• Reprieve provides time to rethink rec

    It’s all fun and games until somebody has to plan it. Facing a shift in how it handles community recreation, Marion must decide whether it or the school district should assume responsibility.

  • Mom arrested twice in one day

    Marion mother Joyce Loomis, 43, was jailed twice in less than 24 hours by two law enforcement departments. Sheriff’s deputy Derek Fetrow arrested her Thursday afternoon for allegedly trespassing on property on K-256 between US-56 and 190th Rd.

  • Wilson ends 55 years of coaching track and field

    Rex Wilson retired from teaching math in 1999. As he steps away from coaching track 16 years later, it isn’t the numbers that stick with him: It’s the stories. Wilson isn’t great with dates, exact times his runners ran, or specific distances his throwers threw. What he remembers is the fire an opposing coach lighted under Jack Loomis when he insisted that a kid, last name Carriker, would “whoop his butt” at state. And he remembers the pride he felt when Loomis won the 100-, 220-, and 440-yard sprints at state that year.

  • Newspaper adds 2 staffers

    Hoch Publishing has two new employees. Ann Holt of Marion is office manager, and Kelsey Unruh of Hillsboro is a new reporter. Holt, who has lived in Marion since she married her husband, Terry, 36 years ago, joined the staff two months ago.

  • Mosquitoes drive us bats

    Mosquitoes suck. They feast on human blood. Their bites itch. And they’re building thier ranks by laying eggs in standing water left over from recent rains.

  • Mowing either side of the fence

    The grass may be greener elsewhere, but it always needs to be cut wherever you are. “Mowing just bores me to death,” said John Wheeler who commutes from Marion to Newton as a salesman. “I find anything else to do.”

  • Rain leads to disaster declaration for county

    County commissioners and Gov. Sam Brownback made it official Friday: county roads, at least the dirt and gravel ones, are a disaster. Marion County and 43 other water-logged counties were designated by the governor as disaster areas because of recent heavy rains and flooding.


  • Tampa gets a 'little library'

    On a pedestal next to the mailboxes on Main St. in Tampa, a schoolhouse-shaped box may not seem like much. In it, though, lies the legacy of Tom Duggan, and a “Little Free Library” for the town he loved. Dee Duggan and her family made a special presentation Saturday of a “Little Free Library” to the Tampa community in honor of her late husband. He was a lifelong Tampa resident who worked for the postal service for more than 40 years. He died in October.

  • EMT class bears little fruit thus far

    County ambulance crews may wait as long as a year to boost their numbers after eight of nine students in a basic EMS class failed to pass their initial certification exams. “Marion County EMS is still going to sponsor them with hopes they pass so they can join our group,” EMS director Brandy McCarty said. “They are studying and practicing with hopes to retest soon.”

  • Lincolnville resident leaves mark on Marion with park wall

    With Chingawassa Days set to take over the grounds of Central Park on Friday, bricklayer Philip Klenda is finishing the façade of the park’s new stage and restroom facilities. Klenda, 33, has been spending recent days at Central Park’s center stage, turning a drab concrete block wall into a tasteful rock design.


  • Bill Keith

    VFW Post 6958 quartermaster William E. “Bill” Keith, 66, died Saturday at St. Luke Hospital. A celebration-of-life reception will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cottonwood Point at Marion Reservoir. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Marion Cemetery.

  • Juanita McCombs

    Juanita Faye McCombs, 76, died May 24 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Services were Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. She was born Feb. 20, 1939, in Yates Center to Joseph and Lola (Rose) Tracy and married Elmer LeeRoy McCombs Sr. on June 29, 1957 in Wichita.


    Jacob Oblander, Earl Pankratz



  • Upcoming festivals in Marion County

  • Chingawassa musical lineup

  • Casey Donahew is living a double-wide dream

    “Genres are all over the place these days, but I play Texas music because that’s where I’m from.” Donahew said in an interview last week. “But mostly we just play Casey Donahew music, and it’s rooted in country for sure.” For concertgoers who don’t have a basic bio for Saturday night’s act at Chingawassa, the Casey Donahew Band is an independent act based out of Fort Worth.

  • Myriad diverse coves make for birder's delight

    Even a veteran birdwatcher like 22-year-old state game warden Cody Morris, who has birded for three years, is impressed. Morris started at the reservoir in October 2014 after graduating from Oklahoma State University, where he took an ornithology class that sparked his passion for birding.

  • Pine Edge Golf Course short on yards, long in character

    “When they first hear of it they think, ‘Oh, it’s just pasture golf,’” Schmidt said. “But once they get onto it they’re amazed at what they see and how well it’s kept up.” Schmidt transformed farmland into a gently undulating par-30 layout of lush fairways and greens with enough mature trees, water, and sand traps to create a course that puts a premium on iron play.

  • Geocaching provides way for whole family to explore

    Discover one and you won’t find doubloons or pirate booty, just some cheap swag and a log to sign as proof you were there. The game isn’t about the payoff, local geocachers Jay and Rachel Gfeller of Peabody say; it’s an outdoor activity for people of all ages — and a great way to explore an area.

  • Pilsen pilgrimage to promote Kapaun's sainthood

    Kapaun, an army chaplain, died in a prisoner of war camp in 1951. His heroic efforts to save fellow soldiers inspired many, and several claim to have been miraculously healed after intercessions were made to Father Kapaun on their behalf. The Vatican has designated him a “servant of God,” a first step toward Sainthood. The annual pilgrimage in his honor will start Friday at the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita on Friday and end around Sunday noon at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen.

  • Tampa's new 'down-to-earth' grill caters to smiles

    “Good service, good attitude, good atmosphere, good food,” Kinning said. “I can’t offer anything super special, but I love seeing somebody smile and enjoy the food.” Those smiles come between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., seven days a week, when Kinning offers a “mostly American” menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

  • Reservoir, lakes lead list of county attractions

    Both offer ample space and opportunities for camping, swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking, partying, and other outdoor family fun. The reservoir is north of US-56 between Marion and Hillsboro. The lake is three miles southeast of Marion, west of US-77.

  • Gospel duo to perform at Burns church

    Phil and Pam Morgan are a husband and wife from Kansas City, Missouri. Pam Morgan was paralyzed in a car accident in 2000 and made a full recovery within a year though doctors had doubted she would ever feel or move most of her body again. “When tragedy struck our family, God was the only one who got us through,” Pam said. “My prayer is that through our story and music, others will be motivated to walk with God everyday no matter what life brings.”

  • Peabody getting fired up for 94th Fourth Fest

    July Fourth falls on a Saturday this year, but several events take place in advance of the holiday. “The carnival will arrive Thursday,” said Preston Hodges, head of the Fourth Fest Committee. “They will have ticket specials and the rides will be in operation.”

  • Markers along Santa Fe Trail allow visitors to retrace history

    Active through this area from 1821 to 1866, the Santa Fe Trail was a commercial route between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and provided shipment of goods and settlers from Europe and the East Coast to the Southwest and Mexico. From the late-1840s to the mid-1860s, yearly usage grew from 3,000 to more than 5,000 freight wagons.

  • Goessel pastors to sponsor picnic

    The Ministerial Alliance of Goessel will serve hot dogs and hamburgers and provide drinks for a community picnic from 6 to 7 p.m. June 28 at Goessel Park. Picnickers are being encouraged to bring tables, lawn chairs, and a side dish or dessert to share.


  • Taking the good news with the bad

    Newspaper Front pages, like life itself, often are studies in contrast. Our own front page this week is no exception. At the very top and very bottom are topics we all can be proud of — this weekend’s much anticipated Chingawassa Days and one of the most beloved teachers and coaches this community has ever known.


    New Folks In Town


  • O'Dells to celebrate 60th anniversary

    The family of Delano and Barbara (Harbison) O’Dell of Marion will celebrate the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary with a private dinner. The O’Dells were married June 5, 1955, in Clements.

  • Krause descendants gather

    Descendants of Emil and Augusta Krause had their 18th biennial reunion May 24 at Lincolnville Community Center. The family of Esther Groneman were hosts; 95 relatives attended. Pastor Alan Stahlecker from St. John’s Lutheran Church led the group in prayer. After a potluck lunch, the family remembered those who had died since the last reunion: Walter Otte, Erano Albrecht, Bill Gregg, and Susan (Adams) Rodrigues.

  • Florence alumni have 119th banquet

    A total of 143 alumni, guests, and teachers attended the 119th annual Florence Alumni Banquet on May 23 at the Florence Gymnasium. Classes represented were from 1940 to 2015.

  • Calendar of events

  • Huelskamp aide to visit county

    An aide to Rep. (R-Kansas) Tim Huelskamp will be available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Hillsboro city council chambers to meet with constituents. Appointments are being accepted at (620) 665-6138.

  • Photo contest seeks entries

    Ranchland Trust of Kansas is inviting photo submissions for its annual contest to depict the natural beauty of Kansas ranching and grazing lands. Participants may submit up to five photos depicting grasslands, landscapes, livestock, or people. Deadline is Sept. 1. More information is available at www.ranchlandtrustofkansas.org, and (785) 273-5115.

  • Summer safety event June 20

    A breakfast of cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy will kick off Marion County’s summer safety event at 7:30 a.m. June 20 at Marion County Lake Hall. The breakfast, sponsored by 4-H and the county fair board, will precede a series of talks for kids and adults about how to be safe this summer.

  • Kiwanis hears from developer

    Economic development director Terry Jones updated 17 Kiwanis members Tuesday on pending developments in Marion. Dollar General, Bown-Corby Apartments, a proposed new hotel, and startup businesses were among the topics of conversation. Jones encouraged Kiwanians to be excited and positive about the community. “We are growing,” he said.

  • Bike Across Kansas coming

    The population of Goessel will nearly triple for a night when more than 900 bicyclists ride into town on June 10 as part of Bike Across Kansas. Cyclists will stay overnight on gymnasium and classroom floors. Some will camp on green areas around schools.


    Birthdays, blossoms, barbecue on menu

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


  • County students receive degrees, honors

    Several colleges and universities have announced degrees and spring semester honors received by Marion County students. Bethel College Dean’s list (3.7 to 4.0 semester GPA) Goessel — sophomores Tia Goertzen and Benjamin Wiens, junior Peter Voth, seniors Joshua Booth, Braden Unruh, and Michelle Unruh. Marion — junior Paige Middleton. Peabody — juniors Mikayla Hiebert and Zachary Preheim. Honor roll (3.5 to 3.69 semester GPA) Goessel — senior Laird Goertzen. Peabody — senior Amy Wedel. Bachelor’s degrees Goessel — Michelle Unruh, music. Peabody — Julie Wedel Martens, music. Kansas State University Kansas State University neglected to include its fall 2014 graduates among the list of students eligible to participate in commencement this spring. Bachelor’s degrees Canton — Weston Hiebert, agriculture. Durham — Dakota Kaufman, education, and Sarah Unruh, business administration. Hillsboro — Chance Reece, bachelor of science. Marion — Parker Ash, bachelor of science; Samuel Ehrlich, mechanical engineering; Louis Holt, agriculture; Andrew Kelsey, agriculture; Bridget Lundy, bachelor of science; Drew Maddox, business administration, and Tristen Snelling, family studies and human services. Peabody — Jennafer Sevart, business administration.

  • Summer reading program planned

    Marion City Library’s summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story,” will be June 14 through July 17. Preschool children who have 20 books read to them will receive a prize. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade will receive prizes for books read.

  • Area schools announce honor rolls

  • FFA members get top awards

    Two FFA members from Marion County received top awards last week at the Kansas FFA State Convention in Manhattan. Based on his accomplishments in a supervised agricultural experience, Raleigh Kroupa of Marion won the state FFA diversified crop proficiency award in entrepreneurship.


  • Marion finishes year with solid showing at state

    All three seniors who went to state for Marion High School track and field came home with medals. Marion didn’t produce any state champions or runners-up, but head coach Grant Thierolf was pleased, saying his athletes had “some very good performances.”

  • Exchange student going home with unique memories

    When Lotti Benning returns to her home in Germany, she will be taking along newspaper clippings, medals, and other mementos she accumulated during her year as a junior exchange student at Centre. “At first, I was hoping I could have gone to a bigger town,” she said, “but now I realize I could not have participated in as many things.”

  • Heart of America recognizes 9 Warriors

    Marion baseball and softball combined to place nine athletes on all-league teams in the Heart of America league. In baseball, seniors Bret Voth and Jacob Baldwin were named first team for pitching and first base, respectively. Sophomore Peyton Heidebrecht was named first-team third baseman.

  • Trojans fall in no-hitter at state

    The Hillsboro Trojans softball team, most of whom have played together since they were 8 years old, came up empty-handed Monday against defending 3A softball champion Silver Lake, dropping the state title game, 5-0, in Manhattan. Silver Lake pitcher Megan Deiter did almost all the damage on her own, striking out 19 Hillsboro batters on the way to her second no-hitter of the tournament. In three tournament games, she struck out 48 batters.


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