• Vandals deface rainbow flag at high school

    Overnight Wednesday, vandals defaced a Marion High School senior’s parking space painted with a rainbow flag that has become a source of controversy. Marion Assistant Police Chief Clinton Jeffrey said the damage was discovered early this morning by officer Duane McCarty. Jeffrey said the act is criminal damage to property.


  • County cash budgeted, but $3 million still available

    Public perception is not quite on the money when it comes to how much county cash is available, county clerk Tina Spencer told commissioners Monday. Only $3 million of the $14.7 million of unencumbered cash reported in the county’s 2016 audit is actually available, according to a document prepared by Spencer.

  • Mysterious whiteboard makes mark on meeting

    A white marker board inscribed with green lettering greeted courthouse visitors Monday morning: “Welcome All 2nd District Voters and Residents to our Commission Meeting Except Mike Beneke,” the marker board read.

  • All school employees to receive raises

    Marion-Florence school staff will receive raises after the district received a windfall of money, but the motion was made after a questionable closed session during a special meeting of the board of education. Tuesday’s special meeting took place with only one day of notice. Two board members, Jeremiah Lange and Tim Young, were absent from the meeting.

  • Hometown superhero: TV fame outs Barry Allen as The Flash

    Breaking news: a superhero lives in Marion County and may have been your mechanic for decades, without you even knowing. The Flash, a DC Comics superhero known for exceptional speed, has put his talents to use at Webster Auto Service in Marion.

  • A sticky situation: $20,000 worth of bees, equipment stolen

    Bill and Candy Vinduska’s custom-built trailer holding 18 active beehives was sitting outside of a sunflower field near the Marion/Harvey county line to help pollinate the crop when it was stolen between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday. The Vinduskas, who have been beekeeping for about 20 years, said they are confident their bees, equipment, and trailer worth a combined value of $20,000 was not stolen by another beekeeper, but rather a thief from an urban area.

  • Part-time police to bolster Marion patrols

    People in Marion accustomed to five familiar faces of their police will have more officers to remember now that city council approved a plan Monday for part-time officers. Marion police chief Tyler Mermis will fill an opening for a fifth full-time officer with two to five part-time officers. The move is paired with a pay increase for non-salaried officers from $10 to $15 an hour, putting the department on pay rates similar to other county law enforcement agencies.


  • Economic corporation stumbles toward new start

    With two weeks to go until a new board is seated to lead Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation, it’s unclear just who those new leaders might be. As county commission, Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody determine whom to nominate as their board representatives, a familiar face may find himself back on the board.

  • Chiefs keep pressure on county

    Rural fire chiefs addressed commissioners Monday for the third time in a month, pleading for county funding of new 800 MHz radios after an audit found $14.7 million unencumbered cash, of which $3 million was unallocated. “I saw the paper came out with the audit report information, and I have some questions,” Lincolnville fire chief Lester Kaiser said.

  • Women have a mission to sew

    A group of women from Marion and beyond are making a difference in lives of children in many parts of the world. The group, who call themselves “Sew Much Love,” gets together twice a month, 10 months of the year, to cut, stitch, attach trimming and pockets, and complete dresses to be sent to girls. It started with a seasonal project of one woman and has blossomed into a group of seamstresses ranging from beginners to masters, all with the same motivation.

  • Farmers harvest a shorter corn crop

    Farmers had completed most of their corn harvest on Monday and were looking forward to combining soybeans. Dick Tippin, grain co-coordinator for Cooperative Grain and Supply, said yields have ranged from 60 to 120 bushels per acre. Total bushels were 65 percent of last year’s crop.


  • 1929 reproduction car to drive in Marion parade

    A car that will cruise in the Old Settlers’ Day parade will appear strikingly like a 1929 Mercedes-Benz. The reproduction vehicle was made to look that way. Chris Costello, president of Tampa State Bank, said he didn’t go looking for the car. Bank employees recommended it as a showpiece for the bank to drive in parades.

  • Children hopeful for careers with big trucks

    When Easton Jost and Canon Schafer grow up, they want to be just like their dads. Easton hopes to be a farmer, and Canon wants to be a driver who operates big, heavy equipment. Easton, a first grader at Hillsboro Elementary School, and Cannon, a pre-schooler at Kid’s Connection, both really, really love big trucks. And tractors. And cars.

  • Ferrari look-alike had short-lived production

    It might look like a Ferrari, but the Pontiac Fiero doesn’t drive like a Ferrari. That is what Bryce York of Prairie Village, son-in-law of the late Ike Thiessen of Lehigh, said about the Fiero he purchased new when it first came out in 1984. He paid $10,000 for the two-seater sports car with a four-cylinder engine.


  • Clifton Baugh

    A private family service will be held for Clifton Baugh, 67, who died Thursday at his residence in Hillsboro. He was born April 15, 1950, to Gordon and Margaret (Whinery) Baugh in Montezuma. He married Lena Carpenter May 9, 1990 in Dodge City.

  • Alice Funk

    A committal service for Alice M. Funk, 92, of Buhler, who died Thursday at Buhler, was Monday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. She was born April 23, 1925, to Adolph and Anna (Enns) Funk.

  • Kathy Nystrom

    Services for Kathy Anne Nystrom, 34, who died Thursday at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, were this morning at Burns United Methodist Church. She was born Nov. 11, 1982, to Terry E. and Patricia (Stewart) Nystrom in Burns.



  • On your side(walk)

    We received a call last week from a grandmother who was worried about the safety of children walking to school. Construction of a new fitness center at Main and Thorp Sts. was encroaching on a sidewalk used by children walking to Marion Elementary School, she said. The sidewalk on the west side of Thorp St. runs north from Main St. past the USD 408 administration building and through East Park.

  • Secrecy screw-ups

    It’s surprising and yet not that the Marion-Florence school board still can’t get its ducks in a row over how to appropriately and legally use executive sessions. They were at it again at a Tuesday special meeting, when after a secret session of five minutes they voted to raise salaries and hourly wages across the board for varied classes of employees.


    Seasons and reasons


  • Clinic manager attends leadership conference

    Tammy Snelling, clinic director at St. Luke Clinic, recently polished her leadership skills at a training event. Snelling was one of 32 medical leaders statewide who attended Kansas Hospital Association’s leadership institute.

  • From the archives: History of Old Settlers' Day

    Old Settlers’ Day is as rich in tradition and as filled with constant change and progress as the years past which it honors. Indeed, it is the careful blending of tradition with innovation that makes Old Settlers’ Day one of the best annual celebrations in Central Kansas. Always county-oriented, Old Settlers’ Day began Jan. 7, 1881, with a reunion for all people who settled in Marion County in the 1860s. The old settlers gathered for a basket dinner and reminiscing in Marion.

  • 4H:

    Happy Hustlers

    Conyers retires from delivering meals, Menu

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


  • Students, bank donate over $1,500 to disaster relief

    Marion High School students raised $654.79 for hurricane relief in a penny drive, surpassing the $500 goal. Seminar classes collected pennies for donation to the Red Cross to help people affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

  • Marion defense shines with Palic's return

    The Marion Warriors combined their best defensive effort of the season with a strong running attack in the middle two quarters of the game to overcome a slow start against the Remington Broncos on Friday. Bolstered by the return of senior linebacker Tyler Palic, Marion’s defense opened the game with two straight three-and-outs.

  • Warrior runner takes fifth

    Senior Colin Williams took fifth in the varsity boys race at the Marion cross-country meet Sept. 19 with a time of 19 minutes, 23 seconds. The meet was held at Marion Country Club. Freshman Colton Boudreaux finished 21st in the boys JV race with a time of 25:47.

  • Marion volleyball wins home matches

    Marion volleyball won both matches in a home quadrilateral Sept. 19. The Lady Warriors defeated Inman 25-18, 25-8 and Bennington 25-8, 25-15. Marion did not play Moundridge, which also participated in the quadrilateral.

  • Centre stumbles

    Centre competed in a volleyball tournament Saturday at Herington, but the Lady Cougars failed to advance even while competitive. The Cougars had an opportunity to get back on a winning track Tuesday at Wakefield. Match results were not available as of press time.

  • Centre football loses to Burlingame

    The Centre Cougars got a taste of their own medicine Friday when they lost to Burlingame, 58-12, on the road. The game was called at 5:34 in the third quarter. Coach Kelly Steiner defended his team.


    Centre, Marion


  • Fun run scheduled at Lincolnville

    A Scarecrow Scramble two-mile fun run will kick off Octoberfest events Oct. 7 in Lincolnville. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the community building, and the race will begin at 8 a.m.

  • Child development screenings offered

    Free child development screenings will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 in Lost Springs. In the screening, the child’s cognitive, motor, speech, language, social, and emotional development will be checked. Vision and hearing will also be screened. The screening takes about an hour. All children from birth through five years old may be screened. Call 620-382-2858 to schedule an appointment.

  • Whitlee Casey to perform for free

    Worship leader and songwriter Whitlee Casey of Troy, Texas, and special guest Justin Gambino will be performing at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Florence Christian Church, 335 W. 5th St. Admission is free. Casey has been traveling around the country to perform for more than 10 years.

  • Calendar of events

    Old Settlers’ Day is as rich in tradition and as filled with constant change and progress as the years past which it honors. Indeed, it is the careful blending of tradition with innovation that makes Old Settlers’ Day one of the best annual celebrations in Central Kansas. Always county-oriented, Old Settlers’ Day began Jan. 7, 1881, with a reunion for all people who settled in Marion County in the 1860s. The old settlers gathered for a basket dinner and reminiscing in Marion.


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