• Lake discussion gets contentious

    A contingent of residents at the County Park and Lake showed up to have their say during Monday’s county commission meeting. The sometimes angry exchange of words was touched off when commissioner Dianne Novak said she would not sign a letter to lake resident Garry Dunnegan telling him the commission had voted April 10 to leave an area adjacent to his property unmowed to help prevent blue-green algae bloom.

  • Pot bust snares five

    Four Tabor College athletes as a fifth individual were arrested on suspicion of multiple drug violations when Hillsboro police executed a search warrant May 3 at a residence at 703 S Washington St., with assistance from sheriff’s deputies and Peabody police. “We’ve had our suspicions for a while and started gathering information,” Hillsboro chief Dan Kinning said. “It was a big house and we knew it was going to take search the place but everything was pretty easy to find. They weren’t expecting us.”

  • Taco's totally tasty tacos

    Considering the chef behind the cuisine, the origin of Taco’s Food Truck goes way back, back in the day when Nintendo was a new entertainment system and Josh Tajchman became “Taco.” “Back when I was in sixth grade, the Tajchman house had a tradition of eating tacos every Friday night,” Tajchman said. “I had my buddies Dave [Darrow] and Trav Moore] over, and we were on a [Nintendo] Tecmo Bowl bender. Well, my Dad [Frank] drew up a menu for us and Tiff, my sister, took our orders. We just gamed and grubbed all night. Then on Monday at school, all of a sudden everybody was calling me Taco. I guess Dave and Trav collaborated on the nickname. It just stuck ever since.”

  • City buys in to county development corporation

    A county economic development corporation getting on its feet got a vote of support from the city of Marion. Chris Hernandez, Tammy Ensey and Russell Groves, representing Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation, attended Monday’s meeting to ask for financial support for a development corporation created after a county-sponsored committee spent months reviewing options for economic development.


  • Marion dental office to expand

    Mid-June will bring two new dentists to take up practice in Marion. Nolan Andrews and Michael Adams, both recent graduates of University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska, are joining R2 Centers for Dentistry.

  • Alpaca shop reopens downtown

    Despite the building going on the market last winter, a familiar niche shop in Marion has reopened its doors. Prairie Oak Alpaca Farm store reopened for business Thursday.

  • Marion Farm and Art Market opens season today

    Marion Farm and Art Market will be open today and every Wednesday of the season from 5 to 7 p.m. in Central Park. Coordinator Carol Laue said sales would not begin until the courthouse clock struck 5.


  • Allen Abbott

    Retired postal carrier Allen A. Abbot, 82, Lincolnville, died Monday at St. Luke Living Center. He retired from the Army and was a postal carrier for 20 years.

  • Bruce Bartel

    Bruce Bartel, 63, died May 1 at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro. Born Sept. 3, 1953, to Morris and Vera (Berg) Bartel in Hillsboro, he married Patricia Johnson on Oct. 26, 1974, in Hillsboro.

  • Kendall Carlson

    Former farmer Kendall Laurin Carlson, 85, of Assaria, died May 5. He was born June 6, 1931, to Herbin and Freda Carlson at Salina. After moving to Salina from the family farm because of the opening of Camp
    Phillips, Carlson graduated from Salina High School. The family moved back to the farm after Camp Phillips closed. Carlson continued farming until his retirement.

  • Floyd Miller

    Farmer Floyd Miller, 91, died Friday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Hillsboro. Interment will be at Durham Park Cemeterty, rural Durham. Visitation with family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Edgar Riffel

    Lost Springs native Edgar E. “Ed” Riffel, 90, of Herington, died May 2 at Herington Municipal Hospital. A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Herington. Burial with military honors will follow at Lewis Cemetery, Ramona. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home — Herington Chapel.

  • Donna Mae Southers

    Donna Mae Southers, 74, Lost Springs, died May 2 at The Legacy in Herington. Born Sept. 20, 1942, to Eddie and Dorothy (Cornelius) Bumguard at Tomba, Wisconsin, she graduated from West High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 1961. She attended vocational school and served in the Army for one year.


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  • Teaching new teachers: Meyer honored with mentor award

    About 24 years ago, the first time Marion High School agriculture educator Mark Meyer had a student teacher in his classroom, he worried that he might not have what it took to be an effective mentor. “There was some pressure with it,” Meyer said. “You wonder, ‘Am I a good enough teacher to be modeling techniques and provide a good experience for them?’”

  • Agri Trails speeds up grain handling at Tampa

    In spite of low grain prices, Agri Trails Coop is expanding its grain handling facilities at its Tampa location. General manager Darel Anderson explained the reason for it, noting that many of the Agri Trails facilities were built in the 1950 and 1960s.

  • FFA students educate children at Ag awareness day

    Marion-Florence FFA students became teachers Friday during Agriculture Awareness Day at Warrior Stadium, as they presented information on a variety of topics to Marion and Hillsboro elementary students. “Some of the kids are right in their element and have been doing a great job,” MHS Ag teacher Mark Meyer said. “Others are finding it a little hard to fill an eight-minute talk.”

  • Planting delay not likely to harm corn

    Due to rainy recent weeks, about half the county’s corn crop remains unplanted, but that’s probably not a problem. Ricky Roberts, county extension agent, said he sends in a weekly estimate of how many acres are planted. The exact amount is his best guess, Roberts said.

  • Centre grad to address College of Agriculture


  • To our health

    The new Hillsboro Community Hospital was unveiled to the public this weekend, with perhaps less fanfare than might have been warranted, given the nearly nine-year ordeal from promise to fruition. Certainly, no one would’ve thought it pretentious in the least if a marching band, hundreds of balloons, and fireworks were part of Saturday’s open house. However, once the obligatory speeches were over, hospital officials did the right thing: They let the building, and the staff, speak for themselves.


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  • Smiths to celebrate 60 years

    The children of Royal and Mary (Sangwin) Smith of Marion request a card shower for their 60th wedding anniversary June 2. The Smiths were married June 2, 1957, at the Methodist church at White City.

  • Friendship Day celebrated with tea

    May Friendship Day was celebrated with “Tea at Three” Friday at Valley United Methodist Church. A program entitled “Kindling New Fires of Love” consisted of scripture, hymns, a skit, a Bible study handout, and a Fellowship of the Least Coin offering.

  • County Democrats convene in Marion

    Marion County Democrats met Saturday at Willy J’s Bar and Grill in Marion. County chairman Eileen Sieger conducted the meeting during which reports on Medicaid expansion were given by Jackie Volbrecht and Margaret Wilson. Wilson and Sieger also spoke about meeting with Senator Moran’s legislative aide.

  • Kiwanis hears from St. Luke CEO

    Marion Kiwanis met at noon Tuesday at Cazadores Mexican Restaurant with 19 members and one guest present. Greg Carlson introduced guest speakers Jeremy Ensey, CEO of St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, and Mike Norris, fund raising consultant for the hospital.

  • Neo-Century Club reports on various items

    Thirteen members attended the Neo-Century Club meeting May at Hilltop Manor. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, reviewing minutes, and discussing various business items, it was reported that Earline Magathan, Valera Morgan, and Karen Ehrlich volunteered to help St. Luke Living Center patrons help play bingo.

  • Club selects new leaders

    New officers for 20th Century Club were installed at a May 1 meeting at the home of Elora Robinson. Feebie Meisinger recognized new president Betty Sanders, vice-president Becky Summerville, recording secretary Helen Reznicek, treasurer Jami Mayfield, and corresponding secretary Carol Laue, who each received pink carnations.


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  • School year to end early

    No snow days this year will be a bonus for students of Marion-Florence USD 408. School board members voted to move the last day of school forward. Instead of holding classes until noon on May 24, the final day of classes will be May 19.

  • MHS baccalaureate changed to May 18

    The date of Marion High School baccalaureate has been changed to 6:30 p.m. May 18 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. The original date conflicted with the 3A regional baseball tournament at Southeast of Saline.

  • Warriors pummel Inman for HOA crown

    After the past week of Marion High baseball, it’s a sure bet no one will be underestimating the Warriors when regional play begins Monday at Southeast of Saline. The combined Marion and Centre squad notched these accomplishments over the course of seven days:

  • Centre board approves transportation and technology

    A new 60-passenger school bus and a Ford Expedition were approved for purchase Monday by the Centre board of education at a total cost of $118,777. The board also approved $91,022 for new technology. The purchase included Chrome Books for seventh through 12th grade students and Mac Book Airs for teachers.

  • Marion-Florence FFA hands out honors at banquet

    Marion-Florence FFA members, parents, and employer supporters were recognized at the chapter’s annual banquet at Marion High School on April 27. Cade Harms was recognized as chapter Star Farmer, Kaitlyn Goebel received the chapter Start in Placement award, and Cassie Meyer was recognized as chapter Star Greenhand in production.

  • Warriors compete in 36-hole tourney

    The Marion/Peabody-Burns combined golf team placed eighth of nine teams in the Marion County golf tournament, a 36-hole, two course challenge. At Marion Country Club, the Warriors shot a 447, and then scored a 458 at Hillsboro Municipal Golf course to finish at 905 strokes.

  • Tabor named as NAIA baseball host

    Tabor College has been selected as host for NAIA baseball tournament opening round games May 15-18 at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson. Nine colleges across the country are selected as hosts for the first step in national post-season play. It is the fourth time in six years Tabor has been selected.

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  • Blood drive is Monday in Marion

    An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be from 1:15 p.m. to 6:15 pm. Monday at Our Savior Lutheran Church Hall, 320 S. Cedar St., Marion. Donors can schedule appointments by calling (800) 733-2767, or online at redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

  • Florence alumni banquet is May 27

    Alumni, teachers, former classmates, and guests can make reservations for the 121st Annual Florence Memorial High School Banquet to begin at 1 p.m. May 27 in the Florence Gymnasium. Florence and Marion-Florence alumni are encouraged to attend. A $1,000 scholarship will be presented to a Marion-Florence graduating senior.

  • Chat and Dine to meet Saturday

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will
    meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the in the south portion of the lake hall. Attendees should bring a dish to share. Discussion will focus on lake improvement idea.

  • Games registration open

    Competitors of all ages can register to participate in 45 different events at the 28th annual Sunflower State Games from July 14-30 in Topeka. Drone racing and cornhole toss have been added to the diverse list of events, which range from darts and bowling to volleyball and shooting clays.

  • Disabilities group to meet Monday

    Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will hold a board of directors meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 500 N. Main, Suite 204, Newton. A public forum will begin the meeting.

  • TEEN to meet Tuesday

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion.

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