• McCarty resigns as EMS director

    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.

  • Robson trades raise for assistance

    County attorney Susan Robson decided she needed help more than a $6,000 raise, and commissioners Monday agreed to her request to divert the money to be used for hiring an assistant attorney. “The way it is now, I don’t have anybody who can help me cover,” Robson said. “While a raise is nice and appreciated, having help would be even more appreciated.”


  • Woman dies when car hits tanker

    A 2009 Mitsubishi Galant crossed the center line of US-77 near the Marion-Dickinson line Sunday morning and hit an oncoming tanker truck, killing the car’s driver, 19-year-old Sally Rowell of El Dorado. The accident occurred at about 8:45 a.m. five miles south of Herington.

  • Aspirations of gaming grandeur for video-blogger

    Florence teen Daniel Higgins has no shortage of ambition. He wants to do great deeds in the digital world of online gaming. Higgins has a overwhelming passion for the intensity of first-person shooters like the “Call of Duty” series and “Destiny,” as well as an considerable attraction to strategy and open world games like “Stormfall: Age of War” and “Minecraft.”

  • Box cutter grazes throat, man survives

    A Marion man sustained a “significant” throat laceration allegedly inflicted by a box cutter during a fight with a Marion woman’s ex-boyfriend. The alleged altercation occurred at approximately 8:26 p.m. Oct. 27 at 623 S. Roosevelt, according to Marion Police.

  • Woman, 2 grandchildren injured in 1-car accident

    Three people were injured in a one-car accident Nov. 5 near 40th and Old Mill Rds. Betty Ford, Peabody, was driving eastbound on 40th Rd. when she lost control of her vehicle at the intersection of 40th and Old Mill Rds. as she slowed for a stop sign. Her grandchildren Taylor Henderson, 18, and Joshua Henderson, 17, were with her.

  • Fugitive eludes police in high-speed chase

    All Marion officer Duane McCarty wanted to do Saturday was to give Christopher Logan a warning as he pulled in to Ampride in his cruiser, lights on, where he spotted Logan’s white Ford SUV. McCarty was looking for Logan, in his early 20s, because he had been identified as having entered a neighbor’s house on Ashley Dr. without permission, while one of the female occupants was in the basement. McCarty said he intended to issue a stiff warning to Logan and send him on his way.

  • Jones resigns as developer

    Fewer than 50 hours after saying he felt he had ample support from city administration, that he received “nothing but positive” feedback from the community, and that he was committed to Marion as long as his efforts were successful, economic development director Terry Jones resigned, citing a lack of support. “Due to the current structure of the city, my efforts could not be put to their best use and I refuse to accept anything other than my best,” he wrote in his resignation letter to city officials Wednesday.

  • Three arrested in marijuana bust

    Three individuals were jailed on drug-related charges Friday night, the culmination of a nearly eight-month investigation by Peabody police. Peabody officers, assisted by Marion police, Marion County Sheriff’s officers, and Peabody EMS personnel, executed a search warrant at 710 N. Locust St. in Peabody.


  • Santa aided by 'biker elves' at Toy Run

    A band of leather-clad “biker elves” roared down the road toting toys for underprivileged children Saturday afternoon

  • Community Christmas undeterred by chamber troubles, organizers say

    The supplies are beginning to pile up in a corner of Margo Yates’s office, as they do every year. Community Christmas, an event under the Marion Chamber of Commerce umbrella, will go off without a hitch, Yates said. As for the future of Community Christmas beyond when the chamber disbands Dec. 31, the supplies will continue to pile up as usual. Yates knows they will, she just doesn’t know whether it’ll be in the same corner of her office where they’ve been this time of year as far back as she can remember.

  • Tampa woman remembers running filling station

    A newly renovated gasoline “filling” station sits at 4th and Main Sts. in Tampa. It does not provide fuel, but it looks as good as or better than it did when it was built more than 90 years ago. David Mueller, a local farmer, purchased the derelict building in 2010 and had it restored inside and out. It was the first of several Main St. buildings he purchased and restored.

  • State puts Kansas Main Street program back in action

    United States Department of Agriculture and National Main Street announced Nov. 4 that USDA awarded Kansas Main Street, Inc. a Rural Development Grant to restart the Kansas program to benefit communities and entrepreneurs in Kansas. In a presentation at Emporia, Senator Jerry Moran and USDA representative Patty Clark announced the initiative.


  • Magdalen Dvorak

    Magdalen M. Dvorak, 96, died Nov. 3 at the St. Luke Hospital in Marion. The Rosary was recited Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion. The funeral Mass was Saturday at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Church of Pilsen. Interment followed at Pilsen Cemetery.

  • Bennett Holub

    Bennett L. “Ben” Holub, 56, died Nov. 2 at home. Services will be Friday at St. John Nepomucene Church, Holy Family Parish, Pilsen, with the Rosary at 10 a.m. and funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will follow in Pilsen Cemetery.


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  • Ex-trucker's small herd makes nice retirement income

    Lloyd Meier of rural Marion was recovering from heart surgery when he bought a registered Gelbvieh bull to use on his 30 commercial cows. Now, 23 years later, the 61-year-old cattleman has a purebred Gelbvieh herd that he developed from that first bull.

  • Milo and soybeans update

    Farmers are turning attention from soybeans harvest to cutting milo across Marion County. Phil Timken, location manager for Mid Kansas Coop Association in Peabody, said about 99-percent of soybean crops surrounding Peabody have been cut, but weather and pests have slowed milo harvest.

  • Veterinarians co-opted to fight bacteria

    Marion veterinarian Jessica Laurin had more than 100 friends join her for dinner Thursday at Lincolnville Community Center, and she prepared the main course: 60 pounds of slow-cooked beef shoulder clods. As Laurin walked among the crowd, some asked for her recipe. None asked if there were any antibiotics in the meat.

  • Merger of co-ops approved

    Stockholders of Agri Producers Inc., Tampa, overwhelmingly approved a merger with Alida Pearl Co-op of Chapman and North Central Kansas Co-op of Hope. At a special meeting Nov. 4 in Tampa, the vote was 148-1 in favor of the merger. The new co-op, which will launch March 1, will be known as Agri Trails Co-op, Inc. It will be headquartered in Hope. Kelly Novak of Tampa will be chairman of the board.


  • Honoring by advocating

    It was originally Armistice Day, not Veterans Day, meant to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when Allied forces and Germany signed the treaty that effectively brought World War I to an end. Only astute students of history pay much attention to that these days, as World War I has been eclipsed by other wars, time, and the passing of all its heroes, the last in 2012.


    Speaking of generations

    Doing the right thing, Raises absurd, Reception errors



  • Centre honor students conduct supply drive for soldiers

    Centre High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a community drive this month to collect items for care packages to be sent to Ft. Riley’s Bravo Company while they are deployed. Collection boxes have been placed in classrooms and throughout the community. Suggested donations are powdered drink mixes, gum, commercially prepared granola bars, nuts, beef jerky, trail mix, magazines, and holiday decorations — Christmas lights, garland, and mini Christmas trees.

  • Marion FFA students attend national convention

    Members of the Marion-Florence FFA Chapter traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the 88th National FFA Convention from Oct. 28 to 31. More than 65,000 students, parents, and advisors attended the annual convention. The theme for the convention was “Amplify.” Members watched at convention sessions as awards were presented to national winners, listened to retiring addresses from national FFA officers, and heard key-note addresses from Dr. Rick Rigsby and Brad Montague, creator of the famous Internet character “Kid President.”

  • Centre scholar's bowl team competes

    Centre scholars’ bowls recently participated in two competitions. The varsity competed Oct. 20 at Salina Central. The A-team consisted of Ryan August, Dylan Deines, Greg Oborny, Cole Srajer, Max Svoboda, and C.J. Thompson. They finished 0-5 in pool play.


    Centre, Marion


  • Manager, coach forge bond despite different personalities

    John Lind knew Grant Thierolf coached a sport. He just wasn’t sure which one. When he approached Thierolf for the first time, Thierolf could have guessed Lind wouldn’t become one of his players. “He was a long, gangly freshman who had an interest in sports, but it wasn’t really a burning desire to do things,” Thierolf said.


  • Calendar of events

  • Cemetery board to meet

    Prairie Lawn Cemetery board will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Peabody City Building. Topics for discussion or action will be payroll and payables, burials, and any cemetery concerns, suggestions, or problems.

  • TEEN to meet


  • Paradise Lost, WWI postcards delivered

    Betty Ireland of Florence doesn’t like to answer calls with unfamiliar numbers. One day in mid-October, Ireland got such a call. She didn’t answer. She ignored another from the same number the next day.

  • War memories still trouble Vietnam vet

    Being a soldier on an army base in South Vietnam during the Vietnamese War meant having a gun handy at all times, Ron Hajek of Lost Springs recalled. He wasn’t a combat soldier but worked as a mechanic maintaining army trucks. Even so, he never felt safe.

  • Wall honors fallen soldiers

    “Remembering the Fallen,” a traveling wall honoring service members from Kansas who have died in wars since the September 11 terror attacks, arrived Sunday in Hillsboro for a weeklong display at Hillsboro American Legion Post 366. Post information officer Randy Frank coordinated the memorial’s visit, and his efforts were as personal as they were patriotic.


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