• Panzer breaks 100-mile running course record

    When extreme long distance runner Kodi Panzer came in third after running the last step of a 100-mile ultra race, she wanted to win, but didn’t expect to best the female course record by over two hours. Panzer’s goal was to run the Prairie Spirit Trail course between Ottawa and Iola in under 20 hours and 30 minutes. She went the distance in 19 hours and 16 minutes, placing first among women runners and third overall.

  • Legislative chat leaves Marionites more concerned than informed

    Marion County Commission Chairman Dan Holub has had it with area state legislators after a question-and-answer session Saturday at the community center in Marion. Holub was critical of the responses given by Representative John Barker and State Senator Richard Wilborn to various issues raised, including the budget shortfall that has Kansas hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

  • Leiker calls out faulty explanation of education funding system

    Lee Leiker just wanted to clear things up. The USD 408 superintendent was aware of the narrative coming out of Topeka: Budget adjustments were actually allocating more money to fund schools.

  • Woman comes home to disturbing surprise

    When a 55-year-old woman recently discovered she was missing $900 worth of property from her Hillsboro house, it was likely the least of her worries. Renee Livingston, who declined to be interviewed for this story, also discovered animal dung and 50 ominous love notes that might be clues in a case that is currently under investigation by Hillsboro Police.

  • Inventions of 2nd graders amaze adults

    On a recent Thursday evening, Ginger Becker’s second grade classroom at Marion Elementary School was full of bright-eyed, eager learners fascinated by what they were seeing. The learners were parents, relatives, and friends who had come to see the inventions Becker’s students had dreamed up as part of a class project about inventors. Many said it was unlike anything they remembered doing in second grade.

  • Deputy brings lights and sound to police cars

    Mike Ottensmeier stood in his garage near Hillsboro Cove on Sunday contemplating a puzzle presented by a new Ford police interceptor brought to him by the Park City police department. When he isn’t patrolling Marion County as a deputy for the sheriff’s department, Ottensmeier outfits police cars and other vehicles with emergency lights, sirens, and video equipment. The problem with the Ford: the siren speaker didn’t fit behind the front bumper of the car where Ford said it should go.

  • Marion mulls turning parks and recreation into city dept.

    City Administrator Roger Holter made an appeal to city council Monday about the possibility of a city-run parks and recreation program. Holter presented the issue as an opportunity for the city to make forward strides in its recreation program. Putting the recreation department with the city, Holter said, it could accomplish more.


  • Casey Donahew Band to perform at Chingawassa

    Chingawassa Committee announced Friday that the Casey Donahew Band will be the headlining act at this year’s Chingawassa Days festival, performing the night of June 6. “We anticipate this band and this type of music to draw a young crowd from outside of Marion County, folks that wouldn’t typically attend Chingawassa Days,” said Tammy Ensey, a committee member.

  • Open burning prohibited in April

    Open burning will be prohibited in Marion County during the month of April, according to a release sent out by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. There are several exemptions to the prohibition, which must be requested and granted before any open burn takes place.

  • Construction project around HRK tabled

    Faced with a cost that would drain the city’s entire street and sidewalk funds for the year, city councilors tabled a construction project on the premises of HRK Variety store at the corner of Main and Roosevelt Sts. An assessment performed by EBH Engineering estimated the cost of the repair to the east entrance at $7,035. Additional repairs to the sidewalk, the curb, and the west entrance would add approximately $8,000 to the cost of the project.

  • Centre school board candidates speak out

    Several Centre board of education members are up for re-election, and three individuals are running for the first time. Jesse Brunner and current board member Amber Peterson are running to represent the Tampa area. Peterson has been on the board for four years and serves as the board representative on the Centre Foundation board.

  • 'Guardian angel' returns lost wallet

    Bill Williams was panicking. His wallet was gone. About two weeks ago, Williams, an 85-year-old retired farmer from Wonsevu, was running errands in Marion with his wife, Margie, correspondent for the


  • Harold Farris

    Former Canada resident Harold L. Farris, 88, died March 25 at Newton Medical Center. Funeral services were Saturday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home and interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

  • Helen Jantz

    Homemaker and Marion County native Helen R. Jantz died March 24 at Sunrise Assisted Living Center, Overland Park, Kansas. She was born to Jacob and Ruth (Propp) Wunsch on Oct. 15, 1924, in Clark Township, Marion County.

  • Juliette Tarantino

    Homemaker Juliette Tarantino, 78, died March 23 at her home in Lehigh. Born July 10, 1936, to Phillip and Mary (Gredau) Tarantino in the Bronx in New York City, Juliette moved to Lehigh in 1986.

  • Ruth Weigel

    Ruth J. Weigel, 87, mother of Lincolnville resident Terry Klenda, died Monday at the Golden Age Care Home in Cheney. The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church, Wichita. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Wichita.


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  • Agent likes small-town life

    Chris Hernandez is the new Edward Jones agent in Marion. His first day was Feb. 9. He replaced Tom Kimbrel, who retired. Hernandez was an Edward Jones agent in Wichita for almost four years. Before that, he owned and operated two businesses and was a client with Edward Jones.

  • Deductions some taxpayers overlook

    Sometimes there is money to be saved hidden in the forms that can bewilder some taxpayers. Professional tax preparer a Woody Crawshaw Jr. said one common deduction taxpayers can claim but tend to overlook is gas expenditures related to business, medical, or charitable miles driven.



  • Marion woman turns 100

    The only reason Mary Ruth Travis could give for living to be 100 was that she doesn’t drink or smoke and neither did anyone else in her family. “I don’t think anything about it,” she said.

  • Lodge honors past masters

    Centre Lodge No. 147 met March 25 in Marion for its annual past masters banquet. Worshipful Master Rick LeShure welcomed guests Les Allison, district deputy, Florence; Sam Oakleaf, area deputy, Howard; and Kyle Olson, Eureka.

  • Girl scouts collect shoes for orphans

    Marion Girl Scouts are collecting shoes to donate to orphanages in South America, Africa, and Haiti as part of “Shoes for Love” or “Dando Amor’s” nationwide shoe drive. Shoes of any size, color, and condition can be dropped off at one of several Marion locations including the elementary school, middle school, Central National Bank, Tampa State Bank, and Eastmoor United Methodist Church.

  • Democratic women meet

    Marion County Democratic Women met at Marion Senior Center on March 27. After a lunch, Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. Neysa Eberhard reported on Washington Days in Topeka. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was the speaker.

  • Lunch 'n' Learn ... to garden


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    Insomnia breeds a fight song, Senior center menu

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  • Centre student re-elected state FBLA parliamentarian

    At the state Future Business Leaders of America conference last week in Topeka, Ally Basore, a junior at Centre High School, was designated the state parliamentarian for the second consecutive year. She won the honor by being the top scorer on the parliamentary law test.

  • Elder Fahey brother to pass production torch

    Although “Southern Hospitality” was Marion senior Braden Fahey’s final high school production, it will not be his last play. Nor will he be the last Fahey behind the elaborate light and sound controls in USD 408’s Performing Arts Center. After working with multiple crewmembers for the past five years, Braden will pass the torch to his younger brother, Taylor, a sophomore, when he goes to college.

  • Centre FFA does blood drive, Aggie Day event

    A grand total of 27 viable pints of blood were collected on March 24 when Centre FFA hosted its spring blood drive at USD 397 facilities. Several FFA members traveled to Fort Scott Friday to take part in the Key Industry Aggie Day events and festivities.

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  • Centre receives sports award

    Following the participation of the Centre girls’ basketball team in the 1A Division I state tournament, the Kansas State High School Activities Association presented the Centre community the sportsmanship award for the fourth consecutive year. A special committee appointed by the KSHSAA evaluated and rated the cheerleaders, school cheering section, adult and non-high school followers, team, and coach of each school.

  • Makovec awarded all-state status by KBCA

    Centre senior Shelby Makovec is one of five girls’ 1A Division I basketball players to receive first team all-state honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, as well as the Wichita Eagle, Topeka Capital-Journal, and Sports in Kansas. Makovec said it was a goal she set as a freshman.


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