• Special Christmas edition is Dec. 21

    The Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin will print a very special “Dear Santa” keepsake edition of the newspapers on Dec. 21. Publication will be normal Dec. 19. The special edition on Dec. 21 will include letters to Santa and drawings. Children may drop off letters or drawings at the

  • Six Appeal is about fun energy

    Michael Brookens and his a cappella singing group Six Appeal ultimately have two directives: keep the audience guessing and have as much fun as possible. “I don’t want to put on a concert where people are bored,” Brookens said. “Audiences love energy.”

  • Hearings in Tabor death delayed

    Preliminary hearings for Alton L. Franklin and DeQuinte Oshea Flournoy in McPherson County District Court have been delayed from Dec. 10 to 1 p.m. Jan. 21. Franklin and Flournoy were both arrested in September and charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree in connection with the beating death of Tabor College junior Brandon Brown on Sept. 16 in McPherson.

  • Big Scoop owners set sights high

    Russ and LeeAnn Stenseng, new owners of the Big Scoop in Marion, aren’t shy about setting an ambitious goal for the restaurant. They want the Big Scoop to become the place to be for Marion and the surrounding area, to be the place where visitors to town are directed to get a good meal.

  • Miles by Design more than a salon

    Cosmetologist Karen Miles, owner and operator of Miles by Design, says her salon at 420 E. Main St. in Marion, goes beyond what other salons have to offer. It’s not just a salon, but a full-service salon and day spa. As a day spa, it provides a variety of services for improving health, beauty, and relaxation through personal care treatments such as massages and facials.


  • Howard Roy O'Neal

    Howard Roy O’Neal, 86, died Dec. 4, 2012, at his home in Newton. He was born on April 17, 1926, to Frank and Genevera O’Neal in Pamona, Kan. He served in the United States Army and went on to receive a master’s degree in education. He retired after 33 years as a school teacher at Peabody.

  • Martha Peters

    Martha (Bartel) Peters, 87, died Dec. 4 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born June 24, 1925, to Peter and Anna Schmidt Bartel, in Hillsboro. She married Ralph Peters on Oct. 21, 1948; he died on May 15, 2002.

  • Kenneth H. Peterson

    Kenneth H. Peterson, 92, of Herington died Sunday at his home. He was born Dec. 26, 1919, in Burdick to Birger and Anna (Johanson) Peterson. He graduated from Diamond Valley High School in 1938 and attended Emporia State University’s business school.

  • David Winter

    David Winter, 22, died Dec. 3 at Saluda, N.C. He was born Nov. 30, 1990, in Hillsboro to Dale and Rachel (Hofer) Winter. He was a railroad conductor. He is survived by his parents and a sister, Erin Winter, all of Hillsboro.

  • Debra Ann Wolf

    DERBY —Debra Ann Wolf, age 56, loving daughter, wife, mother, Nana, sister and realtor, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Visitation is 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Road, Derby. Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday at Eastside Community Church, 14242 E. 21st St. N.,Wichita.



  • Children overlooked in jail plans

    With a new communications tower in place, Marion County Commission addressed another need that was overlooked in plans for the new jail: children. Meredith Butler, director of Community Corrections for the 8th Judicial District, spoke to the commission Monday. Community Corrections has handled intake of juvenile offenders and children in need of care for 10 years, she said. Over that time, Marion County has had an average of 40 to 45 juveniles go through the system per year, but for the past three years it has been between 50 and 55.

  • City considers moving intake to police office

    Marion City Council was receptive to Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis’ suggestion of allowing the Community Corrections’ juvenile intake office for Marion County to move to the Marion Police Office. Mermis said space was at a premium in the office but the advantage of having juvenile intake in Marion would balance any spacial issues. Juvenile intake is currently in the old jail building. There is not any room available in the new jail building. If there was not a juvenile intake office in Marion County, it would be the officers’ responsibility to transport juveniles to Junction City.

  • New storage building approved by Tampa

    Tampa City Council approved a bid from Craig Bell for the erection of a 1,200-square foot building for $16,300 including materials and labor. The building will be used to store city and local rural water district equipment. Paul Backhus reported the water district has agreed to pay a $100 monthly rent for use of part of the building. Backhus said the water district would pay the extra cost required to install a door larger than specified in its section.

  • County discusses lot splits

    Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards and planning consultant David Yearout presented Marion County Commission with a recommendation from Marion County Planning Commission to allow agricultural lot splits for existing homes that do not have a direct frontage on a public road. Currently the county doesn’t allow lot splits that leave a lot without frontage on a public road. The recommendation was to allow those lot splits as long as the split includes easements for a driveway and utilities to the residential lot.


  • County gets it right

    Marion County Commission recently became aware of another need that was overlooked in planning the new county jail and law enforcement center. And this missing piece was a lot more important than a radio tower. It was children. The Community Corrections division of the Eighth Judicial District handles both juvenile offenders and children who have to be taken out of their homes and placed in foster care. The agency has been using the old office portion of the old jail when needed, but no space was included in plans for the new facility.

  • 1 more week to nominate causes

    There is one week left to submit nominations for Hoch Publishing Company’s True Meaning of Christmas charity donation. Nominations slowed down this week, but several readers made donations directly to the pool of money that will be given out. Phoebe Janzen of Florence nominated Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County. She praised the non-profit organization’s work providing mentoring to local children.

  • Tampa Nativity is still there

    Darlene (Pecinovsky) Blankenship of Topeka, who is wintering with her husband, Michael, in Los Fresnos, Texas, recently wrote to us about her Christmas memories of growing up at Tampa. She especially remembered attending Christmas Eve Mass at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and viewing the Christmas display at the front of the church. “Each Christmas, the altar would be decorated so beautifully with several Christmas trees, lights, and ice cycles,” she wrote. “But what really comes to mind is the large Nativity display that was carefully placed in front of all of the decorated trees. The Nativity Manger and Nativity figures were just magnificent. I wonder what ever happened to it.”


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  • CDDO board to meet

    The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold its regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum.

  • Marion organizations help for holidays

    Marion Advancement Campaign is asking for volunteers to help distribute fruit and turkeys 2:30 to 5 p.m. today at the Marion Community Building. In recognition of the need for food and presents for some children in the community, Kiwanis made a contribution to the Marion Community Christmas fund.

  • Watering trees good idea

    Bob Atchinson of the Kansas Forest Service suggests watering trees, even in winter, to counteract drought conditions. Newly planted trees should be watered regularly for the first three years. Established mature trees should be watered every two to four weeks by soaking the top foot of soil under the tree’s canopy. Atchison recommended using a soaker hose, drip irrigation, or slow drip bucket to spread water over the entire root area. He recommends two gallons of water be applied for every inch of tree diameter.

  • Democratic women to meet

    Marion County Democratic Women will have a holiday meeting at noon Dec. 14 at Hilltop Manor. A chicken enchilada meal will be prepared by the Marion Senior Center.

  • Hospital auxiliary meets

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Unit II met Thursday. Hostesses were Mary Olsen, Faye Makovec, Phyllis Hein, Carolan McFarland, Edith Warneke, and Judy Dannenfelser. The program was “New Christmas and Winter Accessory Wear,” presented by Nancy’s Fashions Store in Hillsboro.

  • 20th Century Club has party

    The 20th Century Club met at the home of Belinda Skiles Dec. 3 for their annual Christmas party. Members enjoyed Christmas goodies and a gift exchange.

  • Reception for county clerk is Friday

    Eighth Judicial District Chief Judge Michael F. Powers will swear in Marion County’s elected officials at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14, but before then, the county will recognize retiring County Clerk Carol Maggard with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in the courthouse. Maggard began working in county government as deputy county clerk in 1985. She was elected county clerk in 1996 and has held that position for 16 years.

  • Neo-Century Club hears about angels

    Neo-Century Club members met Dec. 3 at Hilltop Manor for their Christmas meeting. Hostesses were Margaret Tice, LaVaughn Klose, Sylvia Helmer, and Betty Crumrine. A program by Mary Beth Bowers was on the theme of angels.


  • Helmer family holds reunion

    The David and Anna Helmer family reunion was held on Thanksgiving Day at the Marion County Lake Hall. The John Helmer family hosted the gathering. Those attending from Marion were Ladd and Luci Helmer; Ann Boese; Doug and Chris Helmer; H. David Helmer; Randy, Amy, Destin, Colton, and Tyler Boudreaux; Edith and Fred Helmer; Aaron, Trad, Jenna, and Wyatt Helmer; Darin and Jan Helmer; Pearl Helmer; and Ray, Denice, Aaron, and Danae Bina.

  • Harms receives ag scholarship

    Taylor Harms of Lincolnville was awarded a $1,000 Merck Animal Health Ralgro “Wheels for Bucks”/Kansas Livestock Foundation Scholarship on Nov. 30 at the Kansas Livestock Association Convention in Wichita. The scholarship is awarded to a student attending Kansas State University or Fort Hays State University majoring in an agriculture-related field. Harms is a freshman at Kansas State University majoring in agricultural communications. She maintains a registered Red Angus and Angus cowherd on her family’s ranch. She is a graduate of Marion High School.

  • Marion scouts in transition

    Cub Scouts Pack 102 in Marion has a new cubmaster, Javan Koehn. He was a scout in Inman growing up and received his Eagle Scout award in 2004. Koehn recently moved to the area with his wife and two daughters. He wanted to help locally, and the timing was perfect because the pack had been looking for a cubmaster. New assistant cubmaster Jake Schedel is also new to the area.

  • Carlson honored by livestock association

    The Kansas Livestock Association honored Joyce Carlson of Lincolnville during the KLA Convention Nov. 28 in Wichita for supporting the association for 50 years. Carlson worked on his father’s farm as a boy then started his own cattle operation when he was 20. He and Ruth Ann, his wife of 66 years, backgrounded calves, which were then either finished at home or in commercial feedlots. Their three sons, Ronnie, Duane, and Marcus, are all involved in the livestock business, as are two grandsons.

  • Al-Anon meets Mondays

    Marion County Women’s Serenity Al-Anon group meets at 8 p.m. Mondays in the basement of the doctor’s clinic at 535 S. Freeborn St. in Marion. Al-Anon is for family and friends of people with drinking problems. For more information, call (620) 803-2687 or e-mail mncowomenserenity@gmail.com.


    Hett's celebrate 50th anniversary

    Marion Senior Center, Tampa

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

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  • MHS students plan coffee shop

    An entrepreneurship class at Marion High School, taught by Megan Thomas, is planning to put a coffee shop in the high school library. Students Morgan Wheeler and Amanda Stuchlik spoke to the USD 408 Board of Education on Monday, seeking permission to continue with plans and requesting funds for construction. Other schools have had success with student-run coffee and snack shops, they said. Just in the area, Centre, Hillsboro, and Hesston have had positive results.

  • Lanning wins MES geography bee

    Marion Elementary School fifth-grader Luke Lanning won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Friday. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geography Bee. Skylar Creed, fifth grade, was runner-up with Larry Zieammermann, sixth grade, took third place.

  • Marion FFA finishes 3rd in leadership

    Officers of the Marion/Florence FFA chapter placed third overall at the South Central District FFA Leadership Conference Friday at Arkansas City. Marion placed third in parliamentary procedure, second in FFA information, and seventh in ritual. These rankings combined to give the chapter a third place overall finish out of 26 teams in the South Central District.

  • MHS musicians plan concerts

    The annual Marion Singers Christmas concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Sacred as well as secular music will be presented. The Marion High School winter concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. The band and choirs will perform.

  • Centre BOE hear about new ag system

    Centre FFA adviser Mark Hager told the board of education at their regular meeting on Monday about a new record-keeping system that has been established for Centre FFA students who wish to use it. He said 24 students now use the system.

  • CHS public speaking team wins district

    A public speaking team of Centre FFA students placed first Friday in the South Central District Leadership School and Public Speaking Career Development Events at Arkansas City. Kevin Lewis placed first in extemporaneous public speaking and qualified for state competition in May. Carrie Carlson placed third in the senior division of prepared public speaking and also qualified for state competition in May. Cassidy Hill placed 10th.

  • K-State announces scholarships

    Several Marion County students have received scholarships totaling $1,000 or more each from Kansas State University. Scholarship winners Marion: Erica Geis, Paul and Deana Strunk Geology Fellowship; Patrick Hodson, Ralph and Dora Rogers Memorial Scholarship, Foundation Scholarship, and John Deere Multicultural Engineering Scholarship; Tonya Hodson, R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship, American Association of University Women Scholarship, Honors Scholarship, Cessna Scholarship, and Marian W. “Dolly” Hardman Endowment; Louis Holt, George Irvine Agricultural Scholarship; Landon Leiker, Fairchild Scholarship; Drew Maddox, R.E. “Gene” and Mary Beth Bonnell Scholarship; Tristen Snelling, Activity Scholarship; Derek Stuchlik, Howard and Myra Gladys Wellman Family Scholarship, Walter R. Mitchell Scholarship, and Jon Brooks and Ida Bernice Slaughter Engineering Opportunity Fund; Adam Svoboda, John K. Vanier II Scholarship; Jacob Thurston, Dean’s Choice Scholarship; Eric Vogel, Gasaway Family Scholarship. Florence: Jaclyn Deforest, Grace M. Shugart Scholarship, Bessie Brookes West Scholarship Fund, and Helen C. Shutte Memorial Scholarship. Lincolnville: Taylor Harms, K-State Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship, Jim Buchanan Scholarship, and Leadership Scholarship. Ramona: Cole Svoboda, Jim Buchanan Scholarship. Tampa: Matthew Klenda, R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship. Durham: Sarah Unruh, R. Ray and Marian Carothers Scholarship Hillsboro: Alexander Jost, Gaylord Munson Memorial Scholarship, and Agriculture Alumni Association Fund; Candace Weinbrenner, Putnam Scholarship and Robert Janzen Scholarship. Lehigh: Neal Kaiser, Carls Family Scholarship Fund and Alfred L. Clapp Scholarship Fund for Agronomy; Mark Prieb, Ralph and Dora Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Peabody: Hannah Anderson, Baeten Farm Scholarship and Charles W. and Lois H. Nauheim 4-H Scholarship; Joshua Klarmann, Nancy Glover Craig Education Scholarship, Franco Hammel Sjorgren Memorial Scholarship, Achievement Award, Tomorrow’s Teacher Scholarship, and K-State Transfer Academic Award; Joseph Zappone, Max E. and Jean Hollinger Scholarship in Journalism and Mass Communications.


  • Warriors blitz Eureka for win

    The Marion High School boys’ basketball team got a fast start and never looked back against the Eureka Tornadoes on Saturday in the championship game of the Marion Classic. Jordan Hett had 5 points in the first 95 seconds of the game and 10 in the first 3:35 en route to a 23-point scoring night in less than 18 minutes played. The Warriors jumped out to a 25-4 lead before Eureka scored a 3-pointer to end the first quarter with Marion ahead, 25-7.

  • MHS girls get 1st victory of season

    The Marion High School girls’ basketball team came from behind Saturday to win its first game of the year against the Belle Plaine Dragons, 46-39. Marion was behind, 31-28, late in the third quarter before scoring 18 points over the last 9 minutes of the game. It was a back-and-forth game, with neither team getting a lead of more than 4 points until Marion went up, 42-36, late in the fourth quarter.

  • Marion wrestlers win Hesston tournament

    While waiting for first place to be announced at the Hesston Invitational Wrestling Tournament, Marion High School wrestling coach Chad Adkins said his team still has a long way to go. The grapplers’ skill and talent has yet to match their work ethic. Then the Warriors were announced as first-place winners of the tournament. The manner in which Marion compiled victories speaks to the fact that the Warriors are ahead of schedule.

  • Centre girls take third in tournament

    After defeating Herington on Dec. 4 and losing to Northern Heights Thursday, the Centre High School girls’ basketball team defeated Hope Saturday to finish the Herington Pre-season Tournament in third place. The Lady Lions came out roaring, taking a 15-6 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Cougars reversed the trend in the second quarter, outscoring Hope 15-5 on 3-pointers by Shelby Makovec and Cacey Simons, field goals by Beka Basore, Ellie Miller, and Makenzie Deines, and a free throw by Deines. Centre led, 21-20, at halftime.

  • CHS boys take second in tournament

    The Centre High School boys’ basketball team played 3A Southeast of Saline Saturday in the championship game of the Herington Pre-season Tournament and walked away with a disappointing 57-46 loss. “We played pretty well and had an opportunity to win,” coach Greg Wyatt said. “The score doesn’t indicate just how close that final game was. A couple of different outcomes in possession would have given us the win we were looking for.”


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