• More than 60 crowd Straub's showroom to question closing

    More than 60 Straub International customers met Tuesday in the business’s showroom to express concern about the company’s decision to close its Marion store this week. CEO Larry Straub and President Ron Straub said customers would still be able to receive some services from the company while they worked to box everything up.

  • Manhunt crashes through county

    A flurry of sirens and flashing lights roused Lincolnville residents Monday night as officers from six police departments descended on the town Monday in a manhunt for an escaped inmate whose stolen truck jumped a curb at US-56/77, sped through multiple yards, and crashed into the home of Greg Hubbard. “I was sitting on the couch watching TV,” Hubbard said. “We heard the sirens and saw the lights. Then there was a loud crash and the house shook, and I just knew we’d been hit.”

  • $182,000 fire burns for 4 days

    A rural hayshed erupted in flames, destroying 700 alfalfa bales, a tractor, and the structure itself at 5:15 a.m. Thursday near Durham. When Warren Unruh, owner of the shed, learned of the fire, he sent his 21-year-old son, Nathan, to see whether there was any chance to save anything.

  • Former school bus driver sentenced for abuse

    Few details were available this week about a former Centre school bus driver’s conviction on charges of child endangerment and battery. However, county prosecutor Susan Robson said that the case, which involved a 4½-year-old child in the defendant’s care, had nothing to do with her bus-driving duties, from which she resigned in February, after her initial arrest.

  • St. Luke wins tax credits for remodel

    A $200,000 package of tax credits awarded Monday by the Kansas Department of Commerce will help St. Luke Hospital Foundation raise money for renovation of St. Luke Living Center. “We were very happy to hear the news,” Roger Schroeder, the hospital’s marketing director, said. “We worked really hard to get it. It’s a great program. It will help us continue to better the quality of our health care.”

  • Dog rescued from jagged window

    After a concerned neighbor reported a case of possible animal neglect, Hillsboro officer David Funk rescued a yelping dog in distress Saturday in the 300 block of N. Washington St. When Funk arrived, the dog, a 60-pound lab mix, was inside its owner’s residence near a broken window that had jagged glass hanging from its wooden frame.

  • Community garden feeds more than people

    Using caramel and marshmallows, FFA parliamentarian Devin Soyez recently caged two masked bandits running amuck in Marion’s FFA Community Garden near Warriors Stadium. Devin, 15, joined


  • Congregation checks an item off pastor's bucket list

    It was a Saturday morning much like any other for Carl Helm, pastor of Marion Christian Church, until his wife, JoAnn, blindfolded him and tucked him in the car. When the blindfold came off Saturday morning at the baseball complex, a bewildered look stole across his face as the congregation sang, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

  • Too old to play softball, then too young to play

    When Sue Clough hung up her softball glove at age 50, she never expected to be told 29 years later that she was too young to play. But when she learned last year about “Keeping Seniors in the Game,” a promotion for seniors to toss out the first pitch at a National Baseball Congress World Series game, the then 79-year-old didn’t make the cut; she wasn’t the minimum age of 80.

  • EMS problems dominate budget

    Fixing problems with emergency medical service dominated county budget discussions this past week. Commissioners spent 2½ hours Friday talking to EMS director Ed Debesis, and 3 hours Monday with an accountant talking about scraping together the money to fix lack of timely availability of ambulance crews.

  • How EMS woes here compare

    Marion County is far from alone in searching for better ways to provide emergency medical services to county residents “Rural health care is at a true crossroads,” Newton fire chief Mark Willis said in an email. “Not just EMS but rural hospitals and health care access in general are facing an unprecedented crisis.”


  • Dorothy Foth

    Former public school cook Dorothy J. Foth, 89, died July 18 in Halstead. Services were Monday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, with interment at Hillsboro M.B. Cemetery.

  • Doris Buckner

    Doris Lee Buckner, 89, a Marion beautician for seven decades, died Sunday at Heartsworth Senior Living Center, Vinita, Oklahoma. Born Dec. 12, 1926, in Carnegie, Oklahoma, to Herman and Pearl Law, she married Virgil Buckner in 1944.

  • Marjorie Osgood

    Marjorie A. Osgood, 80, Florence, died Monday. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Florence United Methodist Church.

  • Jack Williams

    Retired farmer and chicken rancher Jack D. Williams, 82, died Thursday at Via Christi - St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. Born Christmas Day, 1933, in Marion to Irvin and Elsie (Hett) Williams, he graduated from Marion High School, served in the Army and on Aug. 2, 1959, married Carolyn “Sue” Haizlip.


    Lucille Collier



  • Cost of school supplies really adds up

    A parent’s school supply shopping list is usually not cheap. Marion-Florence estimates the cost of a kindergartener’s supplies at $45 and a fifth-grader’s supplies at $50.

  • Taking education one byte at a time

    While many children soon will be getting up early to catch a bus or hop on a bike to head to school, some will have the option to sleep in. They may even go to class in their pajamas. And they may be joined by adults who hit the books after a day at work. These students probably won’t set foot in a school building all year; they’ll be taking classes over the Internet through one of Marion County’s virtual schools.

  • What high school seniors look forward to

    Over pizza Sunday night, seven upcoming high school seniors discussed with reporter Kelsey Unruh what they have liked about high school so far, what they are looking forward to, and what advice they’d give incoming freshman. Interviewed were Tori Boyd from Marion, Raeanne Bryant and Katie Marler from Centre, Brooklyn Wiens from Hillsboro, and Mallory Harris, Austin Purk, and Austin Reynolds from Peabody-Burns. Here is an abridged transcript of their conversation.
  • What are you looking forward to most about being seniors in high school? Brooklyn: Graduating. Like, seriously. Being top dog.



  • Countywide cooperation

    Doubters who think Marion County is too divided to ever pull together behind cooperative efforts should have been listening to their police scanners Monday night. The seamless way in which law enforcement personnel, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and others from throughout the county pulled together for a lengthy manhunt belies all the talk about how the county just can’t get along.


    Tax properties

    Ambulance delays

    License tag enlightenment


  • Olsen cousins gather for reunion

    Descendants of Nees L. and Cora (Penland) Olsen gathered for their annual cousins’ reunion and potluck lunch July 17 at Marion Senior Center. Forty-one family members, descendents of the Olsens’ children, attended: Mabel Olsen Matz’s descendants — Evelyn Matz, Newton; Barbara (Matz) Hoskinson, Berryton. Earl Olsen’s descendants — Larry and Deana Olsen, Helen (Olsen) Reznicek, Marion. Ida Olsen Sandwell’s descendants — Lucy (Sandwell) Janzen, Marilyn (Janzen) Cook, and Sara (Cook) Lyon, Matthew and Lizzie, all of Newton; Ken and Marge Sandwell, Marion. Florence Olsen Perry’s descendants — Wayne Perry, Franklin, Texas; Amanda (Perry) Gates, Killeen, Texas; Gwen (Perry) Wilezynski, Lacy Lakeview, Texas; Floyd Perry and Vickie (Perry) Burt, Wichita. Nellie Olsen Amick’s descendants —Kay (Amick) and Albert Steele, Brody Steele, Alan Steele, Shayla Steele, Ember, Brenton, and Steven, Dustin and Shaylie Steele, Marion; Linda (Amick) Braden, Grandview, Missouri. John Olsen’s descendants — Bob and Mary Olsen, Camarillo, California; Nancy (Olsen) and Marlin Miller, Jared Miller, Wichita; Chris Olsen, Manhattan; Vickie Olsen and Dean Matarehiera and Zoe, Edmond, Oklahoma. Irene Olsen Brooks’s descendants — Robyn Brooks and Don Molleker, Aaron and Alli, Marion.

  • Jewetts descendants gather for reunion

    Twenty-two descendants of the Edson and Lottie (Cope) Jewett family met July 17 at Hillsboro Memorial Park Scout House for a meal and visiting. Those who attended from Kansas were Edith and John Darting, Lloyd Spencer, Isaac Spencer, and Shonda Ratzlaff, Hillsboro; Diana Kennedy, Larry Baxter, and Evelyn Jewett, Marion; Richard Baxter, Great Bend; Ruth and Jean Bacqkowski, Valley Center; Theresa Spencer, Hope Darting, and Chris and Damon Hays, Wichita; and Clifford and Linda Jewett, Mt. Hope.

  • Emu group elects ex-resident

    Former Lincolnville resident Betty (Stika) Augustine was elected treasurer of the American Emu Association at its annual meeting earlier this month in Vancouver, Washington. She and her husband, Steve, now live in Hesston. They have been raising emus since 1994 and sell emu products online and, on Saturday mornings, at Kansas Grown Farmers Market on the grounds of Sedgwick County Extension Office in Wichita.


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

    Sausages grilled; birthday celebrated, Menu


  • MHS grad receives scholarship

    Marion High School graduate Elizabeth Goentzel is among 253 dependents of Koch Industries employees who will receive scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. Daughter of John Goentzel and Marlene Hudgens, she is in her fourth year at Fort Hays State University.

  • Student attends Boys State

    Incoming Marion High School senior Cade Harms of Lincolnville was among more than 480 participants earlier this summer at Boys State on the Kansas State University campus. Cade was elected county commissioner of MacArthur County, one of the mythical governmental units featured in the six-day mock political exercise. The event is sponsored annually by the American Legion.

  • 4-H REPORTS:

    Happy Hustlers


  • 'Battle Baseball' ends at state

    Battle Baseball, a Hillsboro-based team of players age 12 and younger, ends its season this month by placing third in the consolation bracket at a state tournament in Pratt. The team had entered the National Baseball Congress / Hap Dumont tournament seeded ninth out of 33 but did not make the 24-team championship bracket.

  • Hess wins seniors golf tournament

    Finishing 3 under par, Bryan Hess won a tournament for 50-to-54-year-olds July 20 at Marion Country Club. Aaron Hett placed second, 9 strokes back. Mitch Carlson was third, 13 strokes off.


  • Calendar of events

  • Safe driving class planned

    A safe driving course that could reduce participants’ insurance premiums will be offered 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Marion Elementary School library. The class, open to all licensed drivers, includes no graded tests or actual driving. Cost is $25. Members of AARP, which is sponsoring the course, qualify for a $5 discount.

  • Child screenings available

    Appointments are being taken for free developmental screening for children through age 5. The hour-long screenings the morning of Aug. 9 in Hillsboro will test cognitive, motor, language, social, and emotional development. Appointments are being accepted by Marion County Early Intervention Services at (620) 382-2858.

  • Threshing Days start next week

    Next week’s Threshing Days in Goessel will feature prairie tractors and stationary engines along with many other activities. Admission will be $5 at the gate or $4 in advance, and free for children 11 and under.


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