HEADLINES

  • Marion city clerk resigns

    Marion City Clerk Angela Lange gave notice of her resignation to the city the afternoon of Dec. 19. City Administrator Roger Holter said Lange will work through the end of the year. Lange’s written notice didn’t say why she was resigning, but she did say she will seek a career outside government, Holter said.

  • Beef is Christmas gift to seniors

    An empty freezer at the September 1 apartment building was filled with early Christmas gifts for residents Wednesday. While the beef that was loaded into the freezer was not wrapped in the traditional colorful paper and bows, it will certainly help the residents who struggle putting food on their table over the next year. Because of the program called Beef for Seniors, residents will have access to the freezer filled with a side beef for meals all year round.

  • Marion chamber elects board members

    Kevin Fruechting and Linda Carlson were reelected to the Marion Chamber of Commerce board of directors Friday, and Karen Williams was elected to fill a vacancy left by Doug Regnier. Margo Yates told chamber members about this year’s Community Christmas project. Donations were down and requests were up, but it still went OK, she said. The Kansas Food Bank gave 100 turkeys, and Carlsons’ Grocery made a large donation.

  • Christmas cards take winding path

    Marion County sits at the intersection of the territories of three U.S. Postal Service sectional centers. This results in some in-county mail taking circuitous routes to its destination. Kansas City, Mo., serves most of the eastern half of the county, with ZIP codes starting with 668. Wichita serves Hillsboro, Goessel, and Lehigh, with ZIP codes beginning with 670. And Tampa, Durham, and Ramona’s mail is processed in Salina, with the other ZIP codes beginning with 674.

  • Shopping Spree winners announced

    Peabody City Clerk Stephanie Ax did the honors at 2 p.m. Friday and drew out the winning tickets in Peabody’s 2013 Holiday Shopping Spree. The first-place winner for $700 was Sonya Koslowsky, second place winner for $400 was Kelly Penner, and third place winner for $100 was Bessie Michaelis.

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OPINION

  • Christmas wishes

    I just finished baking some Ooey-Gooey Squares for you and I got fresh milk at Peabody Market today to be sure there is something available with which you can wash down the squares if you need to. They do come from my kitchen, after all, and I know that asking you to eat treats at my house is asking a great deal. However, I am trying to expand my culinary talents and I hope you enjoy them! Thank you for all the wishes you made come true in 2012 for the boys and girls in Marion County. I am sure they were pleased to receive the gifts you left for them.

  • What is your favorite thing to do on Christmas with your family?

    We, Karen Ehrlich, Julie Sellmeyer, and Lori Salts, like to drive through beautiful Marion and see the lights around town and on the lake. — Sheri Schwab Sit by the wood stove fire and watch movies while having eggnog or hot chocolate. — Eileen Sieger

PEOPLE

  • Bill Holdeman to turn 90

    Bill Holdeman of Marion will turn 90 on Thursday. He was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Rich Hill, Mo. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has been a barber for about 60 years.

  • Dahl appointed to nominating commission

    Hillsboro native Don Dahl was appointed Thursday to serve the remainder of the late Janet Juhnke’s unexpired term on the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The nominating commission presents Gov. Sam Brownback with a group of three candidates whenever a vacancy opens. Dahl served with the U.S. Navy and Kansas House of Representatives.

  • Hymn sing will be New Years Eve

    A special hymn sing will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The event will include singing, scripture reading, and prayer. Those attending should bring their favorite hymn suggestions. The nights theme will be “Looking in Three Directions,” and led by Steve Vincent. The service will be followed by a light supper and dessert.

  • Local students named to Washburn honor roll

    When Washburn University released the names of students named to the fall semester dean’s honor roll, Meghan Leihy of Hillsboro and Jordan Timm of Marion made the list. To make the list, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, and maintain a grade point average between 3.4 and 3.99 for the semester.

  • FFA meal to include Call Hall ice cream

    The Hillsboro FFA Alumni Chapter is having a meal Jan. 3 at the school’s home basketball games against Marion. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. in the commons area. Meals will include sloppy joe, chips, pickles, and Kansas State University Call Hall ice cream and a drink for $5.

  • BURNS:

    20th Century Club meets
  • NORTHWEST OF DURHAM:

    Koehns entertain visitors from Ohio
  • ROUND THE TOWN:

    Many attend Christmas meeting
  • WONSEVU:

    Many attended chili supper

SANTA LETTERS

  • Marion City Library

    Marion City Library Dear Santa, What I want for Christmas is some toys. Like a helicopter like Quenton’s, and clothes, some Barbie dolls and Barbie stuff, and new babies. The clothes I want is OU gear, OU stands for Oklahoma Sooners. The O stands for Oklahoma, and the U stands for University. For the other stuff surprise me. I don’t care what you get me just surprise me! Use this address if you get lost, 220 Tanglewood Addition. Merry Christmas Santa, and don’t get too cold! Love, Shannon Taylor Dear Santa,

  • Lesli Beery's Marion Preschool Class

    Lesli Beery’s Marion Preschool class Dear Santa, I’m sorry I didn’t talk to you when I visited you at the library. I was shy. I promise I will talk to you next year and tell you what I want for Christmas. I hope you like chocolate-chip cookies. Love, Izy Dear Santa,

  • Michelle Regnier's Sunshine Country Preschool

    Michelle Regnier’s Sunshine Country Preschool Dear Santa, How are you? We are fine. We have tried to be good this year but sometimes it is so hard. Thank you for last year’s presents. We liked them a lot. Here is our list for this year:

  • Michelle Adkin's Marion Elementary School first-grade class

    Michelle Adkin’s Marion Elementary School first-grade class Dear Santa, Hi, my name is Alyera and I am 6 years old. I live in the city of Marion in the state of Kansas which is in the country of USA. I have been trying rally hard to get on your nice list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: I’ve been nice, I’ve been sharing, I’ve been listening. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: Big Time Rush bed, Play Dough, furniture. I am very excited for your visit. I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on. Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me. Happy Holidays. Your pal, Alyera Dear Santa,

  • Staci Hansen's MES first-grade class

    Staci Hansen’s Marion Elementary School first-grade class Dear Santa, Hi, my name is Harley and I am 7 years old. I live in the city of Marion in the state of Kansas which is in the country of USA. I have been trying really hard to get on your nice list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: help someone, say please and thank you. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: an iPod, BB gun and a doll. I am very excited for your visit. I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on. Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph a huge hug for me. Happy Holidays. Your pal, Harley Buchanon Dear Santa,

  • Ginger Becker's MES second-grade class

    Ginger Becker’s Marion Elementary School second-grade class. Dear Santa, I want you to come visit my house. I have been good because I always let people cut in line in front of me. I am OK with that. I still get to the same place. I would like a NFL-sized football, a NBA-sized basketball, a baseball league sized baseball, and a pet dog. (I think I am getting one but just make sure.) Have a happy Christmas. Your friend, Caleb Lollar Dear Santa,

  • Hillsboro Elementary School kindergarten class

    Hillsboro Elementary School kindergarten class Dear Santa, I want a dinosaur for Christmas. Thank you for my present if you give me it. Evan Jones Dear Santa,

  • Michelle Faul's HES first-grade class

    Michelle Faul’s Hillsboro Elementary School first-grade class Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like Kindle Fire, makeup, Barbie, Easy-Bake, jewelry, cell phone, Legos, nail polish, new cin Bardee, Techno dog. Love, Skylar Dear Santa,

  • Hillsboro Elementary School second-grade class

    Hillsboro Elementary School second-grade class Dear Santa, How are you going to get down the chimney when it is lighted? What I really want for Christmas is more of the Katniss dolls and a Lego ship for Christmas. From, Savannah Dear Santa,

  • Hillsboro Elementary School

    Hillsboro Elementary School Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a laptop, phone, puppy, D.S., and bike. I like Rudolph. Abbi Dear Santa,

  • Peabody-Burns Preschool

    Peabody-Burns Preschool Dear Santa, I want a glow-in-the-dark Barbie. I want a ball and markers. Love, Tarah Hill Dear Santa,

  • Mary Thiessen's PBES kindergarten class

    Mary Thiessen’s Peabody-Burns Elementary School kindergarten class Dear Santa, I want a car, a phone flashlight, motorcycle, and new glasses for my dad. I want a car semi from Wal-Mart. Joesuf Creely Dear Santa,

  • Mrs. Hanneman's PBES first-grade class

    Mrs. Hanneman’s Peabody-Burns Elementary School first-grade class Dear Santa, How is Mrs. Claus doing? I hope you are having a good time. I would like to have a baseball bat and mitt for Christmas because I do not have any. Could I also have a cell phone? Merry Christmas, Christopher Spencer Dear Santa,

  • Louise Whiteman's PBES second-grade class

    Louise Whiteman’s Peabody-Burns Elementary School second-grade class Dear Santa Claus, Hi, my name is Audrey. How are Rudolph and the other reindeer doing? My favorite color is red and yellow. What is your favorite color Santa? Do you like cookies, Santa? Your friend, Audrey Dear Santa,

  • Emily Bowlin's PBES third-grade class

    Emily Bowlin’s Peabody-Burns Elementary School third-grade class Dear Santa, What I want for Christmas is a little one furry electric animal. How are the elves? I love you. Love, Wylda Page, 8 Dear Santa C.,

  • Barb Goering's Goessel Elementary School first-grade class

    Barb Goering’s Goessel Elementary School first-grade class Dear Santa, I want Legos and an old tractor. Sam Dear Santa,

  • Ann Hiebert's GES second-grade class

    Ann Hiebert’s Goessel Elementary School second-grade class Dear Santa, Why are Christmas trees pine trees? I want a Chima Lego set, the lion one, and I want a model car, and a Transformer. I have blond hair and blue eyes. Your friend, Layne Dear Santa,

  • Dale Wien's GES third-grade class

    Dale Wiens’ Goessel Elementary School third-grade class Dear Santa, How is Mrs. Claus? Is she 100 percent or is she only 1 percent happy? How are the reindeer? Do the reindeer eat magic corn? Does it help them fly? I want a Skylanders II game and Legos. I would like to give my Mario Wii game to Grant. Make sure you don’t wreck into our cow lot. I will leave you mac and cheese. Have you ever wrecked into a chimney. You are kind. Your friend, Colton Dear Santa,

SPORTS

  • Marion boys' basketball wins up-and-down game

    It was a game of momentum Thursday night between Marion and Canton-Galva, the Warriors creating and losing a 17-point lead before taking final control in the fourth quarter. “It was a crazy turn of events,” head coach Jeff McMillin said. “We dominated the first quarter, then they dominated to get back in the game, actually took a lead.”

  • Lady Warriors earn solid win against Eagles

    The Marion High School girls’ basketball team never trailed against Canton-Galva Thursday, but its biggest lead was only six points, including the final 39-33 score. Head coach Kelly Robson said the girls’ growing confidence was evident in the win.

  • Wrestling teams have mixed results at Winter Duals

    After wrestling five of the 16 teams competing in the Marion County Winter Duals tournament Friday at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center, Marion wrestlers took seventh as a team. At 3-2 for the night, Marion finished the tournament with a winning record and placed one-step higher than they did at the same event last year.

  • Trojans stay undefeated

    The Hillsboro boys’ basketball team was missing starting point guard Brett Weinbrenner, but it was the girls’ team that needed overtime to win at Lyons and stay undefeated Friday. Girls

  • Centre basketball teams win league openers

    The Centre boys’ and girls’ basketball teams rolled over Elyria Christian Tuesday on the road in the first league games of the season. The boys defeated the Eagles 69-34.

  • Peabody-Burns comes back, wins at buzzer

    A last-second 3-point shot by Vince Newman earned the Peabody-Burns High School Warriors a victory Dec. 17 at Burrton Tuesday. The team came back from a 14-point halftime deficit, ultimately winning 57-56. The PBHS offense scored 12 points in the first quarter, but Burrton had 19. Newman led the Warriors’ scoring with a 3-pointer and a 2-point basket. Braxton Kyle had three from the free-throw line. Xavier Jabary and Garret Schroeder each added 2.

  • All-tournament honors at Marion Classic

    All-tournament honors at Marion Classic Nick Preheim, Xavier Jabary, Braxton Kyle, Jordan Gibson, and Christa Elliott were recognized at the Marion Classic basketball tournament earlier this month. Kyle, Preheim, and Elliott were recognized on the all-academic team, and Elliott, Jabary, and Kyle were on the all-tournament team.

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