• Prices drop, labels change with grocery merger

    The recent merger of two cooperative grocery distribution businesses that supply three county grocery stores seems to be garnering a favorable response from store owners and customers overall. Affiliated Foods Midwest Cooperative, Inc., a retailer-owned cooperative that supplied more than 800 stores in 15 states including Carlsons’ Grocery, Dale’s Supermarket, and Peabody Market, merged with Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., a cooperative that supplied more than 3,000 stores in 30 states.

  • Teenager allegedly steals gun, threatens 3

    A Hillsboro teen was arrested last week after allegedly stealing a gun and threatening the lives of three people with it. At approximately 7:25 p.m. Nov. 23, Clayton Tate Lingenfelter, 18, Hillsboro, allegedly took a Savage .22 rifle, valued at $300, that belonged to Cassidy Johnson, an acquaintance, without permission, according to Hillsboro police chief Dan Kinning.

  • Big rigs banned from dam

    Large motor homes, fifth-wheelers, and other large vehicles are now too heavy to cross the dam at Marion Reservoir. The road across the dam now has a six-ton weight limit.

  • Woman faces aggravated battery charge

    Terry Tucker, 52, of Peabody was arrested Friday, at her home at 213 E. Division St. and charged with alleged aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. The incident allegedly took place at the residence of Steven Holdren, 404 N. Elm St.

  • Librarians convince Santa to answer children's Christmas letters

    The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the hearts of two Marion librarians with a direct line to Santa Claus. Janet Marler, Marion City Library director, and librarian Joan Winter have interacted with Santa for at least a decade, which is but a blip in time to Old St. Nick considering he is believed by some to be about 1,746 years old.

  • MKC merger no go, co-op moves on

    A proposal merger of Cooperative Grain and Supply with Mid-Kansas Cooperative fell short Nov. 22 when CG&S members failed to muster the necessary votes for approval. A two-thirds majority vote was required for the resolution to pass, and with 268 members in attendance, the resolution failed with the vote split 136 in favor of and 129 against the merger.

  • Unique finds draw shoppers to Marion

    Shoppers flocked to Marion stores on Black Friday looking for unique gifts not to be found at big box retailers. The aisles of St. Luke Auxiliary Shoppe were crowded to the point shoppers were having difficulty getting past other shoppers Friday.


  • Recipe contest: There's nothing like food for the holidays

  • 'Tunnel of lights' returns to lake

    A Christmas lights display that was a formerly much-loved tradition is making a comeback this year. After a two-year lapse, residents of Hill Rd. at Marion County Park and Lake will again display a street full of holiday lights and welcome visitors on one special evening.

  • Students get into the giving spirit

    Centre Elementary School third- and fourth-grade students spent one day recently creating crafts and greeting cards to sell as a fundraiser for gifts for needy children. “We wanted to teach the kids about giving to others,” third-grade teacher Karen Nickel said. “It’s about empathy, because not everybody has it as good as we do.”

  • History buffs set sights on country schools

    Jim Bredemeier of Marion was researching Luta Creek, also known as Brook Luta, Luta Brook, Muddy Creek, and Mud Creek, on historical maps, when he noticed the proclivity of country schools that once existed in Marion County. “I realized my parents saying they walked five miles to school was not true,” he said. “Schools often were two or three miles apart and no more than four.”


  • Lloyd Dalke

    Lloyd David Dalke, 79, died Nov. 27 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born July 25, 1937 to Jacob E. and Edna F. (Klein) Dalke in Hillsboro.

  • Ginger Garcia-Ledford

    Ginger M. Garcia-Ledford, 58, died Nov. 6 at her home in Hillsboro. She was born Oct. 4, 1958, to Andrew and Delores (Anduss) Twombly in Hugoton. She was a homemaker.

  • Taylor LeeAnn Miller

    Taylor LeeAnn Miller, 13, died Nov. 12 in Lincoln, Nebraska, as a result of an accident. She was born April 10, 2003, to Patricia (Hokanson) Miller and Kelly Miller, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Irvin Reimer

    Irvin Reimer, 94, died Thursday at Bethesda Home in Goessel. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel.

  • Milford Stovall

    Former Peabody gas station owner Milford D. Stovall of Newton died Thursday at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.


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  • Distracted is dangerous

    Readers are what every newspaper craves, but thoughtful readers who can set us straight when we veer off course are even better. Marion physician Don Hodson is such a reader, politely but firmly taking us to task in a note he sent about our article titled “Hands-free communication makes driving safer” in last week’s paper. It doesn’t, he said, and a quick research review prompted by his note backs that up.

  • 'Tis the season of scams

    It’s the busiest time of year for scammers to try to take money out of people’s pockets. Perhaps that’s why my roommate got a call from someone with a heavy accent claiming she’d won a huge prize from a well-known magazine marketer. He said he was calling to check if she’d been notified before. She said no, and he put her on hold while he “checked with someone else.”


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    Car calls aren't safe


  • Millses celebrate 50th anniversary

    Randy and Judy (Strait) Mills of Florence will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 3. They have owned and operated Doyle Creek Land and Cattle Company and have been residents of Florence for 47 years.

  • 20th Century Club meets

    Thirteen members answered roll call by telling historical facts about Marion and Marion County at a 20th Century Club meeting Nov. 7 at Wagon Wheel Café in Marion. Karen Regnier and Macky Taylor were hostesses. After dinner, Marion Historical Museum Director Peggy Blackman shared historical facts she has discovered in her research. Blackman also was welcomed as a new member.

  • Bina granddaughter receives track scholarship

    Shania Ford, a Marlin (Texas) High School senior, has been awarded a track scholarship to attend Stephen F. Austin University in Ford is one of the state’s top prep performers at 800 meters and 400 meters, and also runs on a 4x400 relay.

  • Hett descendants give thanks

    Ninety-three descendents of the John Hett family gathered at Aulne United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall for Thanksgiving dinner. Guests Barbara O’Sullivan of Wichita and Sylvia Helmer of Marion also attended the meal.


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

    Seniors celebrate iconic rodent's birthday, Senior menu


  • Scholars finish 3-2 at Tescott

    The Centre varsity scholars’ bowl team won three matches and lost two Monday at Tescott. Kate Basore was top scorer with 70 points, followed by Brendon Bina, 60, and Greg Oborny, 50. Max Svoboda and Jensen Riffel scored 20 points each. Grace Peterson is the other member of the team.

  • Centre students sell poinsettias

    Students are will sell three varieties of poinsettias from 9 a.m. to noon in the 16th annual holiday sale Saturday at Centre High School greenhouse. “Students have put in hours of hard work,” horticulture teacher Jon Meyer said. “They have taken care of watering and spacing of pots and have learned to determine what will help their plants grow the best.”

  • Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H report

    Lincolnville Wide Awake 4-H club was called to order Nov. 13 by president Rebecca Casey asking members to answer a roll call question, “What is your favorite sport?” Nine members, three leaders, and four parents answered. Emily Casey read a treasurer report, and a donation was given by Dan Peterson to buy project book boxes. Eric Carlson gave a presentation on rocketry.

  • Area school menus


  • New Warriors hoops coach ready to get going

    If Marion Warriors’ first-year head coach Randy Skiles can channel his feelings about being in Marion into his team’s performance, the Warriors will be tough to beat. “I’m excited about being in Marion,” Skiles said. “So far, it’s been a great move. This is a great district as far as having supportive administrators, great teachers, and the kids are good. Overall, I’ve been really impressed.”

  • Marion girls looking to reload

    What’s a coach to do when one of the best teams of recent years graduates seven of its eight top players? For Marion Lady Warriors coach Kelly Robson, the answer is obvious.

  • New coach has veteran team

    Tyler McMichael, the Marion Warriors’ new head wrestling coach, anticipates the team will do great things this year if all goes according to plan. “We expect quite a bit out of this team, especially the veteran wrestlers who went to state last year,” McMichael said. “I can see them doing a lot of great things.”

  • Seven back as Centre aims for better campaign

    Although the Centre boys’ basketball team improved its record last year over the previous year, it ended with a losing record of 7-14 overall. Richard Idleman, in his second year as head coach, is hoping to change that this year.

  • Small Centre Cougars team to compete in bigger lead

    With just 11 girls out for basketball this year, coach Alan Stahlecker still believes they can be competitive in the Wheat State League, especially as the season progresses and they gain experience. They will face two new league teams, Herington and Canton-Galva, bringing the number of teams in the league to 10.

  • Trojans poised to keep foes off-base

    After 28 years at the helm of the Hillsboro Trojans boys’ basketball program, coach Darrel Knoll still likes to keep opposing teams guessing. That was a hallmark of last year’s team, with different players taking on the load as the season wore on, and Knoll has a number of those players back.

  • Hillsboro girls seek firepower

    One question looms larger than any other as Hillsboro Lady Trojans coach Nathan Hiebert prepares his team for the upcoming season: Where are the points going to come from? Graduation took away Alex Ratzlaff and Tassanee Sanchez, Hillsboro’s top scorers last year. Among Hiebert’s returning players, none averaged more than 5 points per game.

  • Young wrestling team focuses on basics

    For the most part, building up wrestling basics will be at the heart of the Hillsboro Trojans program this season. “We have a young and very inexperienced team this year,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “We’re looking for ways and working on drills to help improve and increase the learning curve.”

  • Goessel girls shoot for state

    Goessel girls’ athletics has established a reputation for excellence in recent years, and state basketball coaches have noticed, tabbing the Bluebirds fifth in the Class 1A Division 1 preseason rankings. The ranking isn’t as important to coach Ryan Hoopes as is the culture of high expectations that drives his players to excel.

  • Goessel boys count on speed and versatility

    Preseason is a time when “coachspeak” rules, and words such as teamwork and determination fly about the court as wildly as basketballs in a pre-game shoot-around. Kids looking for individual glory often don’t take heed of such talk, but watching and listening to Goessel’s boys team, sixth-year coach Curtis Guhr has evidently gotten through.

  • Warriors boys back up to normal numbers

    Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball coach Caleb Good has more choices to make this year, and that’s a good thing. “This year we have a total of 18 players,” Good said. “Last year we were down in numbers compared to what it normally is.”

  • Warriors girls have older team

    Peabody-Burns Warriors girls basketball team is older this year as only four new members join the squad. The team also has five seniors, who coach Scott Bauer hopes will continue what last year’s three graduating seniors left behind.

  • Old rivals could meet in Marion Classic tourney

    Basketball fans could see Warriors mayhem when Marion and Peabody-Burns compete in the Marion Classic six-team basketball tournament next week at the Sports and Aquatic Center. Potential match ups of the two schools will depend on the outcome of pool play Monday through Friday. Marion boys and girls are grouped with Berean Academy and Wichita Homeschool, while Peabody-Burns, Eureka, and Remington. Any contests between the rival Warriors squads would be during Saturday’s six-game marathon finale.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Santa Claus to visit Marion library twice

    Be they naughty or nice, children have two chances to whisper their holiday wishes to Santa Claus at Marion City Library. Santa and Mrs. Claus will in the Santa Fe Room from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. While visiting, children also have the opportunity to make a craft.

  • Santa to visit Florence

    Santa is coming to Florence Saturday. He will arrive at 6 p.m. at the Florence City Building to visit with children. Refreshments will be served. Parents also can take pictures of their children with Santa. This event is sponsored by the Florence Chamber of Commerce.

  • Learn to make Christmas repurposed decorations

    Janell Holter will show patrons how to repurpose and update Christmas decorations at noon Dec. 7 during a Lunch ‘n Learn session at Marion City Library. Cost is $5. Reservation must be made by Friday. To attend, call the library at (620) 382-2442.

  • Live nativity Dec. 17 and 18

    Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship will share their annual living nativity, Night in the Barn, from 6 to 8 p.m Dec. 17 and 18 in the barn of Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen between Goessel and Hillsboro on Falcon Rd. north of 150th Rd. A goat, a cow and calf, a sheep, and a baby and donkeys are a few of the critters who will be in the nativity.


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