• Harrington responds to Heitschmidt

    Bradford Harrington says he hasn’t slept well in a couple weeks thanks to a diatribe he called “humiliating and totally uncalled for” by Mayor Todd Heitschmidt. Harrington had a chance to respond at the Marion council meeting Monday, at which he presented a deed of sale for four of five lots on his property at 432 Arbor St., and also detailed a plan to bring his remaining lot up to city code.

  • Wind farm clears yet another hurdle

    This time, it was blade-flung ice hunks. The latest in a series of obstacles presented to Rex Savage and the Windbourne Energy Doyle Creek wind farm was that of safety concerns. Commissioners on Monday approved a resolution allowing landowners to approve turbine construction nearer to their homes than the regulations previously allowed.

  • Cindy's cafe reopens soon after closure

    Cindy’s Café was closed March 9 for failure to pay back sales taxes of $12,859 but reopened Friday thanks to an anonymous individual who assisted owner Cynthia Taylor in obtaining a bank loan. “Everything is paid in full,” Taylor said. “It was by the grace of God. I knew if he wanted me to be here, it would work out.”

  • Cattle caper: Thief caught, cows brought back home

    Eight Charolais cattle from a Lincolnville farm took unauthorized trips last week, and a Eureka man is in Marion County Jail accused of stealing them. Michael Combs of Lincolnville noticed the cattle were missing when he returned from a trip to Emporia on Thursday. Sheriff’s deputy Mike Ottensmeier took the initial report and estimated the value of the cattle to be $14,880.

  • Judge Powers: Poet, lyricist, rhythmic sing-talker

    When the honorable Judge Mike Powers hangs his robe up and puts away his gavel at the end of the day, there’s a good chance he’s stringing together a rhyme. “He constantly makes up lyrics and songs,” Josh, his youngest son, said. “Sometimes it’s to existing tunes and sometimes it’s all original. Road trips were always fun because of it.”

  • Commissioners to reconsider road closure

    Last week the permanent closure of a portion of Chisholm Trail Rd. between 300th and 310th Rds. seemed imminent, but after a number of individuals spoke to the importance of the stretch of road at Monday’s meeting, Commissioners will reconsider before moving forward. A public hearing garnered multiple attendees Monday, with only one in favor of closing the road permanently. That individual, Dale Christiansen, expressed only a moderate desire to close the road, with lack of necessity as his primary reason.

  • Student jumpstarts rabbitry

    When she’s not nuzzling her adorable Dutch rabbits, Marion High School sophomore Kaitlyn Goebel is working out a threefold plan to turn a profit off the colony she’s raising. In addition to selling the puffball offspring of her first rabbit couple, Callie and Osweld, she plans to transform their droppings into dollars by mixing pellets with other organic matter to make fertilizer.


  • State to quit mailing tag renewal notices

    The state budget ax is about to come down on vehicle owners, as the Kansas Department of Revenue will cease mailing tag renewal forms to motorists in July. County treasurer Jeannine Bateman relayed that news to county commissioners Monday.

  • Hillsboro to raise electric rates

    Hillsboro electricity users can be certain of one thing: Their rates are going up. Just what the increase will be and how to implement it are still in question, as city council members shot down a resolution that would have raised rates by 1.1 cents per kilowatt hour effective June 1.

  • Library quilt show to go up Monday

    Marion City Library will display more than 30 quilts, wall hangings, and table runners for its annual quilt show. The show will start Monday and continue during normal library hours until April 4. There also will be a barn quilt display. There will be an opportunity to win a quilt made by a library patron. The Marion City Library can be reached at (620) 382-2442.

  • What's next for county wind farm?

    Rex Savage spent the past decade working toward the answer to one question: Can a wind farm be built in Marion County? With county conditional use permits approved and land use agreements in place, the answer is now “Yes it can.” That begets more questions, the biggest of which are these: Will it be built, and when?

  • Highway hay permits available

    Landowners may apply for a permit to harvest hay on Kansas highway rights of way through the Kansas Department of Transportation. Applicants with land adjacent to the right of way will receive permit priority through March 31.

  • Water conservation signup available

    A new sign-up period for water resources and non-point source cost share practices is available from the Marion County Conservation District. Residents can sign up from Monday through April 10 for funding available in July. Water resources provide monetary assistance to landowners constructing terraces, diversions, grass waterways, grass seedings, and livestock water supply systems.

  • Country club's complaint elicits feisty retort

    A challenge from the Marion Country Club board to Marion City Council turned into a challenge to the board itself when a third party defended an area man’s right to have ugly property. David Mayfield spoke to council first, representing the country club board. He complained of the property neighboring the club, 103 Ashley Dr., saying not only was it unsightly to visitors, but it violated city ordinances.

  • Flame jugglers: Crews battle glut of fires

    Marion County volunteer firefighters got more than they bargained for this past week, as crews from around the county were called out 15 times to tackle fires that scorched fields and incinerated outbuildings. Monday was a long day for Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee. He was on call for ambulance duty when a field fire was reported east of Lehigh. Hillsboro firefighters were joined by volunteers from Lehigh, Durham, and Canton.


  • Virgil Clark

    Former mail carrier Virgil E. Clark, 88, passed away March 11 at his residence. He was born Sept. 27, 1926, at Wichita, Kansas. On July 3, 1945, he married Norma J. Wilbur. He served in the Navy in WWII. He was a crane operator and worked construction for Hoisting and Portable Engineers local union No. 101, then worked as a rural mail carrier for 30 years.

  • Allan Cochran

    Allan Deen Cochran, 24, died Saturday at his rural Hillsboro residence. A service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Marion Christian Church.

  • Max R. Daniel

    Max R. Daniel, 94, died Sunday at Wichita. He was born Feb. 20, 1921 to Howard and Lenore Shahan Daniel, at Marion. He served in the Army during World War II. In July 1943, he was united in marriage to Hazel Hedges. They made their home in Wichita, where Max worked as a welder for Cessna. His wife died July 10, 2014.

  • Rosemary Garrard

    Rosemary A. Garrard, 77, died Tuesday at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley United Methodist Church.

  • Cornelia Nelson

    Cornelia L. “Toady” Nelson, 94, died March 11 at Diversicare Home in Council Grove. She was born April 19, 1920, to George and Lelia (Rose) Holmes at Lincolnville. She married Lyle “Keith” Nelson on June 1, 1940. They farmed and raised livestock.

  • Rosemary Ritter

    Rosemary Ritter, 81, Marion, died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center. She was born April 11, 1933, to William and Iva Mae (Nelson) Harris in Perry, Oklahoma. She was married to Warren Ritter on June 18, 1949.



  • Physical fitness guru says exercise key to health at any age

    Some people might think Jim Wyatt of Marion County Lake is an exercise nut. The 79-year-old retired physical education teacher and school counselor works out three times a week at Marion Wellness Center, is on a bowling team, and plays golf. When he golfs, he does not use a golf cart. He walks.

  • Physical education teacher instills life fitness habits

    Like it or not, dodgeball is not a life skill. The game is a quintessential P.E. classic, but physical education teacher Nicki Case feels a responsibility to teach her students more than just the rules to games they likely won’t play after high school.

  • Smart driver safety course offered

    The American Association of Retired Persons will offer a smart driver safety course from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 30 and 31 in the Hillsboro City Building council room. The class is for all licensed drivers and will meet for two four-hour sessions. No actual driving will be required to complete the course. Participants will receive a workbook and have the opportunity for discussion. There will be no written tests.

  • Health fair is Saturday

    With over 30 vendors attending, the Marion County Health Fair will feature a variety of opportunities to learn about healthy living from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hillsboro Elementary School gym. Featured classes include presentations on poverty, nutrition, diabetes, basic first aid, and substance abuse.


  • What is economic development?

    What is economic development? It’s a question with an ambiguous answer dependent on the people who fill the role of economic development director, the people they work for, and the communities they serve. Business and industrial recruitment is an oft-expressed core theme, augmented in different ways in different circles by things such as “shop at home” initiatives, tourism, public relations, and infrastructure development. It depends on who you ask, and who’s giving the answers.

  • A light moment

    Valentine’s Day was a month ago, and shortly thereafter, my repertoire of “green” songs to sing as I drove past the green lights of Central Park ran out. “Green Tambourine” and “Green-eyed Lady” sound horrible without a band covering up my ill-fitted-to-the-tunes baritone warbling. “Greensleeves” sounds better, but the repetition of “Alas my love, you do me wrong to cast me off discourteously,” is dismal beyond dismal — once a week is more than enough of that one. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit I know neither the lyrics or the tune to “Green, Green Grass of Home.”


    The Meaning of a Word

    City should be more helpful


  • Neo-Century hears about deep-sea diving

    Neo-Century met March 2 at Hilltop Manor with 14 members present. They answered roll call by naming their favorite sea creature. The evening program was presented by Claire Meredith. She shared her experience of deep sea diving and showed pictures.

  • 20th Century Club meets

    20th Century Club met March 2 in the Santa Fe Room of Marion City Library. Hostesses were Sondra Mayfield and Carol Laue. Nine members were present. A St. Patrick’s theme was used for the decorations. Members brought hors d’oeuvres to share and the hostesses provided drinks and Blarney stones for dessert.

  • Senior citizens board to meet

    The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Peabody Senior Center. The Peabody seniors will be serving lunch. Reservations are needed by today by calling Peabody Senior Center at (620) 983-2226 or the Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580. For transportation assistance, call the department by Thursday.

  • Annual reservoir cleanup is April 25

    Volunteers are being sought for the 13th annual Marion Reservoir Cleanup Day. Volunteers should “dress to get grubby.” They will be tasked with picking up trash around the reservoir, connecting waterways, riparian zones, and wildlife refuges that lie in the North American flyway.


    Cooking conundrum

    Tristen Miesse

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


  • All MMS students receive 'I' at festival

    Marion Middle School singers swept the board at the Heart of America Music Festival, achieving superior ‘I’ ratings for every vocal and choral performance March 10 at Hutch-Trinity. Judges rate choirs, soloists and ensembles on a I-V scale. “I” represents an outstanding performance and is the highest rating a school or student can receive.

  • Teen to meet March 25

    The monthly meeting of the Technology Excellence in Education Network board will be at 6 p.m. March 25 at the USD 408 district office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.

  • Parables author to talk at Tabor

    Alicia Snyder, a Wichita area author and illustrator, will be the presenter for the Lifelong Learning session at9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College. Snyder will share life experiences of how she has seen God in the world around her, and how God led her to turn some of her insights into modern day parables.


  • Centre girls capture 3rd at state

    Centre High School point guard Shelby Makovec won’t soon forget March 14, the day she went 14-of-14 from the free-throw line, the final two of which clinched a 48-44 win over St. Paul and third place in the Class 1A Division 1 championship Saturday in Emporia. Free throws won the day for the Cougars, who scored 27 points from the charity stripe.

  • Seniors reflect on 4 state runs

    Shelby Makovec and Brenna Shields were the two Centre High School girls’ basketball players who played in the state basketball tournament all four years of high school. Makovec was the starting point guard on all four teams. Shields was a good rebounder and defensive player. After losing the first round the first three years, they finished in third place this year.

  • Baldwin, Hansen earn HOA honorable mentions

    Senior Jacob Baldwin and freshman Kourtney Hansen made the Heart of America all-league basketball teams in the form of honorable mentions. The league released the rosters Friday. Hansen carried the Lady Warriors at times in her first season, and she finished the year leading the team in points with 9.1 per game, rebounds with 5.6 per game, and assists. Head coach Kelly Robson was pleased with the strides Hansen made throughout her first season. She was one of two freshman to receive an all-league nod.

  • Gymnasts perform well at Goddard

    An energetic group of Marion County gymnasts displayed their developing talents Saturday at the Sammy K. Ewertz Memorial Invitational in Goddard. The Marion Skywalkers’ team members each competed in double mini trampoline, trampoline, and tumbling events.


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