• Wind farm project thrown in doubt

    Petition could mean just one person will decide project’s fate By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer Any one county commissioner can now kill a proposed wind farm.

  • Sales tax may be sought for transfer station

    Next year’s property tax rate is likely to stay the same even though tax bills are expected to rise. But, in a surprise move, voters may be asked to approve a new sales tax to pay for a waste transfer station or road repairs. Those were among the trial balloons floated toward the end of a marathon 6½-hour county commission meeting Monday during which commissioners took their first long look at what a state tax lid and increased assessed valuation could mean for the county.

  • Algae toxin found in city's water

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a public notice for Marion drinking water because of low levels of microcystins, a blue-green algae toxin, but said the water is safe to drink. The water remains acceptable for drinking, food preparation and household uses because testing shows an “extremely low level” of microcystins in the city water supply, KDHE said.

  • Vinduskas add peafowl sideline to thriving honey business

    To get to their property, one has to zigzag through the isolated countryside on all-weather roads, and then enter a long, winding driveway that is lined by tall bluestem grass and crosses two cattle guards. At the farmstead, the first sound one hears is the shrill, high-pitch cry of peafowl, and you know you have come to the right place.

  • Activist organizes protest of 'corrupt' county cops

    A Wichita woman is trying a protest in Marion to fight what she claims on social media is “corruption.” Jennifer Winn, who calls herself an advocate, is a three-time unsuccessful candidate for political office who runs a landscape maintenance company in Wichita.

  • Lost ring finds its way back to man's family

    When Rita Tomlinson saw someone walking to her door with a Marion High School Class of ’91 ring Friday, her first thought was that it looked just like her son’s. It was.


  • Watersheds protect Peabody from worse flood damage

    Nearly 11 inches of rain fell in Peabody over the weekend, but flooding in the city could have been far worse without watershed dams nearby to protect it, said Lewis Unruh a Doyle Creek Watershed board member. “Where I’m at, we had nine inches of rain in a 32-hour period,” he said. “Peabody would’ve flooded much worse if these structures weren’t holding back a bunch of water.”

  • Flooding might damage trees at Marion Reservoir

    Many of Marion Reservoir’s trees may survive standing in floodwater, but some could die if conditions don’t dry out soon enough. It depends on the species of tree.

  • Ramona man's death ruled suicide

    The Saturday death of a Ramona man has been ruled a suicide by the coroner and the sheriff’s office. According to a press release from sheriff Rob Craft, deputies were summoned about 4:30 p.m. Saturday after family members, concerned that he was still in his room at that time of day, entered the room and discovered 19-year-old Troy Michael Allen Jones dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

  • St. Luke CEO to help found medical school

    St. Luke Hospital CEO Jeremy Ensey will serve on the board for a planned osteopathic medical school in Wichita. Kansas Health Science Center is a private, nonprofit institution with a goal of increasing access to medical education and addressing a growing need for physicians.

  • Wheat cutting stalls after rains return

    After a brief start last week, the wheat harvest has been stalled by heavy weekend rains. The Cooperative Grain and Supply elevator at Marion received its first two loads of wheat on Friday.

  • Settlement reached in dog bite

    A dog bite victim, her mother, and the dog owners’ insurance company have reached an $18,250 settlement agreement after a 5-year-old girl was bitten on the face in October. Pauline Tolessa and her mother, Sarah Tolessa Sukessa, filed a petition June 18 in district court asking a judge to approve an $18,250 settlement agreement between them and Michael and Jenile Taylors’ insurance company.

  • Replacement on HVAC unit begins

    Work started last week on heating, ventilation and air conditioning replacements for Marion High School, which was installed in 1981. “We knew it would happen eventually,” school superintendent Aaron Homburg said. “Those things only work so long.”


  • Budget requests would raise city taxes 9.8 mills

    A laundry list of new spending that would raise city property taxes by 9.8 mills will have to be trimmed to fit with the state’s tax lid, city council members were told Monday. Property taxes account for less than half the city’s budget, with 19% from sales tax and 41% from utilities and fees.

  • Judge seeks guards; attorney wants raise

    County commissioners heard pitches for increased spending on legal matters Monday, including a proposal to add private guards in courtrooms and to give the county attorney a $10,000-a-year raise. Instead of bailiffs, chief judge Mike Powers is looking to hire part-time guards to provide security in Marion’s courtroom — the only courtroom in his four-county district that has no security.

  • Landowners want wind farm overseers fired

    It wouldn’t be a county commission meeting without heated discussion of wind farms and roads. Monday, the topics combined when Enel Green Power’s David Mueller presented letters from 26 of Enel’s Diamond Vista wind farm property owners asking the county to fire the firm overseeing Enel’s compliance with road reconstruction standards.

  • Municipalities set firework schedules

    County Fireworks can be used on Lakeshore Dr. at the county lake, but aren’t allowed at Marion Reservoir.


  • Dick Bredemeier

    Services for Richard “Dick” Bredemeier, 87, who died Friday, remained pending at press time.

  • Elma David

    Graveside services for Salem Home resident Elma F. David, 93, who died June 22, will be 10 a.m. June 25 at Durham Baptist Cemetery. Pastor Brad Penn will officiate. Born Feb. 4, 1926, to Jacob and Leah (Lorenz) David northwest of Durham, she is survived by sister-in-law Alvina David and niece Linda David both of Florida.

  • Wilma Everett

    Services for Wilma Everett, 91, Marion, who died June 18 at St. Luke Living Center, were Monday. Born Aug. 4, 1927, in Newton, to Homer and Esther Motter, she graduated from Whitewater High School and married Phillip Everett on Feb. 18, 1946, in Cottonwood Falls.

  • Helen Fadenrecht

    Services for Helen V. Fadenrecht, 96, who died June 2 at Salem Home, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial will be an hour earlier at the church cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.

  • John Meyer

    Services for John Meyer, 81, Herington, who died Tuesday, remained pending at press time.


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  • Some cutting remarks about budgeting

    Back when conservatives were more than a pack of Bible-thumpin’, gun-totin’, anti-immigrant, anti-abortionists — and brains weren’t held in the same regard as tonsils and appendixes — bright folks like a guy named Roy Ash had an interesting idea on how to prevent bureaucracy from taking over the world. Roy was your basic pencil-necked geek. He started out as bill collector, learned finance and aviation as an Army Air Corps bean-counter, went on to work for reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, and ended up helping found a company that made most of the spacesuits for America’s race to the moon.


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    Corrections and clarifications


  • Rescued dog 'Buddy' finds a home

    A dog running free and uncared for in Florence drew the attention of Natasha Craig three months ago. She is an animal lover and cannot stand to see a dog suffer. She said the dog was almost skin and bones and had lost much of his hair.

  • Catfishing day a learning experience for children

    Nearly 30 parents and children turned out to Marion County Lake on Saturday during the fifth annual kids’ catfish day. The event is meant to be an electronic device-free family day, organizer Shannon Allen said.

  • Brother of astronaut Neil Armstrong to share story

    Marion resident Dean Armstrong, whose brother Neil was the first man to walk on the moon 50 years ago, will speak Sunday afternoon at Marion Community Center. Dean Armstrong is a longtime resident of Marion, living at the county lake since 2006 and in Florence for 15 years before moving to Marion.

  • Cards requested for 95th birthday

    Family members are requesting a card shower for Harlow Warneke’s 95th birthday July 1. Born in White City to William and Lydia (Lawrenz) Warneke, he grew up on his family’s farm there but has lived in Marion most of his adult life.

  • Celebration postponed

    The reception set for Sunday at St. Luke Living Center to celebrate Patricia Oller’s 90th birthday has been postponed until a later date.

  • Candidate updates Democrats

    County commissioner candidate Trayce Warner updated Marion County Democrats on her campaign when party members met June 15 at Peabody Township Library. Eileen Sieger presided over a business meeting and welcomed her son-in-law and daughter, Jesse and Lesley Sieger Walls.

  • Area artists feature in Goessel art show

    An art show through July 6 at Goessel’s Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Immigrant House will include work from a quartet of local artists. Quilted fabrics from Ruth Goertzen, watercolor paintings from Carol Eck and Darlene Schroeder, and acrylic painting and photographs from Fern Bartel will be featured.

  • Symphony ticketholders first in line for 2020

    After cancellation June 15 of this year’s Symphony in the Flint Hills, the organization has announced it will offer first access for 2019 ticket holders to purchase tickets for the 2020 event June 13, 2020.


    Seniors hear about trip to Ireland, Marion Senior Center menu

    10, 25, 40, 55, 70, 100, 140 years ago

    The dog days of photography


  • Volunteer finds friends

    Most everyone in Marion knows Robin Nelson’s familiar and friendly face. Her enjoyment of people leads her to volunteer at Marion Senior Center up to five times a week.

  • Seniors again without a cook

    For the third time this year, Marion Senior Center is without a cook. For unknown reasons, temporary cook CJ Vanderzanden quit Tuesday.



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