• Churches hold joint 'Blessing of the Animals' service

    Many of the furrier congregation members sniffed each other, licked themselves, panted, hissed, and marked their territory on Sunday morning during an outdoor church service at the stage in Marion Central Park. While such wild behavior likely would be frowned upon in normal human churchgoers, it was to just another day in the life for their family pets.

  • Four-generation ranch family to lead OSD parade

    With the Old Setters’ Day theme of “Saluting the Farmers and Ranchers of Marion County,” it seemed appropriate that Jackie Hett and her family of Marion would represent them. “I feel honored to be the grand marshal,” she said.

  • Class reunions compete to collect most donated food and money

    Marion High School alumni returning for Old Settlers’ Day reunions have been tossed a challenge this year: Which class can raise the most donated food and money for Marion County Food Bank and Resource Center? At stake are bragging rights and the chance to claim the first-ever prize in what Resource Center volunteer Jackie Volbrecht hopes will be a recurring event. As to what that prize might be, Volbrecht wasn’t quite sure.

  • Politician plus broadcaster equals love, book, and charity

    It was plain for anyone to see in August 2002 that former attorney general and Marion native Carla Stovall was decidedly captivated with agricultural broadcast icon Larry Steckline. That’s the month the couple married. However, she also was captivated by his stories — tales of family, of his youth, and his rise to become the “voice of Kansas agriculture” — so much so that she started writing them down.

  • Youth center seeks place for kids, coffee for adults

    Brooke Lenhardt knows the need for a youth center in Marion because she experienced it firsthand. “I went to high school in Marion, and there was nowhere for me to go with my friends — if I didn’t want to be at my parents’ house — that was a safe environment, and that was somewhat controlled,” she said. “There’s backcountry roads, or houses of people whose parents are not home.”

  • Man faces charges of domestic battery, disorderly conduct

    Patrick Bernhardt, 46, of Marion, faces charges of domestic battery and disorderly conduct after an alleged disagreement between him and his wife at 9:31 p.m. Sept. 13 at rental property at 215 N. 2nd St. Marion police officer Mike Stone responded to a report of domestic battery. He said the source of the disagreement was unknown, but Bernhardt’s wife, Gretchen, allegedly informed Stone they had been arguing the previous night.

  • Mother juggles apprehension and hope over missing son

    On a family farm east of Ransom, Betty Keilman celebrated her 81st birthday Friday. There was family, cake, and conversations about fond memories.

  • Charges being deliberated in Puttroff accident

    Charges have yet to be filed against the driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured bicyclist Fred Puttroff of Marion in August, but sheriff Robert Craft said multiple charges are being considered. “There will be charges, but I’m not sure what yet,” Craft said. “I can’t say what charges until they are filed. We’re discussing with (county attorney) Susan Robson what other charges she wants to work with.”


  • Canine officer finds surprise in park

    Legion, Marion Police Department’s canine officer, recently sniffed out a surprise when officer Mike Stone let the dog out to stretch its legs in Central Park. “Legion was running around acting crazy like usual,” Stone said. “Then he went down by the park shed and came back with a red shoe in his mouth.

  • Food bank patrons squash stereotypes

    Kathy Ehrlich of Marion and her family had donated food to the Marion County Food Bank for years when it was housed at Valley United Methodist Church. The program moved to expanded facilities in a former gas station and youth center earlier this year, and tacked “and Resource Center” onto its name and mission. Ehrlich decided it was time she volunteered to help on food distribution days.

  • St. Luke wound clinic seeks help from county

    Commissioners discussed at Monday’s meeting the possibility of transportation from the new wound clinic at St. Luke Hospital. McCarty told commissioners that St. Luke asked if the EMS would provide transportation for the wound clinic, which never happened in the past due to having to take an ambulance out of service. St. Luke brought up the idea to McCarty about setting up a fee that patients have to pay in order to use the transportation services.

  • Tampa ambulance crew chief resigns

    After serving just six months in the job, Ron Mueller resigned Sept. 1 as chief of the Tampa ambulance crew. Mueller replaced longtime crew chief Jesse Brunner, who resigned Feb. 28 at the request of county commissioners.

  • City to get $220,000 'back from Topeka'

    Main St. from Locust St. east to Marion’s city limits will be resurfaced in 2017, and Kansas Department of Transportation will be paying the lion’s share of the cost. KDOT released Thursday a list of City Connecting Links grant winners, with Marion named as one of 22 cities in the state that will receive funds.

  • Still no known motive in Schmidt's death

    The initial shock of hearing her youngest son had been shot and killed in his office on the campus of Delta State University in Mississippi has faded to a dull ache for Susie Schmidt and the rest of Ethan’s family as they begin to deal with the hand they have been dealt. “It has been such a roller coaster of emotion for the past week,” she said Monday. “We have shared a lot of stories and had some laughs and also many tears. Just about the time I think I might have a handle on it though, it all falls apart again.”

  • Man creates pottery to urn a living

    For some Marion County residents, the Arts and Crafts fair is just another annual event held in Hillsboro. For others, like Hillsboro resident Tanner Lacy, it is something he hopes can pay the bills. “I would like for it to become something that I do more than just for fun, but it’s not quite to that point yet,” Lacy said. “It takes a while to get started.”

  • Leftover meds to be disposed of Saturday

    Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently announced that law enforcement agencies across the state would collect leftover medications for safe disposal Saturday as part of a nationwide effort. “Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets, and the environment,” Schmidt said. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”


  • Students get rare look at human anatomy

    Students at Marion and Hillsboro Elementary Schools are more likely to empathize with their food these days after spending Thursday walking through an array of giant human organ models.. And they are more likely to have sympathy for different parts of their body.

  • First day of fall dubbed "Falls Prevention Awareness Day"

    “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” found it’s ways into pop culture in 1989 after a medical alert company called Lifecall aired a commercial with an elderly woman in a precarious situation calling for help. Since then, numerous comedians have worked the catchphrase, if not the entire situation, into routines.


  • Lucille Bernhardt

    Lucille Bernhardt, 92, died Sept. 15 at Medicalodges, Herington. A funeral service was Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville, where she was a member. Interment followed at Lincolnville Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Margaret Clark

    Margaret Whipkey Clark, formerly of Peabody, died Sept. 16 in Lakeway, Texas. Graveside services will be Oct. 11 at Strong City Cemetery.

  • Estaline Quiring

    Estaline Quiring, 86, mother of Carol Dirks, Hillsboro, died Sunday at Comfort Care Home of Harvey County. Celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, Nebraska. Interment is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethesda Mennonite Cemetery, Henderson.


    Judith Chilcott

    Ethan Schmidt



  • Hello and goodbye?

    We’re halfway through the year’s largest event-driven influx of visitors to Marion County, and so far, so good. Better than good. Marion’s Central Park and Hillsboro’s Main Street were jammed Saturday with out-of-town shoppers looking for arts and crafts deals from more than 400 vendors who displayed their wares in the two arts festivals. Many shoppers stashed loads of goodies in their cars and returned for more. Food vendors ran out of favored items early on a day in which the weather was as perfect as one could ask for.


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  • Holubs to be named Hornet Heritage Family at ESU

    During Emporia State University’s Family and Friends Weekend this weekend, at least 43 descendants and friends of the Adolph and Lucy Holub family will be on hand to receive the Hornet Heritage Award for their ESU ties. Adolph and Lucy had six children — Albert, Lou, Sylvin, Anna, Mildred, and Henrietta. Three of their grandchildren were the first to graduate from ESU.

  • Klieber to celebrate 90th birthday with open house

    Cindy and Terry Vinduska of Marion will be hosting an open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Cindy’s mother, Leona Kleiber. It will be held 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Tampa Senior Center. Kleiber’s other children include Lynn Kleiber and wife, Peggy, of Salina; and Becky Routh and husband, Dean, of Augusta. She has ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and one more great-grandchild on the way.

  • Schwartz to ring in 80th birthday with card shower

    Richard “Dick” Schwartz will celebrate his 80th birthday Oct. 1. Schwartz’s family is requesting cards to help celebrate. Schwartz was born in Leavenworth in 1935. He retired as a colonel in the Marine Corps after 30 years of active service. His Marine life took him all over the world, including service as an infantry company commander in Vietnam, where his company made the first amphibious landing of the war.

  • Marion native receives doctorate

    Wichita State University announced that a local student completed her doctoral studies over the summer. Katie Zogelman of Marion was awarded a Doctorate in Audiology.


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  • Marion native receives doctorate

    Wichita State University announced that a local student completed her doctoral studies over the summer. Katie Zogelman of Marion was awarded a Doctorate in Audiology.

  • Local students receive legacy scholarships

    Recipients of the K-State Alumni Associations Legacy Scholarships, including three from Marion County, were recognized during a presentation at the Kansas State University football game in Manhattan on Sept. 5. Recipients included Grace Heidebrecht, Caroline May, and Jordyn Stephens, all of Marion.

  • Centre students gives send-off to soldiers

    The Centre K-12 student body came out in full force Sept. 10 to greet a convoy of six military vehicles bringing soldiers from Ft. Riley, who were arriving to spend the day. The convoy included three Humvees, a wrecker, and two five-ton trucks used to haul supplies and troops. Counselor Jill Day welcomed the 20 members of Bravo Company 299 Brigade Support Battalion. She directed an interactive hour-long program in the gymnasium.

  • P.E. teacher uses drone to film game

    During halftime Friday of the football game between Goessel and Centre at Goessel, a unique object appeared at a low level in the sky in front of the stands. It was a drone with lights blinking and a camera attached, much to the delight of fans. After second-half action began, the drone operator was asked to back it away a bit from the field, and most spectators could no longer see it.


    Centre, Marion


  • Warriors buck Broncos 42-27

    Head coach Grant Thierolf made one critical oversight in preparing his team to face Remington on Friday night, and he apologized to players afterward. “Sorry guys, I really thought this week was their homecoming,” he said.

  • Warriors run uphill against wind, injury, sickness

    Windy conditions and a hilly course proved to be a tough challenge for many Warriors runners Thursday in a Centre cross-country meet held at Herington, coach Rebecca Hofer said. “Herrington was quite windy and it was also a much hillier course than the Hesston,” Hofer said. “Our runners all ran hard and I felt pleased with the way our meet went. Some of our runners felt sick or injured, but continued to run.”

  • MHS falls just short at Spikefest

    The dejected looks on the faces of Marion Warriors players was misrepresentative of the success they had at Marion Spikefest invitational tournament on Saturday — and all season long — and head coach Brea Campbell let them know in the moments after losing to the Wichita Defenders 25-20, 25-22. “You guys are 12-1,” she reminded the team. “That’s awesome. You have nothing to be ashamed of.”

  • CHS comes back but falls 50-42

    In a game that featured 13 touchdowns, 7 fumbles, 113 yards lost on penalties, and 761 yards of offense, Centre fell just short, losing 50-42 to Goessel and falling to 0-3 on the season. The teams combined for 544 rushing yards and 217 passing yards. The Bluebirds came out strong, stunning Centre with touchdowns in each of their first two possessions and adding a third on an intercepted pass.

  • Hetts win couples golf tourney

    Aaron Hett and Lindsay Hett, both of Marion, combined for a score of 73 to win the 23rd annual couples golf tournament Sunday at Marion Country Club. There were 38 teams from 15 cities competing in the event.

  • Lady Cougars finish 0-3 at Marion invitational

    Saturday wasn’t a good day for the Centre volleyball team. They played three games and lost each in two sets at the Marion Invitational. The best match of the day was the second set against Halstead. The Lady Cougars forced Halstead to 26 points for the win.

  • Centre cross-country has home meet

    Eight Centre runners competed in the Centre cross-country meet Thursday at Herington. C.J. Thompson, the school’s only varsity runner, finished 22nd of 43. Tanner Wigans improved his time by two minutes over the previous week. Results Varsity boys: C.J. Thompson, 22nd of 43. Junior varsity girls: Carissa Shields, 11th of 12. Junior varsity boys: Tanner Wiggans, 28th of 43; Jordan Miller, 42nd of 43. Sixth grade (with 7th graders): Jenna Bruner, 7th of 7; Keegan August, 13th of 19; Kyle Peterson, 17th of 19; and Josh Radke, 19th of 19.


  • Calendar of events

  • Support group to meet Oct. 8

    Harvey County caregiver support group will meet 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Ediger room at Prairie View in Newton. Joan Brubacher facilitates the caregiver group. The group is open to caregivers for older adults and older adults who are caregivers.


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