• Ulysses couple to open Ace Hardware

    Kent Carmichael of Ulysses said the decision to open an Ace Hardware store in Marion was much like collaborating in his first: a great opportunity that presented itself. He and his wife, Sandra, purchased the old Seacat building in October with plans to expand the store before opening an Ace Hardware. Opening is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 1.

  • Council discusses recycling options

    Marion City Council discussed options for a citywide recycling program at Tuesday’s meeting. Options presented by interim city administrator Roger Holter were for a trailer where citizens could dispose of their recycling on a 24/7 basis, and curbside pickup.

  • Wind power project still pending

    Only the construction of wind turbines make a deal official, but work on a wind farm project in the county is making progress. Commissioners met in a closed session with Rex Savage of Windborne Energy to look at contractual agreements to present to lawyers. The commission will make an agreement public if agreed on.

  • Schools will share golf team

    Marion USD 408 Board of Education approved an agreement with Peabody-Burns schools to share a golf team this spring. Earlier this year the board voted to cut the golf team because of its high cost relative to the number of students participating. Since then Superintendent Lee Leiker and his counterpart at Peabody-Burns, Ron Traxson, discussed having a shared golf team to reduce costs.

  • Veterans Day Mass honors Father Kapaun and all veterans

    About 200 people packed St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen Monday to celebrate all veterans, especially Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun. People traveled from all over the state to pay homage to military men by participating in a Mass, a military wreath laying in front of the statue of Father Kapaun, and a baked ham dinner. Those who traveled included the young and old, and those who knew Kapaun personally, or had been touched by him.

  • Alternative Gift Market brings out the holiday spirit in young and old

    People young and old filled the Marion City Building to learn about local and worldwide charities being featured at the Alternative Gift Market. Together the charity booths raised more than $9,000 for around 20 charities. “I’ve always known this was a generous community, but I was blown away by the amount raised,” event coordinator Jackie Volbrecht said. “Our first year, two years ago, we raised $4,000, last year, $7,000. It’s just remarkable.”

  • Quilts of Valor wrap veterans in tangible gratitude

    Members from the Quilts of Valor Foundation presented 22 combat service members and veterans each with their own heirloom quilt Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. during Veterans Day. “You deserve more than just a simple thank you,” foundation regional director Martha Smith said to veterans. “So we are honoring you with a comforting and healing quilt.”

  • Engineering bids for city's outdated electrical lines being researched

    Marion City Council approved electrical superintendent Christian Pedersen’s request to look into engineering bids for the city’s outdated electrical lines to present to the council in January. Currently the city operates on a 2400-volt electrical line that Pedersen projects will be obsolete within the next three to five years. He wishes to replace the outdated lines.

  • USD 411 approves $124,625 in facilities work

    Goessel Board of Education unanimously approved three items recommended by Josh Walker of Loyd builders regarding USD 411 facility improvements totaling $124,625 in combined expense to the district Nov. 11 at the Board of Education meeting. The first item approved in a 6-0 vote, which Funk recused himself, was a $15,375 fee payable to Funk Electric for site electric utility demolition and replacement to the high school.


  • Mary Thiessen

    Mary Thiessen, 104, of Hillsboro died Nov. 7 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 21, 1909, to Gerhard M. and Helena (Klassen) Warkentin near Lehigh. She is survived by two sons, James W. Thiessen of rural Hillsboro and Linden W. Thiessen of rural Hillsboro; a daughter, Enid G. Cady of Marion; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

  • Herbert Wiebe

    Herbert R. Wiebe, 84, of Elbing died Sunday at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater. He was born March 20, 1929, in Newton to Henry and Maria (Epp) Wiebe. He attended Berean Academy. He married Delilah Rudiger on Oct. 20, 1951. They moved to the Frederick Remington Homestead, where they farmed for the next 30 years. Upon retirement, they moved into Elbing. During his retirement years, he hauled machinery and parts.

  • Joy Wildin

    Joy Kathrine (Kirby) Wildin, 74, of Marion died Thursday. She was born in Colt, Ark., to James Everett and Grace Marie (Cupp) Kirby. She is survived by her children, Kathlynn Noriega, David Shiplet, and Melissa “Lisa” Anderson, all of Marion, Blythe Roberts of Towanda, Brad Wildin of Marion, Derek Wildin and Ted Wildin of Littleton, Colo.; a brother, Kenneth Ray Kirby of Osage, Okla.; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.



  • Centre goes for laughs with 'Pink Panther' sequel

    “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” a two-act play based upon the screenplay by William Gleason, will be presented in two performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday by the Centre High School drama department. A criminologist, Jacques Clouseau, played by Barrett Smith, fights for his life and the future of all mankind as Paul Dreyfus, played by Kevin Lewis, is out to get him with the ultimate weapon, the Doomsday Machine.

  • Marion cuts loose... 'Footloose'

    The past four years, Marion High School’s musicals have been set in Biblical times (“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”), the Middle Ages (“Cinderella” and “Once Upon a Mattress”), and the 1850s (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”). This year, director Janet Killough chose a musical set much more recently, “Footloose,” adapted from the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon.

  • Hillsboro takes on fairy tale

    When Hillsboro High School choir teacher Lynn Just realized she had a lot of talented girls who were likely to participate in this fall’s musical, she knew she needed to pick a production to capitalize on that. The result is Hillsboro’s upcoming production of “Cinderella.” “There is a lot of female talent in the high school right now, and ‘Cinderella’ has several women’s lead roles,” Just said. “This allows me to feature more of the women.”

  • 'Seussical' postponed

    The Peabody-Burns High School production of “Seussical — the Musical,” originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, has been postponed until mid-March. The materials for the play were delayed in being sent to the school, pushing back the time that students could prepare. That, combined with the success of the football team, gave students a very short window of time for preparation, Principal Tim Robertson said.

  • Goessel students to perform satire

    Goessel students will perform a political satire written by Don Zolidist called “The Election” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 at the USD 411’s high school auditorium. In addition to the live performance, the two-act play will include sets painted by Fern Bartel and campaign videos that the cast and crew recorded on campus as well as out in the community.


  • Compromise made between traditional and no-till

    There is a new option for farmers looking to get the benefits of both traditional tillage and no-till farming, Marlin Bartel at Straub International said Thursday. It’s called vertical tillage, and it works by cutting vertical furrows without displacing or turning over the soil, he said.

  • GPS helps farmers harvest data, too

    For several years, global positioning systems have helped farmers keep track of yields in their fields and even control spraying and planting. Now companies are producing ways to make even more use of that information. John Deere has recently released GPS computer systems for tractors and combines that include wireless data transfer, said Mitch Guetterman, store manager at PrairieLand Partners in Marion.

  • Farm Bureau nearing 95th annual meeting

    More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas will gather Dec. 2-4 in Manhattan for the organization’s 95th annual meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn and Manhattan Convention Center. The meeting will include workshops, discussion of public policy issues, and a one-day meeting tailored to county Farm Bureaus.

  • Farm wife stumps for whole wheat

    Mary Beth Bowers of Marion says she is not an expert, just a farm wife wishing to educate people about crops grown locally. Bowers will be speaking about wheat in her presentation titled “All Wheat Bread is Not Created Equal,” Friday as part of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning program. “I’ve lived on a farm all my life, and always thought it was interesting we raised wheat but bought flour and bread in town,” she said.

  • Buffalo heard growing at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

    Slowly but surely, the bison herd at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City is increasing. Now at 23 head, the goal is eventually to have a herd of 75 to 100 head. The Nature Conservancy owns the herd, but it is managed cooperatively with the National Park Service.

  • Marion businesses salute farmers

    Marion Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Farm/City Appreciation Banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 25 in the Marion Community Center. The long-running tradition includes a meal of Kansas City strip steak, baked potato, and other sides, Roger Hannaford said.

  • Tips for beginning horseback riding

    Horseback riding has practical applications on a ranch or farm and is also popular as a recreational activity for people of all ages. Horseback riding is generally safe, but there are risks involved whenever someone deals with an animal with the size and strength of a horse. It can also be a nerve-wracking experience for someone the first time they ride a horse.

  • Centre students go to National FFA Convention

    Centre FFA chapter had 16 members attend the National FFA Organization Convention & Expo Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. During the convention, members heard speeches by 2013 NCAA men’s basketball championship head coach Rick Pitino of the University of Louisville and U.S. Paralympic skier Josh Sundquist. Students attended leadership workshops and the par-law and creed speaking national finals.


  • Persistence pays off with new store

    Whether Marion needs a hardware store has never really been a question. Neither was whether people realized Marion needed a hardware store. As soon as we were without one, people knew it needed to be replaced, although plenty of people have told me that they were surprised by how much they needed a hardware store in town. The real question was whether we would get the hardware store we need. Now, thankfully, it looks like we will with plans for an Ace Hardware coming together. Owner Kent Carmichael told reporter Olivia Haselwood, who herself worked for Ace for several years in her hometown, that he plans to open it in February, or maybe March.


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  • 20th Century Club makes donations

    Twentieth Century Club met Nov. 4 at Zimmerman’s. Cathy Henderson, Sondra Mayfield, and Karen Regnier were hostesses. Tables were decorated for fall. Members had a meal of turkey-cranberry wraps, salad, and pumpkin crunch dessert. Chiropractic doctor Lane Smith gave a program about acupuncture, weight control, and other services he provides.

  • Concert to donate food for Main Street Ministries

    Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce’s annual Thanksgiving concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will benefit Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association. Donations for HAMA and canned goods for Main Street Ministries Food Bank will be collected.

  • TEEN meeting is Nov. 20

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the USD 408 district office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.

  • Platinum country singer to perform

    Country singer-songwriter Pam Tillis, whose albums Homeward Looking Angel, Sweetheart’s Dance, and Greatest Hits each sold 1 million or more copies, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the McPherson Opera House. Tillis is the daughter of country legend Mel Tillis. She made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry at age 8. She has released 10 studio albums, a Christmas album, and six compilation albums.

  • Developmental disability board to meet

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will have its monthly board of directors meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public comments.

  • Tampa Christmas events Dec. 8

    Tampa will have Christmas events starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 8 with a soup supper. Santa Claus will arrive at 5:30 p.m., and the Cottonwood River Band will give a concert at 6:30 p.m. If you have a Christmas event you want to publicize, email news@marionrecord.com or call (620) 382-2165.

  • Food commodities to arrive in Marion County

    USDA food commodities will arrive at senior centers in Marion County Thursday. Marion Senior Center will begin distributing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Other days of distribution will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 4-Hers decorate pumpkins

    The Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H club met Oct. 7 at the Lincolnville community building. There was one leader and three parents present in addition to the eight members who answered roll call, which consisted of the question, “What is your favorite candy?”

  • P.E.O. enjoyed baked potato lunch

    P.E.O. Chapter DB met at the home of Marian Crofoot and Pam Bowers Nov. 4 along with 19 members. Before the meeting the group enjoyed a baked potato bar lunch. The group discussed plans for the Alternative Gift Market, and Nikki Young presented a program on her experience at the international convention in Dallas last month.

  • Neo-Century Club hears about scams

    Neo-Century Club met Nov. 4 at Hilltop Manor. Bea Kelsey and Virginia Heerey were hostesses for the meeting. Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis and Assistant Police Chief Clinton Jeffrey presented a program on community safety and scams.

  • Kiwanians ask about school programs


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  • 12 Warriors selected to all-league football team

    The Marion High School football team was represented by 12 players on the Heart of America all-league list. Morgan Wheeler earned first team honors as an offensive and defensive lineman, as well as Nick Meyer on the offensive line, Adam Janzen as a running back, Grif Case as a kicker, Kyle Palic at linebacker, and James Jones at defensive back.

  • Shields seeks sponsorships for Australian trip

    Brenna Shields, a student at Centre High School, has been invited to participate in Down Under, a sports program in Australia, during July. She was selected to the United States track team for her success in Kansas State High School Athletic Association competition at the local and state levels.

  • Warrior offense stifled in 2nd-round loss

    The Marion High School football team lost 35-0 in Sedgwick Saturday, but only trailed by seven at halftime. A 21-point Cardinal output in the third quarter all but ended the game. The Warrior defense gave up the game’s only first-half points with more than five minutes left on a 28-yard touchdown run by Sedgwick running back Dalton Brandt.

  • Veterans honored at Centre

    Larry Jenkins, 64, of Lost Springs was one of the veterans in attendance at the Veterans Day program Monday at Centre High School. He served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 as a motion-picture filmmaker. He said he was a 20-year-old driving a tank truck in Germany when he learned that his unit was being sent to Vietnam. In an attempt to avoid that deployment, he re-enlisted in photography school. However, after the 14-week course, he ended up in Vietnam, where he was sent to record movies of service members in action.

  • Grade school plans Thanksgiving concert

    The kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade classes at Marion Elementary School will perform a Thanksgiving concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The kindergartners will tell and sing about the first Thanksgiving. The first- and second-graders will speak about Sarah Hale, the woman who saved Thanksgiving, and sing Thanksgiving songs.

  • KASB to review Centre board policies

    The Centre Board of Education voted Monday to pay the Kansas Association of School Boards a fee of $1,000 to review the board’s policies. The action was taken to ensure that the policies are up-to-date and in compliance with Kansas laws and regulations as well as applicable federal laws. The board also approved an online purchase order system to streamline requests from teachers. Instead of written requests, teachers will submit them online to the superintendent/principal for approval, after which they will be forwarded to the district office. Superintendent Brian Smith said the online system would save a lot of time. The initial cost is $2,500 with an annual license and support fee of $1,000.


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