• Couple receives anniversary surprise from 12-year-old

    Harlow and Edith Warneke knew almost everyone who sent 130 cards for their 70th wedding anniversary. They were perplexed, however, by one small, white envelope from an unfamiliar rural Hillsboro address. Inside, they found an intricate drawing of horses and a handmade card.

  • Economic developer seeks personal and professional balance in Hillsboro mystery store debate

    Two Hillsboro businessmen opposed to the mystery business to be built in Hillsboro Industrial Park praised Marion Economic Development Director Terry Jones Thursday for assistance they said he had provided in their battle. However, Jones denied giving any guidance to Eric Driggers or Jon Hefley, although he acknowledged accepting an invitation from them to attend Tuesday’s meeting of Hillsboro City Council where the mystery business was discussed.

  • Livestock "more acclimated," but heat still dangerous

    Joyce Olsen of Aulne has seen her fair share of hot summers, and this year has not been one of the hottest. Nonetheless, 100 degrees is 100 degrees, and her hogs need protection from the conditions. “Heat like this will kill a sow or a hog,” she said, “because they don’t sweat.”

  • Janzen battles cancer with support of wife

    Many things have changed for Steve and Phoebe Janzen since Steve was diagnosed with stage IV terminal pancreatic cancer just after Christmas. For the last few months, it has been hard for Steve to even complete normal daily activities.

  • Computer company seized over taxes

    A yellow seizure sign appeared Tuesday morning on the door of Great Plains Computer and Networking at 324 E. Main St. in Marion. The business, owned by Lloyd Davies, owes the state $24,010.55 in unpaid taxes dating back to 2005. Tuesday the Kansas Department of Revenue and Marion County Sheriff seized all business assets, inventory, and personal property of Davies, which will be sold at a public auction to pay taxes owed.

  • State fire marshal warns of fire challenge

    Social media’s latest viral fad is literally just teens setting themselves on fire. State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen sent out a release Thursday urging Kansans not to take part in the “fire challenge.”

  • Commission approves county budget

    County commissioners approved a $23.3 million budget for 2015 Monday, increasing budget authority while holding the line on taxes as a result of increased property valuations. Proposed departmental budgets were scrutinized at several prior meetings, but commissioner Randy Dallke wanted answers to some questions before the vote was cast.


  • Labor Day weekend festival starts Saturday in Florence

    The 77th annual Florence Labor Day celebration begins 8 a.m. Saturday with citywide garage sales, bake sales, Market on Main, soap box derby, and more. Events featured include a scavenger hunt for a Labor Day medallion hidden on public property within the city of Florence. The first clue is available at the information booth Saturday morning. The winner receives $77.00.

  • Corn farmers finish harvest

    The hot, dry weather has caused corn plants to dry down quickly; therefore, farm crews have been scurrying to harvest it. Some is being chopped for silage feed, some harvested as wet corn for feed, and some as grain. Gary Diepenbrock of Lincolnville and his crew finished almost three weeks of corn harvesting Monday. Some was chopped for silage and some was combined as wet grain. Both kinds were packed into large trench silos.

  • Cameras keep officers, residents in check

    In wake of the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting, several large police departments across the country are looking at supplying officers with body cameras to debunk any questions after a confrontation, but Marion Police Department is ahead of the curve. For the past year, every officer on the department except Chief Tyler Mermis, because he isn’t often on active duty, has been required to use the cameras while on duty. After talking with other departments across the state, Mermis believes Marion is the smallest department in the state using the cameras since the department purchased four cameras from TASER last April for around $2,500.

  • Homestead unveils completed atrium renovations at September Apartments

    Community members got their first look Friday at the remodeled Marion Atrium building at a ribbon cutting ceremony at September Apartments. Tom Bishop, executive director of Homestead Affordable Housing, told 20 present the work was long overdue.

  • Bridge collision kills Gypsum man

    A Gypsum man died Aug. 20 when his car collided with a concrete bridge railing on 290th Rd. between Nighthawk and Mustang Rds. Undersheriff David Huntley said Richard G. Hoye, 73, was westbound on the Lincolnville-Durham road at approximately noon when the car crossed the road and the driver’s side tires went onto the south shoulder. The car struck the railing head-on and fell into the creek bed, coming to rest on the west bank south of the bridge.


  • Kenneth L. Pigorsch

    Kenneth L. Pigorsch, 81, a lifelong resident of Herington, died Aug. 16 at Herington Municipal Hospital. Funeral services were Aug. 19 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He was buried in Sunset Hill Cemetery with military honors. Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  • Harold Pschigoda

    Hillsboro resident Harold Pschigoda, 90, died Aug. 19 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. He was born May 26, 1924 to Chris and Ernestine (Pjeskie) Pschigoda in Hope.



  • "Garden fairy" spreads magic colors

    Her main supervisor couldn’t remember her last name. To the ladies of Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro, she is known as, simply, “Terry the Garden Fairy.” Terry Shewey said that six or seven years ago, the MSM director at the time, Lillian Bookless, asked her to help with a garden they were planning for the corner of W. D St. and Main St. Bookless knew Shewey from church, and knew she had an interest in and talent for gardening.

  • House gets makeover after 40 years

    The farmhouse southwest of Marion being renovated from top to bottom is not just another house to its new owners, Neal and Christine Hett. It’s the home in which Neal and his three older brothers and sister grew up, and it’s where they and their children gathered to hear Willard Hett’s stories and play together. Willard built the house in 1974. Neal and Christine inherited the house after Willard died in February. For them, renovating the house is a labor of love and a means of preserving it for future generations.

  • Couple restoring house to restore selves

    John Branson is looking for ways to give back to a town that has given him so much. After a friend’s passing, John and his wife, Trisha, bought a house in Florence to remodel and use as a getaway from their hectic lives in Wichita. John, a pastor, said that after a long week it is good for his soul to get away to a town less busy.

  • Architectural salvage spans county

    Twenty years ago, rotten floors and wayward customers turned prospective antique dealers Marion Ogden and Dennis Maggard into architectural salvage entrepreneurs. Before opening Bearly Makin’ It Antiques, the pair needed to replace rotted sections of the floor in the former Beaston Market building on Marion’s Main Street.


  • Don't rain on my bucket

    “No good deed goes unpunished,” so the old saying goes, and the newest example of that is the ice-bucket challenge for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Marion County has its fair share of folks who have been swept up in the social media craze that’s raised more than $70 million for the ALS Association, an organization that provides services and funds research. By comparison, the association raised $2 million during the same time last year.


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  • Hog, turkey to roast in tandem with Hope festival

    Hope Lions Club will have their annual Hog and Turkey roast from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the First National Bank annex and community center in Hope. Adults can eat for $9, children ages 10 and under can eat for $5.

  • Class plans 20th reunion

    The Marion High School class of 1994 will have its 20th class reunion in conjunction with Old Settlers’ Day. The class will ride on a float in the parade Saturday then have dinner at 6 p.m. at Marion Lake Hall.

  • Applicants sought for poster contest

    In an initiative to raise awareness about roadway safety to help reduce traffic fatalities, kids ages 5 to 13 are asked to enter a poster contest. Three statewide winners will receive prizes as well as 18 regional winners.

  • Democratic women meet

    Bill Ballard of Emporia told about the happenings of Lyon County Democrats at the Aug. 22 meeting of the Marion County Democratic Women. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting.

  • Attorney General warns of scams

    The attorney general is warning residents of scammers attempting to gain personal information or hijacking computers via phone. The caller will say they are with a well-known computer company and need resident’s information to install an update over the phone on a resident’s computer to protect it from viruses.

  • Couple weds in Arkansas

    Michelle Miesse, daughter of Scott and Laurie Miesse of Marion, married Leah Gould, daughter of Sharon Gould and the late Tom Gould of Eureka Springs, Arkansas on May 17 in Fayeteville, Arkansas. Michelle is a proofreader, writer, and copywriter in Bentonville, Arkansas. Leah is finishing a bachelor’s degree of science in psychology and plans to receive a doctorate degree in natural medicine and master’s degree in holistic psychology in the future.

  • Dairy receives grant

    Jason Wiebe Dairy of Durham was awarded a $120,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to expand their production of cheeses. The dairy was one of seven agriculture operations across the state to receive grant money to help expand family operations.

  • Gypsum pumpkin run will be Oct. 18

    Registration for Gypsum’s first Fall Festival Pumpkin Run will start at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at Gypsum Gazebo. The event includes a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run. Both races begin at 8 a.m. Its theme is “Color Me Orange,” so participants should expect to be pelted with orange powder while they run.


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  • More than 50 soaked at MMS in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    After accepting a challenge from four Marion Middle School drenched middle school teachers, a bucket brigade of 52 students took turns soaking each other Friday as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. English teacher Jona Neufeld, math teacher Deanna Thierolf, science/technology teacher Kelsey Metro, and band teacher Chris Barlow were doused by social studies teacher Chad Adkins and Neufeld’s husband Darin.

  • Marion athletes scrimmage this week

    Marion High School and Middle School football and volleyball teams will scrimmage this week. Middle school volleyball team will scrimmage at 5 p.m. Thursday at Marion Elementary School. High school volleyball will scrimmage at 5 p.m. Friday at the SAC.

  • Disk golf is a laid back walk in the park

    It’s been something of a dull summer, with there being no tournaments and all; but Jacob Bruntz is still winging discs around Peabody City Park, taking part in a sport that’s become a statewide fad. Bruntz plays disc golf with a few of the dozen or so course regulars, he said, three or four times a week. Some of them he actually met on the disc golf course.

  • FFA leaders attend conference

    Centre and Marion FFA members joined 280 members from across the state to develop their leadership skills during the State Conference for Chapter Leaders at Rock Springs near Junction City. Chapter leaders attending for Centre were Callie Riffel, secretary; Cassidy Hill, president; Kailyn Riffel, treasurer; and Laura Klenda, adviser.


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