HEADLINES

  • Surprises dot list of delinquencies

    Some surprising names are on the list of those who haven’t paid 2015 county taxes on time. “They’ve been warned,” Treasurer Jeannine Bateman said. “We try to give them until the last minute to get everything paid. We told them we had to have it last Friday at noon in the office, not by mail.”

  • Osteopathic doctor joins St. Luke

    Scott Akers, DO, began practicing in Marion on July 6. He is the newest addition to the medical staff at St. Luke Medical Clinic. The 31-year-old physician grew up at Syracuse in western Kansas.

  • Family purrrfects 'catio'

    Although they may not have broad enough vocabularies to articulate the depth of their emotions, it is likely that Marion felines Buttons and Koda feel like pretty cool cats right about now. They have a hip new “catio,” a purrrfect enclosure for lounging in, and they didn’t even have to lift a claw to get one.

  • Handywomen blur line between work and play

    No labor law says good old-fashioned hard work has to be boring, and it isn’t for two county women who blur the lines between work and play. Former Centre special education teacher and volleyball coach Yvonne Burhoop and Kansas Department of Transportation employee Sherri Pankratz go way back.

  • Relay patrons hoof it to help fund cancer reserach

    Saturday’s Marion County Relay for Life raised $22,526 to fund cancer research, provide transportation and lodging for cancer patients who must travel for treatment, teach beauty techniques to female cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, and connect breast cancer patients with others who have been there before. Cindy Griffitts, Marion, participates in Relay for Life every year. She was on the Fighting Wisteria team, whose theme was “color your world purple.”

  • A botched theft that just got worse

    A Walton man ended up in jail when he discovered getting out of Peabody was not as easy as he might have thought. According to police, Michael Aycock’s intention was to turn an allegedly stolen car he was driving from Vine St. onto 6th St.

  • Marion man operates new bike repair business

    Marion resident Justin Lenhardt recently shifted his enthusiasm for bicycles into something more, a home-based, part-time business dubbed JL Bicycle Repair. “It’s a crazy hobby I guess,” Lenhardt said. “I like working with my hands in general, and fixing bikes. I like the feeling of helping people when they’re trying to take care of their body and enjoy nature through riding.”

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Nursing home fraud allegations investigated

    Editor’s note: This article has been updated from the Aug. 17 print edition to correct inaccuracies in the timeline of events and clarify additional information. An investigation continues into alleged fiduciary abuse of multiple dependant adults at Westview Manor.

  • Model plane airstrip planned at lake

    An airport for model planes might be built at Marion County Park and Lake, but planning is still in the initial stages. “The landing strip will be 30 feet wide by 300 feet long,” Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson said.

  • Sideline business is full-time for repairman

    Every small community needs at least one handyman who can service small equipment. Brent Pigorsch fills the bill for Lincolnville residents and surrounding communities. He has a full-time job at U.S. Stone in Herington but also operates Brent’s Small Engine Repair.

  • Co-op honors historic trails with its name

    The newly consolidated Agri Trails Co-op was named in honor of three historic trails that ran through its service area, which includes parts of Dickinson, Marion, Morris, and Saline counties. “We were brainstorming about the name when we realized that three trails had gone through this area,” Manager Darrell Anderson said.

DEATHS

  • Bob Baxter

    Former production manager Bob Baxter, 87, died Sunday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Gnadenau Cemetery, two miles south of Hillsboro. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Jerald Stockdale

    Former carpenter Jerald W. Stockdale, 89, Marion, died Thursday at home. He was born May 19, 1927, to William and Bertha (Cotton) Stockdale in Wichita. He served in the Navy in World War II.

  • Debbie Trimble

    Debbie Ellen Trimble, 59, of Salina, died Saturday. Born June 23, 1957 in Concordia to Thomas and Gayle (Pilcher) Francis, she graduated in 1975 from Marion High School. She was a longtime employee of Salina Regional Health Center and was a member of the United Church of Bennington.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Kathy Hubbard
  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Russell Krueger
  • SERVICE NOTICE:

    Wiest service is Saturday

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • City council startled by county budget

    City officials are scrambling trying to figure out what to do after county commissioners approved purchase of an emergency radio system that would be incompatible with the city’s. Purchase of 800mh emergency radios was included in the county’s proposed budget. If cities don’t follow suit, police and fire departments won’t be able to communicate with the sheriff’s department.

  • EMS may add stopgap shifts

    Looking to fix a leak in the dam before the new year begins, county commissioners at Monday’s meeting asked EMS director Ed Debesis if he would be able to find extra part-time help for Marion calls because Marion runs are often answered by Hillsboro ambulances. Commissioner Randy Dallke said he’d checked into what it would cost to add personnel for two additional 12-hour shifts for the next 19 weeks until the end of the calendar year, and found it could be done for about $10,000. The commission earlier agreed to hire additional full-time personnel after the first of the year.

OPINION

  • Trumping development

    After nearly three months, colleagues at the newspaper office are getting used to a ringing cell phone, a brief pause, then a disgusted, “Shut up, Donald!” blurted at an annoying volume a couple of times every day. With home and office phones forwarded for the duration of a now-ending annual pilgrimage to Kansas, a Clone Wars sized regiment of robo-calls from Cardmember Services, supposed police charities (which have little to do with police), and The Donald often have been the only vestiges of Illinois — save for a cat pleading for morning milk each day — during a summer encampment.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    The old hydrangeas

PEOPLE

  • Tampa woman enjoys working from home

    Kris Srajer of rural Tampa has been working an online job for 20 years. She quit her job doing billing for a company in Omaha when she married Jim Srajer and joined him at Tampa, where he was farming.

  • Herbel family gathers in Memorial Park

    The family of David and Mollie Herbel gathered to visit, take pictures, and reminisce over photo albums July 2 and 3 at the Scout House in Memorial Park in Hillsboro. Those attending were daughter Esther Herbel Bastron, Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Kevin and Barb Herbel, Lincoln, Nebraska; Kelli Herbel, Oklahoma City; Gary and Shelia Cardwell, Mustang, Oklahoma.

  • Langes to mark 50th with reception

    The 50th wedding anniversary of Larry and Ruth (Reith) Lange of Marion will be celebrated at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 28 at Our Savior Lutheran Church Hall in Marion. Married Aug. 28, 1966, at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Linn, the Langes have lived in Marion for 46 years. Larry worked for Kansas Department of Transportaion, retiring in 1999, and Ruth retired from the county clerk’s office in 2010.

  • Card shower requested for Classens 60th anniversary

    A card shower is requested for the 60th wedding anniversary of Matthew and Mary Kay Classen of Marion. The couple was married Aug. 26, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline, and have lived most of their lives in Marion. Matt was president of Marion National bank for 40 years before retiring in 2002.

  • Thierolf talks to Kiwanis

    Marion Warriors football coach Grant Thierolf was guest speaker for Tuesday’s meeting of Marion Kiwanis. Thierolf spoke about what’s coming in Marion High sports.

  • Burns seniors meet

    Nineteen senior citizens enjoyed lunch and a program August 9 at Burns Community Center. Barbara Smith of Marion gave the program. She showed a film and talked about elder abuse.

  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago
  • SENIOR CENTER:

    Menu

SCHOOL

SENIOR LIVING

  • Klein is a lifer with Western Associates

    When Barb Klein was a Hillsboro High School senior in 1972, she could have embarked on a career in journalism. “I worked at the Hillsboro Star-Journal when I was in high school,” she said. “I went over for an hour or two a day instead of going to class. I typed on their great big computer. I typed in and proofread parts of the paper.”

  • Woman remembers 50 years of teaching

    Joyce Jackson, of Marion, now retired, spent more than 50 years helping children and adults learn. She taught in northern Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and taught English as a second language in China. Most of those years were spent teaching junior high school special education in Kansas City.

  • SLIDESHOW:

    Seniors share school memories

SPORTS

  • Hett wins golf tourney 3 years straight

    Scoring 142 strokes after a two-day, 36-hole bonanza, Travis Hett won the annual Marion Country Club Championship for the third year in a row on Aug. 6 and 7. Coming in second, Hett’s brother, Nickolas, was hot on his trail, eight strokes down at 150.

  • Bina signs with Angelo State

    Coming off a national softball championship with Butler Community College, Grizzlies’ shortstop Danae Bina of Marion has signed to play for NCAA Division II Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Angelo State won a DII national championship in 2004. The Rambelles compete in the Lone Star Conference.

  • Wichitan wins MOPS race

    Cole Decker of Wichita, a former collegiate distance runner, ran away from the field in the Mothers of Preschoolers half-marathon at Marion County Park and Lake. Decker finished 15 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor, blazing through the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 16 seconds.

UPCOMING

  • Goo Goo Dolls to play Steifel Theatre

    Goo Goo Dolls, a rock band known for its 1998 hit single “Iris,” will be in concert 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina. Reserved seating tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets can be purchased by calling (785) 827-1998, online at stiefeltheatre.org, or at the box office.

  • Magic show to highlight Florence Labor Day Celebration

    This year’s Florence Labor Day celebration will feature a magic show and water balloon volleyball. Glenda and Mike’s Mysteries and Wonders Show, a popular event at the Kansas State Fair, will highlight Saturday night’s events. The show, which features magic and ventriloquism, starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 3.

  • Blood drives are Friday

    American Red Cross will hold two blood drives in the county Friday. One will be noon to 6 p.m. at Parkview Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, 610 S. Main St., Hillsboro. A second from 2 to 6 p.m. will be at Goessel Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, 109 S. Church St., Goessel.

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