• Recycling is easier with changes to county program

    Marion County Transfer Station recently changed its recycling procedure to single stream recycling. The major differences in the new procedure is that recyclables are now accepted six days a week and residents no longer need to sort their recyclables before or at drop off.

  • County opts out of oil, gas lawsuit

    Commissioners decided Monday that the trouble of joining other Kansas counties in a lawsuit against the state was not worth the risk. County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman said she heard the lawsuit is to prevent the state from sweeping an oil and gas depletion fund the state holds through a mineral severance tax.

  • Lights taken from grave 10 years after son's death

    When Larry and Yvonne Cushenberry of rural Durham discovered on Oct. 14 that decorative solar-powered lights had been taken from the grave of their son, Brett Cushenberry, at Durham Park Cemetery, they knew it couldn’t be a coincidence. “Somebody took them on the day that he died, the 10th anniversary of the day that he died,” Yvonne said.

  • 11th Pilsen pilgrimage set

    The Archdiocese of the Military Services will have its 11th annual pilgrimage to Pilsen on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, in honor of Servant of God, U.S. Army Chaplain Father Emil J. Kapaun, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor earlier this year. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene Church. Celebrants will include the Rev. Monsignor John Foster, vicar general of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, as well as visiting chaplains and priests of the dioceses of Kansas.

  • Giving all around at Alternative Gift Market

    Several local charities, businesses, churches, and people are pulling together and asking Marion County residents to consider giving a different kind of gift for Christmas this year. Patrons of the third annual Alternative Gift Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Marion City Building can donate to a charity in a loved one’s name to share holiday spirit with those in need.

  • City gets to work on long-suffering Jex Addition sewer system

    The City of Marion is installing a new sewer lift station, replacing sewer mains, lines, and manholes in Jex Addition as well as on Santa Fe St. west of the train tracks up to Vine St., and modifying sewer lines east of the tracks on Billings St., all to the tune of $526,350. EBH and Associates engineer Darin Neufeld said that figure includes Middle Creek Corporation’s sum of $432,350, a grant administrator fee of $18,000, and EBH’s fee of $76,000.

  • Tabor students and businesses team up for four-square tournament

    In an effort to better the relationship between Tabor College and community businesses, a four-square tournament was held in the intersection of Grand Ave. and Main St. Tuesday from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The tournament shut down the intersection from 7 to 10 p.m. Students competed in two rounds. The two teams with the top score competed in an elimination round to determine the winning team.


  • Area businesses donate $4,364 to food banks

    As part of community involvement, Cooperative Grain and Supply and the Ampride stores in Hillsboro and Marion participated in the “Feeding Our Communities” program. The program provided matching funds from the foundation to encourage local co-ops to donate funds to the area food banks.

  • Annual toy run will be Nov. 2

    The 20th annual Marion County Toy Run will be Nov. 2. The toy run has become a major benefactor for the underprivileged children of the county. The event is sponsored by the Sons of American Legion Post No. 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers.

  • Violinmaker's instrument wins gold in annual competition

    Marion local violinmaker Mark Wilcox “There were 32 total instruments entered in the division I was in,” Wilcox said. “Three violin players from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra served as judges for the competition.”

  • Hearts4Him concert part of Lifelong Learning

    A concert by men’s gospel ensemble Hearts4Him will be a part of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning series. The group will take the stage at the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at 9:45 a.m. Friday.

  • Smurfs' take on world champion mini-horse show

    Dressed as Smurfs, and the cartoon’s villain, Gargamel, 12-year-old Larry Zieammermann, 9-year-old Johnny Zieammermann, and 18-year-old Cara Martin showed their miniature horse, Tulip, around the show ring at the American Miniature Horse World Championship Show at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The trio had to compete in at least two shows and have a certain number of points to qualify for the world show.

  • Ghost tours aim to scare and educate

    Marion Historical Society is sponsoring ghost tours for the second year, and proceeds will benefit Marion County Emergency Food Bank. Tours begin at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Saturday from the Marion Historical Museum. “Tours will last an hour and got to four or five locations around town,” museum director Cynthia Blount said. “We keep the locations secret so to not spoil the fun.”

  • World Community Day is Nov. 1

    World Community Day — sponsored by Church Women United — will be celebrated with a soup luncheon at noon Nov. 1 at Marion Presbyterian Church. The theme is “Walking Through Doors of Opportunity.” Sue Clough will lead singing. There will also be prayers, presentations of local opportunities to serve, and sharing by participants.

  • Town hall meeting to focus on substance abuse prevention

    Marion County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will have a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion Community Center, 203 N. 3rd St., to feature a guest speaker and presentations by law enforcement. Jared Estes of the Paige Estes Foundation will speak. He and his family were involved in an accident with a drunk driver. His presentation will focus on his loss, hardships, perseverance, and recovery.


  • Doris Herpich

    Doris Alice Herpich, 88, formerly of White City died Oct. 14 at Diversicare in Council Grove. She was born July 30, 1925, to Curtis and Vida (Miller) Hutchens in Antelope. Several months after graduating from Marion High School, she returned to Antelope as the teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. She attended Emporia Teacher’s College during summers to earn her teaching certificate. She also taught in Dwight and Herington.

  • Deanna Spangler

    Deanna C. Spangler, 74, of Burns died Oct. 15. She was born Aug. 28, 1939, in Leavenworth to Mervyn and Marguerite Donnell. She lived in Leavenworth until 1978 when she moved to Jewell County, where she worked as a CNA at Jewell County Hospital for many years.



  • Pilsen road is an opportunity

    Veterans Day is around the corner, and that means another pilgrimage to Pilsen in honor of Emil Kapaun. This time it’s the Archdiocese for the Military Services. And once again, a bunch of visitors will be traveling down a road that does not put Marion County’s best foot forward. I feel like I’m beating a dead horse, but it’s an important subject, not just for Pilsen, but for Marion. Marion is the natural portal to Pilsen, but only if Remington Rd. is suitable for unfamiliar drivers. A few weeks ago, I heard a rumor that someone was planning to build a hotel or restaurant or both in Pilsen to accommodate pilgrims. The rumor was nothing more than wishful thinking, but Pilsen needs amenities nearby. While I investigated the rumor, County Commissioner Dan Holub told me it was a non-starter. A hotel, even a small one, would need better water and wastewater infrastructure than Pilsen can offer.

  • The strangest things make me smile

    There is something about a reader bringing a piece of produce they are proud of to the newspaper office hoping to have it featured that makes me smile. It’s one of the oddities of a community newspaper. People want to share their successes, and I like that. It feels like has been an especially good year for the newspaper’s “produce derby.” We had a 2-foot-long cucumber and a 2-lb. tomato. And Tuesday afternoon, Tootsie Snelling brought a 6-lb. sweet potato from her Wonsevu garden.


  • Kiwanis hears Key Club blood drive plans

    Marion High School librarian and Key Club adviser Lori McLinden spoke to Marion Kiwanis about Key Club on Tuesday. Key Club has 34 members this year. Members are required to complete 10 hours of community service during the school year to qualify for the club’s year-end activity.

  • Olsens married 50 years

    Jerry and Joyce Klein Olsen married on Nov. 3, 1963, in Marion, and their family requests a card shower in honor of their 50th anniversary. Cards may be mailed to them at 1726 140th Rd., Marion, KS 66861.

  • Makovecs married 50 years

    Robert Makovec and Carol Reznicek married on Oct. 26, 1963, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen. They have lived near Ramona for most of their married life. They have five children, Darren Makovec and wife, Amy, of Lost Springs, Colleen Klug and husband, Randy, of Herington; Mark Makovec of Herington, Robyn Heitfield and husband, Troy, of Herington, and Jennifer Forrester and husband, Paul, of Salina. They also have 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

  • Democratic Women to bring forks

    Marion County Democratic Women will meet at noon Friday at Marion Senior Center. Members are asked to bring a fork and a story for National Fork Day, and ramen noodles for the Marion County Emergency Food Bank.

  • Guitarist to perform in McPherson

    Bill Mize, master of finger-style guitar, will perform at the McPherson Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Friday. For tickets, call (620) 241-1952, go online to http://www.mcphersonoperahouse.org/ or stop by the box office at 219 S. Main St. in McPherson.

  • Chamber of Commerce members compete in chili cook-off

    Five anonymous Marion Chamber of Commerce members cooked up their own pots of chili Friday for the groups’ monthly meeting. Attending patrons were given a tray with five Styrofoam cups that contained samples of each chili. Each cup was color coded so participants could vote using a ballet that had the corresponding color names on it.

  • Girl Scouts work to earn Bronze Award

    Marion girl scouts gathered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church to modify 24 blankets they plan to donate to Marion Community Christmas in order to help people and earn the Bronze Award. “The Bronze Award is the highest award Junior Girl Scouts can get at this age,” troop leader Brenda Soyez said.


    Artists honored at annual meeting

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  • Woman, nearing 105, lives at home with a little help

    Otillia “Tillie” Hein of Tampa figures she doesn’t have much time left on earth, but as long as she has breath, she aims to remain as self-sufficient and active as possible. Walking carefully down her gravel driveway Thursday to retrieve the mail from her rural mailbox, she said, “They always tell me I should sit down, but if I just sat all the time, I pretty soon wouldn’t be able to walk at all.”

  • Physician explains why the elderly get cold faster

    As people age it seems as though they get cold easier. “There are several reasons elderly people get cold easier than younger people,” said Dr. Don Hodson of Marion Family Physicians, LLC. “Some of those reasons are medical.”

  • Several county businesses offer delivery to seniors

    For seniors who find it increasingly difficult to leave home, there are several local businesses who will deliver essential needs right to the doorstep. Local grocery stores across the county deliver for no or a small delivery fee.

  • The scent of holiday baking is in the air at Peabody Senior Center

    One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to sit on the bench outside Peabody Senior Center in the early afternoon on Mondays and Thursdays and take in the delightful scent coming from the center’s kitchen. Pfeffernusse! Peppernuts! The seniors have started their annual peppernut project and are baking the traditional Christmas cookies for several hours twice a week. Twenty-three volunteers were on hand Monday, the first baking day on this year’s schedule.


  • High school theater season approaching

    Fall, specifically the time between the end of fall sports and the beginning of winter sports, is traditionally the time when Marion County high schools present fall plays and musicals, and this year is no different. Marion

  • Marion runners set bests at league

    Marion cross-country runners stepped it up and went the distance Thursday at the league meet in Marion. “I left the course a very happy coach,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “We had wonderful weather and wonderful race times. We earned three individual medals and almost the entire team got new personal records.”

  • Volleyball team struggles in league tournament

    The Marion High School volleyball team just could not keep momentum on its side Saturday in Brookfield, losing each of its five matches in the Heart of America tournament. The Warriors lost in three games in its first match against Moundridge, 25-21, 19-25, and 25-19. They then fell in two to Remington, Sedgwick, and Hutchinson Trinity.

  • Free admission to Marion-Hillsboro football game

    Marion High School will offer free admission to its football game against Hillsboro High School this Friday. USD 408 Superintendent Lee Leiker said sponsorships from businesses in Marion and Hillsboro made the free admission possible. It will be the second district game for both teams. Marion is 1-0 in district, and Hillsboro is 0-1.

  • Junior wrestling meeting is Nov. 4

    There will be a meeting for those interested in the Marion Junior Wrestling program at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in USD 408’s Sports and Aquatic Center, where the free wrestling mini-camp will be discussed. For more information, contact Chuck McLinden at (620) 382-5959, Allison Shults at (620) 382-8410, or Jackie Palic at (620) 382-3757.

  • Cougars finish 2nd in league volleyball

    With the usual six starters on the court for all five league tournament games Saturday at Hope, the Centre Lady Cougars finished 4-1, losing to Goessel in the championship match. Little River proved the toughest in pool play, winning the first game 25-18. Centre came back to win the next two 25-22 and 25-17.

  • Warriors record 2nd shutout, start 1-0 in district play

    The way the Marion High School football team began its game in Halstead Friday night, a shutout seemed unlikely. After receiving the opening kickoff, a fumbled handoff on the first play gave Halstead the ball on the Warrior 18-yard line. Two plays later, the Dragons had first down at the Marion 7.

  • Cougars improve to 3-1 in district play with victory over Hartford

    A 42-0 victory over Hartford Friday on the road gave the Centre Cougars a 3-1 record in district play. Quarterback Kyle Methvin scored four running touchdowns. Justin Bina caught a 32-yard pass from Methvin, and Chad Mueller had a 66-yard fumble recovery return, for the other two touchdowns.


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