• Honor flights give vets a memorable trip home

    Whenever area veterans and their guardians return to the Wichita airport after an honor trip to Washington, District of Columbia, they are greeted by a crowd of cheering and clapping supporters. For these veterans, that is an emotional experience.

  • County can't pay `going rate' for EMS director

    Marion County either can’t afford a qualified EMS director, or it hasn’t found the right one. Few of the applicants, there were upward of 20, meet the level of qualifications the county seeks. One qualified candidate offered to take the position for a salary that was approximately $25,000 more than the previous full-time EMS director, Steve Smith. “At this point we don’t feel like we can afford what we’d like to have. That’s what’s making the search difficult for us,” Commission Chairman Roger Fleming said.

  • City will spend more to keep more locally

    Call it leading by example. In light of a new countywide shop-local push spearheaded by the city of Marion, namely its economic development director Terry Jones, Marion City Council turned an otherwise-nominal purchase into a statement. The city considered two bids Monday on a project to update the logos on Marion’s billboard advertisements: one a $2,176 offer from Knox Signs and Graphics in Topeka, the other a $3,159 bid from Western Associates in Marion. The council decided, upon recommendation from Jones and without much argument, to accept the local candidate’s bid for $983 more.

  • USD 408 considers moving 6th grade to middle school

    At its monthly meeting, the USD 408 board of education broached the subject of moving sixth grade from the elementary school into the middle school. The issue was brought up as a discussion item, but principals Justin Wasmuth, of the elementary school, and Missy Stubenhofer, of the middle school, both want to move forward on the issue in time for the 2015-16 school year.

  • County emergency groups practice school shooting response

    “Hillsboro ambulance, Hillsboro rescue, Hillsboro fire, we need you to stage at the Lutheran church at North Lincoln and Grand for reports of shots fired at Hillsboro High School.” That call from the Marion County dispatcher Saturday morning set in motion a grim simulation of two gunmen roaming the halls of the schools, killing one person and seriously wounding seven others.

  • Whooping cough alert

    The Marion County Health Department is investigating an increased number of whooping cough cases in the county. County health nurse Diedre Serene said the cases are “more than usual,” and the public needs to be aware.

  • City to lease airport space

    Marion Airport could see an increase in occupancy soon, as Marion City Council approved a lease agreement that will be used as a template for private individuals looking to use space to store planes. The agreement was brought to light by a new business interest. A man from Ulysses wants to start a permanent agricultural spraying operation, which would be based at the airport. The operator, whose name was not made public because an official agreement has not yet been reached, would operate from March until October. The man previously had temporary spray operations in the area from April to mid-May in 2013.


  • Harms Plainview Ranch ranks ninth in state

    Harms Plainview Ranch of Lincolnville ranks ninth on the American Angus Association’s list of the state’s largest Angus beef cattle producers, but owner Mark Harms isn’t as concerned about size as he is meeting the needs of his buyers. “I don’t care where we rank so much,” Harms said. “We keep the number of animals we feel will serve their purpose in the industry. Last year we marketed 240 bulls, and that would be a record high for us. It’s been growing from Year One.”

  • Small business workshop scheduled

    Dean Claycamp of the Kansas Small Business Development Center will be at the Hill Building in Marion from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 to give free help to those thinking of starting a small business. The workshop will examine feasibility and financial strategy. At least, that’s the plan.


  • Kroupas restore 1926 Model T truck

    The late Theodore Kroupa of Tampa was 20 years old when he purchased a 1926 Model T farm truck from his uncle. It was 14 years old. The truck was used primarily to haul wheat to market. It was passed down to his son, Kenneth, when Theodore died in 2006.

  • Drivers should prepare for winter

    As winter weather descends upon Marion County in the upcoming months, drivers should prepare their vehicles to handle the conditions. Barry Allen, owner of Webster’s Auto Service, said the most common problem he sees when cold weather comes is tire pressure.

  • Salesmen's roles have changed

    With a seemingly infinite amount of product information available online today, it should come as no surprise that consumers have become more informed buyers than they were before the Internet changed the way cars were sold. The salesman’s role

  • It's deer season on the road, too

    Oh, deer. With deer-mating season, also known as “rut,” peaking in mid-November, motorists should be “especially vigilant” in the upcoming weeks, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol release.


  • Carol L. Broadstreet

    Carol L. Broadstreet, 72, died Saturday. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion.

  • Wavo Marie Depler

    Wavo Marie (Dover) Depler, 86, died Oct. 7 at Newton Medical Center. The funeral service was Sunday at the Christian Church in Peabody. Burial was at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Baker Funeral Home made the arrangements.

  • Thomas E. Duggan

    Thomas E. Duggan, 80, of Tampa, passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. He was born Nov. 20, 1933, to Thomas P. and Elizabeth Katherine (Coyne) Duggan, in Salina, Kansas. Tom was proud of his Irish Catholic ancestry, the Duggan family name, and his roots in the Tampa community. Survivors include his beloved wife, Dolores (Dee) Duggan of Tampa, married November 29, 1975; his daughters, Darla K. Hall of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Deb Hall of Herington, Kansas; and grandchildren, Adam Hall and Kaylee Ann Hall. He loved his sisters, Patricia (Gene) Westerhaus of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Betty (Don) Frick of Topeka, Kansas, and all his nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Duggan and Bernard Duggan, who are still greatly missed.

  • Anita Mattix

    Anita Mattix, 66, of Augusta, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Anita was born on Oct. 12, 1947, in Wichita, Kansas, to the late Helen (Bernhardt) Schick Westbrook Turner and Alvin Schick. She was the owner of the County Journal and worked as a teller for the White Eagle Credit Union, and a pharmacy tech at Cooper Drug. She never met a stranger and always enjoyed a cup of coffee with anyone that came through their backdoor. She always had time for good conversation. Anita was a cancer survivor. On Jan. 10, 1966 she married the love of her life, Jeffery C. Mattix. He preceded her in death in 2012. She is survived by: daughter, Shannon Mattix and fiancé, Jerry Shoemaker; son, Aaron Mattix, both of Wichita; grandchildren Levi Davidson (Corina), Kyle Davidson (girlfriend, Heather Banwert) and Madeline Mattix; brother-in-law, Jon Mattix (Barbara); Odie and Baxter the farm dogs; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

  • Roberta A. "Happy" Slifer

    Roberta A. “Happy” Slifer died Tuesday at St. Luke Living Center. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Marion Cemetery.

  • Pauline K. Poe

    Pauline K. “Polly” Poe (nee Keazer) entered into eternal peace on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at age 87 at Aberdeen Heights Senior Living, Kirkwood, Missouri. She was glorious, brilliant, beautiful, gracious, and poised; friend, loving wife and supportive companion for 66 years to Allan Poe. She is survived by her husband Allan; their sons David (Cathy) Poe, Kevin (Marti) Poe and daughter Annette (Tommy) Margosian; four grandchildren, Tom, Eric, and Kurt Poe and Rachel (Michael) Jeter; three great grandchildren, Weston, Dominic and Lucas Jeter; sister Nancy (Phil) Kastor, and brother-in-law Harold (Joleen) Poe. She was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Evelyn Keazer, sister Joyce (Russell) Hett, and beautiful granddaughter Danielle Poe.

  • Richard "Dick" Varenhorst

    Dick Varenhorst, 70, former owner of Van’s Man clothing store, died Tuesday morning at his home in Marion. A visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Marion Christian Church.



  • Now you see it, now you don't

    Among The materials in this week’s Marion City Council packet, one item stood out from the rest: The Marion Airport Board Meeting Mintues of Oct. 7. Unlike the other documents, this single sheet of paper had four odd-looking black streaks on it. Strategically placed black streaks that concealed a name.


    A Letter to the Future


  • Collett family holds reunion

    Seventy-one Collett descendants met Oct. 12 at Marion County Lake Hall for their annual reunion. After sharing a meal and visiting, the annual family auction was held with their talented auctioneers, Deanna Talbott and Keith Collett. Officers for next year’s reunion, to be held Oct. 11, will be Colleen Garman, president, and Mary Collett, secretary.

  • Padget familyh gathers for reunion

    A Padgett family reunion was held in Florence on Sunday. The oldest in attendance was 87, and the youngest was 2. They had a carry-in dinner at noon and spent time visiting, identifying old pictures, and getting reacquainted.

  • 20th Century hears lake history

    The 20th Century Club met Oct. 6 at Sally Hannaford’s cabin at Marion County Lake. Hostesses for the meeting were Hannaford, Vicki Hoffer, Elora Robinson, and Eileen Sieger. Eighteen members and one guest answered roll call with their favorite thing to do at the lake. It was reported that the PRIDE Committee had successful Farmers’ Markets this summer. Flower pots like those placed along Main St. are being sold as a fundraiser and may be purchased at Central Park Antiques. Gene Winkler stained them.

  • Neo Century Club views slides

    Margaret Pickering, Pauline Holub, and Helen Reznicek gave a slide presentation about their adventures in New Zealand and Australia to Neo Century Club members Oct. 6 at Hilltop Manor. Joyce Duke and Pat Oller served pumpkin dessert and coffee from a fall-themed table.


    Lucy May Williams

    Fall food on the menu

    Archambo and Whisler wed

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


  • More enroll at Centre via online system

    Official enrollment figures at Centre schools, released Sept. 20, show a full-time equivalency on-site enrollment of 213.5, a decline of 15.5 from last year. However, enrollment in the online program has increased by 106, to 275.4, bringing total enrollment to 496. On-site enrollment in 2010-11 was 268.5. The establishment of the Kansas Online Learning Program in 2011-12, with 81.8 virtual students, has made up for continued decline in onsite enrollment.


  • Warriors roll again

    The Marion Warriors are starting to look like the class of their district. Another win in district play — this one a 46-6 spanking of Northern Heights — brings the Warriors’ record to 4-2 and 2-0 in the district. It hasn’t been the wins, though, so much as it’s been how the Warriors have been winning. Through two games, Marion’s aggregate score is 96-18 vs. district opponents.

  • Marion cross country

    Even with slower times, Marion cross-country runners ran “good races” Oct. 7 at Eureka’s cross-country meet, according to coach Rebecca Hofer. “Overall most of our times were slower, and I realize that the high school runners still have work to do with league and regionals coming up,” Hofer said. “However, today we still received medals and represented Marion well.”

  • Centre to host league volleyball

    Centre High School will host the Wheat State League volleyball tournament on Saturday. Top-seed Goessel and 8th-seed Peabody-Burns will open play at 9 a.m., followed by Centre, seeded 4th, and Little River, seeded 5th.

  • Kassebaum trains for regional competition

    Centre High School senior Nellie Kassebaum medaled Thursday in the Burrton Invitational cross-country meet at Harvey County West Park. She finished 12th with a time of 19 minutes, 33 seconds. She is the only high school runner who will be competing Oct. 25 at the regional meet at Riley County.

  • Cougars 2- in district play

    In an exciting homecoming game Friday under cloudy, cold, and drizzly skies, the Centre Cougars defeated Tescott, 28-26. They are 2-0 in district play. Tescott turned the ball over three times on downs in the first half. The Trojans were left scoreless, while the Cougars scored 14 points.


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