• Larsen firing latest of several county ambulance problems

    County commissioners fired paramedic Larry Larsen from Peabody’s ambulance crew Monday. An unscheduled executive session was tacked on to the published agenda, and Larsen was summoned to appear along with county attorney Susan Robson.

  • State may be investigating county EMS

    Although a complaint lodged by now-fired Peabody paramedic Larry Larsen against county EMS director Brandy McCarty appears to have been adjudicated, the county EMS operation appears to be to subject on an ongoing state investigation. Meeting minutes from the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services suggest that after resolving Larsen’s complaint against McCarty, the board may have opened a larger investigation into overall EMS operations in the county.

  • Chamber to disband

    Marion Chamber of Commerce will disband after this year, chamber president Don Noller announced Friday. Chamber board member Gene Winkler said secretary Margo Yates taking a job as city parks and recreation director was the final straw in a lengthy decision process.

  • Neuwirth goes to Rome for Kapaun's sainthood

    Rosemary Neuwirth of Lincolnville will travel to the Vatican next week with about 100 others from the U.S. to present a “positio” on Father Emil Kapaun to the College of Saints. Bishop Carl A. Kemme of the Wichita Catholic Diocese, two Wichita Eagle reporters, and a filmmaker from California will accompany the group. After having surgery in May, Neuwirth was not certain she would be able to go.

  • 'Rockman' speaks of his stones

    If ever there was a patron saint of stones in Marion County, it would be Steve Hett. There is a hardly a place without a rock in sight on his property.

  • High school firefighter is in his element

    Adam Makovec isn’t likely to forget his first day on the job. Newly named to the Lost Springs fire department, the Centre senior was one of about 50 firefighters battling a blaze in northeastern Marion County that persisted for 17 hours on Oct. 19. It was his first call as part of the department.


  • Slideshow: Signs of the season

    Marion residents are getting into the spirit of the season by decorating their yards with many autumn themed ornaments, including scarecrows and pumpkins. Photos by Rowena Plett.

  • State tax changes may have limited impact

    Tucked away in a budget bill passed in the spring legislative session were changes to Kansas’ personal income tax rules that could mean some people will pay more when they file their 2015 returns. State taxpayers will be able to deduct just 50 percent of what they paid in 2014 for mortgage interest and taxes on real and personal property. Charitable donations can be deducted at 100 percent, and all other deductions have been eliminated.

  • Trick or Treat Main Street to be Friday

    Little ones with a sweet tooth can get their fix Friday from stopping by Marion businesses during Trick or Treat Marion, an event sponsored by Marion Chamber of Commerce. From 4 to 5 p.m., more than 20 businesses from around town, including the Marion County Record, will be doling out treats.

  • 190th, Wagonwheel see abundance of traffic

    Even with prior road superintendent Randy Crawford out of the picture, roads are still a hot topic. With commissioner Lori Lalouette absent, commissioners Dan Holub and Randy Dallke discussed on Monday the abundance of traffic on 190th and Wagonwheel Rds. from an excessive amount of through traffic due to the construction of the US-56/77 roundabout.

  • Refuse, sewer rate increases approved

    In three separate moves, Marion City Council approved rate increases to trash pickup, sewage disposal, and cemetery costs. The utility increases were incremental, with base prices for sewer and refuse pickup going from $17.50 to $20 a month and $8.50 to $10 a month, respectively.


  • Family ties make vintage Impala special

    The love for a classic car is often simply for the car itself. Sometimes it’s for the memories it evokes. And sometimes, as with Mark Harms of Lincolnville, it’s both.

  • Child car seats are ticket to safe trip

    The days of tossing the kids in the car like luggage and leaving them free to roam about the cab are legally in the past. Child car seats and car seat safety laws evolved from common sense as a way to protect children.


  • Shirley Heyland

    Shirley C. Heyland, 92, widow of former Peabody resident Herman “Hank” Heyland, died in Wichita on Oct. 23. She was born in Barnesville, Minnesota and moved to Wichita in 1938. A 1941 graduate of East High, she went to work for Trans World Airlines. There she met Heyland and they were married in 1946.

  • W.R. Holdeman

    Former barber W.R. “Bill” Holdeman, 91, Marion, died Oct. 20 at home. He was born Dec. 23, 1923, to Joseph and Esther (Luginbill) Holdeman at Rich Hill, Missouri. He attended Halstead schools. He served with the Marine Corps during World War II, and received a Purple Heart for wounds incurred during combat.

  • George Schimpf

    George H. Schimpf, 86, died Oct. 23 at Peabody Health and Rehabilitation. A graveside service was Tuesday at the Lincolnville Cemetery.

  • Richard Stroup

    Former locomotive engineer Richard L. “Rich” Stroup, 68, died Oct. 21 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. A memorial service was Sunday at Florence United Methodist Church. A second memorial service was held on Tuesday in Frankfort, Indiana.

  • Ida Wendt

    Ida Mae Wendt, 79, sister of Valera Hamm of Durham, died Oct. 24 at the Kenwood View Health and Rehabilitation Center in Salina. Funeral service was to be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Herington, with burial following at Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday at the Zeiner Funeral Home Herington Chapel.


    Keith D. Harsh

    Ronald Kieferle

    Johnny Webster



  • Keep the eye on the business ball

    Nothing spoils a great meal like a bitter dessert. Such was the case Friday at the annual Marion Chamber of Commerce chili cookoff luncheon, when folks left on the sourest of notes: president Don Noller announced the chamber is closing up shop.

  • A snake bite won't kill you

    Upsets are fun. Setting your sights on an improbable goal then achieving that against all odds brings about extreme jubilation, confidence, and pride. Unfortunately, every action has an equal, opposite reaction. The Warriors found themselves on the wrong side of an upset Saturday.


    'Don't hold back'

    Hymn sing

    Road barriers



  • Cairns to perform on national stage

    Marion High School band and FFA member Aidan Cairns received a thrilling message back in July that invited her to toot her trusty trombone with the National FFA band this year. “I was so, so excited,” Cairns said. “I wasn’t expecting to get in. A lot of people try out.”

  • 7th grader raises money to fight cancer

    Alyssa Espinoza, a seventh-grader at Centre, recently completed a breast cancer awareness project as part of her enrichment class. At the homecoming game Oct. 16, she sold pink helium balloons, cupcakes, stickers, and lemonade to promote breast cancer awareness in the Centre community.

  • SAFE to dole out candy, safety tips

    Marion High School’s Seatbelts are for Everyone team will be hosting “SAFE Night at Warrior Stadium” Friday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Activities will include crash dummies handing out candy to those being smart about wearing seatbelts, seatbelt convincer, and guess the number of treats in the jar. Other middle and high school organizations will also be handing out candy, and key club will be accepting cash donations for UNICEF.

  • Scouts join forces to feed the hungry

    Marion Senior Girl Scouts Troop 30063 and Marion Cub Scouts Pack 102 were busy Tuesday distributing bags to local residences that they hope will be filled with food items when they return Saturday to pick them up. When the clubs discovered each was planning its own food drive, they decided to combine their efforts into one event, Scout for Food.

  • Centre's Beeson recognized

    Centre superintendent Susan Beeson has received a certificate from Kansas Association of School Boards for acquiring at least 25 Leadership Academy points. Beeson attended KASB-sponsored workshops throughout the year to help her become a better district leader. She received points based on the length and content of each seminar.

  • Leiker brags to chamber of 408's feats

    Lee Leiker spoke with the confidence of someone who knows his plan is working. With 38 in attendance for Marion Chamber of Commerce’s annual chili cookoff, Leiker presented on the successes of Marion schools, which are plentiful, as Leiker made clear. In listing USD 408’s accomplishments, Leiker touted the consecutive Newsweek top-500 high schools designation that Marion High School has received in 2014 and 2015, as well as the new press box and required volunteer labor that went into it, and the new food service management program that has improved the quality of lunch at the school.


    Marion Middle School

    Centre, Marion
  • 4-H REPORTS:

    Lincolnville Wide Awake


  • Marion upset by Halstead at substate volleyball

    After posting the best record in team history, the Marion Warriors’ season was cut short Saturday at the hands of Halstead in the opening round of substate. The top-seeded Warriors, facing the No. 8 seed Halstead, faltered in three sets, losing 17-25, 25-23, 25-23.

  • Marion Warriors take care of business, beat Railers 50-6

    Heavily advantaged in personnel and with much more to play for than the opposition, Marion outmanned and outgunned the Herington Railers, winning in a 50-6 rout. Head coach Grant Thierolf said the Warriors, despite the final score, weren’t very sharp.

  • Barring blowout, MHS will need help to advance

    Despite what has been by nearly all measures a successful year, Marion football may need help if it wants its season to continue into November. Given Kansas State High School Athletic Association tiebreaking procedures, the Warriors need to win by 18 points or more to secure a postseason berth independently.

  • Centre Cougars get unexpectedly easy victory at Wilson

    In what coach Tye Remy dubbed an “unexpected” easy victory, the Centre Cougars defeated Wilson Friday 54-8. They now are 3-1 in district play and will play their final district game Thursday at home against Sylvan-Lucas. Five Cougars scored touchdowns in a game that ended early in the third quarter because of the 45-point mercy rule. Remy was ecstatic afterward.

  • 2 Warriors run their way to state

    After defeating the majority of fleet-footed regional cross-country competition at Lake Afton in Goddard, Colin Williams and Emily Hague strided forward to represent the Warriors at the 3A state meet at Rim Rock in Lawrence. Williams, a sophomore, placed ninth in the boys’ race at 18 minutes flat, and Hague, a junior, placed 10th in the girls’ race at 21:32. Both received medals.

  • Centre's Thompson qualifies for state

    Centre sophomore C.J. Thompson qualified for state competition Sunday by placing 11th in a 1A regional cross-country meet at Mound City. He finished with a time of 20 minutes, 18.69 seconds. Several top-10 finishers were from the top-three winning teams, which opened up a slot for an additional qualifier.

  • Centre volleyball goes 1-1 at substate

    The Centre volleyball season ended Saturday at the 1A substate at Wakefield, but not before the Lady Cougars defeated Rural Vista 25-15, 25-20. Kate Basore served for 12 points, Shelby Pankratz set 43 of 45 balls, and Summer Espinoza had 15 spikes. Centre lost to Lebo in the semifinals in two close sets, 21-25, 20-25. Alexius Kendrick served for 7 points, Katie Marler was a perfect 24 at setting, and Espinoza completed 20 of 21 spike attempts.


  • Calendar of events

  • County 4-H Endowment meeting to be Sunday

    The annual meeting of the Marion County 4-H Endowment Fund will be 5 p.m. Nov. 1 in the basement of Marion Community Center. The board of directors invites everyone to this meeting to hear how the fund helped Marion County 4-H groups throughout the year.

  • Alternative Gift Market to be Nov. 14

    The fifth annual Marion County Alternative Gift Market will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Marion Community Center. Patrons can give alternative gifts, humanitarian donations given in honor of another. Thirty projects ranging from wells in South Sudan to medicine for Burmese refugees can be donated to Alternative Gifts International.

  • World Community Day to be Nov. 6

    World Community Day will be Nov. 6 at Valley United Methodist Church. A soup luncheon will be offered at noon, followed by a program. The theme will be “Our Journey Together” and will feature mission and community service projects from local churches.

  • Hillsboro recreation to sponsor holiday cooking class

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission and chef Rob Scott will be holding a cooking class titled “Cooking Around the Holidays” from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Hillsboro Middle and High School teacher’s workroom. The class is for high school freshman through adults who are looking for creative ideas of cooking.


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