• Effort to limit underage drinking met with some resistance

    Students may have been surprised to encounter some resistance while participating in an effort to curb underage drinking called “Sticker Shock.” The conflict occurred at a couple area businesses, which relayed concerns from vendors that stickers discouraging the purchase of alcohol for minors would “deface the property” if adhered to alcohol containers.

  • Newell gets 177 months

    Former county dispatcher and Santa Claus impersonator Kenneth Newell held a blank expression as he was sentenced Monday to 177 months (14 years and nine months) in prison for two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under 14 years of age. Newell pleaded guilty in March as part of a plea agreement in which 11 other counts were dropped.

  • Fate of youth center again in question

    Without strong attendance, substantial revenue, or aggressive marketing, the youth center in Marion finds itself in jeopardy of shutting down again. Volunteer Justin Lenhardt met with Marion Advancement Campaign on Monday to discuss the future of the youth center in the wake of the county food bank’s relocation to the space it currently uses.

  • Burdick couple dies from intersection wreck

  • Roundabout construction to start soon at intersection

    Today’s planned selection of a contractor to build a roundabout to improve safety of the US-56/77 and K-150 intersection east of Marion came too late for two Burdick residents who died Friday from injuries sustained in an accident there. Officials are hopeful the roundabout will avert similar tragedies. “It’s still a bad situation,” Marion EMT Gene Winkler said. “I’m really glad that it’s coming.”

  • Greensburg tornado transplants say there is no place like home

    Stewart and Virginia Hammond of Marion lived in Greensburg when an F-5 tornado destroyed almost the entire town on May 4, 2007. They lost their house and almost all their belongings. They moved to Marion in August of that year after their son Chris and family, who also lost a house in the storm, moved here.

  • County can't decide on wind farm finance issue

    They passed it off to the planning and zoning board, but when a recommendation came back to them Monday, county commissioners deferred for more study the question of what kind of financing evidence may be required for the Doyle Creek wind farm project. Zoning regulations include a clause requiring wind farms to show evidence of a specific buyer for the electricity they produce, called a power purchase agreement (PPA). At the request of county commissioners, the planning and zoning board at a public hearing determined the item didn’t belong in regulations specific to land use.


  • Grass buffer proposed to deter lake algae

    A 30-foot-wide unmowed grass “water filter” around the shoreline of Marion County Lake could remove nutrients that feed blue-green algae if Kansas Department of Health and Environment funds a plan discussed with county commissioners Monday. The proposal, being developed through K-State WRAPS, would involve removing non-native trees and creating a grass buffer that would be more efficient. The project also would deal with heavily treed draws, and target two livestock operations that are purported to be nutrient sources.

  • Saturation patrol results in 3 arrests

    Marion police officers arrested two juveniles and one 18-year-old during a “saturation patrol” Saturday night and Sunday morning. Police Chief Tyler Mermis said it was raining when officers stopped an underage driver for failing to use a turn signal near the cemetery at the corner of Kellison and North Freeborn Sts.

  • Gatorade thief caught on security camera

    An unreasonably thirsty patron at Ampride in Hillsboro decided to take a Gatorade from the shelves, have some, and put it back where he found it. Store manager Laura Legg said high-quality security cameras were used to identify the individual, and the situation was resolved without involving legal authorities.


  • Forrest and Marie Anderson

    Burdick couple Forrest and Marie Anderson died Friday as a result of an automobile accident near Marion. A memorial service for the Andersons will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Herington. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

  • Reggie Bitner

    Reggie Bitner, 53, died April 7 at Marion. A memorial service was April 10 at Marion Christian Church.

  • Herb Strotkamp

    Burns resident Herb Strotkamp, 85, died Monday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Viewing is today from 1 to 5 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. A memorial service will be Thursday at Holy Family Parish, St. Patrick Catholic Church in Florence, starting with a rosary at 10 a.m. and a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Burns Cemetery.



  • Leafy greens get an early start at Mockingbird Hill

    Green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, and K. Darlene Carlson, owner of Mockingbird Hill Gardens in rural Lincolnville, grows a wide variety of greens that she sells at farmer’s markets in Hillsboro and Marion.

  • Local farmers' markets to open in two weeks

    Spring has sprung, gardens are greening, and it’s almost time for some of that early produce to be available at area farmers’ markets. The Marion Farm and Art Market will open for the season at 5 p.m. May 6 in Central Park.


  • I killed a turkey

    I have never hunted, but I bagged my first turkey last Wednesday, which was a strange coincidence when I learned afterwards that the day was also the official start to spring turkey season. I can take the credit because I killed it, but credit should be given where it’s due.


    Out on the Hunt



  • Marion-Florence FFA members receive district proficiency awards

    Several members from the Marion-Florence FFA chapter were recognized as district proficiency award winners Monday at the South Central District FFA banquet in Maize. Raleigh Kroupa was district proficiency award winner in diversified crop production. Raleigh rents and manages 80 acres on which he raises wheat, milo, and forage crops for his supervised agriculture experience.

  • Centre High School prom

    An afternoon of sunny, rain-free skies provided a beautiful atmosphere for the Centre Gala promenade Saturday at Centre High School. Couples arrived in a variety of vehicles and posed on a red carpet for photos.


  • Curiously timed resurfacing a necessity for MHS track

    The timing of the track resurfacing at Marion High School is dubious, given that it’s taking place during the two months of the year when area teams require its use. USD 408 Superintendent Lee Leiker said the timing was squeezed to accommodate company delays and the expiration of a grant that accounts for almost 20 percent of the cost.

  • Smith, Shields lead Centre at Marion track meet

    Barrett Smith and Brenna Shields of Centre each had first-place finishes in javelin April 14 in the Central Kansas Track League meet sponsored by Marion. The meet was in Hillsboro and included Hillsboro, Halstead, Hesston, Centre, and Marion. Conner Montgomery placed second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Lotti Benning finished second in the 800.

  • Daughter joins family's 'hole-in-1 club'

    Lindsay Hett of Marion sank her first hole-in-one on No. 9 green at Marion Country Club April 12 and became the third member of her family to complete the hole in a single stroke. Her parents, Aaron and Lanell, both of whom have scored two hole-in-one shots on No. 9, were there to witness her shot and share the experience.


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