• Marion may get farm/hardware store

    A sign at the former Seacat Hardware building, 1228 Commercial Dr., says a contract is pending for sale of the building, and it was announced Tuesday at Marion Economic Development Inc.’s meeting that the prospective buyer plans to open a farm/hardware store. The sale isn’t final, though. The main stumbling block remaining is liquidation of the previous store’s inventory. The contract is dated for Oct. 23, economic development director Roger Holter said.

  • Doug Kjellin resigns as city administrator

    Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin delivered a letter of resignation to Mayor Mary Olson and City Council members Thursday. His last day working for the city will be Sept. 25. Kjellin said Monday that he is resigning to pursue a private business opportunity that he isn’t at liberty to discuss publicly yet. His upcoming job will allow him to keep his family in Marion.

  • Good has high-flying dreams

    Ethan Good has had his head stuck in the stars since learning about space at Marion Elementary School. Good has accepted a job working with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, as a visiting vehicle officer. “We will control a robotic arm that attaches shuttles (to the International Space Station),” he said. “It takes lots of planning and coordination between us, mission controls, and those aboard the shuttle.”

  • Bonds for $1.1 million street project approved

    Marion City Council accepted a bid to sell bonds to Commerce Bank Monday for $1,122,665 to pay for the street improvement project. The project was broken into two separate construction bids, because construction on 4th and Williams Sts. will not begin until the old county jail is demolished.

  • Road worries Pilsen residents

    Some in Marion County are requesting the state make Remington Road from U.S. 56 and Pilsen an extension of K-256. According to Rose Mary Neuwirth, curator of the Kapaun museum at Pilsen, traffic to Pilsen has increased exponentially since native son Father Emil Kapaun posthumously received the Medal of Honor in April. He may be declared a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church in the future.

  • Thrift store opens Friday in new location

    St. Luke Auxiliary Shoppe will reopen in its new location at noon Friday. The shop moved from 404 E. Main St. to 321 E. Main St., formerly Duckwall’s. The store is open noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

  • Holts visit son in New Zealand

    Ann Holt returned from New Zealand with postcards, photos, stories, and anything else she could to remember the month-long vacation. “It was incredible,” she said. “I’ve never been to New York or Florida, but I’ve been to New Zealand.”

  • Main St. on track to be ready for Art in the Park

    City Administrator Doug Kjellin told Marion City Council members Monday that Main St. work is still on track to be completed before Art in the Park. “The rain put us a little behind, but because crews started with ample time, and it only takes about an hour for the asphalt to cool, we still anticipate the work to be completed before the deadline,” he said.

  • Holter named interim city administrator

    Marion economic development director and zoning administrator Roger Holter added another title to his list at Monday’s City Council meeting after the council appointed him to the position of interim city administrator. Holter will take up resigning administrator Doug Kjellin’s position beginning Sept. 25 and complete city administrator’s duties until the position is filled.

  • Crime stoppers program in developmental stages

    County Commission Chairman Randy Dallke had one condition Monday when Sheriff Rob Craft introduced plans for his department to team with the City of McPherson for a crime stoppers program. “In order for us to do the program, our people have to know about it,” he said. “It’s no good unless we get it out there.”


  • Martin Sklenar

    Martin J. Sklenar, 53, died Tuesday at his residence in Mulvane. Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Pilsen Cemetery. A full obituary will appear in a future newspaper.



  • Chingawassa Days sculptures to be sold at Art in the Park

    When a FireHouse concert June 8 at Chingawassa Days was rained out, the Chingawassa Days committee was left with nothing for its money. But when a chain saw sculpture auction was rained out by the same storm, the committee was left with sculptures it could sell at a later date. The committee has decided when and where it will sell the sculptures by Rick Sardou of R&L Creative Carvings. The committee will have a booth Sept. 21 at Art in the Park in Marion’s Central Park, committee member Chris Meierhoff said.

  • Vendors prepare for big weekend in Hillsboro

    The Hillsboro Arts and Craft Fair continues to be one of the largest in the state with more than 300 vendors attending to sell their wares each year on the third Saturday of September. Vendors such as Gina Hook have been preparing diligently for Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday.

  • Barn is more than building to Summervills

    The barn of Marge and Mick Summervill of Marion holds more than a family of angus cattle. The limestone and wood barn, built in 1909, holds memories and family history on their farm east of Marion County Lake. “There’s so much history there,” Marge said. “If we don’t tell it then it will die.”

  • The sweet stuff: Vinduskas keep honey simple

    When Candy Vinduska of Vinduska Apiaries of rural Marion sets up a booth Saturday at Art in the Park, she will have honey that is less than a week old. She and Bill Vinduska extracted and bottled honey Monday that they collected from hives over the weekend. They were processing the honey rather than collecting more because it was a dark, rainy day. Bees stay in their hive during rain, and there temperament changes when the weather is gloomy, so collecting honey on Monday would have meant dealing with more and angrier bees than usual, she explained.

  • Schedule set for Old Settlers' Day

    Old Settlers’ Day will turn 102 years old Sept. 28. The event is sponsored and organized by Marion Kiwanis Club. Events begin at noon Sept. 27 with a golf tournament at Marion Country Club.


  • For 145 years, tomorrow's history today

    You might not believe it if you were to eavesdrop on curses emanating from morning coffee cabals or follow graffiti scrawled on toilet walls (or the modern-day equivalent, social networks). But we at the newspaper are, indeed, human. And occasionally we make mistakes. Today, as we enter our 145th year of service to Marion County, we’d like to correct one of those errors:

  • Just being nice doesn't solve problems

    Before Marion rushes to hire another city administrator, it needs to face cold, hard facts that seem to have eluded well-meaning but naïve people quick to blame a succession of embattled city administrators on personality conflicts, contrarianship, and negativity. Such glib and politically expedient explanations may sound nice on the surface, but they obscure the real problem, deeply rooted in the gravely flawed way in which Marion’s city government is organized.

  • A game of chicken and egg

    Let’s try to follow the logic. The state doesn’t want to make the Pilsen road a highway because it doesn’t get enough traffic, but the reason it gets so little traffic is that the road is so bad. The only winner in this game of chicken and egg would seem to be interests in Wichita who are pushing to make Wichita, not Pilsen, be the primary home for Chaplain Kapaun artifacts.

  • Be kind to next administrator

    This upcoming weekend will mark the eight-year anniversary since my wife, daughter, and I first visited Marion. Leading up to our inaugural weekend in Kansas, I received a number of emails from a member of the pastor search committee telling me that Marion was a lot different compared to Los Angeles and also telling me all the good things that Marion had to offer. As many of you know, we visited Marion and quickly came to love this community. The eighth anniversary of my first visit coincides with the announcement from Doug Kjellin that he is going to resign from the city administrator position to pursue private business opportunities. Doug is a friend and I thank him for his service to our community and wish him well.


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  • Metcalf helps students in many ways

    Charlene Metcalf says working with her students at Marion Middle School is both the easiest and most challenging part of her job. To help students learn the chemical properties of silver, for example, she will use memory devices like singing and secret agents. Secret agents carry silver bullets, so “Ag” is the elemental symbol for silver.

  • Classes plan Old Settlers' reunions

    The Marion High School class of 1968 will have its 45-year reunion Sept. 28 at Old Settlers’ Day. The class will meet between 10 and 11 a.m. on Walnut St. to ride in the parade. Lunch will be in Central Park, with class introductions at 2 p.m. at the gazebo.

  • Rindt completes basic training

    Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Travis M. Rindt recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. He is a 1994 graduate of Centre High School. He also received a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in 1998. Janet Rindt of rural Lost Springs is his mother.

  • 8-year-old raises money for families in need of clean water

    With help from her family, 8-year-old Sadie Lange set up a lemonade stand in front of her house Saturday and raised $602.36 for people living in Orissa, India who are in need clean water. “Clean water is important because people can get really sick if they don’t have it,” Sadie said.

  • 25 from county entering junior livestock show

    Marion County is tied with three other counties for the most commercial (goat) doe kids, six, entered in the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, which will be Friday through Monday at Kansas Pavilions in Wichita. This year’s show has the most exhibits in 25 years, 1,817. Local Entries Cedar Point Cody Parmley: market barrow (2). Corin Parmley: market lamb (2), breeding ewe, meat goat (2), swine showmanship, sheep showmanship, and goat showmanship. Durham Lauren Geis: red angus breeding heifer, market barrow (2), and swine showmanship. Lisa Geis: red angus breeding heifer, market barrow (2), beef showmanship, and swine showmanship. Hillsboro Mesa Merrell: meat goat (2), commercial doe kid (2), and goat showmanship. Bryce Roberts: market lamb (2) and sheep showmanship. Landon Roberts: market lamb and sheep showmanship. Sa Rae Roberts: market lamb (2) and sheep showmanship. Lincolnville Cade Harms: red angus breeding heifer, charolais breeding heifer, meat goat (2), commercial doe kid, beef showmanship, and goat showmanship. Payton Harms: red angus breeding heifer (2), meat goat (2), commercial doe kid, beef showmanship, and goat showmanship. Callie Riffel: market barrow (2). Jensen Riffel: market barrow (2). Kailyn Riffel: market barrow (2). Marion Katey Ehrlich: market steer. Cassidy Hill: market lamb (2), dorset breeding ewe, breeding ewe, and sheep showmanship. Newton Devon Gaines: market steer, angus breeding heifer, and commercial breeding heifer. Morgan Gaines: market steer. Weston Gaines: market steer. Tampa Cailey Barney: market lamb and breeding ewe. Jared Barney: market lamb and breeding ewe. Zach Barney, breeding ewe. Elizabeth Meyer: angus breeding heifer, market lamb (2), and sheep showmanship. Nicholas Meyer: market lamb, breeding ewe (2), and sheep showmanship. Kara Riffel: meat goat (2), commercial doe kid, and goatshowmanship. Kyle Riffel: meat goat and commercial doe kid.

  • Mayfield married in Wichita

    Taryn Renee Mayfield and Derek Alan Burgan were united in marriage June 7, in an outdoor ceremony at Eberly Farm in Wichita with Derek Mayfield, brother of the bride, officiating. Parents of the couple are Dale and Lisa Mayfield of Hillsboro and Mike and Diane Burgan of St. John. Grandparents of the couple are Karon Hess of Marion, Gib and Kay Burgan of Moundridge, and Allen and Karlene Pauls of Hutchinson.

  • Antique bugle played at 9/11 remembrance

    After playing a solemn version of ‘Taps’ and observing a moment of silence, Larry Cushenbery spoke to a small group of patrons and emergency professionals about the importance of remembrance in front of the Marion County Jail on Sept. 11. “Earlier today some people told me they had forgotten it was 9/11 until they heard the music,” Cushebery said. “That’s why we do this; so people don’t forget.”

  • Rebecca Savage engaged

    Rebecca Savage and Brett Alstatt announce their engagement to be married. They will wed on April 12, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, Hays. The bride-elect is a graduate of Marion High School and Washburn University. She works for Derby USD 260. Rex and Carolyn Savage of Florence are her parents.

  • Granddaughter of Batts to be married

    The parents of Avery Lee Archambo and Ryan Thomas Whisler are pleased to announce the engagement of their children to be wed July 5, 2014, at the Historic Crags Lodge in Estes Park, Colo. Archambo is the daughter of Larry and Teresa Archambo of Big Spring, Texas, and Shelly and Paul Wiest of Phoenix, Az. Grandparents are Bettie Batt of Marion, Leonard and Lavada Archambo of Oklahoma City, and the late Dean Batt.

  • Bredemeier family reunion is Sept. 29

    The annual Bredemeier family reunion will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Marion City Building basement meeting hall. Guests are asked to bring a dish for a potluck lunch. Contact Betty Sanders at (620) 382-2427, for more information.


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  • Warriors fight back, fall short late

    Marion head football coach Grant Thierolf said the offense does not have problems protecting the ball in practice, though turnovers have been a struggle in game situations. “We don’t fumble, we don’t throw interceptions,” he said. “We’ve had nine turnovers in two games. No team in America’s good enough to win that way.”

  • Warriors go undefeated at Centre

    In its first tournament of the season at Centre, the Marion high school volleyball team refused to lose, going 10-0. In a rematch with Centre in the finals, they finished with two 25-13 victories. The Warriors dominated most of the day, only allowing more than 20 points twice.

  • Centre runners compete at Hesston

    Amy Makovec led Centre’s cross-country team in a meet Thursday at Hesston with a 14th place finish in 19 minutes and 23 seconds. Other competitors were Nellie Kassebaum, 18th, 18:57, and Ally Basore, 23, 19:05.

  • Warriors race against 900 other runners

    Out of almost 900 runners at the Hesston cross-country meet Thursday, Marion runners Timothy Knolla, Jared Hague, and McKenzee Remmers all were swift enough to bring home medals. “There were 50 high school teams from all over the state,” Coach Rebecca Hofer said. “I am very proud of those who ran.”

  • Errors hamper Cougars in loss to Wakefield

    Numerous offsides, face masks, and false starts by the Centre Cougars contributed to a 26-20 loss Friday to Wakefield at Bud Peterson Field. The two teams traded touchdown for touchdown throughout the game, even matching conversion points. The game saw a lot of action. After the two teams traded punts the entire first quarter, Wakefield scored two minutes into the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead.


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