• Newell pleads guilty to 2 counts

    Kenneth Newell, a former emergency dispatcher accused of raping and fondling a child under 14 years of age and intimidating a witness, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child as part of a plea agreement. In exchange for the guilty plea, 11 charges, including the rape charge, the witness intimidation charge, and nine charges of lewd fondling or touching, were dismissed with prejudice.

  • Cindy's cafe seized again for late taxes

    A large red sign in the window of Cindy’s Family Café proclaims in bold script, “Patience is such a waste of time.” The Kansas Department of Revenue agreed Monday, as department personnel and Marion police put up two new yellow signs with one word dominating the rest: “SEIZED.”

  • Monthly jam session takes root in Marion

    If you happen to wander by Marion Community Center and hear live music, don’t call the police. That is, unless it’s to invite them to play with the coterie of musicians who recently relocated their open jam circle to the ballroom there. Guitarists Mike Moran and Galen Obermeyer, bassist Doug Kjellin, mandolin player Jim Versch, and fiddler Mark Wilcox are some of the usual suspects who rally at open jam sessions.

  • For high school band, black is the new blue

    Marion High School band director Chris Barlow presented the board of education with proposed new designs Monday for marching band. Barlow was going to present the new uniforms at the February meeting, but was unable to do so because he had been ill that day.

  • Youth soccer returns to county thanks to Tabor women's team

    Marion County had a problem, and Ian Thompson had the know-how — and a roster full of women with free time in the spring — to fix it. The Tabor women’s soccer team, through the Hillsboro Recreation Commission, will bring youth soccer back to Marion County in the form of a six-week academy-style program that will begin in late March and last into early May.

  • Commissioners defend tax rebate: 'We're not the IRS'

    In speaking with the appraiser’s office at their Monday meeting, County Commissioners Randy Dallke and Dan Holub defended their granting tax rebates that directly violated the parameters outlined in the application for said rebates. Specifically, commissioner Randy Dallke referenced a Marion County Record editorial that criticized the decision last week.

  • Serene questions FACT funding

    County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene had a simple question for commissioners Monday: How was the $6,000 county allotment for Families and Communities Together to be paid? Commissioners voiced support for the funds at an August meeting with four FACT representatives, but FACT Director Ashlee Gann said Tuesday they’re still waiting on a check.


  • County reverses course on Lois Ln. houses

    In a decision deemed the lesser of two evils, the County Commission voted to keep the addresses in the Wildin Subdivision at the county lake the same, with the caveat that residents will be required to make their addresses visible from the road on both Lakeshore Drive and Lois Lane. There had been debate over whether the Lakeshore Drive houses should become Lois Lane addresses, which is where commissioners were leaning before experiencing pushback in a previous meeting.

  • Florence Chamber of Commerce meets

    The monthly meeting of the Florence Chamber of Commerce was held Thursday. Minutes from last meeting and treasurer’s report were approved. The annual Easter egg hunt in Grandview Park will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4. Children 12 and under may participate. The Easter Bunny also will be there to visit with the children. Children may register to win one of two Easter baskets full of goodies.

  • Young shepherd expands her flock

    Marion High School junior Elizabeth Meyer has a busy life. When she isn’t hanging out with friends, doing homework, participating in sports, 4-H, FFA, school plays, or other extracurricular activities, she’s tending to her flock.


  • Weldon "Leo" Blackman

    Weldon “Leo” Blackman, 75, died March 2 at Newton Medical Center in Newton. He was born Dec. 26, 1939, to Charles and Claudia (Rayburn) Blackman in Riverside, Texas.

  • Alma Meyer

    Alma H. Meyer, 102, of Tampa, died Saturday March 7. A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Tampa. Visitation will precede the service, beginning at noon at the church. Burial will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

  • Jessie Maxine Spoon

    Jessie Maxine Spoon, 80, formerly of Marion, died March 4, 2015, at Newton Medical Center. Born near Burlington August 25, 1934, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mabel (Scott) Wilson.

  • Frank Willems

    Rev. Frank J. Willems, 95, died Friday at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. He was born March 30, 1919, to Jacob and Lena (Boldt) Willems at Waldheim, Saskatchewan.



  • Farmers swap stories at ag meeting

    Talk to farmers about past experiences, and one receives a variety of responses. The farmers who reminisced Saturday at the Agri Producers, Inc. annual meeting in Tampa talked about weather, the economy, and old times.

  • Local wheat goes global

    Marion County wheat could soon find its way into bakeries in Havana, Cuba, if recent efforts to lift the 53-year-old trade embargo with the island nation are successful. Paul Penner of Hillsboro hopes they are. Penner has grown wheat since the late 1970s, and for more than a decade, he’s worked with state and national organizations to promote wheat and open new markets. Penner just completed a term as president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, which has advocated opening the Cuban market.

  • It's time to set the Flint Hills on fire

    Marion County ranchers are not to be confused with hillbilly pyromaniacs. From March into May, land owners will be setting their pastures ablaze. Some do it to clear brush, others to clear pasture.

  • Farmers like fluidized lime for no-till fields

    Dry lime is a product that is spread on farm fields to neutralize the soil and make it more productive. It is broadcast and needs to be incorporated into the soil to begin working. Chuck Seifert of Marion uses “fluidized lime” on his 2,300 no-till acres. The lime is purchased through and applied by Ag Services, Inc. of Hillsboro.


  • Acts of commission

    Our papers made impressions on at least two readers last week — county commissioners Dan Holub and Randy Dallke. The pair took time during Monday’s meeting to protest our commentary last week about their decision to ignore the rules of the neighborhood revitalization program to approve an application for property tax rebates that was more than 240 days late and submitted after construction, not before.

  • Dining dilemma

    It appears Marion could lose another restaurant after officials once again shut down Cindy’s Family Café for failing to pay more than $12,000 of sales taxes. That’s on top of prior defaults of more than $14,000. Like many others, after Zimmerman’s closed last year, I started eating more meals at Cindy’s, and most everything I had was good. It was the type of café characteristic of small towns, with a menu full of things diet gurus frown on, but that most of us just call home-style cooking. If it’s closed for good, I won’t know where to turn for the gargantuan servings of biscuits and gravy I craved.


    Letter to the editor

    Preserving the Past


  • Calendar of events

  • Author to speak about books

    Author Max Terman will give a program on his books “Hiram’s Honor” and “Hiram’s Hope” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. Terman will speak about his great uncle who lived through the Civil War battles of Second Bull run, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. His uncle also was held prisoner for 17 months at Belle Island and Andersonville.

  • Movie to screen at library

    A PG movie about a boy who has the most terrible day of his life will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. The library is contractually forbidden to publicize the name of the movie, but the film stars Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner.

  • Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser is Friday

    Those looking for a little family fun and a chance to support the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program in Marion County should consider signing up for the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event at Sher Bowl Lanes in Marion. Balls roll at 9 p.m. Friday.

  • PEO chapter elects officers

    With 22 members in attendance, PEO Chapter DB elected and installed officers on March 2 at the home of Debbi Darrow. A painting by Dean Batt, donated by Bettie Batt, was sold through silent auction to benefit the scholarship fund for a local high school senior girl.

  • Congregation celebrates World Day of Prayer

    Representatives from five Marion churches celebrated World Day of Prayer on Friday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. The event’s theme was “Jesus Said, ‘Do you Understand What I Have Done For You?’”

  • Goessel museum plan 'wild' event

    Professional nature photographer Jim Griggs will present his “Wild Tanzania” program at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum’s annual Heritage Dinner March 21 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. Griggs’ presentation following the dinner will include stories, photos, artifacts, and videos of Tanzania.


    Birthday meals match number of years

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


  • USD 408 considers change that could improve lunchtime

    USD 408 is considering outsourcing its food-service menu creation to a management company. Superintendent Lee Leiker introduced the idea Monday to the board, which reacted favorably. He said it would improve meal quality and save money without costing the school’s food-service workers their jobs.

  • Schools refinance, save citizens $327,000

    Thanks to a timely refinancing of construction bonds, USD 408 will save taxpayers $327,585 over the next 10 years, during which the district will be paying off construction fees for the Sports and Aquatics Center and Performing Arts Center. The district had the opportunity to refinance the bonds once during their 20-year period, and Leiker said he had been in continual communication with Steve Shogren of George K. Baum and Company in Wichita to figure when would be the best time to refinance, given interest rates and time remaining on the bonds.

  • Marion students place 1st at welding contest

    Marion High School students won the NCKTC High School Invitational Gas Metal Arc Welding contest in Beloit on Friday for a third consecutive year. They competed against 18 schools and 29 teams. Marion had six students place in the top 25. Raleigh Kroupa placed first, Nicholas Stuchlik, fifth, and Bret Voth placed sixth. A second Marion team placed ninth overall.

  • Tabor choir prepares for annual tour

    Tabor College Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir is beginning its third annual tour over spring break. It will perform nine concerts in high schools and churches. The theme of their performances is “Illumination.”


  • Centre girls headed to state tourney

    One could call it revenge for an earlier loss to the Bluebirds at home. Outstanding defensive play led the Centre girls’ basketball team to victory over Goessel on Saturday in the substate championship at Rosalia. The Cougars defeated the Bluebirds, 37-21. “The defensive effort by the Lady Cougars was the biggest factor in our winning this game,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “The execution of our defensive plan was superb, and every player contributed to its success.”

  • Gordon, Emporia State headed to NCAAs

    Marion native Whitney Gordon will partake in the proverbial madness this March, as the Emporia State women’s basketball team, of which Gordon is a member, reached the NCAA division II championship tournament. Gordon is in her first season as a junior-year transfer for the Hornets. She’s a role player on the team, averaging 1.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per game.

  • 6 students qualify for state chess

    Marion schools had a number of students qualify for the state chess tournament, which is Saturday at Wichita North High School. Marion chess players heading to state are Christian Becker, Drew Helmer, Cassie Meyer, Michael Nelson, Hap Waddell, and Larry Zieammermann.


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