Articles By: Patty Decker

Spoons likely hit at Marion?s Art in the Park

Spoons will be one of the more popular items when visitors attend this year?s Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Central Park in Marion. Judy Christiansen, one of the organizers, said there?s always a lot of jewelry vendors, but the round eating utensil has more than just one use, as crafters have discovered. ?Visitors […]

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KJELLIN RESIGNS as Marion city administrator

Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin submitted his resignation to the council on Sept. 11 stating his last day would be Wednesday, Sept. 25. In the letter, Kjellin stated his reason for leaving was to pursue private business opportunities. The council is expected to act on the matter at its regular meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in council chambers. […]

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Library expansion begins at Marion

Library expansion begins at Marion

Workers with Hett Construction smooth the concrete floor for the addition to the Marion Public Library. The project, funded without taxpayer dollars, will add 1,200 square feet for ?programs, events, meetings and classes with a small kitchen and bathroom,? according to Janet Marler, library director. As work continues on the Marion City Library addition, the public?s help is requested in […]

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Marion council hears from ‘the toilet guy’

The Marion City Council heard from a resident Monday about an unusual yard fountain facing Main Street on the westside of town. Steve Unruh, who spoke during the public forum portion of the meeting, said he wasn?t trying to make a statement other than he likes pink toilets. ?For those of you who already know me, I am the toilet […]

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Welding school receives new spark of energy

Welding school receives new spark of energy

The makeshift nature of the welding school sign at the corner of Ash and Third streets in Hillsboro reflects the recent management transition from Butler Community College to Hutchinson Community College. The city-owned former AMPI building, home for the school, is in the background. Hutchinson Community College recently recognized the Hillsboro Welding Center as one of its south central Kansas […]

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Florence Labor Day Celebration salutes fire department for 125 years of service

Florence Labor Day Celebration salutes fire department for 125 years of service

Steve Hett drives in Mon?day?s parade one of the old fire trucks that was used by the Florence Fire Depart?ment a couple of generations ago. The 76th annual Labor Day Celebration in Florence on Saturday, Sunday and Monday also marked the 125th year of its volunteer fire department. Trayce Warner, one of the planning committee members, said this year?s theme, […]

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Lake reports good holiday weekend

Lake reports good holiday weekend

Don Coultis balances the jet ski as his grandson, Mitchell Trible, 12, prepares to ride the waves at Marion Reservoir. Campers, boaters and fishermen flocked to Marion Reservoir for the Labor Day weekend, and according to officials, all of the campsites were filled. Bill Maple, gate attendant volunteer at Hillsboro Cove, said the three-day holiday was ?perfect? with respect to […]

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Germany was the trip of a lifetime

When I was a college student in the early 1970s, I was a member of an organization called, ?Citizens for Political Involvement.? Being young and wanting to see the world, I embraced one of the group?s main goals: to raise enough money to travel across Europe. It was to be the trip of a lifetime, or so it seemed at […]

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Relay raises more than $23,700

Relay raises more than $23,700

Cynthia Berret (center) of Marion was one of 48 registered cancer survivors at the 17th annual Relay for Life of Marion County Saturday at the Sports and Aquatic Center. On her right is Sharon Terrel, Marion, and on her left is Cindy Sisson, Council Grove. Relay for Life of Marion County raised more than $23,700 Saturday, but according to officials, […]

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Pint-sized pet porker

Pint-sized pet porker

Twelve-year-old Cheyenne Bernhardt?s cuddles with Bacon, her 2-month-old teacup pig. Before getting the pet, Cheyenne?s parents asked her to write a paper on the animal and how to take care of it. Bringing home the Bacon has a totally different meaning for one rural Marion County family than it does for most people. Bacon, in this case, is 12-year-old Cheyenne […]

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