HEADLINES

  • Fed up with it, Mulvenon trashes litterbug mentality

    What do beer cans, pop bottles, cigarette butts, and fast-food containers have in common? Marion resident John Mulvenon’s answer would be ditches, more specifically, Marion County ditches.

  • Petitioners snarl county Straub bid

    Just four signatures could be enough to scuttle the county’s plans to buy the former Straub International building, unless Marion city council chooses to overrule them. A petition filed Feb. 15 opposing rezoning of the Straub parcel for governmental use included signatures of owners of four surrounding properties, the minimum needed to temporarily negate the planning and zoning board’s Feb. 2 approval.

  • Becker to fill commission seat

    Durham resident and soon-to-be-retired Tampa banker Kent Becker is the choice of Republican electors in the county’s 1st District to fill the county commission position soon to be vacated by Lori Lalouette. Jared Jost and Craig Dodd, both of Hillsboro, also were nominated at Thursday’s district Republican meeting at the Scout House in Hillsboro. Becker won by garnering 9 out of a possible 17 votes. Jost received 5 votes, and Dodd, 3.

  • Fire chiefs propose new burn regulations

    County fire chiefs are calling for a tougher burn resolution to protect both landowners and firefighters. Six county fire chiefs, including those from Peabody, Lincolnville, Hillsboro, Marion, Lehigh, and Burns, spoke to county commissioners about replacing the burn regulation passed in 2014 with a new one.

  • Bown-Corby owner fires management for allegedly mishandling funds

    About a year into its repurposed life as an apartment building, the historic Bown-Corby school building is going through yet another change — management. Building owner Tom George, a Wichita developer, sent a letter to Bown-Corby tenants informing them he had terminated a contract with Real Property Management (RPM) because of an alleged breach in the agreement, and had hired Cedar Mills Property Management to replace them.

  • 56 years of Wyatts to end at Centre

    For all but two years in its 58-year history, Centre school district has had a Wyatt on its teaching staff. That will change this spring when Greg Wyatt will retire. Jim Wyatt joined the staff in 1959 and retired in 1990 after 31 years. His son, Greg, joined the staff one year later, in the fall of 1991, and is retiring after 25 years at Centre.

  • Community garden prepares to sprout into spring, summer

    Although it’s February, plans for Marion Community Gardens summer crops are well underway. “Gordon Malin and Pam Byer have both been working on coming up with ideas on how to expand the garden,” FFA coordinator Mark Meyer said. “The garden committee has had a couple of meetings, and they just have been trying to find interest in the community.”

DEATHS

  • Eulalia Flaming

    Eulalia Flaming, 83, died Feb. 16 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. She was born March 1, 1933, to John L.W. and Marie (Ewert) Regier in Hillsboro.

  • Mary Ann Wiebe

    Mary Ann Wiebe, 80,died Thursday at home in Whitewater. Born Feb. 12, 1937, to Henry I. and Anna (Schmidt) Goertz in Newton, she was raised in the Goessel area, graduated from Goessel High School in 1955, and attended Bethel College.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Elizabeth Crawford, Ron Post

DOCKET

HOME

  • Plan and prune, but don't plant just yet, experts say

    With recent spring-like weather, gardening enthusiasts may be tempted to get a head start on planting. But they should refrain, area experts said, instead using the opportunity for preparing gardens, as well as pruning trees, shrubs, and bushes. “February has been abnormally warm, and the forecast is for that warm weather to continue,” county extension agent Rickey Roberts said. “Let me caution against trying to speed the calendar up to much, as freezing weather is still very likely, but as long as it is nice, there are a couple things we can do.”

  • A basic soil test can save time, money, and more

    Gardeners and lawn care enthusiasts can save time, money, and potentially reduce pollution by utilizing a basic soil test. “Most gardeners think that soil tests are done only to find out what nutrients are deficient,” county extension agent Rickey Roberts said. “However, it is just as important to know if you have adequate levels of nutrients so you don’t add unneeded fertilizer.”

OPINION

  • Choice words

    Something that’s crystal clear about our line of work is this: If people didn’t make choices, we wouldn’t have a newspaper. There are plenty of choices we make that just aren’t newsworthy. You don’t care one whit what socks I chose to wear this morning (white), what I had for breakfast (bacon breakfast pizza), or what song I pulled out of my mental jukebox to hum as I walked into my office (an obscure J-pop tune, that’s Japanese pop music, that even my closest friends have never heard), so I won’t bother writing about them.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

    Christian respect, Economic robbery?

PEOPLE

  • Artists display work at senior center

    Those who eat lunch at Marion Senior Center will be dining in style, surrounded by the work of area artists that will be hanging in the center until Friday. Bluestem Art Guild, made up of 15 artists from Marion, Morris, Lyon, and Chase counties, began in the early ’90s as a way for local artists to keep in touch with one another, and to be engaged in the art community.

  • Cards requested for Connie Warneke

    The family of Connie Warneke requests a card shower for her birthday, which is today. She is in The Cedars nursing home in McPherson. Cards can be sent to her at 1494 Manchester St., McPherson KS 67460.

  • Soup dinner and streetscape revitalization will be Thursday

    A Marion Streetscapes Revitalization meeting and PRIDE Committee soup dinner will be held in tandem Thursday at City Hall Community Center in Marion. The soup dinner starts at 6 p.m. Freewill donations are encouraged to help fund PRIDE’s revitalization efforts. The streetscapes meeting will be at 7 p.m.

  • Rural Electric meeting is March 7

    The 79th annual Flint Hills Rural Electric meeting will feature a live electrical safety demonstration March 7 at Herington Community Building, 810 S Broadway in Herington. Registration precedes a 5:30 p.m. meal. The safety demonstration and business meeting follow. The event is open to all members of the Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative.

  • World Day of Prayer is March 3

    Marion residents may celebrate World Day of Prayer this year starting at 7 p.m. March 3 at Marion Presbyterian Church. The theme is “Am I being unfair to you?” and will include a service written by a woman from the Philippines.

  • PEO Chapter DB installs officers

    PEO Chapter DB voted on and installed officers Feb. 13 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. Lois Smith read a president’s letter, hostesses Eileen Sieger and Joni Crofoot served chocolate Valentine’s cake, and a social meeting was planned for March 28.

  • Koch exec to talk on crime during lecture

    Reforming the criminal justice system to remove barriers and provide opportunities for disadvantaged people will be the focus of a Nachtigall Lecture Series on Entrepreneurship presentation by Koch Industries executive Mark Holden at 7 p.m. March 1 in the Tabor College chapel. Holden joined Koch Industries in 1995 as a litigation attorney, and is now senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. He holds leadership positions with several other Koch-related organizations.

  • MEMORIES:

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

    Ireland gives reading at center, Senior menu

SCHOOL

  • Happy Hustlers 4-H report

    Happy Hustlers 4-H club was called to order by Payton Harms on Feb. 6 at Marion Christian Church with 24 members, four leaders, and nine parents in attendance. Jackson Salsbury led the flag salute, and Cassie Meyer led the 4-H pledge. Roll call was, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Corin Parmley gave the treasurer’s report and said that the balance was still $714.57. Tristan Williams reported that the January meeting had been put in the newspaper. For council representative’s report, Cassie Meyer said that there wouldn’t be a meeting until Feb. 13, and then she gave a parliamentarian report.

  • Area school menu

SPORTS

  • Marion girls crush Elyria Christian

    With the Elyria Christian girls riding a 3-game winning streak coming into USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center on Friday, fans might have expected a close, spirited matchup against Marion. Instead, what they saw was a blowout, as the Lady Warriors were relentless at both ends of the floor as they charged to a 67-30 win.

  • Cougars and Bulldogs chase each others' tails

    In a non-league game Friday, the Centre boys defeated 2A Chase County on the road, 55-51. The girls lost, 45-34. Playing the Bulldogs at Cottonwood Falls for the second consecutive year, the Cougars were determined to get revenge for a 68-46 loss a year ago.

  • 'Small but mighty' team clinches 2nda t 321A regionals, send 5 to state

    The Warriors laid a royal smack down Friday and Saturday at the regionals tournament at Jayhawk-Linn in Mound City, placing second as a team, and sending five of eight wrestlers to 321A state, two of whom won their brackets. Senior Bryce Shults took pride in the fact that the Warriors achieved second place with what coach Tyler McMichael termed a “small but mighty” team.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Calendar of events

  • Dr. Seuss story time planned at library

    Children, ages 3 to 8, will be able to attend a special Dr. Seuss story time from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Marion City Library, where Dr. Seuss stories, crafts, activities, and snacks will be provided. Happy Hustlers 4-H will sponsor the event. Registration is not required.More information is available at the library, call (620) 382-2442.

  • Art is Ageless entries due

    Artists ages 65 and over may enter their work for “Art is Ageless,” a juried exhibit that will be held March 9 through 24 at Newton Presbyterian Manor. Art is Ageless encourages area seniors to express their creativity through competition.

  • MKC scholarships available

    High school seniors and returning college students are eligible to apply for college scholarships offered by Mid- Kansas Coop. Students attending an accredited university or college including community, vocational, or technical schools in fall 2017, including past MKC scholarship recipients, are eligible.

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