• Jail open house this weekend

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department will have an open house for the public at the new county jail from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The jail isn’t entirely finished, and it is still mostly unfurnished, but the open house will be a chance for the public to see what the county has been working toward ever since a committee of volunteers was appointed in April 2009.

  • MHS senior auditions for 'Idol'

    Angel Funk of Florence isn’t the kind of person who sings for an audience often. The only times she has been part of a choir were times it was required for school. But when the Marion High School senior heard TV show “American Idol” was going to have auditions in Dodge City, she decided to take a chance and try to overcome her stage fright. “I love to sing, and a lot of people tell me I’m good at it,” she said.

  • Woman is nearly a sweepstakes scam victim

    Many of us have dreamed of winning the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes and finding ourselves on easy street for the rest of our lives.

  • Santa Fe Trail segment nominated for national register

    Steve and Glenda Schmidt of McPherson are owners of a segment of the Santa Fe Trail in Lehigh Township that has been nominated to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. French Frank’s Santa Fe Trail Segment is located in the southeast quarter of Section 4, Township 19, Range 1. It is 6 miles southwest of Cottonwood Crossing and 4 miles north of Lehigh on 245th Road. A granite stone installed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1906 marks the trail.

  • Bricks fall from Peabody legion facade

    What was originally reported as an explosion on southern Walnut Street in Peabody was a large section of the front facade of the American Legion Post 95 building falling to the sidewalk below just after 9:3 0 a.m. Saturday. Peabody Mayor and Emergency Medical Services volunteer Larry Larsen reported that there was no one nearby when the bricks fell from the top of the building.

  • Welding school under way in Hillsboro

    School is in session around the county and at the Hutchinson Community College-sponsored welding school in Hillsboro. Eight students started class last week at the former AMPI facility, in an air-conditioned room on the south side of the building. “We’re still taking care of some housekeeping duties so far,” said instructor Steve Swartz. “We have to work on safety instruction, OSHA 10 requirements, a math section, and a blueprint reading section — those all have to come first before we actually get into the lab and do some welding.”

  • Florence Labor Day activities entertain spectators

    Florence observed its 75th annual Labor Day celebration Sept. 1, 2, and 3. Most activities were well attended. Saturday’s evening performance by Six Appeal drew the biggest crowd. A larger crowed than normal stayed for the street dance with the Riker Band performing.


  • Gary A. Bartlett

    Gary A. Bartlett, 71, died peacefully at his home in Wichita on Monday, Aug. 27 . He was born June 18, 1941, in Wichita, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Alberta Bartlett, formerly of Marion; and by his brother, Donald E. Bartlett.

  • Voncille Dirks

    Voncille Jean Dirks, 57, of Hillsboro died Monday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1955, in Hutchinson to Leonard and Voncille (Johnson) Goering. She worked in medical records and health information at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She married Norman Dirks on April 12, 1986, in Hillsboro.

  • Kenneth John Frederick

    Kenneth John Frederick, 68, former Coleman Co. employee, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Memorial services were Tuesday at Peabody Christian Church, Peabody. He was preceded in death by his father, John Frederick; sons, Daniel and Lloyd Frederick; daughter, Tina Frederick; and two brothers.

  • Shelby Lynn Deines Linahan

    Shelby Lynn Deines Linahan, 38, of Pierce City, Mo., died Monday at her parents’ home near Pierce City. She was born on June 30, 1974, in Herington to Steve and Sandra (Fike) Deines. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Monett, Mo., and an elementary teacher in Webb City, Mo., Shawnee Mission, Dimond, Mo., and Monett, Mo.

  • Delano 'Scott' O'Dell

    MARION — Delano “Scott” O’Dell, 55, was born in Florence, July 4, 1957, and passed away at his home Aug. 29, 2012. Scott was born in Florence and lived there a lot of his life. The rest of his time was living on his farm southeast of Marion, Kan. Scott loved the outdoors and enjoyed his hunting and fishing and also enjoyed taking care of his livestock. Scott spent 35 years, working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, where he was a B & B Carpenter.

  • Gene Pruitt

    Gene Pruitt, 75, of Emporia died Thursday at Life Care Center of Burlington. He was born May 18, 1937, in Moundridge to Verle Pruitt and Agnes Delphon Pruitt Goodwin. He was a longtime football coach and teacher, working at Herington High School from 1975 to 1981.

  • Marion Rosine

    Marion Ethel (Huckabone) Rosine, 68, of Peabody died Aug. 29 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 11, 1944, in Sidney, N.Y., to Samuel Huckabone and Agnes Grace Gardner Evender. She was a housekeeper. She is survived by two sons, Fred Philpott of Minneola and Jim Philpott of Peabody; one daughter, Sheila Buller of Cunningham; two brothers, Donnie Huckabone of Arizona and Stan Huckabone of Arkansas; one sister, Irene Stevenson of South Carolina; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.



  • Fee waivers used as construction incentive

    Marion City Council members hope a limited-time waiver of sewer and water tap fees passed Monday will help move along completion of housing units for the Homestead Affordable Housing project. City Administrator Doug Kjellin asked the council to clarify an April agreement in which the city waived building permit and inspection fees.

  • County plans project to mitigate algae

    Marion County Commission approved a plan to build a water tank for a rancher who lives next to Marion County Park and Lake. The water tank would be used as a fresh water source for cattle. Water would be pumped from a nearby stream. The goal of the project is to keep cattle from using the creek as a water source to cut down on nutrients flowing into Marion County Lake that feed blue green algae, Kansas State Research and Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said.

  • USDA extends deadline for CRP grazing

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Kansas announced Thursday that emergency grazing of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program has been extended to Nov. 30 from the original end date of Sept. 30. The emergency grazing was authorized because of severe and ongoing drought. Participants must leave at least 25 percent of each field ungrazed for wildlife and cannot graze more than 75 percent of the stocking rate set by the Natural Resource Conservation Service. All livestock must be removed by Nov. 30. Producers without livestock may rent or lease the grazing privileges.


  • See what your money is getting you

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department is going to have an open house at the new jail from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It will be the first chance for the general public to see the jail, and hopefully for most people it will be the last time they see the inside of it. When Marion County Commission and a group of volunteers were considering what to do about the existing jail, the Sheriff’s Department opened it up for tours. So few people showed up that offering the tours was a waste of time for everyone involved. I don’t know whether the horrible turnout was because people didn’t care, or because they actively didn’t want to know about the condition of the jail. Apathy about public issues is frustrating but understandable, but willful ignorance is unforgiveable.


    The glories of a sarong

    Everybody needs a Mopar

    Distressed driver gets a helping hand


  • Choir to start fall rehearsals

    Parkside Voices will begin fall rehearsals at 11 a.m. Thursday at Park Village on the campus of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. The chorus sings a variety of music, including Broadway show tunes and sacred classics. Rehearsals last about 45 minutes. It isn’t necessary to be able to read music, and there is no membership fee.

  • Flu shot clinic is Sept. 26

    Peabody-Burns Elementary School and Marion County Health Department will have a flu shot clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the school. The cost is $30 for the influenza vaccine as a shot, $35 for the influenza vaccine as a nasal mist, and $80 for the pneumonia vaccine. The clinic will file Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and state insurance claims.

  • Families choose homeschool for many reasons

    For many families, at this time of year, back-to-school means full schedules, carving out time for homework, and buying expensive shoes, clothes and supplies. But for many Marion County homeschool families, back-to-school has a different meaning. “Let me first say that every homeschool family is different,” said Angela Ciero, homeschool parent of five and vice president of Marion County Home Education Board. “There is no such thing as a typical day. Some families follow an 8-to-3 schedule, others may choose to do their lessons in the middle of the night because that is when a parent is available. But, for all of us, the flexibility and the freedom to do what we think best for our children is important.”

  • Self-advocate group wins award

    Harvey-Marion County Self Advocates received the “Outstanding Self Advocate Group” award at the 2012 statewide conference of the Self Advocates Coalition of Kansas. The award was in recognition of the group’s campaign to change the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” with “intellectual disability” and “people with intellectual disability” in state legislation. The group began a letter-writing campaign in 2011. Gov. Sam Brownback signed the change in law April 26.

  • Old Settlers' Day coming in Marion

    Old Settlers’ Day is scheduled for Sept. 29 in Marion, along with the many class reunions that accompany the homecoming celebration. Class reunions can be publicized in the Marion County Record by e-mailing information to news@marionrecord.com or dropping off information at the newspaper office.

  • Fishing derby is Sept. 15 in Herington

    The James Weber Memorial Fishing Derby will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Father Padilla Park in Herington. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The derby is open to youngsters aged 6 to 12. There is no entrance fee, but participants must bring their own fishing poles. Bait will be provided. Prizes will be awarded.

  • Crop Walk planned for Oct. 7

    The 2012 Marion County Crop Walk is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 west of the Marion County Park and Lake office. The Crop Walk is an annual fundraiser for hunger-fighting development efforts of the ministry of Church World Service. Crop Walks help provide seed, tools, wells, water systems, technical training, and loans in more than 80 countries.

  • Catlin memorial dedication planned

    An emotional story passed down among families of the Swiss Volhynian Mennonites of Kansas will be memorialized in stone at a 3 p.m. dedication service Sept. 23. at Catlin Cemetery, north of Peabody. In 1874, Swiss Mennonite immigrants stepped off the train at Peabody. The men went to scout and buy land in Mound and Turkey Creek townships, but when they returned three weeks later, they discovered almost all the children became sick. Some children died. As the town had no cemetery, the women and one elderly man carried the bodies 3 miles north of town, dug the graves, and buried the children there without coffins or funerals. Until recently, the exact location of these burials has been a mystery.

  • Genealogy workshop set for Sept. 29

    Katie Funk Wiebe and Sara Orr Jones, both of Wichita, will present at “Chasing Your Tale: A Family History and Genealogy Workshop” on Sept. 29 at Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 200 N. Poplar, Goessel. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wiebe is the author of “Writing Your Personal or Family History.” She will speak about the how-to of collecting and recording the stories of one’s life. She has written two autobiographies, “The Storekeeper’s Daughter: A Memoir,” and “You Never Gave Me a Name: One Mennonite Woman’s Story.”


  • Hannaford appointed to state board

    Gov. Sam Brownback announced the appointment of Roger Hannaford of Marion to the Kansas Abstracters Board of Examiners on Friday. Hannaford is president of Hannaford Abstract and Title Company in Marion, where he has worked for more than 35 years. He has a degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University.

  • Ramona residents celebrate 70 years of marriage

    Contentment is something we all could learn from Al and Darlene Sondergard of Ramona. Both are 89 years old, both were born at Ramona, and they have lived in the same house in Ramona for almost all of the 70 years of their married life. Al served two years in the U.S. Navy, during which time Darlene lived with her parents. They were married on Sept. 6, 1942. They celebrated their anniversary Saturday with about 30 members of their family.


    Tom and Audrey McLinden celebrate 40 years

    Marion Assisted Living, Marion Senior Center

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


  • Butler scholarship to benefit high school students

    Marion and Peabody-Burns high school students who want to take college courses will benefit from a new $10,000 scholarship fund established with Butler Community College. A philanthropist with Marion County ties, who wishes to remain anonymous, read an article about MHS students enrolled in the Certified Nurse Aide program through Butler and decided he wanted to help.

  • Bands to play at K-State

    Centre and Peabody-Burns high school bands will participate in Kansas State University band day Sept. 15. Thirty-seven schools are participating. The bands and color guard members will perform during a parade march and at halftime of the K-State football game against North Texas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. in Aggieville, then proceed down Poyntz Avenue and end in front of the Manhattan Town Center.


  • Volunteer to be honored at Senior Fair

    Wilma Gilmer of rural Marion will be recognized at the 2012 Senior Fair in Salina as Marion County’s “Senior Fair Pioneer.” “Fest of the West” is the theme of this year’s North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging Senior Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.

  • Retiree cultivates passion for preserves

    Retirement is full of flavors for 68-year-old Darlene Carlson. A retired occupational therapist turned gardener, Carlson enjoys making jam from produce she raises at Mockingbird Hill, her farm south of Lincolnville. She enjoys selling her jam and other garden produce, such as fresh herbs, fruit, vegetables, and cut flowers at farmers markets in Hillsboro and Marion.

  • Simple changes make home life easier for seniors

    As seniors age, steps may become more uncertain, grips may weaken, eye sight may dim. These changes can turn familiar surroundings into frustrating challenges and dangerous snares, but small investments of foresight, money, and elbow grease can keep seniors living at home safe and productive.

  • Regaining mobility biggest battle for veteran

    Ivanlee Timm has stared into a fire armed with a hose. He has chased down a fleeing suspects as a police officer in Herington. He spend his 21st birthday on the frontlines, part of the infantry in Germany. “Where the lead flies,” he said.

  • Trainer to teach fitness to elderly

    A concern that trainer Karen Williams hears often from potential clients is that they have bodily limitations — creaky knees, a shaky shoulder, a bad back — and they cannot do the strenuous workout she would put them through. “There’s this nasty rumor that I’m this torturer,” Williams said. “I tailor it for my groups. If I have a beginning group, we do beginning things.”


  • Warriors trampled by Ell-Saline in football opener

    “It was an absolute train wreck.” Stating the obvious about the 50-27 smack down Ell-Saline put on the Marion High School Warriors football team Friday in Brookville, head coach Grant Thierolf could have stopped with that. He didn’t.

  • MHS volleyball goes 1-4 against tough competition

    The opponents lined up for Marion High School in the first week of the season weren’t the kind of teams a coach would use to pad their record with victories. Marion lined up against Class 3A second-ranked Hoisington and Class 4A Smoky Valley on Aug. 28, then turned around two days later to square off against Moundridge, Southeast of Saline, and the top-ranked and defending state champion Hillsboro.

  • Bluebird turnaround tests Cougars on gridiron

    Clear skies, a full moon, and moderate temperatures set the stage Friday for a great opening night in high school football. The Centre Cougars hosted the Goessel Bluebirds. Goessel came out surprisingly weak in the first half, as Centre’s strong defense forced a punt in each of the Bluebirds’ five possessions. Meanwhile, the Cougars completed three touchdowns and four extra points, to lead 22-0 at halftime.

  • Centre girls drop 2 in opening triangular

    The Centre High School volleyball team played its first games Aug. 28 at home against Inman and Canton-Galva. Centre lost to Inman in two games, 20-25 and 23-25. Bryanna Svoboda served for 5 points including 3 aces, followed by Cacey Simons with 4 points.


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