• Squall slams city, weather wreaks havoc on Marion

    Torrential rains and howling, shifting winds battered the northern and eastern halves of the county Monday, with Marion suffering prolonged power outages and extensive tree damage. Westar Energy spokesman Yvonne Etzel estimated 1,100 to 1,200 customers lost power because of the storm.

  • Farmer stuck in combine survives storm's wrath

    An International combine sits in a hay meadow on Remington Rd. west of Marion. It looks strangely out of place, forlorn, and lonely. Nearby, linemen with a bunch of utility trucks are placing new poles and restringing electric wires along the road. That was the scene Tuesday after a severe storm swept through the area Monday evening.

  • New services bolster St. Luke

    Take care of the community, and it will take care of you. This is the lesson Jeremy Ensey is learning as CEO of St. Luke Hospital. It hasn’t been a hard lesson — rather, just the opposite. As his facility prepares to roll out its fifth new program of this calendar year in a couple of months, it’s getting thank-yous in the form of a $20,000 donation from St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary that allows it to complete a project it hadn’t even budgeted for.

  • Art in the Park faces uncertain future

    Every year, Theora Hoover approaches Judy Christensen on the third Saturday in September, better known in Marion as Art in the Park day, with the same request: To sell more nuts. “Here’s my money for next year, I want to come back, and I want to reserve the same spot,” she would say.

  • Antique cars come looking for antiques

    The streets of Marion looked a little older and a tad quainter Sunday when 14 vintage cars breezed into town, cruising Main St. in search of antiques. Marion was the final destination for this year’s tour of the Wichita regional chapter of Horseless Carriage Club of America.

  • Resource center starts food drive

    A downside of the success Marion County Resource Center and Food Bank has had is that demand outstrips supply. “We run out of food,” board member Linda Ogden said. “You get there at 8:30 on a Monday morning, and the shelves look pretty good, and by noon, they’re depleted. Thursday is even worse.”


  • Drug store sale goes seamlessly for community

    In addition to a new computer program that finalizes prescription sales, customers have noticed a few new faces in the local pharmacy, Don’s Drug Store, in recent weeks. Owners Ken Krehbiel and Keith Schooler quietly sold not only Don’s, but also two others they own in McPherson and Moundridge, all without the usual community discussion that accompanies a business in the process of changing hands.

  • Constant drip is a blessing, not an irritation for local school

    Warrior Soil is a well-appointed greenhouse operated by Peabody-Burns High School students enrolled in Ann Leppke’s horticulture classes. Students go through the process of raising seeds to full-grown plants. They select what they want to grow in the fall, order seeds, prepare soil and containers, plant seeds and care for the plants until it is time to sell them and start over.

  • Marion police to strictly enforce seatbelt laws

    Marion police will be joining other Kansas law enforcement agencies Sept. 14 to 18 to more strictly enforce seatbelt laws in the area. Law enforcement across Kansas will be extra vigilant when patrolling around schools. Officers will issue citations to anyone who doesn’t obey Kansas law.


  • Students learn hands-on about food production

    When Evan Yoder of Peabody started teaching in 1981, many students were from farms. “Things have changed,” he told an Aug. 22 meeting of county Farm Bureau members. “Very few kids have parents who make a living off the farm. They don’t know where their food comes from. If they don’t know about farming, how will they support it?”

  • Much needed rain comes at price to some

    Last week, some grain elevator managers said farmers in their areas needed rain to help soybean pods to fill. Mike Thomas, manager of Cooperative Grain and Supply in Marion, was hoping for a nice, one-inch rain followed by a quick return to sunshine.

  • Ag teacher becomes student to improve approach

    How can Gatorade, vinegar, lemon juice, paper towels, a nickel, and a penny be used to make a battery? Goessel agriculture teacher Zana Manche knows, but she’s not telling.


  • Viola Reeves

    Viola Reeves, 87, Hillsboro native, died Friday at Asbury Park, Newton. A celebration of life service was today at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Vern Smith

    Former carpenter Vern W. Smith, 93, Peabody, died Friday at Peabody Health and Rehab. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Peabody Christian Church.

  • Arnold Voth

    Arnold H. Voth, 98, died Sunday at Bethesda Home, Goessel. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bethesda Home Chapel, Goessel. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Tabor Mennonite Church. Burial will be in Tabor Cemetery.


    Charles A. Riedy



  • Revitalizing wallets

    It’s time for another imaginary trip into the make-believe world of county finances, likely the most outlandish journey yet. Then again, it’s perhaps no more outlandish than county commissioners’ recent handling of the county neighborhood revitalization program. Save that thought for later.


    Twenty-four pillows

    Livestock monitoring oversteps boundaries



  • Centre hires another teacher

    An unexpectedly large fourth-grade class prompted the hiring of another teacher by the Centre board of education. Early enrollment pegged the class at anywhere from 23 to 26 students, fourth-grade teacher Kristen Phillips said, but several additions just prior to the Sept. 17 school opening brought the number to 28, with the possibility of a 29th student.

  • Leagues dictate prices for sporting events

    Marion fans paid a little more Friday to watch the Warriors dismantle Moundridge; ticket prices were a buck higher than last year for adults and students. Fans can thank other Heart of America League schools for the price hike.

  • Tabor chamber recital Sunday

    Tabor College professor Sheila Litke and three Wichita Symphony Orchestra members will perform a chamber recital 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Litke will be joined by Adrienne Dougherty on violin, Camille Burrow on cello, and Jordan Robert on French horn for pieces by Schumann and Brahms.

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    Centre, Marion


  • Warriors start fast, hold on to top Wildcats 24-14

    Assessing his team’s debut game, Grant Thierolf started with the positives. “We won,” he said. “It was not pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but the kids persevered, they did enough to win.”

  • Cross-country takes 4th as team in season opener

    The Warriors boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams each placed fourth Thursday in Abilene in the season’s first meet. “This is a huge deal,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “We haven’t had enough runners for boys’ and girls’ full teams in a while. I would love to bring home a team trophy before the end of the year.”

  • MHS volleyball wins dual at Canton-Galva

    In its season-opener at Canton-Galva, Marion took care of business, winning twice against the host team. Marion won the first match in straight sets, 25-17, 25-7. After dropping the opening set of its second match 25-20, the Warriors rebounded with two straight game wins, 25-16 and 25-14, to seal the match.

  • Centre Cougars trampled 52- in first game

    Centre may have had more carries than Solomon Friday playing on the road, but the 75 rushing yards compared with 268 yards by Solomon tell the story. The Gorillas defeated the Cougars 52-0 in a game that was called at halftime because of a mercy rule. The Cougars completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards and threw one interception. Solomon had 64 passing yards.

  • Centre volleyball splits home triangular

    Centre volleyball was host for a triangular Tuesday, and split its first two league games of the season. It bested Elyria Christian in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, before being walloped by an energetic Goessel squad in two sets, 25-7, 25-7.

  • Centre's Thompson medals at meet

    C.J. Thompson earned a cross-country medal for Centre at Abilene Sept. 3. He finished 17th out of 54 runners. Coach Julie Keithline was pleased with his performance and was happy that Jordan Miller, Tanner Wiggans, and Carissa Shields all finished their first 5K event. She said junior high runners Jenna Brunner and Keegan August both finished their first one-mile event.


  • Calendar of events

  • Chat and Dine to meet

    Marion County Park and Lake chat and dine club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Hall for Bingo night. Everyone is asked to bring a white elephant gift for prizes.

  • Call-A-Lawyer night scheduled for Thursday

    Kansas Bar Association and Topeka Bar Association will conduct “call-a-lawyer” night Thursday. Callers may speak to volunteer lawyers who are donating their time to answer questions and provide legal advice and information. Volunteers are able to provide information on many legal issues, including probate, family law, landlord-tenant issues, matters involving real property and employment.

  • Ag. program deadline approaches

    U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Sept. 30 to enroll in several key farm bill safety net programs, including agriculture risk coverage, price loss coverage, and the margin protection program for dairy. More program information may be found by contacting the local FSA office at (620) 382-3714 or visiting www.fsa.usda.gov.

  • Commodities to be available at Lincolnville

    Commodities will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Lincolnville Community Center. Items offered may include dehydrated potatoes, apricot halves, peas, peanut butter, applesauce, grapefruit juice, cranberry sauce, diced tomatoes, grape juice, and dried cherries.


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