• Cruz wins MES election, loses nation

    Had Ted Cruz checked with Marion Elementary School students he might have reconsidered dropping out of the presidential race Tuesday. Winning in Thursday’s landslide mock vote, America’s 45th president would be Ted Cruz, if MES students were old enough for their votes to count.

  • New bakery might open downtown

    The potential sale of the Central Park Antiques building in downtown Marion could soon make way for a new LLC business dubbed “The Fam Lee Bakery.” Jeff Lee, President of the potential business, said the contract has yet to be finalized.

  • Dew-drinking parrot has big vocabulary

    Junior and Ginny Grimmett of rural Florence have owned numerous parrots, but Zark has outlasted all of them. The bird has lived with them for 26 years. The couple got a big surprise about a month ago when they found out the African grey was a female, not a male as they had supposed.

  • Police chief saves neglected lapdog

    Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis rescued a neglected lapdog from substandard living conditions at 203 N. Roosevelt St. on April 26. Mermis responded to a report of a Morkie that had allegedly received no attention from its owners in approximately two days.

  • Can collector adds Marion to honor flight circuit

    Warren Vincent isn’t a stranger to Marion County — he has a regular monthly stop collecting cans for Kansas Honor Flights in Hillsboro. Vincent’s green pickup and flag-bedecked trailer were in the Subway parking lot in Marion on Saturday for what he called “a trial run,” and he’ll be back.

  • Topekans take mystery tour of Marion

    A group of Topekans on a mystery tour found themselves taking in the sights of Marion Thursday. Even the bus driver was impressed with the points on the tour.

  • Housing assessment group to be scoping out homes

    Residents who notice someone peering at their house and taking notes need not worry or call police. They’ll be doing a house-by-house assessment of Marion homes as an early step toward getting grants for housing improvement in the city. The second meeting of a panel dedicated to gathering facts about the status of housing in Marion met Tuesday.

  • Science suits Nansel fine as top-level researcher

    It might be said that it’s the Christmas present Tonja Nansel didn’t get that eventually led the 1983 Hillsboro High School graduate to a position as senior investigator with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland. Nansel was in Hillsboro this past weekend visiting her parents, Bob and Betty Seibel. She also went to Wichita to receive an alumni-of-the-year award from Wichita State’s community psychology program.


  • Lois Krause

    Lois Krause, 76, died April 27 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She was born July 15, 1939, to Glen and Wilma (Bitner) Maltbie in Marion.

  • Lois Seibel

    Lois A. Seibel, 90, McPherson, died April 26 at Cedars House. A funeral service was Saturday at First United Methodist Church in McPherson, with a private family graveside service following at McPherson Cemetery.


    Jeffrey Jackson

    Robert Navrat



  • Garden yields big dividends

    Marty Fredrickson and Christian Pedersen have been gardening partners for five years. With a large garden plot on the corner of Second and Miller Sts. and some hard work, the pair grow enough produce to feed their families and then some.

  • Planting tips for shady areas

    It can be difficult to get plants to grow in shady parts of a lawn, but rather than letting a barren wasteland accent shady areas, local experts have advice for homeowners. County extension agent Rickey Roberts said homeowners should be selective in choosing plants for shaded areas.

  • Top tools for do-it-yourselfers

    Everyone isn’t going to tackle a major home remodeling job themselves. Maybe they lack the expertise, perhaps they don’t have the time, or it could be that they don’t have or don’t know how to use the necessary tools. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of small projects people can do around the house to save time and money.


  • Odds and ends

    Kansas spring is full upon us, with all of the beauty and anxiety that entails. It’s the time of year when Sunday drives are a must-do activity if you’re a lover of nature’s beauty, as in only a few short weeks much of it will disappear.


    Grow Your Own



  • Tampa Tots thriving at 2 years old

    What is the likelihood of seven mothers from the same community having seven sons in a seven-month period? It happened at Tampa several years ago. In the period from June 2013 to February 2014, six women gave birth to sons, and another woman and her husband adopted a son.

  • Cards requested for Nellans' 90th

    The family of Erma Nellans is requesting a card shower for her 90th birthday on May 13. Nellans is a life-long resident of Peabody. She married Glenn Nellans on April 18, 1947, and has three sons.

  • Church Women United to celebrate friends

    Church Women United will be celebrating May Friendship Day with Tea at Three on May 6 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. The theme is “Finding Grace at the Table,” and participants will have the opportunity to make place cards for anyone they want at the table.

  • German polka band to play Lifelong Learning

    Spring semester’s final Lifelong Learning program will feature Steve Hanneman and the Snigglefritz Band at 9:45 a.m. May 6 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education building at Tabor. The German polka band has been a part of the Hillsboro community, and have performed many years at area festivals, senior centers, and other civic events.


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

    Seniors observe Poem in Your Pocket Day, Senior menu


  • MHS forensics takes 9th at state

    Marion High School forensics team placed ninth of 49 schools and three students placed in the top 5 in their events at the 3A speech and drama tournament Saturday in Wichita. Coach Janet Killough said all Marion team members received “I” ratings in their events.

  • USD 408 FFA has banquet

    Over 150 members and guests attended the Marion/Florence FFA Chapter parent/member/employer banquet April 28 at Marion High School cafeteria. Elizabeth Meyer was recognized as the Star Chapter Farmer and Devin Soyez was recognized as the Star Chapter Greenhand.

  • Art, awards to be featured at Centre

    Several activities will take place during the next week at Centre schools. Fifty-five elementary students will display artwork at the annual Artful Eye Show at 7 p.m. Friday.

  • Area school menus


  • Rain can't slow Warriors at Beloit

    Weather conditions in Beloit on Friday were no different than they were in Marion — rainy, windy, and cold. But Marion’s track teams had traveled all that way to compete in the Beloit Relays, and they weren’t about to let a little bad weather stand between them and performing well.

  • Golfers take 2nd at home, 3rd at Sedgwick

    Marion/Peabody-Burns golfers have been picking up their golf game as of late. The Warriors claimed second place and medalled Tuesday at a home meet with a 409, and medalled in 3rd place Thursday at Sedgwick with a 417.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Writers to speak about Texas Cattle Trail at library

    Writers Gary and Margaret Kraisinger will give a program titled “The Western - the Greatest Texas Cattle Trail - 1874-1886” at 7 p.m. May 11. in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. The Kraisingers will talk about the trail’s location, origin, and its role inhistory. Through maps and in-depth research, they havedocumented the largest cattle trail system to come out of Texas todeliver longhorns to the north.

  • Agriculture photo contest seeking admissions

    National Center for Appropriate Technology is seeking photo submissions from farmers, ranchers, or others with an eye for sustainable agriculture for its “ATTRAGRAM” photography contest. The contest, which will be judged by NCAT staff and award-winning photojournalist Walter Hinick, includes cash prizes and the chance for photographers to be featured on NCAT’s ATTRA website.


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