• 10 arrested on drug charges

    Law enforcement officials arrested six more people on drug charges Thursday and Saturday, bringing the total to 10 arrests since April 19. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ida French of Marion on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, no drug tax stamp, and child endangerment on Thursday. She was released on a $5,000 bond Friday morning. She is scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. May 20.

  • Developer offered to buy duplexes

    Before beginning work on a brand new project, Tom Bishop of Homestead Affordable Housing reached out to owners of the Sunrise Townhomes duplexes about buying the duplexes. Lois Smith, who presides over the investor meetings, said the group has talked about selling the duplexes — provided they remained set aside for low-income senior citizens — but Bishop’s offer was too low to seriously consider.

  • Crash kills Marion resident

    Zachariah Antoszyk, 22, of Marion was killed in a crash early Sunday morning on U.S. 56/77 near the intersection with 340th Road. Antoszyk was driving south on the highway in his pickup when Shane A. Mascareno, 43, of Jetmore crossed the centerline into the west ditch in his semi-truck driving north. Mascareno brought the vehicle back onto the roadway and the attached trailer collided with Antoszyk at 3:05 a.m.

  • Garage sales attract out-of-towners

    Garage sales Saturday in Marion and Peabody attracted customers from near and far. Vonnie Gfeller, selling decorations, dolls, and other items that belonged to her late mother, said many of the customers at her sale in Peabody were from Marion, Hillsboro, and Durham, although they had a pair of out-of-state customers. Dana and Viola Ostrom of Oklahoma City, came specifically to shop at garage sales.

  • Nurse hands off ER for routine

    Sometimes dependability, consistency, routine are better than adrenaline-pumping excitement. Traci Waner grew up in Marion; her first nursing job was at St. Luke Living Center when she was 17. She never expected to go back into geriatric care 24 years later.

  • Robinson gains perspective on Australian trip

    Elora Robinson went to Australia for a vacation, but came back with a broader global prospective. “When I came here in 1985, McDonalds was only in Sydney and Melbourne,” the Marion resident in her 70s said. “Now it’s in every small town with 5,000 people or more — and, as a result, their society is changing. It’s becoming a lot more like Americans; people are overweight and eat fast food.”

  • Park restrooms up for permit

    The City Council agreed to apply for a conditional use permit with the Marion Planning Commission writing in both proposed locations. The Park Board, MAC, PRIDE, and Chingawassa Days Committee group has selected two areas. The first is located where a swing set is stationed on the east side of the park near the current driveway. The second location is on the west side where a flagpole stands. It would be south and west of the largest fountain.

  • Youk enjoys upcycling at Aunt Bee's

    There are plenty of options at Aunt Bee’s Floral and Gifts in Marion for those looking for a special Mother’s Day gift with everything from purses, jewelry, and specialized clothing to fresh flowers, bedding plants and statuary. However, the most unique items in the greenhouse out back are plants and flowers growing in upcyled pots and containers. “I really enjoy keeping an eye out for unusual containers,” owner Wendy Youk said. “I like to junk if I ever have a spare moment.”


  • Mustangs hard to maintain

    Dylan Svitak went to the Herington Car Show wanting to show off his most prized possession: his 2002 Mustang GT. “When you have a car like this people look at you like your something special,” the 19-year-old Marion resident said. “People don’t expect a young person to have a fancy car. It’s not normal.”

  • Auto class provides outlet for students

    Peabody-Burns High School sophomore Austin Paquette turned the key to the 1990 Toyota pickup and listened to the engine wheeze and whine, stubborn in its refusal to turn over. Two adjustments — give it a little more gas and hold the ignition a little longer. This time there was the familiar click before the motor roared to life. Paquette could not hide his jubilation, frantically high fiving as many people as he could find.

  • Hidden pollers make accurate seatbelt counts

    Students hid in three locations around the Marion High School this year with one agenda: to count the number of students who were wearing seatbelts. “It was a more accurate way to count the actual number of students who came to school with their seatbelts on,” said Lori McLinden, Seatbelts Are For Everyone director. “Students didn’t see the crew wearing the bright vests with clipboards in their hand. They couldn’t lie on a survey. It was all observation.”

  • Pink 'bug' is colorful landmark

    If Jeanette Schaefer’s wishes come true, the 1965 pink Volkswagen “bug” sitting in the yard at 218 Ash will soon be traveling the streets of Hillsboro. “The kids and I helped Dan, my husband, sand it and get it ready for painting when we first met in 1990,” she said. “It has always been a very special car and won’t ever be for sale.”


  • Zachariah J. Antoszyk

    MARION — Zachariah J. “Zach” Antoszyk, 22, passed away April 28, 2013, near Lost Springs, as a result of an auto accident. He was born April 26, 1991, at Camp Hill, Pa. He was the son of John Antoszyk and Kimberly Ditto. He was a graduate of Centre High School and Manhattan Area Technical College. He was currently employed with Excel Industries.

  • Dale Winter

    Dale Winter, 55, died April 25, 2013 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, Kansas. He was born July 4, 1957 to Floyd and Lillian (Ediger) Winter in Hillsboro.



  • Commission hears lake kitchen alternative

    Melissa Bartel of Panhandlers Catering told Marion County Commissioners Thursday that she was open to making her business’ kitchen available for startups to rent, as an alternative to the county spending $75,000 to update one of the kitchens at the county lake hall for that purpose. Bartel was one of nine county residents who attended the meeting to discuss county Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman’s proposal to open a certified kitchen in the lake hall to rent to entrepreneurs and have cooking classes.

  • Workshop offered for older Kansans May 8

    An Answers for Older Kansans workshop will be presented from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 8 at Marion Senior Center by the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging. The workshop will teach senior citizens about ways to prevent being scammed and deal with abuse and elder exploitation in their homes.


  • Part 3 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 “

  • Letters offer peek of personality

    Did Kapaun ever question his vocation? Did he ever wonder whether or not he was really called to be a priest of God? Like every student for the priesthood, at times he was beset with doubts and fears concerning his worthiness for so exacting a calling. Even as a seminarian, when friends mentioned that he might someday be a priest, he almost always answered: “Sometimes I think the sun will have to rise in the west before I could ever be a priest.” He honestly thought that the dignity and responsibilities of Christ’s official representatives were too high for him. Here and there in his letters, even in those penned in a lighter vein, he expressed his high esteem for the honors to which he was called and in contrast his own profound unworthiness.


  • Police make progress on fight against drugs

    Illegal drugs are a problem, here, just as they seemingly are everywhere in the world now. That much is made clear by the fact that a child took a syringe to elementary school last week. I don’t think it is a rampant problem, and I don’t think it is necessarily worse than in other parts of the state or country, but it is definitely a problem when a child can get his or her hands on a syringe that has been used with methamphetamines. Fortunately, we have local law enforcement who are working hard to combat the problem. In a week and a half, police and sheriff’s deputies executed four search warrants that resulted in 10 arrests and the seizure of what Sheriff Rob Craft said were pounds of drugs.


    Who makes the rules?

    Cars go crunch


  • Goessel man dies under vehicle

    Gary L. Schroeder, 62, of Goessel was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being found pinned beneath a vehicle he had been working on. Hillsboro ambulance, Goessel first response, and Goessel Fire Department were dispatched to Schroeder’s home at 214 S. Church St. at 3:22 a.m. Sunday.

  • Sew-What shop changes location

    The Sew-What quilt shop will be moving from their current location to 329 E. Main Street — a move co-owner Carol Riggs said will benefit the shop. “It’s about three times larger than the space we currently have,” she said. “As it is, we couldn’t stick one more yard of fabric in here, even if we wanted to. We’re crammed.”

  • Chronic diseases class offered

    The Marion County Department on Aging is offering a wellness class on Tuesday afternoons at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Instructors for the six-week program will teach how to make good decisions, plan a healthy diet, prevent falls, and improve balance. Tips for better communication with physicians, medication alerts, and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep will also be offered. The cost is $6.

  • Kiwanis donates to Cub Scouts

    Marion Kiwanis donated $200 to Cub Scouts Pack 102 on Tuesday after a presentation by pack leader Javan Koehn. Koehn said the pack is trying to raise fund for camping equipment because of the number of campouts the scouts go on. The weekend of April 20, they went to a camping event at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson. This Friday and Saturday they will have a campout and fishing derby at the county lake.

  • Class will cover financials

    The Kansas Small Business Development Center will provide a workshop on business financials May 22 at Butler Community College of Marion. The class will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the college, 412 N. 2nd St.

  • Tombstone mystery elicits responses

    Several readers responded to last week’s tombstone mystery article published in the Fitzpatrick, who used to live in Marion across the street from Jerry Dieter who owns the land where the mysterious tombstone was recently rediscovered, said she enjoys genealogy research.

  • Tea at Three celebrates friendship

    Marion Church Women United will present a program of songs, scripture, and sharing for community women during a tea at 3 p.m. Friday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. The theme for the May Friendship Day event is, “Swinging Wide the Door of Hospitality.”

  • CDDO special meeting is Monday

    The board of directors of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will have a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main, Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum. For more information, email elizabeths@harveymarioncddo.com.


  • Florence Spring Fling winners announced

    Florence’s annual Spring Fling was held Sunday in Grandview Park. Portable Pets provided horse rides and petting zoo. Other games were also available for the children. Pastor Jeff Lee and Sara Dawson provided musical entertainment.

  • Huelskamp announces office hours

    Congressman Tim Heulskamp’s staff routinely hosts office hours in locations across the First District. During these hours, a staff representative will be available to listen to constituent concerns and offer assistance to those trying to navigate bureaucratic red tape. Constituents seeking assistance are encouraged to bring any relevant documentation.

  • New income guidelines set for food

    The United States Department of Agriculture has established new maximum monthly income guidelines effective April 1 for people wishing to receive commodities. The maximums are dependent on household size. The guidelines are: 1 — $1,245; 2 — $1,681; 3 — $2,116; 4 — $2,552; 5 — $2,987; and $436 for each additional member.

  • Optomotrist recognized

    Optometrist Caleb Abbott was recently recognized for 50 years of membership in the American Optometric Association. The award was presented during the association’s annual meeting in Overland Park.

  • Chat and Dine potluck is May 11

    The next Chat and Dine potluck dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. May 11. Grace Yoder will present a program on her recent trip to the Ukraine. A prize will be given to the person bringing the most first time visitors.

  • Florence alumni banquet is May 25

    The Florence Alumni Association will have its 117th annual alumni banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 25. The banquet will be in the Florence gymnasium and will be preceded by a business meeting at 5:30 p.m.

  • Archaeology training program begins in June

    Marion County residents are invited to attend an Archaeological Excavation in Ellis County, Kansas Volunteers are invited to participate in the 2013 Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) Field School June 1-16, at the presumed location of the Billy Dixon trading post (14EL311) south of Hays in Ellis County. Also known as Whisky Ranch, this site presents an opportunity to investigate the history of immediate post-Civil War era Ellis County, and to advance understanding of the buffalo hunter culture.

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    Reagan Michelle Russell

    Marion Senior Center, Tampa

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  • Wiles to speak at Centre banquet

    Junior high science teacher Deb Wiles will be the speaker Saturday at the Centre Junior/Senior High School banquet. She will be retiring at the end of the school year after a 32-year career at Centre. “I’m not really retiring from teaching,” she said. “I’m just jumping more deeply into another phase of my life.”

  • Marion school board appoints Nordquist to fill Collett term

    USD 408 Board of Education appointed Jana Nordquist last week to complete the final 2½ months of Keith Collett’s term. Nordquist was elected to the board April 2 and would have joined the board in July without the appointment. Superintendent Lee Leiker said the Kansas Association of School Boards recommended appointing Nordquist early to return to seven members.

  • Marion FFA hands out awards

    The Marion/Florence FFA Chapter conducted its Parent/Member/Employer Banquet at the Marion High School cafeteria April 25. Members were recognized for their activities during the year and were presented numerous awards. Elizabeth Meyer was recognized as the Star Chapter Greenhand in Production and Jacob Cope was recognized as the Star Chapter in Placement.

  • Music students rate high

    Marion High School music students performed at the State Solo and Small Group Festival on Saturday. The Marion Singers, Girls Ensemble, Boys Ensemble, and vocal soloists Isaac Baldwin, Jennifer Fruechting, Nick Meyer, and Adam Kjellin received I ratings.

  • Centre co-sponsors FBLA concert

    Centre High School is joining with Council Grove High School to sponsor a benefit concert to help their qualifying FBLA students travel to the national conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June. The concert will be from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday in the Council Grove High School auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for school-age children.

  • Centre plans unique prom location

    Centre High School juniors and seniors and their dates will be bused to Camp Wood Saturday for their banquet, prom, and after-prom activities. The facility is a 600-acre YMCA camp two miles from Elmdale in the Flint Hills. The promenade will be at 4:30 p.m. at the high school, after which all students and their dates will board two chartered buses for the trip to Camp Wood.


  • Lineup moves pay dividends

    Marion baseball Head Coach Roger Schroeder changed around his lineup on Tuesday. Although he wanted to deflect any credit for the decision, the changes worked to the tune of 10-3 and 12-0 wins against Bennington. The impotence for those moves was to get first baseman Taylor Heidebrecht, who has been raking this season, into a position where he is hitting with runners on base. He went from lead off to third in the lineup. In game one, he had a double that scored Luke Steele. He broke out in game two, going 3-for-3 with a triple, double, and three runs.

  • Warriors split with Bennington

    The Marion softball team has proven that it is not going to go down quietly. With the first game against Bennington tied at 3, Megan Richmond locked down the contest on the mound. She drew a double play in the fifth, struck out two batters and drew a weak pop fly to second in the sixth. She got out of the second with consecutive ground balls and a Bennington runner caught stealing.

  • Maloney sets pole vault record at Beloit

    Alicia Maloney set a new Marion High School girls record for pole vault Friday at the Beloit Relays. She vaulted 10 feet, passing the previous school record of 9-6. “She and Zach Hammond kind of push each other in the vault, and both had great performances at Beloit,” coach Grant Thierolf said.

  • Country club opens season with scramble

    Marion Country Club had its season-opening breakfast scramble recently, with 31 golfers competing. The team of Tim Young, Kevin Hayden, Brent Mackay, and Tom Ward won the championship flight with a score of 63. The team of Aaron Hett, Nickolas Hett, Charles Tajchman, and Greg Avant placed second with a score of 64.

  • Rainouts force busy season finish

    The Marion baseball team is in the midst of a mad scramble to finish the season, playing 10 games in eight days. The heavy schedule started Tuesday with home games against Bennington. The last games before that were April 16 against Sedgwick.

  • Lineman camp to improve student players

    The second annual Bud Peterson Memorial Lineman Camp will be May 18 at Herington High School. Participants will practice innovative techniques, strength training, and speed training one-on-one with instructors. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., with camp running from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

  • Centre track competes at Barton County

    The cancellation of the track meet in Marion on April 23 was the third of Centre’s scheduled track meets to be canceled over a 15-day period and not rescheduled. The full squad has participated in just three track meets so far this season. A last-minute invitation allowed the team to participate in a high school track meet Friday in Great Bend, sponsored by Barton County Community College. Teams included Phillipsburg, Solomon, Little River, St. John, Central Plains, Larned, Centre, and Wilson.


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