• Information in lawsuit, report taken out of context, Madwick says

    A lawsuit against Dan Madgwick and a story about the lawsuit in the Oct. 30 Alteca Ltd., which seeks an injunction prohibiting Madgwick from opening a food forensics lab competing with his former employer, quoted an article in the Sept. 4 Marion County Record in its initial petition.

  • Starting day care accomplishes 2 goals

    Chelsi Jones of Marion is anxiously awaiting the acceptance of her day care application by the state. She plans to open a day care business at her home in Marion in December to spend more time with her 10-month-old son, Dawson, and to allow him to socialize with others his age. “I think it’s important for kids to socialize, but studies show it’s also important for kids to be close to their family and spend time with their mom every day,” she said. “It made sense to start a day care because then he could have both socialization and me.”

  • Strange events suggest haunting

    Wendy Youk didn’t believe in ghosts until she and her husband, Justin, moved into their turn of the century home in Marion. “It’s an ongoing drama,” Youk said. “Things happen in our house that you can’t explain.”

  • City council resolves street dispute

    Marion resident Lloyd Meier spoke before the Marion City Council Monday to receive payment for a road right of way on his property. A portion of Grant St. is on his property. After a debate, the city agreed to pay Meier $1,000 for the right of way for part of Grant St. Meier originally asked for a $2,500 street easement, but it was decided that a right of way would allow the city to have full use and maintenance rights to the roadway

  • Kjellin buys Donahue Corporation

    The work of manufacturing livestock, grain, and implement trailers goes on as usual at Donahue Corporation in rural Durham, but as of Oct. 1, the business has new owners, Doug and Amy Kjellin of rural Marion. Doug Kjellin resigned from his position as Marion city administrator in September. He said he is happy to be back doing something he loves.

  • Police investigate home break-ins

    Two break-ins last week had police on extra patrols throughout the northern end of town Oct. 17, 18, and 19. Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis said two residents on Oct. 17 and 18 awoke to find their front doors wide open. “Both had said they had locked their doors the night before,” Mermis said. “We searched both residences and didn’t find anything.”

  • Youth had life changing ghost sighting

    When Will Meysing of Oregon was 5 or 6 years old and growing up on a farm near Pilsen, he liked to sit in a rocking chair on the front porch of his home on summer evenings, petting a cat on his lap. He was keenly aware of the sights and sounds around him as day turned to night — clouds floating in the sky, wind blowing through the trees, thunder clapping and a storm rolling in, insects chirping at dusk.

  • City sets emergency snow routes, residents asked to number their houses

    Marion City Council agreed with interim city administrator Roger Holter that something needed to change with the city’s snow removal procedure. A new ordinance passed at Monday’s meeting set emergency routes and prohibited parking on emergency streets from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. when snow is forecasted. “Right now it takes crews about five passes to get Main St. cleared,” Holter said. “If it only took them one pass, that’s four other passes crews could be completing on secondary routes.”


  • Pilsen road plan: double chip seal

    Faced with questions Monday regarding the 8-mile stretch of Remington Rd. between U.S. 56 and Pilsen, county commissioners expounded their best solution to improve the road. Warren Kreutziger, representing Veterans of Foreign Wars, expressed concerns of access to the Emil Kapaun memorial.

  • Estes shares story with county residents

    Jared Estes told Marion residents he did not want to give advice, but let his story paint a picture of how drinking and driving affects even the least expecting of people. Part of a Marion County town hall meeting Tuesday sponsored by the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Estes spoke about his recovery after a drunk driver crashed into him, killing his wife and injuring other passengers in 2005.

  • AARP smart driver classes offered

    Marion USD 408 is hosting AARP smart driver safety classes at the district office from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 and 12. Participants are required to attend both sessions to receive a completion certificate they can present to their insurance company for a premium discount. Classes are $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.

  • Reservoir attracts migratory birds

    Marion Reservoir is a major attraction for the county. In addition to campers, boaters and swimmers, it also attracts a variety of birds this time of year. Where geese honk and ducks quack, hunters tend to follow.

  • Leadership Marion Co. takes class applications

    Leadership Marion County is now taking applications for the nine session series of classes that begin meeting on Feb. of 2014. LMC’s goal is to develop unity among county communities, identify current and future county leaders, examine issues facing the county, and encourage service at local and county level.

  • Free Taekwondo trial classes offered

    Skywalkers Gymnastics at 828 N. Roosevelt St. in Marion is offering three free trial classes for those interested in learning Taekwondo. Steve Unruh will be instructing students school age and above. The classes are being offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 7.


  • Fully restored 1971 Chevy pickup wins multiple awards

    Wayne Ollenburger lives and breathes automobiles. He works as a service technician at Midway Motors in Hillsboro and on the weekends, he sometimes takes his 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne 10 pickup to compete in antique and classic car and truck shows. “Work and play makes for a full day,” Ollenburger said. “I’ve always liked vehicles, they’re my main thing.”

  • A lot of time, money went into restoring classic car

    Bruce Skiles of Marion wishes he had pictures of what his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda looked like when he first bought it. “I found this car up in Ironwood, Mich., and when I got it, it was totally rusted out,” Skiles said. “It’s like a brand new car now.”

  • Demolition racing is Looney family tradition

    Building and racing demolition derby cars is more than a hobby for one Florence family; it is a legacy. Dustin Looney has been building demolition cars with his dad, Terry Looney, since he was 16. Now at the age of 23 he can practically put a whole car together by himself, but he still enjoys working with his dad.


  • Rachel Keller

    Rachel Keller, 96, died Oct. 26 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born Oct. 19, 1917, in Durham to Jacob and Katherine Schneider Winter.

  • Evelyn Strecker

    Evelyn F. Strecker, 98, of Lost Springs, died Sunday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born March 9, 1915, near Lost Springs to Alois and Frances (Benda) Pospisil. She married Melvin Strecker on Sept. 27, 1942. She worked as a secretary for many years and was a farm wife. She also was the Lost Springs correspondent for the Marion County Record for many years.

  • Donald Suderman

    Donald J. Suderman, 70, of Hillsboro died Oct. 22 at Newton Medical Center. He was born May 7, 1943, to Eli and Edna (Koop) Suderman of Hillsboro. He married June Sauder on New Year’s Eve 1970 in New Holland, Pa.

  • Helen Toews

    Helen E. Toews, 90, of Hillsboro died Saturday at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. She was born Nov. 20, 1922, to Jacob and Eva (Sawatzky) Rempel in Jansen, Neb. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Toews, in 2004; six brothers, Andrew, Frank, Albert, Henry, Abe, and Harry; three sisters, Frieda Ewert, Alma Wiens, and Margaret Harder; and one grandchild.

  • George Waner

    George Wilfred Waner, 89, died Thursday at Mercy Regional Hospital in Junction City. He was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Florence to Andrew and Francis (Garrison) Waner. He was retired from the Army and from teaching. He married Wanda L. Haviland on Aug. 14, 1949.



  • It's better than nothing

    It was an uphill battle from the start, seeking to make a major improvement to the Pilsen road. It would have taken a large investment at a time when it seems that nobody at the local or state level is interested in committing a lot of money, even to a worthwhile project. Warren Kreutziger, on behalf of the VFW, pressed county commissioners for plans for the Pilsen road on Monday. And the commissioners have a plan — double chip sealing Remington Rd. from U.S. 56 to Pilsen and chip sealing it from Pilsen to 290th Rd. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, chip sealing refers to spreading oil on a road, then spreading gravel or other material on top of that, and double chip sealing is repeating that process.

  • Be safe trick or treating, and have fun

    When I was a kid, I thought telling someone “happy Halloween” was redundant. Of course, it’s happy — it’s Halloween. There were costumes and candy, trick or treating, going to Grandma’s house for soup, then some more trick or treating, not to mention Dad’s pranks on trick or treaters who came to our house. When I was a bit older, I would help with Dad’s pranks. I support having downtown Halloween events for children. They provide a safe and sound way for kids to show off their costumes and get candy. I am not, however, ready to see an end to honest-to-goodness, door-to-door trick or treating. It’s just so much more fun that way. There need to be rules, though. Here are a few suggested rules for trick or treating:


    Dream on


  • TOPS to have open house

    TOPS Kansas 1075 Marion will have an open house Nov. 7. The meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Hilltop Manor, 1501 Lawrence St. Former physician’s assistant Ruth Reed will present the program. Nutritious, low-calorie refreshments will be served.

  • Duggan nearing 80th birthday

    Tom Duggan was born Nov. 20, 1933. His 80th birthday will be Nov. 20, and his family is requesting a card shower in his honor. Cards may be sent to 225 W. 4th St., Tampa, KS 67483. He is a lifelong member of the Tampa community. He graduated from Tampa High School in 1951 and from Kansas State University in 1955. He was a 1st Lt. in the Army from 1955 to 1957.

  • Ensey speaks to hospital auxiliary

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary met Oct. 3 with Feebie Holdeman presiding. Chief Nursing Officer Jeremy Ensey presented the program. Members learned that the auxiliary is now officially a division of St. Luke Foundation. St. Luke Auxiliary Shoppe opened in its new location, 321 E. Main St., on Sept. 20.

  • Chat and Dine Club will have soup supper

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will have its annual soup supper and business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the lake hall. The Petersons, Iselis, and Bratts will provide soups. Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to bring a side dish. Business will include election of officers and planning the future of the club.

  • Card shower requested for 105th birthday

    The family of Tillie Hein requests a card shower in honor of her 105th birthday, Nov. 8. Cards may be sent to her at 3448 Limestone Rd., Tampa, KS 67483.

  • Kiwanis will clean up street for playoff game

    Marion Kiwanis community service committee chairman Roger Schroeder suggested during the club’s weekly meeting that members clean up Eisenhower Dr. before a likely home playoff game for the high school football team on Tuesday. Club members approved the suggestion. The cleanup will replace the program portion of next week’s meeting. Members will split up with half starting at U.S. 56 and half at Main St., cleaning as they go before meeting in the middle.

  • P.E.O. met at Harvey House

    P.E.O. DB chapter members met Oct. 21 over a meal of sausage sandwiches and tomato bisque soup served at the Harvey House. Laura and Betty Williams were co-hostesses, and 26 members attended the meeting.

  • Democratic Women celebrate National Fork Day

    Marion County Democratic Women met Oct. 25 and participated in National Fork Day. Sue Clough conducted the meeting. Eileen Sieger, Janet Bryant, and Connie Fisher attended the Harvey County Democratic Party bean supper in Newton Oct. 12. Sieger will attend a training session of county chairs in Emporia.

  • Great Plains adds investment representative

    Kim Vidricksen is a new investment representative at Great Plains Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro. The position is a new addition at the Hillsboro location. Vidricksen has worked in financial services for 38 years.

  • 4-H club bake sale Saturday

    Happy Hustler’s reading project group will have a bake sale from 9 a.m. until sold out Saturday in front of St. Luke’s Auxiliary Thrift store. All proceeds will be donated to the Marion Public Library for its new addition. For questions contact Larry Zieammermann or Cathy Martin at (620)381-0585.

  • Colleen Belton to marry

    Colleen Renae Belton and Christopher Brian Hartley of Plano, Texas, announce their upcoming wedding. The bride-elect is a 2000 graduate of Centre High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from the University of Kansas in 2004. She is creative director of her own graphic design business. Edward and Gwenn Belton of Tampa are her parents.


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  • KU recognizes Swans' granddaughter for academics

    Chase County High School senior Kandace Griffin was recognized by the University of Kansas for her academic achievement and named a Kansas Honor Scholar Oct. 28 at the Emporia State University student union. She is also among those students ranked in the top 10 percent of her senior class. Kandace is the daughter of Justin and Katrina Griffin of Strong City. Paul and Kathy Swan of Marion are her grandparents, and Victoria Smolik of Marion is her great-grandmother.

  • Centre will have Veterans Day program

    A Veterans Day program featuring performances by the choir and band will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at Centre School. The program will recognize retired and active service personnel. A reception will follow the program.

  • Educating has developed with technology

    From chalkboards to interactive whiteboards, technology has made the biggest impact to Michelle Adkins during her 15-year teaching career. A first grade teacher at Marion Elementary, Adkins said students use iPads and the promethean board to do different activities and check progress on certain assessments.

  • MHS and MMS students perform at fall concerts

    Marion middle and high school students recently performed in their own respective fall concerts. High school students performed Thursday and middle school students performed Monday. The high school concert choir sang “And the Father Will Dance,” “Danny Boy,” and “Close to River Judea.”


  • Warriors ride 2nd-quarter surge over Hillsboro for district victory

    The offensive styles could not differ more Friday when the option-run heavy Marion Warriors matched up with Hillsboro and its spread system. Marion’s defense was up to the challenge though, shutting the Trojans out in the second half. “The way we play doesn’t fit real well with that, but our guys hung in there,” Marion head coach Grant Thierolf said.

  • Cougars exit sub-state early

    Seeded second in the sub-state tournament Saturday at Goessel, the Centre Lady Cougars expected to play Goessel in the championship game. However, an unexpectedly strong Flint Hills team defeated them in the semifinals in three sets, 23-25, 25-15, and 27-25. It was the final match for seniors Makenzie Deines, Cacey Simons, and Bryanna Svoboda.

  • Centre girls place in top 20 at regional cross-country

    The Centre High School cross-country team participated Saturday in a regional meet at Cessna Activity Center, Wichita. Two girls on the team placed in the top 20 but failed to qualify for the state meet. Junior Nellie Kassebaum finished 13th with a time of 18 minutes, 29 seconds. Sophomore Ally Basore placed 15th at 18:51. Senior Kevin Lewis placed 32nd in the boys competition at 22:21.

  • Marion runners finish season at Lake Afton

    Marion cross-country runners had great running conditions for the regional race Saturday at Lake Afton in Goddard. However, none of the Marion runners progressed to the state meet. “It’s true, I was hoping to continue the season on to state, but I guess it was not meant to be,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “I am still very proud of the hard work of the runners, and the places they did receive.”

  • Marion volleyball season ends with 1st-round exit

    The Marion Warriors volleyball team’s final match of the season Saturday went like many of the team’s losses this year, playing hard despite early deficits. The Warriors entered their sub-state as a sixth-seed, paired against third-seeded Hesston, who entered the tournament with a 30-6 record.

  • Centre football rolls over Flint Hills, 56-6

    The fifth district game of the season for the Centre Cougars proved to be no contest as they defeated Flint Hills of Rosalia, 56-6. Centre had the ball for the first five minutes of the game, scoring after 12 plays on a pass to Justin Bina from quarterback Kyle Methvin. The conversion attempt failed.


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