• Dollar store confirmed

    Dollar General corporate executives approved a plan to build a new store in Marion that could open by spring, said Economic Development Director Terry Jones. The Dollar General store will be a slightly smaller version of its typical store, such as the one in Herington, City Administrator Roger Holter told city council Monday.

  • Punxsutawney Phil may have 'relatives' in Marion

    Though Marion County doesn’t have an official answer to Punxsutawney Phil, the legendary Pennsylvania groundhog who allegedly can predict the beginning of spring using only his shadow, the county does have its share of Phil’s rascally relatives. About five years ago, a groundhog, affectionately named “Hog 1” by Bearly Makin-It owner Marion Ogden, took a notion to make a den in a compost pile near Ogden’s garden, which rests on a wooded hillside overlooking Marion City Park.

  • City hopes to feed 150 kids every day during summer

    Sometimes success is about who you know, not what you know. If the program for which Marion is seeking volunteers ends up feeding 150 kids nutritionally balanced meals every weekday this summer, Gene Winkler can consider himself successful. Winkler’s half-sister Deb Kreutzman works for the Wichita Food Bank, and she was looking for communities to participate in No Kid Hungry. The federally funded program provides schoolchildren free meals that meets federal nutrition standards once a day during times when there is no school.

  • Sunrise Townhomes sold

    Investors from south-central Kansas bought Sunrise Townhomes on Friday from a group of private investors who opened the complex in 1997, temporarily creating more questions than answers. Jimmie and Susan Powell of Atlanta purchased the low-income senior housing duplexes for an undisclosed amount. Doug Sharp, one of three investors who have overseen the project, declined to reveal the amount, but said the sales price was far better than rejected bids from a failed auction last fall.

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  • A monkey's evolution from trash to mascot

    Meet Moe. He’s a stuffed monkey. Presumably, someone loved him once, but things didn’t work out, and Moe was thrown out with the trash sometime before Christmas. Lucky for Moe, employees down at Marion County Transfer Station have a soft spot in their hearts for discarded toys like him.

  • City condemns Walnut St. lot

    The city council condemned one house Monday and granted another property owner a month to line up a sale. Council members voted 4-0 to direct Annette Kline to demolish her abandoned house next to the city yard at 530 Walnut St. within 60 days. Otherwise, the city would do it and place a lien on the property’s tax bill. No one attended the public hearing on Kline’s property, and council member Jerry Kline, the uncle of the property owner, abstained from voting.


  • Government commodities to arrive Wednesday

    Government surplus commodities will arrive Wednesday at senior centers across Marion County. Each site will distribute commodities according to its own schedule and may not distribute on the same day.

  • County roads session targets fixes

    When it comes to Marion County roads, five years’ worth lasts just 18 months, at least when it comes to planning. Spurred in part by a steady stream of recent complaints about the poor condition of gravel and dirt roads, commissioners met Monday with road and bridge department personnel to figure out what comes next.

  • Bait shop luring anglers

  • VFW to present awards

    A number of young writers recently won scholarships from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for their penmanship skills in two separate but related contests put on by Marion VFW Post 6958 and its Ladies Auxiliary. Out of 59 Marion Middle School students, who wrote and submitted essays for this year’s topic, “Why do we need to appreciate veterans,” eighth graders Noah Kukuk took first, Chloe Taylor placed second, and Jenna Helmer was third. They will receive scholarships from the Ladies Auxiliary.

  • Florence fire chief reports on 2014 runs

    Mark Slater, Florence fire chief, reported Sunday on the activities of the Florence Fire Department in 2014 during the annual Pancake Breakfast. The department reached its goal of purchasing a thermal imaging camera. A five-ton fire truck will soon be ready for action.

  • Alco not closing yet

    Alco’s corporate liquidation procedures have left the Hillsboro discount retailer with more time, though exactly how much isn’t known for certain. While some Alco locations closed on or prior to Saturday, the Hillsboro location is part of a group of stores that will remain open until “mid to late February,” Manager Robert Berens said.

  • Hillsboro teen cited in paintball shooting

    A 17-year-old rural Hillsboro boy faces charges for allegedly peppering a parked vehicle with paintballs Jan. 27 in the 500 block of E. A St. in Hillsboro. A second teenage boy operated a pickup truck used in the drive-by.


  • Victor Winter

    Former meat cutter Victor Ray Winter, 70, of Allen, died Jan. 26 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. He was born Oct. 6, 1944, to Ruben and Ella (Ebel) Winter in Marion. Victor married Roberta Sue Hansen and they later divorced.



  • Bowers says farewell to bank

    As Shirley Bowers watched her son, Greg, greet well-wishers Friday at a reception honoring his retirement from Central National Bank in Marion, her thoughts drifted back decades to memories of two young boys playing in the dirt. “When he and his brother, Russell, were little, they played in the garden,” Shirley said. “They smoothed off the dirt. Greg had his miniature tool toys, a tractor and so forth, and he’d farm. He’d build fences, and he’d farm. Russell would also have a smooth place, and he had his toy livestock and took care of those.

  • Refunds: To spend, save, or pay off debt?

    Tax season is here and that means some tax payers will have to decide how to spend tax return reimbursement. For those on the receiving end after the paperwork settles, deciding what to do with that extra chunk of change can be as simple as an giving in to an impulse buy or as complicated as investing elsewhere.

  • County loan program a boost for businesses

    When an entrepreneur knocks on Teresa Huffman’s door at the county economic development office looking for a loan, one of the first things she does is ask for a business plan. “Just because it’s a great idea for a business does not always mean it’s the right time,” Huffman said.


  • Lessons from a life

    I was away at college in 1977 when I heard that Greg Bowers was the newest employee at Farmers and Drovers National Bank, and I recall wondering why. I didn’t know Greg at the time, but I knew something about the family, since his sister Betsy was in my class in high school. I knew David Bowers was a farmer who, with his wife, Shirley, had nine kids they raised in a modest farmhouse northeast of town. A good, respectable, loving, hard-working farm family of faith was the impression I had, one shared by most everyone I knew.


    It's a Winter day in the Country


  • Methodist churches host revival

    Three Days for God, a Christian revival co-sponsored by Eastmoor and Valley United Methodist churches, begins Sunday with college chaplain and Methodist elder Steve Rankin. Rankin is no stranger to the area, having served as pastor for Youngtown, Florence, and Aulne churches from 1984 to 1988. Two of his children were born in Marion County.

  • Nordquist graduates from military's basic training

    ArmyPvt.JohnA.Nordquist has graduated from nine weeks of basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Nordquist, a 2014 graduate of Marion High School, studied Army, history, mission, tradition, and core values, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills.

  • Bingo benefit in Tampa Sunday

    A Bingo night to benefit Tampa Pride will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Senior Center. Attendees are asked to bring a snack to share.


    Serene, Bartel to wed

    Patrons, take up thy deck of cards

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


  • Wiens family donates bench to MES library

    Gerald Wiens doesn’t remember whether his shop class at Marion High School was the first time he worked with wood, but he knows he’s been doing so ever since. That was before he graduated in 1969. In all those years, he had never built a bench.

  • Students on the mend after sick season

    More than 10 percent of Hillsboro students missed classes because of the flu, including children testing positive for influenza A and B viruses. Most of the illnesses in Hillsboro occurred at the middle school, although the state requires that the high school and middle school report as one entity because both are contained beneath the same roof, school officials said. Of 268 students, 29 were absent one day last week, with 26 having influenza-like symptoms, said Diedre Serene, county health department administrator.


    Homecoming coronation


  • Palic defeats No. 1, Marion takes 6th

    Marion High School took sixth of nine teams competing Friday at a tournament in Hoisington by scoring 71 team points while taking just four wrestlers. “We wrestled just about as well as we could with the number of guys we took along,” coach Chad Adkins said Monday. “With two guys getting first and two getting second, it was solid day.”

  • MHS boys hangs on for 2-point win

    The Marion Warriors almost let an 8-point lead evaporate in the final seconds of Tuesday’s game against Remington, but escaped with a 62-60 win. The Warriors appeared to have the game well in-hand, holding a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Almost every time the Broncos scored, the Warriors had an answer. When Jacob Baldwin scored on a drive to give Marion a 7-point cushion, 55-48, with just over 2 minutes to play, they were still in control.

  • Fast start lifts Remington over Marion girls

    Entering the season, Warriors head coach Kelly Robson pegged Remington as probably the best team in Marion’s league. Well then.

  • Centre girls win, boys lose

    The Centre girls basketball team beat Elyria Christian School, 35-29 Tuesday at Elyria. Scoring was even with the exception of the second quarter, when the Cougars rallied 5 points to take the lead 19-14 and by the end of the third quarter Centre increased their lead to 6.


  • His gift gone, too

    Marion County Reservoir resident Connie Rock is missing the statues of a Dutch boy and girl kissing that disappeared from her yard last year. Their absence makes her miss her husband of 61 years, Donald, even more. He died Sept. 1, after a two-year battle with cancer.

  • Their hearts are in the right place

    Peabody Senior Center members will spend a couple hours in the afternoon on Thursday and Feb. 12 making valentines to share with others. When asked if the cards they make are similar to the homemade variety so many of them made for the same holiday during their grade school years, member Judy Mellott said, “Yes, that is exactly how we do it.”


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