• Yates named city parks and recreation director

    Margo Yates was named director of parks and recreation Friday for a new city department that will begin operations Jan. 1. Yates was one of three candidates interviewed by city council members Chad Adkins and Melissa Mermis, Mayor Todd Heitschmidt, city administrator Roger Holter, and recreation commission member Jordan Metro.

  • Restaurant 'ransacked': La Hacienda closed temporarily

    La Hacienda Mexican Grill will be closed for several weeks after Marion police discovered it “ransacked” Oct. 14. Officer Duane McCarty investigated at approximately 1:30 p.m. after receiving a report of the business’s front door left ajar.

  • A dozen fire departments battle to contain 3-county prairie inferno

    A massive grassfire that sparked near the northeastern border of Marion County raged approximately 17 hours on Monday and spread about four miles into two neighboring counties. At 1:49 a.m., Lost Springs volunteer fire department responded to a report of a grass fire spotted one mile east of US-77 on 360th Rd.

  • Physical therapists join St. Luke department

    Alex Brooks and Matt Vermillion share more than being new physical therapists practicing at St. Luke Hospital. They’re both from small towns, Brooks from Coldwater and Vermillion from Halstead. They earned undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Wichita State University, with student clinical experiences at St. Luke. Both enjoy sports and exercise for personal betterment and demonstrating to patients that they practice what they preach.

  • EMS transfer numbers steady, non-transfer numbers up

    EMS numbers for transfers in October may be down three from last year, but the number for non-transfer calls is still an issue. EMS director Brandy McCarty brought up at Monday’s meeting with commissioners that even though the number of transfers for October 2015 were 104, down from October 2014, non-transfer calls rose from 18 in 2014 to 32 this month.

  • Holub lectures reps on tax lid

    Commissioner Dan Holub waved a white flag Monday in his longtime battle to reverse between $20 million and $30 million of property tax breaks granted for the Keystone pipeline by the Kansas legislature. Holub has lobbied hard in public forums, bemoaning the loss of tax dollars that could have been used for county projects, include ng roads. It has been estimated the pipeline’s owner, TransCanada, would have had to pay between $2 million and $3 million annually over the 10-year life of the exemption.


  • FACT director to step down

    As director of Families and Communities Together, Ashlee Gann knows how influential parents can be on their children. That — or more specifically, her 2- and 5-year-old children at home — is why she’s stepping down from her position.

  • Bown-Corby units to hit market in December

    Apartments at the former Bown-Corby school building will be leased to tenants in December, developer Tom George said. “We’re shooting for December, anywhere from Dec. 1 to the middle of the month,” he said. “People can probably start walking it pretty soon if they’re interested.” George purchased the building from the city in July 2014 for $40,000 and, after a lengthy registration process with the National Historic Registry, began renovating it in early August. It’s George’s third building to be placed on the registry, the other two being former elementary schools near Wichita.

  • Holub lectures reps on tax lid

    Commissioner Dan Holub waved a white flag Monday in his longtime battle to reverse between $20 million and $30 million of property tax breaks granted for the Keystone pipeline by the Kansas legislature. Holub has lobbied hard in public forums, bemoaning the loss of tax dollars that could have been used for county projects, include ng roads. It has been estimated the pipeline’s owner, TransCanada, would have had to pay between $2 million and $3 million annually over the 10-year life of the exemption.

  • Florence church to add Sunday school, breakfast to service

    The Christian Church of Florence is adding something different to its weekly services. As of Nov. 1, weekly breakfast and pre-kindergarten to adult Sunday school classes will be available.


  • Honored county quilters share a caring thread

    A patchwork of 18 local quilters were honored for their artistic talents Thursday in a recognition ceremony during the 55th annual meeting of Senior Citizens of Marion County held at Marion Senior Center. A general sense of humble acceptance and accomplishment prevailed over the group as they accepted awards and absorbed applause.

  • Olson rekindles political advocacy as silver-haired legislator

    “I’m not a politician,” Mary Olson said, but the former Marion mayor still has her hand in politics as the county’s representative to the Silver Haired Legislature, which met Oct. 6 to 8 in Topeka. Kansas Silver Haired Legislature was established by legislative resolution in 1982 to advocate for issues important to the state’s seniors, which now total about 450,000.

  • Mammograms vital for seniors

    Some women who have been having annual mammograms since they turned 40 and have tested negative year after year may begin to question if the procedure is necessary as they get into their 60s and 70s. “A lot of older patients tell me ‘I don’t know why I keep doing this,’” St. Luke Hospital mammography technician Keri Helmer said. “Just because you’re older doesn’t mean a yearly mammogram isn’t for you.”

  • State surveyors declare assisted living facility care 'deficiency free'

    The day was Aug. 27 and both Donna Evans and Bonnie Sawyer were scrambling. Inspectors had descended upon Marion Assisted Living. State surveyors from Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services can come any time from nine to 18 months after the last survey they conducted — no additional notice is given.




  • Roads to Harry and David

    Let’s start by immediately squelching any speculation that we’re about to announce in this column the impending arrival in Marion County of a local outlet for gourmet foods retailer Harry and David. Instead, Harry would be Harry Bennett, former Marion County resident, longtime subscriber, and occasional contributor to the paper via letters to the editor. David would, of course, be me.


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  • From tragedy, Tabor builds family triumph

    Homecoming at Tabor College on Saturday was about much more than former students returning for reunions and campus festivities. It was about the family of Jenessa Hlad and her Tabor family celebrating her life and preserving her legacy through the naming of an athletic training room in her honor.

  • Superintendent receives training recognition

    Lee Leiker, superintendent of USD 408, received honors from the Kansas Association of School Boards for participation in training programs. Leiker received certificates for acquiring at least 25 Leadership Academy points earned by attending workshops throughout the year.

  • Florence gym to be haunted for 2nd year

    The Florence gymnasium at 6th and Barker Sts. will become haunted the next two weekends. For the second consecutive year, the Florence Labor Day committee will be hosting a haunted house from 7 to 10 p.m. on the evenings of Oct. 23, 24, 30, and 31 There will be prizes for all kids who survive the experience after they exit the basement. For young children and toddlers, the tour will be toned down. Refreshments also will be served.


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  • Bus fire delays start of Friday's game

    With a No. 1 state ranking, Meade was obviously one of the hottest teams in the state entering Friday’s matchup with Marion. A little too hot, it would seem.

  • Warriors sweep HOA

    Well, that happened. Facing a 17-24 deficit, the Warriors fended off six consecutive game points behind the deft serving of sophomore Kourtney Hansen to win the Heart of America league tournament.

  • Meade tops Marion 33-18

    The phrase “too little, too late” seems to undersell it. While Marion may have lost to Meade 33-18 Friday night, allowing the game’s first 25 points and never recovering, it seemed like more than a game that could be encapsulated by the most trite of sports cliches.

  • Warriors take 4th at league cross-country

    The Warriors boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams each placed 4th Thursday at the league meet in Bennington. “League is another meet that makes me very proud,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “Almost everyone received a personal record.”

  • Kats trounce Cougars

    The undefeated Chase Kats managed only one touchdown in the first quarter of Centre’s homecoming game Friday, but they were just getting warmed up. They overpowered the Cougars’ defense and won the game, 56-6. Chase scored again early in the second quarter and added four more touchdowns to lead 44-6 by halftime. Centre’s six points were scored with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Max Svoboda completed a long run to the Kats’ 38-yard line. After a first down, Dylan Deines caught two passes from quarterback Cole Methvin for 19 yards and a touchdown. Chase returned the kickoff for a touchdown just 12 seconds later and added a quick 8 points.

  • Centre volleyball take 3rd at league

    The Centre volleyball team finished in third place Saturday at the Wheat State League Tournament at Little River. In the first game, Centre lost to Elyria in three sets.

  • Jr. Wrestling informational meeting scheduled for Oct. 29

    Marion Jr. Wrestling Club will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Marion Sports and Aquatic Center. Those interested are encouraged to attend the meeting to find out what wrestling is all about.

  • Tabor moves to No. 11 after homecoming win

    The Tabor College Bluejays moved up one spot to No. 11 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rankings by defeating unbeaten Kansas Wesleyan 14-7 in Saturday’s homecoming contest. Kansas Wesleyan was ranked No. 15. Kansas Wesleyan scored first but the Bluejays held them to just 7 points the remainder of the first half. After a 99-yard drive, Tabor scored with one minute, 29 seconds left in the half. The extra point tied the game at 7-7.


  • Calendar of events

  • Parkside to hold hymn sing

    The public is invited to a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. The audience will be asked to choose favorite hymns to sing together.

  • Red Cross seeking donations

    American Red Cross is seeking donors to give blood before the holiday season is in full swing. Red Cross will be in Marion from 2:15 to 6:15 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Holy Family Catholic Church.

  • Genealogy workshop will be Nov. 14

    A free genealogy workshop will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Carnegie Library in Council Grove. The workshop is sponsored by the Council Oak Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Kansas Society DAR. The one-on-one workshop will provide assistance for beginners wanting to trace their lineage back to the Revolutionary War.

  • Youth basketball deadline is near

    The deadline for signing up for Marion’s Youth Basketball League for 3rd to 6th grade boys and girls is Oct. 31. Dates for the 2015-2016 regular season games are Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Post-season tournament games are Feb. 6 and 13.


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