• Marion creates land bank

    Marion city council established a land bank Monday to help develop property. “It’s a separate governmental entity, which can be used to facilitate the acquisition and the disposition of property,” city administrator Roger Holter said. “The key characteristics of it, it creates ad valorem tax benefits and it streamlines the purchase and sales process of getting rehabilitated properties back on the tax roll.”

  • Family honors father and grandfather with gift of hair

    The family of a Florence man who died from cancer a year ago recently honored his memory by donating their hair to make wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. Lifelong Florence resident Richard Riggs was Merissa Bowman’s father. The 1977 Marion High School graduate died of lung cancer in September 2016.

  • Third-generation of Costellos joins local bank

    Chris Costello always knew that his daughter Emily had a knack for banking, so he wasn’t surprised that she chose it as a career. Emily recently accepted a job as lending officer at Tampa State Bank, becoming the third generation Costello to be involved in the bank.

  • Did commissioners' trash trip involve trash talk?

    Two county commissioners likely violated open meetings law by touring a trash facility together. Commissioners Randy Dallke and Kent Becker joined transfer station director Bud Druse in a tour of the McPherson transfer station.

  • Advance voting open

    Advance voting ahead of the Nov. 7 election is under at the courthouse. Voters must provide state-issued photo identification and their name and address at the county clerk’s office to receive a ballot for immediate voting.


  • Commissioners discuss wind farm agreement

    One commissioner wants the county to learn from Kingman County’s mistakes before signing a wind farm agreement. “To me, this is big to protect our county,” commissioner Dianne Novak said. “Make a mistake and it’s going to cost us for years.”

  • Health fair offers something for everyone

    From kids to seniors, Marion County Health Fair will be good for everyone. “It started as a result of our community health assessment in 2013,” health department administrator Diedre Serene said. “One of the things we found is we needed to get information out about health and wellness services in Marion County. “I think that the health care vendors have got some camaraderie.”

  • Corporation to hold stakeholder meeting

    In an effort to draw the county and its towns together, Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation will hold a public stakeholder meeting. The date for the meeting has not been set, board member Tammy Ensey said.

  • Small town has active constituency

    The City of Ramona has a full slate of candidates for the upcoming election, including mayor and five council members. A new ordinance adopted by the council provides for staggered terms starting with this year’s election. The mayor and top two council vote getters will serve three-year terms. The other three council members will serve two years. Mayor Byron Noeth is stepping down and council member James Thompson has filed to take his place.

  • Yes we 'can', says VFW post

    It takes thousands of recycled aluminum cans to cover the cost of an honor flight for a military veteran to visit their war’s memorial in Washington, District of Columbia, and Warren Vincent of McPherson has collected enough to send about 70 Kansas veterans on such flights. Vincent’s flag-bedecked collection trailer once made regular stops in Marion and Hillsboro, but now that he’s scaled back his operation, Marion VFW Post No. 6958 has stepped up to keep the aluminum flowing and the veterans flying.

  • Blood drive collects 46 units

    Up to 122 lives will be saved after an American Red Cross blood drive Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church on Monday. Forty-six individuals donated 46 total units of blood. The next blood drive will be Dec. 22 at Hillsboro City Hall.

  • Washburn charges dismissed on technicality

    Four days before his trial was to begin, charges against a man arrested as part of an alleged multi-state crime spree were dismissed on a technicality. Allen D. Washburn, 36, was charged with residential burglary, two counts of felony theft, damage to property, and misdemeanor theft. The charges stemmed from a late December incident at the Lehigh residence of Merle and Michelle Flaming, who discovered on Dec. 27 their home had been broken into and their pickup, trailer, computer, and an assortment of other items had been stolen. Abandoned on their property was a vehicle reported stolen from Barton County, Missouri, where Washburn was on furlough from jail at the time of the theft.

  • Mangold's lawsuit moves to federal court

    Jonathon L. Mangold, who on the same day he was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison on a handful of criminal charges filed a complaint that his treatment in Marion County Jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, will see his lawsuit against the county heard in federal court. Wichita attorney Brooks Severson, representing Marion County, filed a notice with district court that the case has been submitted to U.S. District Court for filing there because Mangold “appears to assert claims against the defendant arising under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment.”

  • Squad car has run-in with coyote

    A Peabody police department patrol car was disabled when it struck a coyote early Tuesday morning. Police Chief Bruce Burke said the incident happened at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday near 170th and Sunflower Rds.

  • Contractors sue over Marion County oil well

    The owners of a western Kansas oil well drilling company and a dirt contractor are suing a Wichita oil and gas exploration company for more than $80,000 over an unpaid bill for a well drilled in Marion County. On Oct. 17, WW Drilling, based in WaKeeney, and Western Kansas Dirt Construction, a dirt contractor based in Scott City, filed a lawsuit against Noble Petroleum. The drilling and dirt contractor companies, jointly owned, claim they are owed about half of the bill for dirt work and the entire $76,176 drilling bill.

  • Hole closes bridge; fix weeks away

    Construction of a new bridge to replace one with an 18-inch-long hole and nearly 100 years old is three weeks away for one of several county bridges showing signs of deterioration. County road and bridge crews closed a bridge spanning Turkey Creek on Turkey Creek Rd. southwest of Marion County Lake on Monday after receiving calls Oct. 17 about a hole in its deck.


  • Winter driving better with preparation

    Nobody wants to be stuck in a car that won’t start — or in a snowy ditch — during winter. While possible snow showers this weekend have slipped out of the long-range forecast, it’s a reminder that a little preparation for winter driving will help you go far, not to mention keep you safe.

  • Safely avoid potential winter hazards

    Winter can be a beautiful time of year, particularly when freshly fallen snow blankets the landscape. However, winter is also a time fraught with potential peril. The same winter weather that makes landscapes so pristine can make roads and walkways - and even being outside - dangerous. The U.S. Department of Transportation says weather-related vehicle crashes killed 6,253 people last year and injure more than 480,000 per year. These accidents most often occur when roadways are wet, snowy or icy.


  • Paul Magathan

    A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul Irving Magathan, 96, of Clements, who died Monday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. Recitation of the Rosary will precede the service at 10:30 a.m. Burial following the Mass will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.

  • Darlene Schmidt

    Services for Darlene Schmidt, 82, who died Oct. 17 at Via Christi–St. Francis in Wichita, were Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Interment was in Hillsboro MB Church Cemetery. She was born March 27, 1935 to Herman and Kathryn (Hildebrand) Klaassen in Hutchinson. She married Malvin Schmidt on Oct. 4, 1953, in Hillsboro.


    Lenora Martens, Mick Summervill



  • What Sadie said

    It’s a little hard figuring out just what to do with a letter to the editor a reader dropped off at the office last week. Sadie Bernhardt of Marion was 93 years old when she penned the letter that ran in the Marion County Record in 2005. She died five years later, hopefully with some satisfaction that she’d said her piece, although there’s little evidence that much came of it.


    Big deal, Halloween

    Corrections and Clarifications


  • Senior nurses recognized for careers of service

    Eight senior citizens who spent their lives as nurses were recognized for their service during the Senior Citizens of Marion County annual banquet Thursday. Eleanor Herbel of Hillsboro was one of them.

  • Peter joins American Revolution group

    Nick Peter of Marion was installed as a new member of Sons of the American Revolution on Oct. 7 in Ellinwood. Peter’s lineage traces back to Wilhelm Peter, a fourth great-grandfather who served in the Pennsylvania militia in the Revolutionary War. Wilhelm’s father immigrated to Pennsylvania from Switzerland as a child, and Wilhelm was born in North Hampton, Pennsylvania, where his family helped found Heidelberg Reform Church, which is still an active church with some Peter relatives as members.

  • Tabor recital to feature operatic soprano

    Dawn Neely will be featured in a recital at 7 p.m. Friday in Tabor College’s Chapel Auditorium. An assistant professor of voice and director of opera at University of West Georgia, Neely is an accomplished operatic performer, director, and clinician, with an interest in contemporary classical music.


    Andrews speaks to seniors, Menu

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago


  • Special education teachers enjoy one-on-one relationships

    The three special education teachers at Centre have one major thing in common: they love forming close relationships with their students. “I don’t think just anyone can be a special education teacher,” Centre first-year special ed teacher Amy Pagenkopf said. “Almost all teachers love to teach because they love working with kids and watching them learn and grow. Special education is all that, plus much more!

  • Warriors bowl over Hillsboro

    If you’re the Hillsboro Trojan football team, hearing that your upcoming opponent put up nearly 700 yards rushing in their last game probably isn’t welcoming news, especially when withstanding a powerful ground attack for 48 minutes and keeping games from coming unraveled the second half have been impossible. In Friday night’s battle for 11-man supremacy in Marion County, the picture for the Trojans didn’t change against the visiting Marion Warriors.

  • First round substate loss ends Marion's volleyball season

    Six seniors and two strong runs were not enough for the Lady Warriors to overcome early deficits in a season-ending first round substate loss at home Saturday. Marion lost to Herington in three close sets, 25-20, 25-27, 23-25, after going up big in the first and fighting back with late runs in the second and third.

  • Williams runs his way to state

    Marion senior Colin Williams will race in the 2A state meet Saturday after placing fifth at regionals. “Colin had a strong race,” coach Dmitry Bucklin said. “He started in top 10 and just kept picking runners off through the race. He was just shy of fourth place by less than half a second. It was an exciting finish.”

  • Centre defeats Valley Falls, 68-6, in two quarters

    In an action-packed football game Friday at Valley Falls, the Centre Cougars piled up 68 points by 3:30 in the second quarter. ending the game. They held Valley Falls to 6 points. Valley Falls’ only score came halfway through the first quarter, after Jensen Riffel made 12-yard and 21-yard runs and Xavier Espinoza caught a 40-yard pass for touchdowns. Centre led, 22-6.

  • Centre volleyball bows out at substate

    The Centre Lady Cougars volleyball team saw its season come to an end Saturday at Lebo, but not without first advancing to the semifinals with a hard-fought win over Peabody-Burns. The two Wheat State League teams squared off in a match between the substate’s two lowest-seeded teams, but seedings didn’t matter in this one.

  • Golfer hits competitive prime as senior

    Golf has been a part of Don Noller’s life since childhood, when his father first put a club in his hands. He and his brother started with some old wood-shafted clubs, cut down and wrapped in tape. Noller said his father would take them out and let them hit a few holes “until his patience wore out,” and then he would send them to the clubhouse to play while he finished his game.


    Centre, Marion

    Area schools

    Bowling Results


  • Movie at the library Friday

    A movie based on a book by Jeff Kinney will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. It features a family taking a road trip and ending up running into trouble everywhere they go.

  • Calendar of events


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