• Marion cyclist leaves state and national competition in the dust

    Imagine a busy highway, semis screaming by. A stoic cyclist pedals onward, defying punishing Kansas winds, for hundreds of miles every week. At 69, local cyclist and Marion High School alumnus Roger Frans is that rider.

  • Hotrod damaged, garage totaled in fire

    A 1923 Ford Bucket-T Roadster was charred and a garage destroyed after a fire ignited at approximately 11:10 a.m. Sunday at 702 S. Cedar St. in Marion. The owner of the Bucket-T, Kevin Geren, said the fire started when he pulled a metal pan that was half-full of gas out from underneath his beloved hotrod.

  • Vocalist brings jazz benefit concert to Historic Elgin Hotel

    Music nurtured her, music sustained her, and when a soul-searching riverfront walk in Reno led Barbara Baxter to a place called “Dreamers,” music gave her new direction, leading to new love and a new home in Marion. After nearly three decades working in Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles as a manager for Xerox, Baxter had moved from Chicago to Las Vegas to be near the California homes of her children, Charmyne and Eric, and their families.

  • Officer and police dog receive certifications

    Marion Police Department’s crime-fighting duo of officer Mike Stone and Legion, his German Shepherd, recently became more efficient at sniffing out crime. Last week, Stone and Legion traveled to Polk County, Iowa, where they spent five days with 27 other dogs and handlers running through a rigorous training put on by the Heart of America Police Dog Association.

  • Hamm is 'go-to guy' for road and bridge

    County commissioners announced Monday that road supervisor Jesse Hamm is now the top authority within the road and bridge department. While Jesse Hamm is not an official interim for recently resigned superintendent Randy Crawford’s old position, commissioners announced the decision after a 20-minute executive session.

  • Burns family loses everything to fire

    A road and bridge employee, who only has worked for the department for three weeks, recently lost everything he and his family owned after a fire consumed the trailer they were living in. “We just pulled up to the house, and I saw smoke so I knew it was on fire,” road and bridge culvert worker James Bronson said, “so I called 911.”

  • Our Savior Lutheran Church to celebrate 75th anniversary

    Seventy-five years ago, Our Savior Lutheran Church found its way home to Marion. The building, formerly a Methodist Church in Canada, was hauled by a caterpillar into its current spot on Cedar St.

  • Additional zoning regulations proposed

    Buildings with downtown Main St. frontage and semi trailer containers will no longer be suitable for storage use if proposed additions to Marion zoning regulations go through. Additional changes include a chapter on renewable energy and minor tweaks to zoning board bylaws.


  • Additional zoning regulations proposed

    Buildings with downtown Main St. frontage and semi trailer containers will no longer be suitable for storage use if proposed additions to Marion zoning regulations go through. Additional changes include a chapter on renewable energy and minor tweaks to zoning board bylaws.

  • Kansas attorney office launches improved online roofing directory

    Kansans in need of roof repairs now have an easier way to check on a roofer’s registration status, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. His office recently launched a searchable directory to allow access to information regarding the status of a roofer’s registration certificate.


  • Vinduska travels the world to promote Kansas corn

    What do farms in communist China have to do with Kansas corn? The connections are intricate, but Terry Vinduska of rural Marion County sees them. It’s why he’s traveled to more than 15 different countries on behalf of the United States corn industry. It’s why he recently went to China to talk with everyday farmers there about how they conduct their operations.

  • Area co-ops to merge

    Stockholders of Agri Producers, Inc., a farm cooperative with headquarters in Tampa, have been asked to approve a merger with Alida Pearl Co-op of Chapman and North Central Kansas Co-op of Hope. A series of informational meetings were held last week in the affected areas.

  • Farm experiments with sunflowers in cover crops

    In agriculture, a cover crop is a mixture of seeds planted primarily to manage soil erosion, add organic matter, and increase soil fertility. Randy Svitak and his son, Shane Svitak, both of Lincolnville, began to use cover crops two years ago. Following wheat harvest last spring, they decided to try combining sunflowers with a cover crop for a double benefit.

  • MKC falls among 100 largest ag co-ops

    Mid-Kansas Cooperatives Association recently was listed as No. 69 in the United States Department of Agriculture’s annual rankings of the nation’s 100 largest agricultural cooperatives. MKC has locations in several Marion County towns, including Peabody, Goessel, Burns, and Florence.

  • Corn yields way up, but prices depressed

    To avoid winter blues after the fall harvest, area farmers would do well not to take after their corn prices. “Corn prices are pretty depressed,” said Phil Timken, location manager of Mid-Kansas Coop Association in Peabody. “It’s going to be pretty tough on the farmer. It’s going to make him stretch his dollar a little further.”

  • Youths earn junior livestock show honors

    Nineteen Marion County youths took entries to the Kansas Junior Livestock Show from Oct. 2 to 4 in Hutchinson, with two garnering top honors in their breed classes. In just her second appearance at the state’s largest youth livestock show, 9-year-old Ava Case had the champion Duroc market barrow. She also showed three other pigs.

  • Milo, soy harvest begins

    As corn harvest wraps up, some farmers have begun harvesting soybeans and milo. Grain coordinator Dick Tippin said Cooperative Grain and Supply has taken on about 20 percent of the plant milo and approximately 10 percent of soybeans at elevators in Marion, Hillsboro, and Canton.


  • Gary Carlson

    Carlson’s TV and Satellite owner Gary L. Carlson, 79,died Oct. 6 at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. He was born Jan. 22, 1936, to Carl and Gladys (Davis) Carlson on his grandparents’ farm in Clay County. He attended Clay Center High School.

  • James Hiebert

    James Hiebert, 82, died Saturday in Hillsboro. Services were to be today at Alexanderfeld Mennonite Church, Hillsboro.


    Gerald "Jerry" Cady



  • Gary and Ol' Blue Eyes

    No one who knew Gary Carlson and knew about Frank Sinatra would readily picture them as pals; their styles and worlds were too far apart. Though given the chance, Gary would’ve given friendship his best shot — I believe he saw just about everyone as a chance to make a new friend, and he usually did. Sinatra often came across as brash, arrogant, and recklessly impulsive. Carlson was the antithesis of that: humble, patient, and even-keeled; although as his grandchildren attested to Friday, he was always ready for good-natured, spur-of-the-moment fun and pranks.


    The road trip

    Canada commercial

    Offended farmer


  • Preheim to celebrate 80th with open house

    An open house will be held for Jim Preheim to celebrate his 80th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Zion Mennonite Church in Elbing. His grandson, Christopher Shaw, will be giving an organ recital following the open house at 4 p.m.

  • DB chapter of PEO discusses scholarships

    Members of the Marion DB Chapter of PEO met at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Marion City Library for their bimonthly meeting. Joni Crofoot and Marge Summervill, hostesses, served dessert. Mary Almaguer and Myrta Billings presented programs. The chapter then voted to submit a candidate for the Scholar Award, and also exchanged birthday wishes, cards, and balloons for a member’s birthday.


    The 'Tomato Fairy' strikes again, Senior Menu

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


  • Centre pilot program in progress

    It’s a bright, sunny day as a bunch of first-grade students pop out of the door at Centre Elementary School, bubbling with enthusiastic anticipation. It is Farm to School week in Kansas, and they are out to visit the school garden. Their first stop is a raised bed of lush, green, fall-planted vegetables. Garden supervisor Debra Casey touches a pea plant and asks, “What is this?”

  • Apparel conversation turns to coaches, kids

    Reactions were mixed Monday when a spreadsheet of high school activity clothes offerings and their prices was projected at the USD 408 board of education meeting. High school principal Tod Gordon compiled the spreadsheet from coaches and activity leaders.

  • Enrollment down slightly at Centre

    The official 2015-16 enrollment count at Centre schools is 209.5, a drop of four from the previous year. Online enrollment is estimated to be at 265, a drop of 10. The number is dependent on enrollees who complete their studies. The head count per grade is kindergarten, 9; first grade, 10; second, 15; third, 16; fourth, 28; fifth, 13; sixth, 15; seventh, 21; eighth, 11; freshmen, 15; sophomores, 24; juniors, 22; and seniors, 14.


    Centre, Marion


  • Marion football to be 6 p.m. Friday

    Marion football will kick off an hour early this week. The game will start at 6 p.m. at Warrior Stadium, as opposed to the usual start time of 7 p.m. Meade, the No. 1-ranked team in 2A, will face 430 miles and seven hours of round-trip travel Friday.

  • Marion upended for 1st loss of season

    A promising first half was tarnished Friday when 20 unanswered second-half points worked against the Warriors, resulting in a 34-24 loss to Northern Heights. It was Marion’s first loss of the year, but coming off a close call in Chase County, head coach Grant Thierolf was hoping for more success.

  • Warriors' growth is a leap of faith

    Marion volleyball is having a moment right now. Finishing the regular year 27-3, the Warriors head into the postseason with tremendous momentum and unprecedented confidence.

  • Centre defeats Tescott 42-34 for 2nd straight district win

    The Centre Cougars had another exciting game on the road Friday, defeating Tescott 42-34 for their second district victory and second win overall. “I was really proud of our team,” coach Tye Remy said. “Tescott had a 4-1 record and was favored. We came out and played well even after a slow start. It is great to get a couple of wins and play with a little more confidence.” After one quarter, the game was tied at 6-6. Dylan Deines scored Centre’s first touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Cole Methvin.

  • Cougars finish 6th at Silver Lake

    Centre girls’ golf finished sixth of 10 teams that competed Oct. 6 at the Silver Lake Open. Hannah Peterson led Centre with a score of 57, followed by Ally Basore, 63; Karoline Chizek, 67; and Becca Reneau, 71.

  • Cross country competes at Burrton

    Varsity runner C.J. Thompson placed 25th of 47 participants Thursday at a cross-country meet near Burrton. He ran the 5K in 20 minutes, 42 seconds. Junior varsity runner Tanner Wiggans earned a medal with a ninth-place finish of 24:72. Jordan Miller finished 19th at 36:48.

  • Marion bowling results


  • Calendar of events

  • TEEN to meet Oct. 21

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in the USD 408 district office. More information is available by contacting Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

  • Toy run to be Nov. 7

    Engines will fire and motorists will roar upon metal steeds as patrons of the 22nd annual Marion County Toy Run travel from Marion to Hillsboro on Nov. 7 to benefit underprivileged county children. Sponsored by the Sons of American Legion 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers, each participant should plan to donate one new toy as an entry fee.

  • Drones summit is Thursday

    Registration is still open for a drones summit at 10 a.m. Thursday at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita. It is open to industry representatives and the general public. There is no cost to attend.

  • Disability group to meet

    The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold their regular monthly meeting 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. A public forum is scheduled at the beginning of the meeting.


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