• City officials at odds over grant funds

    Economic Development Director Terry Jones could only look down, shake his head, and tap his feet nervously as the city council decided to siphon $24,660 — and what Jones saw as months of hard work — from his budget to put toward a grant to refurbish East Park. To fund the grant application, which the city hadn’t budgeted for, the city decided to transfer funds earned from the sale of Bown-Corby school. Jones offered an impassioned defense of his budget, drawing on everything from the return-on-investment of his labor to the diverting of funding to nonlocal entities. He also insisted he needed more money to fund his operation.

  • Another county ambulance goes down

    The hunt for another county ambulance got an unwanted boost in urgency last week when a second unit experienced engine problems while completing a routine run. Marion ambulance No. 1 was making a nonemergency transport to Newton May 4 when its engine overheated, EMS Director Brandy McCarty said.

  • Local man uses pliers to 'witch for water'

    Marion farmer and rancher David Oborny possesses a unique ability that borders on a preternatural talent. In some circles his skill is called “dowsing,” but Oborny refers to it as “witching water.”

  • Officer Vogel joins hometown police department

    Citizens may recognize the newest addition to Marion Police Department. Though he has spent some time away, officer Lee Vogel is originally from Marion. “Being a homegrown boy, and with all his training, Lee is going to make a great addition to the MPD family,” police chief Tyler Mermis said. “He already knows everybody, so he’s going to have a different rapport with the community.”

  • Solar power provides electricity for vet clinic

    Spur Ridge Veterinary Clinic is the first business in Marion to use solar panels as an alternative source of energy. Owner Brendan Kraus said BTI Energy of Greensburg installed the system in December. At present, it provides about 85 percent of the clinic’s needs.

  • Recreation mess leads to new department

    Untangling the web of Margo Yates’ employment is no easy task. She wears different hats about town, serving as the recreation board director and chamber of commerce secretary. Her salary and benefits come piecemeal from the recreation commission, the city of Marion, the chamber of commerce, and USD 408.

  • Free cancer screens in Florence on May 23

    The free cancer screening to be offered in Florence on May 23 isn’t an activity Les Allison and other members of Masonic Advance Lodge 114 are doing just because Kansas Masonic Foundation has made cancer a signature cause. Lodge members have seen the devastating effects cancer has had on their Florence neighbor and friend Richard Riggs, Allison’s son-in-law. The group has responded with fundraising efforts to help with the costs of treatment and transportation. Allison doesn’t want to have to do the same for anyone else.

  • County gives green light to bluegrass and beer

    Taking a cue from Marion’s Chingawassa Days, county commissioners Monday approved the addition of a beer garden for Bluegrass at the Lake on June 20. Chairman Dan Holub delayed the beer garden discussion to allow extra time for members of the public to show up to comment. None did.

  • USPS consolidation may cause mail delivery delays

    Residents in northwestern Marion County may have already noticed a delay in mail delivery. Post Master of Hillsboro Post Office Becky Tibbetts said Salina’s mail distribution center was consolidated into the general mail facility in Wichita on April 18.





  • Community gardeners get 'good vibrations'

    One of the first things Lois Winter of Florence does when she arrives at the Florence community garden is to take off her shoes. “I walk barefooted because I like the ground,” the 82-year-old volunteer said. “Everybody should be walking barefooted at least an hour a day in the grass.”

  • Fall is 'best time' to control dandelions, henbit

    It is safe to say that when children pick dandelions and gleefully blow on them to watch the seeds float off in the breeze, they probably are not thinking about how many weeds they’re spreading into mommy and daddy’s lawn. Even without children’s help, dandelions and henbit, a weed with small purple buds, are two common weeds known for their resilience and ability to spread rather quickly if left unchecked.



  • Senior Citizens board to meet at Marion

    The Senior Citizens of Marion County board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Marion Senior Center. A noon lunch will be served. Reservations are due today by calling Janet Bryant at (620) 382-2942 or the Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580. Anyone needing transportation should call the office by Thursday.

  • Blood drive Monday

    By giving one pint of blood, approximately three lives can be saved. A blood drive will be from 2:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Our Savior Lutheran Church 320 S. Cedar St. in Marion.

  • Card shower requested for Boese's 92nd birthday

    The family of Ann (Helmer) Boese has requested a card shower in her daughter’s home to honor her 92nd birthday. Those who want to send birthday wishes should address cards to her at 2104 340 St. Lost Springs KS 66859.

  • Neo-Century Club installs new officers

    New officers installed during an annual Neo-Century Club dinner meeting May 4 at Burns. Officers for 2015-16 are president Suzanne Thole, vice president Shirley Carlson, secretary Donna Freuchting, and treasurer Elaine Morse.

  • Gospel group at Opera House

    Southern Gospel quartet Ernie Haase and Signature Sound will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at McPherson Opera House. The group is composed of Haase, a former member of the Cathedrals, as tenor, Paul Harkey, bass, Doug Anderson, baritone, and Devin McGlamery handling the lead vocals.

  • CDDO board to meet

    The Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) board of directors will meet 4 p.m. Monday at the CDDO office, 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. There will be a public forum at the beginning of the meeting.


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  • Food service deal approved

    After discussion at its previous two meetings, the USD 408 Board of Education approved on Monday the adoption of a food service provider for its elementary, middle, and high schools. Superintendent Lee Leiker said current food service staff will be retained, and continue to work for the district.

  • Centre considers adding a preschool

    At its monthly meeting Monday, the Centre board of education authorized Superintendent Brian Smith to conduct interviews for a half-time preschool teacher. Superintendent-elect Susan Beeson will assist with the interviews. Smith said eight children in the district have been identified as qualifying for preschool. They will be 4 years old by Aug. 31.

  • Musicians finish building guitars

    After about a semester of sawdust, two Marion High School students have finished creating their own guitars. Senior Bret Voth constructed an acoustic guitar that won first place at Heart of America League Industrial Arts Show, and freshman Corbin Wheeler made a unique three-string cigar box guitar.

  • Tabor students learn what teaching is about at MES

    Four Tabor College education majors discovered they knew more and less about teaching than they thought as they completed student teaching at Marion Elementary School this spring. Kendra Flaming worked with Debbie Allen teaching second, third, and fourth graders who were receiving special services.

  • Deines, Meyer named to KSU honor group

    Makenzie Deines of Ramona and Nicholas Meyer of Tampa have been selected as members of Silver Key sophomore leadership honorary at Kansas State University for the 2015-16 academic year. Freshmen with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible for the service group, which organizes and participates in community service projects.

  • Retired professor and Tabor alum to speak at school's commencement

    Norman Ewert, a Tabor College alumnus and retired economics professor, will speak at graduation ceremonies slated for 10 a.m. May 23 at the Joel H. Wiens football stadium in Hillsboro. Ewert graduated from Tabor in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in history and then went on to earn a graduate degree in economics at the University of Kansas and a doctorate in economics from Southern Illinois University.

  • FFA students mentor 3rd graders for Ag Awareness Day

    The Marion-Florence FFA chapter hosted its annual FFA Ag Awareness Day on Monday at the USD 408 transportation building at Eisenhower and Main Sts. in Marion. Third graders from Hillsboro and Marion were invited, and approximately 90 students participated.

  • CHS FFA ag team takes 6th at state

    The Centre FFA Chapter agriculture communications team of Nellie Kassebaum, Callie Riffel, and Kailyn Riffel placed sixth at the state FFA career development event May 4 in Manhattan. They attended a mock press conference presented by Susan Metzger, Kansas Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary, then applied the information gained in different practicums to produce a video clip promoting the speaker, compose a press release, and develop a graphic design layout for a poster.


  • Centre track faces stiff competition at Herington

    The Centre track and field team had a tough time Thursday competing with 10 other schools at the Herington invitational meet. There were no top-three finishers among the boys. The girls’ team had several third-place finishes.

  • Warriors take 3rd at Hesston, compete in 36-hole event

    The Warriors took third out of three schools competing in the combined Wheat State League-Heart of the Plains League tournament Monday in Hesston with a team score of 501 strokes. Goessel hosted the tournament and took first with 427 strokes, followed by Pretty Prairie with 428.


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