• Tabor has its swim coach, will compete in 2014-15

    Nathan Duell has never coached swimming at the collegiate level, but his first opportunity comes at Tabor College, a school that has never had a swim program before. Tabor College’s new swim team will be unique in itself because the University of Kansas is the only other collegiate institution in the state that offers competitive swimming. Tabor also will offer a men’s team, something KU does not.

  • Sequential days have double meaning for family

    Jennifer Janzen and her husband, Steve, of Hillsboro were not planning for their daughter Zoey to have such a unique birthday. Janzen said she thought she was in false labor when she went to the hospital on November. 12.

  • Golden Heritage Foods to change name back

    Golden Heritage Foods of Hillsboro is returning to its original name, Barkman Honey, effective immediately. A press release by the company said this signifies the company’s intent that the sourcing, marketing, sales, and distribution of pure honey will continue to be the centerpiece of the corporate vision and direction of the company.

  • Painting is a form of prayer for Marion artist

    Painter Erma Clarkson of Marion developed an interest in art very early on. “In first grade, I drew a picture of President Nixon,” she said. “I couldn’t believe as an adult looking back how good that was for a first-grader.”

  • Vendors offer homemade gifts for holidays

    The Florence Farmers Market Holiday Market boasted local items with holiday flair on Saturday. Four local vendors were selling everything from cookies to canned okra, to holiday signs and gourds painted as snowmen at the Masonic Florentine Center in Florence. Event coordinator Carol Callahan of Burns said the event was busy during the morning hours, but slowed as lunchtime grew near.

  • Chambers will have joint banquet

    The Marion and Hillsboro chambers of commerce will have their annual joint banquet on Jan. 27 in Hillsboro. Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation will be the guest speaker.

  • Quilting for a service, and to pass the time

    Two ladies at Marion Senior Center spend a couple days a week helping others with their sewing skills. Sue Clough and Shirley Bowers of Marion put quilts together for people in the community.

  • Business classes give students real-world experience

    Megan Thomas has only taught at Marion High School for two years, but she wasted no time getting students involved in business ventures to prepare them for professional environments. Thomas, an alumna of MHS and Emporia State University, taught for five years at Northern Heights High School before returning to Marion. She also taught the entrepreneurship class that ventured to build the Daily Grind coffee shop in the school library. The shop is open to the public from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m. Monday through Friday.


  • Christmas home tours are Sunday

    Marion City Library will have its annual Christmas home tours fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. There are four homes on this year’s tour: the Historic Elgin Hotel, 115 N. 3rd St. and the homes of; Chad and Michelle Adkins, 420 N. Freeborn St.; Dean and Eileen Hiebert, 1418 E. Denver St.; and Brent and Heidi Thurston, 111 S. Cedar St.

  • Residents hope Tunnel of Lights attracts more visitors

    When neighbors on Hill Rd. at Marion County Lake decided to begin the Christmas season decorating their neighborhood for others, a small number of vehicles drove through. Nine years later, things have changed. “Last year we had around 350 vehicles and 1,200-plus people,” said Margie Schwartz, a resident involved with decorating.

  • Downtown Christmas continues to grow

    The third annual Christmas Celebration in Marion is scheduled for 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and the event just continues to grow. Businesses up and down Main St. — nearly 30 of them — will have guest artists, musicians, and Christmas displays, but the real star of the event will be at the Marion Community Center. Co-organizer Jeanice Thomas said there will be about 30 booths with arts, crafts, and food at the community center.

  • Angel trees popping up around town

    Several locations this year will cater to residents wishing to send holiday tidings to those less fortunate around the county. Marion Chamber of Commerce secretary Margo Yates said the chamber likes to have the trees ready to go before Thanksgiving to make it convenient for those who shop on Black Friday.

  • Ranch to have live nativity

    For the second year, the Watchous family, assisted by friends and their church family from Palmyra Baptist Church of rural Whitewater, will present “A Living Nativity: Christ is Born.” The production features a cast of 75 and includes live animals, narration, action, and music. Performances are scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 at Wildcat Creek Ranch, rural Peabody.



  • Clara Kaiser

    LINCOLNVILLE — Clara E. “Bunny” Kaiser, 95, passed away Nov. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born March 6, 1918, in Beaver County, Pa., the daughter of Eli and Edna (Mengel) Gordon. She proudly served her country during World War II with the United States Army Air Corps. She was retired from the Civil Service.


  • Plenty to be thankful for

    I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone, what with all of the advertising on TV and online for day-after-Thanksgiving sales, but Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. In the spirit of the holiday, let me tell you a little about the things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful that Marion will again have a hardware store. There were a couple of false starts along the way since the previous hardware store closed, but it looks like Marion will have a steady new business in town, backed up by decades of experience. There have been plenty of times that I’ve wished there was a hardware store in Marion so I wouldn’t have to go out of town, and I’m not very handy. I can hardly imagine how many trips people who know what they’re doing with tools have had to make.

  • What makes a good turkey on Thanksgiving?

    On our Facebook page, we asked readers what makes a good turkey for Thanksgiving, and here are the answers we got. A family to share it with. — Miran Lovelady



  • Bluejays pull off road playoff victory

    The Tabor College football team won its first NAIA playoff game since 2005, defeating Benedictine College 14-13 on Saturday. The Bluejays led 14-7 in the fourth quarter before a Benedictine touchdown. Defensive end Dylan Delk blocked the extra point though, preserving the Tabor lead and win. Upcoming

  • Local students recognized at convocation

    During Bethel College’s annual fall convocation ceremony, administrative faculty honored four area students that embody the school’s core values — scholarship, service, integrity, and discipleship. Austin Unruh, a senior from Goessel, earned recognition for maintaining a grade point average at or above 3.8. Laird Goertzen, a sophomore cross-country runner also from Goessel, was named for his integrity as a Champions of Character leader.

  • Tabor announces leadership scholarships

    Tabor College recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Annaliese Wiens, Courtney Colwell, Alex Janzen, and Matthew Moldenare are the four recipients of the $68,000 scholarships. They will participate in a four-year leadership program as part of the scholarship.

  • Bluejays earn KCAC honors

    After breaking Tabor College’s all-time rushing mark and leading the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in rushing yards, James Monroe earned more recognition. In addition to being named to the conference’s first team as a running back, Monroe was voted the Offensive Player of the Year and the Dr. Ted Kessinger Champion of Character Award recipient.


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