• The family that prays together...preaches apart

    When pastor Amanda Baker was setting up to deliver “Odd Introductions,” her first sermon, at Valley United Methodist Church on Sunday, her husband wasn’t there. “I get nervous every single time that I preach,” she said. “You eventually get used to it, but it’s even more nerve-wracking on the first Sunday when you know people are wondering ‘Am I going to like this preacher? Am I going to relate to her?’”

  • Detour boosts local businesses

    Sellers of food and gas on Marion’s Main St. are reaping the benefits of increased traffic because of the U.S. 56 detour, while business at bypassed Pizza Hut surprisingly remains good. “We’ve been fairly busy for the last month or so, and it hasn’t really changed at all,” Pizza Hut manager Danyal Hamm said. “We see different people, and we have less truck drivers in the back, but as far as impact that’s the only thing I’ve really noticed.”

  • New site for food center pays off

    In transitioning from a cramped, non-air-conditioned corner of a local church to a spacious and accessible facility all its own, Marion County Food Bank, now known as Marion County Resource Center and Food Bank, faced high expectations for improved quality of service. “It’s exceeded,” Gerry Henderson said, “in all cases.”

  • Dollar General to open in fall

    Dollar General should be completed by early November as Tulsa developer Petrous Group Inc. has set a construction start date of Aug. 3 for the site near US-56. Petrous Group got the green light Monday when city council approved a conditional-use permit that was seen as the final hurdle to clear before construction could commence.

  • A rescue worthy of a caped crusader

    A trio of abandoned bat babies was recently rescued by an anonymous Good Samaritan. Lena Kleiner of Hillsboro witnessed the rescue after seeing the bat mom ditch her babies.


  • More political chuckholes for road crews

    Mike Beneke’s anger with how the county is maintaining roads didn’t boil over Monday as it did last week, but he brought along friends to keep the debate simmering. Beneke, along with Fred Carlson and Dan Dalke of Hillsboro, and Jim Bernhardt, Don Stenzel, and Ed Vinduska of Marion, spent nearly 30 minutes expressing concerns about maintenance and the seemingly abrupt firing of a 34-year veteran road employee.

  • Holub rejects courthouse addition

    Responding to taxpayer concerns that they were trying to “sneak it into the budget,” Marion County Commission quickly distanced itself Monday from a preliminary proposal to expand the courthouse. “Marion County cannot afford $7.5 million right now or in the foreseeable future to update the courthouse,” commission chairman Dan Holub said. “I don’t see it happening— not now, and not in the future.”

  • Salary talk scarce at budget meetings

    Suggestions of salary increases were almost nonexistent as county department heads discussed 2016 budget plans with commissioners in a daylong planning session July 1. Commissioners entertained proposals with news that projected revenues would be up about $126,000 in 2016, rather than down.

  • Burned house condemned

    Citing unsalvageable conditions and neglect, city council approved on Monday condemnation of a house at 321 W. Santa Fe St., which was gutted by a February fire. The cause of the fire is yet undetermined. The house itself still carries many relics of inhabitance. Through its doors, which swing unlatched in the breeze, charred furniture sits where it would have before the house burned. A Jack-O’-Lantern floats among storage containers and furniture in the standing water in the basement.

  • Rec discussion raises questions

    In its first meeting since learning it would handle the creation of a recreation department, city council engaged in discussions toward making the department a reality. The discussion bred more questions than answers.

  • Council to specialize

    In an effort to facilitate communication, city council members now will have specific areas to focus on. City administrator Roger Holter suggested the initiative because citizens who want to talk to a city council member about an issue don’t know which council member to talk to.

  • Nominations sought for health awards

    Individual and organizational nominations for Kansas health champions are being sought by the Governor’s Council on Fitness as part of an effort to help Kansans improve their health. Eligible nominees include an outstanding volunteers, schools, communities, newspapers or reporters, local or state policy makers, or employers.


  • Ann Boese

    Former retail clerk Ann L. Boese, 92, died July 1 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. She was born May 18, 1923, to David and Anna (Eberhardt) Helmer in Burstall, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Harold Dyck

    Former Peabody merchant Harold Eugene Dyck, 83, of Newton, died July 3. He was born Nov. 22, 1931, to Agnes and John Dyck at Burns. He married Neva Lehrman on Aug. 14, 1955, at Tabor Mennonite Church near Goessel.

  • LaVada Hagen

    LaVada Hagen, 84, died June 29 in Hillsboro. She was born March 7, 1931, to Otto and Miriam (Reuscher) David in Hillsboro. She married Lewis Hagen Dec. 20, 1954, in Hillsboro. She was a hairdresser.

  • Bonnie Reagan

    Bonnie Lynn Reagan, 63, of Hillsboro, died July 1 at her home. A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Thursday in the Herington Chapel and Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Herington at a future date.


    Ruth Ann Carlson

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  • Wheat harvest about average this year

    Moist cool weather in May gave hope for a higher count in Marion County’s wheat harvest, but with most fields cut, the numbers are about average for the county, Cooperative Grain and Supply grain coordinator Dick Tippin said. “We’re at about 2,400,000 bushel between all our locations,” Tippin said Thursday. “That’s right about average.”

  • Mr. Brunner goes to Washington

    International livestock trade will have a voice from Marion County when Tracy Brunner heads to Washington for his first meeting as part of the USDA’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for trade in animals and animal products. Brunner said the first meeting is at the end of the summer, and he’s excited to get started.




  • FFA officers attend conference

  • Intern visits Mennonite Center

    Liz Wittrig, an archival intern for Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission has been at the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies in Hillsboro the past week studying the center’s collection. Wittrig previously visited three of the four denominational archival centers in North America inFresno, California, Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Co-ed ranch rodeo added to county fair

    Cowboys and cowgirls will team up to test their ranching skills in a co-ed ranch rodeo at this year’s Marion County Fair. Chuck McLinden, fair board member, said the co-ed event replaces the women’s rodeo that has run for over a decade.

  • Juggler/comedian coming

    Juggler and children’s comedian Brian Wendling will perform at 10 a.m. Thursday at Marion Community Center. Marion City Library and Tampa State Bank will sponsor the free event. More information is available at (620) 382-2442.

  • Chat and Dine potluck Saturday

    Marion County Park and Lake Chat and Dine Club will have its annual cookout 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the north shelter house at the lake. Participants are being encouraged to bring a side dish that can go with hamburgers and hot dogs. More information is available at(620) 382-2900.

  • Wichita opera to perform in McPherson

    Wichita Grand Opera, backed by Salina Symphony Orchestra, will perform 7:30 p.m. July 17 at McPherson Opera House. “A Night at the Opera” will include feature excerpts by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, and Jacques Offenbach.

  • Blood drive will be Monday

    An American Red Cross blood drive will be from 2:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. Appointments are being accepted at www.redcrossblood.org and (800) 733-2767.

  • TEEN to meet Tuesday

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the USD 408 district office in Marion. More information is available from Lena Kleiner at(620) 877-0237.


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