• Thrift shop closed for move

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe will be closed this weekend and will remain closed until further notice. Volunteers are readying the shop for its move to the former Duckwall building, 321 E. Main St.

  • Tick bite gives 6-year-old meat allergy

    The parents of 6-year-old Izzy Loveless had no idea a tick bite could do such damage. A lone star tick, noticeable by a white spot on its back, bit Izzy. The tick bite caused Izzy to develop an allergy to all red-meat.

  • Food lab coming to Marion

    Dan Madgwick of Manhattan will soon be moving his family to Marion and opening a food forensics lab. “It’s basically CSI for food,” Madgwick said.

  • Florence celebrates Labor Day in style

    Heat did not deter many from enjoying the festivities at the 76th annual Florence Labor Day celebration. Jeff Hedrick was the winner of the “King of the Hill” soap box derby. Nathan Shields took second place, and Gracie Mackey came in third.

  • Frans is Minn. Tax commissioner

    Myron Frans, commissioner of revenue for the state of Minnesota, is often busy working with Gov. Mark Dayton to improve Minnesota’s tax budget, but his memories of Marion are far from fleeting. He remembers searching for the best homes to eat lunch at during summer bike rides. He recalls that it flooded often before the reservoir’s construction, and that the double cheeseburgers at Burger Shake were the best in the world.

  • Neighbors' rivalry results in lawn prank

    A friendly KU/K-State rivalry between Rick Terrel and Gary Williams resulted in some creative lawn mowing last week. Becky Williams said that she and her husband had gone to church and when they returned they saw the “KU” mowed into their lawn.

  • Arts and crafts vendors prepare for shows

    With Art in the Park and Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair only a few weeks away, vendors are busy preparing their items to sell. Susan Berg and her husband, Don, have been making wind chimes and coat hooks out of antique silverware. This will be the first time they have participated in Art in the Park. They have between 75 and 80 charms, and 30 to 40 boards with hooks made.

  • Resident speaks to council about toilet fountains

    Steve Unruh attended Marion City Council meeting Tuesday to introduce himself to the council and bring up some issues that concerned him. “I can’t complain if I’m not active, so here I am being more active,” he said.


  • Rzihas buy Herington pharmacies

    David and Catarina Rziha of Tampa have purchased Boelling’s Health Mart Pharmacy and Kay’s Pharmacy in Herington. The merged pharmacy will be known as Kay’s Pharmacy and will be at the former Boelling’s location. David Rziha said he owned a pharmacy in the past at Atchison. The couple returned to Tampa in 2009 to join his parents’ farming operation. They decided to buy the Herington pharmacies to augment their farming income.

  • Hesses work while restaurant is remodeled

    Wagon Wheel Express owners Sherry and Keith Hess have a busy few weeks ahead of them as the family works at their food trailer at the Kansas State Fair, starting Friday, and their restaurant undergoes some remodeling. The Hesses have sold concessions at the fair across from the 4-H exhibit building for seven years, and won several awards for their fresh squeezed lemonades and limeades.

  • Chili cook-off will be Oct. 5

    Marion County Park and Lake will have its seventh annual chili cook-off from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 outside the lake hall. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, as voted on by members of the public. An entry is two to three gallons of chili and requires a $15 fee.

  • Florence requests county secure motel

    County Commissioners received a letter from the city of Florence on Friday requesting the county secure the former Holiday Motel on the western edge of the city. The vacant motel — owned by the county because of unpaid property taxes — was unlocked, city supervisor Phil Baldwin said.

  • Lincolnville seed-cleaning plant is ready for business

    A new seed-cleaning and treatment plant at Lincolnville is up and running. The Agri-Producers, Inc., project began more than a year ago. According to Agri-Producers manager Stan Utting, when the board decided to build a new plant, they chose Lincolnville as the site because of co-op-owned space available there. The Herington plant is on leased ground. Utting said it is still operable but in need of repairs.

  • Commissioners agreeable to road closure

    County Commissioners told Leroy Kraus on Friday that there would be a process he would have to go through in order to have a stretch of 180th Rd. closed, but they were agreeable to the idea of closing the road. Kraus is seeking to have the eastern half mile of 180th Rd. between Upland Rd. and U.S. 77 closed. It is a minimum maintenance road, and about halfway through the mile is a mudhole that remains weeks after the last substantial rain, making it impassable to most vehicles.


  • Velber Bevan

    Velber Keith Bevan, 83, died Aug. 26 in Hutchinson. He was born Aug. 1, 1930, to Clyde and Ella Johanna Tietzen Bevan in Herington. He was a graduate of Caldwell High School.

  • Robert Fitzmaurice

    Robert L. “Rocky” Fitzmaurice, 83, of Lincolnville died Saturday at the Medicalodges in Herington. He was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Little Rock, Ark., to John and Blanche (Biles) Fitzmaurice. He was a mechanic and farmhand. He married Velma Raye Cannon on May 18, 1948.

  • Edna Prieb

    Edna Prieb, 88, of Lehigh died Monday at Lindsborg Community Hospital. She was born April 14, 1925, to Karl and Marie (Janke) Klatt of rural Canton.

  • Neva Robinson

    Longtime Florence resident Neva M. (Reid) Robinson, 87, died Tuesday at Newton Medical Center. She was retired from the Postal Service. There will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Florence. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Kenneth Schuler

    Kenneth Francis Schuler, 63, of Winfield died Aug. 26 at his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1949, in Ransom to Lawrence Joseph and Erma (Dechant) Schuler. He graduated from Ness City High School in 1967 and later studied at Kansas State University and Wichita State University.



  • Consider being an organ donor

    In September of my sophomore year at Kansas State University, I told some friends that my dad had recently been added to a waiting list for a heart transplant. I didn’t know how long he might have to wait, assuming a match might ever become available. “It could be two weeks or two years,” I remember telling my friends. I badly overestimated, even at the short end. About two hours later, I got the call that my parents were on their way to Wichita — they had a matching donor. My brother picked me up, and we continued on to the hospital for the most stressful night of my life. I sat in the waiting room, surrounded by family and friends. But everybody was mostly quiet while we waited for word on how the transplant went. It was morning by the time someone came to tell us the transplant had gone according to plan and Dad was recovering.


    Doctor: New clinic will add no new services


  • Card shower to be held for 65th anniversary

    The children of Norman and Vivian Mueller — Jo Alexander of Marion, Barry Mueller of Healdsburg, Calif., and Norm Mueller of Denver Colo. — are organizing a card shower Tuesday in honor of their parents’ 65th wedding anniversary. Norman and Vivian married Sept. 10, 1948 at First Baptist Church in Durham. Norman graduated from Tampa High School and served as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II. Vivian was a recent graduate of Durham High School.

  • Marion grad will return to Kansas for performance

    Jazz trumpeter Mike Steinel will return to his roots when he and his quintet of world-class musicians perform Oct. 4 at the Sundstrom Conference Center in Lindsborg. Singer Rosana Eckert, pianist Pat Coil, bassist Jeff Eckels, and drummer Steve Barnes will join Steinel, a 1969 Marion High School graduate.

  • Card shower planned for 60th anniversary

    Merle and Emma (Colgin) Douglas married on Sept. 14, 1953, in Iola. Their children request a card shower for their 60th anniversary. Cards may be sent to 429 N. Roosevelt St., Marion, KS 66861. Merle grew up in Yates Center and Emma grew up on a farm near Moran. Oil field work brought the family to Marion.


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  • Medicare Part D enrollment can be tricky

    Enrollment in Medicare Part D, a federal program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries, begins Oct. 14 and lasts until Dec. 7. This year seniors will find some changes to the program. The largest being premiums will go up by about $1 and the deductibles will fall from around $325 to $310.

  • Program to help seniors prevent falling

    One in three people over 65 will risk injury and even death from falling, Department on Aging Director Gayla Ratzlaff said. “People have the impression that when you get older, the aging process makes you fall,” she said. “If you keep yourself active and do some preventative kinds of things, your chances of falling are decreased.”


  • New Centre superintendent moves closer to home

    When Centre USD Superintendent Brian Smith accepted the invitation to move to Centre from Wilson, he didn’t know that in a few short weeks, his father, Bruce Smith of Peabody, would become ill and die. However, one of the reasons he took the job was to be closer to home. Now he is able to see his mother frequently and help her when needed.

  • Facilities updated

    Students and constituents in the Centre school district are seeing a new frontal look to their school. The east wall of the south wing, the front entrance, and the gymnasium wall have been updated to dark bronze. The south wing has new east windows. New front doors include electronic locks.

  • CHS football field named for Bud Peterson

    At 6 p.m. Sept. 13, Centre High School will recognize former longtime football coach Bud Peterson and his family by naming the football field in his honor. A new scoreboard with the name “Bud Peterson Field” at the top was installed during the summer. The Peterson family will gather at the new scoreboard for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by words of remembrance and appreciation by athletic director Greg Wyatt.

  • Marion volleyball team opens season with mixed results

    The first wins of Marion’s volleyball season closely mirrored that of a year ago. Against Smoky Valley in 2012, the Warriors won 25-23 in the first game of the match, lost 10-25 in the second, and won 25-18 to close the tiebreaker.

  • Warriors get last test run in scrimmage

    Fumbling had not been a problem for Marion’s starting offense so far in practices, but it was in Friday night’s soap scrimmage. Head coach Grant Thierolf had to stop practice more than once so the offense could do up-downs for its turnovers, shouting that it is important to take care of the football.


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