• Curbside recycling plan OK'd

    Marion will begin curbside recycling in 2015, using its current twice-a-week pickup system, with one pickup designated as a recycling pickup while leaving the other as food and biodegradable waste pickup. City Administrator Roger Holter approached Marion City Council with a “Bag It, Box It” recycling program, in which citizens will set out bagged waste for one pickup day, and set out their recyclables on the other.

  • City accepts shoddy work, keeps $3,750

  • Alco hopes to survive corporate bankruptcy filing

    After a decline in the second quarter of the fiscal year, Alco Stores Inc. announced on Oct. 13 that it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company intends to either sell or liquidate. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is indicative of corporate restructuring, and shouldn’t have an immediate impact on the Hillsboro location, Store Manager Robert Berens said.

  • Wind farms seeks to expand

  • Clerk sees increase in advance voting

    Some are eager to get Governor Sam Brownback out of office, others are eager to keep him in, but all those who have made the trip to the county courthouse to cast early ballots are eager to vote in the general election. County Clerk Tina Spencer said early voting in Marion County has “been busy,” as citizens head to the polls whether for convenience or necessity.

  • Students mummify hens

    Marion Elementary School sixth-grader Tristan Williams peered inside the Cornish hen she was in the process of mummifying. “You can see what it ate last,” Williams said.


  • Lifelong journalist joins newspaper

    Ed Pilolla, 42, of Marion has joined the staff of Hoch Publishing Company. Pilolla brings a lifetime of experience as a newspaper writer, photographer, and editor.

  • St. Luke implements simple Ebola screen

    Dr. Paige Dodson, chief of staff at St. Luke Hospital, told District 1 hospital board members on Tuesday that staff is screening patients for the Ebola virus. However, Dodson downplayed the chances that Ebola would appear in Marion. “If there is a case (of Ebola) in Kansas, it will probably hit elsewhere before it comes to Marion,” Dodson said. “Honestly, if Ebola comes here, it’s pretty much out of the bag. But we are doing our due diligence as best we can.”

  • City creates comprehensive fee booklet

    The cheapest way to house a dog while on vacation will no longer be letting it out the front door. City Clerk Tiffany Jeffrey and City Administrator Roger Holter introduced a comprehensive fee schedule booklet, which will be available in city offices, at Marion City Council on Monday. The booklet included fees not previously included in the comprehensive listing and changes made to existing fees.

  • Hutchmoot inspires Langes spiritually, creatively

    Marion couple Jeremiah and Danielle Lange recently made a pilgrimage to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Hutchmoot at the beginning of October. So… What’s a Hutchmoot?

  • Campsites close at reservoir

    The U.S. Corps of Engineers last week announced campground closures for the winter at Marion Reservoir. Some campsites in all campgrounds will remain open. No fees will be charged beginning Nov. 2 and all sites will be available on a walk-in basis only (no reservations). All other regulations remain in effect, including the 14-day camping limit.


  • Judy Ehrlich

    Former kindergarten teacher Judy Kay Wenger Ehrlich, 68, died Saturday at her home in Emporia. She was born Dec. 12, 1945, to Loyd V. and Betty (Bryan) Wenger at Horton. On July 26, 1968, she was married to Donald Ehrlich. She was a kindergarten teacher for Emporia USD #253 for 33 years.

  • Janet Toews

    Janet “Diane” Hett Toews, 68, of Canton died Friday at Hospice House of Reno County. She was born Sept. 27, 1946, to Don and Dolores Hett in Marion. She married George William Toews on Dec. 11, 1966.


    Claudine Krch, Rose M. Grosse



  • McCarty brings determination to EMS

    When Brandy McCarty entered her new office for the first time as EMS director, the shelves on the walls were empty. “I had to start from scratch,” she said.

  • Potential Medicare scams

    During the ongoing open-enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, is urging Kansas Medicare beneficiaries to be alert to any potential scams surrounding sign-up activity. The open enrollment period began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

  • Weight loss saves woman's life

    Cristina Peterson of Lincolnville was taking almost 350 units of insulin a day two years ago, but her diabetes remained out of control. Her doctor sent her to an endocrinologist in April 2013 in an attempt to stabilize her blood sugar, which was sky high. She weighed 230 pounds. ‘The doctor told me, ‘If you don’t do something, you are going to die,’” she said.

  • Aquatics center is source of healing waters

    Among the swimmers who take advantage of open lap times at the Marion Sports and Aquatics Center pool, Mark Strand gets the prize for “swimmer who travels the furthest.” Nearly every morning, the Herington resident makes the 26-mile trip to work out in the water, and with good reason.


  • A shirt of a different color

    I have always been an average-looking bloke, not one to turn heads unless I say, do, or wear something folks consider curious or outlandish. A notable example is the head turning as I’m zooming around in my SUV — some folks know me solely as the “ladder guy” for the admittedly odd rigging of a 10-foot extension ladder on the back.

  • Painting a house, meeting folks

    Gray paint flaking off the single-story house welcomed me to Marion. I hadn’t painted a house since college, which was 20 years ago. My wife and I and our toddling daughter had just moved from Los Angeles to Marion in August. It was a little bit of a hectic move, stuffing our worldly possessions in our car and U-Haul trailer and driving from the West Coast to Kansas. My wife was excited about moving back home, and my daughter and I were excited to have a rural adventure.


    Flying South

    Supreme Court defense, Medicare issue


  • Happy Hustlers welcome new members

    Marion Happy Hustlers 4-H Club welcomed several new members at their Oct. 6 meeting. Roll call was answered by 18 members, five leaders, eight parents, and four guests.

  • An ode to forks: Bryant pens song

    Marion County Democratic Women got a little rowdy waving semi-sharp, pronged objects in their hands Friday before lunch at Marion Senior Center while they celebrated National Fork Day. “People brought in their forks and we brandished them high as we sang ‘The Fork Song,’” Janet Bryant said.

  • Calls will celebrate 60th anniversary

    Bob and Cora Call, formerly of Marion, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Friday. Cards may be sent to the couple at 114 NE 90th Terrace, Kansas City KS 64155-2350. The Calls' name was reported incorrectly in a print edition of the newspaper. The newspaper regrets the error.

  • Eastmoor celebrates World Community Day

    World Community Day, a celebration of peace, justice, and family fortitude for women will be observed Nov. 7 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church the during lunch hour. A program entitled “Through God Our Hands Can Heal.” Other activities include worship, music, and a skit of Jesus’s encounter with the bent-over woman, which will follow a soup luncheon.


    Seniors attend annual meeting

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


  • Students solve small-scale problems at the lake

    A stream of Marion Middle School students flooded the banks of Marion County Park and Lake on Friday, both creating and solving a stew of their own small-scale problems during Fall Lake Day. “It’s a day dedicated to something other than classroom activities,” Principal Missy Stubenhofer said. “There is definitely an element of problem solving that goes on.”

  • MHS class of 2014 bested state ACT average

    Just weeks after being named to Newsweek’s list of the top 500 high schools in the country, Marion High School has accomplished another feat to be proud of. Composite ACT scores returned and showed MHS students averaged a composite score of 23.8 on their ACTs. The maximum ACT score is 36, and the state average is 22.

  • MES hosts chess tournament

    Marion Elementary School and Marion Middle School chess teams placed third in their respective divisions in a tournament Saturday at Marion Elementary. Christian Becker, MMS eighth grader, placed 13th individually in the K-8 division.


  • MHS clinches playoff spot

    It was only a matter of time before Marion imposed its will against visiting Herington on Friday, and the Warriors cruised to a 56-8 victory to go to 5-3 on the season. Marion was sluggish out of the gate, and didn’t get its first touchdown until just over 2 minutes remained in the opening quarter. Once the scoring started, however, it didn’t stop until the game was out of reach.

  • Remmers advances to state cross country

    After burning up the Class 3A regional race, McKenzee Remmers, lead runner for Marion’s girls cross country team, will run at state for the first time on Friday at Rim Rock Farm near Lawrence. Running regionals at Lake Afton in 17 minutes and 4.20 seconds to place 8th overall, Remmers finished 11 places better than she did last year at the same course and improved her time by over 1 minute.

  • Warrior volleyball seasons ends at sub-state

    The cramped corridor of Robert C. Brown Gymnasium was all red eyes, bittersweet smiles, and blue body paint as the Warriors exited their locker room one-by-one to a coterie of parents and fellow students offering hugs of support. It was a familiar scene in high school athletics — a prideful team accepting its fate. Marion was ousted from the sub-state tournament by Southeast of Saline in two sets that seemed to happen quicker than the postgame procession out of the locker room.

  • Centre drops home finale

    After Friday’s loss to Wilson at home, the Centre Cougars are 2-2 in district play. They were defeated 42-24 in the last home game of the season. Wilson built a 22-12 lead in the first quarter, but Centre got within 4 points by halftime.

  • Centre volleyball loses at sub-state

    The Centre volleyball team had a bye Saturday in the first round of the sub-state tournament at Hartford. They played Rural Vista in round two and almost pulled off a victory in the second set after losing 25-14 in the first. They lost 25-23 to lose the match and end their season.

  • Ally Basore competes in state golf

    Centre junior Ally Basore competed Oct. 19 in the girls’ state golf tournament at Emporia. Basore finished 38th of 89 golfers. Coach Greg Wyatt said she finished the front nine in 18th place but had a couple of bad holes on the back, which cost her.

  • Nellie Kassebaum heads to state cross country

    Centre senior Nellie Kassebaum earned a trip to the state cross-country meet by finishing 11th in regional varsity girls’ competition Saturday at Leonardville. She ran the course in 20 minutes and 4 seconds.


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