• Competition leads to higher ACT scores

    Not long after learning that Marion High School’s ACT scores went up with the class of 2013, Principal Tod Gordon and counselor Mark Felvus began getting even better news about the class of 2014’s scores. Seven of this year’s 42 seniors have scored 30 or higher on the test. They are Jordan Laurin, Alicia Maloney, Caitlyn Maloney, Lauren McLinden, Nick Meyer, Zach Robson, and Kaelyn Thierolf.

  • Marion to add pair of 4-way stops

    Marion City Council on Monday approved two new four-way stops on Lawrence St. at its intersections with Freeborn and Roosevelt Sts. The stops are part of the Safe Routes Program designed by Police Chief Tyler Mermis.

  • Skiles twists and loops more than 50 wire horse sculptures

    Marion local artist Belinda Skiles has an exhibit on display until Oct. 31 in El Dorado on the third floor of the Coutts Memorial Museum of Art. The Skiles exhibit is called “The Wire Horse.” It includes about 23 ornate horse sculptures she handcrafted by manipulating discarded baling wire.

  • Marion schools plan new security features

    Marion/Florence USD 408 Board of Education approved the purchase Monday of an electronic key-card entry system for the elementary, middle, and high schools, the sports and aquatics center, middle school gym, and Hill Building. File Safe of Salina will install the system for $29,020.

  • There's a new chief in Florence

    Florence native Bronson Shipman returned to his hometown to become the City of Florence’s first police presence since officer Michael Stone left in July. Shipman’s first official day on-duty was Oct. 7. He said the first call he answered was of a dog-at-large, and so far he has been busy.

  • Shutdown affects WIC

    The federal government budget shutdown’s effects are expanding beyond federal campgrounds at Marion Reservoir and the Department of Agriculture service center to healthy food for pregnant women, infants, and young children. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last week directed local coordinators to hold November and December food vouchers issued through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — commonly called WIC.

  • Oh, deer! Drive safely during rut

    One night last week, my husband, Kenny, and I were driving back to Marion on U.S. 77 when we got a scare. We were close to the Antelope corner and a car was coming toward us. Suddenly, in the dark, we could see the oncoming car jerk, their headlights explode and extinquish, and debris flew onto the highway hitting our car.


  • Marion police see rise in case load

    Marion Police Department have been busy working almost 200 more criminal cases than this time last year. Chief Tyler Mermis blames the rise on good police work. “It’s something that goes up every year,” he said. “We’re busy but it’s a good problem to have because it means we’re getting out and doing our job better.”

  • County still looking for appraiser

    While commissioners have yet to fill the open appraiser position in the county, the topic came up several times Monday on a day with little action. After conducting four interviews, Chairman Randy Dallke said no notable progress was made, and asked if the commission should consider re-advertising the position.

  • Visitors come from afar to visit Kapaun Museum

    Jerry and Barbara Wishall of McCormick, S.C., and Jerry’s brother, Jay, of Derby were in Pilsen on Monday to tour St. John’s Nepomucene Catholic Church and the Father Emil Kapaun Museum. Father Phil Creider of Shawnee, Okla., was another visitor. Harriet Bina was on hand to conduct the tour, one of many that have been given in the past week.

  • MEDI discusses business park ideas

    Marion Economic Development Inc. board members on Tuesday morning discussed ideas for businesses to try to attract to the Harris Heights Business Park on the north side of U.S. 56. Ideas included an independent car dealership, recreational vehicle or boat dealership, steakhouse and sports bar, ice cream shop, and variety store. Members agreed that businesses in the business park should be ones that can attract people driving by on the highway and that complement each other.

  • Hospital foundation benefit is Saturday

    The St. Luke Foundation will have its second annual fall benefit dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Marion Community Center, 202 N. 3rd St. Dinner will be by donation. There will also be a silent auction. Musicians Nikki Moddelmog and Shane Marler will provide entertainment.

  • Third annual Dam Run set for Nov. 2

    Marion Elementary school PAC is having the third annual Dam Run for Education Nov. 2 at Marion County Lake and Park. The 5K run and 1-mile fun run will start at 9 a.m. Registration will be 8 a.m. at the lake hall. The fun run is free to participate and the 5K is $20.

  • Tractor-pickup collision sends 2 to hospital

    A tractor-pickup collision on K-15 north of Hillsboro Wednesday sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries. The accident occurred when a John Deere tractor pulling a seed cart south on K-15, driven by Vernon Bartel of rural Hillsboro, turned left in front of a GMC Denali pulling a utility trailer driven by Tamara Christiansen of rural Durham traveling north on the highway.


  • Matilda Foth

    Matilda Foth, 94, died Oct. 9 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born June 7, 1919, to Peter and Eva (Schmidt) Kasper of rural Hillsboro. She is survived by three sons, Clifford Foth of Rogers, Ark., Leroy Foth of Archbold, Ohio, and Gary Foth of McPherson; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

  • Joe Heath

    A memorial service for Joe Heath of Florence will be Sunday afternoon at the American Legion building in Florence, after his ashes are spread at 2 p.m. at the tree farm on the east side of town. Heath died on July 11 after living in Florence since the early 1980s.

  • Richard Herpich

    Richard “Rick” Lee Herpich, 54, of Peabody died Oct. 8 at his home. He was born Nov. 9, 1958, in Herington to Fred Lee Jr. and Gladys E. (Hamilton) Herpich. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church and attended Woodbine Grade School, where he was in the last graduating eighth grade class before the school closed. He graduated from White City High School in 1977.

  • Martha Hood

    Martha Hood, 94, of Marion died Oct. 8 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Emporia to Edward and Evaline (Roberts) Harper. She married Charles F. “Chuck” Hood on Jan. 23, 1939, in Alva, Okla. She was an accountant and business manager for a construction business.

  • Linda Orcutt

    Linda K. Orcutt of Wichita died Oct. 6. She formerly lived in Peabody for 22 years. She is survived by her husband, Charles Orcutt of Peabody, and many children, stepchildren, and grandchildren.



  • Farmers seeing good soybean yields

    Soybean harvest is moving at different paces around the county. Not only are some farmers waiting for their fields to ripen, but also rain has set harvest back in some areas. Hillsboro Cooperative Grain and Supply said they have not gotten much rain.

  • Raising pumpkins is a family venture

    The Brandon Unruh family knows the secret to growing great pumpkins, lots of water. “They take a lot of water, more than you’d want to pay for,” Krisi Unruh said.

  • Fall harvest is one of best ever for Marion farmer

    David Oborny looked at the ticket just handed to him by Cooperative Grain & Supply manager Mike Thomas at the Marion elevator. “580 bushels, 13.1 moisture, and 57.7 test weight,” he read. “That’s a good test weight. The average is 56.”

  • Elevator operator works under millions of pounds of grain

    Grain elevators, they’re right there, jutting into the horizon, a silhouette on the skyline of many Kansas towns so familiar they’re almost taken for granted, yet they are vitally necessary to the annual farming cycle. Elevator operator John Ottensmeier can help those curious to understand the inner workings of a classic grain elevator and the storage process crops go through once harvested and deposited there.


  • Let's set our sights high

    This week I had the pleasure of reporting on a septet of Marion High School seniors who earned scores of 30 or better on the ACT college entrance exam. That alone would be great news, but even better was when I heard that part of the reason for the good scores was a spirit of academic competition within that group. They were pushing one another to do better. When a group of students — or athletes, volunteers, or workers — take over the job of motivating one another instead of relying on an authority figure, that’s when you’ve won the battle. Self- and peer-motivation counts for much more than someone saying you have to do something “or else.” I’m reminded of a quote from “Office Space” about motivation levels when somebody says you have to do something: “My only real motivation is not to be hassled.”

  • What businesses does Marion need?

    Tuesday morning at the Marion Economic Development Inc. meeting, I was listening to other board members’ ideas of what kinds of businesses Marion needs to attract to developments along U.S. 56. A common thread in the discussion was seeking businesses that would get drivers to pull off the highway, stop, and spend a bit of money in Marion — like an ice cream parlor and restaurant — or that would synergize with existing attractions such as the two lakes — like a boat or recreational vehicle dealership and repair shop.

  • Is Marion too small?

    As I write this, I’m sitting on a bed in a non-smoking room (which someone totally smoked in at some point) at a La Quinta Inn in Nashville, Tenn. I’ve just finished up a four day conference and am enjoying some time to process what I’ve experienced. One thing that frequently happens at conferences like the one I’ve been at is people ask me, “Where are you from?” When I say Marion, Kan., they look at me with clouds in their eyes. When I tell them it is an hour northeast of Wichita, they still have no idea what I’m talking about.


  • Collett family reunion attracts 69 descendants

    The Collett family reunion was held on Oct. 13 at the Marion County Lake Hall with 69 descendants attending. Guests shared a potluck meal before participating in the traditional white elephant auction. Deanna Talbott and Gina Marx were auctioneers. A framed sale bill from the 1924 Fred Collett auction received the highest bid.

  • Helmers celebrate 65 years

    Edith and Fred Helmer will celebrate 65 years of marriage on Thursday. The couple married on Oct. 17, 1948 in Syracuse. They have four children: David Helmer of Marion, Debra Thomison of Denison, Iowa, Deanna Gilbert of Alma, and Dan Helmer of Andover. They have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Zogleman turning 90

    The family of former Marion resident Clara Zogleman would like to request a card shower for Zogleman’s 90th birthday on Oct. 29. Cards can be sent to Zogleman at P.O. Box 322 Leon, KS 67074.

  • Class of 1953 meets for Old Settlers' Day

    Fifteen members of the class of 1953 met for Old Settlers’ Day. Coffee and donuts were served at the Ron Herbel home before the parade. After the parade, 30 class members and their guests met at a bed-and-breakfast west of Marion for a banquet. Class members in attendance were: Bob Seibel, Hillsboro;Harold Byram, Haysville; Jim Richmond, Marion; Herb Bartel, Hillsboro; John Summervill, Hutchinson; Ron Hiebert, Olathe; Ron Herbel, Marion; Mike Brodhead, Reno, Nev.; Shirley Tiemeier Tuell, Centennial, Colo.; Diana Herbert Warner, Lincoln, Neb.; Leola Druse Linder, Hope; Thelma Jean Seibel Friday, Newton; Theodora Longhofer Koslowsky, Marion; Anita Collett Sly, Salina; Cliff Jewett, Mount Hope, andGerald Tajchman, Monroe, Wash.

  • Threshing stones the subject of Tabor program

    Glen Ediger, Bethel College’s 2012 outstanding alumnus award winner, will present “Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned” at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Lifelong Learning in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The presentation will be based on his award-winning book of the same name. Ediger grew up on a wheat farm near Buhler and has done extensive research on the threshing stone, a tool Mennonite farmers used in the Ukraine and then the Great Plains during the 1870s.

  • Neo-Century club learns about yoga

    The Neo-Century Club met at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Hilltop Manor. Earline Magathan, Edith Helmer, and Sylvia Helmer were hostesses. Carolan McFarland presented the program, “Simple Yoga for All Ages.”

  • Twentieth Century Club met

    Twentieth Century Club met Oct. 7 at Zimmerman’s. Shirley Jo Hett, Elora Robinson, and Eileen Sieger served as hosts, and 22 members were present. Members were served chicken noodle soup with rolls, and pear dessert.

  • PEO discusses Marion Alternative Gift Market

    The regular business meeting of PEO chapter DB was at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the home of Judy Powers. Marlene Utech served as co-hostess with Powers. In keeping with the theme of “Fall Flavors and Coffee,” apple and pumpkin desserts, cider, and coffee were served to the 25 members attending.

  • Barrett to marry in May

    Kayla Lynn Barrett and John Brock McClain of Overland Park announce their engagement. The bride-elect graduated from Marion High School in 2003 and received bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Washburn University in 2008. She is a licensed certified public accountant and works as a senior financial accountant for HNTB in Kansas City, Mo.


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  • Elementary students walk the walk

    A group of about 63 Marion Elementary School students, faculty, parents, and emergency responders gathered before school Oct. 9 on southeast corner of Main and Freeborn Sts. for International Walk to School Day. International Walk to School Day is global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day.

  • Centre's property insurance deductible skyrockets

    The Centre board of education learned Monday that the district’s property/casualty, fleet, and liability insurance policy that is up for renewal in November would have a $10,000 deductible. That compares with a current $1,000 deductible. “We’ll be handling all the incidentals,” board president Mark Heiser said.

  • Promoting safe driving one seatbelt at a time

    Marion High School’s Seatbelts Are For Everyone group is asking for help to win the school a big prize. The “Celebrate My Drive” campaign gives two schools around the country a chance to win $100,000 and a concert by Kelly Clarkson. Eight more schools will win $100,000, and 90 others will be awarded $25,000.

  • New projects underway at Centre

    On the heels of the establishment of Centre Perk coffee shop last year at Centre High School, Ally Basore and Brenna Shields, two members of Lisa Beye’s entrepreneurial business class, gave a presentation to the school board Monday about their plans to develop a new business. They are part of two teams that are working to produce and sell lip balm in various flavors. Beye said they could compete with other schools, but she is more interested in giving her students business experience.


  • Centre defeats Cedar Vale/Dexter, 50-16

    In a non-district game Friday on the road, the Centre Cougars defeated Cedar Vale/Dexter 50-16. Dakota Stimpson had a good night with five touchdowns, two extra points, 23 carries for 99 yards, one reception for 49 yards, and one interception for 20 yards.

  • Centre Lady Cougars finish 2nd in league

    After defeating Peabody-Burns in two matches Oct. 8 at home, the Centre Lady Cougars had an overall record of 21-7. The matches did not count toward league totals. Centre finished 6-1 in the Wheat State League for second place. Goessel finished in first place with a record of 7-0.

  • Warriors win 4th consecutive game, prepare for district play

    Though Friday was only the fifth all-time meeting between Marion High School and Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson, the Warriors’ first victory against the Celtics improved their record to 5-1 before the start of district play. “This gives us a lot of knowledge of how we can play when we really use some enthusiasm,” running back Caleb Williams said. “I feel like going into districts we’ve got a good chance of winning it and going pretty deep into the playoffs.”

  • Marion splits last matches before league tournament

    The Marion High School volleyball team finished regular season play Tuesday, defeating Peabody-Burns and losing to Remington. Marion controlled its matches against Peabody, getting off to a 14-6 start before Peabody began a comeback, getting within two at 22-20. Marion scored three straight to win.

  • Centre cross-country girls medal

    The high school members of the Centre cross-country team competed Thursday at a meet at Harvey County West Park hosted by Burrton High School. Nellie Kassebaum finished seventh with a time of 19 minutes and 22 seconds. Ally Basore finished 10th at 19:43. Kevin Lewis finished 21st among high school boys at 22:20.

  • Runners hit their stride at Eureka

    Not too hot, not too cold, with a gentle breeze — the weather was almost ideal for Marion cross-country runners Thursday at Eureka. “It was a beautiful day for a cross-country race,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “We finally had nice weather for a change.”


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