• Senior's rainbow flag generates ire, support

    A rainbow flag painted by a Marion High School student on his assigned parking spot on Lincoln St. last week sparked negative reactions and vandalism from some and an outpouring of support from others. Logan Waner’s painting of a symbol of unity and pride used by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community was pre-approved by MHS Principal Tod Gordon as part of the school’s tradition of allowing seniors to paint their parking spots.

  • Co-op worker found dead near elevator

    A longtime Mid-Kansas Cooperative employee was found dead Monday outside the company’s Peabody grain elevator. A passer-by reported seeing a man lying on the ground near the elevator shortly before 8 a.m.

  • Concrete truck tumbles

    A loaded cement mixer headed to a job site Tuesday didn’t make the curve at Main and Cedar Streets, toppling onto its side and blocking the road for about three hours. “He was just going way too fast for the curve and dumped it over,” sheriff’s deputy Mike Ottensmeier said. “When he hit the pavement he had to hit hard because there was 10 yards of concrete in that truck.”

  • Man beats own addiction, now helps others

    John Bell enjoys turning out curio cabinets, benches, and other things in the woodworking shop he opened in Lincolnville in March. Life is good, and a far cry from the turmoil that engulfed him just nine years ago.

  • Alumni return from all over for celebration

    Seeing classmates and catching up on their lives lures people from local homes or faraway cities to Old Settlers’ Day in Marion. Jeff Schinner, class of 1977, came from Glen Rose, Texas. He comes to Marion for Old Settlers’ Day every five years, when his class is honored at the celebration.


  • Marion County to begin $2.1M fix to Roxbury road on Monday

    Work on fixing 330th Rd. will begin Monday after commissioners accepted bids Friday for roadwork and ditch grading that should be completed before Christmas. Commissioners awarded the work to Bob Bergkamp to rebuild the road’s base and put down a 3-inch asphalt overlay for just over $2 million, and another $118,000 to grade the ditches at the same time.

  • 'Shelves were empty again'

    A photo of empty shelves at Marion County Food Bank posted Monday morning by Pastor Jeremiah Lange brought a quick response, and soon shelves were stocked again. “That’s the way it goes,” board chairman Gerry Henderson said. “Jeremiah was right at the moment, but then it changed, but after our neighbors went through, shelves were empty again.”

  • Marion, Goessel athletics join Hillsboro in 2A

    Marion and Goessel high schools have a chance to test the myth that schools at the top of their athletic classifications dominate the schools at the bottom. Marion has a history of going back and forth as one of the largest 2As or one of the smallest 3As.

  • Without a deal, Florence depot slated for demolition

    Townsfolk smarting from watching the former Florence Memorial High School building being demolished may soon see another historic old building, the Florence train depot, meet the same fate. Bob Rusk of Wichita, president of Florence Community Foundation, has been dealing with Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad for the better part of a decade, hoping to strike a deal and find the resources to save and restore the depot. A solution has been a moving target, Rusk said.

  • Marion, Centre teacher take-home pay are average in county

    Base pay rates for first-year teachers and out-of-pocket health insurance costs vary from one county school district to another, with the net pay for a first-year teacher with family health insurance ranging nearly $5,000 per year. Peabody-Burns is at the bottom of the scale and Hillsboro is at the top.

  • Cable company warns of scam

    Eagle Communications warned of a scam Friday targeting Marion and Hillsboro areas where door-to-door scam salesmen pose as Eagle Communications representatives. The cable and Internet service company does not partner with third party providers and its representatives do not sell products without wearing Eagle logo attire and providing a business card.


  • Delano F. O'Dell

    Services for longtime Florence Police Chief Delano F. O’Dell, 83, who died Sunday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery at Florence. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. He was born Aug. 4, 1934, to Orvis and Thelma Barlow O’Dell at Garden City.

  • Betty Bernhardt

    Services for former teacher Betty Bernhardt, 96, who died Friday at Salem Home in Hillsboro, were Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Interment was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Born May 6, 1921, to Albert and Elizabeth (Hiebert) Vogt in Elyria, she married Alvin Bernhardt, who died in 1975. Survivors include son Kenneth Bernhardt of St. Petersburg, Florida; and a granddaughter.


    Elsie Mae Schmidt



  • The definitive best ever?

    It’s time once again to proclaim this year’s Old Settlers’ Day the “best ever,” and this year that’s an easy task, indeed. It’s not been so easy each year I’ve carried out this task, because there’s no doubt that up until now, 1973 truly was the best ever Old Settlers’ Day. Really. Truly.

  • Colors of change

    Fall is a season for change, brought alive by brilliant colors all around us. However, colors of change in Marion this past weekend could be found in a parking spot on Lincoln St.


    How life goes

    Stand for inclusion, LGBT flag fumble, Road woes

    Corrections and Clarifications


  • Shooting and cleaning go hand-in-hand

    There’s little Chisholm Trail Outfitters owner Craig Dodd hasn’t seen when it comes to guns that are in poor condition. However, a farmer recently brought in a rifle he carries in his truck, and it’s proved to be a real head-shaker. “That is the grimiest, worst gun,” Dodd said. “I have never seen one this dirty. It’s like felt with oil and grease. I’m surprised it even shoots.”

  • Outdoor havens draw people into fresh air

    Near or far, county residents like their time outdoors. Whether the outdoors spots are within county boundary lines or a five-hour drive away, each has its own charm.


  • Chat and Dine to offer baked goods at lake chili cook-off

    A Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club bake sale will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the lake’s annual chili cook-off. Fresh homemade pecan caramel rolls, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and other baked items will be available.

  • Crowds look forward to bright future

    Saturday dawned with threatening clouds in the west, but there would be no repeat of last year’s mid-afternoon deluge to spoil the day, as gray skies gave way to partly cloudy, a perfect day to spend watching a parade and seeing old friends. Every five-year Marion High School graduating class from 1947 onward had a presence in the parade.

  • Kiwanis ponders manure question after parade

    Kiwanis Club members noted one problem with Saturday’s Old Settlers’ Day: no one cleaned up the horse manure after the parade. The 19 club members present discussed the successes of this year’s festivities and how to improve them to make next year even better at their meeting Tuesday.

  • Area youths show livestock at state contest in Hutchinson

    Several youths from Marion County showed livestock at the Kansas Junior Livestock Show from Friday through Sunday in Hutchinson, competing against 702 youth from 92 counties showing 1,480 head of livestock. Cedar Point Corin Parmley Third in class 11 of blackface market lamb, third in class 3 of commercial ewe lamb, third in class 7 of blackface market lamb, and sixth in class 21 of commercial gilt. Goessel Emily Meier Second in class 44 of AOB breeding heifer. Hillsboro Ava Case Second in class 3 of duroc gilt and fourth in class 2 of Berkshire gilt. Landon Roberts Third in class 18 of commercial gilt and ninth in class 2 of duroc market barrow. Lincolnville Payton Harms Champion red Angus breeding heifer. Jensen Riffel Second in class 14 of light cross market barrow and sixth in class 9 of dark cross market barrow. Marion Tayle Black Third in class 2 of Berkshire gilt and third in class 20 of commercial gilt. Calleigh Soyez Tenth in class 2 of commercial ewe lamb, 11th in class 8 of blackface market lamb, 12th in class 6 of blackface market lamb, and seventh in class 4 of commercial ewe lamb. Hitch Soyez Tenth in class 4 of commercial ewe lamb, 12th in class 2 of commercial ewe lamb, and sixth in class 6 of blackface market lamb. Wyatt Soyez Tenth in class 6 of blackface market lamb, 11th in class 2 of commercial ewe lamb, sixth in class 4 of commercial ewe lamb, and ninth in class 7 of blackface market lamb. Tampa Cailey Barney Third in class 15 of blackface market lamb. Zach Barney Second in class 10 of commercial ewe lamb, fourth in class 7 of commercial ewe lamb, and ninth in class 11 of blackface market lamb. Elizabeth Meyer Third in class 2 of Angus breeding heifer.


    Meals on Wheels honors Bula Good, Menu

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


  • Homburg brings small-town expertise to superintendent role

    In a quiet office off an empty, carpeted hallway at the Marion-Florence school district office, new superintendent Aaron Homburg knew exactly what he missed most about teaching. “The interaction every day with kids,” Homburg said. “I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and building those relationships with kids that come into your class.”

  • Warriors lose physical test against Black Bears

    The Marion Warriors were down by eight points with eight minutes left in the football game Friday, and Sterling was in scoring position. Marion linebacker Garrett Hoffner intercepted the ball at the 19-yard line, and the Warriors offense picked up two quick first downs. But the Warriors threw an interception on a running back pass. The Black Bears picked up three first downs before facing fourth and five at the edge of Marion’s red zone. The Warrior defense held.

  • Marion volleyball splits matches at Remington

    Marion volleyball picked up one win in two matches at Remington on Sept. 26. The Lady Warriors beat Ell-Saline 25-17, 25-12 before falling in three sets against Remington 25-21, 25-27, 25-27.

  • Centre school garden to get updates thanks to grant

    Centre school garden will see improvements thanks to a $1,000 grant from Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. School secretary Terry Klenda, the new garden supervisor, said the Outdoor Wildlife Learning grant would be used to attract more birds, bees, and butterflies to the site.

  • Centre wins home volleyball triangular match

    Centre seniors Tate Basore, Emily Schlesener, and Jayden Hallowell played their last home volleyball games Tuesday. The team defeated Wakefield in two sets, 25-23 and 25-10, in its first match. Results of the second match against Canton-Galva were not available at press time.

  • Runners set fastest times of year at Halstead meet

    Every Marion High School runner competing at Thursday’s Halstead meet ran their fastest time of the year. Senior Colin Williams had his fastest race of the year, running the 5K race in 18 minutes, 53 seconds and placing 27th.

  • Craney earns medal

    Centre FFA members traveled to Kingman on Sept. 27 to compete in two south central district career development events. Alexis Craney placed fifth in entomology in the greenhand division. Almeda Giroux also competed. Entomology is the study of insects.

  • Test drives raise $4K for area schools

    More than 200 drivers raised over $4,000 for area schools in Hillsboro Ford’s Drive 4 ur School fundraiser. Hillsboro High School Booster Club had 148 participants who raised $2,960 at $20 per drive. Goessel’s school district had 35 drivers raise $700 while Marion and Peabody each had 11 drivers raise $220, according to un-official counts sent by Terry Hagen of Hillsboro Ford.


    Centre, Marion

    College Degrees and honors


  • Centre flu vaccine clinic is Monday

    Flu vaccinations administered by Marion County Health Department will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday in the commons area at Centre. People can register as they arrive.

  • Historic artist is subject of Tabor Lifelong Learning program

    A.R Ebel, who taught art at Tabor College for more than four decades, will be the topic of Friday’s Lifelong Learning program at 9:45 a.m. Parkview Church activity center, 610 S. Main St. in Hillsboro. Attendees will learn about the “Father of Hillsboro Artists,” as named by Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, from Peggy Goertzen, director and archivist of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor.

  • Waste meeting in McPherson

    Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority’s regular quarterly meeting will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at McPherson County Transfer Station, 1431 17th Ave, McPherson.

  • Calendar of events


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