• Fire jumps road, races toward town

    Five fire departments converged east of Marion on Friday to battle a 600-acre grass fire that jumped Upland Rd. near Marion Municipal Airport and inundated the town with thick smoke for more than an hour. A controlled burn in a pasture east of the airport near US-77 was one of many in the county on a day with low winds well-suited for burning.

  • Radio change could cost city $150,000

    The city of Marion would be wise to start setting aside money for new radios soon to be required for continued dispatch services through the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. “If the sheriff’s office goes to this system, we can’t communicate with them,” Police Chief Tyler Mermis said.

  • Woman faces prison for sex crime against Marion child

    A Dodge City woman is expected to spend 25 years in federal prison for a sex crime against a Marion child. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas, Ashley Marie Kelly, 25, Dodge City, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of producing child pornography.

  • Man injured by falling car

    Marion resident Chris Hammond sustained serious injuries Tuesday when a car he was working under fell on him at about 4 p.m. behind his home at 111 N. Lincoln St., according to Marion police. Officer Duane McCarty said the car was partially suspended with a “cherry picker,” which is an engine lift on wheels.

  • EMS is mission of service for new director

    Incoming EMS director Ed Debesis doesn’t start full-time duties until March 30, but Monday found him in Marion anyway, as were all five county ambulances. It was state inspection day, and there was work to be done.

  • Dallke concerned with low-income housing

    County commissioners met with Mid-Kansas Community Action Program representatives Monday to examine why the agency chose Hillsboro for an affordable housing project. Mid-CAP, which serves 19 counties surrounding Sedgwick County, including Marion, is managing a Hillsboro project to supply low-income affordable apartments.

  • Church competition 'lathers up' 58 pounds of soap

    The inspiration of two local women led to the donation of 58 pounds of soap destined to improve health worldwide. Valley United Methodist Church members Lydia Gates and Margaret Wilson got their inspiration last spring at a Healthy Congregations retreat.


  • Man found dead in cemetery

    Emergency personnel responded Sunday to a small cemetery on 190th Rd. east of Limestone Rd. after dispatchers received a call alerting them to the discovery of a body. Sheriff Robert Craft identified the victim as Joseph Melnyck, 29, of Hillsboro.

  • Special Ed Co-op launches employee search

    Speech therapists are difficult to hire because competition for their services is stiff. Marion County Special Education Cooperative needs another one. Kate Barlow, a speech pathologist with the cooperative, will be leaving after the end of the current school year.

  • Masons to restore Florentine Masonic Center

    A disheveled but beautiful building that is integral to Florence will be the cause for an enclave of motorists cruising through the Flint Hills in April. Masons want to raise about $50,000 to restore the historic Florentine Masonic Center building to its former glory in downtown Florence.

  • The ultimate tactic to avoid being scammed

    Most of the 30 people in attendance Thursday at Peabody Township Library for a presentation by Attorney General Derek Schmidt on scams and identity theft seemed to be fairly knowledgeable about how thieves go about their tasks. Schmidt reviewed scams that seemingly involve the Internal Revenue Service and companies that want victims to pay a sum of money to receive a prize they have won. He gave examples of calls from “credit card services” wanting card numbers to review an account for a better rate or to consolidate card balances, as well as other attempts to separate victims from their money or their personal information.

  • Last call for Girl Scout cookies

    Sunday is the last day of this season’s Girl Scout Cookie sale. Brenda Soyez, cookie cupboard manager for the county and Marion Girl Scouts leader, said there will not be a sales booth set up for the final weekend of the cookie season, but anyone wanting cookies before the cutoff date can phone her and she’ll send a scout over. Cookies are $4 a package and sales raise funds for scouting activities. Soyez can be reached at (620) 382-6193.

  • Live poultry can transmit salmonella

    While salmonella infections from food are common, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment warns of the risk of infection from live poultry. Even if they appear healthy, live baby poultry can carry salmonella and easily spread the bacteria to people, especially children, according to a KDHE release.


  • Bill Olsen

    Bill E. Olsen, 74, died March 12 at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Kansas City. Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.

  • Lenora Woelk

    Lenora “Lou” Woelk, 87, died Saturday at Bethesda Home in Goessel. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro.


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  • Dynamic duo plans August triathlon at lake

    Adventurous athletes, weekend warriors, and aspiring couch potatoes seeking an excuse to stop vegetating might want to start training for the “Ready, Set, Tri” triathlon. Event organizers Sarah Dye and Shawna Johnson, both of Marion, confirmed the triathlon is tentatively planned for Aug. 27 at the Marion County Park and Lake.

  • Water aerobics offers fitness without pain

    The best thing about water aerobics is that it gives participants a great workout without pain and achiness, a local instructor said. Karen Williams teaches water aerobics four days per week for Marion Parks and Rec.

  • Weight loss changes woman

  • Sign up online for Walk Kansas

    Spring is here and it’s time to get moving. The Walk Kansas program sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and led in Marion County by extension agent Renae Riedy can help, and for the first time, participants are able to sign up online at walkkansas.org. The program calls for teams of six people who commit to walking at least 423 miles — the number of miles across Kansas — in eight weeks.

  • Employers work on employee health

    Annual employee health assessments have become standard practice for some area employers, yielding benefits for both employees and employers. Tim Diener, supervisor of quality management for Hillsboro-based Countryside Feed, said the manufacturer and distributor of animal feeds has participated in annual employee Health Risk Assessments for three years.


  • The 'ieds' of March

    Scholars of ancient Roman history don’t need reminding, but for those whose knowledge of the past, save for the Bible, begins in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, we just passed a significant date. The Ides of March was a midmonth holiday in the Empire, the culmination of festivities marking a new year. In addition to feasting and drinking, some sources say the celebration included a bizarre ritual of dressing up an old man in animal skins and beating him until he left the city, symbolizing the departure, once and for all, of the year past.


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  • Woman says music is key to long life

    Rubena Suderman will celebrate her 91st birthday on March 26, and she says three things have made it possible to live that long: being an optimist, trusting the Lord, and making music her life. Suderman has been musically involved at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church of rural Hillsboro since 1946, having played piano for 17 years and organ for 53, keeping her skills sharp and never falling flat.

  • Providers attend conferences

    Several Marion County providers attended child care conferences March 5. Those who attended the Mad Hatter Tea Party in Manhattan included Barb Kaiser of Lincolnville; Doug and Joy Vogel, Melinda Banning, and Daniel and Lisa Adame, all of Marion; and Deb Regier of Peabody.

  • Commodities still available

    Marion Senior Center still has commodities from the February distribution. They are available to be picked up between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center, and will be available until they are gone.

  • Club views glass art

    Twenty members of 20th Century Club, along with hostesses Eileen Sieger and Elora Robinson, ate an Irish meal at the March 7 meeting at Wagon Wheel restaurant in Marion. Carol Laue showed the group her glass art creations including mosaic, stained glass, and fusion glass pieces. She explained the process of putting the pieces together using wire and adding objects to them.


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  • Senate bill could strip $600,000 from Centre

    Centre Superintendent Susan Teeson told board members Monday that the district could lose $608,989 in state aid if a bill in the Kansas Senate to restrict cash balances passes. Under SB505, school districts would be allowed to have cash balances no higher than 15 percent of their operating costs. Centre’s cash balance at the beginning of the 2014-15 fiscal year was $1,145,747, excluding capital outlay and bond and interest. Centre’s allowable cash balance would be $538,768, requiring a reduction of $608,989 in state aid over the next five years, or $121,797 a year.

  • Sophomore runs election campaign

    New state officers in Future Business Leaders of America will be elected at the state convention in April, and Kate Basore of Centre is running to be the organization’s state editor. The state editor compiles the Kansas Exchange, a newsletter that is released four times a year. The editor also keeps the state website, kansasfbla.com, updated with news from local chapters, the president, or state chairman.

  • MHS grad selected for KSU chimes

    Marion High School graduate Nicholas Meyer recently was selected to Kansas State University’s junior honorary Chimes program. Chimes promotes scholarship, leadership, and service. Meyer will take part in service projects in Manhattan and surrounding areas.

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  • Happy Hustlers report

    “What are you looking forward to the most over spring break?” was the question 24 members answered for roll call at the March 7 meeting of Happy Hustlers 4-H. The Meyers served refreshments. The reading group and foods will meet Thursday to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the library.

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  • Hansen makes all-league team

    Kourtney Hansen of Marion High School made the Heart of America girls basketball all-league first team for the 2015-16 season. Honorable mentions for the Lady Warriors include Kirsten Hansen, Erika Hess, and Bailey Robson, all of Marion.

  • Alleven sets swim records

    Marion High School junior Garrett Alleven, as a March Student of the Month, listed his extracurricular activities, hobbies, and interests in one word: swimming. That’s because he has devoted his whole life, since age 9, to swimming. Alleven competed for a third year in the USA Swimming Speedo Champion Series sectional meet March 3-6 in Jenks, Oklahoma. Competing against college-age and adult swimmers, he set his best time of the season in four events and improved from 29th place last year to 28th place.

  • Tabor to hold youth soccer academy

    Tabor College women’s soccer will have the second annual Tabor College youth soccer academy for players 1st grade and up. Spring session practices and games will be held at the college practice field Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday and going through April 30. Games will be Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Marion blood drive is Thursday

    A community blood drive will be from 2:15 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Patrons should schedule blood donation appointments at redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

  • CDDO board to study strategic planning

    Strategic action development and planning will be the focus of a special board meeting of Harvey-Marion County, CDDO from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday. Consultants from Wichita State University Center for Organizational Development and Collaboration will conduct the meeting, which will be held at the community room at 215 S. Pine St. in Newton.


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