• Deployed army captain surprises family

    Being away from family for months at a time has become a common experience for 40-year-old Army Captain Jose Espinoza of Lincolnville, but as he gets older, it gets harder and harder. “It’s tough and getting more and more difficult,” he said. “Now, all I want to do is come home.”

  • Asphalt crumbles, road rots

    Eddie Schmidt isn’t happy with the deteriorating asphalt road that runs past his home. Lane-wide craters are patched with gravel. “It’s really bad,” Schmidt said. “It’s about half gravel now.”

  • Higgins book signing brings relationship renewal with treasured mentors

    Teresa Hett Higgins’ life has been full of surprises, spanning the range of joyous to traumatic, and as she talked with family and friends while promoting her new book Friday at Marion City Library, another good surprise walked through the door. “I didn’t think she’d recognize me,” Bill Lindsay Jr. of Wichita said. “The last time she saw me I think I weighed 100 pounds and had bushy hair. The last time I’ve seen them is probably 35 years ago.”

  • Sentencing slated in rape case

    One-time Peabody honor student Malachi Lee Hunsucker, accused of multiple counts of rape and criminal sodomy involving a child younger than 14, accepted a plea agreement last week that will dismiss most of those charges and result in a reduced sentence on a single count of rape. Hunsucker is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 21 after he entered a plea agreement Oct. 20 on a charge of rape.

  • Lovelady 20, skunks 1

    If there’s something foul at Marion County Club, who you gonna call? Joe Lovelady.

  • Preacher's wife faces domestic battery charge

    Anastasia Farha, 33, Hillsboro, was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery after a verbal argument over chewing tobacco allegedly turned to physical blows at N. Washington St. in Hillsboro. Officer John Huebert investigated at 4 p.m. Oct. 15.

  • Pedestrian arrested on drug charges

    A Marion woman is back in jail after being free to roam the community for about a week. At approximately 8:40 p.m. Saturday, officer Mike Stone allegedly observed Amy Park, 29, walking in the roadway in an unsafe manor on Main St. between Freeborn and Roosevelt Sts.


  • Cold weather rule in effect, city exempt from rule

    The cold weather rule, which helps people avoid utility disconnection during winter months, will be in effect Nov. 1 through March 31. Marion and Hillsboro’s city electric utilities are exempt from the rule, but other electric and natural gas utilities in the county must comply.

  • Sentencing due Dec. 5 in indecent liberties

    A Burns man charged with multiple counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and criminal sodomy will be sentenced Dec. 5 on two of the charges. Daniel Scott Huls II, 33, signed a written agreement Oct. 17 to plead no contest to two charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

  • No U-turn sign requested for Main St.

    Marion resident Phyllis Zorn, a reporter at this newspaper, requested a No U-turn sign be installed at First and Main Sts. Monday at a city council meeting because of safety issues she noted at the intersection. When driving north on First St. Zorn said that visibility of oncoming traffic coming from the west is often defeated by parked cars in a lot owned by Webster Auto Services.

  • CG&S board approves merger with MKC

    Cooperative Grain and Supply announced Monday that its board of directors has approved a merger between CG&S and Mid-Kansas Cooperative, based in Moundridge. Informational meetings are planned for CG&S members, followed by a special meeting Nov. 22 to vote on the merger.


  • Cruise lovers came from as far as New Zealand

    Ben Wilson is a “car wrangler.” He scours the world for vehicles for the film and advertising industry. Escaping the summer heat of their Auckland, New Zealand home, Wilson and his wife, Lea, were in Kansas visiting friend and old car enthusiast Paul Kruse in Gypsum.

  • Clear coat is necessary in DIY paint jobs

    Faded spots and peeling paint are common indicators that a vehicle needs a touchup or new paint job. Arlie Overton of Arlie’s Collision Specialists in Marion said ultraviolet sunrays are usually the culprit of paint wear and tear.

  • Prepare a car to go far

    A little preparation will take you far when it comes to winter driving. Simple steps like checking a car’s battery, antifreeze, belts, and hoses can ward off sitting in a cold car and trying without success to get the engine to turn over, Eldon Kaiser, service manager at Midway Motors in Hillsboro, said.

  • This jeep is no Barbie jeep

    While many young kids dream of owning their own pint sized Barbie Jeep, 4-year-old Charlotte Silhan of Hillsboro thinks big: she has her own life-sized Jeep. Her parents, Fred and Staci Silhan, who own the Jeep, have designated it for her in their will.


  • Leslie Broadstreet

    Leslie R. Broadstreet, 99, died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Marion Christian Church, and interment will be at Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • John Rempel

    John Rempel, 94, died Monday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at The Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. A funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Salem Home Chapel in Hillsboro.


    Katie Funk Wiebe



  • The master of light

    Professional photographers know that one thing matters more than anything else when creating captivating images: Light. A photo is nothing more than a capture of reflected light, and the more intimate one is with light’s myriad qualities, the more one’s photos reflect the qualities of fine art. Light is the paint of a master photographer who splashes it here, dabs it there, shades and shapes it to their will.


    Judges should go, Support for Levi Morris, Support for Schwartz

    The Charter Club


  • Producing a pumpkin bumper crop

    Several stories lie behind the fall scene displayed at the Alfred and Donna Beneke farm along U.S.56/77 at 320th Rd. A scarecrow of a man riding an old bicycle is pulling two carts filled with large pumpkins. The display was created by Donna Beneke’s son, Troy Peterson of Lincolnville.

  • County democrats meet

    Marion County Democrats met on Oct. 16 in the Santa Fe room at Marion City Library. Chair Eileen Sieger conducted the business meeting, and members discussed and prepared an ad featuring candidates Jo Schwartz and Levi Morris.

  • Schafers gives presentation to Neo-Century Club

    Madonna Schafers gave a program about Bluestem Art Guild at Neo-Century Club on Oct. 3 at Hilltop Manor. Schafers presented various paintings in watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal.

  • Carrithers to speak at 3 Days for God

    Eastmoor and Valley United Methodist churches invite the public to attend “3 Days for God,” a revival Nov. 6-8 featuring former pastor of Valley and Lincolnville United Methodist churches Lance Carrithers. Carrithers will speak at 9:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 6, noon Nov. 7, and 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. He also will speak at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, and a men’s breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at Valley United Methodist Church.

  • CMBS to hold genealogy workshop Nov. 5

    The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College will hold its second genealogy seminar at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 in the Tabor library conference room. “We were overwhelmed by the positive response of our initial seminar last spring and have decided to create a series of workshops as a result,” director of CMBS Peggy Goertzen said.


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

    Musicians honored, Senior menu


  • Slow down and buckle up

    In effort to raise driver safety, Marion police officers will be extra vigilant in patrolling school zones next week between Monday and Friday. “In the health field they talk about making sure children have received their immunizations to prevent deadly diseases,” police chief Tyler Mermis said. “But what many parents don’t think about is that wearing a seatbelt properly is the best prevention of serious injury or death in a vehicle.”

  • Swimmer is keynote speaker at FFA convention

    Fifteen Centre FFA members and their advisers attended the 89th annual National FFA Convention Oct. 19 through Saturday in Indianapolis, Indiana. Diana Nyad, the keynote speaker at the opening session, gave a message about the power of the human spirit. She told how, after five attempts, she swam from Cuba to the Florida Keys without a shark cage.

  • Marion-Florence FFA attend national convention

    Members of Marion-Florence FFA traveled Oct. 21 to 23 to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 89th National FFA convention. Members attending from Marion were Raleigh Kroupa, Cade Alleven, Devin Soyez, Shelby Cairns, and Cassie Meyer. Mark Meyer and Salem Cairns were sponsors.

  • Prickett to perform vocal recital at Tabor

    Soprano Amy Prickett will perform a vocal recital at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Tabor College Chapel. The recital is open to the public free of charge.

  • Area school menus


  • Warriors defeat Trojans with late surge

    For three quarters Friday, Marion and Hillsboro footballers stood toe-to-toe exchanging blows, with Marion holding a scant 12-6 edge. Then the Trojans blinked, and as fast as you can say “Jack Schneider and Brice Shults,” the Warriors were gone, taking with them a 42-14 victory.

  • Marion volleyball bows out at Riley substate

    After suffering an upset first-round exit last year, Marion headed to substate volleyball Saturday at Riley County determined to change the script. Seeded fourth, the Lady Warriors took on fifth-seed Southeast of Saline, a team they lost to in 3 games in September.

  • Warriors runners cross season's finish line

    Marion runners faced a new course and new competition in 3A cross-country regionals Saturday at Canning Creek Cove at Council Grove Reservoir. With cool temperatures, clear skies, and a light breeze, coach Dmitry Bucklin said the team could not have asked for a better day to run, but unfortunately, the season ended at the finish line.

  • Cougars win action-packed game

    There was no end to exciting plays Friday at Bud Peterson Field as the Centre Cougars defeated Valley Falls, 80-46. Coach Matt Warta said every one of his 19 players saw some action.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Marion kids get double candy options

    Kids in Marion have two options for getting candy over the Halloween weekend. Truck or Treat will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in Central Park at part of a fundraiser for the Marion Elementary School playground. Brody Caster Band will then perform a free show from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Military pilgrimage to be Veterans Day

  • World Community Day luncheon is Nov. 4

    A soup luncheon to celebrate World Community Day will be at noon Nov. 4 at Marion Presbyterian Church. The theme, “Sharing Gifts at the Table,” will highlight scripture, music, a monologue by “The Talking Table,” and reports of missions available for local community members.


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