• Maintenance matters in messy mud racing

    Dirty, sloppy, loud, and fast are words that only scratch the murky surface of all that goes into the heavy horsepower beast that is mud bog racing. Charlie Holub can tell you all about it. He has competed in various mud racing events for the past 15 years.

  • Hardware auctioned, clearing way for new store

    Trucks and trailers with tags from as far away as Colorado filled the former Seacat Hardware parking lot Friday night and then late into Saturday afternoon as assets from the store were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The items included store vehicles and forklift, power tools, a hydraulic post hole digger and trailer, pipe cutter, and hand held power tools, as well as leftover store inventory ranging from plumbing pipe to paint were all sold to empty the building before being sold to new owners by Cottonwood Valley Bank.

  • Council plans worker evaluations

    At a work session Monday, the Marion City Council discussed how to conduct staff evaluations. Intern city administrator Roger Holter called for the special work session at the previous meeting to discuss aspects of his new position. Council member Jerry Dieter was not present.

  • KDOT has plans for 56/77 roundabout

    Kansas Department of Transportation will have a field check Thursday to examine preliminary plans for a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 56, U.S. 77, and K-150 northeast of Marion. KDOT engineering manager Jim Brewer said a field check makes sure nothing has changed since the site was surveyed at the beginning of the design phase. It is usually done when plans are about half done.

  • Open-heart surgery a success for 2-year-old

    Ruby Schmidt, 2, of Marion had open-heart surgery Oct. 2 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and surgery went well, said Eileen Schmidt, Ruby’s mother. Surgeons closed a hole in Ruby’s heart and cleared an obstruction in her pulmonary valve, Schmidt said.

  • 7th annual chili cook-off serves 180

    The seventh annual chili cook-off drew out about 180 attendees out to Marion County Lake to sample the diverse flavors of the 17 competitors who entered the contest. As in years past, patrons who attended the event served as taste testing judges. After purchasing admission, patrons were given a bowl, a spoon, a napkin, and a silver bean with which they used to vote for the chili they enjoyed the most.

  • Benefit to help with cancer battle

    Cynthia Barrett said she is so thankful for all the support she has received since being diagnosed with breast cancer. A friend, Sharon Terrel, volunteered to organize a benefit to raise money for Barretts medical expenses.


  • Holub worries road right of way decision sets precedent

    County commissioners disagreed Monday when deciding the importance of a retaining wall addition to property at 12 Lakeshore Drive on Pioneer Court. “No matter what we do, it’s a problem,” Chairman Randy Dallke said.

  • Mandolin player records CD with Tallgrass Express

    Tallgrass Express String Band has played in the Marion County area since it started in 2004, and like many bands, its line-up has changed over the years. Last October the band added the sonic talents of Marion mandolin player Jim Versch to their group and he is now contributing musical ideas to a new album they are recording.

  • Library seeking donations, dealing with parking lot woes

    The Marion Public Library is seeking donations for its new addition. Those who want a plaque with their name on display in the library can donate $25 to the project by calling the library at (620) 382-2442.

  • Chilly morning doesn't stop Lincolnville Octoberfest

    Despite a temperature around 40 degrees Saturday morning, many residents of Lincolnville and surrounding communities turned out to view the parade and participate in the festivities in the park. After a short parade, party music provided by Gene Winkler of Marion wafted over his loudspeaker system, putting people in a festive mood.

  • Barn Fest 2013 storms Marion County

    Members from Kansas Barn Alliance came from all over the state for the annual Barn Fest event at the Marion city building Friday and Saturday to learn about barn preservation and reuse issues. “The ‘greenest’ barn is the barn that is already standing,” advisory member of the Kansas Barn Association Sally Hatcher said Friday. “Maintaining and reusing a barn is not always cheap because of all the resources it takes.”

  • Report identifies priority topics for local health care

    A survey of county residents and roundtables with health care providers have produced a list of health care priorities for the coming years. The highest priorities identified are promoting health and wellness, prevention of chronic disease, improved communication and collaboration among health care providers, between providers and the community, and within the community, and enhanced access to resources and assistance.


  • Martha Hood

    Martha Hood, 94, of Marion died Tuesday at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. Funeral arrangements are pending with Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion.

  • Ronald Kirkpatrick Sr.

    Ronald D. Kirkpatrick Sr., 78, of Florence died Monday near Burns. He was born March 16, 1935, in Newton to John and Ruby (Weigand) Kirkpatrick. He was a graduate of Burns High School, where he was a member of the 1953 state championship basketball team. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

  • Truman Slatten

    Truman L. Slatten, 68, of Peabody died Friday at Peabody Care Center. He was born May 19, 1945, in Liberal to Frank and Wennona Lubbers Slatten. He lived in Missouri for many years before moving to Peabody. He was a farmer, mechanic, and truck driver.

  • Anthony Turner

    Anthony J. “Tony” Turner, 59, formerly of Marion, died Oct. 1 at his home in Emporia. He was born July 4, 1954, in Newton to Robert V. and Frances (Walsh) Turner. He grew up in Marion and moved to Emporia in 1995. He married Jalene Day on Sept. 9, 1995, in Emporia.


    Erano Albrecht, Renee Makovec



  • Pumpkin patch adds attractions

    In addition to a new gift shop and multipurpose building suitable for all types of parties and get-togethers, this year Walters Pumpkin Patch has added a stationary wooden train with six cars and a new pedal car track. “Carroll built the track to go through a tunnel house,” Becky Walters said. “It’s a small house on the track you can drive through.”

  • Preparing homes for winter

    Like it or not, cooler weather is in the near future, and homeowners can do simple things to insure their home weathers the cold. Tom Koslowsky, co-owner of Hillsboro True Value Hardware, said people need to start thinking about filling in cracks around windows and doors, and making sure exposed pipes cannot freeze.

  • Help plants survive until spring

    With cooler weather, quickly approaching there are many things people need to do to maintain healthy lawns and plants for spring. Jana Dalke owner of Serenity Gardens said the key to having a good garden or lawn come spring is proper winterization techniques.


  • Multiple bosses means too many expectations

    When I heard that Marion City Council met to discuss how it will evaluate interim city administrator Roger Holter, I was pleased. Holter deserves to know what council members’ expectations and priorities for him are — and so does the public. Unclear expectations have torpedoed many workers in bigger and smaller jobs than this one. Unfortunately, I was quickly corrected. The meeting wasn’t about what criteria the city administrator should be evaluated on, but the mechanics, the procedures, of the evaluation. Having clear, specific procedures of how a worker will be evaluated is important, but the subjects the that worker will be evaluated on are an order of magnitude more important.


  • Class of '63 has reunion

    The Marion High School class of 1963 had 33 of its 43 members present for at least part of the Old Settlers’ Day weekend Sept. 27 and 28, and three others — Delores Linn Cook, Marabeth Loewens Busenitz, and Marianne Waltner Spencer — sent letters to include in the reunion booklet. With two classmates who have passed away, Gary Alexander and Joe Martinez, the class was only missing five members who neither came nor wrote. Three former classmates who didn’t graduate with the class, Liz Youngman Westfal, Darlene Lucas Siebert, and Steve Collett, also attended the reunion.

  • Educators marry in Salina

    Katherine Leigh Mergen and Christopher Charles Barlow married on July 13 at St. Mary Queen of the Universe Church in Salina. The ceremony was officiated by Father Kerry Ninemire. The bride is a graduate of Fort Hays State University. She is a speech-language pathologist with Marion County Special Education Cooperative and works in Peabody and Goessel. Doug and Susan Mergen of Salina are her parents. Mary Mergen of Topeka and Alvin Witwer of Lenexa are her grandparents.

  • Cope marries in outdoor ceremony

    Danielle Cope and Adrian Baker married in an outdoor, double-ring ceremony June 15 at the home of the bride’s parents in Florence. The ceremony was officiated by Stan Seymour, pastor of First Christian Church in El Dorado. The bride was given away by her father, Clint Cope.

  • Powers reappointed as chief judge

    Michael F. Powers of Marion has been reappointed as chief judge of the 8th Judicial District covering Marion, Dickinson, Morris, and Geary counties, Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced last week. “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serving as chief judge,” Powers said in a press release. “I appreciate having the confidence and support of the Supreme Court and the other judges and staff of the 8th District. They are dedicated public servants, and I am proud to work with them.”

  • Carr celebrates 90th birthday

    Wanda Louise Herzet Carr will celebrate her 90th birthday Oct. 18. Those wanting to offer birthday wishes are invited to a gathering from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Marion Senior Center.

  • Church plans hog roast

    A hog roast will be at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Florence Methodist Church. Elexa Dawson will provide singing entertainment. For more information call (620) 780-3890.

  • Organization will recognize older artists

    Marion County Senior Citizens Inc. will recognize six local artists during the group’s annual meeting Oct. 17 at Marion Senior Center. In addition to the artist recognition, there will be a musical performance by the Marion High School Singers, and Pat Wick will speak. Twilla Baker

  • Lake club to have bingo night

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will have a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the lake hall. It will be bingo night. Organizers ask members to bring white elephant gifts for prizes.

  • Florence cleanup days set

    Florence will have its fall cleanup days Monday through Oct. 18. Residents are asked to have their items by the curb. A hazardous waste trailer will be in town for pickup from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 19 south of the Florence Public Library.

  • Cantus to perform in McPherson

    The Minnesota-based men’s vocal group Cantus will visit Kansas Saturday when it performs at the McPherson Opera House in McPherson. The group will perform “A Place for Us,” a program that explores the concept of home. The nine-member group performs music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century.


    Harold Triggs voted vice president

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago


  • FFA members attend Greenhand Conference

    Members of Marion/Florence FFA attended the South Central District FFA Greenhand Conference Sept. 23 at Buhler High School. More than 500 first-year members from 25 chapters participated in the leadership conference.

  • Children learn by doing at Walton charter school

    Imagine a school where there are no textbooks, no worksheets, or no tests. That is what it’s like for students who attend the Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center.


  • Marion wins despite long trip, delays

    The Marion High School football team traveled 2½-hours and dealt with multiple lightning delays before its 53-12 win Friday at Horton. The game’s second half did not even begin until 10 p.m. Head coach Grant Thierolf credited senior players with keeping the team focused.

  • Centre wins homecoming against Peabody-Burns

    The Centre Cougars had the satisfaction Friday of breaking the Peabody-Burns Warriors’ 4-0 record by defeating them at Bud Peterson Field 14-6. As indicated by the score, it was a defensive match-up with numerous punts on both sides and several turnovers on downs. Centre compiled 138 yards rushing compared with 108 yards by Peabody-Burns. Neither team had passing success, Centre completing one pass for 19 yards and Peabody-Burns passing for 17 yards.

  • Warriors split matches at Berean

    Marion High School head volleyball coach Deanna Thierolf likes that her team never gives up, but cannot figure how the team gets off to such bad starts. “We’re talking to them about their nutrition, we’re talking to them about everything,” she said.

  • Lady Cougars sweep triangular

    In a triangular Oct. 1 at Hope, the Centre volleyball team defeated Little River and Rural Vista (Hope-White City) to improve their record to 19-7. The Lady Cougars defeated Little River 25-22 and 25-15. Makenzie Deines served for 8 points and Shelby Makovec delivered three aces.

  • Warriors lag behind at Halstead

    The Marion Warriors cross-country team ran in windy conditions last week at Halstead. “I could try to blame the wind, the sickness being passed around, the course possibly being too long, not right practices to prepare us, or many other things,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “However, the truth of the matter is that we just didn’t have a good meet. It just wasn’t our day.”

  • Smith, Wiggins medal at Halstead

    Two seventh-graders on the Centre cross-country team medaled Thursday at the Halstead Invitational. Jordan Smith finished first among seventh-grade girls with a time of six minutes and 24 seconds. Tanner Wiggins placed 23rd at 7:08. Other results 7th-grade girls: Tori Reneau, 51st, 11:16. 7th-grade boys: Jordan Miller, 60th, 9:03. High school girls: Nallie Kassebaum, 31st, 20:09; Ally Basore, 37th, 20:30. High school boys: Kevin Lewis, 62nd, 24:31.

  • Central Kansas motocross series visits Marion

    Motocross racers buzzed in from out of state and all over the state of Kansas Sunday to compete in the 10th round of the Central Kansas Motocross Series at Green Acres Motocross Park in Marion. Racers from the Marion County area who chased the checkered flag and placed in their respective classes were:
  • Conner Van Curen of Peabody, 5th, 250 C Novice; 4th, PP+5 class; and 2nd, School Boy (-17years/80s-125s).
  • Taven Scott of Peabody, 5th, 85cc Jr. (7-11).
  • Kimber Hardey of Marion, 3rd, Open Women.
  • Blane Bernhardt of Hillsboro, 1st, Trail Bike Beginner.
  • David Rose of Canton, 4th, Vet C Novice (30+/125cc+).


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