• Marion trounced by Hutch Trinity 30-6

    Bad second quarter sinks Warriors By ELIOT SILL Staff writer If all goes well for the Marion Warriors from here out, the second quarter of Friday’s contest against Hutchinson Trinity Catholic will go down as the worst of their season.

  • Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to Hillsboro

    After months of speculation, Walmart officially announced it would be opening a Neighborhood Market in Hillsboro, set to open in spring 2015. The store will feature a grocery, pharmacy, a fueling station, and “select household items,” according to the Walmart press release.


  • Social club to replace youth center

    The Marion Youth Center opened its doors to an adult crowd Saturday, showing prospective members of the Swamp Fox Country Club Terry Jones’ vision for his business. The Marion Advancement Campaign, a nonprofit that owns the youth center, is allowing Jones to use the building on a temporary basis free of charge. The youth center has been inactive for the past several months due to a dearth of volunteers. Jones is a member of the MAC.

  • Bugler to sound taps at local schools

    Larry Cushenbery never wanted to be a teacher, but he’ll be doing some educating Thursday as he commemorates the 9/11 anniversary with area students. This is the third year Cushenbery, a former bugler for the Wichita Fire Department, will mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks by playing Taps at locations in Hillsboro and Marion, including schools. At each stop, Cushenbery plays with reverence befitting the occasion, but playing at schools holds extra importance for him.

  • Lightning puts pool out of commission

    Recreational swimmers, water aerobics classes, and school swimming activities were left high and dry from electrical damage caused by the Sept. 1 thunderstorm that shut down the pool at the Sports and Aquatics Center. Superintendent Lee Leiker told the Marion-Florence board of education about the problems Monday at their regular board meeting.

  • Collision claims 2 lives in Hillsboro

    One woman died at the scene of a collision Thursday involving a car and a semi truck at Ash St. and US-56 in Hillsboro, and an injured passenger died Saturday at a Wichita hospital. The driver of the car, Joyce Smith, 82, of Topeka, and passenger Jean Case, 85, of Marion, were struck by an eastbound semi truck as the car started to make a left turn from the highway onto Ash St., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

  • Asphalt on Main picks up another blemish

    Scarred twice in recent months, the asphalt overlay on Main St. picked up another blemish Thursday from the repair of a 6-inch water line leak near Central Park. However, if not for a camera inspection of an adjacent sewer line the week before, the leak could have been worse.

  • Artists' handiwork on sale at annual crafts fair

    A coterie of local and out-of-town artists will set up booths adorned with an assortment of handcrafted merchandise for Marion’s 36th Annual Art in the Park and Craft Show downtown in Central Park. Art action begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 20 and continues until 5 p.m.

  • Five EMTs earn advanced status

    Five of six trainees passed a final exam to become advanced emergency medical technicians on Saturday. The exam was an hours-long hands-on assessment, covering 10 stations. Despite the stress, perhaps none were as nervous as their teacher, EMS director JoAnn Knak.


  • Rare porcupine spotted in Marion County

    While Evan Just was returning home from work Friday, he spotted what he first mistook as a badger waddling through a ditch southeast of Aulne, but the creature turned out to be a porcupine. “When I got out of the truck to check it out, it had climbed a tree and was sitting there watching me,” Evan said.

  • Dedication to service can run in the family

    Among the character traits necessary to become an emergency service worker, one in particular may be the most common. “We’re all adrenaline junkies, I can say that,” Hillsboro EMT Gary Slater said.

  • Donations for street signs sought

    Drive down any county road for a few miles, and it’s likely there will be a corner without street signs. County commissioners decided Monday to try a program from Harvey County where residents can pay for signs the county will put on their corners.

  • VFW Auxiliary honors displays of patriotism

    Marion residents and businesses that regularly display the American flag may some day find Mary Olson at their doors to thank them. Olson is the patriotic instructor for the Marion VFW Post 6958 Ladies Auxiliary, and a project of the organization is to promote and recognize flag displays.

  • Hardware store a boon to Airstream guy

    When Marion County Ace Hardware opened in Marion, Mark Evans, the Airstream guy, probably was the happiest man in town. Evans used to go out of town to purchase parts and supplies for the aluminum Airstream trailers he refurbishes, but now he can find them within a half-mile.


  • Jean Case

    Jean Elaine Hagans Case passed away Sept. 6, 2014, following a car accident on her 85th birthday. Jean was born to Frank and Velma Morris Hagans in Augusta, Kansas on Sept. 4, 1929. She moved to Marion at the age of one with her parents and older brother, Bob. Jean graduated from Marion High School with the Class of 1947. She attended Kansas State University, was a member of Delta Delta Delta social sorority, and graduated in 1951 with a B.S. degree in Home Economics. Jean married her high school sweetheart, Alex Case Jr., on Aug. 21, 1952. She was proud to be a Navy wife, moving to Texas and California with Alex after their marriage and returning to live with her parents in Manhattan while Alex served in the Korean War and she awaited the birth of their first child, Deborra. In 1955, the family moved to the house in Marion where Jean lived for nearly 60 years. Soon after arriving in Marion, they added another daughter to their family, Diana, and later a son, Alex (Casey).

  • Joyce A. Smith

    Joyce Ann Duckworth Smith was born December 24, 1931, to Timothy Amzy Duckworth and Mary Magdalene (Herb) Duckworth in their home in Wilson County, Kansas. She was the third of seven children. She attended eight grades of school in the Middletown District, four years of high school in Fredonia, Kansas, and two years of nursing school at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. She was an active member of the Sky Rocket 4-H Club for 9 years.

  • Max Arndt

    Max Arndt, 70, died Friday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Oct. 7, 1943 to Harry and Ora (Callison) Arndt in Cheney. He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas.



  • Fall calving

    As cattle farmers all over the county enter the fall calving season, expectations surrounding fall numbers are generally high. Ranch owner Mark Harms said agreeable weather over the summer has provided heifers with good conditions for successful pregnancies.

  • Father, son share corn harvest

    Dwight Kruse and his son, Jason, were harvesting corn Thursday on bottom ground near the Cottonwood River just west of Marion. The two men work together, but each one owns and rents separate acres and owns separate equipment. Dwight said he enjoys working with his son.

  • Brunner defends beef checkoff

    Tracy Brunner of Ramona, vice president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, spoke at a beef producers’ seminar in Emporia on Aug. 22. He defended the beef checkoff, in which one dollar is subtracted from the price cattlemen receive for each head that they sell, as a means to share information with consumers on the safety and nutritious quality of beef.

  • New grain terminal will benefit producers

    Area grain farmers who market grain through local cooperatives may see the cash price they receive increase due to the new grain terminal being built west of Canton. Lyman Adams, Manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply, said farmers may see one-and-a-half to two cents per bushel over the basis price.

  • Cash grain prices continue to fall

    Grain commodities were lower Tuesday across the board compared with a week ago, continuing a downward trend. Cash grain prices at Cooperative Grain and Supply were: wheat, $5.86; milo, $3.04; beans, $11.95; and corn, $3.09.


  • A case of writer's block

    If ever there were a person who deserved a commentary like the ones we occasionally do about someone who has died, it would be Jean Case. And if ever there were I time I couldn’t find the words to write one, it would be now.

  • Advancement of whom?

    Can anyone tell me when community-focused nonprofit Marion Advancement Campaign turned into a small for-profit business incubator? The youth center, owned by MAC, has evidently gone belly-up, a predictable fate if one paid attention to multiple efforts dating back to the mid-1970s, when I was part of a failed effort to turn the Santa Fe depot into a youth center.


    She needed a vacation


  • Jirak, Simpson exchange vows

    Kristine Jirak of Tampa and Mitchell Simpson of Wichita were married at 2 p.m., July 12 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Pilsen. The bride is the daughter of Francis and Mary Jirak, of Tampa. Parents of the groom are Jim and Janice Simpson, of Wichita.

  • Valley UMC plans homecoming

    In honor of its 140th anniversary, Valley United Methodist Church in Marion is planning a homecoming for Sept. 28. The day will include a special worship service featuring the district superintendent and a musical group, a ticketed catered dinner at noon, and an afternoon open house.

  • Senior citizens to meet in Peabody

    Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. board of directors will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at Peabody Senior Center. Peabody seniors will be serving lunch. For reservations, call the center at (620) 983-2226 or the Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580 by Sept. 17. Anyone needing transportation is asked to call the office by Sept. 18.

  • OSD class reunions

    Class of 1964 The Marion High School Class of 1964 will celebrate their 50th class reunion Old Settlers’ Day, Sept. 27.


    Ivan Whiteman

    Center collects egg cartons, Senior center menu

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


  • Marion-Florence FFA organize fair booth

    The Marion-Florence FFA chapter put together a booth for the state fair showcasing Marion County agriculture. The booth placed third in the County Collective booth competition. The booth, which received a score based on the variety and quality of commodities shown, displayed 60 different samples of crops, grasses, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Centre school board

    According to superintendent Brian Smith, enrollment in Centre’s Kansas Online Learning Program has now topped 300. Individuals have until Sept. 19 to enroll. The board approved a list of 18 student learning advocates for the program’s upcoming year. The SLAs are licensed teachers, several from outside the school district, who work with students, answering questions and monitoring their progress. SLAs can monitor anywhere from 10 to 50 students, depending on their time. Some are retired teachers who have spare time. Some are active teachers and are assigned to 10 students or fewer. SLAs receive $250 per student and are paid in two installments during the school year.


  • Warriors romp Moundridge in opener

    A game can turn in a moment. Sometimes it takes a few times to get that moment right. In Marion’s 38-7 win over Moundridge, the moment that turned the game from a battle and took it more in the direction of a blowout was a Moundridge punt, the Wildcats facing fourth-and-4 around the 30 yard-line.

  • Cougars lose home opener

    Centre head football coach Tye Remy was shaking in his boots Friday at the start of the first game of the season. It was his first game as a coach. “I was super nervous going into it, but it turned out to be more natural and easier than I thought it would be,” he said afterward. “I always make things worse in my mind than they are.”

  • Centre volleyball starts season at 1-1

    Centre’s varsity volleyball team split matches Sept. 2 in the first triangular of the season at Inman. Inman defeated Centre in two sets, 25-23 and 25-16. Summer Espinoza served for a total of 8 points, followed by Shelby Pankratz, with 6.

  • Remmers claims 4th in first run of the season

    Bringing home fifth place as a team and medaling several runners, Cross Country girls fared exceptionally well in Marion’s first meet of the year Thursday in Abilene. Coach Rebecca Hofer said the girls tied for fourth place overall but lost a tiebreaker.

  • Centre cross country results

    In Centre’s first cross-country meet of the season Thursday at Abilene, Nellie Smith medaled in the high school girls’ division by finishing 19th with a run of 19 minutes, 13 seconds. C.J. Thompson medaled in the boys’ division by finishing 24th at 21:49. The Smith siblings medaled in the junior high division: 7th grader Taylor, 9th, at 6:19, and eighth-grader Jordan, 1st, at 5:56. Other results High school boys: James Spohn, 39th, 25:11. High school girls: Cassy Thompson, 49th, 31:46. Eighth-grade boys: Ryan August, 27th, 7:07. Seventh-grade boys: Devin August, 17th, 6:57; Jack Reneau, 25th, 8:09; Dillon Knepp, 28th, 8:27; Tyler Nickel, 32nd, 9:45; and Cameron Spohn, 33rd, 10:59.


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