• Miller gets 12 months on sex charges

    A man originally facing seven charges involving alleged incidents involving two teens was given a year in jail April 12 after striking a plea agreement in January that reduced the charges to two counts of sexual battery. Court documents show that on Jan. 26, Jeffrey Allen Miller, 41, Marion, entered an Alford plea on sexual battery charges. An Alford plea is a guilty plea in court but the defendant does not admit the crime and asserts innocence despite the guilty plea.

  • Commission locks sights on jail tax

    After hitting a brick wall in their efforts to purchase the former Straub building to resolve problems with the county transfer station and recycling center, and the weed and hazardous waste facility, county commissioners are turning their attention to alternative solutions. One of those might be to extend an existing sales tax, set to expire in 2018, imposed for the cost of building a jail.

  • Volunteers remove loads of lake vegetation

    Despite complications from rainy, cold weather over the weekend, a dedicated group of volunteers removed loads of trees and brush from the banks of Marion County Lake. Lake residents Dennis and Sherry Conyers, Delmar and Nadine Iseli, and Jim Darrow, who owns property and a dock at the lake, were among volunteers who worked on Monday.

  • Flint Hills market closes, again

    If nearly bare dairy and produce cases didn’t clue them in, a Saturday tour group found out when they reached the bakery in the back of the store: Flint Hills Market and Bakery was closing for good at the end of the day. Owner Judy Mills and her staff of bakers weren’t taking the day off, either; the air was scented with the mixed aromas of breads, pastries, and pies. While the weather was rainy and gloomy, Mills was quite the opposite. “I’m delighted,” she said. “I feel like I’m having a party.”


  • Masonic banquet honors education

    Select students and parents, teachers, and school administrators were treated to a banquet and honored for educational achievement April 26 at Masonic Advance Lodge No. 114 in Florence. The Florence lodge teamed with Centre Lodge No. 147 of Marion for the event.

  • Quest to serve comes one slice at a time

    It’s safe to assume that when Jesus’s disciples received the “Great Commission” to take the Gospel to the rest of the world, none of them rushed home to throw a scrumptious cherry pie into the oven. However, 2,000 years later, they have an enthusiastic accomplice, Tabor College admissions counselor Jessica Garcia, who hopes a revival of Pie Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the historic church on campus will help to propel her to a new chapter of discipleship with MB Mission in Canada and beyond.

  • The 'Can Man' is retiring

    Warren Vincent has been a familiar face in Marion over the last year as he collected aluminum cans in parking lots for Kansas Honor Flights. He’s been doing the same in seven other counties, but the time has come to scale back.

  • Water well drillers meet at Tampa

    Members of the Kansas Ground Water Association met in Tampa Friday for their spring seminar. The more than 60 people attending were from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nebraska and included drillers, suppliers, and installers of well water and geothermal heating systems.

  • County starts tax sale process

    A number of properties in the county with real estate taxes three years delinquent will be subject to a Sept. 1 tax sale unless the owners pay the taxes due. County commissioners on Friday signed a resolution to proceed with foreclosure petitions in court and then hold a tax sale.

  • Durham landowner's Chisholm Trail dream comes true

    For Gerald “Jerry” Unruh, traveling the Chisholm Trail with a bunch of other horse riders was a moving experience. “I just sat there on my horse and tears came to my eyes,” he said. “I can’t believe the history of the West. This history is more valuable than anything money can buy. I want to keep it alive.”


  • Raymond Franz

    Raymond L. Franz, 87, died Saturday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, with interment preceding the service at 10 a.m. at the church cemetery. Family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Donald Hasenbank

    Donald Dean Hasenbank, 64, of Tampa, died April 22 at his home following a battle with cancer. Born Feb. 24, 1953, to Cleo Carl and Velma Lorraine Rowe Hasenbank in Manhattan, he attended local schools and graduated in 1971 from St. George High School.

  • Lois E. Peterson

    Lois E. Peterson, 89, of Burdick died Monday at Legacy of Herington. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hebron Lutheran Church of Burdick. Her nephew, Bill Peterson will officiate, and inurnment will be in the church cemetery.

  • Judith Reno

    Former nurse and Marion resident Judith Reno, 79, died Thursday at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 1, 1937, to Rhonald and Mary Ruth (Judy) Hogg at Pratt.She married Roger Wayne Reno on Nov. 26, 1959, in Wichita.



  • Scratch landscaping is a lot of work but has its rewards

    When Kim and Deb Unruh purchased a small acreage southwest of Marion 21 years ago, there were no buildings. It was a brome field. Now it boasts a house, horse barn, and craft shed plus beautiful landscaping. They dug a basement close to a hillside and moved a modular home onto the foundation.

  • Expert tips for gardening and lawn care in May

    Outdoor enthusiasts may want to take some expert tips when maintaining their lawns and gardens. Lawns

  • Byers garden to bear fruit

    When Pam Byers looked at her then-future husband’s country property on 230th Rd., she quailed a bit. “I first thought, I can’t take care of all this,” Byers said.


  • Minus hand grenades

    I’m getting to the age where once common phrases aren’t so common anymore, which means that any attempt at being clever with one is as likely to bomb as it is to connect. Does anyone know what goes with that headline up above? Anyone? Does it help if you minus the “minus’” and replace it with “and?”


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  • Friendship Day to be observed Friday at church

    May Friendship Day will be observed at a tea at 3 p.m. Friday at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion. The theme is “Kindling New Fires of Love.”

  • Police officer receives certification

    Aaron Slater of Hillsboro graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, near Hutchinson, receiving a law enforcement certification from the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training. The center lists him as a patrol officer at Peabody Police Department.

  • Family requests card shower for Rosse Case's 90th birthday

    The family of Rosse Case requests a card shower in honor of his 90th birthday on May 17. Rosse was born and lived in Marion all of his life until he moved to a retirement community in 2015.

  • Card shower for Dillon 90th

    The family of Ralph “Sam” Dillon, formerly of Hope, requests a card shower for his 90th birthday May 10. Dillon was a familiar face at Pilsen polkas, and met his wife, Margaret, at one of the dances.

  • Natural resources award applications due

    Farmers and ranchers who use exemplary conservation practices to protect natural resources could qualify for an award from Kansas Farm Bureau. Candidates, who must be KFB members, can apply online at www.kfb.org/nra through May 15. Winners are selected by county and are forwarded to KFB to compete for state awards. State winners are recognized at KFB’s annual meeting in December.


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    Center tries do-it-yourself beverage system, Senior menu


  • MHS boys score well at Beloit meet

    In what’s become an annual tradition, Marion High School’s track teams made the long trek to Beloit on Friday for a meet with strong competition and a regional-like atmosphere. “Especially for where the state has sent us the last four years, one reason we love going up there is because we get eight regional schools there, and there are four more in our part of the meet that are good 4A schools,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “I gives us a state kind of experience because it’s a long day. It’s a good experience for our kids.”

  • MHS forensics team to perform at state championship and festival

    A theatrical troupe of Marion forensics students will compete in the 3A State Speech and Drama Championship tournament and Festival all day Saturday at Wichita East High School, Marion’s improvised duet acting teams will be Nathan Baldwin and Grant Leffler, Jeremy Hett and Colin Williams, Austin Neufeld and Jarred Rahe, and Cassie Meyer and Kyle Pierce.

  • Centre to feature music, art program

    Centre schools will present a kindergarten through 12th grade spring concert at 7 p.m. Friday. Amy Harms is the director. The annual Artful Eye art show put on by Pat Wick and Jessica Gilbert will be at 6:30 p.m. May 12. It will feature artwork by third through fifth grade students.

  • Cougars track takes 3rd at Goessel

    Despite only six male athletes scoring, the Centre boys track team came in third at a Canton-Galva track meet held at Goessel last week. They finished behind Goessel and Central Christian and ahead of Canton-Galva, Peabody-Burns, and Burrton. The six first-place performances included wins by Max Svoboda in the 200, Xavier Espinoza in the long jump and 100, Braxton Smith in javelin, Aidan Svoboda in the 1600, and the 4x100-relay team.

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  • Stucky to talk trails at museum

    Local trail researcher Brian Stucky will share about his work dowsing the paths of area trails in a free presentation at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel. Using an L-shaped copper rod to discover natural disturbances in the ground, Stucky has plotted more than 1,500 miles of trails.

  • Bison photo event is Saturday

  • Tabor choir will perform multilingual drama

    Taking a cue from Punchinello and the Wemmicks, Tabor College women’s vocal ensemble Concerto Bella Voce will perform songs and dramatic readings with the theme “You Are Special” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. In Max Lucado’s popular children’s book “You Are Special,” Punchinello discovers the key to self-worth is that “the only opinion that matters is God’s,” vocal studies director Jen Stephenson said.

  • Chef featured at Lifelong Learning

    The culinary skills and story of chef and caterer Rob Scott will be on display for the final spring session of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning series at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church. Attendees are asked to bring a plate of finger food to share. Registration at the door is $5. Lunch is available in the college cafeteria for $4.

  • Marion County Democrats to convene Saturday

    Marion County Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Willie J’s Sports Bar and Grill in Marion. Patrons are asked to bring grocery items to donate to the Marion County Food Bank.

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