• Injuries from rollover claim life of Marion man

    Ike Boone, 45, of Marion, died Sunday, apparently from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover accident Thursday on Nighthawk Road. “He told me he was coming home from work at AGCO when he dropped his cigarette,” said his ex-wife Brenda Boone. “By the time he picked it up, he was already airborne and the vehicle rolled three times before coming to rest.”

  • Spirit Aerosystems boosts Western Associates sales

    Nabbing a five-year contract with huge aviation parts company Spirit Aerosystems was a big deal for Western Associates. Beginning in April, the Marion company holds the exclusive rights to provide promotional materials for Spirit worldwide. Spirit Aerosystems has 11,000 employees in Wichita and has other manufacturing locations in North Carolina and Tulsa, Okla.

  • MHS ran intruder drill in November

    While mourning the loss of life in a shooting Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Marion High School Principal Tod Gordon’s mind went to a crisis drill MHS had earlier this fall. On Nov. 2, MHS ran an armed-intruder drill with the help of Marion Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The drill was planned during a staff development day Oct. 15 when the school thoroughly reviewed its crisis management plan, Gordon said.

  • National officer commends Legion post

    It is not every day that someone of national importance visits the small town of Marion. Dec. 12 was such a day, made special by the visit of American Legion National Vice Commander Glenn Hickman of Ohio. In a room steeped with honor and respect on Marion’s Main Street, American Legion Post 22 members welcomed Hickman with ceremony and order.

  • Postmaster happy to return to small town

    New Marion Postmaster Lori Kelsey is happy to be working at a small-town post office again, even though it means getting up to speed on how things work locally while going through the busiest time of the year. She has worked for the U.S. Postal Service 27 years, including time as postmaster for Geneseo, El Dorado, and Marquette. She joined the Marion office full-time last week after training her replacement for her previous job.

  • Legion serves community

    The American Legion Post 22 in Marion is no different than any other Legion Post in the state of Kansas or the United States in that members desire to offer support to fellow veterans. Mary Olson’s husband, Warren E. Olson, a World War II veteran, needed legion assistance when he ran into trouble paying for his medication.


  • Julie Ann Boydston

    MARION — Julie Ann Boydston, 92, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, Kan. She was born July 6, 1920, to Harry and Esther (Jensen) Jean in Black Hawk County, Iowa, and grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. She married Glenn L. Boydston on Dec. 29, 1944, in Topeka. They lived their early married life in Iowa, and later moved to a farm near Valley Falls, Kan. There they raised their two children, Harry and Glenna.

  • Curtis D. Fulton

    SALINA — Curtis D. Fulton of Salina passed away Dec. 12, 2012, at the age of 90. Curtis was born in Talmage, Kan., to Harry and Elizabeth Fulton on Dec. 26, 1921. He farmed with his father until he enlisted in the Naval Air Corps in 1942. After his honorable discharge in 1943, he continued to farm until 1966, when he entered the ministry of the United Methodist Church.

  • J. Frank Rhodes Jr.

    J. Frank Rhodes Jr., 91, of Topeka died Friday. He was born April 9, 1921, in Abilene to J. Frank and Beatrice Sword Rhodes. He moved to Tampa at the age of 2.

  • Victor C. Thompson

    Victor C. Thompson, 92, died Dec. 13, 2012, at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. He was born May 6, 1920, to Clarence and Myrtle Myers Thompson in Ozawkie.

  • Lawrence A. Weber

    Lawrence A. Weber, 76, of Herington, died Saturday at his residence. He was born March 27, 1936, at Hope to Arthur “Jack” and Viola (Gruber) Weber.

  • Harry D. Wedel

    Harry D. Wedel, 87, of Durham died Monday. He was born Feb. 14, 1925, to C.C. and Helen (Ratzloff) Wedel in rural Moundridge. He was a farmer and road maintenance worker. He married Lela Jantz on Dec. 21, 1947, in Livingston, Calif.



  • County refunds part of zoning fee

    Marion County Commission voted Monday to refund part of a fee the City of Marion had paid for a permit application. County Planning and Zoning Director Richards told the commission she had received a letter from the City of Marion withdrawing an application for a conditional use permit and requesting a refund of any “unused” portion of the $200 application fee.

  • Final donation nominations

    The final week of nominations for the newspaper’s donation of more than $1,000 for Christmas drew another seven nominations. A common theme among the nominations for individuals and families, all through the weeks, has been people who have remained strong through difficult times. Flo Rahn of rural Hillsboro nominated a single father of three children. “Raising them as a single parent with a full-time job is challenging,” Rahn wrote.

  • Believing in Santa Claus

    A few weeks ago Dani asked me how old I was when I stopped believing in Santa Claus. I replied, “This may sound weird, but I don’t think I ever did stop believing in Santa Claus.” She looked at me puzzled and replied matter-of-factly, “You’re right, that does sound weird.”

  • Disaster loan deadline is Jan. 21

    The expiration date for filing applications for Farm Service Agency Emergency Disaster loans by farmers and ranchers in Marion County is Jan. 21. Farm Loan Manager Eric Guenther advised that those needing farm credit as a result of hail, high winds, lightning, and tornadoes from April 14 through April 15 should make application to the FSA County Office at 301 Eisenhower Dr., Marion.


  • Concerts' quality not a surprise

    A friend told me earlier this week about several wonderful school concerts she had been to this Christmas season in Marion. I wasn’t surprised in the least; since I arrived in Marion in fall 2008, I’ve always been impressed by the talent of performers I’ve seen in Marion’s schools. Maybe I’m easy to impress in that area. I’m not a musician at all, so what do I know? But people who know about music agree with me. In February, the Marion High School Men’s Chorus will perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association annual conference in Wichita. Their performance will be mixed in with state honor choirs, essentially the state all-star teams of high school music. In addition to the Men’s Chorus performance, David Clark notified me last week that Isaac Baldwin and Ryan Nelson were selected to be in the All-State Honor Choir performing at the convention — the all stars of the all stars.


    What I want for Christmas

    Diamond in the rough

    Reflecting on Sandy Hook


  • Marion is launch point for next Men's Encounter

    The next Men’s Encounter experience will be Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at Prairie Star Ranch, Williamsburg. Marion is one of three locations from which men will travel to the event. “Men’s Encounter is a growing movement that is blessing our area,” Brendan Kraus of Marion said. “It is a weekend for men that allows them to step out of the stress of their daily lives and refocus themselves on God and on their families. It is led by a growing group of local men who were touched by God’s grace at their own Encounter and are inspired to help lead other men closer to God.”

  • Newspaper staff celebrates Christmas

    Jay Dee Schafers, Isaac Baldwin, and Alex Stuchlik provided entertainment for nearly a dozen employees and spouses at Hoch Publishing’s annual Christmas party Dec. 12 at Country Lakes Café in Marion. Attending were Adam Stewart, Ben Kleine, Melvin Honeyfield, Jean Stuchlik and husband Alex, Jennifer Stultz and husband Harold, Rowena Plett and husband Jerry, Debbie Steele, and Joan Meyer.

  • Poem group to meet

    The Poem in Your Pocket group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Marion City Library. The topic is favorite Christmas poems.

  • Democratic women celebrate holiday

    Marion County Democratic Women celebrated the holiday Dec. 14 at Hilltop Manor. A gift exchange followed with items purchased at thrift shops. Reservations may be made for a Kansas Day celebration at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. United Methodist women will prepare the dinner. Marla Matkin of Hill City will present the program, “Cattle Drives and Soiled Doves.”

  • PEO celebrates Christmas

    The regular social meeting of P.E.O. Chapter DB was on Dec. 11 at the home of Marian Crofoot and Pam Bowers. Co-hosts were Laura Williams, Margaret Pickering, Dorothy Youk, Bowers, and Crofoot.

  • Kansas FSA reports 2012 accomplishments

    The mission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is to serve and help ensure the well-being of the nation’s farmers and ranchers who are responsible for making the agricultural sector of the U.S. economy successful and productive. FSA farm loan programs are a vital source of credit to family farm operations by offering competitive, yet reasonable, financing rates and terms. During this year, the farm loan branch of Kansas FSA approved 1,017 operating, ownership, and emergency-type loans for a disbursement of over $102 million.

  • Humanities council offers grants

    Grant opportunities are available in 2013 to Kansas nonprofits from Kansas Humanities Council. The council supports projects that use humanities to connect people with ideas, places, and history. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, museum exhibitions and short films, oral history, photograph digitization, and research projects. Deadlines are Feb. 27, May 29, and Sept. 25. Grant guidelines are available at www.kansashumanities.org.

  • Ambulance calls up in November

    Marion County Emergency Medical Service responded to 84 ambulance calls in November. That was an increase of 9.1 percent from the same month in 2011. That brings the total for the first 11 months of 2012 to 965 ambulance calls. That is a decrease of 11.5 percent compared to the first 11 months of 2011, when EMS set a record with 1,176 ambulance calls.

  • Air bubbles make Betty's Brittle special

    For many, the holiday season would not be complete without special candy and sweets to eat. For Betty Dirks of Hillsboro, even better than eating sweet candy brittle is seeing it crack as it quickly cools in the pan. “You have to work very fast to make it spread even when it is time to pour it out,” Dirks said. “It sets up almost instantly and you can’t use tools, that might break the bubbles and you want the bubbles in there.”


  • Barr graduates from PSU

    John T. Barr III of Marion graduated on Dec. 14 from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg. Barr earned bachelor’s degrees in technology and business administration.

  • Overstake publishes teen novel

    Grant Overstake, a former editor of the Hillsboro Star Journal, has published a book, “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.” Overstake drew upon his coverage of sporting events and country life to create this teen sports novel about life on a Kansas family farm.

  • Hodson joins Phi Kappa Phi

    Tonya Hodson of Marion, a senior in aeronautical technology at Kansas State University, was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. As a senior, she was required to be in the upper 10 percent of her class in order to join the society. She was one of almost 150 new members.

  • Fike family celebrates early

    The Warren Fike family celebrated Christmas on Sunday at the Trinity Lutheran Parish Hall in Ramona. They had a noon meal and gift exchange. Those attending were Warren and Paula Fike, Ramona; Dan and Linda Peterson, Burdick; Steve and Sandra Deines, Pierce City, Mo.; Stacey and Carla Collett, Marion; Mike and Glenda Jirak, Glade; Gary and Karol Fike, Jackson, Marshall, and Grace, Westmoreland; Dennis and Lou Ann Fike, Derek and Nolan, Westmoreland; Sara Eells and Shane Hack, Peyton and Julian Hack, and Kirstin Eels, all of Berryton; Tom and Susie Omli, Tate, Toby, Sesely, and Sydney, Brookville;

  • Ferne Regier celebrates 99th birthday

    Ferne Regier, a former resident of Marion, will celebrate her 99th birthday Dec. 29. She was born in Agricola on Dec. 29, 1913. After graduating from Marion High School, she worked as a telephone operator before marrying Leo Regier on Nov. 24, 1940, in Marion. He is deceased. She enjoys quilting, crocheting, and knitting.


    Willis and Eleanor Herbel celebrate 50 years

    Marion Senior Center, Tampa

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


  • 'Green-out' set for Friday games

    The Marion High School cheerleaders, with help from donors, are organizing a “green-out” for the basketball games Friday between Marion and Hillsboro. The event is in memory of the victims of Friday’s school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Sandy Hook’s school colors are green and white.

  • TEEN board to meet

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. today. It will be a phone conference with the call originating from the Hillsboro 410 USD district office at 416 S. Date St., Hillsboro.

  • MHS students compete in scholars bowl

    The Marion High School scholars bowl team participated in the Super Saturday qualifying event of the Quest High School Academic Competition on Dec. 1 at Washburn University. They were Kaylie Waner, Zach Robson, Jared Hague, and Elizabeth Goentzel. The contest involves teams of high school students from across Kansas competing against one another by answering questions on topics such as math, science, art, literature, and history. Fifty-eight teams participated this year.

  • MHS artists show off skills

    Marion High School senior Logan Maytum planned to put in the delicate brush strokes to give the husky’s black and white fur the realistic photo-quality texture. He wanted to put in snow in the foreground, falling flakes over the top of the dog’s black fur, fuzzy and slightly out-of-focus. He planned to mix a combination of paints to match the husky’s brilliant, pale blue eyes. Before he could add any of those details that would be points of distinction in the finished product, Maytum had to make sure the dog’s eyes were in the right spot.


  • Warriors dominate Canton-Galva

    The Marion High School boys’ basketball team very quickly established a 10-point lead Friday at Canton-Galva, and the Warriors never looked back as they cruised to a 60-31 victory. The Warriors used their athleticism to pressure Canton-Galva up and down the court. The result was Marion having more steals than turnovers, 12 to 9. By forcing turnovers and winning the rebounding battle, 27-17, MHS attempted 18 more shots than CGHS. The Warriors also had a higher shooting percentage, 50 percent to 36 percent.

  • MHS girls win 2nd in a row

    The Marion High School girls’ basketball team turned into kleptomaniacs in the last minutes of the Warriors’ victory over Canton-Galva on Friday. With 2 minutes, 2 seconds left in the game and Marion up by 1, Kaelyn Thierolf stole an inbounds pass under the Canton-Galva basket. Marion drained the clock down to 46 seconds before Canton-Galva fouled Thierolf, who made one of two free throws to give Marion a 2-point edge, 37-35.

  • Centre girls go 5-1

    In a home game Friday, the Centre High School girls’ basketball team defeated Bennington, 45-35. Centre led all entire game except for one instance late in the third quarter when Bennington took a 19-18 lead.

  • Bennington boys overwhelm Cougars

    The Centre High School boys’ basketball team was defeated Friday at home by Bennington, 75-33. The loss was not due to a lack of effort. The Cougars battled every step of the way but could not match up against Bennington’s superior height and strength. After scoring 10 unanswered points in the middle of the first quarter, the Bulldogs took a commanding 21-7 lead. A free throw by Kyle Methvin and a 3-pointer and field goal by Justin Deines closed the gap to 10 points, 23-13, at the end of the quarter.

  • Warriors 8th in Winter Duals

    Marion High School wrestling team placed eighth out of 16 teams Friday at the Marion County Winter Duals with a 2-3 team record. In pool matches, Marion defeated Bluestem, 48-34, and Republic County, 60-12, but lost to Chanute, 33-30. In the fifth-place bracket, Marion lost to Riley County, 48-36, and Clay Center, 42-36.

  • Marion Junior Wrestlers compete


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