• County EMS director resigns

    County EMS director Brandy McCarty resigned Monday, following a 35-minute executive session with commissioners that included attorney Susan Robson, medical director Don Hodson, and EMS advisory board chairman Gene Winkler. “She felt that if we’re going to go forward that it’s time for new leadership and we need to take a different approach to how we’re going to do it,” Chairman Dan Holub said in accepting McCarty’s resignation.


  • County settles on $6,000 raises for elected officials

    Commissioner Randy Dallke used the backdrop of a bleak economy and uncertain finances to pull back the reins Friday on raises for elected officials, and fellow commissioners climbed on board, chopping $1,500 off the $7,500 they plugged into the budget approved in August. A $6,000 raise for clerk, treasurer, attorney, sheriff, and register of deeds was locked in for two years, with a salary review at the end of that period.

  • Circles: Providing a path, and a full stomach

    Living in poverty can make structure and stability elusive. For those who attend Circles of Marion County, however, there is something that can be counted on: At 6 p.m. every Thursday at Marion Presbyterian Church, a hot meal is waiting. The program itself provides structure as well, with a goal-oriented class devoted to addressing not just budgetary issues, but the entire poverty equation, including social factors and family considerations.

  • Pilsen to welcome military pilgrims Veterans Day

    God willing and circumstances allowing, Chaplain Captain Matthew Whitehead will make the trip from Ft. Riley to Pilsen on Wednesday for the 13th annual Veterans Day military pilgrimage. Whitehead, one of several base chaplains, is coming because of the inspiration he infuses into his ministry with military families from the life and example of fellow chaplain and Korean War veteran Father Emil Kapaun.

  • Out with an old, in with a new Mexican restaurant

    Diners can say “adios” to Marion’s La Hacienda Mexican restaurant, but don’t fret: Cazadores, another Mexican cuisine restaurant, will say “hola” to the community next week. Restaurateur couple Jonathan and Leora Ramirez recently bought the La Hacienda building to relocate their business from Yates Center.

  • Kaiser named fire chief of the year

    Kansas State Fire Chiefs Association has selected Lester Kaiser of Lincolnville as “Fire Chief of the Year.” Association president Brad Smith presented a plaque to him Oct. 23 at the state convention in Lawrence. “I was surprised,” Kaiser said. “It was a bit emotional for me. I didn’t know what to say.”

  • Get a jump on the news: Early publication for next 3 weeks

    Because postal holidays for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving will disrupt normal mail delivery twice this month, we’ll try something different and publish two days early for each of the next three weeks. Papers will be printed early each Monday, instead of early each Wednesday, and will be available on newsstands and in our offices around noon Monday and through the mail on Tuesday. Our office will be open both Saturday and Sunday for late-breaking news and advertising, just as we normally are on Mondays and Tuesdays.


  • Frances Fulk

    Frances Fulk, 95, died Oct. 27 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born June 27, 1920, to Iva and Clara (Brasfield) Upton in Purcell, Oklahoma.

  • Reva Goodwin

    Reva I. Goodwin, 92, died Oct. 30 at Asbury Park, Newton. In years past, she belonged to the Rebekah Lodge in Florence, Wonsevu Christian Church and Christian Church of Florence. Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Burns United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Burns Cemetery. Visitation with family was Tuesday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Christian Peterson

    Christian Steele Petersen, 32, died Oct. 24 at Wichita. He was born Aug. 13, 1983, to William and Sharon (Maples) Petersen in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His mother, Sharon Wasemiller, preceded him in death.


    Brillyn Weerts



  • Why was Larsen canned?

    There’s nothing quite so convenient, and inconvenient, as when public officials’ reasons for firing an employee are cloaked behind that nebulous, seemingly impenetrable cloak of “confidentiality of personnel actions.” Such is the case with last week’s firing of Peabody paramedic Larry Larsen from the Peabody EMS crew and as deputy county coroner. Commissioners remain tight-lipped when asked for rationale.

  • A win is a loss?

    Tautologies being what they are, rules are rules but facts are facts. Sure, by rule, Marion football may have not performed well enough to advance to the postseason. The fact remains, however, that this Warriors team was deserving of a berth. Their exclusion from the tournament reflects a flawed system that apparently isn’t the best way to tease out a champion from a vast, competitive field of participants.


    Generations march on


  • Masked swimmers take to the water

    It was a beautiful day for outdoor recreation Sunday, but there weren’t any swimmers taking advantage at the Cottonwood Point beach at Marion Reservoir. However, around the next point north, there was an intrepid, furry paddler about 30 yards from shore, floating in the water, churning a slow but steady pace through light waves, making a beeline toward a shore about 200 yards distant.

  • More than one way to skin a deer

    Even though processing a deer may seem a touch different than separating wheat from chaff, the idea is similar. Remove what is of value and put it to good use. However, there is more than one way to butcher a deer, and the method itself depends upon a hunter’s inclination.

  • Hunting and fishing license fees to rise in January

    Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission fee increases for fishing and hunting licenses Oct. 22. The new fees will be effective starting Jan. 1. A resident annual hunting or fishing license currently costs $18, but will increase to $25. However, value-added options are built into the new fee structure, including $45 for a hunting/fishing combination annual license, and an early bird combination discount of $40 if purchased before Feb. 1.

  • 20th Century Club learns about wildflowers

    20th Century Club met Monday at Marion City Library. Hostesses were Carol Laue, Traci Lanning, and Helen Reznicek. Mary Beth Bowers gave a program on widlflowers that grow in Marion County, and brought flowers to show members and describe how they have been used for medicinal purposes.

  • Youth hunt is this weekend

    Youth pheasant and quail season will allow all youth 16 and younger to hunt, under the supervision of an adult, for pheasants and quail statewide Saturday and Sunday. The daily bag limits during the youth season are two rooster pheasants per day and four quail per day.

  • KSC to review proposals

    Kansas Soybean Commission has received around 50 research and education proposals for fiscal year 2017, which begins July 1. Commissioners will give each an initial review on Nov. 13.


  • Carroll to celebrate 77th birthday with card shower

    Patty Putter and Mike Carroll of Marion, along with their sibling, Heather Mueller of Newton, are requesting a card shower for their father, Gary Carroll’s 77th birthday on Nov. 12. Carroll lived in Florence until 1985. He was an EMT there for many years.

  • Game warden briefs Kiwanis

    Marion County game warden Cody Morris spoke to Kiwanis on Tuesday at Cindy’s Family Café. Morris discussed fishing, wildlife, and boating laws in Kansas. Morris protects wildlife by ensuring people follow regulations.

  • Board games available for checkout at Marion library

    Marion City Library is accepting donations of board games for a new program that will allow cardholders to check them out just like they would a book. Librarian Rachel Olsen came up with the idea of allowing the library’s inventory of games for on-site use to be loaned. Director Janet Marler said it’s a way to help families spend time together.


    'National Fork Day' celebrated, Menu

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


  • Brazilian stewardess lands at MES

    Imagine being immersed in an unfamiliar place among gracious villagers who have different customs and speak in a strange tongue. Welcome to Marion, Kansas.

  • Tabor to offer nursing master's program

    Tabor College announced it will offer an accredited master of science in nursing degree beginning January 2016. The degree will offer an emphasis in either nurse education or nurse executive leadership. More information is available at www.tabor.edu/MSN.

  • Marion Countians graduate from KU

    Three Marion County residents graduated from the University of Kansas this summer. Alisa Schmidt, Hillsboro, received her certificate in family practice, Diana Koslowsky, Hillsboro, received her master’s degree in communication studies, and Amy Avant, Marion, received her master’s in nursing.

  • MHS to perform 'Fiddler on the Roof'

    A troupe of Marion High School students will summon comedic and dramatic talents when they perform “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 at USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The classic musical features many recognizable songs, including, “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”

  • Students to participate in KMEA music ensembles

    Middle school students from Marion, Peabody-Burns, and Goessel Middle Schools will be performing with the Kansas Music Educators Association middle school band and choir Saturday at Andover Central High School. Band performers include flutists Aubrey Craig, Cassie Meyer, Megan Neufeld, Jaden Slifer, and Jayden Spencer, all of Marion; clarinet players Cameron White of Marion and Morgan Gaines of Peabody-Burns; trombonist Lane Pettijohn of Marion; and tuba player Clarissa Stokes of Peabody-Burns.

  • County students receive FFA degrees

    Three members of the Marion-Florence FFA Chapter received American FFA Degree on Friday at National FFA Convention in Kentucky. Receiving the degrees were Clint Kroupa, Aaron Molleker, and Nicholas Meyer. They were awarded the degree during the seventh general session of the convention.


    Centre, Marion


  • WSL selects volleyball honorees

    Several Marion County volleyball players in the Wheat State League were among recipients of team awards. Centre juniors Summer Espinoza and Shelby Pankratz were named to first team.

  • Warriors win, miss playoffs

    Needing an 18-point victory to advance to regional play, Marion won the battle against Mission Valley 22-20 but lost the war in district play, finishing third in a three-way tiebreaker to end its season at 7-2. The Warriors twice put a little separation between them and the Vikings, getting 8-point leads in the second and third quarters.

  • Marion runners place at 3A state

    Warriors runners Emily Hague and Colin Williams ran against over 100 competitors in their respective races Saturday during the 3A state cross-country meet at Rim Rock Farms near Lawrence. Hague, a junior, medaled placing 15th in the girls’ race at 21 minutes, 14 minutes, and Williams, a sophomore, placed 57th at 18:50 on a course coach Rebecca Hofer described as “a very hilly and different running experience” for Marion runners.

  • Hofer resigns as coach

    After seven years as a coach for the Warriors cross-country team Rebecca Hofer has decided to resign because she wants to spend more time with her kids. “I have two wonderful little children, and they mean the world to me,” she said. “They are both very young, and they need their mommy. As a result I have resigned as cross-country coach.”

  • Hansens, Jacobson receive conference honors

    Kirsten Hansen and Kourtney Hansen were among 12 players named all-league in Heart of America conference volleyball. Marissa Jacobson received an honorable mention. It’s yet another accolade for the Hansen sisters, both of whom were named to all-tournament teams for the Centre Cougar Classic and Marion Spikefest.

  • Marathon game results in 86-52 Centre victory

    The Centre Cougars and Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs battled for almost three hours Thursday at Bud Peterson Field before the game ended with an 86-52 Cougar victory and a 4-1 record in district play. Together with their teammates, seniors Barrett Smith, Bryce Naerebout, and Nathaniel Engler put on an impressive performance in their last home game as Cougars. They made 12 touchdowns and scored 12 extra points.


  • Calendar of events

  • Steinel brings jazz to McPherson Opera House

    Marion native Mike Steinel and his jazz band, the Mike Steinel Quintet, will take to the McPherson Opera House stage Friday for a concert capping the two-day McPherson College Jazz Festival. Internationally recognized as a jazz performer and educator, Steinel has taught jazz studies at University of North Texas for 28 years.

  • Memorial wall comes to county

    A memorial wall for Kansas soldiers who have died in combat will be transported to Hillsboro American Legion on Sunday. Kansas American Legion Riders will provide an escort from Marion Airport to Hillsboro American Legion, leaving the airport around noon.

  • Weatherman to speak at Lifelong Learning Friday

    Ross Janssen, KWCH Channel 12 meteorologist, along with his fan-favorite dog, Millie, will be speaking at Lifelong Learning at 9:45 a.m. Friday in Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor. The session, titled “The Many Changing Faces of Kansas Weather,” will cover several topics concerning ever-changing weather and technology.


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