• Well-known volunteer airlifted to Wichita after Sunday accident

    Fred Puttroff, 62, of Marion, was seriously injured Sunday when, according to police reports, he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on US-77 south of Lincolnville. Puttroff was riding south on the highway between 260th and 270th Rds. when a southbound 2004 Toyota 4Runner driven by Mary Cunningham, 22, of Andover, came up on him from behind, hitting him on the left side and knocking Puttroff and the bicycle into the ditch.

  • Police chief is no sucker for salesmen's pitch

    A crack team of vacuum salesmen knocked on the wrong door Friday while allegedly soliciting demonstrations of their product in Marion. Police Chief Tyler Mermis was “just kicking it” in front of TV at his house when there came a rap upon his door.

  • Resistance is futile for disgruntled councilman

    Councilman Jerry Kline chose a curious time to voice concern about Marion’s 2016 budget, questioning its approval, dubbed a “formality” by city clerk Tiffany Jeffrey, at Monday’s city council meeting. Kline said he was trying to send a message.

  • 'Wheels' and 'the fish of a lifetime,' as told by Twila Legg

    Stories of the “big fish that got away” are classics. Immense fish escape to murky depths, leaving behind tales that seemed to grow with each embellished retelling.

  • County native 'adopts' 700 Kansas towns

    What started five years ago as a simple gesture by Peabody native Steve Meirowsky to enhance the town’s Wikipedia entry has grown into a passion for ensuring all Kansas towns are on the cyber map. Literally. “The most recent thing I did was to go through a full edit, editing the full maps,” Meirowsky said. “I went through and added it to all the cities in Kansas, which was about 700.”

  • County budget passes, Lalouette abstains

    County commissioners approved the 2016 budget Monday; however, one commissioner’s vote was missing. Commissioner Lori Lalouette recused herself from voting on the budget when she realized doing so could have created a conflict of interest for 8th District Court Judge Michael Powers, she said.


  • Widow leaves century farm in Burdick after 65 years

    Naomi Nelson cherishes the memories of her time on the farm south of Burdick. “I grew up very poor, and we moved around a lot,” she said. “It was wonderful to be in a more stable situation. I was blessed to have a good husband. I experienced living in a new home, something I never thought I’d have.”

  • A slithery surprise at coffee time

    Friday morning coffee at Lanning Pharmacy was interrupted when an unwanted visitor reared its slithery head. Employee Dorothy Shipman was moving some inventory when she looked down to discover a small, green snake jumping at her hand.

  • Old Settlers theme honors farmers and ranchers

    Old Settlers Day patrons should see various floats decorated in the theme of “Saluting the Farmers and Ranchers of Marion County,” among attractions Sept. 26 in an annual parade. “We are farming and ranching community,” Kiwanis president Al Ash said. “They do a lot of good for the area and the nation.”

  • Florence Labor Day bash to bring a bigger bang

    It’s the game of the century — the 19th century, to be precise. It will be followed by fireworks packing a more powerful punch than previous years. Among the entertainment offered by Florence’s 78th annual Labor Day celebration, the vintage baseball game and fireworks show are major crowd-pleasers, planning committee chairman Melvin Honeyfield said.


  • Garden accessories give life to Florence home

    After living in Florence for nearly 25 years, Sheri Austin finally decided it was time to make her vision come to life. She had spent years beautifying her home in her mind, but only recently decided to make it a reality. “I’ve had this image in my mind for a long time,” she said. “And I knew it was gonna have to be me to do it.”




  • Don't believe everything you read

    As we were going to press Tuesday night, we were taken aback to read in this week’s copy of a competing publication how a Marion official was blaming our news coverage two months ago as the reason Marion lost a proposed 31-bed hotel. Our being accused of negativity is nothing new. Killing the messenger is a favorite sport of public officials here and elsewhere. If what a journalist reports doesn’t portray things with a spin so positive that a devastating tornado is billed as a wonderful opportunity for urban renewal, the journalist tends to take it on the chin – just as we most assuredly will after this week’s interview and editorial about a council member’s last-minute opposition to various city projects. Being blamed for the news is a perpetual drawback of actually covering the news.

  • Can we agree to disagree?

    We at the newspaper say it all the time in personal discussion with civic leaders: “Sometimes our positions will force us to be adversarial, but that’s OK. It’s important that we maintain open communication.” The same could be said for relationships between city council members or the city council and its administration.

  • Time flies when you're having pork

    I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I started working for the newspaper. Other reporters have come and gone, editors, too, but I’m still here. Back in the summer of 1995, I was thinking about finding a part-time job to supplement our farm income. I noticed an ad in the Marion County Record (Aug. 23, 1995) for a part-time job as a typist, with the added requirements of being able to interview people and have good spelling skills. I thought, “I could do that.”


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  • Kerbs attend family reunion potluck

    A Kerbs family reunion was Aug. 16 at the Friendship Center, Salina. Lucille Kerbs, Tampa, attended. Attendees shared in a potluck dinner and spent time visiting with each other. Attending were, from Abilene, Jeremy, Allison, and Brooklyn Sluder, Connie Thompson; from Dodge City, Glenn Kerbs; from Manhattan, April and Gracie Reidy, and Raymond, Molly, and Lillyann Deiser.

  • Democratic women meet

    Marion County Democratic Women met Aug. 28 at Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough presided at a business meeting, and Estelle McCarty shared a birthday card she received from the White House. Connie Fisher read the devotion “Be Available” from “The Wonder of the Cross.”

  • Food bank seeking help

    The Marion County Resource Center and Food Bank is seeking donations. Volunteers are also needed to transport food to the food bank and to stock the shelves.

  • Calendar


    Clough gives vocal performance, Kiwanians hear from the center site manager, Menu

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


  • Centre graduates receive ag skills certificates

    Centre High School graduates Jared Barney, Cassidy Hill, Nellie Kassebaum, and Callie Riffel have been awarded the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate. They have demonstrated excellence in their high school agriculture education programs by completing classroom ag instruction, supervised agricultural experience, and leadership development through FFA. They also had a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

  • Food and choices make powerful team for USD 408

    The line wrapped around the entire cafeteria. Students waited patiently to get served. Lunch at Marion High School is a hit. The consensus was not so obvious. “You should have seen the line Monday,” Marion High School principal Tod Gordon said. “It was out the door for most of the time.”

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  • Peterson takes 1st for CHS in Emporia golf tournament

    Hannah Peterson of Centre High School won the Emporia High School girl’s golf tournament Tuesday with a score of 44. As a team, Centre finished fifth. Other Centre golfers and their place and scores include: Ally Basore, 13th, with a score of 62; Becca Reneau, 23rd, with a score of 69; Karoline Chizek, 30th, with a score of 81; and Micky Spohn, 33rd, with a score of 88.

  • Centre splits volleyball triangular

    Centre volleyball began its season as host of a triangular Tuesday night, splitting two games against Inman and Canton-Galva. Centre defeated Inman in two sets, 25-17 and 25-23, before losing to Canton-Galva in two sets, 25-15 and 25-22.

  • Tabor takes opener, 45-21

    Tabor College used a burst of offense in the second half to put away Lyon College in its season-opening game Saturday in Batesville, Arkansas. The Lyon College Scots, who were playing their first collegiate football game in 64 years, surprised the Bluejays by grabbing a 14-10 lead at halftime.


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