • Family housing shortage seen

    Marion has a shortage of family-size homes — that is the word coming from people who pay attention to the housing market in town. Lori Heerey of Heerey Real Estate said the homes that sell best in town are three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes in the $70,000 to $100,000 range. Those homes seldom stay on the market for long unless they are priced too high.

KAPAUN STORY

  • Part 2 of serialization

    Msgr. Arthur Tonne, a prolific author, came to St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen to write this 1954 biography of Father Emil Kapaun, who last week posthumously won the Congressional Medal of Honor and is under consideration for sainthood. Excerpts from “

  • Wisdom, age, and grace

    “I well remember Father Kapaun as a student. Thinking of him now is somewhat like thinking of a mystery story after you have read the ending. Had you been more observant you might have spotted the clues the author divulged, which would have led you to guess the ending before you reached the last page. So it was with Father Kapaun. Now one remembers little things about him which were not significant then, but which might have let you know what sort of man he would be when the going was difficult, and he became involved in a crisis. Only one would hardly have suspected Emil Kapaun of ever becoming involved in a crisis. He was quiet, almost shy, just a nice boy to have around . . . “But when you think of him now, you begin to remember things — the way he played football, for example. He lingered around the edges without anyone’s suspecting his being there. He was not a particularly muscular or rugged boy and hardly had the physique to make a regular berth on a football team, even one as anemic and battered as ours was. But he did play, and you would usually find him crawling out from under a pile-up, and you wondered how he happened to be there at all. He sort of reversed the formula of another great soldier, ‘he got there fustest with the leastest.’

OPINION

  • Time to get serious about recycling

    Marion County is planning a meeting May 28 to discuss curbside recycling with four of the five largest cities in the county — Peabody already has curbside recycling. The commission hopes to enlist the cities’ help to make recycling go as smoothly as trash pickup, with the idea that the transfer station could be closed to trash in favor of recycling either certain days of the week or certain hours of the day. The county has been pondering one recycling plan or another since 2006. Over the past four years, it has tried, and ended, a pair of half-measure recycling programs, which required residents to take their recyclables to a collection point. Those kinds of programs primarily serve people who are committed recyclers who will go out of their way to recycle.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    The distance between numbers
  • BALANCING ACT:

    Spring ball - heartbreaking and hopeful
  • LETTERS:

    Thank you for safer roads, Kapaun coverage elicits donation

OTHER NEWS

  • Woman spends night in car

    At about 8:30 p.m. April 13, Sonja Maddox, 72, of Lincolnville went off a curve on a gravel road and her Jeep flipped completely over when driving west near the northeast Marion County border. Maddox’s two daughters, Nancy Maddox Woodrow and Leigh Ann Swigert, both said that Maddox was ejected from the vehicle. Suffering a broken ankle, she crawled back into the vehicle, which was standing upright. She lost her cell phone in the accident and gave up on a search until dawn the next morning. The engine was still operational so she had the heater and radio for company, Swigert said.

  • Young and old join forces in reservoir cleanup

    Dozens of volunteers came from all over Marion County; some young, some old. But age didn’t matter. They united under one purpose: to clean the Marion Reservoir. Bob Hoopes, a reservoir resident, was one of the first ones at the 11th annual Marion Reservoir Cleanup Day. Without much encouragement, he grabbed a large trash bag and went to work. He said he often walks along the shoreline, picking up trash — so, today, wasn’t that different, but vital just the same.

  • 4-Her stays calm at beef show

    Weston Schroeder, 9, of Chase County loves making friends with other 4-H’ers at the spring beef show, but this year he learned an important showmanship lesson. “No matter what happens, you just have to know to stay calm,” he said. “That’s the key.”

  • Scam artists pose as relief effort

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt warns Kansans to be careful when donating to relief and charity efforts after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 — there is a chance scam artists will be active. Schmidt recommends donating to established organizations and initiating the donation.

  • Library to hold book sale

    The Marion City Library will hold their annual book sale, starting April 26 at 1 p.m., in the Kansas Room. It will continue April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bag sale is to start May 1. For more information, call: 382-2442.

  • Free classes were a hit at Butler

    Marion Chamber of Commerce members received a thank-you letter from Butler Community College of Marion Director Amy Kjellin for members’ participation in Fun Class Day. The event attracted more than 50 people from all over the county to classes taught by 12 volunteers.

  • Friendship Day is May 3

    Church Women United invites community women to May Friendship Day on May 3 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. It is their annual “Tea at Three” meeting. This year’s theme is “swinging wide the doors of hospitality.”

  • Cook-off, carnival canceled

    The mac and cheese cook-off and carnival scheduled for April 27 in the Marion Community Center has been canceled due to lack of interest. It was intended as a fundraiser for the Central Park Improvement Project

PEOPLE

  • New job is answered prayer for Maggard

    Janis Maggard of Marion believes her new job as postmaster of the Cottonwood Falls office is an answer to prayer. “I’m so blessed,” she said. “This post is about four miles closer than the other one I was considering and I get to live in the same community as my son and his family. That’s definitely a plus.”

  • Tajchman wins Ms. Missouri competition

    Shannon Tajchman was officially named Ms. Missouri on Saturday along with winning the overall swimsuit and evening gown competitions at the regional — Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma — Ms. United States event in Overland Park. “That was an amazing award,” Tajchman said of the overall wins. “It think that is a good sign for nationals.”

  • Baptist church to host magic show

    Everyone is welcome at 7 p.m. May 8 to the First Baptist Church in Canton for the “Mysteries & Wonders” Show with Glenda and Mike Mann. It is a free show. The Mann’s have years of experience illustrating Bible stories with magic ventriloquism at many fairs, festivals, and churches.

  • Heated fishing dock not just for cold weather

    Jeff Springer thought the heated fishing dock would help him catch some fish. “It’s spawning time; they like to congregate around this area,” the Florence resident said. “But they weren’t biting today. It’s horrible weather for fishing. The wind was pretty bad, but I gave it a shot anyway.”

  • Hill places second with dog

    Cassidy Hill and her dogs participated in the Douglas-Leavenworth County Open Invitational Spring Dog Show Satruday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence. In senior showmanship, Hill with Cheyenne received second, beaten by a half point. In Sub-Novice Class B Ranger received first place.

  • BIRTH:

    Lillian Janice Marin
  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Marion Senior Center, Tampa
  • ENGAGEMENT:

    Vogel, Fine
  • MEMORIES:

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

SCHOOL

  • Students experience segregation

    Grant Thierolf told his American history class Monday morning that they were going to take some time out for an exercise in relaxation — they were going to color with crayons. He gave each student on one side of the classroom a large box of like-new crayons, as well as cookies. The students in the other half of the classroom had to share a handful of old crayons worn down to nubs, and cookie crumbs.

  • Marion ag team wins district contest

    A Marion High School team comprised of Aaron Molleker, Clint Kroupa, Nick Meyer, and Jacob Cope won first place in the South Central District Agriculture Technology Management contest last week in Hutchinson. Students from Marion competed in several career development events in the contest jointly sponsored by HCC ag power division and welding department.

  • Centre recognition banquet is May 14

    Centre High School will have its academic/athletic banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 14 in the school gym. The banquet is an opportunity for teachers and coaches to recognize students’ accomplishments for the year. The banquet will be a potluck supper. Families whose last names begin with letters A through M are asked to bring a meat dish and dessert; last names N through Z are asked to bring a meat dish and a salad. The school will provide drinks, rolls, and butter. Families are also asked to bring their own table service.

  • Centre foresics squad wins league

    The Centre High School forensics team won the Wheat State League championship April 6 at Elyria. First-place individuals were: Sualeha Mustafa, informative speaking and prose interpretation; Carrie Carlson, original oration and extemporaneous speaking; Courtney Hett and Tabitha Oborny, duet acting; and Kevin Lewis, humorous solo.

  • Aggie Day includes vet science event

    The South Central FFA District and Invitational Aggie Day competitions April 16 at Hutchinson Community College included a new career development event: veterinary science. It involved a written information test, identification of veterinary tools, breeds of animals, diseases, and parasites, and a math and clinical practicum.

  • Students to have concert Thursday

    Third- and fourth- grade students will be performing in a concert 7 p.m. Thursday in the USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The honor guard from McConnell Air Force Base will be there to present the flag and have a flag-folding ceremony.

SPORTS

  • Field events lead in boys' win at Halstead

    The Marion boys’ track team won the Conrad Nightengale Invitational on Friday at Halstead, largely on the strength of its field events. Zach Hammond won the pole vault with a vault of 12, feet, 6 inches. Seth Snelling tied for fourth place with a vault of 10-6. James Jones won the triple jump at 42-8¼. Hammond and Patrick McCarty tied for fifth place in high jump at 5-4.

  • Centre girls place third at Buhler

    Centre teams competed in a five-team Central Kansas Track League meet April 16 hosted by Central Christian High School at Buhler. The girls finished in third place, behind Sedgwick and Fairfield and ahead of Central Christian and Herington.

  • Bowling results

HEADLINES

  • Meth, cocaine found in searches

    A child taking a syringe to Marion Elementary School led to the drug and child endangerment arrests of two Marion residents Monday. Ninety minutes after school officials reported the syringe, which Police Chief Tyler Mermis said tested positive for methamphetamines, a search warrant was obtained for the child’s home at 319 S. Cedar St.

  • Homestead has no project in Russell

    The The former mayor of Russell Carol Dawson, who was the mayor at the time of the discussions, refrained from saying anything about the city’s relationship with Homestead Affordable Housing. She said the newspaper should contact the city manager, John Quinday.

  • Defendant in Tabor student death case found not guilty

    A jury found former McPherson College football player Alton Franklin not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Tabor College football player Brandon Brown in September. The jury had the option of convicting Franklin of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, but acquitted him on all charges April 16.

  • Student survives bomb attack in Boston

    Ryan Wiebe of Peabody goes to Kansas State University, right next door to Fort Riley. He had heard bomb blasts before; one such practice explosion rattled the glass of his dorm room window. The blasts at the Boston Marathon were much louder because Wiebe was much closer, only about two blocks away. He heard two explosions and they seemed to occur in quick succession, although he read in media reports there was about 12 seconds in between. He could feel the impact of the bombs, the Earth shake, as mini tremors rolled through his body.

  • Tombstone raises questions

    When Wilhelmine Stelting was born, her parents might have named her after the Queen of the Netherlands or after a Prussian princess. However, the only thing really known about her is that she was born September 15, 1856 and she died July 3, 1902. Someone inscribed those dates, along with her name, on a gravestone that rests on the edge of a cattle pasture along 180th Road just outside the southwest city limits of Marion.

  • Kiwanis celebrates 90th anniversary

    Misadventures in flight might have been the unplanned theme of Marion Kiwanis Club’s 90th anniversary banquet on Thursday. Longtime members Leland Heidebrecht and Matt Classen told stories from early in their membership. One story was about flying to Leavenworth to deliver a donation (which was small enough to be meant as a joke), but accidentally landing at the Fort Leavenworth airstrip rather than at the public airport.

DEATHS

  • Max Lee Herzet

    Max Lee Herzet passed away on Monday, April 15, 2013, at the age of 79. Max, one of seven children, was born on a farm in Marion, Kan., on Aug. 11, 1933. He attended grade school in a one-room school house and graduated from Marion High School in 1951. Max attended Wichita University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree in 1956. He received the Gold Key Award from the Savings and Loan Graduate School of the University of Indiana in the early 1970s.

  • Herman M. Lovett

    Herman M. Lovett, 87, died April 17 in Wichita. He was born July 9, 1925 in Leech, Okla., the son of Monroe and Bessie Hoopengarner Lovett.

  • Velma Elsie Willems

    Velma Elsie Willems, 92, of Newton died Saturday at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She was born Aug. 7, 1920, to Peter and Mary (Fast) Reimer in Fairview, Okla. She is survived by two sons, Joe Willems of Hillsboro and Harry Willems of Great Bend; a daughter, Sunny Christensen of Marion; a brother, Leonard Reimer of St. George, Utah; a sister, Ruby Watkins Dick of Reedley, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren.

  • Colleen B. Yoder

    Colleen B. Yoder, 83, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, Kan.

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • County still hot on recycling

    Marion County Commission collectively expressed continued interest in single-stream recycling. The commissioners would prefer that Marion, Hillsboro, Goessel, and Florence would come on board with a county program. Having Marion and Hillsboro would ensure enough recyclables would make a difference in reducing transfer station trash costs.

  • Marion County included in request for aid

    Gov. Sam Brownback sent a letter April 10 to President Barack Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration to assist 23 affected counties in recovering damages and cleanup costs associated with the severe winter storm that swept across most of the state Feb. 20 to 23. Marion was one of the counties named, along with neighboring Dickinson and McPherson counties.

  • CRP workshops for landowners is May 8

    Pheasants Forever is hosting a workshop for landowners who would like to learn more about the upcoming Conservation Reserve Program signup. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. May 8 in the city hall basement, Marion. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hold the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup from May 20 through June 14, 2013. CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality and develop wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 to 15 years. Accepted contracts will begin on Oct. 1, 2013.

HOME AND GARDEN

  • Woman plants garden to tie-dye

    Betty Williams of Marion wants to plant vegetables and flowers this year for one purpose: to get some natural dye. “I loved tie-dyeing when I was a kid,” the 66-year-old said. “But I didn’t want to use all the chemicals. Then I found instructions on how to make some natural dye and I just have to try it.”

  • Herbalist says herbs keep her family healthy

    Karen Woodward of Florence recommends implanting a regular does of chickweed, wild sage, and dandelions into a routine. All the herbs naturally grow in the Flint Hills environment and can be brewed in a tea. “You could stay extremely healthy,” she said.

  • Every bird is welcome

    Birdhouses are a common sight around Sylvia Bailey’s home in Lincolnville. She took early retirement from a job she held in California and moved to Lincolnville in 2004. Bailey has at least 18 birdhouses of various sizes and shapes in her expansive backyard and another seven in the front yard. Cardinals, blue jays, finches, sparrows, orioles, and robins are among the many birds that find a welcome there. A large fish pond provides water and a feeder provides food.

  • Bowls of beer solved slug problem

    Anyone wanting to know how to deal with slugs in the garden can ask Lenore Dieter of Marion. She knows all about them from firsthand experience. For years, slugs were eating the lower leaves off the trailing petunias in the two brick planters at her house at 737 S. Freeborn. However, it wasn’t until last summer that Dieter finally learned what was causing the damage. She found out from Wendy Youk at Aunt Bee’s Floral and Garden in Marion.

  • Florence establishes garden

    The Fred Harvey Community Garden in Florence, located just east of the Florence Harvey House, now has a special section for children. The children’s garden is being established using a $200 grant to the city from the Florence Community Foundation for that purpose.

  • Family housing shortage seen

    Marion has a shortage of family-size homes — that is the word coming from people who pay attention to the housing market in town. Lori Heerey of Heerey Real Estate said the homes that sell best in town are three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes in the $70,000 to $100,000 range. Those homes seldom stay on the market for long unless they are priced too high.

KAPAUN STORY

  • Part 2 of serialization

    Msgr. Arthur Tonne, a prolific author, came to St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen to write this 1954 biography of Father Emil Kapaun, who last week posthumously won the Congressional Medal of Honor and is under consideration for sainthood. Excerpts from “

  • Wisdom, age, and grace

    “I well remember Father Kapaun as a student. Thinking of him now is somewhat like thinking of a mystery story after you have read the ending. Had you been more observant you might have spotted the clues the author divulged, which would have led you to guess the ending before you reached the last page. So it was with Father Kapaun. Now one remembers little things about him which were not significant then, but which might have let you know what sort of man he would be when the going was difficult, and he became involved in a crisis. Only one would hardly have suspected Emil Kapaun of ever becoming involved in a crisis. He was quiet, almost shy, just a nice boy to have around . . . “But when you think of him now, you begin to remember things — the way he played football, for example. He lingered around the edges without anyone’s suspecting his being there. He was not a particularly muscular or rugged boy and hardly had the physique to make a regular berth on a football team, even one as anemic and battered as ours was. But he did play, and you would usually find him crawling out from under a pile-up, and you wondered how he happened to be there at all. He sort of reversed the formula of another great soldier, ‘he got there fustest with the leastest.’

OPINION

  • Time to get serious about recycling

    Marion County is planning a meeting May 28 to discuss curbside recycling with four of the five largest cities in the county — Peabody already has curbside recycling. The commission hopes to enlist the cities’ help to make recycling go as smoothly as trash pickup, with the idea that the transfer station could be closed to trash in favor of recycling either certain days of the week or certain hours of the day. The county has been pondering one recycling plan or another since 2006. Over the past four years, it has tried, and ended, a pair of half-measure recycling programs, which required residents to take their recyclables to a collection point. Those kinds of programs primarily serve people who are committed recyclers who will go out of their way to recycle.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    The distance between numbers
  • BALANCING ACT:

    Spring ball - heartbreaking and hopeful
  • LETTERS:

    Thank you for safer roads, Kapaun coverage elicits donation

OTHER NEWS

  • Woman spends night in car

    At about 8:30 p.m. April 13, Sonja Maddox, 72, of Lincolnville went off a curve on a gravel road and her Jeep flipped completely over when driving west near the northeast Marion County border. Maddox’s two daughters, Nancy Maddox Woodrow and Leigh Ann Swigert, both said that Maddox was ejected from the vehicle. Suffering a broken ankle, she crawled back into the vehicle, which was standing upright. She lost her cell phone in the accident and gave up on a search until dawn the next morning. The engine was still operational so she had the heater and radio for company, Swigert said.

  • Young and old join forces in reservoir cleanup

    Dozens of volunteers came from all over Marion County; some young, some old. But age didn’t matter. They united under one purpose: to clean the Marion Reservoir. Bob Hoopes, a reservoir resident, was one of the first ones at the 11th annual Marion Reservoir Cleanup Day. Without much encouragement, he grabbed a large trash bag and went to work. He said he often walks along the shoreline, picking up trash — so, today, wasn’t that different, but vital just the same.

  • 4-Her stays calm at beef show

    Weston Schroeder, 9, of Chase County loves making friends with other 4-H’ers at the spring beef show, but this year he learned an important showmanship lesson. “No matter what happens, you just have to know to stay calm,” he said. “That’s the key.”

  • Scam artists pose as relief effort

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt warns Kansans to be careful when donating to relief and charity efforts after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 — there is a chance scam artists will be active. Schmidt recommends donating to established organizations and initiating the donation.

  • Library to hold book sale

    The Marion City Library will hold their annual book sale, starting April 26 at 1 p.m., in the Kansas Room. It will continue April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bag sale is to start May 1. For more information, call: 382-2442.

  • Free classes were a hit at Butler

    Marion Chamber of Commerce members received a thank-you letter from Butler Community College of Marion Director Amy Kjellin for members’ participation in Fun Class Day. The event attracted more than 50 people from all over the county to classes taught by 12 volunteers.

  • Friendship Day is May 3

    Church Women United invites community women to May Friendship Day on May 3 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. It is their annual “Tea at Three” meeting. This year’s theme is “swinging wide the doors of hospitality.”

  • Cook-off, carnival canceled

    The mac and cheese cook-off and carnival scheduled for April 27 in the Marion Community Center has been canceled due to lack of interest. It was intended as a fundraiser for the Central Park Improvement Project

PEOPLE

  • New job is answered prayer for Maggard

    Janis Maggard of Marion believes her new job as postmaster of the Cottonwood Falls office is an answer to prayer. “I’m so blessed,” she said. “This post is about four miles closer than the other one I was considering and I get to live in the same community as my son and his family. That’s definitely a plus.”

  • Tajchman wins Ms. Missouri competition

    Shannon Tajchman was officially named Ms. Missouri on Saturday along with winning the overall swimsuit and evening gown competitions at the regional — Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma — Ms. United States event in Overland Park. “That was an amazing award,” Tajchman said of the overall wins. “It think that is a good sign for nationals.”

  • Baptist church to host magic show

    Everyone is welcome at 7 p.m. May 8 to the First Baptist Church in Canton for the “Mysteries & Wonders” Show with Glenda and Mike Mann. It is a free show. The Mann’s have years of experience illustrating Bible stories with magic ventriloquism at many fairs, festivals, and churches.

  • Heated fishing dock not just for cold weather

    Jeff Springer thought the heated fishing dock would help him catch some fish. “It’s spawning time; they like to congregate around this area,” the Florence resident said. “But they weren’t biting today. It’s horrible weather for fishing. The wind was pretty bad, but I gave it a shot anyway.”

  • Hill places second with dog

    Cassidy Hill and her dogs participated in the Douglas-Leavenworth County Open Invitational Spring Dog Show Satruday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence. In senior showmanship, Hill with Cheyenne received second, beaten by a half point. In Sub-Novice Class B Ranger received first place.

  • BIRTH:

    Lillian Janice Marin
  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Marion Senior Center, Tampa
  • ENGAGEMENT:

    Vogel, Fine
  • MEMORIES:

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

SCHOOL

  • Students experience segregation

    Grant Thierolf told his American history class Monday morning that they were going to take some time out for an exercise in relaxation — they were going to color with crayons. He gave each student on one side of the classroom a large box of like-new crayons, as well as cookies. The students in the other half of the classroom had to share a handful of old crayons worn down to nubs, and cookie crumbs.

  • Marion ag team wins district contest

    A Marion High School team comprised of Aaron Molleker, Clint Kroupa, Nick Meyer, and Jacob Cope won first place in the South Central District Agriculture Technology Management contest last week in Hutchinson. Students from Marion competed in several career development events in the contest jointly sponsored by HCC ag power division and welding department.

  • Centre recognition banquet is May 14

    Centre High School will have its academic/athletic banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 14 in the school gym. The banquet is an opportunity for teachers and coaches to recognize students’ accomplishments for the year. The banquet will be a potluck supper. Families whose last names begin with letters A through M are asked to bring a meat dish and dessert; last names N through Z are asked to bring a meat dish and a salad. The school will provide drinks, rolls, and butter. Families are also asked to bring their own table service.

  • Centre foresics squad wins league

    The Centre High School forensics team won the Wheat State League championship April 6 at Elyria. First-place individuals were: Sualeha Mustafa, informative speaking and prose interpretation; Carrie Carlson, original oration and extemporaneous speaking; Courtney Hett and Tabitha Oborny, duet acting; and Kevin Lewis, humorous solo.

  • Aggie Day includes vet science event

    The South Central FFA District and Invitational Aggie Day competitions April 16 at Hutchinson Community College included a new career development event: veterinary science. It involved a written information test, identification of veterinary tools, breeds of animals, diseases, and parasites, and a math and clinical practicum.

  • Students to have concert Thursday

    Third- and fourth- grade students will be performing in a concert 7 p.m. Thursday in the USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The honor guard from McConnell Air Force Base will be there to present the flag and have a flag-folding ceremony.

SPORTS

  • Field events lead in boys' win at Halstead

    The Marion boys’ track team won the Conrad Nightengale Invitational on Friday at Halstead, largely on the strength of its field events. Zach Hammond won the pole vault with a vault of 12, feet, 6 inches. Seth Snelling tied for fourth place with a vault of 10-6. James Jones won the triple jump at 42-8¼. Hammond and Patrick McCarty tied for fifth place in high jump at 5-4.

  • Centre girls place third at Buhler

    Centre teams competed in a five-team Central Kansas Track League meet April 16 hosted by Central Christian High School at Buhler. The girls finished in third place, behind Sedgwick and Fairfield and ahead of Central Christian and Herington.

  • Bowling results

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