• 20 apply for city administrator job

    Marion City Council met for a special meeting Monday and went into executive session for 30 minutes to discuss the 20 applications the city has received for the city administrator position. Council’s goals were to narrow down the list of applicants and lay out a plan to begin interviewing applicants.

  • Appraiser decision still up in the air

    The inability to find a new county appraiser has caused commissioners to look for outside help, in case the search continues to stall. Commissioners spoke Thursday with Pam Palmer of McCully and Associates about contracting the company’s services while the county tries to fill the position.

  • New emergency manager plans for the worst

    New Marion County emergency manager Randy Frank is currently getting ready for the spring severe weather season. He had already finished his work for the winter in August. “In emergency management, we try to help businesses and individuals and groups get ready for the next disaster,” he said. “We try to help them be better prepared, because the more prepared they are, the more help they’ll be during a disaster. We won’t be helping them, but they’ll be helping us.”

  • Allison needs 1 note to tune a piano

    Depending on the musician, a piano can express the entire spectrum of human emotion from the bleakest moments to the jauntiest of sentiments. However, an out-of-tune piano can diminish the songs of the most accomplished players. In that respect, pianos are like any other instrument, only they are much more complicated and time consuming to tune than, say, an acoustic guitar which is generally tuned by hand using an electronic tuner to find the correct pitch for its six strings.

  • Key Club having blood drive

    Marion High School Key Club will have a Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the middle school gym. Anyone wishing to donate can contact Key Club adviser Lori McLinden at the high school at (620) 382-2168.

  • Man takes horsecart to share love of rural life

    On day 37 of his “faith march” James Sheldon of Winchester entered Marion with his black and white Clydesdale, Reba, dog, Jill, and an old-fashioned cart. Sheldon is on a 50-day mission, traveling across Kansas in his horse and green and yellow cart to rural towns to talk about their importance to our culture.

  • Information in lawsuit, report taken out of context, Madgwick 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

  • Skywalkers to offer Sunday classes

    Skywalkers gymnastics in Marion will be offering new class times on Sundays. Times are: general class for ages five to 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., team practice from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and junior and senior high school cheer from 8 to 9 p.m.


  • Kapaun Museum fund auction is Nov. 17

    An auction to raise money for the Chaplain Kapaun Legacy Fund has been scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Pilsen community building. The event was organized by Kelly Krch and Sam Oborny. A spaghetti dinner catered by Marissa Makovec will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the auction, which will last until all items are sold. Joe and Tish Vinduska will conduct the auction.

  • Ministry started in Marion 44 years ago

    When Bill Cowell and his wife, Carole, were pastoring Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion, they began to pursue their passion of helping teenagers who found themselves in difficult situations or were in trouble with the law. Their ministry began in 1970 when Cowell visited a 14-year-old boy who was in the county jail for truancy. He persuaded the judge to let the boy move in with the couple for a while.

  • Sports and Aquatic Center has new director

    Greta Smith, former director of the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center, is stepping down this week. Smith will go to work at Marion Elementary School, where she worked before becoming the aquatic center’s director. “I’m getting older and I’m getting worried about the time when I may not be able to pass the certifications need to fill the position,” she said.

  • 145 run to support education

    The third annual Marion Elementary School PAC Dam Run for Education had 145 participants that walked, jogged, or ran Saturday to raise funds for the school. A total of 109 people both children and adults ran in the one-mile fun run while 36 ran in the 5K race.

  • Parody of viral video is a hit for farmer

    What the fox says is still a mystery to Derek Klingenburg of Peabody, but he does know what the farmer says, and his recent video parody of the song “What Does the Fox Say?” by Ylvis recently went viral with over 600,000 views Tuesday night. “I had no idea it was going to get this big,” he said. “It was an easy song and it was easy to come up with some farmer-related lyrics.”

  • Chess teaches and entertains

    The group draws all types of students; some play sports, some love music, some are younger, some older, they all come together for one reason Monday nights at the Wiebe Media Center, to play chess. This season’s Hillsboro Chess Guild features 15 members ranging from elementary school to high school.

  • Reward offered after tool thefts

    Florence police are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of perpetrators of thefts at Williams Service truck service in Florence. Police chief Bronson Shipman said miscellaneous tools were stolen at three different times recently, the latest on Oct. 15.

  • Circles of Hope discussion Nov. 14

    Circles Marion County will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Marion Presbyterian Church to discuss the Circles model and poverty. The presentation will be conducted in a panel discussion format and include persons in poverty, in community leadership, from the middle class, and a Circles volunteer/coordinator. Each is to describe their viewpoint on the Circles model, poverty, and perceptions that stymie progress toward resource stability.

  • Trick or Treat Main St. draws costumed kids

    Downtown Marion businesses continued the tradition of offering trick-or-treating fun to children without the need to go out on streets after dark Thursday for Halloween. Dozens of costumed children showed up to take advantage of the goodies and show their costumes. Likewise, several businesses and employees got into the Halloween spirit.


  • Eldon Andres

    Eldon C. “Andy” Andres, 82, died Oct. 29, 2013, at his home near Peabody. He was born June 11, 1931, in Newton to Peter and Ann (Richert) Andres. He married Edna F. Harder on Aug. 24, 1956, in Mountain Lake, Minn.

  • John Hurst

    John B. Hurst, 82, of Hillsboro died Oct. 29 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born July 28, 1931, to Jacob and Sallie (Burkhart) Hurst in Bowmansville, Pa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cathryn Hurst.

  • Rachel Keller

    Rachel Keller, 96, died Oct. 26 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Durham to Jacob J. and Katherine Schneider Winter. She married Samuel Keller on Feb. 20, 1938, in Tampa. She was a homemaker, school cook, and housekeeper at St. Luke Hospital, Marion Manor, and the Elgin Hotel, and she operated a restaurant.

  • Delores Warnica

    Delores B. Warnica, 74, of Marion died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center. She was born Aug. 13, 1939, in Stillwater, Okla., to William and Mary Bradley Schafers. Her family moved to Marion, and she graduated from Marion High School in 1957. She was a homemaker and worked at Sterling Drug in McPherson. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, and the church altar society.


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  • St. Luke adds on site ultrasound machine

    St. Luke Hospital recently acquired a new onsite ultrasound machine through a donation of $100,000 from the Lorraine Hadsell Charitable Trust. The new machine increases the speed and ease with which Marion County patients can receive ultrasound related medical services. “We still have the mobile ultrasound service too, but it only comes two days a week for a half-day each time, like it used to,” director of radiology Joe Pickett said. “But with our new onsite ultrasound unit, there is much more availability for local patients to receive care, and they don’t have to travel to Emporia or Newton if there is pressing concern like a hot gall bladder.”

  • What to do to prevent the flu

    Flu season is rearing its ugly head and while no official cases have been reported in the county, influenza is finding its way around town. St. Luke Hospital said the lack of reported cases of the respiratory flu does not mean it is not in the area, it just means that no one has experienced extreme enough cases to warrant hospital care.

  • Women's night out features health tips

    Two presenters will speak at the eighth annual Women’s Health Night coordinated by Greenhaw Pharmacy. Jan Frantz, owner of Jan’s Floral, will demonstrate how to make a fall wreath, and Lana Bichet will speak about her life-changing health experiences. “It’s a great night for women to get out, have some fun, and get some health information,” Myrna Hamm, office manager for Greenhaw Pharmacy, said. “We want to raise awareness to potential health problems more than anything.


  • One size doesn't fit all for health care

    Obamacare’s promise that no one will have to give up insurance they are perfectly happy with is proving to be a huge lie. Not only are individuals being forced to get new policies. Small businesses like ours, which always have tried to do the right thing and provide insurance free to all full-time employees, are being forced to abandon tried-and-true private insurance and offer instead insurance, often with less benefits, obtained through the government. Since 2010, the government has offered tax credits as incentives or rewards to small businesses that care enough about their employees to pay all (as we do) or a substantial portion of their employees’ health insurance expenses.

  • According to plan

    How many people actually read my weekly editorials is a bit of a mystery to me, but after the past week I definitely know County Commissioner Dan Holub is one of my readers, at least when it concerns the Pilsen road. Last week I wrote that double chip sealing the Pilsen road, as the county plans to do, is a better option than leaving it in its current condition, but that it was disappointing it couldn’t get a real asphalt overlay. I also wrote that the county needs to have a plan in place to pave it with an overlay in the future.


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  • Banks collecting food donations

    Central National Bank branches in Marion and Hillsboro are collecting food donations for local food banks during November. Canned food and other nonperishable items may be dropped off at either bank. At the end of the month, the donations will be given to Marion County Emergency Food Bank in Marion and Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro.

  • Florence ranch joins angus association

    Rhodes Red Angus LLC of Florence is a new member of the American Angus Association, which is based in St. Joseph, Mo. The association keeps ancestral information, production records on individual animals, and develops selection tools for its members.

  • 3 earn degrees at K-State

    Three students from Marion County completed degrees at Kansas State University during the summer. Mitchell Koop of Hillsboro completed his master’s degree in architecture, Savik Howard of Lincolnville completed a bachelor of science, and Levi Anderson of Marion completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology.

  • KAKE newscaster to speak about 'Hatteberg's People'

    KAKE evening news anchorman Larry Hatteberg will give a presentation on “Hatteberg’s People” at 9:45 a.m. Friday in Tabor College’s Wohlgemuth Music Education Center as part of the Lifelong Learning series. He became interested in photography during high school in Winfield, where he became photo editor for the school newspaper and yearbook. He began selling photos to the local newspaper as a junior and senior.

  • MEDI annual meeting and election are Nov. 19

    Marion Economic Development Inc. will have its annual meeting and election of directors at 6:45 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Marion Community Center, 203 N. 3rd St. MEDI membership includes individuals who reside in Marion or who own or operate a business in Marion. Four director positions will be up for election. They are currently held by Greg Carlson, Don Noller, and Adam Stewart; one position has been unfilled. Anyone interested in filling a director position can contact Todd Heitschmidt at (620) 382-5600 or theitschmidt@yahoo.com before the meeting.

  • Country show coming to McPherson

    Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans will play at 8 p.m. Friday at the McPherson Opera House. Tickets on the main floor cost $25, and $10 for second-balcony seats and students. For more information, call John Holecek at (316) 648-5010.

  • Food commodities available in Lincolnville

    Food commodities may be picked up from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the home of Brian and Denise Klein, 219 S. Adams St., Lincolnville. To be eligible, recipients must have an income that is at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

  • Shop for the holidays at Alternative Gift Market

    People looking for a unique gift for everyone on their list and to do good for others are invited to shop at the Alternative Gift Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Marion City Building. Guests can check out booths that represent over 20 different charities from feeding the hungry in America, to preserving the rainforest in South America, and providing seed to farmers in Ethiopia.


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  • Warriors finish 3-0 in district

    The Marion High School football team easily closed out a district title Thursday after only leading by one score at halftime. The Moundridge Wildcats kept the Warriors from crossing midfield the entire first half, except when they gave it to them.

  • 4 Marion volleyball players get league honors

    The Heart of America League announced its 2013 all-league team, selected by league volleyball coaches, last week, and four Marion players were honored. Sophomore Kirsten Hansen was selected to the all-league team, and junior Julia Hall and seniors Kaelyn Thierolf and Katey Ehrlich received honorable mention.

  • Cougars end season at Madison

    It was a disappointing night Thursday for Centre High School seniors Kyle Methvin, Terren Thompson, Braden Pagenkopf, Chad Mueller, Karl Riffel, Tanner Peterson, Mickey Brubaker, Nick Salamone, and Ty Simons as their football team was defeated by state-ranked Madison 46-0. Centre was 4-1 in district play heading into the game and needed to defeat the Bulldogs to go on.

  • Marion County players fill Wheat State League team

    Players from Centre, Peabody-Burns, and Goessel made up the bulk of the Wheat State League all-league volleyball team, selected by coaches. Cougars, Warriors, and Bluebirds accounted for 16 of the 25 selections — 64 percent.

  • Warriors top Trinity to advance in playoffs

    The Marion High School football team won its first playoff game in 10 years Tuesday against Hutchinson Trinity Catholic High School, by the same 10-0 margin as its last postseason win. Rain made it difficult for players to handle the ball early on, and by the second half neither team could move into scoring position.


  • Quilt show to honor service members

    Carol Riggs of Sew What Quilt Shop said it was an emotional experience that no words could describe when a quilt was presented to a member of the armed forces for their active duty service. Riggs and several others who have helped sew the quilts over the year will present several to local veterans on Veterans Day during a quilt show.

  • Veterans Day soup supper is Monday

    VFW Post 6958 and its Ladies Auxiliary will have a Veterans Day soup supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the post home, 420 W. Santa Fe St. Homemade chili, chicken-noodle soup, vegetable-beef soup, homemade bread, and desserts will be available.

  • Centre schools to observe Veterans Day

    A Veterans Day program will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Centre schools. Performances by the choir and band and recognition of retired and active service personnel will be part of the program.

  • Day fee waived for Veterans on Veterans Day at Reservoir

    Veterans can have a free day of outdoor activities Monday at Marion Reservoir to celebrate Veterans Day. The waiver applies to all active, reserve, and veterans and their families. It covers boat launch and swimming fees. The waiver does not cover camping and camping-related services or fees for facilities such as group picnic shelters.


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