• Sub-state games rescheduled

    Games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in the Hillsboro sub-state basketball tournament have been rescheduled. Marion and Hillsboro girls will play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Hillsboro.


  • Library computers inspire youngsters

    Marion City Library has always been a place to find books, research topics, and access the Internet, but last week librarian Janet Marler noted an increased flow of young patrons making use of the new Internet game computers. “We’ve always had computers there,” Marler said. “But the new ones just installed are set up with special games just for children. We choose what they have access to and they are really enjoying it.”

  • Big Scoop to host fundraiser for child

    Leeann Smeaton and Rusty Stenseng, owners of the Big Scoop in Marion, are having a fundraiser to benefit Deanna Snyder. Deanna, 6, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in mid-January. The couple will sell kettle corn, cotton candy, and other items starting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Big Scoop. They will also have a silent auction featuring items donated from people in the community.

  • Great-grandmother relocates to baby-sit

    When Kay Lindsey of Arboles, Colo., found out her granddaughter Whitney Frise of Marion and her husband, Max, were expecting their first child, she was unsure what the future would hold. Both Frises were expecting to graduate in May from Tabor College, but Whitney Frise was considering taking a break from college to take care of the baby, Grayson Wayne Frise, who was born Jan. 7.

  • Council rejects appointment again

    Marion City Council voted to deny Mayor Mary Olson’s appointment of Diana Holub to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a second time Monday. The 45-day period that was necessary to wait after the first vote ends Sunday. The council then voted in favor of a resolution stating that Holub “is unqualified and/or not fit to hold the office of board member for the Marion Board of Zoning Appeals.” Both votes were 3-2 with Jerry Dieter, Chris Meierhoff, and Todd Heitschmidt on one side and Olson and Jerry Kline on the other.

  • Marion resident signs out for Lent

    Anna Carr shrieked in excitement when she read the news on Facebook: Her daughter was getting married. “I can’t believe that’s how I found out,” she said. “What happened to the day when people talked to each other face to face?”


  • Shirley Bredemeier

    On Feb. 13, 2013, our beloved Shirley Bredemeier lost her valiant fight with cancer. She was born in Hillsboro, Kan., on July 20, 1946, and grew up in Marion, Kan. After attending college, Shirley enlisted in the Army in 1974 and served until 1978. During her military time, Shirley met her lifelong partner of 35 years, Connie Gilbert. Together they established their home in Northwood, N.H. Shirley then worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Suncook, N.H., from which she later retired.

  • Irma Mary Dahl

    Irma Mary Dahl, 102, of Hillsboro died Feb. 13 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. She was born July 28, 1910, in McPherson County to John and Mary (Unrau) Franz. She was a homemaker.

  • Robert 'Bob' Echtenacher

    Robert ‘Bob’ Echtenacher, 84, died Monday at Peabody Care Center, Peabody. He was born April 26, 1928 in Chicago, Ill., the son of William and Rita Krueger Echtenacher.

  • Donald Eugene Martin

    Donald Eugene Martin, 84, of Lawrence, died Thursday at his home. He was born on Sept. 17, 1928, in Vassar, the son of Ralph R. and Anna (Oest) Martin. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War. He was a principal and superintendent at Peabody High School.

  • Laura Ellen Rose

    Laura Ellen Rose, 90, of Burns died Sunday in Goessel. She was born Feb. 17, 1923, in Hallowell to Floyd and Leora (Usrey) Parsons. She was a housewife. She married Bill Rose in March 1961. He preceded her in death.

  • Frank Yakesch Jr.

    Frank Yakesch Jr., 90, of Hillsboro and formerly of Duncan, Okla., died Monday at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. He was born April 19, 1922, near Lilac, Texas, to Frank and Elvena (Meyer) Yakesch. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 24 years, including during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of command sergeant major. He later managed a parts store in Duncan.



  • Drink green juice, lose extra pounds

    Tears flooded Cathy Smith’s eyes as she stared at the five gallons of ice cream in her freezer. “I’m addicted to junk food,” the 42-year-old Marion resident said. “It’s hard thing to admit. I think it’s almost worse than being hooked on cocaine or weed, because it’s everywhere. You can’t hide from it.”

  • Smoking ban has no effect on restaurants

    Joshua Weston’s hands shake every time he finishes drinking a cup of coffee at his favorite local eatery. “It’s a sign that I need a cigarette, but I can’t smoke in here,” he said, while eating a meal at Zimmerman’s deli and coffee shop in Marion. “Usually, I just go outside and smoke but, on windy days, it’s hard to stand out in the cold. I would like to smoke indoors, but there would be hell to pay if I did.”

  • Heart attacks can happen to anyone

    One morning Rickey Roberts woke up and took his children to a sheep show in Oklahoma, that same night he underwent heart surgery at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita. “To this day, I still don’t why it happened,” Roberts, the K-State Research and Extension Agent for Marion County, said. “I thought I was a healthy guy. I didn’t drink or smoke, I didn’t think I was old, I didn’t have a family history of heart problems, and I thought I got enough exercise working on the farm.”


  • Recycling gets another look from county

    After a pair of county-sponsored recycling programs fizzled out in recent years because of poor return on investment, Marion County is considering a recycling program on a larger scale. Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt told county commissioners on Tuesday that he had investigated other options for recycling. A recycling center in Hutchinson would pay the county an amount based on commodity prices if the county delivered recycling to the center, he said.

  • County considers jail space rent

    Marion County Commission Chairman Randy Dallke asked Sheriff Rob Craft on Tuesday whether it was time to think about renting space in the new county jail to other counties. The question came after Craft told the commission that his staff is getting well accustomed to how the new facility works and that there are 10 to 15 beds empty most of the time.


  • Another shot at recycling

    Marion County has spent the last few years trying several methods to provide a recycling service for county residents. It started with a monthly route where people could bring recyclables to a trailer stop, but that required people to sort items and was only available for a couple of hours at any stop. More recently, the county placed recycling bins in outlying communities. People could take their recycling any time, and they didn’t have to sort it. That program required the county to pay Waste Connections to pick up the recycling, though, and the amount recycled didn’t provide enough savings at the landfill to pay for the pickup fee, so the county has decided to discontinue that service.

  • Chamber hears downtown plans

    Engineer Darin Neufeld of EBH & Associates P.A. spoke Friday to Marion Chamber of Commerce about plans to renovate downtown Marion between Walnut and Elm streets. An application for a grant of about $775,000 was filed earlier in the day, he said.


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    What goes around comes around

    Combined concert a success


  • Fundraising ongoing for Marion bathrooms

    The Marion Park board, Marion Advancement Campaign, Kiwannis, and PRIDE have raised $22,000 to replace the bathrooms and gazebo in Marion Central Park. Park board representative Todd Heitschmidt said fundraising efforts are ongoing but there have not been any donations since the beginning of 2013.

  • Special Olympians and spectators win

    Rachael Johnson jumped with all her might when McPherson County scored a basket. “I love to see them win, win, win,” the Special Olympian with Down syndrome said. “When the ball goes in the hoop, I just get so excited. It doesn’t matter who plays. I just like to see it go in.”

  • Post Office time changing

    Mail pickup times at the Marion Post Office inside and outside will change Saturday. The new pickup time will be 3:05 p.m. Anything mailed after that will be processed the next day.

  • P.E.O. chapter hears annual letter

    Pam Bowers read the annual President’s Letter at the Feb. 4 P.E.O. Chapter DB meeting. Jean Case, Debbi Darrow, Mary Kay Classen, and Lavonne Hannaford served as co-hostesses at the Presbyterian Church. Bowers noted all activities and accomplishments of the chapter during the past year, and presented two book reviews. Janet Marler gave an informative report on the Marion City Library and told what services are available.

  • Hymn sing is Sunday

    Steve Vincent will lead the monthly community hymn sing at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The evening will focus on “Principles of Inheritance” and include singing, scripture reading, and prayer. Those attending will have opportunity to select favorite hymns.

  • Library offers eBooks

    The Marion City Library has expanded services with eBooks, available to download from http://www.marion.mykansaslibrary.org and clicking on Sunflower eLibrary under the eReader tab. Patrons may browse the collection, check out with a valid library card, and downlaod to PC, Mac, and many mobile devices. To use the service, Overdirve Media Consule, and Adobe Digital Edition will need to be installed.

  • Vincent to perform at Lifelong Learning

    The spring semester of Lifelong Learning programs will start Friday with a presentation by Steve Vincent of Hillsboro. The program will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. He will be singing and sharing his talents on the piano and handbells. He also will express his thoughts on the musical selections and will ask the audience to join him in a few familiar songs.

  • Workshop offered for business start-ups

    A workshop on how to start a small business is offered from
    3 to 5 p.m. March 27 in the Hillsboro City Hall Meeting Room, 116 E. Grand Ave. The workshop will offer essential information about marketing, management, and money to help entrepreneurs to assess the feasibility of their idea. They also will help to formulate and write a business plan.


  • Wiens family celebrates birthdays

    The family of MaryAnn Wiens gathered Saturday for the annual February birthday celebration. All the Wiens girls — Diann Cline, Denise Hett, Joni Crofoot, Janice Hodson, Loraine McGahee, and Loreen Hett — have February birthdays. Other family members with February birthdays are Marvin Cline, Alysa McGahee, Matt Cline, and Heath Voss.

  • Lodge announces winners

    Centre Lodge No. 147 met Feb. 13 at the Marion Senior Center for their annual Past Masters’ Night banquet. Following the meal, Worshipful Master John Darting recognized Rosse Case as the oldest living past master of the lodge. Case joined the Masonic Lodge in 1952 and first became as Master in 1962. Darting presented a check to Briana Hall, a senior at Marion High School, for winning the local Masonic Lodge 2012 School Essay Contest. The theme of the essay answered the question “In marketing the State of Kansas to a national audience (trying to entice people to locate here), what would be the major focus of your campaign?” Her entry will also be entered in the statewide Grand Lodge of AF & AM of Kansas contest.

  • CDDO meets Monday

    The Board of Directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will meet 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204 in Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum at the beginning of the meeting.

  • Hannaford, Clark complete training courses

    Roger W. Hannaford III and Shayla Clark, both of Hannaford Abstract & Title Co. of Marion, completed courses Feb. 6 through 8 at the 53rd annual Kansas Land Title School in Wichita. Training included three course levels: for those entering the industry, for more experienced professionals, and for owners, managers, and well-versed professionals.

  • Valley church to hold prayer service

    Valley United Methodist Church will host a 2013 World Day of Prayer service at 7 p.m. March 1. The theme is: “I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical celebration of prayer and prayerful action. It is written by the women of France to encourage the welcoming of migrant people worldwide.

  • Guetersloh to teach English in Japan

    Isaac Guetersloh, a 2007 alumnus of Marion High School, has accepted a job to teach English as a second language for the Bernard English School in Japan. He will be teaching in a town about 30 miles north of Tokyo. Guetersloh earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University in Topeka and a master’s degree in education and teaching English as a second language from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

  • Seedstock listed in Pathfinders report

    Harms Plainview Ranch, Lincolnville, has been nationally recognized by the American Angus Association for having four registered Angus cows and one registered bull included in the association’s 2013 Pathfinder report. The ranch, owned by Mark and Kim Harms, is one of only 1,992 of the 25,000 association members represented in the report.

  • BIRTH:

    Sadie Nichole Williams

    Marion Senior Center, Tampa


  • 10

    Marion High School students Tomi McLinden and Chelsea Arnhold served Feb. 12 as legislative pages for state Senator Jay Scott Emler of Lindsborg. The girls are pictured with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in her office at the state capitol.

  • 25

    Marion High School’s varsity quiz bowl team took first place recently in the CVL tournament. Members of the team are Mark Meisinger, Phil Hanes, Robin Summervill, Brad Tice, Lane Allison, Lori Lalouette, Ed Zeller, and Greg Tice.

  • 35

    Coach Marion Ogden recently released the accumulative stats on the Warriors for the season. The four main team leaders are Doug Heerey, Jay Smith, Jerry Hett and Greg Boyle.
    Heerey led the Warriors in average points per game and shared highest percentage of shots with Jerry Hett. Hett led the free-throw percentage with Boyle next. Boyle also had 44 steals, beating the second highest by 12 steals.

  • 50

    Bill Winkley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Winkley, along other members of the Pershing Rifles of Kansas State, took part in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. The boys marched nine miles carrying a nine-and-one-half-pound rifle. Of all the states entered in the parade, the unit from Kansas was the only group that did not drop out before finishing the parade.

  • 60

    The whole Marion community received one of its deepest shocks in recent years at the word of the death Sunday night of Alvin Propp, popular young manager of Marion Equipment Company. His death is a severe blow and loss to the community, as well as a grievous loss to family and friends. He was 43 years of age.

  • 100

    ADV—The Aulne Nursery wants you to remember that we have trees and plants for this county and they are good. Write or come to the nursery and get prices and goods. There is no use buying of agents. I have the best line of roses I ever had. A.T. Remer.

  • 125 years ago

    That enterprising meat merchant, Mr. Denmark, will soon remove his market to the more eligible Bowron corner, where he will have the finest establishment of the kind in the county.


  • Centre teacher flips classroom

    Kara Luce knew the “flipped-classroom” model was working when one of her challenged students helped her top student solve a science problem. “It was great to watch,” the Centre High School science teacher said. “In a traditional setting, you get students spitting out answers back on a test. But, with this learning method, students can teach one another. In this case, my special needs student got it before my A-students, so she helped them understand. You don’t always see that.”

  • Ag teacher resigns at Centre

    The Centre USD 397 board of education met Tuesday in a special session regarding personnel. They first met in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.

  • Coffee shop nears completion

    If something good comes from a process in which people work together, then Marion High School students and staff are on the verge of sweet success. Lucas King’s construction class hopes to put finishing touches this week on the new school coffee shop, located in the northwest corner of the high school library. Students primed, painted, and stained counter tops, cabinet sides, and sink shelves on Monday, taking turns as class schedules allowed.

  • Carr receives scholarship

    Cody Carr is the recipient of a $200 Black and Gold Scholarship from Cloud County Community College for the 2013-14 academic year. Cody will graduate in May from Marion High School. He is the son of David and Nina Carr.

  • Tabor College faculty plans recital

    The public is invited to attend a free recital presented by adjunct faculty members of the Tabor College music department at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Tabor College Chapel Auditorium. It will include voice, wind, and string instruments and will feature music from the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Choir to go on tour

    The Tabor College Concert Choir will be taking its annual spring tour March 14 to 24. They will visit seven churches in Denver, Colo., and central California, as well as Immanuel High School in Reedley, Calif. Under the direction of Brad Vogel, the choir will perform with the theme, “The Radiance of His Glory,” based on Hebrews 1:3 — “

  • Retiring teacher a calming influence

    Marion Middle School science teacher Bill Darrow spent most of Monday’s science experiences class troubleshooting projects the students were working on. The students had made miniature “sleds” for a demonstration of Isaac Newton’s third law of motion: that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

  • College Goal Sunday focuses on financial aid

    Students needing financial aid to attend college or a vocational school next year, can get answers to their questions at various locations in Kansas on Sunday afternoon. College Goal Sunday is a free program sponsored by USA Funds and the Lumina Foundation for Education.


  • Cougar boys end season with victories

    The Centre Cougars ended the regular season on a roll, after defeating Elyria Feb. 5 on the road, Wakefield in the homecoming game Feb. 8, and non-league Chase County Friday at home. Their record stands at 11-9 heading into the sub-state tournament next week at Burrton. Coach Greg Wyatt said he expects them to have a first-round bye. Justin Deines scored more than 20 points in each of the three games. He scored 25 points Friday in the game against Chase County.

  • Lady Cougars lose to Chase County

    The Centre girls led most of the way Friday, but fell behind in the final two minutes of the game, losing to Chase County, 56-53. Their record is 14-6 heading into the sub-state tournament next week at Burrton. They are expected to have a first-round bye. Cacey Simons scored seven points in the first quarter, along with four by Bryanna Svoboda, and two by Makenzie Deines. Centre led, 13-9, at the end of the quarter.

  • Schafers to wrestle at Kids Club state

    Marion Junior Warriors Kids Club wrestler Trevor Schafers has won first place at six tournaments this season — Marion, Herington, Abilene, Manhattan, Newton, and Minneapolis. He also placed second at Hillsboro and third at Emporia and has recorded 11 pins this season.

  • Five Marion wrestlers make state tourney

    Five Marion High School wrestlers qualified for the state tournament in Hays. Brody Carroll won the Fredonia Regional championship at 152 pounds on Saturday. He pinned Reid Hugo of Cherryvale in the second round of the championship match. Carroll said an advantage in the match was his height and he tried to use his superior leverage to his advantage. Starting on bottom in the second round, he scored an early reversal before securing Hugo’s arm and leg for the pin.

  • Warriors win big at home

    Point guard Taylor Heidebrecht changed the game when he entered the third quarter Tuesday against Hutch Trinity. The Warriors were down 24-22 and had not led at any point in the contest midway through the third when James Jones, Zach Robson, and Heidebrecht came off the bench. About 3 minutes, 50 seconds later, Heidebrecht caused one turnover, created two steals, was a part of a 10-second half court call, and had scored five points.

  • Marion girls make mistakes

    There was a play in the second quarter Tuesday where Marion guard Kirsten Hansen slowed a fast breaking Hutchinson Trinity guard by forcing her to the sideline. With her teammates running back to help, Hansen seized the opportunity to poke the basketball away from her opponents grasp, safely out of bounds. Only a few plays later, Katey Ehrlich executed a perfect box out on her opponent, sticking her backside into the Trinity player and waiting for the ball to bound off the rim into her hands.


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