• There's a job out there that's waiting for Ella

    Ella Jost is a lot like other 13-year-old girls, but Down syndrome also makes her unique. While the parents of Ella’s peers dream about their kids becoming doctors, lawyers, or successful entrepreneurs, Kimberlee Jost, Ella’s mom, has grappled with an uncertain future.

  • Hundreds flock to Elgin hotel

    Tammy and Jeremy Ensey opened the doors of the Historic Elgin Hotel to visitors Sunday, and the crush of more than 300 curious people roaming the lobby, ballroom, and guest rooms far exceeded expectations. “We’ve had so many people ask about when we were going to have an open house that I think it was expected,” Tammy Ensey said. “I am overwhelmed by the response.”

  • Tased and confused

    A bewildered buck likely owes police a debt of thanks after officers used a Taser to shock it and ultimately help free it from a slack clothesline that threatened its life Friday in Marion. At about 2:45 a.m., Sarah Tolessa alerted law enforcement that a deer had become ensnared in a clothesline that was tethered to a tree in her yard in the 100 block of Locust St.

  • Area quilters use their craft to show vets honor and gratitude

    There was a time when the vacant space above Great Plains Computers and Networking in Marion was a place of honor, once the home of the local American Legion post. It became such a place again Saturday when more than a dozen women toted sewing machines, tables, irons, and fabric up the wide wooden staircase to spend the day making quilts for military service members.

  • Commissioners talk new radio system

    A new emergency radio system will go into effect piece by piece throughout the county, giving city police departments and fire departments time to figure out how to buy required 800 MHz radios. Sheriff Rob Craft said he needs to get dispatch capable for the system commissioners voted to approve a few months ago. When the new system goes live, the existing system will need to be kept operable until other emergency departments get their radios replaced, Craft said.

  • A preview of the library's Christmas Home Tour

    Four uniquely decorated destinations await patrons of Marion City Library’s annual Christmas home Tour on Dec. 4. Cowboys and crosses, 20 Christmas stockings, a home light by candlelight, and a historic hotel are some highlights of the tour.

  • City sponsors lighting contest

    The Christmas season could be brighter and more creative because a city-sponsored Christmas lighting contest will offer prizes to the three best outdoor lighting displays in town. Marion city council members voted Monday to award $500 to a first-place winner, $300 to a second-place winner, and $100 to a third-place winner after outdoor lighting displays are judged.


  • Water and street projects on to-do list

    Additions and touch-ups to streets as well as work on water and sewer systems are on a list of future projects proposed by public works superintendent Marty Fredrickson. Fredrickson on Monday presented city council members a list of proposed projects, one to be undertaken in 2018 and the rest with no particular timeline.

  • Deer no match for trio of 13-year-old girls toting crossbows

    How does one tell the story of three middle school girls, hunting deer with crossbows, who each killed a buck in a week’s time? Factor in that they are best friends. All are avid hunters, taught by their fathers. They are an unusual bunch, but confident of their abilities and skills with a crossbow. They know how to be patient and how to follow a blood trail after they have hit their deer.

  • Giftcards are new currency for scammers

    A recent warning from the Federal Trade Commission prohibits telemarketers from requesting wired money or prepaid card numbers over the phone. Now, scammers are getting around the rule by asking for a different form of payment — gift cards. The Kansas Attorney General’s office has received numerous reports in recent months of consumers being asked by telephone or online scammers to pay for things using gift cards, often in very large amounts.

  • Online concealed carry courses not valid for Kansas licensing

    Online concealed carry courses do not satisfy legal requirements to obtain a concealed carry license in Kansas, attorney general David Schmidt reports. Schmidt’s office became aware of advertising offering online concealed carry courses that appear to be marketed to Kansans, but to qualify for a Kansas concealed carry license, Kansans must complete a training program as outlined by Kansas law.

  • RadioShack giftcard deadline looms

    Holders of unused Radio Shack gift cards have until Dec. 2 to file for a refund for unused gift cards. Consumers must file a claim for a refund under the terms of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court order. Giftcards purchased from RadioShack, RadioShack’s website, or any authorized sellers will be refunded for the entire balance. Cards acquired any other way will not be treated as a priority claim.


  • Hands free communication makes driving safer

    Cellphones and cars can be a dangerous mix, but auto manufacturers have created ways to integrate them for safer travel. Bluetooth wireless connective technology has been the tool for connecting drivers with the world while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

  • KHP encourages and gives tips for safer Thanksgiving travel

    More law enforcement officers will be on Kansas highways and streets over Thanskgiving weekend. Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement organizations will conduct a special traffic enforcement program focused on impaired drivers, child passenger safety laws, and seat belt use among travelers throughout the holiday weekend.

  • Taking the edge off traveling with kids

    Traveling to see family or take a weekend vacation can be a challenge with young children in the car. Parents need to ensure children’s safety and keep them from becoming a distraction to the driver.


  • Eugene Ecklund

    Former farmer and rancher Eugene V. “Gene” Ecklund, 79, Herington, died Nov. 1 at Council Grove. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilsey Christian Church in Wilsey. A private burial will take place at a later date.

  • Dot Herbel

    Gwydotta “Dot” Herbel, 97, died Nov. 12 in Eugene, Oregon. She was born Dec. 8, 1918, to C.M. and Lydia DeLair in Oketo.

  • Dorothy Horsch

    Dorothy Marie Horsch, 84, of Manhattan, formerly of Marion, died Nov. 15 at Via Christi Health Center, Manhattan. She was born July 14, 1932, to James Phillip and Mabel Frances (Leger) Callahan in Manhattan. She attended Msgr. Luckey High School, and graduated from Marymount College, Salina, with a bachelor’s in chemistry. She worked as a medical technician at St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita.

  • Lois Perkins

    Former homemaker Lois L. Perkins, 102, of McPherson, died Friday in McPherson. She was born July 30, 1914, to Hardy Wallace and Barbara Lucretia (Burns) Fortner in McPherson.

  • Lorrine Walsh

    Lorrine L. Walsh, 82, died Nov. 15 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. A funeral service was Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Wakeeney. Interment was at Wakeeney City Cemetery.


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  • Thanks for giving

    Voices around the county will be lifted in grateful prayers Thursday as thanks are given for the many blessings we’ve been granted individually and collectively. Since we publish on Wednesdays, I get the chance to jump start the festivities, and there’s no better place to start than thanking the givers.


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  • It's a dog's life at Westview Manor

    There’s nothing more heartwarming for a pet lover than spending time with their beloved pet. The positive effect animals have for patients at nursing homes has been more recognized in recent years, leading to the facilities being more inviting to animals.

  • Collett clan holds annual reunion

    Fifty-eight Collett descendants met Oct. 9 at Marion County Lake Hall for their annual reunion. After sharing a potluck lunch and Marge Collett’s homemade ice-cream, a short business meeting was held. A donation to the Collett Family Scholarship for Rural Education, honoring six generations that have served public education in Kansas, was approved. Kathy Collett was elected president and Konnie Schuman was elected secretary.

  • Kirkpatrick, Acker to wed April 22

    Mr. and Mrs. Duane and Lori Kirkpatrick of Marion and Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Theresa Whalen of Abilene announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Matthew Ryan Kirkpatrick and Danielle Kaye Acker. The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Daniel Acker, and is a graduate of Chapman High School.

  • PEO Chapter DB meets

    P.E.O. Chapter DB met November 21 at the Santa Fe Room at the Marion City Library with 16 members present. Deanna Thierholf and Marge Summervill served as co-hostesses and served pumpkin pie to members.

  • Tabor College instrumental concert cancelled

    An instrumental Christmas concert at Tabor College scheduled for Dec. 1 has been canceled. The public is invited to attend Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.


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    Co-op members gather at senior center, Senior menu


  • MES playground gets boost from co-op

    Marion Elementary School principal Justin Wasmuth when Cooperative Grain and Supply representatives presented a $4,000 check last week to support efforts to upgrade the school’s playground. “It’s great to have somebody like that who knows it’s important and helps us out,” Wasmuth said. “We don’t have as many resources as big cities do, so having the cooperative jump in and give us something like this is really, really big. It means a lot.”

  • Centre preps for active shooter response

    Centre administration is stepping up the district’s ability to protect students and staff against the possibility of an active shooter incident. “It’s really important in today’s world to have the tools to be ready for any kinds of incidents we could face,” Superintendent Susan Beeson said. “We need to know how to best provide safety for all.”

  • Schools raise more than 2 tons of food

    The results of “Food Fight to Knock Out Hunger in Marion County” are in, and the winners are clear. Thanks to the efforts of USD 408 and 410 students, hungry families across the county have access to 5,177 pounds of food that wasn’t available before. Marion County Food Bank and Resource Center officials dubbed the event a “friendly completion” between school districts. Students competed in the food challenge from Oct. 21 until Friday.

  • Centre FFA learns about dairy

    Centre FFA members participated Nov. 16 in the South Central District FFA dairy cattle competition at Winfield. Jensen Riffel, Dalton Stika, Emma David, Makayla Forichette, Athena Salamone, and Haley Meyer competed in milk quality and products. They identified cheeses and milks and tested milk samples and milk fat content.

  • Family donates to robotics program

    The three-year-old Centre High School robotics program has gotten a boost from two parents interested in promoting its growth. George and Jennifer Miller’s son, Jordan, was in the beginner class as a freshman and now is in the advanced class.

  • Nelson graduates from KU

    Ernest Nelson of Marion graduated over the summer from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism along with a business minor. Nelson was one of 950 summer graduates from KU.

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