• County denies 'being cheap' in EMS hiring

    Despite saving $30,000 a year by rejecting more experienced applicants, county commissioners say they weren’t trying to “get by on the cheap” by instead picking a local EMT with two years’ experience as a volunteer. By restructuring the department, commissioners say, the new ambulance director won’t be setting policy or leading training but rather tending to the logistics of keeping ambulances staffed and ready.

  • Voter abstains to protest ID law

    For more than 30 federal and Kansas elections, Jane Johnson of Marion has voted. This Nov. 4, she won’t. It’s a matter of conflicting principles for Johnson, who has been caught up along with thousands of other Kansans in the problems created by a change in voter registration, namely, the requirement to provide proof of citizenship to register.

  • Voters casting ballots early

    County voters started casting ballots last week for the Nov. 4 election, and more are expected to take advantage of early voting and absentee ballots. “I haven’t checked how many, but it’s becoming more and more prevalent for people to want to vote earlier and vote by mail,” County Clerk Tina Spencer said.

  • Runaway eludes cops for 3 hours

    A 17-year-old McPherson youth with autism casually eluded officers for nearly three hours Thursday night after a dispute with his family led to the decision to walk from his family’s campsite at Hillsboro Cove to Hillsboro, Sheriff Robert Craft said. Marion County Sheriff’s officers initially responded to the call, then requested assistance from Hillsboro and Marion authorities as darkness complicated the search.

  • Kids falling behind on immunizations

    “On-time” immunization rates for Marion County and Kansas children have fallen sharply, according to a report Tuesday by Kansas Kids Count. In 2012, the state immunization rate was 72 percent. In 2013, it declined to 61 percent as more parents opted out of certain vaccinations.

  • Bown-Corby historic paperwork submitted

    It’s one down, two to go for Bown-Corby developer Tom George of Wichita. George completed part one in the three-part process of registering with the National Register of Historic Places for the building, which he is looking to purchase and remodel into apartments.

  • Man dies at Marion Lake campsite

    An unresponsive man was pronounced dead at Hillsboro Cove on Oct. 15. The man, of Wichita, was 73. The death was unattended and appeared to be of natural causes, Sheriff Robert Craft said.


  • Marion-Florence FFA plans fundraiser

    Though it’s not quite the same as medieval alchemists’ quest to transform base metals into gold, Warrior fans and FFA supporters will have chance to turn cow chips into $100 cold hard cash during Friday night’s home football game in a cow-chip bingo fundraiser. FFA members will sell chances to play at the start of the game and during the first quarter.

  • Halloween movie date changed

    The Marion Advancement Campaign’s Halloween Movie Theater event will show “Ghostbusters” and Disney’s “Spooky Buddies” simultaneously at 8 p.m. Saturday at Marion Community Center. The date previously had been announced as Friday, and was changed in order to avoid a conflict with the Marion High School football game against Herington.

  • Holub's speech stresses compassion for poor

    County Commissioner Dan Holub is a jokester. He routinely ribs the other commissioners (and the press) during commission meetings, bringing a lighthearted tint to government work. In Monday’s meeting, however, he brought a very sobering tone when he asked the commission to consider the possibility of repurposing funds the county accrues from scrap metal and the sale of old equipment to help some of Marion County’s most needy citizens.

  • New extension agent is a Hope native

    Renae (Stroda) Riedy began work this week as the Kansas State University/Marion County extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. She also will be involved with the 4-H Youth Development program. Riedy grew up at Hope. She and her husband, Casey, farm at Woodbine. They have four children ranging in age from 9 to 18.

  • 'Curse of the Spider' opens in Florence

    The “Curse of the Spider” haunted house opened Saturday night at the gym in Florence. The Bob Gayle family spent many hours since August in preparing and decorating the basement of the building.

  • Relay for Life shatters fundraiser goal

    Marion County Relay for Life shattered a $24,000 goal Saturday at Warriors Stadium by amassing donations to the tune of $27,687 for cancer research, with money still coming in as of Monday. Area relay specialist Bryn Mecum said the county’s relay committee would be receiving a “very uncommon five-star award” for this year’s effort.


  • Carol Broadstreet

    Carol Lynd (Starr) Broadstreet, age 72, of Marion, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Newton Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. The eldest child of Robert and Ruth (Wright) Starr, Carol was born on Jan. 19, 1942, in Salisbury, Maryland, and lived there until she was seven years old. Then she moved to Ganado, Arizona, with her family. Her dad was a medical missionary doctor with the Presbyterian Church to the Navajos in Ganado, Arizona, and the Tlingits in Klawock, Alaska. Carol then attended East High at Denver, Colorado, until her high school graduation in 1960. Music was always a large part of her life. She had perfect pitch, playing the piano throughout her life, as well as singing with the choir.

  • 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.

  • Ladislav Havlik

    Ladislav E. “Laddie” Havlik, 97, of Kanopolis, was born near Bison, OK, Jan. 29, 1917, to Anton and Leopolda (Stary) Havlik. He passed away Oct. 15, 2014, at the Ellsworth Good Samaritan Center, Ellsworth, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, and all nine of his siblings: Anton Havlik, Frances Shimanek, Wenceslaus Havlik, Mary Kristek, Frank Havlik, Dr. Albert Havlik, Polly Belton, Stanley Havlik, and Sister Oswald Havlik. As a small child, he moved with his family to a farm in Marion County, near Tampa, Kansas. He attended a rural elementary school near Tampa and graduated from Tampa High School. He later furthered his education by attending Wichita State University and studying electronics by correspondence from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago. During his long life, he worked on ranches in Colorado, helped on construction of Grand Coulee Dam in Washington, and enlisted in the Armed Forces, where he served in both the Army Engineers and the Army Air Force before, during, and after WWII. Following the war, he was employed by Quaker Oats Co. in Iowa, operated his own mechanics shop in Marion, Kansas, and at various times, worked for Boeing and Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, and Lockheed in Atlanta, Georgia. He was employed for several years by Hesston Corp., Hesston, Kansas, and owned and operated Tampa Lumber and Hdwe., in Tampa, Kansas.

  • Charles Priddy

    Former pastor and Hillsboro resident Charles W. Priddy, 78, died Sunday at Asbury Park in Newton. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Mennonite Church in Halstead.

  • Doris Shultz

    Doris Shultz, 79, died Friday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born Oct. 1, 1935, to David and Anna (Friesen) Klassen of rural Lehigh. Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Ken Shultz of Hillsboro; two sons, Rick Shultz of Sachse, Texas and Perry Shultz of Keller, Texas; two daughters, Candi Roberts of Newnan, Georgia, and Gretchen McRae of Irving, Texas; one sister, Bernice Friend; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

  • Roberta A. Slifer

    Roberta “Happy” A. Slifer (formerly Work and Miller), 92, died Oct. 14 at St. Luke Living Center. She was born October 17, 1921, in New York, New York. She and her siblings were placed into an orphanage in Bath, New York. From the orphanage, they were put on an orphan train in 1924. Roberta (at that time known as Alberta) was adopted by Walter and Anna Work of Windom. Roberta graduated high school at Windom, and worked as a switchboard operator.

  • Richard Varenhorst Jr.

    Richard W. Varenhorst Jr. was born April 10, 1944, to Richard Wayne Varenhorst Sr. and Dorothy Elizabeth (Miesse) Varenhorst in Wichita, Kansas. Dick grew up in Marion where his parents owned Van’s Department Store. He graduated from Marion High School in 1962, and attended Kansas State Teacher’s College in Emporia, majoring in theater. Dick was active in the summer theater program and performed in at least 18 productions. He joined the army in September 1964, and was stationed in Germany where he started his own theater company. Later he was deployed to Vietnam as a top secret security clearance courier. Dick served two tours in Vietnam in the 9th Infantry during the Tet Offensive and Dong Tam. After his honorable discharge, Dick returned to Emporia to continue his education. Dick married Pam Stone (whom he met at college) and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. His son Garrett was born in Los Angeles in 1975 and daughter Catie came soon after in 1977 in Santa Rosa. The Varenhorst family moved to Marion in 1980 where he pursued a career in sales, returning to the store his mother still owned, Van’s, managing and opening Van’s Too!, a gift shop, and Van’s Man, a men’s clothing store, to complement the womens’ and childrens’ clothing lines sold at Van’s. He continued his military service in the Kansas Army National Guard for 16 years.



  • Harshmans preserve historic Clover Cliff Ranch

    When Warren and Susan Harshman purchased Clover Cliff Ranch in Chase County from the Jim and Joan Donahue Estate in February, they became the fourth owners of the nearly 4,000-acre ranch. “We wanted the property to be locally owned and shared, including its history, beauty, and cultural heritage,” Susan Harshman said.

  • Gardeners prep for winter, planting

    For some, gardening happens between the last and first frosts of the year. For others, like Jana Dalke and Mike Moran, gardening is a process that flows from one season to the next. Late October is transition time for Dalke, who with her husband, Dale, operates Serenity Gardens on 190th Rd. between Marion and Hillsboro. The business side closes in late October, although good weather could extend open hours a few days into early November, Dalke said. Once that happens, the transition to winter, with an eye toward spring, will begin in earnest.


  • Where's the war?

    “BREAKING NEWS: The largest terrorist attack the world has ever seen rained death from the skies in Wichita, Kansas, this morning, as rockets filled with deadly nerve gas exploded over the city, killing all 386,000 people in a matter of hours. The President and Congressional leaders declared it an act of war, and vowed to spare no expense in delivering swift and merciless retribution to those responsible.” Don’t worry, folks, it’s just pretend — Wichita’s still there. But imagine for a moment that it isn’t. All those people gone, just like that. The $1.2 trillion we spent on the Iraq war would be chump change compared to what I’d want to throw at those terrorists.

  • One of us had a baby

    We at Hoch Publishing have experienced a wondrous event amongst our staff in the past week. Mostly, our employees are so old and tired that we barely remember the awesome feeling of bringing a new life into our families and the world. However, our energetic, capable, and funny jack-of-all-newspaper-trades, Oliver Good, and his wife Marina delivered a new family member, Claire, a week ago. We are all appropriately giddy and proud. Like we had anything to do with anything!


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  • Tech help available for adults at Centre

    Senior members of Centre Future Business Leaders of America have a project known as “Senior Savvy.” From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday they provide technical assistance in the school foyer for adult members of surrounding communities. It is free of charge, and no appointment is necessary.


  • Meade beats Marion in slugfest 39-36

    Marion rallied from 13 points down in the second half Friday at Meade, but the Buffaloes got the final score and the win in a 36-39 Warriors loss. Marion’s first lead of the game came at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Running back Adam Janzen capped a 51-yard drive with a 6-yard run for a touchdown. Quarterback Jacob Baldwin made the 2-point conversion that put the Warriors ahead 28-27.

  • Centre takes 3rd in league

    The Centre volleyball team placed third Saturday in the league tournament at Centre by defeating Solomon in two sets, 25-18 and 25-19. The team advanced out of pool play with two victories. The first was against Little River, and the second against Peabody-Burns. They were defeated by Goessel, which swept the tournament.

  • Cougars 2-1 in district play

    The Centre Cougars fell to 2-1 in district play Friday after losing to Chase on the road, 54-12. The Cougars held their own in the first quarter. They trailed 6-7 at the end of the quarter after quarterback Dakota Stimpson ran 15 yards for a touchdown.

  • Hague, Remmers medal at cross country league meet

    McKenzee Remmers and Emily Hague finished in the medals Thursday at the Heart of American league cross-county meet at Remington High School. Remmers covered the flat course around the school grounds in 17 minutes, 47.58 seconds to place 12th, and Hague was close behind, clocking 18:00.33 to finish 14th.

  • MHS goes 3-2 at Heart of America

    The Marion High School Warriors placed third among six teams in the Heart of America Tournament at Moundridge on Saturday. The Warriors began with losses to Moundridge and Trinity Hutchinson before winning three straight against Remington, Sedgwick, and Ell-Saline.


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