• Should residents be fined over grass clippings?

    A question was brought before last week’s Marion City Council meeting on whether or not to fine homeowners whose grass clippings and other trash littered city streets. A proposed ordinance would fine homeowners who blow their grass clippings out into the streets after mowing. Some residents blame these grass clippings for clogging up key drainage systems during rainstorms.

  • Vatican official to conclude probe of Kapaun miracles

    Father John Hotze of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita has confirmed an Associated Press report that a Vatican official, Italian lawyer Andrea Ambrosi, will return to Kansas on Saturday to finalize an investigation into possible miracles that may determine whether Chaplain Emil Kapaun will become a saint. The recovery of Avery Gerleman, now a student at Hutchinson Community College, is one case being investigated by the Vatican.

  • Commission debates clock maintenance

    After receiving the final cost Monday for renovations due to the courthouse clock tower, county commissioners debated the clock’s long-term viability. Whether to keep the clock or take it down was even questioned at one point.

  • Marion grad biking from Colorado to 50-year reunion

    Old Settlers’ Day traditionally calls many alumni back to Marion every year. Most people usually drive or fly back to the area. However, this year one graduate is making the trip via bicycle. In a sort of pilgrimage, Tom Berry is pedaling approximately 600 miles back to Marion to celebrate his 50th class reunion and the memory of his brother Bill.

  • Police show new cameras

    Marion Assistant Police Chief Clinton Jeffrey showed Chamber of Commerce members a new camera system the department purchased earlier this year. The Axon Flex cameras, made by TASER International, can be attached to specially made glasses or sunglasses, a special headband, or a collar. While turned on, the camera constantly updates a 30-second video buffer. When an officer presses a button to begin recording, the camera records the previous 30 seconds without sound and begins recording live with sound, Jeffrey said.

  • PRIDE beautifies Main St. with new planters

    PRIDE Committee recently purchased nine redwood planters from a man with a salvage business in Newton named Terry Harms. They were selling them to downtown businesses in effort to beautify Marion’s Main Street. “They can be decorated for different seasons,” Pride Committee member Karen Regnier said on Thursday. “We hope to get two maybe three per block.”

  • Garden helps those in need

    The Florence Community Garden across the street from the Harvey House Museum had a fruitful season, donating more than 1,000 lbs. of produce to those in need across the county. This was the most produce the garden had ever donated since its founding three years ago, garden caretaker Phoebe Janzen said. Tomatoes worth $200 were sold to allow her to purchase four cherry trees for the garden. She says the garden is more than just a garden to the community.

  • Rehabilitated ball python up for adoption

    Cade Moses, doctor of veterinary medicine at Spur Ridge Vet Hospital in Marion, recently rehabilitated a young ball python back to health after it was injured when someone closed a drawer on it, breaking several of its ribs. Now the python is available for adoption. Ball pythons, which originate in sub-Sahara Africa, can grow to 3 or 3½ feet long — relatively short for a python. However, they can grow fairly thick. This one is about 15 inches long so far.

  • Hunting for the big game

    Not many people chose to wake up before 6 a.m. on the weekends after working 40 hours, but Brandon Wyss of Florence does. Wyss lives for this time of year because he is an avid hunter, and bow-hunting season for deer kicked off Sept. 16. “I wouldn’t say waking up that early is pleasing, but it’s nice to get away from everything and enjoy the quiet,” he said.

  • First 'barn quilts' go up

    The first of what county economic developer Teresa Huffman hopes will be many “barn quilts” went up last week when Bob and Flo Rahn of rural Hillsboro put a 16-square-foot metal quilt block on an outbuilding at their home, 1431 Holly Rd. Meanwhile, Cathleen Fish of rural Hillsboro is waiting for a day when the wind dies down to put up her 36-square-foot block. Huffman said eight other county residents have expressed interest in joining the program. Her goal is to have at least 15 in the county.

  • Eagle upgrading equipment

    Eagle Communications started upgrading their equipment in the Marion area on Thursday. All streets west of Cedar were affected by the first phase of construction. Construction crews will continue to work through the end of the week.


  • Ruby Hefley

    Ruby Ann Hefley, 91, died Sunday in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 3, 1922 to Henry and Matilda (Schmidt) Bartel in Hillsboro. She married Maynard “H.V.” Hefley on Oct. 19, 1947, in Hillsboro.

  • Richard Pankratz

    Richard Dean Pankratz, 73, died Saturday in Topeka. He was born Dec. 31, 1939, in Hillsboro to Harry and Ruth Pankratz. He graduated from Hillsboro High School and Tabor College, then received a master’s degree in history from Emporia State University in 1968.

  • Donna Seifert

    Donna J. Seifert, 79, died Sunday at the Cedars, McPherson. She was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Marion to Milton and Hazel Hawbecker Stenzel. She was a homemaker and had worked for Hannaford Abstract in Marion. She was a member of Strassburg Baptist Church where she played the organ for 50 years.

  • Martin Sklenar

    Martin J. Sklenar, 53, of Mulvane died Sept. 17 at his residence. He was born Oct. 15, 1959, in Marion to Donald and Betty (McVicker) Sklenar. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for Andover police, Butler County Sheriff’s Department, and as a security officer.

  • Doris Sparke

    Former Marion County resident Doris Jean Meredith Sparke, 80, died at home Sept. 16, 2013. She received a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas; both degrees were in physical education. She taught high school in Sabetha, Haysville, and Olathe and at Friends University in Wichita.



  • Farmers rejoice over potential for 3 good harvests

    For the first time in nearly three years, farmers in Marion County are on track to have three successful harvests in one year. After a record-breaking wheat harvest in June, local farmers were quick to replant fields with corn, milo, and soybeans. Those who were able to get fields planted before large rains fell will have the best yields according to local co-ops. Heath Andres was excited his father’s, Larry Andres, cornfield off 100th and Mustang Rds., was looking so good after dismal yields previous years due to drought.

  • Grain prices down from a year ago

    Elevator managers in Marion County report that the price of feed grains is much lower than it was a year ago. Prices have remained steady the past few weeks but are sitting at levels not seen for a while.

  • Farmers find cereal rye a good cover crop for no-till beans

    Planting cover crops on no-till ground is a common practice in other parts of the state and the country. It has been common for years in South America. Several farmers in Marion County are experimenting with it after learning about it at “No-till on the Plains” in Salina for the past several years. They are finding that cereal rye is a good cover crop for soybeans because after beans are harvested, very little residue is left.

  • Rural grants seek to improve county growth

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for grants designed to promote rural business growth. The USDA has $5.6 million available through the Rural Community Development Initiative program and will center around projects focused on education and business recruitment.

  • Shields Farms expands forage harvesting

    A custom forage harvesting business practiced for many years by the late Fred Shields of Lincolnville continues under the management of his grandson, Heath Shields. Shields, who turned 24 Monday, runs the Claas harvester purchased two years ago by the farm corporation. He is a 2008 Centre High School graduate and spent three years as a certified mechanic at KanEquip in Herington before returning to the farm full-time. His father was the late Carroll Shields, who died in July 2003 from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

  • Alpacas share in arts and crafts festivities

    Several alpacas greeted guests of the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair as they parked at Marion County Fairgrounds. They were part of the Kansas Alpaca Association Farm Day. Farms from across the state gathered to share information and products made from their animals’ hair.


  • A bit of potpourri

    My favorite game show as a child was always Jeopardy, and lately I’ve made a habit of recording it so I can watch it when I get home from the newspaper. It’s impressive how well the same basic formula of answers and questions holds up so many years after its debut. My favorite categories were always “POTPOURRI,” because the clues cover such a wide variety of topics. No issue is dominating discussions right now, so consider this a newspaper dose of potpourri. I always forget how big the crowds get at Art in the Park and Arts & Crafts Fair. The weather this weekend was excellent for shopping outdoors. The foods are always what interest me the most. I went home with some wild sandhill plum jelly, summer sausage, and cheese.

  • Newspaper begins its 145th year

    Old Settlers’ Day, first celebrated in 1881 and annually observed since 1912, isn’t the only historical event in Marion this week. Today, the Marion County Record starts its 145th year of continuous publication. More than 7,500 issues of the paper have come off the press since Issue No. 1 on Sept. 24, 1869.

  • History of Old Settlers' Day

    Old Settlers’ Day is as rich in tradition and as filled with constant change and progress as the years past which it honors. Indeed, it is the careful blending of tradition with innovation that makes Old Settlers’ Day one of the best annual celebrations in Central Kansas. Always county-oriented, Old Settlers’ Day began Jan. 7, 1881, with a reunion for all people who settled in Marion County in the 1860s. The old settlers gathered for a basket dinner and reminiscing in Marion.

  • Old Settlers' Day became tradition in 1912

    The following is in account of the first Old Settlers’ Picnic, written by E.W. Hoch, editor, as it appeared in the issue of the Marion Record for Oct. 14, 1912. OLD SETTLERS MEET Good Crowd, Good Time and a Permanent County Organization Formed.


  • Artists will be recognized by senior board

    Six county artists’ work will be displayed as they are recognized at the Senior Citizens of Marion County’s 53rd Annual Meeting Oct. 17. In addition, Ramona artist Pat Wick will speak about her experiences with art.

  • Cook to celebrate 85th birthday

    The family of Margaret L. (Belvins) Cook is celebrating her 85th birthday in the Historic Elgin Hotel Ballroom from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Cook was the wife of C.E. Cook for 32 years and has lived in Marion for more than 15 years.

  • St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary has first fall meeting

    Janet Herzet presided during the first fall meeting of the St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Unit was Sept. 5. The Hostess Committee consisting of Phyllis Hein, Mary Olson, Faye Makovec, Carolyn McFarland, and Judy Dannenfelser provided a back-to-school theme and snacks.

  • Many participate in memorial fishing derby

    Centre FFA hosted the James Weber Memorial Fishing Derby on Saturday at Father Padilla Park in Herington, where 31 youths participated. Awards were given to Allie Stuchlik for her 20-inch fish, the longest caught, Yamilia Lockwood for most caught fish, four, for ages 6 to 9, and for ages 10 to 12, Samantha Engler for her 10.5 inch fish, and Michael Lantier for his four fish caught.

  • 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.

  • Hiebert appointed as contact at Good News Christian Church

    Having accepted the resignation of Val and Meg Newton effective Sept. 18, Good News Christian Church Fellowship appointed Dean Hiebert as contact person for the church. Hiebert can be reached at (620) 877-7053.

  • Marion County Democratic Women to meet

    Marion County Democratic woman will meet at noon Friday at Marion Senior Center. Those attending are encouraged to bring canned vegetables for the Marion County emergency food bank.

  • Free development screenings are Oct. 8

    Free screenings for children 5 or younger will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 in Marion. The screenings will check for development in learning, motor, language, and social areas. Vision and hearing will also be screened. The screening usually takes at least an hour for a child to complete. All children are welcome, but an appointment is necessary. Call (620) 382-2858 to schedule an appointment.

  • Angel Torres will celebrate 90th birthday

    Angel “Ace” Torres will celebrate his 90th birthday with a social hour and dessert bar at 6:45 p.m. October 5, with dancing to follow, at the Newton VFW Post #971. He and his children would like friends, family, and acquaintances to join the celebration.

  • Kiwanis makes final plans for Old Settlers' Day

    Marion Kiwanis Club met Tuesday to make final plans for Old Settlers’ Day events on Saturday. Members finalized their duties for the event. Casey Case said there are around 40 entries for the parade so far, including 13 class reunion entries. Every class that graduated a multiple of five or 10 years ago, back to 1943, will have a parade entry except the class of 1973, Case said.


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  • Patriotic essay and speech contests open to students

    Two patriotic essay competitions are available to Marion County students. The Voice of Democracy audio essay completion will feature entries from high school students enrolled in public, private, or home study programs. Students must complete an essay on the theme “Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future,” then record their reading to a CD. The recording should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes. The recording should have no extraneous background noise, music, or sound effects. Special consideration will be taken for hearing or speech-impaired students.

  • Tabor announces new veep for Wichita campus

    Tabor College recently announced that Brett Andrews is to be the new executive vice president of Tabor College Wichita; dean of the school of adult and graduate studies; and professor of management. “I am delighted that Dr. Andrews has agreed to answer our call and invitation to serve at Tabor,” college President Jules Glanzer said. “His experience and accomplishments, along with his deep commitment to Christ, make him a perfect fit for Tabor and leading the school of adult and graduate studies.”


  • Marion volleyball places second at home tournament

    The Marion volleyball team was nearly unbeatable at Saturday’s Spikefest, with the exception of its games against Halstead. “We played well most of the day,” coach Deanna Thierolf said. “Halstead played very well when they needed to, and dug up everything we were hitting.”

  • Runners race home before the storm

    Marion cross country runners ran like the wind at the Peabody meet to finish shortly before a storm came in on Thursday. Prior to the storm’s arrival, the meet was almost canceled due to lightning strikes in the distance, coach Rebecca Hofer said. The lightning sensor used by Peabody told officials that the lightning was far enough away for the runners to continue to the finish line.

  • Warriors win convincingly at Bennington

    Marion High School football coach Grant Thierolf said his team did what it needed to Friday night, after a game that had a running clock before the fourth quarter began. “Bennington was a beat-up team,” Thierolf said. “They had a couple of their kids that didn’t play tonight that would have certainly presented some challenges.”

  • Offensive errors cement Centre loss to Lebo

    The Centre Cougars lost 36-18 in their first district game of the season Friday at home against Lebo. Despite a strong Centre defense, three turnovers on fumbles and five intercepted passes contributed to the loss.

  • Kassebaum medals in Peabody race

    Centre High School junior Nellie Kassebaum finished 16th Sept. 9 in the varsity division at the Peabody-Burns Cross-Country Invitational with a run of 18 minutes and 51 seconds. Ally Basore finished 22nd at 19:16. Amy Makovec finished first in the junior varsity at 19:42.


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