HEADLINES

  • Food bank relocating, expanding

    The Marion County Food Bank will be moving into the building that currently houses the Marion youth center and provide a wider range of services, City Administrator Roger Holter said. The food bank has been housed at Valley United Methodist Church in a small room in the building’s northwest corner. Organizers said accessibility, space, and resources were inhibiting its potential.

  • Marion DQ won't happen until there's someone to run it

    The rumors are founded, but that doesn’t mean they’re true. A Dairy Queen is not imminent in Marion. But it could be, if “the right person” would come forward to operate it. At a Marion Economic Development Inc. meeting Thursday, high school representative Jacob Baldwin broached the topic that’s been the subject of rumors for months: Is Marion getting a Dairy Queen?

  • Board OK's spending $100,000 at meeting

    The band uniforms proposed last month by director Chris Barlow had a curious amount of black, but a redesign gave them more blue, and they were approved for purchase at a school board meeting Monday night. They weren’t the only big purchase made, either.

  • Tragedies teach responsibility to MHS students

    Gravestones at Marion Cemetery and overcast skies set a somber backdrop April 8 as Marion High School students heard the personal toll drinking and driving has taken on people they know. Students in the MHS SAFE club wanted something different from the typical personal responsibility presentations that have become commonplace in high schools.

  • Hillsboro resident is 'the man in the hippie van'

    In all likelihood, fewer people know Tanner Lacy than know his van. Its brightly colored exterior, a mural of a scenic landscape, has led some Hillsboro residents to dub it the “hippie van.” “Everybody in town seems to know my van,” Lacy said. “When people ask where I live, I say by the hippie van.”

  • Town hall meeting turns into lake forum

    If a tree falls in a lake and no commissioner is there to see it, is it really there? Marion County Lake property owners made certain Saturday that County Commissioner Dan Holub knew about fallen trees they believe detract from the lake’s appearance, as well as other maintenance issues.

  • Write-ins win almost a third of county races

    Rarely has a preliminary election vote tally had so many apparent winners with the same name: “Write-in” won 20 of the 70 positions up for grabs in the April 7 election. Monday’s election canvass by the county commission put real names into those winner spots. Write-in winners haven’t yet made official whether they will accept those positions.

OTHER HEADLINES

  • 'Big box store' isn't so big, but its impact could be

    Goliath is here, and he’s not so big after all. Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store in Hillsboro opened for business Wednesday, met with large crowds — some happy to avoid a trip to a McPherson or Newton location, others going, they swear, out of mere curiosity.

  • County gives nod to coop road fix

    Burns streets will be relieved of increased truck traffic through an agreement Monday by the county commission to make improvements to 10th Ave. to accommodate Mid Kansas Coop traffic. Erik Lange of Mid Kansas Coop told commissioners business has picked up at the Burns facility since new storage bins were installed four years ago.

  • City to chase $150,000 grant for East Park

    As the bricks pile up on Central Park’s stage area, the city turned its focus to Marion’s East Park on Monday, approving the application for a grant that could net the city $150,000 in improvements for the price of $15,000. A refund to the state of unspent Community Development Block Grant funding provided the opportunity, City Administrator Roger Holter said. The project would redo existing equipment and upgrade the park facilities.

  • Locals lead Governor's Turkey Hunt

    At least four people from Marion County will participate this week in the 29th annual Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt. Its stated mission is “to provide hunting opportunity and youth education in the great Kansas outdoors.” Janet Post of Burns is the executive director. Her husband, Pat Post, Bill Shirley of Marion, and Derek Benson of Peabody will serve as guides.

  • Accused to foot bill for Marion jail stays

    Citizens taken to jail will now pay their own way in Marion, according to a resolution passed by city council Monday. “The purpose of this ordinance is to take everything off the taxpayer that’s paying for the person to be in jail, and putting it back on to that person that’s incarcerated,” Police Chief Tyler Mermis said. Mermis said the resolution was modeled after a similar one in Peabody.

  • Centre board approves major capital improvements

    The Centre parking lot will receive a 2-inch overlay and the elementary school wing will receive a new roof this summer. The board of education approved both projects Monday. They accepted bids of $131,126 from Surface Protection Services for the overlay and $55,935 from Wray Roofing for the new roof.

DEATHS

  • Roy Brockmeier

    Former funeral director Roy E. Brockmeier, 81, a former Hope resident, died Sunday at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace Community Church in Newton, followed by interment 2 p.m. Thursday at Kensington Gardens Cemetery, Wichita.

  • Dwain Gill

    Father of rural Marion resident Carol Vogel, Dwain G. Gill, 84, died April 3 at Stafford County Hospital. His son, Pastor Steve Gill, officiated a memorial service April 6 at Minnis Chapel.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Steven Hanschu

DOCKET

OPINION

  • The Rhino is afoot

    The onset of spring in Marion is full upon us. Trees are leafing out, flowers dot yards, people are preparing gardens, and the cacophony of birds starts well before sunrise. But there’s an aspect to spring that’s uniquely ours, one that locals have come to understand well.

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PEOPLE

  • Strodas celebrate 60th anniversary

    Ralph and Betty (Holub) Stroda will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Catholic Parish Hall in Herington. Their children David, Scott, Mary, and Margie and their families will host the party.

  • Neo Century Club meets

    Neo Century Club met April 6 at Hilltop Manor in Marion. The 11 members in attendance responded to roll call by answering the question “What I do wish I could do?” and donating to a community project. Devotions were given by Karen Ehrlich.

  • Alpha Omegas attend state meeting

    Seven members of the Alpha Omega chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International attended the state convention Saturday in Wichita. Jeannine Bateman, chapter president; Pauline Holub, treasurer and state scholarship chairman; Helen Reznicek, nominations committee; and Mary Olsen attended from Marion. Mary Regier and Anita Boese of Hillsboro also attended.

  • Students to perform vocal, piano recitals

    The public is invited to attend a voice and piano recital given by students of Anita Hancock at 3 p.m. Saturday at USD 408 Performing Arts Center in Marion. Students performing are Cooper Bailey, Abi Bernhardt, Iliana Craft, Aubrey Craig, Cadence Craig, Nicholas Davies, Shaliah Ensley, Shyann Harris, Shyla Harris, Cade Harms, Grace Hett, Emily Hutchison, Alyera Koehn, Kaelynn Metro, Jayden Spencer, Mia Spencer, Jaden Slifer, Anderson Waddell, and Abby Wesner.

  • ENGAGEMENTS:

    Snelling, Cope to wed in June
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SCHOOL

  • Elementary students to sing in spring concerts

    Marion Elementary School students will celebrate the sound of their own voices by performing choral numbers during two spring concerts at USD 408 Performing Arts next week. The third and fourth grade choir sings Monday. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students perform Tuesday.

SENIOR LIVING

  • The Shady Ladies ride again

    Delores “Dee” Duggan, ringleader of a group of Red Hat Society defectors that calls itself “The Shady Ladies” cares more about friendship and shared experience than paying membership dues. Duggan and The Shady Ladies once made up a small local chapter in the Red Hat Society, a national social club in which members traditionally met for tea parties donning elaborately decorated red hats, purple attire, and other attention-grabbing accessories.

  • Board provides social, informational hub

    More than anything, Lila Unruh of Durham said, it’s the fellowship in which the value lies. Unruh is the Chairman of Senior Citizens of Marion County, Inc., an organization composed of an amalgam of representatives from various committees and boards. The group meets monthly in different towns around the county and brings the fellowship — and information on resources for seniors — with them.

  • Hillsboro pool game decades old

    On any given afternoon, the crack of pool balls can be heard emanating from the walls of the Hillsboro Senior Center. The noise has been heard there for decades. “I got here in ’86,” Wilbur Hanneman said, “and they were already playing here. I came up from Peabody to deliver Meals on Wheels, and I’d come early and started to play. I don’t know when they started — maybe ’81?”

SPORTS

  • Warriors take 3rd at home golf meet

    The Warriors, a hybrid team of golfers from USD 408 and USD 398, came in third of four teams with a score of 442 on Tuesday at home tournament at Marion Country Club. The Warriors missed second place by 21 strokes to Sedgwick, who shot a 421, and first place by 38 strokes to Goessel who shot a 404.

  • Warriors bounce back, take 2 vs. Bennington

    Head coach Roger Schroeder had said his team needed to bounce back from its two losses earlier in the week to Sedgwick, and that’s just what they did Friday. The Warriors won 21-3 and 14-8 over visiting Bennington to bring their season record to 4-2.

  • MHS softball wins 2 by mercy rule

    After coach Jennifer Felvus saw her team net two mercy-rule victories over rival Bennington, her thoughts went not to the successes her team had, but rather the areas of potential improvement. “We had moments of brilliance, but to be honest we didn’t play our best softball,” Felvus said. “There was better softball to be played, and honestly even though we won, that’s what’s sticking out in my mind.”

  • Marion wins at home-away-from-home meet

    Competing against more than 10 schools, the Marion Warriors defended their home turf — even if that turf was actually in Herington. Displaced because of track construction, the Warriors headed up US-77 to Herington, where the boys’ and girls’ teams won narrow victories over the competition.

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