• Tabor-McPherson football game canceled

    The football game between Tabor College and McPherson College scheduled for Oct. 20 in McPherson was canceled Thursday, said Scott Crawford, commissioner of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. In a written statement, Crawford said the decision was based on a desire to honor Brandon Brown, a Tabor College student and football player who was found beaten unconscious Sept. 16 in McPherson and died Sept. 22.


  • Problem at the park could have been worse

    The sewer lift station at the Central Park gazebo was knocked out of commission just in time for Old Settlers’ Day, City Administrator Doug Kjellin told Marion City Council on Monday. It appeared part of what caused the disruption was a long tent stake that hit a 220-volt electrical line. Kjellin said it was a wonder nobody was electrocuted.

  • 2nd teen arrested in student's death

    A second McPherson College student has been arrested in connection with the death of Tabor College junior and football player Brandon Brown. DeQuinte Oshea Flournoy was arrested Sept. 26 and charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree. Alton L. Franklin had previously been arrested Sept. 22 and was initially charged with aggravated battery. The charge was amended to aiding and abetting murder in the second degree after Brown died Sept. 22. The 19-year-old defendants are both from Dallas, Texas, and were on the 2011 McPherson College football team but not on the 2012 team. They remained McPherson College students until they were suspended after their arrests. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 493 months in prison and fined up to $300,000.

  • Rollover results in minor injuries

    A woman was taken to Herington Municipal Hospital Monday with minor injuries incurred in a rollover accident on U.S. 56/77 near 330th Road in Marion County. Herington Ambulance was the first EMS service called and the first responder on the scene. Lost Springs and Marion fire departments also responded.

  • Arts sales to benefit Hillsboro library

    Russell and Jean Groves like the Hillsboro City Library. They come in often to enjoy the selection of books, magazines, and newspapers. It was only natural that they decided to make the library a beneficiary of their family art sales when the opportunity arose. “Libraries have always been real important to Jean and me,” Russell Groves said. “We felt this is something our parents would approve of because it benefits everyone in the community.”

  • Prenatal clinic coming to St. Luke

    Marion County will soon have a prenatal care clinic at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. Dr. Shelley Overholt, a physician with Family Practice Associates of McPherson, will be seeing patients at the clinic. Services will include preconception counseling, prenatal care visits, and postpartum checkup. Lab work and ultrasound studies also may be conducted at St. Luke Hospital under her care.

  • Crocheters use talents for good cause

    Two gals from Marion did their part this past year making purple baby hats to raise awareness for shaken baby syndrome. Kathryn Hein, age 94, crocheted 107 baby hats in the past few months for the Period of Purple Crying organization. Emmy Hess, age 12, did her part as well, crocheting five baby hats. Hein and Hess’s efforts, along with several other dedicated contributors, were recognized by statewide coordinator Anne Auld on Sept. 26 when she stopped at Down on the Corner in Marion to pick up the community’s collection of crocheted and knitted hats.

  • Old Settlers' Day draws crowd

    Marion’s 101st annual Old Settlers’ Day was one of the best ever. The theme this year was “Marion City Library – Opening Books and Minds for 100 Years.” Elaborate floats in the 50-minute long parade showcased the theme.


  • William R. Romain

    William R. “Bill” Romain, 96, passed away Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012, at McPherson Hospital. Bill was born July 4, 1916, in South Orange, N.J., to Burchard and Mabel (Reid) Romain. Poor health plagued him until a corrective surgery repaired a chronic condition at the age of 53. With his newfound health, Bill was inspired to begin running, a passion that lasted for decades. In 1986, Bill moved to McPherson, a place he described as a wholesome, friendly, and a dynamic community.

  • Pauline King

    Pauline King died Sept. 29, 2012, at Asbury Park in Newton, Kan., at the age of 90. She was born in Perryton, Texas, on Dec. 20, 1921, the daughter of William H. and Edna Smith Stevens. For many years Pauline lived in Wichita where she worked as a beautician. She later moved to the Marion County Lake where she lived for 30 years. While living at the lake she enjoyed fishing, knitting, and making quilts.

  • Janice A. Engel

    Janice A. Engel, 74, of Latimer died Saturday at Valley View Healthcare, Junction City. She was born Dec. 1, 1937, in Ramona to Harry and Juanita (Rindt) Haas. She married Morris F. Engel on April 7, 1957, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Ramona. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Latimer.



  • Alpacas are a fun business

    There are two sides to Ron Dies alpaca farm, Prairie Wind Alpacas, in Lehigh. In one way, raising 25 alpacas is serious business. Ron Dies said that he does not want the animals too tame, coming up and wanting attention all the time. The alpacas are livestock and they should be focused on one thing — breeding.

  • Manufacturer experiences 50 years of good sales

    When Jim and the late Joan Donahue started the Donahue Corporation 50 years ago in Durham, they started with a single product, the Farm Implement Carrier. The company has broadened its product selection considerably since then, to include stock trailers, flatbed trailers, even hydraulically operated expanding trailers.

  • Milo crop looks dismal after drought

    When Reno Penner of rural Hillsboro says the milo crop looks pretty dismal this year, he knows what he is talking about. He has grown milo and wheat for 59 years, starting at the age of 17 when his father passed away and he took over the family farm. A dry land farmer, he knows a bit about raising milo and wheat. “It looks worse this year than ever before, even worse than last year,” Penner said. “I think it was the heat more than the drought that really put the milo in bad shape.”

  • Geis wins showmanship at KJLS

    Lauren Geis of Durham won top honors in senior swine showmanship two weeks ago at the 80th Kansas Junior Livestock Show in Wichita. A total of 704 Kansas youth exhibited 1,453 head of livestock at the show sponsored by the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas State University, and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita. Geis — who also won first place in two classes of dark market barrows and first in class 2Duroc gilt, as well as third in Chianina breeding heifers and seventh in class 2 speckled market lamb —was part of a 24-member contingent of young livestock exhibitors from Marion County. Other Results Cedar Point Cody Parmley: 10th in light crossbred market barrow. Corin Parmley: sixth in meat goat, eighth in meat goat, 10th in crossbred market lamb, and 13th in crossbred market lamb. Durham Lisa Geis: third in commercial breeding heifer and fifth in natural market lamb. Hillsboro Mesa Merrill: fifth in meat goat and 11th in meat goat. Bryce Roberts: first in crossbred market lamb, and third in crossbred market lamb. Landon Roberts: 13th in commercial ewe lamb. Sa Rae Roberts: eighth in crossbred market lamb and eighth in commercial ewe lamb. Lincolnville Callie Riffel: third in Duroc gilt and fourth in dark crossbred market barrow. Jensen Riffel: sixth in dark crossbred market barrow and seventh in dark crossbred market barrow. Kailyn Riffel: second in Yorkshire market barrow and third in light crossbred market barrow. Marion Cassidy Hill: first in commercial ewe lamb, first in Hampshire market lamb, and second in Dorset breeding ewe. Peabody Tyler Entz: fifth in dark AOB gilt. Devon Gaines: eighth in commercial breeding heifer. Morgan Gaines: second in commercial breeding heifer. Jack Parks: sixth in dark AOB gilt. Tanner Parks: fourth in Duroc gilt. Tampa Cailey Barney: eighth in natural market lamb. Jared Barney: second in crossbred market lamb. Elizabeth Meyer: eighth in natural market lamb. Nicholas Meyer: 14th in commercial ewe lamb. Kara Riffel: sixth in meat goat and eighth in commercial doe kid. Karl Riffel: fifth in Duroc gilt, sixth in AOB breeding heifer, and sixth in commercial doe kid. Kyle Riffel: second in commercial doe kid, fourth in Duroc market barrow, and eighth in meat goat.

  • Cattle feeder has long history

    Joyce Carlson of Lincolnville has been in the cattle-feeding business since he was a teenager. He helped his father feed cattle while growing up just one mile across the Marion County line in Morris County. When Carlson got married, he and his father partnered to buy a farm just two miles south of the home place in Marion County. He developed his own cattle-feeding operation there, where he and his wife, Ruth Ann, lived for 65 years.

  • Planting in the storm

    Lightning skittered between the clouds, gusts of wind carried hints of the smell of rain, and gritty dust swirled up from the tractor tires into my teeth and eyes last Tuesday night as my husband and I planted wheat. The adrenaline of the moment erased earlier disasters of the day. Tuesday is my day to work late at the newspaper office and things were not coming together in an orderly fashion. My cell phone continued to jingle as my husband called about the myriad of things that were going wrong back at the farm.

  • Farm specializes in organic products

    A 400-acre farm five miles south of Peabody has been in the Janzen family for 135 years and is a Farm Bureau Century Farm. Norm Oeding, the operator, lives in the farmhouse built in 1933. He was hired by the Janzen family in 2007 after Mark and Hennie Janzen decided to retire from farming and the family decided to transition to organic farming methods.


  • County approves new tower

    After asking Marion Planning Commission member Ruth Herbel whether the plans for a tower met city zoning regulations, the Marion County Commission approved a 45-foot, monopole communications tower to be constructed near the new jail. The tower will cost the county $52,384. It will extend to 45-feet with the full length of the antennae. The commission originally wanted a 92-foot tower because it provided space for multiple antennas and to provide backup in case a repeater tower failed. TBS Communications Inc. representative Mark Graber said the tower should have no problem reaching or receiving from any of the repeaters in the county at the 45-foot height. The tower will be galvanized steel. It will be surrounded by a fence to separate it from adjacent properties.

  • County signs EMS agreement

    Marion County Commission signed an agreement with Dickinson County for emergency medical services. The agreement states that ambulances will be dispatched by the closest county based on the corresponding cell phone call.

  • County refinances road equipment

    Marion County Commission approved refinancing for two road graders for the Road and Bridge Department. The commission went with a bid from Cottonwood Valley Bank for 2.74 percent interest for five years. Road and Bridge Department has a maintenance agreement with Foley Equipment for the machines.

  • County gets emergency recognition

    Marion County received a special recognition certificate from the Kansas Emergency Management Association at the organization’s annual conference recently.

  • Mystery solved in Lincolnville

    Lincolnville City Council member Cristina Peterson, who serves as the chairman of the Lincolnville Community Center, told the council at its Monday meeting that a large coffeemaker at the community center had been missing for several months. It appears that a caterer who had served a meal at the center accidentally took the coffeemaker when she left, and she eventually returned it.

  • Marion pays 52% premium

    Marion City Council voted Monday to hire Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd LLC to conduct the city’s audits for the next three years, despite a lower bid from Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball. The price for Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd is $16,000 in 2012, $16,500 in 2013, and $17,000 in 2014. The price of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball would have been $10,500 in 2012, $10,750 in 2013, and $11,000 in 2014.


  • I missed the best Old Settlers' Day

    Wouldn’t you know it, when Old Settlers’ Day rolled around this year I was in the grips of the worst fall allergies I’ve ever experienced. I was so miserable most of Saturday that I didn’t get to experience what I understand was quite the musical parade, with Marion and Peabody-Burns school bands, not to mention the community Rube Band. While waiting for my allergy medicine to kick in, I missed the picnic and games in Central Park. I wouldn’t have been any good in the races anyway, as much as I was struggling to breathe. It still would have been fun to watch the little kids, as well as the grown-up kids, play games and race.


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  • Flu shot season begins

    Flu vaccines are available at the Marion County Health Department Office on Wednesdays, starting this week, according to health department nurse Deidre Serene. “We won’t have any shortage this year, but that doesn’t mean it still isn’t important to get vaccinated,” Serene said. “We have both the mist and the shots available.”

  • Plenty of pumpkins to go around

    Some were big, some were tall, some evenly colored orange all the way around, others had green shading through the ridges, and many of the pumpkins in front of Dale’s Supermarket in Hillsboro on Thursday had thick and healthy looking green stems. Lisa Schafer of Durham said she was looking for a pumpkin that was just perfect, big, but not so tall that it would fall over. There were all different sizes and shapes to choose from at Dale’s grocery store.

  • Food commodities available

    Marion County senior centers will distribute food commodities from U.S. Department of Agriculture starting on Oct. 11. Each site will set its own schedule. Commodities are available based on income eligibility. The maximum monthly gross income to be eligible is $1,211 for a single person, $1,640 for a household of two, and $429 more for each additional member of the household.

  • One-shot Turkey Hunt establishes endowment

    The Central Kansas Community Foundation—Butler County, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation based in Newton, has announced the establishment of the Kansas Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt endowment. In 1987, former Gov. Mike Hayden and Marv McCown, former executive vice president of the El Dorado Chamer of Commerce, founded the Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt with the idea of inviting people in different professions to participate as celebrities hunting wild turkeys in central Kansas.

  • Marion library program to focus on fossils

    Marion City Library will have a program about “Oceans in Kansas” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Michael Everhart of the Kansas Humanities Council will talk about how Kansas has been the source of many important fossils. From giant marine reptiles to flying reptiles and birds with teeth, many important discoveries of now-extinct species came from rocks in western Kansas. Everhart’s presentation will take the audience back to a time when the state was covered by an ocean and ruled by giant marine reptiles larger than most dinosaurs. The public is encouraged to bring any fossils they may have for Everhart to look at and describe. For more information, call Marion City Library at (620) 382-2442.

  • Solid waste meeting is Oct. 17

    The Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority will have its regular quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the McPherson County Transfer Station, 1431 17th Ave., McPherson.

  • Goessel Harvest Festival is Saturday

    Goessel will have its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday. Events include a 5-kilometer run at 8 a.m. starting in front of Goessel High School, the firefighters’ pancake feed from 7 to 10 a.m. at the fire station, 214 E. Main St., free admission to the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum from noon to 5 p.m., 4-H petting zoo from 2 to 5 p.m. north of the library, a bouncy house and inflatables from 2 to 6 p.m., and bluegrass and gospel music by Jammin’ Biscuits from 6 to 8 p.m. at the stage south of the Goessel station.

  • Ghost tours planned in Marion

    The Marion Historical Museum will host a ghost tour, Oct. 20. Ghost trolleys will leave the museum at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased for $2 at the museum, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.


  • Schrag takes lead role in college musical

    Julianna Schrag, 11, of Goessel will play Mary Lennox in the Bethel College Fall Festival theater production of “The Secret Garden” next weekend. Schrag joins a cast of college students who will perform the musical by Francis Hodgson Burnett three times, 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, and 2 p.m. on Oct. 14, at Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center.

  • Huffman attends meeting

    Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman attended the Kansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils annual meeting Sept. 17 and 18 in Emporia. Huffman is also president of Flint Hills Resource Conservation and Development. Huffman saw presentations by Patty Clark, state director of rural development for U.S. Department of Agriculture. Clark reviewed federal changes and cuts and emphasized the importance of water in Kansas and the need to continue conservation efforts.

  • Bredemeir to turn 105

    Clara Bredemeir will celebrate her 105th birthday on Oct.23 at St. Luke Living Center, 535 S. Freeborn St., Marion. She was born Oct. 23, 1907, in the Lincolnville area where she grew up on a farm, as part of a big family. She enjoys receiving cards.

  • Retired pastors will share life stories

    Retired pastors Mervin and Jane Dick will give the next presentation at Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning series at 9:45 a.m. Friday. Their presentation is “Traveling Without a Map,” about their life stories, including their battle with colorectal cancer. Both are Tabor College graduates and each holds a master of divinity degree — Mervin’s from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary at Fresno, Calif., and Jane’s from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo. They have served Mennonite Brethren churches in Kief, N.D., Weatherford and Edmond, Okla., and Fresno, Calif. They moved to Denver in 1984, and both were involved with inner-city relief work for 18 years there.


  • Marion Senior Center

    The group going to the Crown Uptown theater in Wichita to see “Sweeny Todd” included Jackie Hett, Carolyn Woerz, Maxine Barton, Bettie Batt, Joyce Jackson, Mary Costello, Betty Crumrine, Marie Hoffner, and Shirley Moore. Several birthdays were celebrated recently at Marion Senior Center, including Val Morgan, Jim Osborn, and Norine Holtsclaw.

  • Tampa

    Prairie Pals met Sept. 25 evening at the home of Iona Dietrich with Melissa Stuchlik assisting her mother as hostess. Others present included Mary Clemmer Eunice Steiner, Laveta Meyer, and Jane Vajnar. After a short business meeting and refreshments, the group painted pumpkins. Bill Fillmore of Cottonwood Falls visited Tillie Hein Sept. 26 morning.


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    The Paden family will present Sunday services at Aulne United Methodist Church. A carry-in dinner will follow at noon. The Padens—Janelle, Doug, Matthew, Johnathon, and Abigail—live in Newton and are missionaries to Nepal. Now on furlough, they served in Nepal for seven years.

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    Jim Versch, art instructor at USD 408, is featured in an article provided by John Burke, superintendent of schools.

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    Jayson Hanschu, son of Mr. and Mrs. Junior Hanschu of Ramona, won first in the 11-year-old division punt, pass, and kick competition last Sunday, moved on to zone competition this weekend, and again finished first. He now will compete for district honors Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

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    Two students from Marion are enrolled at McPherson College for the fall term. They are Judith Ann Richards, freshman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Richards, and Ralph Kreutziger, junior, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Kreutziger.

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    The committee for the first Country Club dance of the season has engaged the popular Stardusters orchestra for the affair. Committee members are Mr. and Mrs. Rosse Case, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Tidwell, Mr. and Mrs. Noel Morgan, and Mr. and Mrs. Scottie G. Gound.

  • 100

    No naturalization papers could be granted at this term of District Court although there were a number of applicants. The law is that no naturalization papers can be granted within thirty days of a general election.

  • 125 years ago

    The RECORD is enjoying quite a subscription boom. Somehow or other, people will “take” the Old Thing and, after taking it awhile, stick closer to it that Kansas mud to a wagon wheel.


  • Music fest is Saturday at Tabor

    Several music groups will be performing Saturday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center Rehearsal Hall at Tabor College. The Tabor College Concert Choir, directed by Brad Vogel, will perform four spirited a capella pieces. Concerto Bella Voce, a new women’s choir directed by new assistant professor of choral music Janie Brokenicky, will perform three pieces, and Daniel Baldwin will direct the Chamber Strings.

  • Tabor College Homecoming is Saturday

    Tabor College will be hosting a variety of activities during its homecoming celebration this weekend, including a fun run and Dutch lunch on Saturday. For those with young children, the education department will host activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children in pre-school through sixth grade. Former Tabor College President Larry Nikkel will conduct a book signing outside Java Jays at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for his new book, “Leading and Following.”

  • MHS vocal concert is Tuesday

    The Marion High School vocal music department will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The Marion Singers will present their rendition of “All for the Best” from “Godspell.” The Boys’ Ensemble will present two pieces they will perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association conference in February, and the Girls’ Ensemble will sing “How Can I Keep from Singing.” The choir will conclude the concert with “Sing Unto God,” “Peace I Leave with You,” “Order My Steps,” and “Swinging with the Saints.”


  • Warriors pummel Sunrise Christian

    The Marion High School Warriors rushed for 479 yards and eight touchdowns Friday, crushing Sunrise Christian Academy, 54-10, at Warriors Stadium. “I’ve told our kids for three weeks that when we play together and play with one heartbeat, we can be a very good football team,” Marion head coach Grant Thierolf said.

  • MHS volleyball battles at Belle Plaine

    In a day of ups and downs, it came down to a battle royale as the Marion High School Lady Warriors played three games against a tough South Barber team to win third place Saturday in the Belle Plaine Volleyball Tournament. “We looked awful when we played them in round robin play, just flat, no energy,” head coach Deanna Thierolf said. “But the girls showed some true guts and determination when we had to turn around and play the same team again for third place. We just refused to lose.”

  • MHS runners claim team title

    Jordan Hett won his first race of the season Thursday, and top-10 finishes by three teammates propelled the Marion High School cross-country team to the championship of the Halstead Invitational meet. Hett dominated the boys’ 5-kilometer race. He crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 31 seconds, nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the 19-team field.

  • Injuries slow down Centre at Peabody

    After a 12-8 first-quarter lead against Peabody-Burns Friday, the Centre High School football team struggled with injuries and fell behind 62-28, ending the game with seven minutes, 13 seconds remaining on the clock. “We played well the first half,” coach Kelly Steiner said, “but our injuries eventually caught up to us. We really need to get everybody healthy.”

  • CHS sweeps volleyball triangular

    The Centre High School volleyball team improved its record to 12-10 last week with victories against White City and Little River in a triangular at Little River. Genesis Rudolph and Shelby Makovec were perfect in setting in both matches, and the team completed all but three serves.


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