• Kapaun awarded Medal of Honor

    Father Emil J. Kapaun received long-overdue recognition Thursday when President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Kapaun’s nephew, Ray Kapaun, at the White House. Obama remarked that when the Korean War ended 60 years ago, there was one group of soldiers — prisoners of war — who returned home carrying a carved wooden cross in honor of Kapaun, who served and saved them on the battlefield and in the prison camp.

  • Pool drained for first time since opening

    For the first time since it opened in 2008, the pool at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center has been drained. It will be closed for repainting and some minor repairs. Over time, the paint has worn down.

  • Business is in Marion electrician's blood

    Recently, a Marion resident asked Lin Slifer where he was moving. Slifer was baffled by this question — he was not moving anywhere. He is still going to live at Marion County Lake; he is still working as an electrician. “I still want to do electrical work,” he said. “A lot of people have trusted me to do it for years.”

  • Son of administrator injured in accident

    Marion High School graduate and son of City Administrator Doug Kjellin, Erik Kjellin, was injured in a skateboarding accident on April 6 near Manhattan. Erik Kjellin was transported via ambulance to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. According to an email from Doug Kjellin to the Marion Chamber of Commerce, Erik was riding a longboard with friends around Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Doug Kjellin said Monday that this is a common activity for Erik and his friends.


  • Wanda Maxine Baker

    Wanda Maxine Baker, 94, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Perkins, Okla. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Wanda was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Wichita, Kan., to Earl and Leah Frances (Runyan) Galusha. On Jan. 5, 1937, she married the love of her life, Harold Morrell Coleman, in Newton, Kan. She later married Hartman Baker of Peabody, Kan.

  • Eldon Beneke

    SALINA — Eldon Beneke was born June 8, 1924, at Walton, Kan. He was the son of William and Marie (Krause) Beneke. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church of Newton. At the age of 6, the Beneke family moved to Lincolnville. He attended the St. John’s Lutheran School for eight years. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in May 1939. He graduated from Lincolnville High School in May 1943.

  • Florence Irene Dimock

    Florence Irene Dimock, 89, died in Pasadena, California on April 7, 2013. Born Florence Pleiser on May 24, 1923, in Tampa, Kan., she moved to Los Angeles during World War II and worked the swing shift at Douglas Aircraft where she met her husband, Ted.

  • O'Letta Mae Dover

    O’Letta Mae Dover, 73, died April 15, 2013. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at Peabody Christian Church, 2nd and Sycamore, Peabody, Kan.



  • County wants road ready for pilgrimage

    County Commissioner Dan Holub asked Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford if the stretch of Remington Road between Pilsen and 290th Road could be made into a hard surface before June 2. That is the date of a pilgrimage to Pilsen in honor of Father Emil Kapaun. Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday, and the crowd in Pilsen is expected to be even larger than usual for this summer’s pilgrimage.

  • Marion approves tax abatement

    It was all or nothing. If Marion City Council did not grant a 100 percent tax exemption for the full 10 years, Tom Bishop and Homestead Affordable Housing were going to walk, leaving one completed duplex. The council still needs to approve an ordinance for the issuance of bonds, but if the council was going to vote against the project, the time was Monday.


  • Put one foot in front of the other

    Joy Spence spends each Saturday morning walking around the Marion County Lake for one reason: her health. “My whole body just feels better when I’m out here,” the 69-year-old lake resident said. “Who could not be re-energized by taking a stroll out here? It’s gorgeous; the sun’s shining and the birds are singing. It makes you feel glad just to be alive.”

  • Wheat bread is not created equal

    Mary Beth Bowers has one mission: to tell consumers that all wheat bread isn’t created equal. “Unless it says whole wheat bread on the label, it’s not authentic,” the Wheat Commission member said. “They use all the wrong flours and then have to add all the good stuff back in – and in order to make it look like whole-wheat bread, they add caramel color to it.”

  • Radishes are a superfood

    One of the earliest vegetables harvested from the home garden in spring is radishes. They come up fast, grow fast, and add a dash of color and pep to a meal. Radishes are high in vitamin C, which boosts bone health and helps wounds heal faster. They also contain folate and blood-pressure-lowering potassium, and they may even protect against cancer, according to some sources.

  • Peabody native creates, markets Omega 3 meat

    Bernie Hansen grew up in Peabody, spending many formulative hours under the tutelage of then high school agriculture adviser Gary Jones. Now a Flint Hills resident with a pioneering history of meat industry success, Hansen is surprised at how far his interest in agriculture has taken him. What comes as no surprise is Hansen’s pursuit of success as he embarks on a national marketing campaign to promote his latest product — beef with elevated levels of Omega 3 and dietary benefits rivaling that of wild salmon or the Mediterranean diet.

  • Cats make entertaining companions

    Tomfoolery aside, Tom and Velcro enjoy their life as mascots of the Animal Health Center in Marion, sometimes a little too much according to veterinary technician Steph Jensen. “Tom, the darker one, he is 15-years-old and kind of grumpy sometimes. Someone has to help him get up and down off the counter these days, but he loves visitors,” she said. “Now, Velcro, he really likes to tease the bigger dogs that come in. He gets all fluffed up and growls at them like he is a big shot.”


  • Chapter 1 of serialization

    Msgr.Arthur Tonne, a prolific author, came to St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen to write this 1954 biography of Father Emil Kapaun, who last week posthumously won the Congressional Medal of Honor and is under consideration for sainthood. Excerpts from “

  • From Kansas farm boy to saintly hero

    They were a simple, substantial, hardworking couple, whose deep Catholic faith had grown sturdy and strong, founded as it was in century upon century of flourishing Catholicism in Bohemia. The new arrival on the Kapaun farm was baptized a few weeks after his birth. The church record has this entry in Latin: “On the 9th day of May, 1916, I baptized Emil Kapaun, born on the 20th day of April, 1916, the son of Enos and Elizabeth Kapaun (born Hajek). The godparents were John Melcher and Cecilia Melcher, his wife. Fr. John Sklenar.”


  • Believe it or not, you have the power

    Too often, people learn about silly ideas but feel powerless to do anything to stop them. It’s one of the reasons fewer and fewer people vote, volunteer, donate, or join civic groups. In recent weeks, two great ideas — honoring heroic Chaplain Emil Kapaun and providing modern restrooms in Marion’s Central Park — have been imperiled by uncertainty over whether the institutions that will implement them are strong enough to resist silly ideas being floated about them.

  • Banned in Marion

    What do “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” the Bible, “Brave New World,” “The Canterbury Tales,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Doctor Zhivago,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “1984” have in common? All have been banned by various school and public libraries worldwide, just as one substitute teacher is urging Marion schools to do with the 2004 novel “Crank.”


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  • Florence chamber sets meeting dates

    The Florence Chamber of Commerce will hold their 2013 meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at the ambulance building. Business memberships are $25 and individual memberships are $15.

  • Gallery 101 to feature students' works

    Gallery 101 owner Jan Davis is preparing for her next special show; this time it is a show of works by Marion High School seniors. “They’ve got some really good stuff,” Davis said. “I’m excited.”

  • Conference celebrates 75th anniversary

    In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Latin America Mennonite Brethren Conference, the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College has invited Rolando Mireles of Rio Grande City, Texas, to give the keynote address April 27 at the CMBS annual meeting in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. Mireles has been active within the conference for 41 years and has served in many leadership positions. He also has served on the U.S. Conference board of church ministries, as the U.S. Conference chairman, on the Tabor College board of directors, and as a committee member for the National Youth Convention and the International Community of Mennonite Brethren.

  • Centre FFA to host livestock show at Herington

    Centre FFA will host a prospect show April 27 and 28 at the Herington fairgrounds. Entries are due Saturday. Forms are available at http://www.usd397.com. Market swine, goats, and sheep will be shown at 9 a.m. April 27. Breeding heifers and market steers will be shown at 12:30 p.m. April 28.

  • Historic tour begins at Tabor College

    A tour of historic Mennonite sites will begin at 12:15 p.m. April 27 at the historic church on the Tabor College campus. A light, ethnic lunch known as Faspa will be served before departure. Stops during the tour will include the Brunk cemetery; Canada cemetery; Gnadenau Krimmer Mennonite Brethren village, orphanage, and cemetery; Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren church and cemetery; Peabody historic threshing stone marker; and cemetery; and Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The tour is scheduled to return to Hillsboro by 5:15 p.m.


  • Airman completes training

    Air Force Airman Jack F. Crayton recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • Ladies Fair is Saturday

    The 2nd annual Marion County Ladies Fair will be held April 20, starting at 9 a.m., at the county lake hall. Several vendors will be present, offering items for purchase and door prizes.

  • Lutheran women collect stamps

    Members of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League in Marion and surrounding areas in Kansas are collecting used postage stamps. The stamps are sent to Texas where they are sorted and sold to stamp collector dealers through a bidding process. The money collected from the Stamporee Project is used to help pay shipping costs of sending quilts and relief kits to other countries.

  • Lifelong Learning focuses on overseas teaching

    Betty Baerg Lofland will be speaking Friday at Lifelong Learning about her 35-year teaching experience in the Middle East and China. She evacuated twice from Beirut and fled from Tehran when Khomeini returned.

  • Hancock's students to give piano recital

    Anita Hancock’s students’ piano recital will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center in Marion. Students performing are: Madison Arocha, Cooper Bailey, Abi Bernhardt, Calli and Chloe Burkholder, Aubrey Craig, Nicholas Davies, Landon Dye, Tristen Dye, Sophia Dye, Emily Hake, Cade Harms, Grace Hett, Emily Hutchison, Samantha Kelsey, Jack Lanning, Jaeden McMillin, Jaden Slifer, Mia Spencer, Jayden Spencer, McKinnon Waner, Chisholm Waner, Grace Winter, and Campbell Winter.


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  • Marion High School prom slideshow

    Cameras flashed as Marion high school students promenaded April 13 before their friends and family, giving them a chance to show off their gowns, suits, and tuxedos. The event started promptly at 6 p.m. in front of Eastmoor United Methodist Church, with dinner following. The banquet hall was cool, protecting those in attendance from the hot wind blowing outside. Each student sat in wonderment as they looked around the elegantly decorated room, lit by icicle lights, before enjoying the rest of the prom activities.

  • Applications open for music camp

    Junior high and high school instrumentalists and high school vocalists can apply for a week of quality musical performances and class training and workshops from guest artists July 14 to July 20 at Fort Hays State University. Artists will be German Gutierrez, orchestra director at Texas Christian University; John Fedchock, jazz trombonist from New York City; and Karl Fenner, principal bass in the Colorado Symphony.

  • FBLA students report to Centre board

    Three of the 12 Centre High School students who are headed to the national Future Business Leaders of America convention June 26 to July 1 in Anaheim, Calif., appeared before the board of education to talk about their experiences at the state convention. Makenzie Deines, Carrie Carlson, and Bryanna Svoboda all said it was an unforgettable experience. Carlson has qualified for national convention all four years of her high school career including as state parliamentarian as a sophomore. The conference is held in a different city each year.

  • Marion students head to national competitions

    Two Marion High School students have qualified to participate in national competitions. Lauren McLinden

  • Kleiner brings experience to TEEN position

    Lena Kleiner of Hillsboro will not begin her new position as Marion County TEEN director until July 1, but that is not keeping her from planning and dreaming about how to use her experience to help students and teachers in the county. “My hope for this position is that I can be of assistance to all the teachers in the five districts to integrate technology into their classrooms and that students can utilize the Interactive Distance Learning network to its fullest potential,” she said.

  • Marion schools hire 2 teachers

    Marion schools will have a pair of new teachers, each with a master’s degree, when school starts in the fall. USD 408 Board of Education approved hiring Kelsey Metro and Tim Cassidy during a special meeting Monday. Metro was hired as the new middle school science and technology teacher. She has seven years experience and has a master’s degree. On the current salary schedule, that would qualify her for a salary of $39,600. She was the applicant recommended by administrators from a pool of 11 applicants.

  • Snelling joins honor society

    Tristen Snelling of Marion, a sophomore in early childhood education at Kansas State University, was among 53 students who recently became new members of Kappa Omicron Nu. Kappa Omicron Nu is a human ecology honor society.

  • Plant sale is Saturday at Centre

    The Centre High School horticulture class will be offering bedding and vegetable plants for sale at the school greenhouse. Flower plants available include coleus, geranium, daisies, cosmos, dahlias, Mexican sunflowers, impatiens, marigolds, pansies, petunias, blue flax, and sweet alyssum.

  • Centre FFA blood drive is April 29

    Centre FFA will be hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 in the Centre High School gymnasium. Walk-ins are welcome.


  • Warriors make imporovements at the plate

    The Marion softball offense was clicking on Tuesday with 10-5 and 18-6 victories against Sedgwick. The Warriors scored about every way imaginable in the second game. They put together a six-run first inning. For the final run of the frame, JayDee Schafers scored after she was thrown out at the plate, obstruction was called on third baseman who held her up as she was rounding the bag.

  • Marion shuts out Clay Center

    The Marion Warriors baseball team had three hits and a run before Clay Center’s catcher caught a pitch Friday. Taylor Heidebrecht, Dylan Seacat, and Grif Case each hit a first-pitch single in the top of the first inning. “It’s huge, and at this level, you rely so much on momentum,” coach Roger Schroeder said.

  • Boys' track team places 2nd

    The Marion High School boys’ track team placed second behind Sacred Heart at the Smoky Valley Invitational on Friday. Jordan Hett led the team in scoring with 16 points, placing second in the 1,600- and 3,200- meter runs with times of 4 minutes, 48.1 second and 10:43.2, respectively. Timothy Knolla added 2 points with a pair of sixth-place finishes in those races.

  • Johnson leads CHS golf

    Kodey Johnson was Centre’s leading player April 9 at the Northern Heights golf meet in Emporia. Johnson scored a 99 for 40th place. Other team members were Dylan Svitak, 45th at 105; Nathaniel Engler, 62nd at 119; Tyler Bentz, 67th at 133; and Jacob Matz, 68th at 136.

  • Hett, Harper play on all-star team

    Marion guard Jordan Hett was selected to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention team. Hett and teammate Jacob Harper aslo played in the Central Kansas All Star game March 24 at Barton County Community College.

  • Bowling results


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