HEADLINES

  • Hotel pulls interest in city

    Cobblestone Inn and Suites has recanted its interest in building a hotel in Marion. “The developer himself called me and let me know that they are no longer interested in building in Marion due to an article that was written last week,” economic development director Terry Jones said.

  • Boy, 7, resuscitated at Morning Star Ranch

    “We need to start praying.” Audrey Schultz doesn’t remember who yelled that. She wasn’t focusing on the approximately 80 people who gathered around the Morning Star Ranch pool Saturday.

  • Officer follows nose, finds 3 pounds of marijuana

    Clinton Jeffrey, Assistant Chief at Marion Police Department, literally smelled a crime when he stopped a red Ford Mustang on June 14 for doing 78 mph on US-56. The Mustang was east of US-77 when Jeffrey caught up with it. The driver, Jordan Bryan, 18, of Eureka, Missouri, was visibly nervous, Jeffrey said.

  • Courthouse addition could cost county $7.4 million

    County commissioners looked at two options Monday for building a multi-story addition onto the courthouse, and voiced approval for exploring how they’ll get $7 million to move ahead. “People are going to say, ‘Look at what you’re spending,’” commissioner Randy Dallke said. “I’m here to say that an expenditure like this will pay back, both utility-wise and what we’ve done.” Andy Pitts of Treanor Architects opened the discussion with an assessment of the electric, mechanical, and plumbing shortcomings of the courthouse, which he estimated would cost about $1 million to fix.

  • Transcript of city council discussion of hotel project

  • Brown water, higher rates, or both?

    Blaming past administrations, state government, and even the weather, city councilors lamented the tribulations of deciding whether to raise water and electric rates and whether to go forward with a waterline project that will deepen the city’s debt load of $4.4 million. “It’s a hard sell,” councilor Chad Adkins said, “the idea that we have a good water treatment facility, then people don’t drink the water or you get brown water. Then, on top of that, you talk about raising water rates. You wanna pay more for your brown water?

  • Wetta balks at transfer weigh-in

    Former county commissioner Leroy Wetta visited the courthouse Monday morning to register a complaint with the current commission. Wetta had come from the transfer station. He objected when one of the workers asked to weigh Wetta’s load. If it exceeded 300 pounds, an additional charge would be incurred.

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Chamber fields suggestions for future

    Marion chamber of commerce members weighed in at a Friday meeting with thoughts on future direction of the group. Chamber president Don Noller dismissed notions that the discussion was indicative of the direction the group will take in planning for a future without secretary Margo Yates.

  • Roundabout construction begins this week

    Work on the new roundabout at US-56/77/K-150 in Marion County will begin between June 24 and June 26. A short detour goes into effect today to accommodate the construction.

  • KHP urges caution on roads during harvest

    As county farmers harvest crops, drivers should take caution around farm equipment, Kansas Highway Patrol said. A release cited 94 crashes involving farm equipment in 2014. Those resulted in 41 injuries and three deaths.

  • Rabies cases on the rise in county

    Rainfall and temperatures are not the only thing on the rise in Kansas this year. So are cases of rabies in animals. Marion County health department administrator Diedre Serene said that there have been five reported cases of rabies in Marion County since March.

  • Wheat harvest blasts off, finally

    Last week weather favored farmers and now harvest is on full blast. Dick Tippin, Cooperative Grain Supply grain coordinator, said about 20,000 bushels trickled into Hillsboro’s elevator on Friday, but the next day’s reaping dwarfed that figure.

  • Radio field day is Saturday

    When phones go dead and the Internet goes dark, long distance communication might seem futile, but not for this bunch of ham radio operators. They know what it’s like to cast their voice thousands of miles in all directions around the world.

  • 20 mph residential speed limits proposed

    A group of concerned citizens approached city council Monday to ask for 20 mph speed limits in all residential areas and yield signs at Maple and Freeborn Sts. and Coble and Weldon Sts. “These cars that think they’re doing 30 — they’re not,” Marion resident Susan Hall said. “I’m concerned cars aren’t gonna see these little kids.”

DEATHS

  • Ronald James Johnson

    Ronald James Johnson, 50, died Saturday, June 20, at Ness County Hospital, Ness City. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, and from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Jost Funeral Home, with graveside funeral service at 1 p.m. in Durham Park Cemetery.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    William E. 'Bill' Laramore, Bertha 'Teeny' Williams

DOCKET

HOME AND GARDEN

  • Marion garden tour promises to stimulate senses

    A wide array of attractions featured on Marion City Library’s sixth annual Garden Tour will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. With six stops in and out of town, attendees should have no problem finding useful ideas for their own gardens, or just experiencing the pleasure of the plants and flowers.

  • Canton garden tour scheduled

    A five-home garden tour will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 in Canton. Admission is $3. Maps and tickets are available at Three Sisters Tea and Treasures, Canton. Post-tour lunch reservations at Three Sisters available for $10.95 at (620) 628-4484.

OPINION

  • Who is really killing progress?

    So why isn’t Marion gettinga new hotel? If you believe the unedited transcript (elsewhere on this page) of Monday’s city council meeting, it’s entirely the fault of this newspaper. Truth is, we started investigating a $7,000 taxpayer-paid feasibility study, which concluded that $1 million in local investment would be neededas a down payment,only after a routine web search revealed thata veteran hotel operator in another Kansas community had raised serious concernsregarding the thoroughness andaccuracy of a similar study, paid for at that community’s expense,by the same lone consultant.

  • Even Darth Vader had a good side

    If you think county roads have it rough, try being the county roads superintendent. Deserved or not, the county roads crew and its boss often have to confront as many political potholes as they do real ones. Two weeks ago, we tried to make a point about how grant money can create ironies. At a time when the county contends it doesn’t have enough money to keep roads from being washed-out mudholes or (when dry) washboards, the state comes along, offering to pay for shiny new signs and most of the cost of having an engineer inspect them for safety problems.

  • Letters to the editor

    I am responding to assertions made by John Seibel in last week’s paper concerning the hiring of Larry Cushenbery to a supervisory position in the county road and bridge department. Seibel questioned whether Cushenbery was selected for his qualifications or rather as a pay-off for political reasons.

PEOPLE

SPORTS

  • Marion Hawks win wood bat baseball tournament

    The Hawks, Marion’s new American Legion baseball team, spread its wings and soared into first place over the weekend at a wood bat tournament in Pratt. “I’m extremely proud of how our team competed and conducted themselves,” coach Jordan Metro said. “They’re a great bunch, and pretty talented ball players, too.”

  • Florence to get disc golf course

    A small but dedicated group of Florence citizens plans to transform an old Florence Middle School football field and track area into a nine-hole disc golf course. Florence resident John Branson, a pastor who performs social work in Wichita, sees the benefits of disc golf.

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