• HRK owner writes city to provide help

    After Dollar General decided to build a store in Marion last month, Marion officials said they wanted to help the longtime variety store HRK compete. On Tuesday, the city council got its chance. HRK owner Bernice Beach sent a letter to the city asking that repair work in and around her parking lot be done.

  • Family pulls together in wake of house fire

    Four days after the Friday fire that destroyed Gina Schaefer’s home at 321 W. Santa Fe St., she longed for a few minutes of peace, some respite from the relentless whirlwind of activity and attention. “It becomes overwhelming,” she said. “The phone calls, the messages, everybody wants to help, but it’s overwhelming. You need time to let your mind relax.”

  • County approves new wind farm

    After more than 10 years of proposals and hearings, the wind farm between Aulne, Peabody, and Florence received final approval Tuesday from county commissioners. A handful of people attended to oppose the conditional use permit (CUP), mainly the recent expansion of the wind farm south of US-50. But the commission’s 3-0 vote brings to rest the controversy over whether Windbourne Energy’s wind farm would be built in the prairie grasslands.

  • Missing road sign gets colorful replacement

    No one seems to know quite when or how the street sign at the intersection of Eagle and 120th Rds. southwest of Hillsboro disappeared. The appearance of a replacement, in colors red, white, and blue, is just as mysterious to some who live nearby.

  • Kimbrel retires from Edward Jones

    When Tom Kimbrel received approval from Edward Jones Investments to establish a brokerage office in Kansas, he told the company he did not want to live in a large city. So the company presented a list of possible rural locations. Several were in western Kansas, and a few were in eastern Kansas. Sixteen and a half years later, Kimbrel is retiring from the place he chose in Marion to establish his office. His last day was Friday.

  • Postmaster delivers unhappy message over address change

    One of the six houses at Marion County Lake scheduled for an address change belongs to Postmaster Lori Kelsey, and she is not pleased. Kelsey’s home at 91 Lakeshore Drive is one of six Lakeshore Dr. addresses in the Wilden Subdivision slated to switch to a Lois Lane address.

  • Patients should plan to use clinic walk-in hours for minor illness

    Patients seeking medical attention at St. Luke Medical Clinic in Marion should know walk-in clinic hours are for the evaluation and treatment of minor illness and injuries. “Some people come in a little confused as to what they can see us for during
    walk-in hours,” St. Luke Medical Clinic Manager Tammy Snelling said. “Sometimes people come in for a medicine refill check or diabetes issues, but for those types of things patients should schedule appointments.”


  • Farm bill deadlines approach

    Deadlines are near for new safety-net programs established by the 2014 federal farm bill. Farmers wanting to update yield histories or reallocate base acres must do so with the Farm Service Agency by Feb. 27.

  • Kiwanis hears from newest Marion officer

    Marion Kiwanis met Tuesday with 18 members in attendance. Kevin Fruechting introduced guest speaker Duane McCarty newest member of the Marion Police Force.

  • Police to step up seatbelt enforcement near schools

    The Marion Police Department encourages young drivers to buckle up. Beginning next week, Marion officers and authorities across the state will make extra patrols near schools in an effort to crack down on young drivers not wearing their seatbelts. “Even one teen death is unacceptable,” said Police Chief Tyler Mermis in a press release. “Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off and always buckle up.”


  • Helen Carmichael

    Helen Carmichael, 102, of Lindsborg died Jan. 30. Suzanne Thole of Marion is her daughter. She was born March 3, 1912, in Lindsborg to Rodney and Etta (Lewin) Jenkins. She married Ralph Carmichael on Aug. 21, 1935.

  • Marilynn Long

    Former nurse Marilynn J. Long, 70, formerly of Holyrood, died Feb. 9 at her home at Marion Reservoir. She was born July 13, 1944, to Earl and Helen (Katzenmeier) Durr at Ellsworth. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in the surgery department of Wesley Medical Center.



  • Not so pretty in pink

    Today, I take a stand for the lovelorn of Marion, the souls without a soulmate, the Lancelot without a Guinevere, the George without a Gracie, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. To the city of Marion, from one of those forsaken by love, and we are legion, I implore you — enough with the pink and red lights in the park for Valentine’s Day already!

  • Judge for a day

    Oh, the crushing responsibility that comes with being placed in a seat of judgment — at least for me. Yes me, Oliver J. Good, Marion High School alumnus and news reporter, in a position to judge. Scary thought. Truth be told, it blew my mind when I was recently invited to be a judge. Me? Little old me, a bona fide judge, not of right and wrong or good and evil, but rather an adjudicator of the arts at Thursday’s forensics tournament hosted at Marion High School.

  • Calendar of events


    Double Duty and Reversible


  • Ship survivors headline Thrivent dinner

    The stories of survivors of a ship sunk by Germans during World War II will set the theme for a Morris-Marion County Thrivent member awareness dinner March 8 in Herington. The passenger ship Zamzam sank in 1941 when it was shelled by a German cruiser. The passengers, mostly Christian missionaries and their families bound for Africa, were confined for a month on a prison ship before reaching occupied France. Among them were Lillian Danielson of Lindsborg and her six children.

  • 20th Century Club learns about stress management

    Dr. Paige Dodson and her husband, Scott, joined 16 members of the 20th Century Club for their Feb. 2 meeting in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. Dodson led members through a guided meditation. She then defined stress, talked about its symptoms and how it affects people, and explained stress management techniques.


    Lily Roberta Wildin

    Foth, Goodwin to wed

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


  • Talented tenor asked to sing in All-State Choir

    In a process that began with about 2,000 students, Marion High School choir member Adam Kjellin was recently named one of the best tenors in the Kansas. As a result, he has been asked to perform with the Kansas Music Educators’ Association All-State Choir.

  • Fahey takes 2nd in county spelling bee

    It took 17 rounds for Edel Miller of Goessel to be declared champion Feb. 11 at the Marion County Spelling Bee held at Centre schools. There were 20 competitors. Miller, an eighth grader, won the competition with the correct spelling of the word “appreciate.”

  • Hutch CC announces fall honor roll students

    Hutchinson Community College recently recognized 20 Marion County students for academic honors for the fall semester. Erin Brubaker and Aaron Woelk of Goessel, Melissa Combs of Lincolnville, and Elizabeth Huntley of Marion were named to the president’s honor roll, which recognizes students with a 4.0 GPA.

  • Students earn FHSU degrees

    Four Marion County students received bachelor’s degrees from Fort Hays State University at the conclusion of fall semester. Hillsboro — Jamie Spoonemore, B.S., secondary education. Marion — Javan Koehn, B.G.S., leadership; Heather Steiner, B.S., elementary education. Burns — Tobey Green, B.G.S., child development.

  • Centre schools to receive $1,000 grant

    A $1,000 grant awarded to Centre schools in 2014 will be used to promote healthy eating for elementary school children. It was one of 163 Healthy Habits for Life grants given by the Blue Cross- Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. The application was submitted by Centre Girl Scouts as part of the Silver Award they received last year.

  • Wide Awake meets

    The Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H Club had its meeting on Feb. 8. Becca Casey led the flag salute and 4-H pledge. Seven members answered roll call prompt to share something interesting about Groundhog Day.


  • Lincolnville seniors enjoy companionship

    The Lincolnville Senior Citizens organization was established in 1977. The group met in the former Lincolnville 4-H community building. The size of the group has dwindled over the years, but the six Lincolnville senior citizens who meet each week at the new community center look forward to the time they spend together.

  • County seniors to meet Friday in Durham

    The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Durham Community Building. Morning refreshments will be served, and attendees are invited to eat lunch at Main Street Café.

  • Child educator takes talents to area retirement home

    It’s not very often someone gets to do what they love and make a living off it. Gayle Voth is an exception.

  • Wear Red Day was a success

    Participation in Wear Red Day Feb. 6 was great. People wore red to raise awareness about heart disease as it affects women. Keith Allison wore a red sweat suit and won the non-existent prize. Judy Thompson, the Veterans’ Service representative from Salina, visited the center Feb. 10.


  • Bowling results

  • Wrestlers pound out victory at Chase Co.

    Bringing their winning streak to eight events and perhaps breaking a few hearts along the way, the Warriors emerged victorious with 117.5 team points at a wrestling tournament in Chase County on Valentine’s Day. “We didn’t wrestle very well,” Coach Chad Adkins said Monday. “But we fought hard to get it done.”

  • MHS girls bit by last-second shot

    After dropping a road game to Ell-Saline on Friday, the Marion Warriors again ended up with the short straw Tuesday, as a Sedgwick bucket with 1.7 seconds left in overtime lifted the Cardinals on MHS senior night. It was a back-and-forth contest, with both teams enjoying brief leads for periods of the game. Marion had the upper hand when junior Kirsten Hansen made a shot with under 20 seconds left in overtime to give the Warriors a 1-point lead.

  • Marion boys lose to Sedgwick, 56-31

    In a game where head coach Jeff McMillin said his team didn’t provide much resistance, the Warriors fell to the Sedgwick Cardinals 56-31. “A team that really wasn’t that physical, we let them dictate how we played,” McMillin said.

  • Coaches sound off on seniors

    Tuesday was senior night for Marion High School’s basketball teams. Both teams combined had fewer seniors, three, than most squads they faced night in and night out. Girls’ head coach Kelly Robson on senior Julia Hall:

  • Late 3-pointer carries MHS JV on Friday

    Marion junior varsity girls posted another win Friday, defeating Ell-Saline 31-30. Marion led most of the game until middle of the fourth quarter when Ell-Saline took a 3-point advantage. With just over a minute left in the game freshman Courtney Herzet ran the floor and made a layup and was fouled. She then tied the game by making the free throw.


    Centre girls defeat Wakefield, 57-25, Boys bombarded 53-27


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