• EMS brings together unlikely pair in service

    At first glance, Kyle Isaac and Nathaniel Burnham appear quite different. Isaac looks like a product of the Durham farm where he grew up, self-assured, talkative, and at times, he said, “a bit cocky.”

  • Defunct store resurrected as 'organic alternative'

    After a temporary closure of almost two months, Flint Hills Market and Bakery in Florence will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday under new management and with a new direction. “I’m not sure if we’re going to get everything on the shelves or be at full inventory by Saturday,” store owner Judy Mills said, “but, yes, we are going to open, and [Florence resident] Karen Williams will manage it.”

  • Police dog Legion gets new ride

    Marion Police Department’s drug dog has a set of new wheels. His 2011 Chevy Tahoe gives both Legion and his handler, Sgt. Mike Stone, more room. It also gives Stone room to stow needed equipment in about two feet of the vehicle’s cargo area instead of having to stuff everything into a trunk.

  • Trio of lake ducks winters on Summervill pond

    The neighborly concern and kindness of rural Marion resident Marge Summervill may have saved a trio of flightless ducks from becoming frozen eagle food at Marion County Park and Lake over the winter. Like many lake patrons, Summervill and her grandchildren developed a fondness for the social, snack-seeking ducks last year.

  • MHS grads almost double last year's scholarships

    Marion High School Class of 2016 collectively accepted $144,648 in scholarships for their transition into different colleges and continuing education, according to MHS counselor Mark Felvus. If all scholarships are received for full value across the next two to four years that amount could triple, he said.

  • Centre senior receives $80,000 Navy scholarship

    James Mercer of Ramona has an $80,000 chance to select the college of his choice after his graduation last Sunday. That is the amount the Navy awarded him to pursue a degree in engineering. A petty officer first class presented the award to James during awards night May 10 at Centre. James didn’t have an easy time during his adolescent years. After eight years in Centre Elementary School, his parents separated, and he moved around a lot and attended different schools. He returned to Centre last fall to finish high school.


  • Summer meal program switches gears

    Hillsboro’s summer lunch program will continue as in the past, though summer lunches for Marion are being discontinued. Hillsboro’s summer Food 4 Kids program, operated out of Trinity Mennonite Church last summer, will make an encore this summer.

  • Post office asks owners to restrain dogs

    Marion Postmaster Lori Kelsey asks for the public’s support during National Dog Bite Prevention Week in keeping dogs restrained year-round for the safety of letter carriers and community members. One letter carrier from Marion, one from Florence, and two from Peabody were bitten by dogs while delivering mail in the last year, according to Kelsey.


  • Margaret Morgan

    Margaret Morgan, 86, died Sunday at Asbury Park, Newton. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Christian Church of Florence. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today, also at the church.


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  • Reduction surgery helps woman lose 80 pounds

    A slip and fall on ice resulted in a broken tailbone and constant back pain for Robin Pritz of Lost Springs. It was not until after she underwent stomach reduction surgery in July that she was able to lose weight and get permanent relief from the pain.

  • New satellite chiropractor office comes to Marion

    A pair of chiropractors currently practicing in Hillsboro are preparing to open a satellite office in Marion. Kodi Panzer and her associate, Kyler Clawson, expect to see patients in the Marion office Tuesdays through Friday.

  • Ticked off for a good reason: ways to help prevent tick bites

    With summer rapidly approaching, county residents might want to start practicing defensive techniques against the onslaught of ticks that ensues with warmer weather. Immunizations nurse Cindy Reeh said the team at Marion County Health Department treat tick bites every year.

  • Prairie View plans rehab for youth

    Prairie View will once again offer a summer rehabilitation program for children in Hillsboro in June and July. Prairie View’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation Group program is open to Marion County children who have been referred a clinician, and focuses on helping children develop social and psychosocial skills. They learn social skills and better ways of interacting with the community.


  • Rite of passage

    Before writing, editing, and photography occupied my professional time, there was education, and there was little more joyful in those years than attending graduations. Without question, topping the list was my daughter Kiersten’s high school graduation in 2006 from Ft. Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters, Missouri, and the memories were vivid as I attended Centre High School’s commencement Sunday. So different — about 400 in Kiersten’s graduating class, with the ceremony in 10,000-seat St. Charles Family Arena — and yet so similar. There’s nothing like the joy that comes from the symbolic turning of a tassel as your child officially becomes a young adult.

  • Elgin hotel correction

    A story that appeared on our website this past week about the Elgin Hotel — “City to issue bonds for Elgin purchase” — was a corrected version of a story in our May 4 print edition titled “City to buy Elgin, lease to Enseys.” We revised the story and made the switch online immediately because the city of Marion isn’t buying anything, nor investing any money in the Elgin Hotel project.


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  • Robson receives PEO scholarship

    Marion PEO chapter recently presented its annual scholarship to Bailey Robson at Marion High School awards assembly Thursday. The scholarship has been presented to a Marion High School senior girl every year since 1987. Criteria for selection include good character, scholastic abilities, and demonstrated leadership. Ten students had applied for the scholarship, which was $250.

  • Chiropractor speaks to Kiwanis

    Kiwanis met Tuesday for its regular luncheon meeting at Cazadores. Chiropractor Heather Fay talked about how chiropractic techniques can help adults and children. Heather and Paul Fay recently opened a chiropractic clinic in Marion, Fay Family Chiropractic.


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  • CHS students applauded at awards night

    Scholastic and athletic awards were presented to Centre High School students May 9. New inductees into the National Honor Society and chosen as new officers were Max Svoboda, vice president; Cole Srajer, secretary; Kate Basore, treasurer; and Grace Peterson, student council representative. Dylan Deines will serve as president.

  • Bentz and Naerebout are Centre FFA star farmers

    Tyler Bentz of Tampa and Bryce Naerebout of Lost Springs were named chapter star farmers at the Centre FFA banquet on May 11. Bentz provides ag services to local farmers, and Naerebout works at Hillsboro Industries and has completed his welding certificate through Hutchinson Community College welding center in Hillsboro.

  • Taylor graduates from VCU

    Jessie Taylor of Marion graduated Saturday from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in communication arts. Taylor has accepted a position with marketing company Brandmuscle in Washington, District of Columbia.

  • Locals receive pins at Hutch graduation

    Two Marion County students received pins during Hutchinson Community College’s graduation ceremonies May 5-6. Leah Schmitz of Marion received a practical nursing pin.

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  • Warriors win HOA league track

    Friday the 13th was anything but bad luck for Marion High’s track and field teams, with both the boys and girls claiming team championships at the Heart of America league meet at Warriors Stadium. In the days leading up to the meet, Coach Grant Thierolf emphasized the importance of getting points from athletes finishing fourth through sixth, and that proved to be the difference on the boys’ side, where the Warriors edged Bennington by just 3 points for the crown.

  • Basore breaks league record in javelin

    Centre’s Kate Basore broke the old Wheat State League record in javelin by more than 3 feet Thursday at Goessel. Her throw of 127 feet, 3 inches broke the record set by Kristin Waters of Little River in 2012 at 124 feet. The boys and girls teams both placed fifth in the league meet.

  • Engler qualifies for state golf

    Centre’s Nathaniel Engler qualified to compete at state by earning a 10th place medal Monday at the regional golf tournament in Marion. Engler scored a 124.

  • Golfers place 4th at league

    The Marion/Peabody-Burns Warriors placed fourth with 438 strokes May 10 at the Heart of America league golf tournament in Hesston. Coach Topher Rome said no team members earned individual medals.

  • Physicals become anti-concussion tools

    Increased understanding and concern for sports-related concussions among high school athletes has led two local districts to take proactive steps to ensure their students’ well-being. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, concussion is a brain injury that causes temporary loss of normal brain function. Often there are no external signs of injury. While many people believe people with a concussion lose consciousness, in many cases, they do not.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Mediterranean cooking class rescheduled

    After being canceled due to a threat of possible severe weather, Hillsboro Recreation Commission and chef Rob Scott have rescheduled the Mediterranean cooking class for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Hillsboro Middle and High School Teacher’s Workroom. Cost is $20, and deadline to sign up is Thursday.

  • Pirates to 'pillage' opera house Sunday

    Wichita Grand Opera is bringing its production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” at 6 p.m. Sunday to the McPherson Opera House. Tickets are $20, plus a $3 preservation fee, and students get in for $10.

  • Democrats to reveal Senate candidate

    The public is invited to join the counties of the 35th Senate District in introducing the democratic candidate for State Senate at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lincolnville Community Center. More information is available by contacting Shelley Dunham at (620) 327-7358 or Eileen Sieger at (620) 382-2032.

  • Parkview hymn sing is Sunday

    Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church will hold a hymn sing for the public at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Some hymns will be chosen by the worship leader, but the majority will be chosen by those in attendance.


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