• Farmers lose holiday, gain early yields

    With moisture readings below 14 percent and ground conditions hard and dry, Darcy Nickel saw no reason not to be in the field cutting wheat Memorial Day weekend. A Along with his father Floyd Nickel, Darcy began cutting Saturday and by Monday was in full swing with the 2012 wheat harvest, even though the calendar still said May.

  • Council questioner ejected

    A discussion of a proposed truck parking ordinance Tuesday at Marion City Council sparked pointed questions and comments by a community resident that resulted in her removal from the meeting. Council members were wrapping up their discussion of the ordinance, which would limit commercial tractor and trailer parking in residential areas to no more than 45 minutes, when Mayor Mary Olson asked if there were any other questions.

  • Chingawassa Days begins Friday

    Chingawassa Days starts Friday evening in Marion and concludes with a church service on Sunday. This year’s festival includes both old and new events and activities. With wheat harvest starting weeks earlier than usual, the Chingawassa Days committee anticipates farm and festival traffic may interfere with each other this weekend.

  • Seven departments respond to Ramona fire

    A huge response from area fire departments was needed to control a fire May 23 near Ramona. Marion County Emergency Communications received a report of a fire about 1:45 p.m. at Larry Rudolph’s property near the intersection of 330th and Remington roads. Nobody was home when the fire started, Marion County Emergency Management Director Dan D’Albini said Friday.

  • Hospital board election draws crowd

    Don Hodson and Mike Connell were elected Tuesday to positions on the Hospital District No. 1 of Marion County Board of Directors by the largest number of attendees at the district’s annual meeting anyone could recall. It was standing room only in the conference room in the Marion Family Physicians clinic basement, with more than 90 people showing up to cast ballots for candidates Judy Reno, Chris Gillespie, Hodson, and Connell. Only three people attended the 2011 annual meeting, according to board minutes.


  • Clara Belle Blakemore

    Clara Belle “CB” Blakemore, 91, retired Village Shoe Service owner, died May 22, 2012. She was a 1938 graduate of Peabody High School. She is survived by her husband, Cleo “Cy;” a son, Galen Davis; a daughter, Cathy Bolt, all of Wichita; step-children Joyce Sonnenberg of California, Linda Owen and Tom Blakemore, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nine step-grandchildren.

  • Robert F. Hagans

    Robert F. Hagans, 85, of Overland Park died May 21 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 4, 1926, in Augusta to Frank A. and Velma Morris Hagans. He attended school in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1944.



  • Young showman wins sheep award

    Almost every morning at 8:30 a.m. 9-year-old Cailey Barney, of rural Tampa is out feeding and watering her sheep. “I really like them because when you have nothing to do, you can always go out and play with your sheep,” she said. “It’s like always having a friend.”

  • Plant forage after wheat

    An early wheat harvest means there could be extra growing time for double-cropped forage. When moisture is available there are several forage options to consider. Farmers can chose to plant forage sorghum for short-season silage, or sunflowers might be a viable choice.

  • No cows means more time for wheat

    Doyle Jost of rural Hillsboro started combining wheat Monday, taking advantage of a warm spring and hot days to harvest more wheat acres earlier than ever before. “Usually I am running with my hair on fire this time of year,” Jost said. “But without the cows I can run past 4 p.m. I really can almost pace myself.”

  • Deadline for loan applications coming in June

    The expiration date for filing applications for Emergency Disaster Loans by farmers and ranchers in Chase, Lyon, Marion, Morris, and Wabaunsee counties is June 27. Producers needing farm credit as a result of drought, excessive heat, and high winds on or after April 1 and who think they are eligible for FSA assistance, should make their applications at the FSA County Office, 3020 W. 18th Ave., Emporia, before the expiration date.

  • Riffel is state meat goat project winner

    Kansas 4-H announced earlier this month that Karl Riffel of Tampa is a state project winner. He will receive the award tomorrow at the 4-H Emerald Circle Banquet in Manhattan. The award is based upon work completed in 2011. Karl raised and showed three Boer meat goats — two wethers and one doe.

  • Farmers can apply for storm loss loans

    Farmers in Marion County who suffered crop or livestock losses because of hail, wind, lightning, and tornadoes April 14 and 15 can apply for Farm Service Agency emergency loans. Loans can be used to replace installations, equipment, livestock, or buildings — including homes — lost in the disaster. To be eligible, an applicant must operate a family-sized farm or ranch, be unable to get credit elsewhere, and have suffered a qualifying loss in the disaster.


  • Water quality needs more than lip service

    It’s well past time for Marion County to wake up and smell the water. Blue-green algae isn’t just a stinky annoyance. It’s literally poisoning the county’s economic future. Recreation and tourism are the county’s best hope for economic vitality, yet our hopes are being dashed by mandatory warnings from the state to avoid contact with water at both Marion Reservoir and Marion County Lake.

  • Chingawassa Days makes editor feel like Dr. Seuss

    Looking over the schedule for Chingawassa Days 2012, it occurred to me that there are two different ways to divide the events of the weekend. An event can be a returning classic or a first-time experiment, and it can be a show to watch or an activity to participate in. In other words, Chingawassa Days will have events that are old, events that are new, things to see, and things to do. With as much as will be going on this weekend, there is no excuse for boredom. Athletes can run in the Rhino Run 5-kilometer run or 2-mile run/walk, compete in a three-on-three basketball tournament, compete at tug of war or arm wrestling, and compete in a horseshoe-pitching tournament and Marion’s Amazing Race.


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  • Hyper-local weather online

    As severe weather season gets into full swing, you can turn to each of the three Hoch Publishing newspaper websites for the most timely, hyper-local weather information available. No longer do readers have to be content with hour-old data from airports in Wichita, Newton, Salina or Emporia. Each individual website is programmed to gather its own local conditions in real time from a weighted average of half a dozen automated reporting stations throughout the county.

  • New store in Florence offers range of treasures

    Pop quiz. Where in Marion County can someone by a book, a record, baby clothes, and golf clubs all in one store? The answer is Yesterday’s Treasures in Florence. The new business, open for the last month, is located east of 7th Street on Main Street. It is owned by Lonnie Augustine and operated by Sandy Harper.

  • Tampa will celebrate quasquicentennial

    Tampa residents will celebrate the 125th anniversary of their city’s founding in 1887. The celebration will be Aug. 25 with a theme of “125 Years on the Trail.” The day will include a fun run, baseball, three-on-three basketball, horseshoe pitching, old-fashioned kids’ games, tractor rodeo and show, wedding dress review, food, arts and crafts, music, a parade, and more. Organizers are seeking antique cars, trucks, and tractors to show at the celebration.


  • Chat and Dine Club learns local history

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will have its next potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 9 in the lake hall with Hawaii-themed decorations. Cynthia Blount, director of the Marion Historical Museum, will present about the history of the museum and some of its exhibits.

  • Schafers completes degree

    Kelley Schafers of Marion graduated with her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Wichita State University on May 12. She is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Adams Elementary School, where she has taught for 11 years. She also recently received endorsement from Kansas State University for teaching English to speakers of other languages.

  • Smith celebrates 75th birthday

    Mary K. Smith of Marion was born May 30, 1937, in Council Grove. She will celebrate her 75th birthday with her husband and family today. Birthday cards may be sent to her at 127 N. Coble St., Marion, KS 66861.

  • Bernhardt to celebrate 90 years with open house

    Adeline Bernhardt will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Senior Center. Her children, Barney and Linda Bernhardt and Carl and Kathy Hubbard will be the hosts with their families.

  • Barr to receive Eagle award

    Justin Barr of Boy Scouts Troop 102 in Marion will receive his Eagle Scout award at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Marion Community Ballroom, 203 N. 3rd St., Marion. There will be a reception afterward in the city building basement. The reception will include a mock up of a campsite, demonstrations of some of the outdoors skills Boy Scouts learn, and pictures from various camping adventures. The idea is to show young families the fun of scouting.

  • Democratic women discuss vacancy

    Marion County Democratic Women met on Friday for lunch at Marion Senior Center. Following lunch, Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. Marion County Democratic Central Committee chair Eileen Sieger reported a vacancy in the vice chair position, to be filled by a male Democrat.


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  • MMS students receive awards

    Awards were presented to Marion Middle School students May 10. Recipients President’s Award of Educational Excellence Sydnee Baldwin, Alexa Boyd, Marschelle Conley-Mermis, Connor Embree, Kirsten Hansen, Shyla Harris, Monica Harrison, Kristen Herzet, Erika Hess, Elizabeth Meyer, Morgan Radtke, McKenzee Remmers, Bailey Robson, Emily Schneider, Nicholas Stuchlik, Courtney Williams. Academic Excellence Baldwin, Boyd, Harris, Hess, Remmers, Robson, Meyer. Valedictorians Robson, Meyer. High honor roll Baldwin, Boyd, Embree, Hansen, Harris, Herzet, Hess, Meyer, Remmers, Robson, Schneider, Stuchlik, Williams, Garrett Alleven, Tyler Arocha, Nathan Baldwin, Falon Crawford, Emily Hague, Cade Harms, Jeremy Hett, Marissa Jacobson, Paige May, Taylor May, Shonda Ratzloff, Devin Regnier, Seth Savage, Bryce Shults, Victoria Smith. Honor roll Conley-Mermis, Reann Hamm, Monica Harrison, Tori Boyd, Emily Davies, Jimi Dornbush, Molly Hess, Jarrett Johnson, Joshua Knolla, Sage Nuss. Honorable mention William Adame, Adam Kjellin, Kayla Kroupa, Abby Kuster, Wyatt Monasmith, Katie Nordquist, Morgan Radtke, Kayle Stapleford, Erin Steward, Ezra Darnall, Taylor Fahey, Peyton Heidebrecht, Lydia Kinman, McKayla Oursler, Mason Pedersen, Grace Vinduska. Spelling Bee Joshua Knolla, Mason Pedersen, Devin Regnier. Top lexiles for 8th grade Harrison, Embree. Top lexiles for 7th grade Devin Regnier, Jimi Dornbush 7th grade exceeding lexile level A.J. Cogdill, Emily Davies, Taylor Fahey, Phoebe Hett, William Holt, Lydia Kinman, Nile Sawyer, Miranda Steiner, Ethan Thornbro, Emily Schadel, Tyler Arocha, Nathan Baldwin, Victoria Boyd, Crawford, Dornbush, Emily Hague, Harms, Molly Hess, Jeremy Hett, Jacobson, Jarrett Johnson, Knolla, Paige May, Taylor May, Ratzloff, Regnier, Savage, Shults, Smith. 8th grade exceeding lexile level Adame, Zachary Fruechting, Steward, Kuster, Embree, Nordquiest, Remmers, Robson, Schneider, Stuchlik, Sydnee Baldwin, Alexa Boyd, Hamm, Harrison, Harris, Herzet, Meyer, Remington Putter, Austin Molleker, Kroupa, Kjellin. 7th grade fitness awards Noah Albin, Alleven, Austin Cogdill, Crawford, Ezra Darnall, Taylor Fahey, Peyton Heidebrecht, Molly Hess, Phoebe Hett, Jacobson, Johnson, Knolla, May, Pedersen, Regnier, Aaron Riggs, Krisde Robinson, Savage, Schults. 8th grade fitness awards Adame, Sydnee Baldwin, Hansen, Harris, Hess, Conley-Mermis, Dylan Pippin, Putter, Schneider, Remmers, Stuchlik. Band awards — I ratings at league contest Adame — clarinet solo; Hamm, Meyer, May, Hague, Kaitlyn Goebel, Phoebe Hett, Tori Smith — flute ensemble. Choir awards One rating vocal solos — Molly Hess, Cade Harms, Tori Boyd, Ryan Cochran, Albin, Tori Smith, John Lind, Meyer, and Harris. Scholars Bowl Nathan Baldwin — top seventh grade scorer with 840 points. Hamm — top eighth grade scorer with 815 points.

  • USD 408 teachers get base pay raise

    Marion-Florence USD 408 teachers will receive salary increases for the 2012-13 academic year as a result of an agreement ratified Thursday in a special meeting of the Board of Education. “We added $800 onto the base salary, so our base salary will be at $33,000,” Superintendent Lee Leiker said. “That then trickles through the salary schedule to apply to everybody.”


  • MHS gets last hurrah at state track

    Patrick McCarty, James Jones, Brody Carroll, and Colten Johnson capped off the Class 3A state track and field championships and the season in style Saturday by medaling in the final event at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. The four comprised the 4x400 meter relay team, and qualified for the final by placing seventh Friday in the preliminaries with a time of 3 minutes, 32.47 seconds.

  • Centre's Kassebaum medals at state track

    Centre High School graduate Theo Kassebaum earned a sixth-place medal Saturday in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.42 seconds. She won her heat in the preliminaries with a career-best of 16.24. This is the third consecutive year that she has won a state medal. She placed eighth as a sophomore and seventh as a junior.


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