• Bad behavior erupts again

    A claim that Marion County commission chairman Dianne Novak worked behind the backs of the other two members caused commissioner Randy Dallke to angrily chastise Novak publically, going to the extreme of shouting “shut up” at her. After an executive session with county counselor Brad Jantz, Novak asked where the process was on questionable handling of money by former EMS director Ed Debesis. She also asked whether the missing CPR class attendance rosters had been located.

  • Development group likely to disband

    The future of a county economic development corporation hangs in limbo after the resignation of three core board members. Jared Jost, Hannah Bourbon, and Clint Seibel all recently submitted resignations from the board effective Dec. 31.

  • Bakeries have best Thanksgiving business ever

    Orders came fast and swift for bakeries in Marion County last week, and their operators put in long hours to fill them in time for Thanksgiving Day. This was the second Thanksgiving for OK Bread Co., a country bakery at 2451 Upland Rd.

  • Deputy hits deer at 80 mph

    One of three officers speeding from a manhunt near Ramona to a non-violent domestic dispute in Hillsboro suffered minor injuries when he hit a deer with his squad car while traveling 80 mph Friday on Quail Creek Rd. north of 330th Rd. Deputies David Harper-Head and Bronson Shipman and Hillsboro officer Gary Slater had been searching for more than an hour for a suspect who had fled from a Lost Springs residence, according to radio transmissions monitored by the newspaper.


  • Co-op office clerk likes farmers

    Savannah Unruh of Marion has been working at Cooperative Grain and Supply at Marion since January and is enjoying getting to know farmers. She started with the company as an elevator worker at Hillsboro shortly after graduating from Hillsboro High School in May 2017.

  • Tabor, faith connect to Shrine Bowl coach's journey

    Tabor alumnae and Hesston football coach Tyson Bauerle didn’t see himself becoming a Shrine Bowl coach for 2019. He didn’t plan on coaching football at all when he started several years ago.

  • Tabor to perform Handel's 'Messiah'

    Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra will unveil its rendition of Handel’s “Messiah” 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Richert Auditorium. The performance will include more than 100 singers, with a blend of alumni, Tabor faculty and students. Soloists include senior Winter Waple, and faculty member Jen Stephenson in the soprano section; junior Kelsey Huxman, and senior Katherine Coleman from the altos; tenor and alumnae Reuven Isaac; and sophomore Jordan Roth, and faculty member David Martens from the bass section.

  • Hillsboro Council buys land for splash pad

    Hillsboro city council members voted to purchase land for a community splash pad, still in the fundraising stage, during their Nov. 19 council meeting. Originally the brainchild of Staci Silhan, a Hillsboro native who moved back to town with her family a couple years ago, the splash pad is an idea she wanted to develop to provide an economical family activity and attract visitors to the downtown area.

  • Food bank distributes Thanksgiving meals

    Ebenfeld M.B. Church sponsors turkey baskets every year that are put together at the Main Street Ministries food bank in Hillsboro for families. They include basics for a Thanksgiving meal plus a meat coupon. Moss said 90 families applied for and received baskets this year. Two women with babies and a woman facing an emergency are current residents. Two other apartments in the main building and an emergency apartment above the office are available.

  • Grant will provide student psychosocial services

    Students needing mental health support services in Marion County will soon be served through a psychosocial program of Prairie View Mental Health. RESPECT Group, funded by a $5,000 grant from the Schowalter Foundation, will serve students who are not Prairie View clients but have been identified by school counselors and teachers as being in need of psychosocial rehabilitation. In addition to Marion County students, the program will serve Harvey County students as well.

  • Tampa PRIDE to celebrate Christmas

    Activities for Tampa PRIDE’s Christmas Sunday fundraiser begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 with a free will donation supper of soup, chili dogs and ice cream. The meal lasts to 6:30 p.m. at the community building. At that time, Santa arrives. Games for all ages will be 7:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Food safety class offered

    ServSafeFood, a class to teach safe handling practices to people who handle and serve food to the public, will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at HillsboroCityoffice, 118 E. Grand Ave. The certification program is free for Marion County residents. Registration deadline is Nov. 30 and can be done at Marion County extension office (620) 382-2325. The program is provided by K-State Research and Extension in partnership with the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association.

  • Democrats to meet

    Marion County Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Marion Community Center conference room. Officers for two-year terms will be elected. All Democrats are urged to attend.

  • TC Wireless holding open house

    TC Wireless will have an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 during Hillsboro’s Down Home Christmas. Refreshments will be served, and the business will formally introduce Melany Ink as its assistant retail manager.

  • Screening available in Goessel

    A free developmental screening for children birth through 5 will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Cognitive, speech and language, motor, and social/emotional development will be checked during screening. Vision and hearing will also be screened.


  • Alta Mae Huffington

    Alta Mae Huffington 93, died Nov. 24 at Peabody Health and Rehabilitation in Peabody. No services are planned. She was born Nov. 4, 1925, in Florence.

  • Menno Neufeld

    Menno Neufeld, 82, died Nov. 26 in Marion. Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion, with committal service at 2:30 p.m. at North Inman Cemetery, and the memorial service 10 a.m. Friday at Strassburg Baptist Church in Marion

  • Stephen Vincent

    Services for musician Stephen Vincent, 67, who died at his Palm Village home in Reedley, California, Nov. 11 will be 1 p.m. today at The Shari Flaming Center for the Arts in Hillsboro, and also at 11 a.m. at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church in Reedley. Burial will be in Gnadenau cemetery, rural Hillsboro. Vincent was born and raised in Riverside, California, and was preceded in death by his parents, Eileen and Lloyd Vincent.


    Russ Ediger



  • Bidding farewell to a turkey of an idea

    Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. We’d just as soon forget these made-up names for assaults on charge cards’ credit limits and concentrate instead on a post-Thanksgiving day for which we all can be truly thankful: End of Leftovers Day. As wonderful as last Thursday’s feast was, even turkey and all the trimmings eventually wear out their welcome. Warmed-over leftovers followed by cold turkey sandwiches followed by turkey tetrazzini followed by turkey soup brings new appreciation for the lowly hamburger and bratwurst. At least we didn’t extend all the way to turkey sausage in my household.


    The grandma car


  • Holiday lights contest now open

    Registration for Hillsboro’s fourth annual Outdoor Christmas Lights Decorating contest is through Dec. 12. Sponsored by Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the contest is open to Hillsboro residents who register at the Chamber of Commerce office by calling (620) 947-3506. There is no entry fee.

  • Denver and the Mile High Orchestra to perform at Tabor

    Nashville, Tennessee,-based Denver Bierman and the Mile High Orchestra will perform a Christmas show at Tabor College’s Richert Auditorium Nov. 30. The horn-driven orchestra’s Christmas Show combines nostalgic holiday classics and inspirational original music. The Grinch might show up to try to steal Christmas.

  • Ryder family cancer benefit set

    A benefit for Roger Ryder will be 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Zion Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 106 N. Lincoln St., Hillsboro. A potato bar meal with a free-will offering will be served.

  • Self-defense class offered

    A self-defense class for women and girls 12 and older will be 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at Goessel Elementary School. A $10 fee includes registration, light snacks, and drinks.


    Hillsboro Senior Center menu

    Calendar of events


  • Marion boys rely on experience

    With four starters returning from last year, Marion boys’ basketball is looking to make an impact in head coach Terry Edwards’ first full year. Despite being a new coach in technicality, Edwards worked with the team for several years as an assistant.

  • Warrior wrestling squad short on numbers

    In two years as the Warriors’ wrestling coach, Tyler McMichael’s had the luxury of a large number of competitors out to nearly fill all the class. With four state qualifiers a year ago, the former Central-Burden standout McMichael had the talent and numbers, which made for a 12th-place finish at the state meet in Hays.

  • Marion girls forge ahead

    The Marion girls’ basketball team has a predicament. Coach Kelly Robson will lose five seniors at the end of the year, but only one has significant varsity experience. That lone player, Corrina Crabb, will be integral to the Warriors’ growth, Robson said.

  • State title hopes alive for Trojan boys' basketball

    A ticket for a second consecutive trip to the Class 2A boys’ state basketball tournament at Manhattan was within reach a year ago for the Trojans. But it was not to be.

  • Maturing in full swing for Trojan girls hoops

    One year ago, hopes were high of what the incoming freshman class could do for a Trojan girls’ basketball team that had fallen on hard times. The class made an impact, managing four more wins than the year before, but Trojan coach Nathan Hiebert’s ship never really made it out of harbor.

  • Trojan grapplers to field largest team in years

    Trojan wrestling coach Scott O’Hare knows what it’s like to be shorthanded. He had to make do with one of his smallest teams a year ago with the Trojans well short on filling all the weight classes.

  • Goessel boys add quickness

    The Bluebirds will have experience in the point guard position and add quickness to their defensive strengths for this new basketball season. Junior Dylan Lindeman, 6’3”, has been a key player bringing the ball up the floor. He scored 10.2 points per game last year with 5.4 rebounds per game.

  • Rebuilding begins for Goessel girls

    The 2017-18 Goessel girls’ basketball team graduated all five starters from last year. Along with those starters went 90 percent of their scoring; but that was last year. This year’s anchor will be senior Stephany Meyer. At 6’0” and athletic, she will be depended on for both offense and defense.

  • Replacing seniors is challenge for Cougars

    Members of the Centre boys’ basketball team will have big shoes to fill this year. Last year’s team was Wheat State League champion, with a record of 8-1. The Cougars were pre-season champions at Herington, finished second in the Cougar Classic, and were sub-state runner-up. Their over-all record was 17-5.

  • Short roster is challenge for Centre

    Small but quick and tenacious. That’s how Centre girls’ coach Alan Stahlecker describes his team. He is in his 10th year as head coach. Eight girls are on the roster including three freshmen. Three players are returning starters.

  • New coach optimistic for Peabody girls

    With just two wins in the last three years, the Peabody-Burns freshly acquired girls’ basketball coach Travis Schafer isn’t expecting his new team to be aiming for any state titles. Instead, Schafer’s teaching his team to focus more on perseverance and how to handle rough waters.

  • Experience will lead Peabody boy's team

    Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball has several returning starters this year. Tyler Entz, Rocco Weerts, Jack Parks, Caleb VanCuren, and Andrew Hauck will lead the Warriors on the court, coach Bobby Kyle said. Varsity experience will help with both offense and defense.


  • Hillsboro and Goessel school menus

  • Centre FFA surpasses blood drive goal

    The Centre FFA chapter hosted its fall blood drive Nov. 20 with the American Red Cross. FFA members recruited blood donors to help in building up the blood supply, which was and still is critically low due to national natural disasters throughout the country that caused scheduled blood drives to be canceled, adviser Laura Klenda said.


  • Why can't you all just get along?

    Two consultants from Wichita State University told county commissioners Monday they need to work on getting along better. Misty Bruckner, director of Public Policy and Management Center and associate director of Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, and John Waltner, former Harvey County administrator, met with commissioners for a planning session and commission retreat.

  • Cities want answers from corporation

    Questions continue to linger after representatives from the county, Hillsboro, Marion, and the public met with board members of Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation Monday night. “There have been an awful lot of complaints in the last several weeks there hasn’t been enough communication with the cities,” board member David Mueller said.

  • Spare money in the budget, but what to do with it?

    When voters went to the polls Nov. 7, they soundly rejected hiring a county administrator. Now nearly $100,000 in the county general fund for a county administrator is available for a different purpose.

  • Euthanized dog leads to cyber-bullying attack

    A canine picked up near the highway by Florence police left a local business taking the brunt of a cyber-bullying attack over the weekend after the dog was euthanized. The dog was taken to Animal Health Center in Marion, owned by veterinarian Jessica Laurin.


  • Gaps filled by electronics store

    The new TCWireless store at 323 N. Ash St. in Hillsboro has been providing local sales and services for cell phone and Internet users since June. TCWireless is affiliated with TCT, a telecommunications company headquartered in Council Grove. It has stores in Council Grove and Abilene.

  • Fond Christmas tradition rekindled with a wave

    Generations of Marion residents who grew up flocking to Marion City Building at Christmastime to wave back at a waving Santa display on the roof have a pleasant surprise waiting for them at Marion City Library. The large waving Santa is back, its once inoperable arm waving again beside the little house Santa visits on the library lawn.

  • Big Red customer still seeing red

    Ever since Straub International closed its Marion store a year ago last August, its website has boasted the slogan: “We’re just a drop box away.” Area customers have to travel to Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, or Great Bend to access a Straub’s dealership. In an attempt to help farmers, Straub has provided drop boxes at Cooperative Grain and Supply in Marion and Mid-Kansas Coop in Goessel to deliver parts ordered by phone.

  • Convenience less profitable than restaurant

    Serving three meals a day has proven to be more profitable than selling convenience items at Route 77 Pit Stop in Lincolnville. For that reason, owners Heath and Sabrina Shields are downsizing the convenience aspect of their business and promoting the restaurant side.

  • Oil and gas company ordered to pay up

    A Wichita oil and gas exploration company was ordered to pay $77,451 plus interest to a western Kansas oil well drilling company and a dirt contractor after failing to respond to a lawsuit filed in county court. WW Drilling, based in WaKeeney, and Western Kansas Dirt Construction, based in Scott City, on Oct. 17 filed a lawsuit against Noble Petroleum claiming they had not been paid for work to drill a well in Marion County.

  • Cemetery gets a sign

    A group of 11 Lehigh Rural High School alumni raised $1,450 to create and erect a sign marking the Lehigh Township Cemetery northwest of Lehigh at 220th and Chisholm Trail Rd. Robert Warkentin supervised as Gary Duerksen, assisted by Ron Warkentin, used a tractor to dig postholes and set the frame. The township was established in 1883. Surnames of the first township officials were Oblander, Richards, Ehrlich, Obest, and Quiring.

  • Marshall to hold Marion town hall

    The public is invited to join U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall for a town hall meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Marion Community Center Ballroom, 203 N. Third Street, Marion. Marshall, a Great Bend obstetrician, represents the first district in Kansas and is in his first year in office. “I look forward to returning to the district to speak with fellow Kansans about issues, ideas, and concerns they have,” Marshall said. “Every time we sit down, define problems together, and civilly discuss them, we move closer to real solutions.”

  • Transfer station requires more information

    Repair, replace, or build a temporary facility on the site of the county transfer station are all options county commissioners could choose, but first they need to gather information. Commissioners met Monday with two consultants from Wichita State University. Misty Bruckner, director of Public Policy and Management Center and associate director of Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, and John Waltner, former Harvey County administrator, talked about the county’s need to either make repairs to the transfer station, replace it with a new building, or build a temporary facility.


  • Dale Bentley

    A private family service will be held for former farmer Dale Bentley, 70, who died Nov. 21 in Hillsboro. He was born April 1, 1947, to Roy and Besie Mae (Henson) Bentley of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

  • Warren Vogel

    Services for Warren Lee Vogel, 75, of McPherson, were Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in McPherson. He was retired from Johns Manville where he worked in the warehouse.

  • Pauline Winter

    Services for Pauline Winter, 92, who died Nov. 21 at Mount Hope Nursing Center in Mount Hope, were Monday at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. Interment was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. She was born March 9, 1925, to Charles and Sarah (Osborne) Kew in Pilsgate, England. She married Eddie Winter on October 17, 1945, in Barnack, England.


    Kenneth Sly

    Lavere York



  • When they get it right

    Chalk up another faux pas for Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation. Still struggling to seat a full new board and secure enthusiastic endorsement from Marion and Hillsboro, MCCEDC decided to have a stakeholder’s meeting Monday.

  • A van full of thanks

    Thanksgiving Day, a day I might have slept in, I was on the road just after sunrise for a date with some cows and the hard-working folk at Harms Plainview Ranch. As I left the city limits, something didn’t sound right, but it sounded familiar. It was the sound of a van doing 55 mph with a transmission that quit shifting up at 30 mph. Muttering under my breath, I pulled over, checked the fluid, which was full, then continued, pushing 40, just like I’d done a couple of times before.


    Cutting corners


  • Hundreds of figurines surround farmhouse

    It’s been more than a year and half since Sarah Stika, wife of Louis Stika of rural Marion, died at the age of 84, but all he has to do is step outside of his farmhouse to get a curious yet touching reminder of their love. Neatly arrayed around the house, on the front porch, and in display beds built especially for them are hundreds of animal figurines large and small that the couple amassed over about 40 years of collecting.

  • Open house to celebrate 85th birthday

    The family of Helen Selsor invites Marion and Lincolnville communities to join them in celebrating her 85th birthday party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lincolnville Community Center. Desserts and coffee will be served.

  • Cards requested for Stroda 90th

    The family of Dwayne Stroda of rural Herington requests a card shower for his 90th birthday. He was born Dec. 6, 1927, and has been a lifelong farmer in the area. He and his wife, Delores, raised five children. Cards may be sent to 3088 R. Ave., Herington KS 67449.



    Thanksgiving abounds

    Thanksgiving celebrated



  • Manhattan again reality for Trojans

    Eight-tenths of a second was all that separated the Hillsboro Trojans boys’ basketball team from knocking off top-seeded Sacred Heart in the opening round of the 2017 Class 2A state tournament. As the 2017-18 season starts, there’s nothing saying coach Darrel Knoll and the Trojans won’t stay in the Central Kansas League upper tier and make a return to Manhattan in early March.

  • Only one way to go for Lady Trojans

    Not a whole lot went right for coach Nathan Hiebert and the Lady Trojans basketball team during the 2016-17 season. What could’ve been never was as the car just never got out of the garage.

  • Depleted roster challenging for Trojans grapplers

    During his stint as Hillsboro wrestling coach, Scott O’Hare has often had the luxury of fielding a large team with several wrestlers contending for solid seasons. That won’t be the case this year.

  • Leadership to boost Lady Bluebirds for class jump

    With 90 percent of their scoring back from a 19-4 season, the Goessel Lady Bluebirds basketball team appears to have the tools needed to make a successful jump from Class 1A Division 1 up to 2A in 2017-18. That makes coach Ryan Hoopes lucky, along with returning three starters and a load of experience off a team that dominated the Wheat State League.

  • Trio of returning starters to fuel Bluebirds

    Entering his seventh season, Goessel High School boys’ basketball coach Curtis Guhr might have a dilemma on his hands: How do the Bluebirds better last season’s final mark of 7-14 overall while posting a rugged 2-8 finish in the Wheat State League? That might not be the easiest thing to do, either, since the Bluebirds made the jump from Class 1A Division 1 to 2A.

  • Warriors look to better last year's mark

    Entering his first season a year ago as Marion High School boys’ basketball coach, Randy Skiles inherited a team that’d gone 9-11 the year before under former coach Jeff McMillin. Graduation of key players left Skiles with a greenhorn team learning a new system. That did the Warriors no favors, as they compiled a 5-16 record and 2-9 in a rugged Heart of America league.

  • Senior class to carry Lady Warriors

    Seven points, along with a slow start, were all that thwarted the Marion Lady Warriors basketball team from playing for a substate title in 2016-17. Wellsville used a quick 19-2 burst to end Marion’s season at 15-7 with a 40-34 win.

  • Warriors grapplers eye better state finish

    The picture probably looks utterly familiar to 195-pound Marion Warriors senior wrestler Tyler Palic, who was state runner-up as a junior after qualifying for the Class 3-2-1A meet as a freshman and sophomore. It would, considering Tyler’s brother, Kyle, did the same thing as a senior in 2014-15, en route to not just capturing Marion High School’s first and only state title, but Marion County’s as well.

  • Thin on depth, Lady Cougars can still compete

    With only 11 players projected to come out this season, numbers were already slim for Centre Lady Cougars basketball coach Alan Stahlecker when practice began Nov. 13. Not even a week into the season, 11 was reduced to nine, with two deciding against going out.

  • Cougars on prowl for Wheat State supremacy

    Centre High School boys’ basketball coach Richard Idleman has a reason to smile about his third season leading the Cougars. After going 7-14 in his first season, the Cougars improved to finish 15-6 overall and second in the Wheat State League before being upended in the second round of substate by Little River last year.

  • Staying healthy key for Peabody-Burns Lady Warriors

    An uncanny trend continues for the Peabody-Burns Lady Warrior basketball team. For the last three years, coach Scott Bauer has watched his numbers shrink with each passing season.

  • First-year coach brings fresh air for Peabody-Burns boys

    Change will be in the air this season for the Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team. New coach Bob Kyle inherits a trio of returning starters, with a pair being seniors, as he looks to improve on last year’s 2-19 record, which included 11 consecutive losses.



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