• End in sight for jail tax?

    The county’s half-cent sales tax that raises half a million dollars a year can pay off the jail bonds five years early, but commissioners talked through options Thursday for keeping the tax on the books. The county needs about $2.2 million to pay off the bonds and currently has about $1.9 million in the bank, according David Arteberry, an adviser and underwriter on bond issues from George K. Baum & Company.

  • Counties offer EMS options

    After increasing the EMS budget for 2018 by 42 percent over 2017, Marion County residents could end up paying more for ambulance service than 11 Kansas counties closest in population. And that’s after commissioners took another look at the budget and slashed about $165,000 from personnel, intended to come from about $248,000 in overtime pay Information on 2017 budgets, derived from Kansas Department of Revenue, for Allen, Bourbon, Brown, Cloud, Jackson, Linn, Marion, Marshall, Nemaha, Osage, Pratt, and Rice counties, was provided to the newspaper by Randy Collett and Anthony Roy, economic development directors for Marion and Hillsboro.

  • Two sisters, one dream: Flint Hills Market and Bakery has new owners

    Nestled in an old, historic opera house on the edge of Kansas’ Flint Hills are two sisters living out their dream as the newest owners and bakers at Flint Hills Market and Bakery in Florence. Katie Claassen, 23, and her sister, Kami Claassen, 18, reopened the business May 30 after building owner, Judy Mills, closed the doors to the shop May 1 after losing her main baker to Mennonite mission.

  • From accidents to malaria: ER doctor headed to Uganda

    A Marion emergency room physician will spend two weeks treating patients with malaria, head and back pain, injuries, and the like when he goes to Uganda with Medical Missions Foundation. This month Don Hodson will make his fourth trip to Uganda to work in a medical clinic outside the city of Gulu in northern Uganda.

  • Marion man charged with June indecent liberties

    A Marion man was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child. According to Marion Assistant Chief Clinton Jeffrey, the victim was under 14 at the time of the June incident.


  • County considers contracting road repair

    The county’s road and bridge crews may contract out maintenance work next summer, even if contractors are more expensive than doing the work themselves. Jesse Hamm, road and bridge supervisor, told commissioners Thursday that Circle C Paving of Goddard approached him earlier this year offering to do contract work for 43 miles of chip seal. They would have charged $80,000 for the work if the county bought the material and oil.

  • West Nile found in Kansas' mosquito population

    Mosquitoes in Sedgwick, Reno, Shawnee, and Johnson counties tested by Kansas Department of Health and Environment have tested positive for West Nile virus. West Nile virus is spread by the bite of a mosquito but does not spread from person to person. Symptoms range from slight headache and low fever to meningitis. In rare cases, West Nile virus infections are fatal.

  • Burdick parade honors longtime fireman, leader

    Firemen from nine area fire districts brought 17 vehicles to Burdick’s Labor Day parade to honor Burdick fire chief Glenn Carlson, who died Aug. 14. Burdick, Lost Springs, Lincolnville, Tampa, Herington, Dunlap, Wilsey, Delavan, and White City fire departments participated.

  • Minute by minute

    Commissioners spent half an hour split across two meetings jousting about minutes that included an argument between Dianne Novak and EMS director Ed Debesis, leading to a discussion over the purpose of minutes and one commissioner suggesting a shorter official record. Novak objected to the portrayal of a 30-minute argument during Debesis’ presentation Aug. 21 focused on her public comments on EMS, especially overtime pay.

  • Muzzleloaders hold rendezvous at Florence

    A three-day event at Florence during Labor Day weekend took participants and onlookers back to frontier days. Flint Hills Muzzleloaders Club was formed in the 1970s by people who love spending time living the pioneer lifestyle and shooting the types of guns pioneers used. In the mid-1980s, the club moved its gathering place to Florence, club treasurer and former president Lynn Schmidt of Marion said.


  • Mary Ann Biehler

    Graveside services for Mary Ann Biehler, 80, of McPherson, who died Aug. 29 at McPherson Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. today at St. John Nepomucene Cemetery, Pilsen. A burial mass was held this morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, McPherson. Born March 5, 1937, to Harry R. and Irene Mary (Belton) Miller in Durham, she graduated from Lincolnville High School in 1955. She attended Hutchinson Community College and graduated from Friends University, Wichita. She and Duane Biehler were married May 18, 1957.

  • Frieda Birkle

    Services for Frieda Birkle, 95, of Hillsboro, who died Thursday at Salem Home, were Tuesday at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Interment was at Lehigh Mennonite Cemetery. Born Jan. 19, 1922, to George and Hattie (Guhr) Martens in Lehigh, she married Jake Birkle on Dec. 13, 1941, in Lehigh.


    Jesse Branson, Sylvia Unger

    Felna Crawford



  • Horses have unique personalities

    Sabrina Shields of Lincolnville enjoys riding horses. She said she doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t have a horse. She likes everything about horses and is intrigued by their unique personalities. “I’ve been bucked off five times, kicked, stepped on, and bit,” she said. “When that happens, it just makes me more determined.”

  • Transition into fall gardening

    As summer winds down and as the last vegetables in summer gardens are picked, it is an ideal time to transition into fall gardening, which Serenity Gardens owner Jana Dalke considers the best time of year to garden. “It’s just time,” Dalke said. “It’s time to clean up and spruce up. Once that hottest part of the season is over, it’s time. It’s best to get into the garden as soon as you can to get it as well established as you can before winter hits.”

  • Brothers return to family farm, start businesses

    When the Hajek brothers were growing up on the farm west of Lost Springs, they helped their father, Ron, do fieldwork and feed cattle. Part of the work was chopping corn and forage to fill the trench silo for winter feeding. Little did they know that they would end up doing it in partnership as their life’s work. At first, they used a two-row chopper pulled by a tractor and fed into a silage wagon. It was tedious work, taking a week or more. Then they purchased a three-row self-propelled chopper, and the boys thought they were in heaven.

  • County 4-Hers are off to state fair

    Numerous area 4-Hers are planning to take projects to the Kansas State Fair. Brooke Nafziger, an 8-year member of Goessel Goal Getters 4-H, will take her self-portrait drawing that won grand champion at the county fair and a dress she sewed that also took honors.


  • Decisions have not been made?

    If you haven’t yet done so, we encourage you to read the letter from Gloria Ash printed elsewhere on this page. Some will undoubtedly nod heads in agreement as she sternly takes us to task for last week’s article and commentary in which we publically used former Marion officer Lee Vogel’s name for the first time since June’s tragic shooting death of Robb Stewart of Lehigh.


    It's An Emergency

    Wrong on Vogel


  • Stitching quilts for good company, charity

    Three Marion women get together twice a week to thread needles and put their fingers to work for charity. Grace Yoder, Margaret Tice, and Mary Anne Yerion keep busy with an activity that has become a dying art. They hand-stitch quilts.

  • Fill the bus: Future taco truck taking a Texas detour

    A former school bus, or better yet a soon-to-be taco truck, is taking an extended detour from Hillsboro to Austin, Texas, to transport supplies to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. “It’s a future taco truck, but right now this is more important,” Angie Zaragoza said. She and her husband Paulo Zaragoza own the school bus and left Tuesday to take supplies they collected from residents in Hillsboro and the surrounding area.

  • A long way from dolls to a depot

    Bob Gerety’s interest in antiques started innocently enough, just looking out for dolls for a co-worker. Three decades later, the Peabody man is literally moving into the big time by relocating an old Lehigh depot that’s languished in a Walton neighborhood to a prime location nearby on US-50.

  • Kansas water photo contest launched

    Water photos to be featured at the 2017 Governor’s Water Conference in November will be chosen from photos entered in a statewide contest. Photos can portray water or its use. Irrigation, agriculture, recreation, and other water use photos can be submitted.


    Seniors enjoy produce, music, Menu

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


  • Wheeler's wheels, strong run game lead to Warrior victory

    Senior running back Corbin Wheeler ran for three touchdowns and the Marion Warriors pounded for 293 yards on the ground, but never quite put away the Moundridge Wildcats in a 36-26 season opener played in light rain. “It wasn’t pretty at all, but first games are like that,” head coach Grant Thierolf said.

  • City savvy edges country strong

    The rancher took third, the farmer second, and the “city kid” first at Florence Labor Day Barnyard Olympics put on by Marion-Florence FFA. Four senior football players — Caleb Hett, Jarret McLinden, Antone Vinduska, and Austin Neufeld — placed in the competition based on various farm and ranch activities, including roping, stacking straw, a water bucket and wheelbarrow obstacle course race, washer toss, and a hay bale throw.

  • Cougars 'just kept going'

    With just 12 players suited up for football, expectations of Centre fans were reserved as the team faced off against Little River on Friday at home. However, the Cougars were determined, and no matter how far they fell behind, they didn’t quit, finishing the game with an 8-point loss.


    Centre, Marion


  • Christian author Scot McKnight to speak at Tabor

    Members of the public, pastors, and high schoolers will have opportunities to learn about Christians as “culture creators” when Christian author and professor Scot McKnight comes to Hillsboro on Monday and Tuesday for the inaugural “Exaudio: Listen and Live” lectureship sponsored by Tabor College. A two-part series open to the public will be at 7 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Old Settler's Day theme revealed

    “Looking forward to our next century of progress!” will be this year’s Old Settlers’ Day theme. The event, sponsored by Marion Kiwanis Club, is Sept. 29 and 30.

  • Class of 1982 to hold 35th reunion at Old Settler's Day

    Old Settlers’ Day weekend will be celebrated by MHS Class of 1982 as its 35th reunion. Classmates are encouraged to participate in the golf tournament at 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Marion Country Club. Later, the group will attend the tailgate and football game at Warrior Stadium, beginning at 5 p.m.

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