• Reservoir warning downgraded

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Friday downgraded the Marion Reservoir to an blue-green algae advisory, meaning fishing and boating once again are allowed. The advisory means algae are still present in the water but at non-toxic levels.


  • New nurse saves mother-in-law

    Linda Brewer, 52, is back at work this week after a harrowing experience a month ago in which her daughter-in-law very likely saved her life. Linda thought she was merely dehydrated after working outside. She went inside to get some water and started having severe chest pains.

  • 10 cited in bust at principal's house

    “I was just trying to have the girls over for a sleep-over,” Whitney Gordon said. Hours after the sleep-over started Friday, sheriff’s deputies were breaking up a party of 27 people at the house of Marion High School Principal Tod Gordon, Whitney’s father.

  • Marion may increase utility bills

    The City of Marion is considering a utility rate increase after a preliminary budget draft found the city to be $60,000 over budget for 2013-14. Administrator Doug Kjellin said Monday at a City Council budget workshop that the city could make drastic cuts from already slimmed departments or raise utilities rates.

  • County 'steps into future' with recycling

    Saying it is time for Marion County to “take a step into the future,” county commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to purchase six recycling bins for smaller communities and a roll-off trailer. For now, a truck from the Road and Bridges Department will take the bins to and from a transfer station in Marion.

  • New business bounds into new site

    Don Carter watched proudly as one of his students won gold at a national tumbling and trampoline championship last week in Kansas City. “We pride ourselves in training students who are national champion caliber gymnasts in tumbling and trampoline,” he said.

  • Grader flattens unusual visitor

    When Greg Ballew saw a piece of pipe on the ground while driving his county road grader home, he was surprised what it actually was. “As I was getting closer, it started to move, so I swerved back over and ran it over,” Ballew said. “Then I backed up, took the blade and pulled its head off.”

  • Fair to feature cornucopia of events but no carnival

    The 83rd annual Marion County Fair is right around the corner, and this year there are some big changes. For the first time, the main musical act will perform in Marion, and for the first time in two years, there will not be a carnival.


  • Deputy stops kidnap suspect

    Marion County sheriff’s deputies stopped a suspected kidnapping in progress last week. About 1:50 p.m., July 9, police dispatchers in Sedgwick County received a report that a woman was being abducted by an ex-boyfriend in a semi-truck and was traveling through Marion County on U.S. 50.

  • Dreaming the not-impossible dream

    Justin Terrel’s dream of singing on national television has been deferred, as poet Langston Hughes might have written, but it will not dry up like a raisin in the sun. Disappointed in the finals of a regional qualifying round for Simon Cowl’s Fox TV series “X Factor,” the Marion High School student hopes his dream will explode into a second chance to audition next year with “a more challenging song that showcases my ability better.”

  • Sign urges drivers to slow down

    Drivers heading down Main Street might have noticed a radar sign east of Elm Street. The sign, designed to show drivers their actual speed, is on loan from Kansas Department of Transportation. The city hopes to use the sign until receiving its own sign under a pending grant.

  • Polka is more than song and dance

    Hopping or galloping as they circle the floor, some were compelled to let out an excited whoop or holler. Polka is a way of life for many of who attended the Mid-Western Polka Club dance and watermelon feed Sunday at Marion County Lake hall

  • 1 ATV stolen, 1 recovered in Peabody area

    One all-terrain vehicle was reported stolen and another was recovered in the Peabody area in the past week. Martin Nellans, 771 Newell Road, discovered Saturday that his four-wheeler had been stolen. Alice Nellans said the unusual thing was that whoever took it must have taken a tractor out of its garage, taken the ATV out, and returned the tractor to its place — all without a key.

  • Market features bakery, veggies

    The cucumbers were large, the potatoes were small, and N.M. Patton of Peabody hoped he did not have to pack them back into his truck at the end of last week’s farmers’ market in Marion’s Central Park. “Sometimes we have lots of people and sometimes, like last week, we have hardly anyone,” he said.


  • Robert Bevan

    Longtime Lost Springs postmaster Robert Burl Bevan, 87, died July 3 at Herington Municipal Hospital. He was postmaster for 38 years before retiring in 1989. Born Jan. 24, 1926, in Lost Springs to Burl Franklin and Inez Myrtle (McMillen) Bevan, he was a lifelong resident of Lost Springs

  • Robert Hanson

    Marion resident Robert Lee Hanson, 80, died July 10. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good News Christian Fellowship, Marion. Born Feb. 16, 1933, in Wichita to Vernon and Okla Hanson, he graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951. He studied at Wichita Technical Institute, and worked as a television studio engineer for 10 years in Wichita.

  • Joe Heath

    Florence resident Joe C. Heath died July 11. Born Jan. 27, 1939, in Wichita to Elmer and Henrietta Gage Heath, he was retired from Agco, where he worked many years. He had lived in Florence since the early 1980s.

  • Arthur Schultz

    Former Durham resident and Hillsboro businessman Arthur William Schultz, 90, died Saturday in Derby. He was born Sept. 11, 1922, to Wesley and Bertha (Geis) Schultz in McPherson.



  • Soldiers labor in memory of chaplain

    MacGhee, a staunch Unitarian, admits, “Until I met this tall, slender First Cavalry Division chaplain from Kansas, I had, if anything a slight anti-Catholic bias.” He supports the statements made by scores of other prisoners that Father “gave himself unsparingly to his fellow men;” carrying a wounded man on a stretcher for more than 100 miles; holding religious services despite dire threats, washing the clothes of the sick; bathing their bodies; giving of his own meager food allowance; assisting the dying of all denominations; sharing the pipe tobacco which he enjoyed so much.

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  • A lemon by any other name...

    Little did reporter Susan Marshall know when she wrote of Robin Kyle’s brave fight against cancer and her “bucket list” helicopter flight last week how prophetic her words might be. “When life hands you lemons,” Susan’s story began, “make lemonade.”

  • Tampa writer and "One Woman's View" columnist ill

    Long-time contributing writer Jane Vajnar has been unable to provide her column or her Tampa correspondence for the past two weeks because she is undergoing cancer treatment in Hillsboro Community Hospital. She welcomes visitors. If you wish to send her a card, the hospital’s address is 701 S. Main St., Hillsboro KS 67063.


  • Marion grad to marry

    Michelle Vinduska and Austin Morris of Derby will marry May 24 at Round Barn in Derby. Vinduska graduated from Marion High School in 2008 and Hutchinson Community College in 2012. Angie McCarty and the late Eugene Vinduska Jr. are her parents.

  • Lunch raises $840 for twister relief

    A taco salad lunch organized by St. Luke Living Center residents raised $840 after expenses for tornado relief efforts in Moore, Okla., the living center announced Tuesday. The benefit lunch was June 12.

  • Marion Senior Center receives fresh produce

    Darvin Markley donated fresh cucumbers and squash to Marion Senior Center last week. The center also accepts egg cartons and grocery coupons. Shirley Bowers took cuttings off a big plant in the center’s entryway and shared them as a display.


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  • Students receive degrees, honors

    Wichita State Ten Wichita State University students from Marion County received degrees this spring. Goessel Sheldon J. Goerzen, bachelor of science in aerospace engineering, with high honors. Hillsboro Kimberly A. Givens, bachelor of arts in psychology. Danielle Hagen, master of social work. Patrick R. Harrison, master of education in sport management. Nicholas C. Mueller, bachelor of science in aerospace engineering, with high honors. Marion Sarah L. Dye, bachelor of arts in psychology. Cassandra A. Legg, bachelor of science in biological sciences. Peabody Christian M. Bengtsson, master of business administration. Joseph A. Brunner, master of accountancy. Jana L. Windsor, master of arts in aging studies.

  • Programs dig into reading

    Marion City Library got children acquainted with reading by getting them dirty this summer. With a theme of digging into reading, children read books like “Dirty Gert,” ate rock candy and dino bones, and made volcanoes and worm farms for the past five weeks.

  • Senior wins leader award

    Marion High School senior Lauren McLinden won a national Students Taking Action with Recognition award last week at a national leadership conference in Nashville. The award from the Families Career and Community Leadership Association honored her for her interviewing skills. She scored a 98 out of 100 to receive the award.

  • Grad receives FFA scholarship

    Carrie Carlson has received a $1,000 scholarship from the national FFA to study at Kansas State University.

  • FFA members attend conference

    Centre FFA members Kevin Lewis, Karl Riffel, and Chad Mueller, and advisers Laura Klenda and Jay O’Brien attended the FFA state conference July 1 through 3 at Rock Springs Ranch in Junction City.

  • Musicians in all-state band

    Quinton Hett of Marion and Tracy Henry of Burns have been selected to the 30th annual Kansas Masonic all-state high school marching band. The band will practice July 23 to 27 at Washburn University in Topeka under the direction of Michael Mapp. It will perform at halftime of the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl football game July 27. Hett plays trumpet at Marion High School, and Henry plays trombone at Peabody-Burns High School.

  • Student-athlete honored

    Centre high school graduate Adam Matz, was one of 52 student-athletes from Kansas Wesleyan University to receive Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference all-academic honors. Matz, who competed in baseball, had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

  • Group seeks exchange families

    Welcoming foreign exchange students into her home has affected Doris Unruh’s children as much as it has her own life. Unruh’s daughter, Marie, now travels the world constantly. She is currently in Europe.


  • Police auto needs different from most

    Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning has driven many police cars since he started out over 30 years ago. “Cars have advanced so much in comfort and technology,” he said. “I used to drive a patrol car that had a seat like a rock. I got the seat replaced in that one.”

  • Heat also exhausting for cars

    Extreme heat is hard not just on people. It also is hard on cars. Eastmoor Methodist United Church pastor Mike Eurit found that out the hard way when his Kia Optima broke down. “My wife and I were on our way home from Manhattan last week when the car started running hot,” he said.

  • Demo derby car to be raffled

    A 1985 Chevrolet Caprice will be raffled before the Canton demolition derby it is set to run in on Sunday. The car was donated by Jayson and Carla Hamm to raise money for 8-year-old leukemia patient Kaiden Schroeder of McPherson.

  • Right documents simplify registration

    Long waits to register a vehicle can make anyone grumpy. County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman said people could speed things up by having the right documents. “What we run into the most are people who have bought a new car, but when they come in to tag it, don’t have the right documents,” she said.

  • Lovelady spent 5 years restoring car

    Ever since he was old enough to drive, Bub Lovelady had old cars to tinker with. For a few years in the mid-1990s, he went without working on a car. That was until 1996, when his wife, Linda, saw an ad in a car directory for a 1931 Chevrolet coupe. Lovelady figured that if it had been in remotely good condition, it already would have sold. Nonetheless, he was curious enough to drive to Wichita to see the car. The ad hadn’t included a phone number, only an address.


  • Swimmers place 4th at league meet

    Marion Swim Team placed fourth with 421.5 points this weekend at the Mid-Kansas League swim meet Saturday at Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center. Top three finishers for Marion were: Boys 8 and under 25 breaststroke: 3. Trevor Schafers. 100 freestyle relay: 2. Schafers, Tristen Dye, Landon Dye, and Ryan Terry. 9 and 10 25 butterfly: 1. Will Alleven. 25 backstroke: 3. Winter Campbell. 25 freestyle: 1. Alleven. 25 breaststroke: 1. Alleven. 100 individual medley: 1. Alleven. 11 and 12 50 butterfly: 3. Cade Alleven. 13 and 14 50 butterfly: 2. Logan Waner. 50 backstroke: 3. Evan Calhoun. 50 freestyle: 3. Waner. 100 individual medley: 2. Waner. 200 medley relay: 1. Calhoun, Devin Regnier, Waner, and Austin Neufeld. 200 freestyle relay: 3. Neufeld, Regnier, Calhoun, and Warner. Girls 8 and under 25 butterfly: 2. Shannon Taylor. 25 freestyle: 1. Taylor. 100 freestyle relay: 2. Taylor, Paige Ensey, and Cadence Craig. 9 and 10 25 backstroke: 1. Amy Gayle. 25 breaststroke: 3. Gayle. 100 freestyle relay: 3. Emma Calhoun, Kalea Craig, Emily Hake, and Gayle. 11 and 12 50 butterfly: 1. Kennedy Fahey. 50 backstroke: 2. Lilly Collett. 100 individual medley: 2. Fahey. 200 medley relay: 3. Michaela Regnier, Chloe Burkholder, Fahey, and Collett. 13 and 14 50 breaststroke: 1. Sarah Hendrix. 200 freestyle relay: 3. Hendrix, Shelby Wilhelm, and Courtney Herzet.

  • 12-and-under team qualifies for regional

    Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars in the 12-and-younger division have qualified for the Cal Ripken baseball Midwest regional by finishing as state runner-up. The Hillsboro 12-and-younger team won the league with an undefeated record, then added two players from Marion and three from Chase County to form an all-star team for the postseason. The all-stars won district tournament in Lyons and advanced to the state tournament in Wellington.


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