• Holub wins commission race

    Election day was Tuesday, and preliminary results show incumbent Dan Holub winning the race for Marion County Commission District 2, defeating Gary D. Lewis. Results won’t be final until Marion County Commission canvasses the election on Monday, but the preliminary tally was 1,048-781 in favor of Holub.

  • Alternative gift market is Saturday

    Local churches and organizations are working on a variety of projects for the second annual Marion County Alternative Gift Market 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday at Marion Presbyterian Church. In addition to helping worthy nonprofits, shoppers will be able to purchase chicken and noodles for lunch. This year’s market will feature 27 individuals and groups representing 35 local, national, and international projects. Patrons can contribute to a charity of their choice in the name of their gift recipient and receive an ornament or card.

  • HRK now open 7 days a week

    In years past, HRK variety store has been open seven days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but only on weekends the rest of the year. That changed Thursday, as HRK started a trial run of being open daily. HRK owner Bernice Beach decided to try daily hours after Flint Hills Building Supply closed earlier this year. Beach was also influenced by the closure of the Duckwall store in January 2011. With those closures, there was a need that wasn’t being met.

  • Kapaun pilgrimage is Sunday

    The 10th annual Archdioceses of the Military Services Pilgrimage to Pilsen will take place on Veteran’s Day on Sunday. Pilsen is the home of Korean War hero and Chaplain Father Emil J. Kapaun. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene Church, Holy Family Parish, Pilsen. Celebrants will include the Rev. Monsignor Frank A. Pugliese, Vicar General of the Archdiocese for Military Services and visiting Chaplains and Priests of the Dioceses of Kansas. Following mass there will be a posting of military honors and wreath laying ceremony at the Kapaun Statue on the church grounds. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

  • Kreutzigers return from hurrican relief

    Ralph and Phyllis Kreutziger of Marion returned late Saturday from an eight-day service trip to Baltimore, Md., as Red Cross volunteers. They served at an emergency shelter set up at the University of Maryland for victims of Hurricane Sandy. They received the call shortly before noon Oct. 27 and by 5 p.m. were leaving Wichita on a plane ticket that was “one way only.” They were committed for up to two weeks but did not know when they would return home.

  • County set for weekend of school musicals

    Four high schools in Marion County will be presenting musical productions this weekend, as Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody-Burns, and Goessel students take to the stage. Show times and tickets
  • Marion High School presents “Once Upon a Mattress,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at USD 408 Performing Arts Center. Advance tickets cost $3 for adults or $2 for children younger than 12 and are available at County Seat Decorating Center. Tickets at the door cost $5.
  • Hillsboro High School presents “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the HHS auditorium. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the HHS office.
  • Peabody-Burns High School presents “The Big Bad Musical,” 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets cost $5 and are available at the PBHS office. Tickets at the door cost $8.
  • Goessel High School presents “The Wizard of Oz,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the GHS auditorium. Tickets cost $5 for adults or $3 for children, students, and senior citizens and are available at the GHS office.


  • Stephanie E. Bowers

    Stephanie Elizabeth Bowers, 53, of Colby, died Nov. 1. She was born Dec. 3, 1958, to Jack and Sharee Slawson Fromholtz in Colby. She married Russell Bowers on Oct. 9, 1979.

  • Eldon James Brandt

    Eldon James Brandt was born to William P. and Lillian (Bartel) Brandt on Aug. 28, 1928, in Goessel, Kan. His mother passed away when Eldon was very little and his father remarried Anna Ewert, who helped raise him. Eldon grew up in rural Hillsboro, Kan., farming with his father, attended school there, and graduated from Hillsboro High school in 1947. Following graduation, Eldon became a part of Voluntary Service through Mennonite Central Committee, and worked in Chaco, Paraguay, at an experiment farm in the Mennonite colonies. Eldon was placed among the Paraguayan people to develop land where they could plant wheat. He also helped put together parts to make plows and windmills for their use. There he met his wife, Anny Neufeld, a local girl, who was working at the farm. They married in Paraguay, Jan. 29, 1955, and in April that year, he brought his bride back to the United States and made their home near Newton, Kan. Later, they moved to Hillsboro, where they raised three sons.

  • Clara Bredemeier

    Clara Etta Hammer was born near Lincolnville, Kansas, in October 1907. She was the sixth of eight children born to William Leslie and Susan Jane Clapsadle Hammer. Clara attended all 12 grades at Lincolnville, walking to school and working in a grocery store to support her education. She played high school basketball and graduated salutatorian of her class in 1927.



  • Sidekick loves her role in agriculture

    She might have manure on her boots and a hat on her head when she comes to town to pick up groceries or supplies, but Jamie Peters of rural Hillsboro would not have life any other way. Born into an agriculture family in Illinois and married into the Peters Cow/Calf Ranch southwest of Hillsboro in 1999, Peters believes women have long held an important place in agriculture and will continue to do so as food production becomes paramount in a world with continued population growth.

  • Farmers test fields for future

    Cooperative Grain & Supply agronomist Brian Nickel said this is the time of year — after all the fall crops have been harvested and the winter wheat has been planted — that farmers analyze their yields from previous years. They meet with Nickel to try to make more money. The place where farmers are dropping the most dollars, at the moment, is in fertilizer and seed. Nickel said it is the time of year to apply fertilizer so it absorbs into the soil over the winter. About 80 percent of Marion County farmers have ordered seed a couple months early as one way to save money.

  • Early outlook for 2013: more wheat

    Cooperative Grain & Supply Agronomist Brian Nickel tries to save farmers money, but he does not tell them what to plant; he leaves that important decision up to the individual producer. What he does do is keeps informal track of what different farmers are planting. Across the board, wheat has become a more attractice crop in Marion County.

  • County FSA election begins

    U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency office for Marion County has mailed out about 1,000 ballots for the county FSA committee election, continuing through the beginning of December. Grahamme Glaser, a Peabody-area farmer, is the only candidate on the ballot to represent the southeast portion of the county. The committee has three members who serve for staggered three-year terms. The committee helps steer USDA and FSA programs at the county level.

  • ECP deadline Nov. 15

    Cost share funds are availaboe to help provide emergency water to livestock for agriculture producers affected by drought in all Kansas Counties except Republic County. Emergency Conservation Program signup began on oct. 15 and will continue through Nov. 15. Kansas has received $6.1 million in ECP allocation to help producers in need to assistance. Producers can receive cost-share assistance of up to 75 percent of the cost of temporary measures and 50 percent of the cost for permanent measures for approved emergency conservation practices. Practices approved are EC6 Drought Measures (an example is constructing and deepening wells) and EC7 Hauling Water for Livestock

  • Farmland prices high

    Prices for farmland in Marion County have been generally increasing in the past five years, but they have recently been booming, and a big part of the reason has been the overall national financial environment. Interest rates — both for loans and savings — are very low, and the stock market has been volatile since the housing bubble burst.


  • Commission approves lot split at lake

    Marion County Commission approved a final plat Oct. 31 to allow Gary Dunnegan to split his property at 71 Lakeshore Drive at Marion County Park and Lake into two lots. Dunnegan already has a home on part of the property. He requested the lot split with the intention of building another house on the second lot. Construction has already begun following the approval, Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards said Thursday.


  • On with the show

    It’s that time of year: high school football season is over, but basketball season hasn’t started yet. That means it is time for the high school musical. When I joined the newspaper in fall 2008, one of my first projects was previewing Marion High School’s production of “Grease.” It was an outstanding show, and since then the MHS musicals have never failed to impress. Obviously, the cast members deserve a lot of credit for the quality of shows they put on. A good musical doesn’t just happen. But the entire community deserves credit, too. Marion is the only community of its size I’ve seen with such a devotion to performing arts — not just high school musicals, but all kinds of performances.

  • Time to 'Love Marion'

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  • Farm-City banquet is Nov. 19

    The Marion Chamber of Commerce will serve its annual farm-city appreciation banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Marion Community Center. The event has been held for almost 40 years. The meal is financed by donations from chamber members.

  • Brazilian barbecue is Saturday

    Brad and Jeannie Wildin will present a Brazilian barbecue dinner Saturday at Marion Country Club. Jeannie Wildin said they have had the dinners regularly for several years. The idea came from Felipe Bonventi, the first of many Brazilian exchange students who have stayed with the Wildins.

  • Make donations to legitimate charities

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt warns people to be aware of possible scam artists seeking to profit from the public’s generosity after Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast. Schmidt warns the public to make sure they are giving to a reputable charity and to specify that a charity uses donations for intended purposes. Tips
  • Donate to established organizations with a strong track record providing and organizing disaster relief.
  • Initiate the donation rather than responding to online or phone solicitations.
  • Avoid door-to-door solicitors.
  • Do not fall prey to high-pressure pitches from solicitors. Legitimate charities allow time to think about how much and when to donate.
  • Volunteers meet to can meat

    Every fall, volunteers from several Marion County churches meet at the Mennonite Central Committee distribution center in North Newton to can meat. Their efforts provide valuable protein to others in need, across the seas and closer to home. Volunteers from Eden Mennonite Church near Burns joined workers from adjoining counties Nov. 1 and 2 to cut, weigh, can, and label several batches of turkey. The MCC mobile canning unit makes 33 stops at Mennonite churches throughout the United States and Canada each year.

  • Flag retirement is Monday

    On Monday, James William Miesse American Legion Post 22 of Marion will retire tattered, torn, worn, and faded flags in a ceremoney at 5:30 p.m. at Marion County Lake. The United States Flag Code states “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

  • Veterans potluck Sunday in Florence

    Florence American Legion will have a potluck supper for Veterans Day at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 401 Main St., Florence. Jeff Lee, pastor of Florence and Aulne United Methodist churches, will be the guest speaker. There will also be a caisson and limber display at Veterans Park during the day. Caissons and limbers were horse-drawn carts designed to carry either artillery cannons and ammunition, or coffins.

  • Child screening Nov. 13 in Goessel

    A free screening for children birth through age 5 will be held Nov. 13 at the Goessel Mennonite Church, 103 S. Church St. Appointments will be available from 12:30 through 3 p.m. At the screening, learning, motor, language, and social development will be checked. This process usually takes at least an hour for a child to complete.


  • Chat and Dine supper is Saturday

    The Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will have its annual soup dinner and business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Hall. All current and former lake residents and mobile home owners are invited. The club asks members to bring a side dish.

  • Club learns about ornaments

    Twentieth Century Club met Monday with a program given by Red Fox Cottage Antiques on the history of antique Christmas ornaments. Club members brought monetary or food donations for Marion County Emergency Food Bank.

  • Family celebrates Hein's 104th birthday

    The family of Tillie Hein of Tampa celebrated her 104th birthday with a dinner Sunday at the Kirby House in Abilene. Those joining her were Don and Carolyn Srajer, Omaha, Neb.; Dee Scott and Bill Remington, Emporia; Jim and Kris Srajer, Cole, and Grant, Tampa; Shelby Makovec, Lost Springs; Mike and Kathy Bauer, Ryan, and Cassie, Omaha, Neb.; Dave and Susan Bauer, William, and Andrew, Omaha, Neb.; Kristin O’Hern, Gretna, Neb.; Deb Scott and Terry Dody, Manhattan; Jason and Tamara Dody, Paxton, Payton, and Prycen, Calflin; Pam Fillmore, Cottonwood Falls; Becky and Emily Nottingham, Ozakie; and Alex Nottingham, Manhattan.

  • Keith Kelsey turning 85

    Keith Kelsey of Newton, formerly of Marion, will turn 85 on Nov. 17, and his family requests a card shower. He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in rural Marion County to Earl and Blanche Kelsey. He graduated Marion High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge, he attended Washburn University in Topeka.

  • Martin wins mini-horse scholarship

    Marion High School senior Cara Martin, 17, attended the American Miniature Horse World Show Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, Cara was awarded the 2012 AMHA Youth/Amateur Scholarship. The scholarship is presented to a youth or amateur under the age of 20 based on academics, extracurricular activities, horse-related activities, and character references from the equine industry, education field and community resources. Cara also wrote an essay “What Role will your American Miniature Horse play in your Future?” Cara plans to eventually attend Texas Technical Institution to earn degrees in social work and special education. She also wants to become a certified PATH International instructor in therapeutic horsemanship. Cara has been on the AMHYA Youth Executive Council for the last four years and has been showing miniature horses for eight years. She is also an active member of 4-H, FFA, and her church youth group. Cara’s parents are Matt and Melissa Zieammermann of rural Marion.

  • Adult Girl Scouts reunion held

    The first Silver and Gold adult Girl Scout reunion of area Flint Hills Scouts was Nov. 3 at the Double E Campgrounds in Emporia. Lifetime Girl Scouts Betty Sanders, daughters Carol Laue of Marion and Christine Laue of Omaha, Neb., and Eileen Sieger of Marion were in attendance.

  • Auxiliary hears about equipment

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Unit II met Nov. 1. Hosts were Margaret Tice, Pat Smith, Claudia Allison, Joyce Richmond, and Wanda Williams. The program was given by Joe Pickett, Radiology Department head, who spoke to the group about mammography. Plans are being made to change to digital equipment in the radiology area. Present mammography equipment is becoming outdated and replacement parts are hard to find.

  • Senior citizens board meets Nov. 16

    The Board of Directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. will meet at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at Peabody Senior Center. Business includes mill levy requests from the senior centers in the county.

  • Department to help drug plan enrollment

    Marion County Department on Aging will be helping individuals enroll in Prescription Drug Plans every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Interested person can walk-in for assistance enrolling or comparing 2013 plans. Appointments can be scheduled 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (620) 382-3580.

  • Therapists get training

    Massage therapists Carol Wituk, Carolan McFarland, and Heidi Hiebert recently attended a two-day workshop at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita on “Myofascial Mobilization,” designed by physical therapist John Barnes. The seminar presented the theory of myofascial release. The hands-on sessions focused on the upper and lower extremities and the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas.


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  • MHS students in honor choir

    Seven students from Marion High School were selected by audition to participate in the South Central Music Educators Mini-Convention Honor Choir in December at Andover Central High School. They are Jennifer Fruechting, soprano 1; Sarah Eurit, alto 1; Shyla Harris, alto 1; Isaac Baldwin, tenor 2; Ryan Nelson, bass 1; Nick Meyer, bass 2; and Quinton Hett, tenor 2.

  • MMS students sing at Andover

    Sixteen choral music students from Marion Middle School represented their school Saturday in the South Central Kansas Music Educators Mini Convention Honor Choir at Andover High School. The choir was comprised of more than 200 students. Participating students were Kaitlyn Goebel, Sammie Fugitt, Noah Albin, Ezra Darnall, Phoebe Hett, Shonda Ratzloff, Cade Harms, Nathan Baldwin, Alli Molleker, Tori Boyd, Ryan Cochran, Peyton Heidebrecht, Emily Schafers, Molly Hess, Corbin Wheeler, and Caleb Hett.

  • FFA members inspired at convention

    There are things FFA members can only experience at the FFA National Convention, which was Oct. 25 to 27 in Indianapolis, Ind. Marion FFA sponsor Mark Meyer asked each of the attending students from the chapter — Ericka Herzet, Alicia Maloney, Caitlyn Maloney, Morgan Radtke, Elizabeth Meyer, Remington Putter, and Landon Petersen — to obtain signatures from an FFA member from each state. With 55,000 people — including throngs of students with jackets naming their chapters — it was only a matter of time before Marion students could meet someone from each state.

  • MHS students get out of class for good cause

    Friday morning teacher Gary Stuchlik found his classroom barricaded with a wall of cans, 335 cans of food from the floor to the top casing. He had no choice but to cancel his classes for the day. Of course he, and the other teachers at Marion High School, agreed to the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America’s plan to collect can goods to donate to the Marion County Emergency Food Bank. FCCLA chapter member Spencer Fugitt had cleared the plan — if enough cans could be collected to close off a classroom door, that teacher would have no classes for the day — with Principal Tod Gordon.


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