HEADLINES

  • Police investigate reports of underage golf cart racing

    Multiple reports of underage drivers careening down city streets and alleys in golf carts recently prompted Marion police to send out a reminder about a city ordinance. Officer Duane McCarty investigated complaints from concerned citizens in several parts of town.

  • Utility bills surprise residents

    Some Hillsboro and Marion residents who have been enjoying recent moderate temperatures may be startled by what they find when they open their October utility bills. Electric charges might seem high, but city officials say it’s an annual complaint when fall weather races ahead of utility billing cycles.

  • Up in smoke

    Colorado marijuana is likely being smoked in Marion County, but local law enforcement said it is difficult to prove where pot actually comes from. “There is no doubt in my mind that we have usage of marijuana here,” county Sheriff Robert Craft said, “We believe we know where a lot of the marijuana in the county comes from but it is difficult to know where that source obtains it.”

  • Musicians jam for 60 years

    If there were a magic potion that made musicians tune into a harmonious stylistic frequency for a lifetime, guitarist Elmer “Bob” Delk, 94, of Hillsboro and multi-instrumentalist Eugene Just, 78, of Marion have tasted it. They have been jamming together off and on in different bands and musical projects for the past 60 years. Most notably, they teamed up in the “Peabody Plainsmen,” “Bob and the Boys,” and the “Singspirationals.”

  • Man balks at road closure, will do and pay for work to preserve property value

    County commissioners made a compromise decision on the closure of Limestone Rd. between 80th Rd. and U.S. 50 after hearing what a county resident had to say during a public hearing Monday. Shane Rives, whose residence is reached directly via the portion of road commissioners want to close, came to voice his objections to closure. Rives offered to do some of the repair work himself if commissioners would permit the road to stay open.

  • Virtual lawyers will answer questions

    A new program provides help for low-income Kansans needing answers to legal questions. Free Legal Answers, online at Kansas.freelegalanswers.org, lets people ask questions and get answers from lawyers.

  • Bus drivers relish jobs

    When Bob Mueller gets up in the morning, he looks forward to the challenge of busing children to school from Tampa and coordinating travel schedules for students and staff as Centre transportation director. “The bus driver job is probably not for everybody,” he said. “We hear a lot about distracted driving these days, and bus driving may be the ultimate, with distractions all around. You have to develop the skill to eye everything, inside and out.”

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Cattlemen face higher costs with new feed rules

  • 15 senior musicians to be honored Thursday

    Fifteen area senior musicians will be honored Thursday at an annual Marion County Senior Citizens’ meeting at Marion Senior Center. Musicians who will honored be include: Keith Allison, Marion, Shirley Bowers, Marion, Richard Dirks, Hillsboro, Shirley Flaming, Durham, Billie Goossen, Hillsboro, Eleanor Herbel, Hillsboro, Sonja Koslowsky, Peabody, Joyce Medley, Durham, Betty Mueller, Tampa, Judith Priest, Marion, Hildred Schmidt, Walton, Suzanne Thole, Marion, Wanda Williams, Marion, Elmer “Bob” Delk, Hillsboro, and Eugene Just, Marion.

  • Church preschool is in search of coat donations for those in need

    Colder weather means coats are coming out of closets, and Stepping Stones Preschool and Valley United Methodist Church are looking for coat donations. The idea started after Valley United Methodist Church administrative assistant Joni Riemann talked with Stepping Stones Preschool director Tristan Koop about having coats on hand for when children go out for recess.

DEATHS

  • Judith Creamer

    Judith C. “Judy” Creamer, 69, Florence, died Sunday at St. Luke Hospital. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Florence United Methodist Church. A memorial graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.

  • David Fast

    David Fast, 86, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Feb. 27, 1930, to David and Elizabeth (Suderman) Fast at Adams, Oklahoma.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Dennis Druse
  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Pauline Edmunds
  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Frances Kreutziger

DOCKET

OPINION

  • An unlikely pair

    One shouldn’t live in the past, but it’s a good thing to revisit parts of it now and then, even when one’s memories are vague. Last week, a ripple of dismay and disbelief washed through town, a simple message that anyone of my vintage who grew up here, and many others, could sadly decode immediately.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    Run, Girl, Run!

PEOPLE

  • Higgins signs her book Friday

    Author Teresa Hett Higgins will visit Marion City Library from noon to 2 p.m. Friday in the Santa Fe Room. Higgins will be signing copies of her new book “A Blessed Life Together.”

  • Bredemeiers hold family reunion

    The 63rd annual Bredemeier family reunion was held Sept. 25 in the Santa Fe room at Marion City Library. President Kris Page welcomed family members. David Page gave the invocation.

  • Deineses hold family reunion

    The family of Phillip Deines Sr. met for their 31st annual reunion Oct. 9 at Lincolnville Community Building. Those attending included Doug Stout and Carly, Brian Stout, Lizza Stout, all of McPherson; Gene Scheikofsky, Anita Albright, Harold Albright Jr., Gallard and Regina Albright, Brent and Angie Albright, all of Wichita; Susan Stewart of Clearwater; Dale and Linda Deines, Fred and Addie Warns, Bill Hubnick, Sandra Kinkler and Avery, all of Salina; Imogene Goodman of Marion; Terry and Julie Deines, Dylan and Carly, Merv and Leona Deines, all of Ramona; Kevin Stout of Abilene; and Wildon and Rosemary Deines of Herington.

  • P.E.O. chapter hears about toxins

    P.E.O. Chapter DB met Oct. 3 at Marion City Library and heard a program, given by Marion chiropractor Heather Fay, about household toxins. Hostesses for the meeting were Janet Marler and Diane Leiker.

  • Francises to celebrate 60th anniversary

    Thomas and Gayle Francis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at Trinity Methodist Church in Salina. Jim worked for Kansas Department of Transportation for more than 40 years while living in Marion, Clay Center, Bennington, and rural Salina.

  • Sieberts celebrate 50th

    Jerry Siebert and Micki Scharenberg-Siebert of Cedar Point will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 22. They have three sons, Todd Siebert and wife, Lori, of Marion, Ty Siebert and wife, LeighAnn, of Baldwin City, and adopted son Roger Hoffner and wife, Tina, of Marion; and eight grandchildren.

  • MEMORIES:

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

    Patrons drop off produce, Senior center menu

SCHOOL

  • Old rivals unite to fight common enemy

    Rivals of old, Warriors and Trojans will put their differences aside and unite to battle a common enemy within the county: Hunger. USD 408 and USD 410 schools recently agreed to take part in a Marion vs. Hillsboro Fight to Knockout Hunger food drive.

  • Centre mock elections slated for Nov. 8

    For roughly 30 years, Centre High School’s government class has held a mock election. The project takes a month to complete and is the highlight of the government class every year. Students are assigned groups and then given the task to appoint officers in their groups or “parties.”

  • County students graduate from KSU

    Three students from Marion County graduated this past summer from Kansas State University. Derek Kelsey of Hillsboro received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Jandee Kruse of Marion and Monika Detray of Tampa each received Master’s degrees.

  • Area school menus

  • 4-H REPORTS:

    Happy Hustlers

SENIOR LIVING

  • Diverse activity programs can benefit facility residents

    A heightened sense of community, improved health, reduced medication, continual learning, and happiness are outcomes diverse activity programs can have on residents of assisted living facilities, according to county officials. Amanda Kerr, director of nursing services, said Peabody Health and Rehab incorporates many traditional activities like bingo, Bible study, and Wheel of Fortune into residents’ routines.

  • Seniors recall early pranks

    Not only is Halloween a night for getting a bag full of candy, it’s also a traditional night for pranks. Over the years, the pranks have changed, but seniors still smile remembering the pranks of their youth, even though some don’t want to tell on themselves.

SPORTS

  • Marion wins HOA league tourney

    With postseason play coming up, the Marion High School volleyball team set the stage for a substate run by claiming the Heart of American League tournament crown Saturday at Marion Sports and Aquatics Center. The Lady Warriors didn’t fare well in their previous tournament at Belle Plaine, but came into the tournament confident from their regular season success over league foes.

  • Early turnovers doom Warriors

    Southeast of Saline turned two Marion turnovers into a 16-point first quarter lead and never looked back, rolling over the Warriors 48-6. The Warriors started with good field position and moved for a first down on the Southeast 49.

  • Warriors begin to peak at league run

    The Warriors put up a good fight Thursday at the Heart of American cross-country meet in Inman, with Emily Hague placing in the top 10 and 10 runners breaking personal records. “I think it is safe to say that our runners are now peaking,” coach Dmitry Bucklin said.

  • Cougars beaked by Eagles, 51-20

    Centre Cougars faced another tough opponent Friday as they traveled to Clifton-Clyde. They were defeated, 51-20, dashing their hopes for a playoff spot. Xavier Espinoza caught a 20-yard pass from Dylan Deines early in the second quarter to put Centre on the board. Centre trailed, 17-6 at halftime.

  • Centre takes 4th in league

    Centre girls placed fourth Saturday after going 2-3 in a round robin Wheat State League volleyball tournament at Centre. The Lady Cougars defeated Rural Vista in three sets, 25-17, 18-25, and 25-16 and Herington in three sets, 20-25, 25-23, and 25-20.

  • Thompson takes 6th in league run

    At the Wheat State League cross-country meet Thursday at Burrton, Centre varsity runner CJ Thompson finished sixth and was named all-league. With a time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds, Thompson finished 12th of 60 runners in a combination WSL and Heart of the Plains League meet.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Calendar of Events

  • County Toy Run is Nov. 5

    The 23rd Marion County Toy Run will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at SherBowl Lanes in Marion. Toys will be collected for distribution at Hillsboro State Bank, followed by an auction and chili feed at Hillsboro American Legion Post #366.

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