• Painting is a form of prayer for Marion artist

    Painter Erma Clarkson of Marion developed an interest in art very early on. “In first grade, I drew a picture of President Nixon,” she said. “I couldn’t believe as an adult looking back how good that was for a first-grader.”

  • Red Fox Cottage taken over by alpacas

    New owners will take over the Red Fox Cottage this week and fill it with products made from alpaca fibers. Jeff and Laurie Methvin, owners of Prairie Oak Alpaca Farm north of Peabody, will open Prairie Oak Alpaca Gift Shop on Black Friday.

  • PRIDE to reapply for beautification grant

  • Business classes give students real-world experience

    Megan Thomas has only taught at Marion High School for two years, but she wasted no time getting students involved in business ventures to prepare them for professional environments. Thomas, an alumna of MHS and Emporia State University, taught for five years at Northern Heights High School before returning to Marion. She also taught the entrepreneurship class that ventured to build the Daily Grind coffee shop in the school library. The shop is open to the public from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Sequential days have double meaning for family

    Jennifer Janzen and her husband, Steve, of Hillsboro were not planning for their daughter Zoey to have such a unique birthday. Janzen said she thought she was in false labor when she went to the hospital on November. 12.

  • Elementary students share Thanksgiving stories at concert

    At a Thanksgiving concert Thursday, 110 Marion Elementary School kindergarten, first, and second grade students told the story of the first Thanksgiving, and the lady who saved it. The concert began with a history of the “Star Spangled Banner,” and the singing of the song.

  • Holub: 2 exemptions have cost county $10 million

    County Commissioner Dan Holub told seven residents who attended a town hall meeting Saturday that just two property tax exemptions the state has granted in the past decade have cost the county $10.1 million in lost revenue. The first costly exemption, he said, was an exemption on business fixtures in 2006. Holub calculated that in its seven-year existence, that exemption has cost the county approximately $4.9 million — $700,000 a year.


  • Council members meet with legislators

    Icy conditions deterred some local city officials from attending the regional dinner for the League of Kansas Municipalities Thursday at Marion Community Center. Council members Todd Heitschmidt, Jerry Kline, Jerry Dieter, and Mayor Mary Olson attended the meeting, as well as Goessel Mayor Dave Schrag, and other representatives from cities in the north central district of the league.

  • Unusual donation in tune with holiday spirit

    It is said the spirit of the holidays is in what people give to others. Marion resident Jenile Taylor donates her excess breast milk to the Heart of America Mother’s Milk Bank at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City Mo. The milk is given to babies whose mothers cannot produce breast milk or cannot produce enough, babies who are adopted, and babies in hospitals. Taylor said she started donating with her second child, son Quenton, who is now 7.

  • Quilting for a service, and to pass the time

    Two ladies at Marion Senior Center spend a couple days a week helping others with their sewing skills. Sue Clough and Shirley Bowers of Marion put quilts together for people in the community.

  • Tabor has its swim coach, will compete in 2014-15

    Nathan Duell has never coached swimming at the collegiate level, but his first opportunity comes at Tabor College, a school that has never had a swim program before. Tabor College’s new swim team will be unique in itself because the University of Kansas is the only other collegiate institution in the state that offers competitive swimming. Tabor also will offer a men’s team, something KU does not.

  • Golden Heritage Foods to change name back

    Golden Heritage Foods of Hillsboro is returning to its original name, Barkman Honey, effective immediately. A press release by the company said this signifies the company’s intent that the sourcing, marketing, sales, and distribution of pure honey will continue to be the centerpiece of the corporate vision and direction of the company.


  • Sunday will be full of Christmas events in Marion

    Marion City Library will have its annual Christmas home tours fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. There are four homes on this year’s tour: the Historic Elgin Hotel, 115 N. 3rd St.; Chad and Michelle Adkins’ home, 420 N. Freeborn St.; Dean and Eileen Hiebert, 1418 E. Denver St.; and Brent and Heidi Thurston, 111 S. Cedar St.

  • Residents hope Tunnel of Lights attracts more visitors

    When neighbors on Hill Rd. at Marion County Lake decided to begin the Christmas season decorating their neighborhood for others, a small number of vehicles drove through. Nine years later, things have changed. “Last year we had around 350 vehicles and 1,200-plus people,” said Margie Schwartz, a resident involved with decorating.

  • Downtown Christmas continues to grow

    The third annual Christmas Celebration in Marion is scheduled for 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and the event just continues to grow. Businesses up and down Main St. — nearly 30 of them — will have guest artists, musicians, and Christmas displays, but the real star of the event will be at the Marion Community Center. Co-organizer Jeanice Thomas said there will be about 30 booths with arts, crafts, and food at the community center.

  • Angel trees popping up around town

    Several locations this year will cater to residents wishing to send holiday tidings to those less fortunate around the county. Marion Chamber of Commerce secretary Margo Yates said the chamber likes to have the trees ready to go before Thanksgiving to make it convenient for those who shop on Black Friday.

  • Students to perform concert

    Marion Elementary School third- and fourth-grade students will be performing a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday at Marion Performing Arts Building. Admission to the concert is free.

  • Ranch to have live nativity

    For the second year, the Watchous family, assisted by friends and their church family from Palmyra Baptist Church of rural Whitewater, will present “A Living Nativity: Christ is Born.” The production features a cast of 75 and includes live animals, narration, action, and music. Performances are scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 at Wildcat Creek Ranch, rural Peabody.

  • Vendors offer homemade gifts for holidays

    The Florence Farmers Market Holiday Market boasted local items with holiday flair on Saturday. Four local vendors were selling everything from cookies to canned okra, to holiday signs and gourds painted as snowmen at the Masonic Florentine Center in Florence. Event coordinator Carol Callahan of Burns said the event was busy during the morning hours, but slowed as lunchtime grew near.



  • Clara Kaiser

    LINCOLNVILLE — Clara E. “Bunny” Kaiser, 95, passed away Nov. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born March 6, 1918, in Beaver County, Pa., the daughter of Eli and Edna (Mengel) Gordon. She proudly served her country during World War II with the United States Army Air Corps. She was retired from the Civil Service.


  • Plenty to be thankful for

    I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone, what with all of the advertising on TV and online for day-after-Thanksgiving sales, but Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. In the spirit of the holiday, let me tell you a little about the things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful that Marion will again have a hardware store. There were a couple of false starts along the way since the previous hardware store closed, but it looks like Marion will have a steady new business in town, backed up by decades of experience. There have been plenty of times that I’ve wished there was a hardware store in Marion so I wouldn’t have to go out of town, and I’m not very handy. I can hardly imagine how many trips people who know what they’re doing with tools have had to make.

  • What makes a good turkey on Thanksgiving?

    On our Facebook page, we asked readers what makes a good turkey for Thanksgiving, and here are the answers we got. A family to share it with. — Miran Lovelady


  • Peterson grandson gets national recognition

    University of Northern Iowa defensive back Tate Omli received the Missouri Valley Football Conference and College Sports Madness National defensive player of the week awards for his performance Nov. 16 against Missouri State. Dan and Linda Peterson of Burdick are his grandparents, and Warren and Paula Fike of Ramona are his great-grandparents.

  • Karnes has solo art show in Arizona

    Artist Amy Goering Karnes, who grew up on a farm outside Marion, displayed 18 new oil paintings in her art show Nov. 7 at Amery Bohling Fine Art Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz., as part of “Fall for the Arts.” Her paintings ranged in subject from figurative and still life to landscape and wildlife.

  • Chambers will have joint banquet

    The Marion and Hillsboro chambers of commerce will have their annual joint banquet on Jan. 27 in Hillsboro. Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation will be the guest speaker.

  • Peruvian foods served to P.E.O. members

    Twenty-eight members of P.E.O. Chapter DB met Nov. 18 at the home of Mary Almaguer and shared an authentic Peruvian dinner. Co-hostesses were Almaguer, Diane Leiker, Marge Summervill, and Diane Richmond. The theme for the night was “The Peruvian Experience.”


    Volunteers help distribute food

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