• Scouts find 'silver stars' through projects

    When Drew Helmer, Destiny Boudreaux, Jenna Helmer, and Cassie Meyer received Cadette Girl Scout Silver awards Sunday at Marion Assisted Living, they were among friends. It wasn’t always so, but over the course of an 18-month community service project working primarily with seniors at Marion Assisted Living and St. Luke Living Center, the girls developed relationships with facility residents.

  • Crawford resigns from Road and Bridge

    Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford told commissioners Monday it was time to take a new road, tendering his resignation, which is effective Friday. “My time has come and gone for Marion County, and it’s been fun,” Crawford said.

  • Regional agribusiness workshop coming to county

    Marion is among six Kansas communities chosen by Kansas Department of Agriculture for a new agribusiness workshop series. KDA Division of Agriculture Marketing received a $33,000 federal grant to create the program, and director Kerry Wefald said the county fit what they were looking for.

  • Police seize nearly $5,000 of meth

    Marion police confiscated 39 grams of methamphetamines and 9.9 grams of marijuana on Sept. 27 when they arrested four people on drug-related charges that included distribution of a controlled substance. In his report, officer Mike Stone indicated police found $4,850 of methamphetamines and $50 of marijuana.

  • Blue Rock Shoot attracts gun enthusiasts of all ages

    At least 20 people participated in the fourth annual Blue Rock Shoot on Saturday during Lincolnville’s Octoberfest. Participants ranged from 12 to 72 years old. Elias Jirak, 12, of Ramona, was shy about expressing his feelings, but it was obvious he was excited about shooting. He said this was his second year to compete in the 15-and-under age group. He learned to shoot by practicing with his dad.

  • 'Clock Doc' has time on his hands

    Elmer Westerman is an industrial engineer by trade but a horologist by hobby. He may have a lot of time on his hands, but that doesn’t mean he sits around a lot. He keeps busy working with clocks of all sizes and even creating his own.

  • Dollar General 'on schedule'

    Discount retailer Dollar General should open its doors to the public around Thanksgiving, if the final weeks of construction go as smoothly as the first couple of months. Rupe Construction superintendent Dave Moore said the process has gone according to plan, save for a couple minor adjustments.

  • Shoe ad featuring local Canadians debuts up north

    A troop of local Canada residents recently appeared in an international shoe commercial titled “We’re not in Canada Anymore.” In August, a Canadian film crew from Toronto traveled to the small rural community of Canada, Kansas, to shoot a promo for the New Balance 574 Woods Pack sneaker line by enlisting local help.


  • Frisky deer, risky driving

    It’s the onset of deer mating season, and increased activity means increased risk for drivers. “This is prime time,” Sheriff Robert Craft said. “This fall season during the rut is the major time.”

  • Fate of neighborhood revitalization questioned by commissioners

    The fate for the neighborhood revitalization program is in limbo after commissioners questioned the relevancy of the program, and they discussed the program at both Wednesday and Monday’s meetings. “It is way above what we envisioned,” Holub said. “It looked pretty simple until they laid that spreadsheet that they processed in front of us.”

  • Dirks out, Driggers in as new council member in Hillsboro

    Mayor Delores Dalke wasted no time filling a council seat vacated Monday by Shelby Dirks, swearing in Brent Driggers at Tuesday’s meeting to represent the west ward. Dirks notified Dalke of his resignation by email.

  • Relay for Life needs public's help

    Marion County Relay for Life is in need of 700 vegetable or soup cans for their luminaria bags by Thursday. After the event, the food will be donated to the four food banks that serve Marion County Residents.

  • Foundation raises $2,205 at golf tourney

    Goessel Community Foundation raised $2,205 for its impact fund through a fundraiser on Sept. 26 at Pine Edge Golf Course. Twenty-four golfer traveled from as far away as Newton, Moundridge, Wichita, and Buhler to participate in the fundraiser. Eighteen business and individuals provided sponsorships for the event, and Citizens State Bank of Goessel contributed a barbecue lunch.


  • Bow hunting conjures complex emotions for hunters

    Three area bow hunters saythey experience complicated emotions when their arrows fly and hit the mark. Thomas Ash has spent countless hours afield in solitude absorbing nature. He prefers to bow hunt every season because he has zero interest in harvesting an animal from afar with a rifle.

  • Game warden, 'best job in the world'

    At heart, Marion County game warden Cody Morris of Peabody is just a kid playing outside, looking for adventure. Only he’s not a kid anymore. The 2014 college graduate is a state trooper, the main deterrent against poaching and other wildlife crimes in Marion County and the western half of Morris County.


  • Gary Carlson

    Gary L. Carlson, 79, died Tuesday. Visitation with family will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion.

  • LeOra Grunau

    LeOra Grunau, 87, died Monday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Mariann Unruh

    Mariann Unruh, 86, died Sept. 30 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. Services were to be yesterday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.



  • Road kill

    Randy Crawford is out. The county road and bridge superintendent resigned at Monday’s commission meeting, effective Friday, to accept an offer in private industry. Some folks in the county have been calling for his head since the muddy roads debacle in December, while others joined the chorus with the May deluge. When folks are frustrated, they look for targets, and for road woes, no one wore a bigger bull’s eye than Crawford.

  • Last checkered flag

    Two young girls, preschoolers at best, sat together playing with brightly colored toys. Nearby, a young father cradling an infant in his arms stood talking with a bearded man nearly twice his age. Families kicked back in lawn chairs underneath tents, coolers stocked and barbecue grills smoldering. A beautiful day at the park? No, a beautiful, if somewhat bittersweet day at Green Acres motocross track in Marion.


    Blessed by a sister


  • Bredemeiers hold 62nd reunion

    Fifty relatives attended the 62nd annual Bredemeier reunion Sept. 27 in the Santa Fe room of Marion City Library. A covered dish dinner was served, and president Kris Page conducted a short business meeting. Page was selected to continue as president, with Kelli Foreman as vice president and Rod Summervill as secretary-treasurer for 2016. The oldest person in attendance was Ray Pierce. Nathan Beard was the youngest.

  • Deines family reunion to be Sunday

    The 30th annual Phillip Deines Sr. family reunion will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lincolnville Community Building. Guests are asked to bring food and table service for their families. Drinks will be provided.

  • 20th Century Club meets

    Fifteen members of 20th Century Club met for soup and salad Monday in Marion. Hostesses were Vicki Hoffer and Belinda Skiles. Guest speaker was Kodi Panzer, Hillsboro chiropractor, who spoke about how she became an ultra-distance runner.

  • Whitneys plan card shower

    The family of former Peabody resident Hattie Janetta Whitney is asking for help to celebrate her 90th birthday with a card shower. Whitney’s birthday is Oct. 19. Cards may be sent to Hattie Janetta Whitney, 592 Arapaho St., Hydro, OK 73048.

  • Boy Scout Troop 106 participating in Scouting for Food

    Lincolnville Boy Scout Troop 106 and Cub Scout Pack 3106 are participating in Scouting for Food this week. Scouts are leaving grocery bags with information on porches through Friday in Lincolnville, Pilsen, Burdick, Tampa, and Ramona.

  • SCMC to hold annual meeting

    Senior Citizens of Marion County will convene for its 55th annual meeting noon, Oct. 15, at Marion Senior Center. The deadline for registration is today and the cost is $5 per person.


    Warneke set to grill burgers twice in October, Senior Menu

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


  • Children liven up Envirofest

    A casual observer driving past Marion’s Central Park last Wednesday may have said to themselves, “There’s that old environmental thing they do every year,” and at one level, that’s what Envirofest is. But to the participants, area fourth graders and adults, it’s never old, even though most of the exhibits and exhibitors have been there before.

  • Tabor to perform 'Opal: A Musical Adventure'

    Tabor College Music Department will present “Opal: A Musical Adventure” Oct. 14-18 for homecoming. All shows will be at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday, which will be at 2 p.m.

  • Vocalists invited to join Hesston College mass choir

    Local singers are invited to be part of a mass choir performing Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” along with the Hesston College Music Department as part of the annual Thanksgiving weekend celebration. The performance, under the direction of Russell Adrian, Will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Hesston Mennonite Church on Hesston College campus. Holly Swartzendruber of Hillsboro will be a guest soprano soloist.


    Centre, Marion


  • Warriors beat Bulldogs 14-13

    Marion got the result it wanted, just not in the way it had envisioned it would. Outplayed for more than three quarters, the Warriors persevered through perhaps their worst game of the season, scoring a late touchdown to come out 14-13 winners against the Bulldogs.

  • Tailgate to precede Marion football game

    FFA will be hosting a tailgate before the Marion football game against Northern Heights. Food will be served at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Warrior Stadium, and will include a burger, chips, drink, and treat for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the food bank and community Christmas.

  • MHS volleyball wins league

    The Marion Warriors are rolling. With just three losses to their name this season, the senior-laden volleyball squad won its league with a 9-0 record. Marion cemented its perfect league campaign with two Tuesday wins over Ell-Saline and Berean. The Warriors topped the Cardinals 25-21, 25-21, before beating Berean 25-14, 25-11. The two wins brought the Warriors’ overall record to 24-3.

  • Marion runs against regional opponents

    Marion High School runners got a preview of what regional competition could look like during Thursday’s race at Halstead. Coach Rebecca Hofer said competition was intense.

  • Centre beats Burrton for 1st win of football season

    Friday was a momentous night for the Centre Cougars. They defeated Burrton on the road 72-33 for their first victory of the season. It also was their first district game. Centre outscored Burrton 14-7 in the first quarter on two 1-yard touchdown runs by Cole Methvin and a two-point conversion by Dylan Deines on a pass from Max Svoboda.

  • Centre sweeps a triangular, then a dual against Peabody-Burns

    Centre Lady Cougars improved their record Sept. 29 by defeating Rural Vista and Little River in a triangular at Little River. After losing to Rural Vista 11-25 in the first set, they went on to win the next two 25-8 and 25-17.

  • Cougars set personal records at Halstead

    Centre cross-country runners did not earn any medals Thursday at Halstead, but six of the seven set personal records. In the high school boys’ 5K run, C.J. Thompson finished 47th of 52 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 49 seconds. Carissa Shields finished 39th of 40 girls with a time of 34:52.

  • Basore leads golf at Clay Center

    The Centre girls’ golf team participated Thursday in a Clay Center Invitational. They finished with 267 points, placing sixth of six teams. TMP-Hays finished first with a team score of 180. Ally Basore led Centre with a score of 61, followed by Hannah Peterson with 62. Other results were Rebecca Reneau, 70; Karoline Chizek, 74; and Micky Spohn, 92.


  • Calendar of events

  • Hillsboro REC to offer October activities

    The Hillsboro Recreation Commission is offering two different activities for the month of October. A field trip for first through sixth grade students to the Rolling Hills Zoo near Salina, sponsored by Rod’s Tire and Service, will be Oct. 19, when Hillsboro students have the day off. Attendees will leave at 7:45 a.m. and should be back between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

  • Chat and Dine to meet Saturday

    Marion County Park and Lake chat and dine club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Hall for a potluck dinner. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish for the meal, and s’mores supplies, if desired.

  • Tax Amnesty deadline approaching

    The deadline for the 2015 Tax Amnesty Program is Oct. 15 The state will waive penalties and interest assessed by the state for unpaid taxes if the tax debt for an approved application is paid in full by the deadline.

  • "The Grand Duchess" to take stage at McPherson Opera House

    Wichita Grand Opera will be bringing Offenbach’s comic opera “The Grand Duchess” to the McPherson Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets are $27 to $37 for adults and $10 for students.

  • Tailgate to precede Marion football game

    FFA will be hosting a tailgate before the Marion football game against Northern Heights. Food will be served at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Warrior Stadium, and will include a burger, chips, drink, and treat for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the food bank and community Christmas.

  • Applications open for health awards

    Kansas communities working to promote healthier environments for their residents are encouraged to apply for an award from the BlueCHIP community health improvement program. Applications must be received by Dec. 4. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Kansas Recreation and Park Association are partnering for a sixth year to present awards. Up to six winning communities will receive $2,500 to assist in furthering their health and wellness efforts.


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