• Beeson hired as Centre superintendent

    Susan Beeson of Chetopa was hired in a special meeting Monday of the Centre board of education to serve as superintendent-principal of Centre schools beginning July 1. She accepted a two-year contract that includes a salary of $88,000 for the first year, a single Blue Cross-Blue Shield health insurance policy, 15 days paid vacation, two personal leave days, and 10 sick leave days. She will have use of a school vehicle for business travel, receive compensation for administrative dues, and get $2,000 toward moving expenses.

  • Bown-Corby receives historic designation

    The Bown-Corby Building in Marion has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, city officials were informed Monday. The designation means construction can begin on a $500,000 renovation project to convert the former school building into an apartment complex.

  • Retired teacher is a mother to more than her own

    Retired elementary school teacher Mary Jeffrey believes “God put us on this earth to do good in any way we can,” and it is that belief that compelled her to offer a place in her heart to area women Kathy Ehrlich and Lana Stevenson in their times of need. In each case, Jeffrey felt “called at the moment” to stand in not only as a steadfast friend, but as a mother and a grandmother.

  • Holdeman sells barber shop to young Marionite

    Bill Holdeman is finished with his rehab. After 60 years cutting hair, a job he initially took because the Marine Corps recommended he find a career standing up, he is selling the business to Marion native Mike Darrow. Holdeman incurred wounds to his feet during his stint in the Marines, during which he was stationed in Saipan and Okinawa. The Marines told him his wounds were too severe to continue serving and recommended he stay on his feet to rehabilitate them.

  • Ranch sues county over wind turbine setbacks

    A local ranch has filed suit against Marion County in an attempt to reverse wind energy zoning changes it alleges increase safety hazards. “We’re concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of these and want to be sure it’s properly protected,” said Robert Titus, Wildcat Creek Ranch, LLC attorney. He declined further comment.

  • Marion officials check status of visioning project

    There’s a lot going on in Marion, Kansas. That’s the message city officials want visitors and passers-by to receive when they see the town. To achieve this goal, collaboration between City Administrator Roger Holter, city council, and as many community groups as can be reached has culminated in the city’s visioning project. Holter and councilors started the project in October and Monday went over the progress so far.

  • Disabled soldiers bag a gobble of turkeys

    A group of injured soldiers made a trip over the weekend to hunt turkeys at a rock quarry north of Marion as part of a two-day event called American Heroes Turkey Hunt. This is the second year veteran and Marion resident Rocky Hett and the Harshman family has donated land and turkeys for the event.


  • Florence loses local senior citizen group after leadership steps down

    Betty Ireland has given up leadership of the Florence Florentines senior citizens organization after 15 years as president. Secretary-treasurer Rose Vinduska also has stepped down. “There’s a time to come and a time to go,” Ireland told her fellow seniors at their April 3 meeting. “I have to take care of myself before I take care of you.”

  • Commissioners project lean budget

    Next year’s county budget wasn’t on the agenda Monday, but commissioners engaged in early forecasting that painted a dim view for planning. “I think we’re all concerned what the state of Kansas is doing,” Commissioner Randy Dallke said. “I’d almost like to present the same budget we had again next year.”

  • Sharps celebrate return of Kaw Nation to Kansas

    When Doug Sharp came to Marion County 24 years ago to work for Scully Estates, he managed a portfolio of properties dating back to the 1870s. William Scully of Illinois began acquiring Kansas properties at the same time the last of the Kaw, or Kanza tribe was moved from its native lands to Oklahoma. The “People of the South Wind” returned Saturday to dedicate a dance arbor on the site of their last Kansas village at Allegawaho Heritage Memorial Park south of Council Grove. Sharp had good reason to be there — his wife, Pauline, a member of the Kaw Nation, was involved in the dedication ceremony as vice president of the tribe’s cultural committee.

  • Relief Sale totals over $545,000

    Proceeds from the 2015 Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, held April 17-18 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, are estimated at over $545,000 said Tim Miller, KMRS treasurer. The proceeds will be donated by the Mennonite Central Committee to world-relief organizations. The donation is a combination of sale proceeds, funds raised from MCC Ride of Relief (a motorcycle fun run) and other donations given to the sale.

  • Pilsen church is elderly resident's pride

    There is nothing Millie Vinduska of Pilsen enjoys more than showing her beloved St. John Nepomucene Church to visitors. The 87-year-old woman is a veritable encyclopedia of the church’s history. She has collected many church artifacts. She lives across the street from the church in a building that once housed the original Pilsen State Bank. The artifacts are collected in a room that was the bank vault.




  • Cousins turn combine parts into a 'Swamp Buggy'

    Put together a welder and a diesel mechanic and what do you get? Whatever invention their combined imaginations can devise. Tom Oborny of Marion and Ethan Oborny of Durham have been creating things together since they were old enough to drive. Tom will graduate from Hutchinson Community College in two weeks with a degree in welding. Ethan is a freshman at HCC, studying diesel mechanics.

  • New owners add options at Peabody Farm Service

    When Chuck Mead decided to purchase Peabody Farm Service from Dick Alcorn, he did so with backup from his family. His significant other Liz Clark and her son Darcy Pease joined him in the venture. The business officially changed hands April 1. The three made some upgrades to the office area and the stockroom where parts are shelved and stored.

  • Man makes foray into racing circuit at 81 Speedway

    Peabody resident Todd Woodruff’s auto racing career has been years in the making. Either a few years or 24, depending how you look at it. “I’ve been watching racing since I was in diapers,” he said. “It’s always been something I wanted to do.”


  • Good neighbor Sam

    There’s an old, obscure Jack Lemmon movie that’s a favorite of mine, “Good Neighbor Sam,” in which he pretends to be a woman’s husband to help her meet a condition of gaining an inheritance. It often seems to me that our own Sam, Gov. Brownback, pretends things are rosier than they are in a state facing a possible $800 million deficit. A press release this past week was typical, touting all sorts of economic positives as another state revenue projection fell short, this time by $98 million.


    Too Young to Know About Service


  • Cinco de Mayo celebration scheduled in Tampa

    A Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held Sunday in Tampa at Tampa Senior Center. The event features a taco bar from 5 to 7:30 p.m., a salsa making contest, pinatas, and games for all ages.

  • May Friendship Day is Friday

    May Friendship Day will be celebrated Friday with “Tea at Three” at Marion Presbyterian Church. Theme of the program is “Journey of the Caregiver.” There will be an opportunity for patrons to share their own caregiver stories.

  • Tabor groups to perform on Sunday

    Tabor College’s symphonic band, orchestra, and chamber strings ensemble will perform their annual spring concert 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. They will perform the same program as they did for their spring tour, the theme of which is “symphoniae laudis,” Latin for “symphony of praise.”

  • CDDO to throw fiesta Tuesday

    A Cinco de Mayo “Munch and Learn” fiesta at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marion Community Center pairs food and learning under the theme “Pathways to Adult Life and Work.” The program, sponsored by Harvey-Marion County CDDO, will focus on support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they move toward adulthood.

  • Democratic Women talk politics

    Marion County Democratic Women had lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center after which Sue Clough conducted a business meeting that involved brisk political discussion on both state and national issues. The state convention will be on June 26 and 27 in Kansas City.

  • 20th Century Club hears of community garden

    20th Century Club will meet Monday. Members will be notified of time and place of the meeting. At its meeting April 6, Phoebe Janzen gave a program on the Florence Community Garden, detailing how it started, grants it has received and how they were used, as well as the garden’s history. Anyone can participate, she said, and produce is sold by donation with some given to Marion County Food Bank.

  • Card shower for Bailey's 90th

    The daughters of Marion resident Jean Bailey have requested a card shower for their mother’s 90th birthday, which is May 15. Bailey has lived in Marion since 1946, when she came over from England as a war bride to Bob Bailey, whom she married a year before.

  • Wedding shower given for bride-elect

    A wedding shower for Tristen Snelling, bride-elect of Adam Cope, was Sunday at Marion Christian Church. Those attending were the bride’s mother Tammy Snelling, groom’s mother Sarah Cope, and grandmothers of the bride Tootsie Snelling and Marge Sandwell.


    Charlie Rae Simon

    Volunteers celebrated

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


  • MMS garden project reaches beyond beauty

    After research and planning, Marion Middle School seventh and eighth students landscaped a flowerbed next to USD 408 Performing Arts Center on Monday that was in need of some tender loving care. Science teacher Kelsey Metro spearheaded the project.

  • Youth shoe drive nets 1,200 pairs of footware for orphans

    Children and adults in Haiti, Ecuador, and Burkina Faso will walk miles in the footwear of generous Marion Countians who contributed 1,200 pairs of shoes to a charitable effort of county youths. Girl Scout troops in Peabody, Marion, and Centre, along with the “Live Big” group from Burns United Methodist Church, collected 1,000 pairs of shoes for Dando Amor, a nonprofit charity that works with orphanages in Haiti, Ecuador, and Burkina Faso, a small, impoverished African country. Marion Girl Scouts contributed $100 to buy an additional 200 pairs of flip flops.

  • Centre student receives FFA award

    The Centre FFA Chapter traveled to Maize High School to attend the South Central District (SCD) FFA Banquet on April 20. Cassidy Hill was awarded the district star in agriculture placement. She will represent the chapter and district at the state FFA star selection in Manhattan in early May. Hill also received The SCD Sheep Production Proficiency Award. Her application placed second at state-level evaluations in March.

  • Tabor arts center to break ground

    Ground will be broken on the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College at 1 p.m. Saturday in Tabor Park. Construction on the center will begin in the fall. “It will be a time of celebration and fellowship,” Tabor President Jules Glanzer said. “The reality of commencing the construction will be an inspiration to so many of the Tabor constituency.”

  • Music highlights Lifelong Learning session

    Tabor College will celebrate the final spring session of Lifelong Learning on Friday with a feast of music and goodies. Music professor Sheila Litke will provide piano music as participants partake of cinnamon rolls and drinks provided by the college. Attendees are asked to bring fruit plates to share.

  • 4-H club reports

    Lincolnville Wide Awake Nine members of the Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H club answered the roll-call question “What do you like about Easter?” to begin their April 14 meeting.


  • MHS track and field competes at Halstead

    Marion track and field teams participated in the Halstead Relays on Friday, and the girls’ team netted a third place finish while the boys settled for sixth. Head coach Grant Thierolf said the meet provided great competition for both squads, and that it was an event from which the Warriors can improve.

  • Corona places 9th at Remington golf meet

    Marion golfer Jade Corona took ninth out of 22 golfers competing in a Remington golf tournament Thursday at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Newton. “As a team we didn’t do very well, we took last place out of four teams, but Jade brought home a medal and that was nice,” coach Jim Pohlman said of the combined Marion and Peabody-Burns team.

  • Centre girls' track team takes 2nd at Fairfield

    The Centre track team competed against Fairfield, Inman, Little River, and Peabody-Burns on April 21 at Fairfield. Nellie Kassebaum and Brenna Shields led the girls’ team to a second-place finish. Kassebaum won the 3,200 meters, and Shields won the 100 and javelin.

  • Montgomery ties record at state power lift meet

    Centre’s Conner Montgomery tied the record on clean for the 123-weight class at the Kansas Eight Man Football Association state powerlifting meet Saturday at Central Plains High School in Claflin. The boys’ power lifting team placed third.

  • Engler medals at Remington golf meet

    Centre’s Nathan Engler placed seventh of 22 golfers who competed Thursday at Remington. He finished with a score of 103. The best score was 89.


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