• Officers stick by canines despite questions

    Two Marion County law enforcement officers have become the latest police personnel caught up in a nationwide trend that, while apparently legal, may involve questionable practices. Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Wilson of Peabody and Hillsboro officer Brad Richards are in no way accused of wrongdoing.

  • Aulne church responds to need

    In three days, Aulne Church members and other volunteers had cleared away two trailers full of debris and at least a dozen truckloads of overhanging trees from Julie Starks’ property in Aulne. Forty-seven people showed up on Memorial Day to help with the house project. Under the watchful eye of project coordinators Dan Hague, Dennis Riggs, and Mark Whitney, the crew had built most of a front porch and applied one coat of paint to the house exterior. The crew accounted for about 43 percent of the Aulne United Methodist Church congregation.

  • Brookens: Don't let sacrifices be in vain

    Seven score and 10 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address, commemorating the soldiers who died in the Battle of Gettysburg. Lincoln said those soldiers did more to consecrate the battlefield than any dignitaries could do. “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain,” Lincoln said, in part.

  • Public sounds off about park restrooms

    A crowd of nearly two dozen residents expressed concern Tuesday night about plans to locate new restrooms in Central Park. The first seven speakers reached a consensus location for park restrooms — where the gazebo currently stands.

  • 70 vote in hospital election

    Kathy Meierhoff and Steve Smith were elected to the St. Luke Hospital Board on Tuesday. Smith received the most votes with 42, while Meierhoff received 38 votes. Incumbent Martin Tice received 33 votes, and Chris Gillespie received 27 votes. Tice and Jerry Dieter’s board positions were up for election to three-year terms. Dieter chose not to run for re-election because he serves on Marion City Council.


  • Effie Louise Edwards

    Effie Louise Edwards, 85, of Spring Hill, formerly of Lawrence and Richmond, passed away May 20, 2013, at Blackhawk Assisted Living in Spring Hill. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Richmond Community United Methodist Church in Richmond, Kan. A reception followed the service. Burial at a later date at Richmond Cemetery. Her body was donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

  • Dorothy Hanneman

    Dorothy Hanneman, 93, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 1, 1920, to Alfred and Nellie Louise (Erion) Burgat of Peabody. She married Joel Hanneman in Newton on Jan. 24, 1940. He died in 2009.

  • Winifred 'Fred' C. Houseman

    Winfred “Fred” C. Housman passed away in Santa Fe, N.M., on May 15, 2013, at the age of 80. A Celebration of Life with military honors will be held at the Legal Tender in Lamy on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. Fred was born in Shreveport, La., attended Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, and served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy on the carrier USS Wasp. He managed three Kroger stores in Dallas for several years and owned a motel in Buena Vista, Colo., for two years.

  • Esther Klein

    Esther Klein, 92, died May 24, at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born on January 19, 1921 to George and Hulda (Bentz) Ottensmeier of Tampa. She married Lawrence Harry Klein on August 9, 1945 in Tampa.

  • Marcella Unruh

    Marcella Unruh, 90, of Durham died Tuesday at Eagle Crest Retirement Community in Salina. She was born Sept. 7, 1922, to Isaac and Mollie (Betz) Lorenz in Durham. She was a homemaker. She married Norman Unruh on Oct. 14, 1943, in Newton. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988.

  • Thelma Warkentine

    Thelma Warkentine, 84, died Friday at Midland Hospice in Topeka. She was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Peabody to Gilbert and Gladys (Burton) Manka. On April 14, 1947, she married Marvin E. Warkentine. He preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2009, after 62 years of marriage.



  • County recycling supported

    Marion County Commission had to move its meeting Tuesday to the courtroom to accommodate everybody who attended the meeting about recycling. The discussion attracted 28 people, including residents of every city in the county. “It tickled me pink to see that kind of crowd,” Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said later.

  • Marion approves tax breaks for duplexes

    Mayor Mary Olson and council member Jerry Deiter were knotted in several seconds of silence on Tuesday. Both were waiting to see how the other would respond to the ordinance allowing the industrial revenue bond to Homestead Affordable Housing. Council member Chris Meierhoff was absent and Todd Heitschmidt abstained because Central National Bank has two bonds with the Homestead project.


  • Part 7 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 recently was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and is under consideration for sainthood. Excerpts from “

  • Chaplain serves in Burma, India

    “Most Reverend and dear Bishop: “I have been traveling nearly the whole month. On March 4, we left Miami Beach, Fla., via air (ATC). On March 8, at 1 p.m., we flew directly over Bethlehem. Imagine the thrill to be up in the clouds where the angels of the Nativity had sung. We could see a part of Jericho and the Jordan emptying into the Dead Sea. The grazing land and white rocks looked beautiful from the high skies. I can tell you that we were in Delhi, India. I saw the large palace of Shadahan, also the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.


  • Don't take water for granted

    Water is the lifeblood of any community. At a bare minimum, enough is needed to drink, cook with, and clean with. It also is handy for irrigation, keeping lawns green, and recreation. The importance of protecting water sources has been highlighted every summer for the past decade by blooms of dangerous blue-green algae, first at the Marion Reservoir and then at Marion County Lake. The algae have threatened the drinking water source of more than half the population of Marion County — Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody all get their water from the reservoir.


  • Lawn care class is June 20

    K-State Extension Marion County and Marion County Environmental Health are sponsoring a free lawn care class at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Marion County Lake Hall. A meal will be served free of charge.

  • Group gives to scholarship fund

    The Marion County Democratic Women met at Marion Senior Center on May 24. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting.

  • Quilt group looks for barns

    The Marion County Quilt Trail recently met in Marion with representatives from Graphic Concepts Inc. to continue discussion and organization of a Marion County Barn Quilt Trail. They are looking for homeowners who would like a quilt pattern placed on their barn or other outbuilding.




  • Errors cost Warriors shot at state title

    An error with two outs in the seventh inning gave the Marion Warriors one extra chance to advance in the state baseball tournament on Thursday, but the Warriors weren’t able to capitalize on the mistake the way the Silver Lake Eagles had earlier in the game. With Zach Robson on first base and two outs, Taylor Heidebrecht popped the ball up to third base. The third baseman dropped the ball, though, and Heidebrecht was safe at first. Running full-speed the entire way, Robson was able to reach third base on the error.

  • Relay team ups its game

    The Marion 4x800 team placed third with a time of 8:13.37, good enough for a new school record by about 5 seconds. “I’m surprised,” runner Brody Carroll said. “I didn’t know we’d run that well.”

  • Warrior track steps up at state

    The state track meet is a different environment. At most track meets, the pole vault area is somewhat isolated, usually near the other field events. At Cessna stadium, it’s in the middle of the infield. Distractions abound, with races going on to the vaulter’s right and other athletes warming up just a few yards away to the left. The crowd, paying attention to the race, can be deafening.

  • Shields places 12th at state

    Centre sophomores Shelby Makovic and Nellie Kassebaum placed 15th and 16th in the 3200-meter run Friday at the state meet in Wichita. Makovic ran a time of 13 minutes, 41.52 seconds, and Kassebaum ran a time of 14:42.74. Sophomore Brenna Shields placed 12th in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet.


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