• Couple wants new home for old schoolhouse

    Michael and Leah Ottensmeier are hoping to find a new home for an especially large item. They want someone to move a 1,700 square foot 90-year-old schoolhouse from a property off north Nighthawk Rd. “It’s just a building we will never get our use out of,” Leah Ottensmeier said, “and we’d hate to tear it down especially with all the history.”

  • Study rates Marion as efficient city

    In a study released last week, Municipal Analysis Services Inc. of Texas rated Marion as a high-performance government. Every year, Municipal Analysis Services examines publicly available data about government budgets, revenue, and debt and compares cities and counties of similar population.

  • Giant sunflower brings great joy

    Heather Calhoun, pharmacy technician at Marion Health Mart Pharmacy, said she never thought she would get so many compliments over a plant. Calhoun planted giant sunflower seeds in a planter in front of the pharmacy in May.

  • Tabor set to start swim team in Marion

    If all goes according to plan, Tabor College will have the first and only colligate level coed swim team in the state of Kansas, starting in the 2014-2015 academic year. “We will begin advertising for a head coach next week,” Vice President for Athletics Rusty Allen said Monday. “We plan to hire one by the middle of October.”

  • Commission rejects request for gravel on bus route

    County commissioners voted Monday not to put gravel for a school bus route on Quail Creek Rd. between 250th and 260th Rds. The road is within USD 408, but the proposed change was meant for the transportation of Centre students.

  • With more students taking test, Marion ACT scores up

    Marion County schools saw a mixed bag in performance on the ACT college entrance exam for the class of 2013. The average score at Marion increased nearly a point, while Goessel school leaders were caught off-guard by an almost 5-point decline. No school’s graduating class had more than a third of students who were fully ready for college, according to the ACT’s benchmarks.

  • Local talent to entertain at Labor Day

    Familiar acts will open entertainment for Florence’s 76th annual Labor Day celebration Saturday with Cottonwood River Band at 5 p.m. and Tallgrass Express String Band at 7 p.m. Tallgrass Express features guitarist Annie Wilson, who was named Flint Hills Balladeer by Gov. Sam Brownback in January.


  • Sisters share more than blood

    Marion County Relay for Life had an atmosphere of hope Saturday at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center. Thirty-seven cancer survivors, all in purple, kicked off the relay with a victory lap. Two survivors shared more than cancer. Anita Hooper and Jan Peter from Marion are sisters.

  • Turning lemonade into water

    Eight-year-old benefactor Sadie Lange will have her annual lemonade stand Sept. 14 to benefit Charity Water through its September campaign. She will be selling lemonade from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the front yard of her family’s home at 411 S. Freeborn St. Patrons will receive a large cup of lemonade for a donation of any size.

  • Marion Assisted Living has new activities director

    Amy Boudreaux said she never expected to be working with senior citizens. As the new activities director for Marion Assisted Living she will be planning events for them. Boudreaux was hired by Marion Assisted earlier this summer as a kitchen worker, but she said when the position came open she thought she would be a good fit.

  • Library adds digital books

    Marion City Library has added a digital option for literary enjoyment. Patrons can now check out e-books and audio books online and read them using their Kindle or Nook. Library patrons need only go to www.sunflowerelibrary.org, find Marion City Library under the list of libraries and follow the instructions to select and check out books.

  • Bucks for belts offered at school

    In a campaign to raise seatbelt safety awareness, Marion Police Department were offering dollars to USD 408 students offered up to school wearing their seatbelts and warnings to those who did not. Drivers receive $1 if everyone in their car is wearing a seat belt.

  • Pop linked to aggression inattention in children

    New research suggests drinking even one soda per day may be associated with increased negative behavior in young children. A cohort study of almost 3,000 5-year-olds showed those that drank 1 to 4 servings of soda per day had significantly higher aggressive measurement scores than peers who drank no soda.


  • Velber Bevan

    Velber K. Bevan, 83, died Monday in Hutchinson. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Marion Cemetery. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

  • Wayne Britton

    Wayne L. Britton, 54, died Sunday in Newton. He was born April 16, 1959, in Independence to Lloyd and Rosalene Haviland Wade. He was a truck driver.

  • Irma Ens

    Irma V. Ens, 96, died Friday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born March 2, 1917, to Peter and Anna (Goossen) Richert in Las Vegas, N.M. She was a school teacher.

  • Arnold Franta

    Arnold “Arnie” Franta, 84, died Aug. 17 at his home in Springfield, Mo. He was a retired electrical engineer and Army veteran. He was born July 31, 1929, in Lincolnville to Frank and Amelia Holub Franta.

  • Carlos Girk

    Carlos Edward Girk, 71, died Monday in Peabody. He was an oil field rig operator for Flowers Oil Well Service. He was born March 31, 1942, in Waynesville, Mo., to Edward Girk and Cleo Bowen.


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  • Antique wagon wheel sheds light on Sieberts

    When Rex Siebert, 89, of Marion married in 1943, his father, Floyd, gave him a team of mules, Bess and Jane, and a high-sided wooden wagon that was used to hold husked corn. Siebert used the wagon to feed silage and grain to feeder lambs. Many years later, in 1970, when he and his wife, Vernolis, were planning to build a new house on their farm, Siebert told contractor Steve Jost to put a “good strong spot” in the middle of the living room because a wheel from that wagon was going to be hung there.

  • Herbs have many uses

    Herbs can be used for cooking, medicine, and a variety of other uses. Karyn Woodward makes it her mission to educate people on their uses. She has been teaching people in Florence about herbs and their various uses in monthly classes called herb workshops for a year.

  • Return to gardening gets results

    Gerald Wiens of Marion has had more cucumbers than he knows what to do with this year. He has given plenty away to family, friends, and neighbors; he has sold some to Carlsons’ Grocery; and he has sold dozens at a time after advertising online. He has picked at least 100 cucumbers a week for more than a month, although the quantity has been declining lately. Wiens credits the excellent growth to the cool, moist weather in late June and early August. Not bad for a return to gardening after two decades away.

  • Farmer discovers weed removal remedy

    Jerry Plett of Lincolnville has discovered that his cows love the weeds growing in his empty cattle lots. He opens the gates, and in they go. He said they spend a lot of time in those lots even though they have access to grass. Kathy Voth, owner of Landscapes for Livestock, said toxins usually aren’t a problem because animals use their internal feedback mechanism to decide how much of a food to eat. If cattle taste a bad weed, they won’t eat more of it.


  • On the right path

    If 100 students took the ACT in 2012, and 138 students took it in 2013, what was the percent increase in students taking the ACT from 2012 to 2013? While compiling information about county schools’ ACT scores, that was the easiest calculation to make because of the nice round starting number — probably easier than any of the actual math questions on the test.

  • Get to know the person, not the title

    Are people more than their titles or are people simply the titles they have? Sometimes when I read the paper, watch the news, or read an article on the Internet, it seems that we as a culture tend to make much of the title a person has and pay very little attention to who the person actually is. It becomes very easy to attack one another when we limit people to their titles. For example, if I only knew Mary Olson as the mayor of Marion, it would limit my understanding of her as a person. However I know she used to be a teacher, she volunteers with children at Circles of Hope each week, and she attends her church faithfully.


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  • 95th annual Hett family reunion held at lake

    The 95th annual Hett reunion was at the Marion County Lake hall Aug. 11. President Torey Hett gave a reading and led those who gathered in prayer. After lunch, Torey called the meeting to order. Old business was discussed, commemorative T-shirts were distributed — some of which were modeled — and the minutes and treasurer’s report were read.

  • 70-year reunion set for class of 1943

    The Marion High School class of 1943 will celebrate its 70th anniversary of graduation on Old Settlers’ Day, Sept. 28. Class members wishing to ride in the parade will meet at 10 a.m. at the home of Jean Pierce, 303 Locust St. Those not wishing to ride will meet at 11 a.m. in Central Park.

  • 300 pounds of pulled pork served at Tampa hog roast

    Although this was the first year that there was no hog at the Tampa State Bank hog roast, bank officials served about 300 pounds of pulled pork from Carlsons’ Grocery to those patrons in attendance. “Lonnie Nickel used to always smoke a pig,” Mickey Lundy of Tampa State Bank said. “But he retired this year.”

  • Food bank helps 150 families

    The Kansas Food Bank of Wichita gave five tons of food to Marion residents Thursday, helping 150 families and 424 people. “That’s pretty close to what we do every time,” volunteer Gene Winkler said. “We went through it all in just over an hour, too.”

  • Fireworks display is Sunday at lake

    United Steelworkers Union Local 11228 of Hesston will present a fireworks display at dusk Sunday at Marion County Park and Lake. The display will be launched on the south side of the lake but should be visible all around the lake, Diana Williams said. She said the public display is intended as a show of gratitude for the union’s use of the lake for its annual picnic earlier in the day. The union received donations from several local businesses to support the display.

  • Thrift shop will close for move Sept. 7

    The St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe will be closed at the end of the business day on Sept. 7 so that workers can ready the merchandise and equipment for moving to the new location. Notice will be given about the opening date in this new location when all moving activities are complete.

  • Couple to wed Sept. 21

    Bridgett Michelle Burns and Jesse Willis Hamm, both of Hillsboro, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. Bridgett is the daughter of Victor and Gail Burns of Lincolnville.

  • Democratic Women met

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center. The group voted to contribute to the Robert B. Ducking Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Jane Vajnar.

  • BarnFest set for Marion this year

    Marion County will be the site of Kansas Barn Alliance’s eighth annual BarnFest, beginning Oct. 4 at the Marion Community Center. The two-day event will start with various speakers sharing information in sessions based on barn preservation and reuse. Attendees are encouraged to bring barn stories to share.

  • P.E.O. starts new club year

    Twenty-five members of P.E.O. Chapter DB had a social meeting on Monday at Marion Sports and Aquatic Center. Calling it a “Healthy Start Kick-off Party,” the program committee of Diane Leiker, Margaret Pickering, Debbi Darrow, Laura Williams, and Belinda Skiles, provided an opportunity for all to walk, talk, and enjoy healthy snacks.


    Flowers planted as a memorial

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  • Centre senior gets head start on career

    For three hours a day, Kaylenn Miller breaks from life at Centre High School to spend time at the county jail. Miller wants to help troubled youth as a correctional counselor, and the first steps toward that goal come as work-study for the sheriff’s department.

  • Enrollment doubles in Centre's online learning program

    Enrollment higher than was expected in the Kansas Online Learning Program required the Centre school board to purchase more computers for the program. Fifty computers were purchased in June, but more were needed. In a special meeting early Friday morning, the board approved the purchase of 60 new Dell Inspiron laptops from Best Buy for $19,800. Superintendent Brian Smith said KOLP coordinator Vickie Jirak negotiated for a price of $330 each, lower than from two other bidders. The money will come from the virtual school fund.


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