• Hillsboro Alco closing

    All 198 Alco locations across 23 states, including the Hillsboro store, are closing, the company announced Thursday. U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas approved the order for the retail chain to conduct “Going Out of Business” sales, which begin Friday.


  • Health Department eyeing move to St. Luke Hospital

    Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene and St. Luke CEO Jeremy Ensey approached the commission at Monday’s meeting to ask about relocating offices of the Health Department to a former physician clinic at St. Luke Hospital, and the commission ultimately decided it would take time out of next week’s meeting to look at the space in the hospital. The entire space would cost $2,000 a month to rent, but Serene and Ensey said the health department wouldn’t need all of the available 3,000 square feet. Despite the potential cost of relocating from the historic Bowron building, commissioners agreed something needed to be done.

  • Lalouette-Crawford wins recount, will be District 1 county commissioner

    An official recount Friday confirmed Lori Lalouette-Crawford will be county commissioner for District 1. The results were made official at a Monday canvassing, with Lalouette-Crawford garnering 678 votes to independent candidate Craig Dodd’s 675.

  • Operation Christmas Child a countywide event

    Alli Hett, 13, enjoys giving gifts to impoverished children in third-world countries around the world. “People are starving,” Hett said. “When you have so much that you have leftovers, you can send a bunch of stuff over there for them to have.”

  • Farm-City banquet is Monday

    The annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Appreciation banquet will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Marion Community Center. Banquet co-chair Roger Hannaford III isn’t certain when the affair first started. A 1961 article in the Marion County Record referred to the banquet as an annual affair co-sponsored by the Chamber and Kiwanis. Approximately 200 attended that year, and Hannaford said as many as 500 have been served, though numbers have declined in recent years.

  • Earthquake tremors don't shake area homeowners

    Even after a 4.8 earthquake in southern Kansas sent tremors through Marion County and as far north as Omaha, Nebraska, last Wednesday, local insurance agents say people aren’t rushing to add earthquake insurance to their homeowners’ policies. Although rated as moderate, the quake was the strongest in Kansas since a 5.1 earthquake struck the Manhattan area in 1867. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at least 90 smaller earthquakes have been registered in Kansas so far this year.

  • Officials persist in idealistic quest for town vision

    After an Oct. 6 meeting to define a vision for the City of Marion yielded a low turnout, Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt and City Administrator Roger Holter didn’t shy away from the idealistic premise of constructing an all-hands-on-deck plan for what the city will be in 2029, 15 years from now. Heitschmidt and Holter realized simply announcing a meeting and hoping for high attendance wasn’t a particularly effective strategy and they decided to be more active in soliciting opinions from organizations within the community.

  • MAC movie night is Saturday

    “Earth to Echo,” a movie about three boys who befriend a small alien stranded on Earth, will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Marion Community Center. Admission is free, and pop and popcorn will be available for $1 each. Donations are requested to support the Central Park restrooms and stage project of movie sponsor Marion Advancement Campaign.


  • Aging water system needs more regular maintenance

    The city’s large water tower next to the football stadium turns 50-years-old this year. In an attempt to keep the tower and an aging drinking water system healthy for years to come, the city council last week approved a long-term maintenance plan. “From a reliability standpoint, we are dealing with a very aging system,” said city administrator Roger Holter. “It’s 50-years-old this year, and that’s our newest water tower. So the maintenance is critical, and that we get on a regular schedule program.”

  • Sign tells passersby to check out Marion

    The sign of the times is a new sign, at least in Marion. In an effort to upgrade its highway marketing and community branding, the city council last week approved the installation of a large sign at US-56 and Eisenhower Drive. If weather permits, the sign will go up before winter. Otherwise, Jack Boese of Frontier Construction will perform the stone work in the spring.

  • Home rentals hard to find for prospective tenants

    The demand for home rentals in Marion remains strong, with would-be renters hunting for housing and sometimes renting a home sight-unseen. The rental market in many cities, including Wichita, has surged since the housing bubble burst in 2009, creating a large supply of vacant housing after many homeowners lost their homes. Moreover, the economy has not recovered for many Americans, including young adults with student loans to pay.

  • Community service is Sunday

    The Marion Ministerial Alliance will host a Marion Community Thanksgiving Service 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The free event will feature a performance from His Little Feet, an international children’s choir. The group has performed at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

  • Cold weather expected to affect wheat

    The sudden sharp drop in temperatures across Kansas during the week of Nov. 10 to 15 will cause the wheat crop to go into dormancy, according to Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist at Manhattan. Whether the intense cold spell has injured the wheat depends on several factors, Shroyer said.

  • Ag co-ops may merge

    Board presidents of Cooperative Grain and Supply, Agri Producers Inc., and North Central Kansas Coop recently sent letters to their member-owners informing them that the three co-ops are considering a merger. Cooperative Grain and Agri Producers have headquarters in Marion County. North Central Kansas Coop is headquartered in Dickinson County.

  • Vet Center reps will be in Marion on Monday

    Representatives of the Wichita Vet Center, a service of Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, will be in Marion on Monday to assist local veterans and their families. Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling for veterans who served in combat zones and received a military campaign ribbon. Individual and family counseling is available.


  • Cold cars and drivers gearing up for winter

    Samantha Wood plans to do something different this winter with her car. She’s going to put socks on her windshield wipers. “I saw it on Facebook,” she said. “They said to put the wipers up and socks on ‘em.”

  • Officers await new rides

    The police patrolled the neighborhood, hovering 30 feet above ground in their flying squad car with spotlights beaming down. That’s how 2015 squad cars were depicted in the movie “Back to the Future Part II.” As Marion County law enforcement officers wait on the arrival of two 2015 vehicles, the emphasis is less on hover conversion technology and more on updated safety features.


  • Laurence Bartel

    Former financial manager Laurence Edwin Bartel, 83, died Saturday at home in Newton. He was born July 19, 1931, to Edwin and Sarah Bartel in Drake, Saskatchewan.

  • Pauline Fenske

    Former seamstress Pauline M. Fenske, 93, died Tuesday at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. She was born in Marion County, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Riffel) Meyer. She was a seamstress at Paragon, and later worked as a bulk mail clerk for Oiltizer.

  • Bessie Penner-Vogt

    Bessie Penner-Vogt, 92, died Saturday at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born June 25, 1922, to David and Martha (Litke) Leppke of rural Hillsboro.


    Dolores Ottensmeier, Dan E. Reagan



  • Bowron bug-out?

    It’s back — but then again, it never left, like a fly at a picnic that just won’t go away. County commissioners once again are openly talking about moving the county Health Department out of the historic Bowron building on Main Street. It’s not the same fly, however, and it may not be one they want to shoo away.


    It Was Back in '93


  • Alexanderwohl to celebrate Thanksgiving

    Everyone is welcome to a Thanksgiving Day service at 10 a.m. Nov. 27 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, near Goessel. An organ prelude by Jason Peters will begin at 9:45 a.m. Katherine Krehbiel Goerzen will provide special music during the service. Pastor Linda Ewert will give a meditation, “Practicing Gratitude.”

  • PEO holds luncheon meeting

    Nineteen members of P.E.O. Chapter DB enjoyed a soup and pie luncheon at the Presbyterian Church Nov. 3. Laura Williams, Betty Williams, and Jackie Volbrecht served as co-hostesses. Members discussed their booth at the Alternative Gift Market, which provides funds for the local Marion High School $500 scholarship, as well as fund-raising plans to benefit other P.E.O. educational projects. Members were encouraged to think of women to apply for the continuing education grant program.

  • Fike family celebrates birthday

    The family of Warren and Paula Fike celebrated Warren’s birthday Nov. 9 with a family dinner at Trinity Lutheran Parish Hall in Ramona. Those attending were: Dan and Linda Peterson of Burdick; Stacey and Carla Collett of Marion; Gary and Karol Fike, Jackson, Marshall and Grace of Westmoreland; Sara Eells and Julian Hack of Berryton; Tom and Susie Omli, Toby, Sesely and Sydney of Brookville; Ron and Rebecca Wagner, Alec and Kira of Overland Park; Brett and Ariel Jankord, Sidda and Max of Olathe; and Aaron and Paige Sprague of Lawrence.


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    Senior citizens board to meet Friday at Marion


  • Area high schools get ranked among state's top 100

    A research site specializing in ranking schools based on parent and student reviews, grades, and test scores gave high marks to three area high schools. Niche.com, Inc., founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as collegeprowler.com, ranked Marion High School as the 16th best high school in Kansas. It also ranked Hillsboro High School as the 48th best and Centre High School as the 98th best in the state.

  • Centre Girl Scouts receive Silver awards

    Centre Girl Scouts members Kate Basore, Rebecca Casey, Grace Peterson, and Victoria Reneau each earned the Girl Scout Silver Award this year. The Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by Cadette Girl Scouts in grades six through eight. It is designed to increase skill development, leadership, service, and career exploration.

  • Girl Scouts seek gifts for elderly

    Girl Scout Troop #30113 is collecting Christmas gifts for residents of Marion Assisted Living and St. Luke Living Center. Destiney Boudreaux, Drew Helmer, Jenna Helmer, and Cassie Meyer have created a “Silver Tree for Our Silver Stars,” that will be on display at Tampa State Bank in Marion from Nov. 24 to Dec. 6.


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