• Second woman in Hillsboro crash dies

    Jean Case, 85, of Marion, injured Thursday in a motor vehicle accident near Hillsboro, died Saturday at Wesley Medical Center. Case was a passenger in a 2011 Buick Lacrosse driven by former Marion resident Joyce Smith, 82, of Topeka, that collided Thursday with an eastbound semi truck as Smith turned in front of the truck at US-56 and Ash St. in Hillsboro, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Smith died at the scene.


  • Violent storm causes lots of damage in county

    Scattered showers Sunday developed into a thunderstorm with winds in excess of 60 miles per hour and heavy rain that roared across Marion County on Monday, leaving damage and debris of all kinds in its wake. The northern and extreme southern parts of the county largely were unaffected, but towns in the center part of the county were hit shortly after midnight Sunday.

  • Marion discusses mystery business

    The mystery business discussion Hillsboro City Council has been having for two months spilled over to Marion City Council on Tuesday as city leaders discussed what the business would do to existing Marion businesses. “I’ve heard a lot of doom and gloom,” council member Jerry Dieter said. “I think it will have an impact on our city and our business people have to be clever and offer services they don’t.”

  • Computer business reopens after tax seizure

    Great Plains Computer and Networking is back open after owner Lloyd Davies came to an agreement with Kansas Department of Revenue. KDOR seized the business Aug. 26 for back taxes of more than $20,000 spanning from 2005. Davies said a resolution was reached the following day, and the business reopened Thursday.

  • Local man injured in collision

    A car rammed into the back of a flatbed truck-trailer at the county lake turnoff on K-256 on Tuesday, causing serious injuries to the driver of the car. The westbound tractor-trailer was making a left turn from K-256 onto Upland Rd., toward the lake, when a 2011 Buick Regal driven by Raymond Martinez, 72, of Marion crashed into the trailer. The front end of the car, up to the passenger compartment, lodged underneath the flatbed.

  • Florence Labor Day celebration dodges thunderstorms

    The storm early Monday morning caused a few delays but didn’t stop Labor Day festivities in Florence. The parade featured seven floats. Winners were: first, Marion-Florence Cub Scouts; second, Florence Historical Society; and third, Harold and Shirley Grinstead family. The award for the best classic car or truck went to Richard and Kathy Dirks, Hillsboro. Winner of the annual button drawing was Sandy Harper.

  • Union hosts picnic at lake

    Music and fireworks highlighted the United Steelworkers Local 11228’s annual union picnic, which for the second consecutive year was held at Marion County Lake. “We wanted to give a little something back to the people that live here,” said Dianne Williams, who planned the event.

  • Student learns from busy college schedule

    Former Marion High School graduate Jay Dee Schafers is one busy person. Between taking full time classes at Butler Community College, where she is a sophomore majoring in pre-medicine, having a lead in Butler’s fall play, and having a job, free time is scarce. On top of those commitments, she is also choreographing Marion’s fall musical, “Oklahoma,” at the request of director Janet Killough. She said the key to handling all her commitments is balance.


  • Kristine Farr

    Kristine Farr, 55, of Hillsboro, died Friday at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born August 26, 1959 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She is survived by her parents, Mary Lou and Ernie Bradley of Harrison, Arkansas; a daughter, Desirae Stephens of Wichita; sisters Debi Stanton of Pueblo, Colorado, and Jeri Clark of Harrison, Arkansas; and two grandchildren.

  • Lon Kerbs

    Lon Kerbs, 68, died Thursday at Durham. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Glen R. Summervill

    Glen Royal Summervill, 86, of Wichita, died Aug. 25. He grew up in Marion. The funeral service was Tuesday at Central Christian Chapel in Wichita.

  • Ann Jewett

    Ann Marjorie (Harrison) Jewett, 89, finished her journey on earth August 26, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas. She was born August 2, 1925 in New York, New York. Ann married Millard Jewett, Jr., on December 7, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas.



  • Medicinal herbs are common to backyards

    When Debbie McSweeney of Peabody found a recipe for a medicinal salve her great-grandmother used to make, she became hooked on herbs and plants and their medicinal uses. Her great-grandmother’s salve called for several backyard plants considered weeds by many, but hailed for their medicinal purposes. She has been studying herb and plants for medical and healing purposes for a year, working to complete a course under herbalist Rosemary Gladstar.

  • HCH rebuild revised

    A new building for Hillsboro Community Hospital, once expected by early 2012, could be on the way after a multiyear delay caused by the operating company’s sudden bankruptcy in 2011. The company, HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., took over operation of HCH in 2008 and broke ground for a new building in Dec. 2010. In Oct. 2011, the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, postponing the building’s construction.


  • A growing challenge to Marion's future

    I think that I shall never see, I sight more troubling than a missing tree. We can’t protect our arboreal heritage from devastating storms, of course, but we absolutely can and should be investing in our community’s future by aggressively replanting each and every tree lost to disaster, disease, or disregard. A poem printed on calendars years ago extolled the virtues of communities like Marion with the stanza:

  • Hello, and goodbye

    It’s been a couple of months since I’ve been back at the Ol’ Thing, and I hardly feel like I’m settled in. Some things are familiar, but much has changed even in the short time I was away. It’s been good to have an understanding and supportive staff as I acclimate to my new position as news editor. They laugh, for the most part, at my jokes. They’ve helped me to learn changes in style since I last was here. They’ve put up with the bumps and missteps a former reporter has trying out the new tasks of news editor, and there have been a few.


    The sound of a place


  • Couple to wed in Salina

    Jordan Lee Leiker and Maria Katherine O’Halloran of Hesston announce their engagement. The couple will be married on Sept. 20 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Salina.

  • Card shower requested

    The family and friends of Ken Forsyth are requesting a card shower to celebrate his 75th birthday on Sept. 9. People are asked to share a memory of Ken in their cards.

  • Enseys celebrate 70th anniversary

    The children of Thomas Cranford “T. C.” and Lila (Lindley) Ensey request a card shower in honor of their parents’ 70th wedding anniversary. The Enseys met at Central Christian College in McPherson. They were married Sept. 12, 1944 in Houston while T.C. was in medical school. After graduating medical school at Baylor University in 1947, Ensey completed his internship at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The couple moved to Marion in 1949, where Ensey was a family physician for 33 years until his retirement in 1982.


    Guests play cards

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago


  • Warriors gear up for season opener

    As the Warriors players filed into the stands to greet friends and family after Friday’s scrimmage, Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” echoed through the stadium via the loudspeaker. If the Marion High School football team truly is “halfway there,” the half that arrived during Friday’s scrimmage would be the offense. Many players made breakout plays Friday. Most of them came on offense.

  • Entrants for patriotic scholarships sought

    Two patriotic scholarship competitions are available to Marion County students through Marion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Marion and Ladies Auxiliary. An audio essay centers around the theme “Why veterans are important to our nation’s history and future.”

  • Bullying prevention kickoff

    Marion Middle School faculty took its annual bullying prevention kickoff in a new direction this year — they made it not about bullying. “A bullying prevention kickoff really emphasizes what not to do, and we’re thinking more what do we want our students to do?” MMS Principal Missy Stubenhofer said.


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