HEADLINES

  • Performing helps mascot connect

    Human interaction is at times easier said than done for Tabor College senior Alex Eurit. He sometimes finds himself both shy and at a loss for words while around people he doesn’t know or doesn’t have much in common with. However, if you were to peer in behind the mask of the Tabor Bluejay at any of the many sporting events this year, you will find Eurit there supporting the team and interacting with the crowd.

  • Swim team agreement nearly completed

    Marion USD 408 Board of Education voted to refine a proposed agreement for Tabor College to use the district’s sports and aquatic center for a new swim team. The agreement presented Monday calls for Tabor to pay the district $150 for any week it uses the pool, unless the team exceeds 20 swimmers, in which case it would pay $175 for a week’s use. National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rules allow a team to practice up to 24 weeks, so the likely maximum would be $3,600 a year, or $4,200 for a large team.

  • Main St. work deadline: Art in the Park

    Kansas Paving got a late start to its project milling and overlaying 6½ blocks of Main St. in Marion. The Wichita company told engineer Darin Neufeld of EBH & Associates that they would begin first thing Monday. In Neufeld’s experience, when asphalt companies say, “first thing,” that means at sunrise. Work didn’t begin until afternoon, though.

  • Volunteers keep shop move on time

    Volunteers have spent many hours recently moving merchandise from the old St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe to the new. Volunteers are carrying many items by hand, but larger and more cumbersome items are being transported the nearly one-block distance by pickup. Volunteer Dean Armstrong said racks full of clothes have been the heaviest, bulkiest things to move.

  • Coyotes' appearances coincide with missing cats

    Several Marion citizens are noticing new neighbors in town. Several coyotes are venturing into town for an easy meal. These sightings along Roosevelt and Freeborn Sts. are coinciding with cat disappearances around town. Melissa Kruse said she went into her garage in the 300 block of Roosevelt Street one day to find a coyote standing inside.

  • Model airplane group returning to Marion

    The Heart of America Free Flight Association will have its annual contest in Marion for the fifth consecutive year this fall. The contest will be Oct. 5 and 6 at Marion Municipal Airport-Baxter Field. Free flight is a sport of flying model airplanes without remote control. The models are prepared before launch to fly in a circle so they don’t have to be chased very far. The goal is for the models to fly for as long as possible after the motor — either a combustion engine or a tightly wound rubber strap — stops.

  • Youth center reopens for fall

    Summer is gone and Central Station youth center has reopened. It was open from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. “We are still looking for volunteers for the year,” Pam Bowers said. “Shifts are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m.”

  • Trail ride benefit to raise money for orphanage

    Marion FFA is putting on a benefit trail ride Oct. 12 to raise money for an orphanage that cares for 35 orphans living in Kyrgyzstan. “Of those 35 kids, about 5 are toddlers, but their ages range from 1 to 17,” FFA chapter treasurer and Marion High School senior Alicia Maloney said. “A person from the government there said that the orphanage can take as many kids as they want, so long as they have enough funds to take care of all of them.”

MORE HEADLINES

  • Country club has couples tournament

    Marion Country Club had its 21st annual Couples Invitational Tournament on Sunday, drawing a capacity crowd of 33 teams to the course. The golf tournament was played in “crossfire” format. Both players on a team teed off, then they swapped balls on the second stroke. After two strokes, they took the better ball and alternated strokes.

  • Running long distances for reading

    Kodi Panzer, who is often seen running through Marion, has a passion for running. She has pledged to run a 100-mile ultra marathon that spans from Cassoday to Matfield Green and back to raise money for the Hillsboro Public Library. She said she has run 50-mile races before but never a 100-mile one. The race starts at 6 a.m. Oct. 12. Panzer hopes she can complete it in 24-hours.

  • Cushenbery plays 'Taps' in memory of 9/11 victims

    Larry Cushenbery was scheduled to play ‘Taps’ on his antique bugle today at a series of remembrance ceremonies in memory of those lost in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A couple more stops were added to his schedule this year due to the somber and stirring reception his performance received after he played his trombone for students and staff at USD 410 last year.

  • Commissioners not changing minds on school bus route

    Centre USD 397 Transportation Director Bob Mueller again tried to convince county commissioners Monday to consider putting gravel on a dirt road between 340th and 360th Sts. to no avail. The biggest problem for bus drivers would come on bad weather days, when they will have to alter the route, taking more time.

  • Fundraiser serves 20 gallons of ice cream

    An ice cream social Sunday at Strassburg Baptist Church to raise money for 2-year-old Ruby Schmidt, who will have open-heart surgery Oct. 1, used about 20½ gallons of ice cream, volunteer Cherie Hett said. Troy and Eileen Schmidt are Ruby’s parents.

  • Schedule set for Lifelong Learning

    Tabor College continues its Lifelong Learning series this fall with eight programs including historical and informative presentations and music. All but the final presentation will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on Tabor’s campus. Most are on Fridays. There will be no meeting Oct. 11 or Nov. 1. Sept. 27

  • Local soprano makes it to the big stage

    Rachel Priest, daughter of Robert and Judy Priest of Marion County Lake, will make her solo singing debut Sept. 21 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. “The Kauffman seats about 1,600 people, so it will be an intimate and warm concert,” Priest said. “It will be the perfect stage for the song I’m singing.”

  • Large crowd for Kiwanis

    Marion Kiwanis Club had 23 people at its meeting Tuesday. Cub Scout leader Javan Koehn updated the club on pack activities. Scouts will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Valley United Methodist Church for their monthly meeting. There will be a “bring a friend” barbecue at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 26. The scouts will participate in the Old Settlers’ Day parade Sept. 28.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • Keeping old cars young

    Farmers and commercial vehicle owners know it is important to keep your high mileage vehicles in tiptop shape, to prevent costly breakdowns. Barry Webster, owner of Webster’s Auto Service in Marion, said the easiest way to make vehicles last, even after 100,000 miles is by doing regular maintenance.

  • Custom convertible may be one of a kind

    Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin has a passion for more than city work; he loves classic cars. He owns several vehicles. One of his most notable vehicles is his 1983 Oldsmobile Toronado, which Kjellin believes might be one of a kind. “That year Oldsmobile had no options for a convertible on a Toronado,” he said. “It’s a funny story really.”

  • Tiny car gives big advantage for refueling

    Connie Isaac of Hillsboro drove a Ford Festiva for about 20 years and enjoyed having a compact car that could fit in tight spaces. “The Festiva was small, and I just enjoyed it,” she said.

  • Auto work is a hobby for Stoltenberg

    As model toy cars collected dust and the plastic pages of an auto-album stuck together over the years, Bill Stoltenberg continues to enjoy his hobby. Stoltenberg has never called himself a car collector, but he has owned around 80 in his lifetime.

DEATHS

  • Jaime Bryant

    Jaime L. (Bredemeier) Bryant, 31, died Saturday at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She was born Aug. 11, 1982, in Escondido, Calif., to Michael and Lynne (Kornelsen) Bredemeier. She married Blake Bryant on May 29, 2011, in Murrieta, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Blake; her parents, Mike and Lynne Bredemeier of Marion and Murrieta; three brothers, Jeff Bredemeier of Marion, John Bredemeier of Murrieta, and Joshua Bredemeier of Costa Mesa, Calif.; a sister, Janessa Reyes of Flagstaff, N.M.; and three grandparents, Dick and Evelyn Bredemeier of Marion and Kenneth Kornelsen of Vista, Calif.

  • Arnold Franta

    Arnold Franta died Aug. 17 at his home in Springfield, Mo. He was born July 31, 1929, in Lincolnville to Frank and Amelia (Holub) Franta. He married Margaret “Peggy” Bossert on Dec. 31, 1955.

  • Lawrence Svoboda

    Lawrence J. Svoboda, 79, of Lincolnville died Monday at Wichita. He was a lifetime resident of the area and a retired farmer. He was born Sept. 7, 1934, at Lincolnville to Frank and Christine Reznicek Svoboda. He was a graduate from Lincolnville High School and a member of Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen.

  • Nathan Wedel

    Nathan Wedel, 95, of Tampa died Saturday at Abilene. He was born June 4, 1918, to John and Nettie (Jantz) Wedel in rural Tampa. He was preceded in death by his spouses, Betty Wedel in 1964 and Myrtle Wedel in 2009.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Margaret Clasen, Neva Robinson

DOCKET

OPINION

  • Donation is a sign of the times

    At Monday’s school board meeting, Kelly Robson presented his family’s plan to donate a whole new set of uniforms — home and road — for the high school girls’ varsity basketball team. It doesn’t take much knowledge of sports apparel pricing to understand it is a significant donation. Sure, Robson coaches the team, and sure, his daughter plays on the team, but donating uniforms goes far beyond what can be expected of a coach. Marion sports teams are fortunate to have generous benefactors, and it isn’t just the Robsons. Less than a year ago recent graduate Tylor Neil donated new uniforms to the wrestling team. Ideally, uniforms for teams and organizations representing the school would be paid for by the school district budget. Unfortunately, school budgets have been less than ideal in recent years amid cuts to state aid and declining enrollment. USD 408 and many districts like it have had to cut costs.

PEOPLE

  • Spohn celebrates 94th birthday

    The family of Georgia Spohn requests a card shower for her 94th birthday Sept. 20. Georgia was born in her grandmother’s boarding house in Marion. Her address is Parkside Homes, Room 9; 200 Willow Rd. Hillsboro, KS 67063.

  • Potluck is Saturday

    Marion County Park and Lake Chat and Dine Club will have a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the lake hall. Members are encouraged to wear tropical clothes and bring a guest.

  • Schafers qualifies for nationals

    Seven-year-old Trevor Schafers qualified for the pedal tractor pull nationals after a pull of 20 feet, 7 inches on Sept. 8 at the Kansas State Fair. Trevor placed third out of 50 in his division. The top puller pulled 24 feet. Nationals are Sept. 21 at the Corn Palace Festival in Mitchell, S.D.

  • Craft to run in Disney half marathon

    Melissa Craft, wife of Marion high and middle school physical education/health teacher Shaun Craft, is training to run in the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon through Epcot at Disney World in Florida in February. She is running to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Craft is a 2001 graduate of Marion High School. She said she enjoys running but finds it hard to find the time with a young baby and a 4-year-old.

  • Teacher recognized at Wingnuts game

    Kelley Schafers of Marion was recognized on the field before the Wichita Wingnuts playoff game against the Texas Airhogs. She received $389 from the Wingnuts and Sonic for a grant titled “Movement Matters in Pre-K.”

  • Projects needed for community service day

    Marion High School is again participating in community service day Sept. 26, and National Honor Society is looking for jobs for students. Anyone that has a job or idea for the event is encouraged to e-mail Lisa Johnson at johnslis@usd408.com.

  • Stenzels to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Howard and Evelyn (Dyck) Stenzel will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in McPherson. Howard and Evelyn were marred on Aug. 9 1963 at the First Mennonite Church in Halstead.

  • Classes plan Old Settlers' reunions

    The Marion High School class of 1963 will have its 50-year reunion Old Settlers’ Day weekend, Sept. 27 and 28. Organizers expect to have 35 of the 43 graduates, along with other students who were part of the class at earlier grade levels, at the Historic Elgin Hotel Bed and Breakfast. Organizers also have heard from nine past teachers who will attend the reunion.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    This was our Hetch Hetchy
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago
  • MARION SENIOR CENTER:

    Tomatoes received from mystery donor

SCHOOL

  • Enrollment higher than expected at Centre schools

    Centre Superintendent Brian Smith reported Monday that 240 students are enrolled so far for the 2013-14 school year. The budget approved earlier was prepared based on an enrollment of 230. Smith said that, together with the unexpected increased enrollment in the Kansas Online Learning Program, the budget might have to be republished. The original budget was based on 150 virtual students, but the equivalent of 170 full-time students now are enrolled.

  • Marion schools get A+ rating

    USD 408 has received an A+ rating from the Kansas State Department of Education for the 2012-13 school year. Test scores, attendance, graduation rates, and facility conditions determine the rating. A+ is the highest rating awarded by the state.

  • EnviroFest will be Oct. 2

    The annual EnviroFest for Marion County fourth graders will be Oct. 2 at Marion Central Park. For the past five years, the event has taught students from county school districts about environmental issues and how to protect it. Students from Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody, Cottonwood Grove Christian, and home school students will participate this year.

  • Adventure Club gets grant to continue programs

    Students who have signed up to be involved in the Peabody-Burns High School Adventure Club received some good news recently from Kansas Health Foundation. Adventure Club is the recipient of a $4,875 grant to help them pursue their objective of establishing healthy lifestyles through biking and other adventure activities. The club received its first grant from the foundation in 2011.

SPORTS

  • Warriors open with convincing win

    Marion High School’s football team did not struggle scoring points in its 35-6 win Friday night over Ell-Saline, but head coach Grant Thierolf said the team made enough mistakes to last a whole season. “We weren’t clicking on all sides, and that’s going to happen first game of the year,” he said. “I have no doubt we’ll get better as the season goes on.”

  • Centre grad is a 6A football coach

    Ever since Kevin Steiner, 33, of Wichita was a sophomore at Centre High School, he knew he wanted to be a coach. He credits his football coach, the late Bud Peterson, for setting an example for him to follow. “Coach Peterson established a program of winning, and winning made the game fun,” Steiner said.

  • Warriors lose to Canton-Galva 2-0

    Offensive errors plagued the Marion High School volleyball team Tuesday night in Canton as the Warriors saw two early leads fade in closely contested battles. After Marion took a 6-3 early lead, Canton-Galva chipped away at the Marion lead, tying the game at 6, 8, and 9 points.

  • Centre overwhelms Goessel, 62-14

    The strength of the Centre Cougars football team was too much for the Goessel Bluebirds to overcome Friday as Centre won the game, 62-14. The 45-point rule ended the game early in the fourth quarter. Playing for the first time under new head coach Stan Wiles, the Cougars compiled 397 rushing yards compared with 117 by Goessel. They completed 113 passing yards compared with none by Goessel.

  • Smith, Thompson medal in cross-country

    Jordan Smith and C.J. Thompson finished in the top 10 Thursday at Centre’s first cross-country meet of the season Thursday at Abilene. Smith, a seventh-grade girl, had a second-place finish of 6 minutes and 5 seconds. C.J. Thompson, an eighth grader, finished eighth in his class at 5:44. Other results Seventh-grade: Tori Reneau, 16th, 9:22; Jordan Miller, 17th, 10:40. High school girls: Nellie Kassebaum, 18th, 18:47; Ally Basore, 21st, 18:59; Amy Makovec, 24th, 1926. High school boys: Kevin Lewis, 48th, 26:27.

  • Warriors receive six medals at Abilene

    The Marion Warriors brought home six individual medals at their first cross-country meet in Abilene on Thursday. Coach Rebecca Hofer said she thought the entire team ran well despite of the heat. “For many on our team it was their first cross country race ever, and that can be intimidating but they all survived,” Hofer said. “There was also tons of improvement from our returning runners compared to their 2012 Abilene finishes.”

HEADLINES

  • Performing helps mascot connect

    Human interaction is at times easier said than done for Tabor College senior Alex Eurit. He sometimes finds himself both shy and at a loss for words while around people he doesn’t know or doesn’t have much in common with. However, if you were to peer in behind the mask of the Tabor Bluejay at any of the many sporting events this year, you will find Eurit there supporting the team and interacting with the crowd.

  • Swim team agreement nearly completed

    Marion USD 408 Board of Education voted to refine a proposed agreement for Tabor College to use the district’s sports and aquatic center for a new swim team. The agreement presented Monday calls for Tabor to pay the district $150 for any week it uses the pool, unless the team exceeds 20 swimmers, in which case it would pay $175 for a week’s use. National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rules allow a team to practice up to 24 weeks, so the likely maximum would be $3,600 a year, or $4,200 for a large team.

  • Main St. work deadline: Art in the Park

    Kansas Paving got a late start to its project milling and overlaying 6½ blocks of Main St. in Marion. The Wichita company told engineer Darin Neufeld of EBH & Associates that they would begin first thing Monday. In Neufeld’s experience, when asphalt companies say, “first thing,” that means at sunrise. Work didn’t begin until afternoon, though.

  • Volunteers keep shop move on time

    Volunteers have spent many hours recently moving merchandise from the old St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe to the new. Volunteers are carrying many items by hand, but larger and more cumbersome items are being transported the nearly one-block distance by pickup. Volunteer Dean Armstrong said racks full of clothes have been the heaviest, bulkiest things to move.

  • Coyotes' appearances coincide with missing cats

    Several Marion citizens are noticing new neighbors in town. Several coyotes are venturing into town for an easy meal. These sightings along Roosevelt and Freeborn Sts. are coinciding with cat disappearances around town. Melissa Kruse said she went into her garage in the 300 block of Roosevelt Street one day to find a coyote standing inside.

  • Model airplane group returning to Marion

    The Heart of America Free Flight Association will have its annual contest in Marion for the fifth consecutive year this fall. The contest will be Oct. 5 and 6 at Marion Municipal Airport-Baxter Field. Free flight is a sport of flying model airplanes without remote control. The models are prepared before launch to fly in a circle so they don’t have to be chased very far. The goal is for the models to fly for as long as possible after the motor — either a combustion engine or a tightly wound rubber strap — stops.

  • Youth center reopens for fall

    Summer is gone and Central Station youth center has reopened. It was open from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. “We are still looking for volunteers for the year,” Pam Bowers said. “Shifts are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m.”

  • Trail ride benefit to raise money for orphanage

    Marion FFA is putting on a benefit trail ride Oct. 12 to raise money for an orphanage that cares for 35 orphans living in Kyrgyzstan. “Of those 35 kids, about 5 are toddlers, but their ages range from 1 to 17,” FFA chapter treasurer and Marion High School senior Alicia Maloney said. “A person from the government there said that the orphanage can take as many kids as they want, so long as they have enough funds to take care of all of them.”

MORE HEADLINES

  • Country club has couples tournament

    Marion Country Club had its 21st annual Couples Invitational Tournament on Sunday, drawing a capacity crowd of 33 teams to the course. The golf tournament was played in “crossfire” format. Both players on a team teed off, then they swapped balls on the second stroke. After two strokes, they took the better ball and alternated strokes.

  • Running long distances for reading

    Kodi Panzer, who is often seen running through Marion, has a passion for running. She has pledged to run a 100-mile ultra marathon that spans from Cassoday to Matfield Green and back to raise money for the Hillsboro Public Library. She said she has run 50-mile races before but never a 100-mile one. The race starts at 6 a.m. Oct. 12. Panzer hopes she can complete it in 24-hours.

  • Cushenbery plays 'Taps' in memory of 9/11 victims

    Larry Cushenbery was scheduled to play ‘Taps’ on his antique bugle today at a series of remembrance ceremonies in memory of those lost in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A couple more stops were added to his schedule this year due to the somber and stirring reception his performance received after he played his trombone for students and staff at USD 410 last year.

  • Commissioners not changing minds on school bus route

    Centre USD 397 Transportation Director Bob Mueller again tried to convince county commissioners Monday to consider putting gravel on a dirt road between 340th and 360th Sts. to no avail. The biggest problem for bus drivers would come on bad weather days, when they will have to alter the route, taking more time.

  • Fundraiser serves 20 gallons of ice cream

    An ice cream social Sunday at Strassburg Baptist Church to raise money for 2-year-old Ruby Schmidt, who will have open-heart surgery Oct. 1, used about 20½ gallons of ice cream, volunteer Cherie Hett said. Troy and Eileen Schmidt are Ruby’s parents.

  • Schedule set for Lifelong Learning

    Tabor College continues its Lifelong Learning series this fall with eight programs including historical and informative presentations and music. All but the final presentation will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on Tabor’s campus. Most are on Fridays. There will be no meeting Oct. 11 or Nov. 1. Sept. 27

  • Local soprano makes it to the big stage

    Rachel Priest, daughter of Robert and Judy Priest of Marion County Lake, will make her solo singing debut Sept. 21 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. “The Kauffman seats about 1,600 people, so it will be an intimate and warm concert,” Priest said. “It will be the perfect stage for the song I’m singing.”

  • Large crowd for Kiwanis

    Marion Kiwanis Club had 23 people at its meeting Tuesday. Cub Scout leader Javan Koehn updated the club on pack activities. Scouts will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Valley United Methodist Church for their monthly meeting. There will be a “bring a friend” barbecue at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 26. The scouts will participate in the Old Settlers’ Day parade Sept. 28.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • Keeping old cars young

    Farmers and commercial vehicle owners know it is important to keep your high mileage vehicles in tiptop shape, to prevent costly breakdowns. Barry Webster, owner of Webster’s Auto Service in Marion, said the easiest way to make vehicles last, even after 100,000 miles is by doing regular maintenance.

  • Custom convertible may be one of a kind

    Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin has a passion for more than city work; he loves classic cars. He owns several vehicles. One of his most notable vehicles is his 1983 Oldsmobile Toronado, which Kjellin believes might be one of a kind. “That year Oldsmobile had no options for a convertible on a Toronado,” he said. “It’s a funny story really.”

  • Tiny car gives big advantage for refueling

    Connie Isaac of Hillsboro drove a Ford Festiva for about 20 years and enjoyed having a compact car that could fit in tight spaces. “The Festiva was small, and I just enjoyed it,” she said.

  • Auto work is a hobby for Stoltenberg

    As model toy cars collected dust and the plastic pages of an auto-album stuck together over the years, Bill Stoltenberg continues to enjoy his hobby. Stoltenberg has never called himself a car collector, but he has owned around 80 in his lifetime.

DEATHS

  • Jaime Bryant

    Jaime L. (Bredemeier) Bryant, 31, died Saturday at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She was born Aug. 11, 1982, in Escondido, Calif., to Michael and Lynne (Kornelsen) Bredemeier. She married Blake Bryant on May 29, 2011, in Murrieta, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Blake; her parents, Mike and Lynne Bredemeier of Marion and Murrieta; three brothers, Jeff Bredemeier of Marion, John Bredemeier of Murrieta, and Joshua Bredemeier of Costa Mesa, Calif.; a sister, Janessa Reyes of Flagstaff, N.M.; and three grandparents, Dick and Evelyn Bredemeier of Marion and Kenneth Kornelsen of Vista, Calif.

  • Arnold Franta

    Arnold Franta died Aug. 17 at his home in Springfield, Mo. He was born July 31, 1929, in Lincolnville to Frank and Amelia (Holub) Franta. He married Margaret “Peggy” Bossert on Dec. 31, 1955.

  • Lawrence Svoboda

    Lawrence J. Svoboda, 79, of Lincolnville died Monday at Wichita. He was a lifetime resident of the area and a retired farmer. He was born Sept. 7, 1934, at Lincolnville to Frank and Christine Reznicek Svoboda. He was a graduate from Lincolnville High School and a member of Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen.

  • Nathan Wedel

    Nathan Wedel, 95, of Tampa died Saturday at Abilene. He was born June 4, 1918, to John and Nettie (Jantz) Wedel in rural Tampa. He was preceded in death by his spouses, Betty Wedel in 1964 and Myrtle Wedel in 2009.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Margaret Clasen, Neva Robinson

DOCKET

OPINION

  • Donation is a sign of the times

    At Monday’s school board meeting, Kelly Robson presented his family’s plan to donate a whole new set of uniforms — home and road — for the high school girls’ varsity basketball team. It doesn’t take much knowledge of sports apparel pricing to understand it is a significant donation. Sure, Robson coaches the team, and sure, his daughter plays on the team, but donating uniforms goes far beyond what can be expected of a coach. Marion sports teams are fortunate to have generous benefactors, and it isn’t just the Robsons. Less than a year ago recent graduate Tylor Neil donated new uniforms to the wrestling team. Ideally, uniforms for teams and organizations representing the school would be paid for by the school district budget. Unfortunately, school budgets have been less than ideal in recent years amid cuts to state aid and declining enrollment. USD 408 and many districts like it have had to cut costs.

PEOPLE

  • Spohn celebrates 94th birthday

    The family of Georgia Spohn requests a card shower for her 94th birthday Sept. 20. Georgia was born in her grandmother’s boarding house in Marion. Her address is Parkside Homes, Room 9; 200 Willow Rd. Hillsboro, KS 67063.

  • Potluck is Saturday

    Marion County Park and Lake Chat and Dine Club will have a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the lake hall. Members are encouraged to wear tropical clothes and bring a guest.

  • Schafers qualifies for nationals

    Seven-year-old Trevor Schafers qualified for the pedal tractor pull nationals after a pull of 20 feet, 7 inches on Sept. 8 at the Kansas State Fair. Trevor placed third out of 50 in his division. The top puller pulled 24 feet. Nationals are Sept. 21 at the Corn Palace Festival in Mitchell, S.D.

  • Craft to run in Disney half marathon

    Melissa Craft, wife of Marion high and middle school physical education/health teacher Shaun Craft, is training to run in the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon through Epcot at Disney World in Florida in February. She is running to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Craft is a 2001 graduate of Marion High School. She said she enjoys running but finds it hard to find the time with a young baby and a 4-year-old.

  • Teacher recognized at Wingnuts game

    Kelley Schafers of Marion was recognized on the field before the Wichita Wingnuts playoff game against the Texas Airhogs. She received $389 from the Wingnuts and Sonic for a grant titled “Movement Matters in Pre-K.”

  • Projects needed for community service day

    Marion High School is again participating in community service day Sept. 26, and National Honor Society is looking for jobs for students. Anyone that has a job or idea for the event is encouraged to e-mail Lisa Johnson at johnslis@usd408.com.

  • Stenzels to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Howard and Evelyn (Dyck) Stenzel will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in McPherson. Howard and Evelyn were marred on Aug. 9 1963 at the First Mennonite Church in Halstead.

  • Classes plan Old Settlers' reunions

    The Marion High School class of 1963 will have its 50-year reunion Old Settlers’ Day weekend, Sept. 27 and 28. Organizers expect to have 35 of the 43 graduates, along with other students who were part of the class at earlier grade levels, at the Historic Elgin Hotel Bed and Breakfast. Organizers also have heard from nine past teachers who will attend the reunion.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    This was our Hetch Hetchy
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago
  • MARION SENIOR CENTER:

    Tomatoes received from mystery donor

SCHOOL

  • Enrollment higher than expected at Centre schools

    Centre Superintendent Brian Smith reported Monday that 240 students are enrolled so far for the 2013-14 school year. The budget approved earlier was prepared based on an enrollment of 230. Smith said that, together with the unexpected increased enrollment in the Kansas Online Learning Program, the budget might have to be republished. The original budget was based on 150 virtual students, but the equivalent of 170 full-time students now are enrolled.

  • Marion schools get A+ rating

    USD 408 has received an A+ rating from the Kansas State Department of Education for the 2012-13 school year. Test scores, attendance, graduation rates, and facility conditions determine the rating. A+ is the highest rating awarded by the state.

  • EnviroFest will be Oct. 2

    The annual EnviroFest for Marion County fourth graders will be Oct. 2 at Marion Central Park. For the past five years, the event has taught students from county school districts about environmental issues and how to protect it. Students from Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody, Cottonwood Grove Christian, and home school students will participate this year.

  • Adventure Club gets grant to continue programs

    Students who have signed up to be involved in the Peabody-Burns High School Adventure Club received some good news recently from Kansas Health Foundation. Adventure Club is the recipient of a $4,875 grant to help them pursue their objective of establishing healthy lifestyles through biking and other adventure activities. The club received its first grant from the foundation in 2011.

SPORTS

  • Warriors open with convincing win

    Marion High School’s football team did not struggle scoring points in its 35-6 win Friday night over Ell-Saline, but head coach Grant Thierolf said the team made enough mistakes to last a whole season. “We weren’t clicking on all sides, and that’s going to happen first game of the year,” he said. “I have no doubt we’ll get better as the season goes on.”

  • Centre grad is a 6A football coach

    Ever since Kevin Steiner, 33, of Wichita was a sophomore at Centre High School, he knew he wanted to be a coach. He credits his football coach, the late Bud Peterson, for setting an example for him to follow. “Coach Peterson established a program of winning, and winning made the game fun,” Steiner said.

  • Warriors lose to Canton-Galva 2-0

    Offensive errors plagued the Marion High School volleyball team Tuesday night in Canton as the Warriors saw two early leads fade in closely contested battles. After Marion took a 6-3 early lead, Canton-Galva chipped away at the Marion lead, tying the game at 6, 8, and 9 points.

  • Centre overwhelms Goessel, 62-14

    The strength of the Centre Cougars football team was too much for the Goessel Bluebirds to overcome Friday as Centre won the game, 62-14. The 45-point rule ended the game early in the fourth quarter. Playing for the first time under new head coach Stan Wiles, the Cougars compiled 397 rushing yards compared with 117 by Goessel. They completed 113 passing yards compared with none by Goessel.

  • Smith, Thompson medal in cross-country

    Jordan Smith and C.J. Thompson finished in the top 10 Thursday at Centre’s first cross-country meet of the season Thursday at Abilene. Smith, a seventh-grade girl, had a second-place finish of 6 minutes and 5 seconds. C.J. Thompson, an eighth grader, finished eighth in his class at 5:44. Other results Seventh-grade: Tori Reneau, 16th, 9:22; Jordan Miller, 17th, 10:40. High school girls: Nellie Kassebaum, 18th, 18:47; Ally Basore, 21st, 18:59; Amy Makovec, 24th, 1926. High school boys: Kevin Lewis, 48th, 26:27.

  • Warriors receive six medals at Abilene

    The Marion Warriors brought home six individual medals at their first cross-country meet in Abilene on Thursday. Coach Rebecca Hofer said she thought the entire team ran well despite of the heat. “For many on our team it was their first cross country race ever, and that can be intimidating but they all survived,” Hofer said. “There was also tons of improvement from our returning runners compared to their 2012 Abilene finishes.”

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