• New subdivision at lake ready for development

    Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards and developer Gary Dunnegan met Monday with commissioners, discussing the status of a future subdivision planned at the county lake. Richards said a plat for the area, to be called Saddle Creek Estates, had already been approved by the planning commission board.

  • Library addition will open Feb. 20

    Marion City Library will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 20 to display its new addition, called the “Santa Fe Room.” A welcome and dedication will begin at 10 a.m. The Santa Fe Room will be used for luncheons, programs, special events, children’s activities, movies, and author visits. It holds a 30-by-30 foot space, a small kitchen, and a bathroom.

  • Tabor students shovel snow for service day

    About 100 Tabor College students, faculty, and staff bundled up and braved frigid winter temperatures to shovel snow for Hillsboro residents after president Jules Glanzer canceled classes due to snowfall and designated Feb. 5 as “Serve Day.” Glanzer said the purpose of giving students the day off was to encourage them to serve others and care for people in need

  • Changes made to Girl Scout cookie sales

    Streets may be snow packed, but that did not stop Girl Scouts across the county from beginning their cookie sales over the weekend. County scouts sold 20,000 boxes of cookies last year and hope to match, if not surpass, that amount this year.

  • Marion school board compares staff size with area schools

    School board members heard Monday how Marion schools compare with area 2A schools in staffing. Just a few years ago, Marion was solidly in the middle of 3A, but declining enrollment has put it just above the cutoff line — 160 high school students this year compared to 154 for the largest 2A schools.

  • Pinewood Derby cars speed down track

    Young Cub Scouts and their families packed the Marion VFW post Sunday afternoon to see just how fast their pinewood cars were. Around 15 cars built by Cub Scouts and a Tiger Scout raced vying for a place on the podium. The fastest racing speed was just over 3 seconds.

  • Special Olympics basketball players shoot for gold

    Residents of Hillsboro will not have to travel to Sochi to see an Olympic athlete compete this weekend. A Special Olympics basketball tournament will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tabor College’s gym and student activity center.

  • Tabor sets Lifelong Learning lineup

    Tabor College has set its presentation lineup for the spring Lifelong Learning series, with eight programs. Lifelong Learning meets at 9:45 a.m. on Fridays in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor campus. There will be no presentation March 21 during spring break or April 18 on Good Friday.

  • Chamber hears about possible housing expansions

    Economic development director Clint Seibel compared Hillsboro’s housing and job market situation to the chicken and the egg Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon. One has to precede the other to promote growth, but which one comes first? Because of interest from two companies — Vintage Construction and J. Van Sickle and Company — the city could have new housing developments sooner rather than later.


  • Willard Hett

    Willard Wayne Hett of Marion died Feb. 3 at St. Luke Living Center. He was born May 1, 1939, in Hillsboro to Ron and Ruby (Just) Hett. He grew up on the family farm in rural Marion and attended Aulne United Methodist Church with his family. He graduated from Marion High School in 1957.

  • Lucille Olsen

    Lucille A. Olsen, 71, of Lincolnville died Saturday at HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born April 19, 1942, in Marion to Joseph and Anna (Holub) Rudolph. She married Bill E. Olson on Oct. 6, 1962.

  • Linda Priddy

    Linda Carol Priddy, 64, of Independence died Monday at her home. She was born Nov. 8, 1949, in Salina to Earl and Wanda (Christensen) Priddy. She was raised in Lincolnville and graduated from Centre High School. She attended Emporia State University and Brown Mackey College.

  • Shirley Rock

    Shirley A. Rock, 80, of Herington died Feb. 4 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born July 14, 1933, in Herington and raised by her mother, Helen (Reissig), and stepfather Francis D. Singleton. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington, where she was baptized, confirmed, and married. She graduated from Herington High School in 1951.

  • Allen Sangwin

    Allen “Buck” Ray Sangwin, 73, died Monday at his home in White City. He was born April 19, 1940, in Council Grove to William “Bud” and Iva “Kate” Carr Sangwin. He grew up in White City and graduated high school in 1958. He married Joyce Nienstedt on May 27, 1967. They spent their early married life moving between White City, Herington, Abilene, Antelope, Marion, and Emporia before returning to White City in 1970.

  • A. Wayne Wiens

    A. Wayne Wiens, emeritus professor of biology at Bethel College, died unexpectedly Feb. 6. He was born Oct. 31, 1936. He graduated from Hillsboro High School and received a bachelor’s degree in natural science at Bethel College, a master’s in zoology at Kansas State University, and a doctorate in biochemistry and cell biology at Northwestern University.


    Ross Baker, Bret Dannenfelser, Iola Russell, Evelyn Schultz, Dennis Tajachman, George Waner



  • Local YouTube sensation speaks to national beef conference

    “Why do I make videos? Because I can,” Derek Klingenberg said during a presentation Thursday at the Butler County Conservation District Annual Meeting where he gave a talk similar to the one he gave Feb. 10 in Nashville. Klingenberg was invited to speak to a group of American National Cattlewomen before the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show.

  • Snow keeps wheat safe

    For winter wheat crop, snow helps with preservation, but not necessarily because of moisture. Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said when snowfall from the past week melts, the county may receive only three-quarters to half of an inch of moisture into the ground.

  • Conservation funds available

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has funding to assist Kansas farmers and ranchers renovating shelterbelts and restoring forested riparian buffers, state conservationist Eric B. Banks announced last week. Signup for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative is due March 21. The USDA will provide $684,000 in assistance for projects in Kansas. Recipients also may receive services or resources from the state forestry agency.

  • Declining cattle herds lead to increased beef prices

    Kansas is home to 5.8 million cattle, but that number is down 1 percent from last year. The decrease has increased beef prices in supermarkets across the state and country. This year the U.S. has 87.7 million head of cattle, the fewest since 1951.

  • Area cattlemen are industry leaders

    Mark Harms of Lincolnville and Tracy Brunner of Ramona are friends, and both play leading roles in the cattle industry. Brunner was elected last week as the vice president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Harms recently completed a one-year term as the president of the Kansas Livestock Association. KLA is an affiliate of NCBA.


  • Transparency protects public

    Imagination and playing pretend are valuable tools for children, so why should we abandon them as adults? Picture for a moment a mid-April morning, with dew on the ground instead of snow. This sounds pretty good right about now, right? You’re getting the children ready for school when there’s a knock at the door. You answer the door to find several police officers in SWAT-style gear. Imagine you and your family, including two children, are detained by officers armed with assault rifles while police search your home for drugs. You know there aren’t any drugs in the house. And the police learn that for themselves after a fruitless search that lasts hours. How do you imagine you and your family would feel? Would “traumatized” be a fair estimate? Or humiliated?

  • Don't get caught up in TV hype

    This week we received an e-mail from an in-county business group informing us that Wichita television stations were going to be here to sell advertising on their stations. “Hope to see as many of you there as we can!” the e-mail gushed. “This will be a great opportunity for our community!” This isn’t the first time I’ve seen local groups trip over themselves in a rush to say what a great deal Wichita TV advertising is. It would be almost comical if it wasn’t competing with local companies who specialize in business promotion.


    Papers get to southeast Kansas in timely manner

    Postal Service needs legislative reform

    Barker appointed to Post-Audit Committee


  • 90th birthday celebration for Wayne Larsen

    Former Peabody resident and 1944 Peabody High School graduate Wayne Larsen will celebrate his 90th birthday Feb. 20 and would like to have his friends and acquaintances from Peabody join him. The festivities will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Haysville Senior Center at 160 E. Karla in Haysville.

  • Kiwanis hears of digital mammography

    Keri Helmer and Joe Pickett of St. Luke Hospital spoke to Marion Kiwanis on Tuesday about the hospital’s new digital mammography equipment. Helmer said the machine is the top of the line, and digital mammography makes it easier to read mammograms. She showed a film mammogram and a digital one from the same patient to show the differences in image quality.

  • Briana Vogel engaged

    Doug and Joy Vogel of Marion announce the engagement of their daughter, Briana Vogel, to Greg Wiles, son of Tim and Julie Wiles of Coffeyville. The couple met at Kansas State University. They currently live and work in Dallas. They are planning a wedding in September in Dallas.

  • Club enjoys soup and sandwiches before meeting

    Eighteen 20th Century Club members had potato cheddar soup and panini sandwiches before holding their monthly meeting Feb. 3 at Zimmerman’s. Hostesses were Jean Case, Vicki Hoffer, and Paula Ash.

  • Neo-Century Club celebrates Valentine's

    Members of Neo-Century Club enjoyed sacred and Valentine’s Day music by pianist Julie Nelson at their monthly meeting Feb. 3 at Hilltop Manor. Hostesses were Lavaughn Klose and Val Morgan. Each member brought valentines to share with Hilltop residents.

  • Mildred Vogt to celebrate 90th birthday

    Mildred Vogt, formerly of Hillsboro, was born March 1, 1924, on a wind-swept Nebraska homestead. She will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception with friends and family from 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 2 at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton. She attended Tabor College in the 1940s, and while there she met Vernon Vogt, who she married. In the 1950s, they and their children traveled to the Belgian Congo as missionaries. She taught childbirth and nutrition classes.


    Musical program to be held

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60 years ago


  • Comeback attempt falls short for Lady Warriors

    The Marion High School girls’ basketball team kept the game close Tuesday night against Ell-Saline, but came up short, 56-51. “Short is exactly what it is,” coach Kelly Robson said. “They’ve got a taller player than we’ve got — and a taller player with some skills.”

  • Centre scholars head to state

    The Centre scholars’ bowl team qualified for state competition by placing third in regional competition Feb. 6 in Leroy. Team members are Kevin Lewis, Grant Srajer, Tim Vinduska, Nellie Kassebaum, and Brenna Shields.

  • Marion scholars' bowl team season ends in regionals

    The Marion High School varsity scholars’ bowl team ended its season after finishing 4-3 in pool play Feb. 6 at a regional meet in Belle Plaine. The team scored the second most points in its pool, highlighted by a 70-0 victory against Sedgwick. It missed advancing to the finals by one loss.

  • Gymnastics team competes in Topeka

    Marion gymnastics members kicked off their fist meet of the season Feb. 1 in Topeka. Several members received medals.

  • Wrestlers win at home double dual

    Marion wrestlers defeated Remington and Eureka Thursday at a home double dual, and claimed second place as a team Friday at a tournament in Onaga. At Thursday’s double dual, Marion defeated Remington 60-12 and Eureka 51-9 largely due to points scored from pins as well as points gained from open weight classes opponents had in rosters.

  • Warriors outlast Cardinals

    The Marion boys’ basketball team led for the majority of its game against Ell-Saline Tuesday night, and pulled away at the end to win 48-43. Coach Jeff McMillin said the outcome was not the prettiest, but he and the team were happy to win.

  • Local students make WSU honor roll

    Marion County had several representatives out of 2,200 students at Wichita State University make the Dean’s Honor Roll for the 2013 fall semester. Students at the least must earn a 3.5 grade point average and be enrolled in 12 credit hours to make the list. Hillsboro Kelsey E. Bartel, Clara M. Ens, Samantha J. Ens, Brandon R. McMillen, Carroll J. Perry, Benjamin J. Schaefer, and Jordan R. Woelk. Marion Colleen M. Tajchman. Peabody Rebecca J. Morris.

  • Centre girls defeat Goessel in overtime

    It was a good homecoming Friday at Centre High School as both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams won their games. The girls’ team defeated Goessel 67-58, but it took an overtime to do it.

  • Goessel falls to Centre

    The speed and quickness of homecoming king Ty Simons was too much for the Goessel Bluebirds to defend Friday during the game at Centre High School. He scored 41 points in the 67-60 Centre victory, including 16 of 18 from the free throw line, 11 of those in the fourth quarter. He also had three 3-point field goals. Goessel held its own in the first quarter, trailing by one, 18-17. In addition to Simon’s 14 points, Kyle Methvin and Conner Montgomery each made a field goal.

  • Calls to Oasis normal procedure

    Marion police have answered several calls to Oasis, Marion County’s cooperative special education facility the past few months. They say the calls are routine when students act out in class. “They call us when someone acts up,” chief Tyler Mermis said. “We make sure everyone is safe.”

  • Students get creative at "Fine Arts Day"

    In addition to taking part in music, art, forensics, and movement activities at Marion Elementary School’s annual Fine Arts Day, students also attended firearms safety presentation on Friday. The event started with a school assembly in the elementary gymnasium in which local violinmaker Mark Wilcox spoke to and performed for students and faculty after an introduction by music teacher and event organizer Anita Hancock.

  • Marion FFA to have community appreciation breakfast

    Marion businesses and residents are invited to a biscuit and gravy, pancakes, and sausage breakfast Feb. 19 sponsored by Marion-Florence FFA Chapter. Breakfast will be served from 7 until 8:30 a.m. in the Marion City Building basement.

  • Centre honors track champions, basketball 3rd place

    Members of the 1984 Centre High School girls state track championship team were recognized Friday during homecoming games at Centre. Two members still hold school records in their events. Michelle (Broce) Mettner finished second in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. Jennifer Hanschu finished first in the 100, third in the 200 and 400, and first as a member of the first-place 4x200 relay team.

  • Centre's virtual program has growing pains

    Vickie Jirak, coordinator of the Kansas Online Learning Program, and her assistants, Sheri Stahlecker and counselor Jill Day, appeared before the Centre school board Monday to ask for more help in administering the program. Jirak noted the program has grown from 21 to 180 enrollees in four years. Currently, nine student learning advocates oversee enrollees. She said the program could grow to 250 enrollees.


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