• Local artists' sales to benefit cancer research

    When Phoebe Janzen of Florence was approached about doing a show featuring her photography, she told Jan Davis of Gallery 101 in Marion that she wouldn’t do it alone. Janzen, fellow photographers Kevin Fruechting and Galen Obermeyer, and mosaic artist Peggi Wilson opened a two-month show of their work Sunday at Gallery 101. They will donate 10 percent of their sales to cancer research.

  • Bonds forged over years keep 'Retired Rhinos' involved in Chingawassa Days

    Once a Rhino, always a Rhino. In its 18th year, this is the first year many longtime members of the Chingawassa Days planning committee are no longer involved in the grand scheme of the festival.

  • State wants up to $1.8M from county landowners

    Landowners are a “privileged” group, says a Kansas Senate committee that wants Marion County landowners to fork over about $1.8 million in excise taxes to the state for that privilege. The Committee on Assessment and Taxation introduced a bill Thursday that would levy a $3 per acre excise tax on real property, with the proceeds designated for the state school finance fund.

  • St. Luke hires new physician

    Mark (Tim) McVay has signed on to join the medical staff at St. Luke Hospital. McVay is a board certified family physician and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. “We’re extremely pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. McVay,” St. Luke CEO Jeremy Ensey said. “He will be a great addition to our St. Luke team and will be a valuable asset for our community.”

  • Marion-Florence mail carriers to conduct food drive Saturday

    Marion and Florence postal service carriers will have a food drive Saturday. The National Association of Letter Carriers conducts the annual event with the assistance of mail carriers, postal employees, and community volunteers.

  • County health department settling in to new home

    After a couple weeks in its new location beside St. Luke Hospital, the county health department is finding itself feeling right at home. “I think being located by a medical facility is a great thing,” administrator Diedre Serene said. “It doesn’t have to be that way, but I think people do prefer to come out here, away from Main St. People understand there’s a sense of privacy here.”

  • Tabor breaks ground for arts center

    Tabor College President Jules Glanzer was stuck in a rut Saturday, and no one was happier about it than he was. Glanzer was sitting atop an antique plow used for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Shari Flaming Center of the Arts, a milestone celebrated by more than 200 people gathered at Tabor Park. Pulled by about 20 people tugging on two ropes, the plow came to an abrupt stop when it hit a root. With some extra effort, the root snapped, and Glanzer completed the ceremonial ride.


  • Church to feed children in the summer

    When Norma Duerksen, pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro, looked into her community, she discovered a concerning issue she wanted to address on a greater level than just in her congregation. “A lot of times churches get stuck inside of their four walls,” Duerksen said. “We need to admit that we have the poor here in Hillsboro, and we need to take care of that.”

  • Extension offers CPR and first aid basics

    Marion County Extension office will offer “Simple CPR and First Aid” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the extension office, 202 S. Third St., Marion. Extension agent Renae Riedy and Emergency Medical Services Director Brandy McCarty also will present information on choking and poison hazards.

  • Food judge training available

    Those interested in becoming a 4-H or open class foods judge at upcoming fairs can attend a training session at 5:30 p.m. May 21 in Hillsboro. Kansas State Extension Agent Renae Riedy said patrons will get hands-on experience in potential issues or mistakes in baking judges must watch for.

  • Antique car club may visit Marion on Saturday

    Approximately 35 antique cars with about 70 passengers may visit Marion around 1:45 p.m. Saturday. However, the group’s visit is largely dependent on weather, owner of Prairie Oak Alpaca Gift Shop Jeff Methvin said.

  • Treasurer warns of IRS scam

    Scammers are using the state’s Unclaimed Property Division phone number to persuade consumers to make payments on bogus claims of past due taxes, State Treasurer Ron Estes said. When a phone equipped with caller ID receives a call from the automated system, it reports the call is from the state office. Once connected, the automated system claims to be part of the IRS.


  • Raymond Abrahams

    Former Hillsboro assistant postmaster Raymond E. Abrahams, 89, died April 28 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. Services were to be Tuesday at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro.

  • Xaelan Boaldin

    Xaelan Michael Boaldin, infant son of Ricky “Joey” Boaldin and Brittany Barnard, died Monday at St. Luke Emergency Room in Marion. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Marion. Burial will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. George Cemetery, St. George.

  • Jim Dalke

    Former mechanic Jim Dalke, 68, died Thursday in Hillsboro. A service will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Interment will precede the service at 3 p.m. Thursday at Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

  • Lynn Penner

    Former school maintenance supervisor Lynn Penner, 85, died April 28 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Services were Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, with interment at Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

  • Larry Stewart

    Marion High School alumnus Larry D. Stewart, 72, died Thursday at his home in rural Maple Hill. A funeral service was Monday morning followed by interment at Maple Hill Cemetery.


    Lloyd Austin, Paula Fike, Ruby Holub, Shirley Strotkamp



  • Farmers fight to head off wheat diseases

    Crop production scouts from ag service providers in the county began finding stripe rust in some wheat fields several weeks ago. As a result, some area farmers elected to have fields sprayed with a fungicide to prevent the disease from devastating the crop or reducing the yield.

  • Health officials wary of rabies in county

    With three confirmed cases of rabies in the county, health officials are urging residents to take precautions to prevent its spread. “It is a bit of an increase from what we normally see,” said Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene. “The biggest thing is encouraging individuals to use precautions when dealing with stray animals.”

  • Blaze consumes old grainery

    Fully engulfed in flames, an old grainery had already collapsed when Goessel firefighters arrived on the scene Monday evening at 130th and Diamond Rds. northeast of Goessel. “There were the beginnings of flames starting in a second building when we got there,” Goessel Fire Chief Galen Miller said. “We quickly extinguished the fire and were able to salvage it along with everything inside.”

  • Vampire flies feast on the backs of cattle

    Hidden within the image of cattle grazing peacefully in the rolling green pastures of the Flint Hills is a blood feast. The tiny vampires look like ordinary houseflies, but horn flies, armed by evolution with piercing mouthpieces, ride the backs and bellies of cattle, dining on the blood of their bovine benefactors 10 to 20 times a day.

  • KDHE provides tips to prevent tick-borne illnesses

    Ticks are out. Those spending time outdoors might want to take precautions to avoid tick bites. In 2014, there were 212 cases of tick-borne diseases reported in Kansas. Recorded cases included ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, rickettsiosis, also known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and Lyme disease.


  • My lazy Saturday

    One of the ways I know I’m becoming a real, true adult is by how I spend my Saturdays. I want them to be lazy and easy. A good Saturday for me means lots of quality time with my futon — and my fiancée and cat, too, I guess. From the charm of community to a strict pizza diet and the miracle of life, this past Saturday was no such occasion.

  • Hold on to your wallet

    Let the insanity begin afresh — the Kansas Legislature is back in session. I lost track of how much needs to be cut or added to balance the state budget about three missed revenue estimates and a couple hundred million dollars ago. The governor and legislature appeared oblivious to any suggestions small business tax cuts that created the huge deficits should be trimmed, so I became numb to the string of ridiculous and damaging alternatives they proposed, and in some cases, enacted.


    The Devil Made Me Do It


  • Kiwanis meets auxiliary groups

    Marion Kiwanis met Tuesday with 22 in attendance. Feebie Holdeman introduced St. Luke Auxilliary’s “Bag Ladies,” Elora Robinson and Feebie Holdeman, and “Shop Singers,” Mary Griffith and Donna Hanschu, as her guests.

  • Waner to wed Malloy in Topeka

    Jerald and Rebecca Waner of Marion announce the upcoming wedding of daughter Azia Waner to Evan Malloy, son of Richard and Ruth Malloy of Silver Lake. The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Marion High School and works at Foulston Siefkin, LLP.

  • Surplus government commodities to arrive May 13

    Government surplus commodities will arrive at Marion County senior centers May 13. Marion Senior Center will begin distribution from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 14.

  • Child care providers earn service awards

    Several Marion County child care providers were honored with awards for their years of service while attending a Child Care Providers Coalition of Kansas conference on April 18 in McPherson. Shawn Wunderlick of Marion received a plaque for 38 years as a family child care provider.

  • Florence High School alumni banquet date set

    Florence High School Alumni Association will host the school’s 119th Memorial Alumni Banquet May 23 at noon. A business meeting at 11 a.m. in the Florence Gymnasium will precede the banquet.

  • May Friendship Day marked in song

    Women from several local churches congregated to celebrate May Friendship Day on Friday at Marion Presbyterian Church. A tea party began at 3 p.m. Patrons also took in a presentation called the “Journey of the Caregiver.”

  • Family requests card shower for Les Broadstreet

    The family of Les Broadstreet requests a card shower to honor his 98th birthday, which was Tuesday. Cards may be sent to Broadstreet in care of St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, 535 S. Freeborn St., Marion KS 66861.

  • Card shower requested for Betty Hanes' 80th birthday

    The family of Florence resident Betty Hanes has requested a card shower for her 80th birthday anniversary. Hanes has lived in Florence since 1951. She has worked at several area cafés and other area businesses.

  • Chat and Dine potluck is Saturday

    The next Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club potluck dinner will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Hall. Larry and Barb Smith will be presenting information about their recent visit to Peru. All are invited and encouraged to bring guests for a great evening of good food and fellowship.


    Volunteer encore, seniors pump it up

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


  • Centre to hold awards nights

    Centre High School will hold its annual academic-athletic and FFA banquets next week in the main auditorium. The activities banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a potluck supper. Those with last names A to M are asked to bring a meat dish and dessert. Those with last names N to Z are asked to bring a meat dish and salad. Drink, rolls, and butter will be furnished.

  • Greenhands take 3rd in livestock judging event

    Marion High School students competed in the South Central District Livestock Evaluation Career Development event April 20 in South Haven. Marion placed third as a team in the Greenhand division.

  • Tampa Triple T's club report

    Tampa Triple T’s The Tampa Triple T’s met at 5:30 p.m. April 12 with 13 members in attendance.

  • Centre Elementary School activities are Friday

    Centre third through fifth grade students will be displaying their artwork from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in the commons area at Centre High School. Pat Wick and Jessica Gilbert of Ramona are their art instructors. The fifth- and sixth-grade bands will provide music.


  • Marion squads have solid performance in Beloit

    In a meet that head coach Grant Thierolf said was one in which it was hard to score points, the boys’ track and field team netted just enough for a third-place finish, while the girls’ team finished in fourth place. “This is always a great meet for us to help evaluate some of our events and for the most part we had some good performances,” Thierolf said.

  • Warriors place 5th in home meet, 6th at Sedgwick

    With 421 strokes, the Warriors high school golf team placed fifth out six teams teeing off at a home meet Tuesday. “Even though we took fifth overall, they really shot great,” coach Jim Pohlman said. “It’s the best round of golf they have had as team yet this season.”

  • MHS softball surges to split

    After a late comeback bid fell just short against Moundridge to begin senior night, the Lady Warriors bounced back with a 11-1 victory to salvage the sweetness of senior night. “Sometimes great teams have to work through things, and we did that tonight,” head coach Jennifer Felvus said.

  • Marion baseball sweeps

    The Marion baseball team faced a 5-2 deficit in the last frame of the first game in its senior night doubleheader. From there, the Warriors would pull off a comeback in a marathon game before notching a mercy rule victory to sweep its penultimate doubleheader of the season.

  • Centre track teams compete in home-away-from-home meet

    The Centre girls’ track team finished in second place behind Berean Academy April 28 in a home meet held at Herington High School. Amanda Salamone and Brenna Shields led the team with first-place finishes, Salamone in high jump at 4 feet, and Shields in the 100 at 13.8 seconds.

  • Golf and run to benefit USD 410 early childhood

    A 5-kilometer run and four-person scramble golf tournament May 23 will benefit the USD 410 early childhood education fund. The golf tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at the Hillsboro Golf Course. Registration is $160 per team or $40 for individuals. For more information about the tournament, contact Doug Dick at doug.dick@usd410.net.


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