• Government shutdown hits reservoir, USDA

    In light of the recent federal government shutdown on Tuesday, no new visitors will be allowed into, or reservations accepted for, campgrounds at the Marion County Reservoir operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “What I know right now is that we were told to report today,” Marion reservoir office clerk Torey Hett said Tuesday. “We are in the process of shutting down the park and public use areas, that includes the campsites, boat ramps, and swim beaches.”

  • Steve Unruh declares plans to run for mayor

    Several residents attended Monday’s Marion City Council meeting, including Steve Unruh, who declared his intention to run for mayor in the spring election. “My goal is to see more candidates run for the open council spots and to see more people vote,” he said. “Historically people here don’t come out to vote. We need to wake people up and get them involved before we don’t have a town for them to be involved in.”

  • More work, repairs planned on Main St.

    While the majority of the Main St. project is completed, there is still some construction yet to come. According to Darin Neufeld of EBH & Associates, a section of road on the south side between First and Walnut Sts. will have to be torn up and replaced due to being laid while the ground was still wet.

  • County hires emergency manager

    The county commission has come to the end of its search for an emergency manager, deciding to hire Randy Frank of Clermont, Iowa. Frank has more than 10 years of emergency management experience, and has worked with organizations such as Homeland Security and FEMA.

  • Octoberfest is Saturday in Lincolnville

    Every year, the annual Lincolnville Octoberfest provides a lot of activities and entertainment for youngsters, and this year is no different. Children’s activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the crowning of princes and princesses at Lombard and Main Sts. They will ride in the 11 a.m. parade.

  • Old Settlers fill downtown

    The 102nd annual installment of Old Settlers’ Day was Saturday in Marion, and Main St. was packed for the parade. The parade had more than 50 entries, including a class reunion for every five years since 1938. Margaret Wegerer Debbrecht was the sole representative for the class of 1938. The class of 1973 didn’t have an official parade entry, but at least one member of the class was in the parade.

  • Luthier tunes into what fiddlers want

    The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield has been a destination and melting pot for musicians, fans, and vendors since it began in 1972. Among other events, musicians compete on various instruments in different categories. Winners receive prizes specific to their category.


  • Countywide service date planned for late April

    Nicole Sanders is only a freshman at Peabody-Burns High School, but she is already making an impact on the county. After presenting an update for the garden she planted on the southwest corner of the county courthouse, she asked for a countywide community service date, which commissioners agreed with.

  • Courthouse clock tower repairs set for mid--October

    David Seay of Regulator Time Company plans to commence with restoration of the four clock faces in Marion County courthouse in approximately two or three weeks. Seay determined the water damage on the north dial came from a hole above the dial in the masonry and had worn down and allowed moisture to get in.

  • Governor requests disaster declaration

    Gov. Sam Brownback sent a letter Sept. 25 requesting the president declare 47 Kansas counties, including Marion County, federal disaster areas. The request stems from storms from July 22 through Aug. 16 that caused massive damage and flooding throughout the state.

  • Candlelight vigils to raise awareness of domestic violence

    The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center is hoping to raise awareness during October to prevent cases of violence in Marion County. Several candlelight vigils will be held throughout the county. “We are hoping to bring awareness to domestic violence happening in the community and let people who may have been or are victims we are there for them,” said Teresa Loffer, Marion County victim advocate.

  • Newton Humane Society seeks owners of dogs from Marion County

    Two lost dogs were picked up Sept. 25 at 220th and Indigo Rds. and taken to Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton. One is a young adult, medium-sized, black and tan female dog and the other is a young adult, black and white medium-sized, male dog.


  • Erano Albrecht

    Erano Albrecht, 90, of Lincolnville died Sunday, Sept. 29, in Wichita following a sudden illness. He was a farmer and active in the community. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnville. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. today at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Robert Gayle Sr.

    Robert B. “Bob” Gayle Sr., 79, of Florence died Sept. 26 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado. He was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Bradley, Okla., to Bartlett and Wilma (Lindsey) Gayle. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Cecilia Lalouette on Oct. 2, 1954. He was a plumber and later worked as foreman for the City of Florence.

  • Timothy Herman

    Timothy L. Herman, 52, of Hays died Sept. 24 at his home. He was born July 20, 1961, in Wakeeney to Ervin “Sunny” and Ramona “Dolly” (Groff) herman. He was a 1979 graduate of Thomas More Prep High School-Marian in Hays. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala for two years.


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  • Turbo Kick provides dynamic workout

    Before Tammy Ensey moved to Marion, she made a list of things that she did not want to give up. When she noticed that Marion did not have anyone who taught Turbo Kick exercise classes, becoming a certified instructor was at the top of her list. “I participated in Turbo Kick classes at the YMCA in Wichita for seven years,” Ensey said. “This is my first attempt at teaching.”

  • Health and fitness is a walk in the park

    At least 40 young people in eighth grade and high school converged on Lincolnville City Park Sept. 22 to install 20 exercise stations along a route that winds through the trees. “I was very pleased with the turnout,” city parks and recreation chairman Sherri Pankratz said.

  • Federal proposal would reduce hospitals' reimbursements

    St. Luke Hospital and Hillsboro Community Hospital administrators aren’t worried by a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would reduce the amount they are reimbursed for Medicare services, but they do see it as part of a trend of seeking to cut rural health care. St. Luke and HCH are both designated as critical access hospitals. That designation, designed for rural hospitals, gives them higher reimbursement rates for Medicare services, specifically 101 percent of the cost of services.


  • Pressure needed for Kapaun highway

    Two weeks ago, we reported on the risks of driving on Remington Rd. from U.S. 56 to Pilsen, the need for a blacktop road on that stretch, and the county’s and Kansas Department of Transportation’s inability to make it happen. We understand. KDOT has its regulations about what roads get to be state highways. Administrative units like KDOT are supposed to say no to special exemptions — it’s up to policy-making bodies to make exceptions. With that in mind, we reached out to state Rep. John Barker and state Sen. Jay Scott Emler, asking if the state legislature could intervene.

  • The best Old Settlers' Day ever

    Saturday marked my first time as a volunteer at Old Settlers’ Day, having joined Kiwanis in the past year. My main contribution was helping parade entries find their proper places before I had to put on my figurative reporter’s hat to cover the events. But the fun really started Friday with homecoming. The Warriors ran to a lopsided victory against an overmatched Inman team. And I understand that the homecoming crowning came with a kiss for the first time in several years.


  • Bredemeier family has 60th reunion

    Carol Laue welcomed 25 family members to the 60th annual Bredemeier potluck dinner Sunday at the Marion City Building. Ken Nienstedt offered the blessing. Laue conducted a short business meeting. Betty Sanders read the minutes of last year’s reunion.

  • Democratic Women meet

    Marion County Democratic Women met for lunch Friday at Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. Members will attend the Harvey County Democrats bean supper Oct. 12 in Newton. The featured speaker will be Paul Davis, a candidate for governor of Kansas.

  • Legion fish fry is Oct. 13

    James William Miesse American Legion Post 22 in Marion will have its third annual fish fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the county lake hall. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used in programs to support veterans, such as assistance when one loses a home to fire or flood, youth programs like Boys State and Girls State, and community programs like Marion County Toy Run.

  • Cassidy Hill attends Regional Dorset Show

    Cassidy Hill attended the Regional Dorset Show Sept. 29 at the Tulsa State Fair. Her ewe received reserve grand champion breeding ewe. She also won reserve champion market lamb at the Kansas State Fair.

  • Law firm celebrates 40th anniversary

    The Adrian & Pankratz law firm will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Reception Room on the first floor of the Old Mill, 301 N. Main, Newton. Located on the fourth floor of the historic Old Mill Plaza building, the firm began in 1973 as Adrian & Walker and has grown to a work force of 16, including six attorneys.

  • Heerey and Carlson wed in Wichita

    Jennifer Heerey, daughter of Brad and Rhonda Heerey of Wichita and Zachary Carlson, son of Dan and Kim Carlson of Topeka, were married June 21 at Pathway Church in Wichita. Grandparents of the couple are Betty Williams of Florence and the late Donald Williams, Charles and Virginia Heerey of Marion, and Q.B. and Emma Low and Bev Carlson of Topeka and the late Richard Carlson.

  • Doug Helmer's son married in Maine

    James Helmer and Chelsey Baraby were married Sept. 7 in Ellsworth, Maine. The groom’s mother, the Rev. Jo Mead of Hugoton, performed the ceremony. Doug Helmer of Marion is the father of the groom, and Steve Mead is his stepfather.


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    Guests joined regular crowds


  • Seniors put personality into parking spots

    While underclassmen were busy cleaning the park and youth center and painting curbs, Marion High School senior Megan Richmond and her 42 classmates were busy beautifying their parking spaces Thursday as part of community clean up day. Her yellow painted parking space featured her name.

  • Volleyball state champs to be honored at Centre homecoming

    The Centre High School 1988 state championship volleyball team will be recognized Friday during halftime of the homecoming game against Peabody-Burns. The team will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its crowning achievement. A dance routine by the Centre cheerleaders will precede recognition of the members of the team.

  • CHS greenhands place in top 10

    Thirteen greenhands — first-year FFA members — from Centre High School attended a South-Central District greenhand and information conference Sept. 23 at Buhler High School. They were among 580 students in attendance. James Spohn placed fourth and Greg Oborny placed eighth in the FFA information test.

  • Local exhibitors display livestock at junior show

    Of the 716 participants in the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, 21 youths from Marion County exhibited their livestock. In all, children from 89 counties showed off 1,457 head of livestock.


  • High school sports reclassified

    Marion and Hillsboro sports teams will begin seeing different competition in state and sub-state competitions. The Kansas State High School Activities Association released new classifications for high school sports Friday. Marion will be reclassified in 2-1A, from 3A, for football in 2014 and 2015. Hillsboro will be reclassified in 2A for all sports other than football, effective immediately.

  • Centre Cougars defeat Burlingame, 44-20

    Playing on the road Friday, Centre defeated Burlingame 44-20 in the second district game of the season. The Cougars now are 1-1 in district play. In a game much improved from the previous week, the team suffered no interceptions and recovered three fumbles including one fumble by Burlingame.

  • Centre volleyball improves to 17-7

    The Centre Lady Cougars played Saturday in the Herington Invitational volleyball tournament, finishing in second place. After defeating Herington, Rural Vista, and Wakefield in two games each, they lost to Sacred Heart, 22-25 and 21-15.

  • Warriors run like the wind, despite the wind

    Although conditions were not ideal for runners at the Marion’s home cross-country meet, weather did not stop the team from running well. Timothy Knolla and McKenzee Remmers both medaled while six other Marion runners improved personal records for the season.

  • Kassebaum and 7th-grade girls medal at Marion cross-country

    Centre junior Nellie Kassebaum set a new personal record of 18 minutes and 26 seconds Thursday at the Marion cross-country meet. It was good enough to earn a 20-place medal. Two seventh-graders also medaled. Jordan Smith finished fourth in her division with a time of 7:15. Tori Reneau placed 12th at 10:59. Other results High school girls: Ally Basore, 24th, 18:36, and Amy Makovec, 31st, 19:14. High school boys: Kevin Lewis, 27:36 and Fred Vannini, 27:45. Seventh-grade boys: Tanner Wiggins, 25th, 8:38; Jordan Miller, 37th, 11:06. Southeast of Saline

  • Warriors run over Inman in homecoming game

    The Marion High School football team controlled every facet of its game Friday night, shutting Inman out 35-0. The Warriors held their opponent to 37 yards of total offense. Head coach Grant Thierolf said it was their best team performance yet.

  • Volleyball team splits matches on senior night

    Coach Deanna Thierolf said her team can be prone to letdowns during extended periods of games, but they never quit playing hard. “They play with so much emotion,” she said. “I just love that about them.”


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