• Hillsboro Alco closing

    All 198 Alco locations across 23 states, including the Hillsboro store, are closing, the company announced Thursday. U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas approved the order for the retail chain to conduct “Going Out of Business” sales, which begin Friday.


  • Operation Christmas Child a countywide event

    Alli Hett, 13, enjoys giving gifts to impoverished children in third-world countries around the world. “People are starving,” Hett said. “When you have so much that you have leftovers, you can send a bunch of stuff over there for them to have.”

  • Ag co-ops may merge

    Board presidents of Cooperative Grain and Supply, Agri Producers Inc., and North Central Kansas Coop recently sent letters to their member-owners informing them that the three co-ops are considering a merger. Cooperative Grain and Agri Producers have headquarters in Marion County. North Central Kansas Coop is headquartered in Dickinson County.

  • Students will package 20,000 meals

    Peabody-Burns National Honor Society students, school staff, and community volunteers will package meals from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the new gymnasium at PBHS. The group set a goal of 20,000 meals to package and have ready to distribute by the time they are finished. “If people in the community want to volunteer to help, that would be great,” National Honor Society sponsor Katie Fooshee said. “Registration online is easy and it is the preferred method to sign up and help. But we won’t turn anyone away if they show up on Saturday to help.”

  • Lalouette-Crawford wins recount, will be District 1 county commissioner

    An official recount Friday confirmed Lori Lalouette-Crawford will be county commissioner for District 1. The results were made official at a Monday canvassing, with Lalouette-Crawford garnering 678 votes to independent candidate Craig Dodd’s 675.

  • Earthquake tremors don't shake area homeowners

    Even after a 4.8 earthquake in southern Kansas sent tremors through Marion County and as far north as Omaha, Nebraska, last Wednesday, local insurance agents say people aren’t rushing to add earthquake insurance to their homeowners’ policies. Although rated as moderate, the quake was the strongest in Kansas since a 5.1 earthquake struck the Manhattan area in 1867. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at least 90 smaller earthquakes have been registered in Kansas so far this year.

  • Entries sought for recipe contest

    Share your favorite holiday recipe with Submit your recipe along with your name, address, and phone number to us at 117 S. 3rd St., P.O. Box 278 Marion KS 66861.

  • Health Department eyeing move to St. Luke Hospital

    Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene and St. Luke CEO Jeremy Ensey approached the commission at Monday’s meeting to ask about relocating offices of the Health Department to a former physician clinic at St. Luke Hospital, and the commission ultimately decided it would take time out of next week’s meeting to look at the space in the hospital. The entire space would cost $2,000 a month to rent, but Serene and Ensey said the health department wouldn’t need all of the available 3,000 square feet. Despite the potential cost of relocating from the historic Bowron building, commissioners agreed something needed to be done.


  • Home rentals hard to find for prospective tenants

    The demand for home rentals in Marion remains strong, with would-be renters hunting for housing and sometimes renting a home sight-unseen. The rental market in many cities, including Wichita, has surged since the housing bubble burst in 2009, creating a large supply of vacant housing after many homeowners lost their homes. Moreover, the economy has not recovered for many Americans, including young adults with student loans to pay.

  • Vet Center reps will be in Marion on Monday

    Representatives of the Wichita Vet Center, a service of Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, will be in Marion on Monday to assist local veterans and their families. Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling for veterans who served in combat zones and received a military campaign ribbon. Individual and family counseling is available.

  • Cold weather expected to affect wheat

    The sudden sharp drop in temperatures across Kansas during the week of Nov. 10 to 15 will cause the wheat crop to go into dormancy, according to Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist at Manhattan. Whether the intense cold spell has injured the wheat depends on several factors, Shroyer said.

  • Former pastor to share adventures in lifelong learning

    Paul Klassen, a former pastor of the Memorial Road Mennonite Brethren Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, will be the Lifelong Learning speaker at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College. Klassen will share the many things he has done in his lifetime, “from restoring old beauty to creating new beauty, from serving within the church to outside the church, and from serving in a world where people carry Bibles to one where they carry guns.”

  • Scout receives award

    Reed Anderson, an eighth-grader from Gruver, Texas, was named Arrowman of the Year Nov. 1 at the Nischa Achowalogen Lodge Order of the Arrow banquet in Amarillo, Texas. The award recognizes a member for outstanding service to the Lodge.


  • Cold cars and drivers gearing up for winter

    Samantha Wood plans to do something different this winter with her car. She’s going to put socks on her windshield wipers. “I saw it on Facebook,” she said. “They said to put the wipers up and socks on ‘em.”

  • Officers await new rides

    The police patrolled the neighborhood, hovering 30 feet above ground in their flying squad car with spotlights beaming down. That’s how 2015 squad cars were depicted in the movie “Back to the Future Part II.” As Marion County law enforcement officers wait on the arrival of two 2015 vehicles, the emphasis is less on hover conversion technology and more on updated safety features.





  • Free workshop offered to business owners

    A workshop to help business owners understand basic accounting terminology and learn how to create and analyze financial statements will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at Butler of Marion, 701 E. Main St., Marion. To register by Dec. 9 for this free class presented by Kansas Small Business Development Center, call (316) 218-6311.

  • MAC movie night is Saturday

    “Earth to Echo,” a movie about three boys who befriend a small alien stranded on Earth, will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Marion Community Center. Admission is free, and pop and popcorn will be available for $1 each. Donations are requested to support the Central Park restrooms and stage project of movie sponsor Marion Advancement Campaign.

  • Alexanderwohl to celebrate Thanksgiving

    Everyone is welcome to a Thanksgiving Day service at 10 a.m. Nov. 27 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, near Goessel. An organ prelude by Jason Peters will begin at 9:45 a.m. Katherine Krehbiel Goerzen will provide special music during the service. Pastor Linda Ewert will give a meditation, “Practicing Gratitude.”

  • BURNS:

    Gaines family has active weekend, Seniors have November meeting

    Community activities reported


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