• First receiver report shows numerous problems

    The first official report to the court from the receiver managing Hillsboro Community Hospital shows numerous problems at the facility. Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting filed its report Friday.

  • Durham incident ends in two arrests

    A phone call tipping off the sheriff’s office about the location of a man wanted on three warrants ended with two people being arrested at a Durham residence Monday. Undersheriff David Hartley said deputies evacuated the residents of the house before they arrested Ryan A. Hardy, 19, Hillsboro, without incident.

  • System upgrade means fewer leaks

    Hillsboro residents west of Birch St., between Grand and D Sts. had quite a spectacle Monday, as many were without water, but could see it running fast in the streets. The valve shut-off started at 9 a.m. and ran all day, leaving those in the target area without water.

  • Counseling service opens office in Marion

    County residents ordered by the court to attend drug or alcohol counseling, and parents whose children are at risk of being — or have already been — taken into foster care often have to make such long drives to get to the counseling sessions they require that they are defeated by the travel time involved. That’s what the people who recently opened The Restoration Center are hoping to change. Joy Waldbauer and Carl Taylor, Restoration Center CEO, talked to county commissioners Monday about why they have opened an office in Marion.

  • Baker to play faculty recital

    “The Romantic Ballade,” the Tabor College faculty recital of pianist J. Bradley Baker will be presented 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Richert Auditorium of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. “I’m so pleased to present this passionate Romantic period repertoire as my first featured solo piano recital at Tabor,” Baker said.


  • Vocal group sings originals

    Hillsboro High School’s select vocal ensemble will be performing at Spirit and Celebration night 7 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium. Students will present songs of their own choosing, along with choreographed group numbers.The public is invited to attend.

  • Anti-poverty advocate to speak to chamber

    Hannah Rolland of Mid-Kansas Community Action Program, an anti-poverty charity based in Augusta, will speak at Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting at noon Feb. 12 in the east room of the city building. Reservations are being accepted until Feb. 5 at the chamber office, 110 N. Main St.

  • Quilt to be prize in Goessel

    One lucky winner will go home with a yellow and black queen-sized pieced and tied comforter Feb. 15 during the Goessel boys’ basketball game. Junior class parents Susan Nafziger and Bonnie Gaeddert will sell raffle tickets at home basketball games until Feb. 15.

  • Musical chair challenge for Goessel

    Someone will win a $100 gift certificate to Keith’s Foods as part of the Feb. 1 Goessel musical chair challenge. Five participants from a list of individuals who enter earlier that evening will race to see who captures the last chair.


  • Donald Fruechting

    Memorial services for Donald L. Fruechting, 87, who died Friday at Newton Medical Center, were 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at Aulne United Methodist Church. Memorials to Volunteers in Mission or Aulne Outreach Ministries.

  • Rosie Plenert

    Services for retired music teacher Rosella Mildred Nickel Plenert, 89, who died Thursday at Grandwood Assisted Living in Grove, Oklahoma, are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. Burial in Marion Cemetery will follow.

  • Jennie Webster

    Jennie Sue Webster, 64, died Thursday at Newton Medical Center in Newton. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.


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  • Husband benefits from wife's new diet

    Weight-loss is a common focus at the home of Steve and Angie Seifert of Lost Springs. Steve is 57 and Angie is 55, and both have changed their diet since Angie underwent stomach reduction in May 2017.

  • Prenatal care will be available in Marion

    Physician Carl Turner of McPherson Hospital, a family medical doctor with training in obstetrics, will be at St. Luke Medical Clinic in Marion the first Friday of each month to provide prenatal care. His first day will be Friday. Turner is in his fifth year caring for pregnant women and delivering babies.

  • Nutritionist at fitness center

    Diamond H Fitness in Marion is holding a meet and greet with nutritionist Clara Ens 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. One-on-one consultations with Ens cost $20, and there will be door prizes. Diamond H Fitness can be contacted at (620)381-3596.



  • Hillsboro wrestling duo takes home gold

    Facing a vicious regular-season tournament schedule is a yearly occurrence for the Trojan wrestling team, and the Hoisington Cardinal Classic is one of the toughest. The Trojans had lots to feel good about Friday, finishing fifth out 12 schools, with 86 ½ points.

  • Hillsboro goes 1-1 against Sterling

    One thing that’s been impossible to come by this year for anyone other than the Trojan basketball team’s opponents has been a sweep. Outside tournament play, the Trojan teams haven’t won on the same night since last year.

  • Goessel girls lose three at Berean tourney

    The Goessel girls’ basketball team fell behind early in their first game at the Berean tournament. Berean jumped out to a 14-1 lead at the end of the first quarter Wednesday, but for the next three quarters Goessel trailed 30-31. The final score showed Berean winning 45-31. In the second quarter Porclein Unruh hit a 3-pointer and Stephany Meyer banked in four points as Goessel trailed 29-12. Elizabeth Schmucker came alive with nine third quarter points as the Bluebirds kept pace with the Warriors, but did not have enough to make a dent in the first quarter deficit. Scoring summary Wednesday: Schmucker, 13; Meyer, 6; Unruh, 3; Haley O’Neal, 2; Madison Smith, 2; Megan Guerrero, 2; Rebecca Sawyer, 2; Elizabeth Alderfer, 1.

  • Goessel boys lose at Moundridge

    The Goessel boys took an early lead at Moundridge, but too many turnovers allowed the Wildcats to turn the game into a lopsided victory. Dylan Lindeman scored the Bluebirds’ first seven points but Jake Hiebert and Jacob Hagewood added points to give the Bluebirds a 12-6 lead. Goessel led at the end of the first quarter, 14-13. The second quarter was filled with Bluebird turnovers and Moundridge coasted to a 37-19 lead at halftime. Although the Bluebirds scored 15 points in the third quarter, Moundridge extended their lead 58-34.

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  • Multiple people injured in Hillsboro accident

    Four people injured in an accident at a Hillsboro intersection Tuesday evening were taken to area hospitals. “We have a two-car accident with a Volkswagen wrapped around a tree at the corner of Date and Grand,” a dispatcher reported as Hillsboro and Marion ambulances and Hillsboro firefighters raced to the scene.

  • Firemen helping their own

    It’s not easy to let others help you when you’re used to being the one people call on for help, but that’s the situation where Hillsboro resident Randy Welch finds himself. The 30-year truck driver and 8-year Hillsboro Fire Department veteran suffered a stroke last month while making a delivery in Woodburn, Oregon, and will never drive a truck again because of CDL requirements. Meanwhile, he waits for approval of his disability application to come through.

  • Cardie Oil sells off fuel and propane lines

    Customers who counted on Cardie Oil for fuel and propane will be working with a new dealer, but familiar faces, after a Missouri-based company recently bought those portions of the business. Cardie Oil president Craig Settle said the sale of the company’s refined fuel and propane operations to MFA Oil, a farmer-based cooperative based in Columbia, Missouri, should result in improved service to customers.

  • Dance-like grace in a place of waste

    Few would expect to see poetry in motion in the midst of heaping piles of smelly trash unless they’ve watched Joe Vinduska handle a skid loader on the tipping floor of the county transfer station in Marion. Tipping floor is waste management lingo for “dump your trash here so we can push it around.”

  • EMS students study to save lives

    It was cheers and jeers Friday evening when emergency medical technician students took an electronic quiz with questions and answers displayed on a screen at the front of the room. Kevin Shields, Adam Makovec, Bryce Naerebout, Kaycee Chermak, Evan Slater, and Brandy Hanson had seconds to answer multiple-choice questions on the screen by choosing the color-matched answer on their computer screen.

  • County floats ideas on lake

    County commissioners, before looking over applications for park and lake superintendent Thursday, discussed changing the job description. Items they decided to review include whether the superintendent will have authority to arrest someone as the current job description reads, whether a bait shop and concession stand should be operated, additional bookkeeping requirement, sales tax reporting, and long-term hours of operation.


  • Housesitting nothing new for Hillsboro couple

    Retired pastor Loyal Martin and his wife, Rosella, have a history of taking care of other people’s households while they go on vacation. They babysat three Armenian cats in Washington, District of Columbia for a month, occupied a house in North Carolina, and oversaw kids in Fresno, California while their parents were away.

  • Victim service award nominations open

    Individuals, organizations, and agencies who provide services to crime victims are eligible to be nominated for five awards through the attorney general’s victim services division. Nominations are open in the following award categories:


  • Jeaneen Brose

    Retired marketing manager Jeaneen Lee Brose, 84, died Jan. 15, 2018, in Colorado Springs. Born July 8, 1933, to John and Ruth (O’Brien) Brose in Peabody, the family moved back to Marion the next year. She attended Bown-Corby School and graduated from Marion High School in 1951. After attending Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, she moved to Wichita, where she was employed by Southwestern Bell. She transferred to Mountain Bell in Colorado Springs in 1981, and retired as a marketing manager for U.S. West in 1988.


    Thomas "T.C." Ensey

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  • Home decorating trends and fads; from designer lamps to raccoons

    Some homeowners enjoy decorating with deep colors and different patterns. And then, there are the wild ones, or better wildlife ones, that go for the unusual, such as a raccoon eating crackerjacks or the head and neck of a giraffe to mount on the wall. Some have trophy rooms to show off game they have hunted themselves, while others may be looking for a novelty piece that can be purchased directly for decoration purposes.


  • Ag-ceptional!

    While National FFA Week is coming up, there’s no reason to wait to celebrate yet another set of feathers in the cap of county agriculture. Word comes to us this week that three of our high school ag teachers — Mark Meyer of Marion, Sonya Roberts of Hillsboro, and Laura Klenda of Centre — were honored by their peers Saturday at the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators symposium in Lawrence.


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  • Trojans nab two over Braves

    Appearing in their first games in over a week, the Trojan basketball teams were able to shake off the rust Tuesday night to sweep the visiting Council Grove Braves. In girls’ action, the Trojans took advantage of 30 Brave turnovers and a combined 31 points from the duo of Sienna Kaufman and Teegan Werth to topple the third-ranked Braves, 49-44.

  • FFA alums to serve hoops meal

    Hillsboro High hoops fans rooting on the Trojans at Friday’s home game against Pratt will have an opportunity to show support for the school’s FFA chapter and satisfy their appetites by taking advantage of Hillsboro FFA Alumni’s Meal Deal. Sloppy Joes, beans, chips, drinks, and ice cream from Kansas State University’s Call Hall dairy program will be served beginning at 5 p.m., continuing until food runs out.

  • Trojan grapplers compete at Hoisington

    Even after the Trojan wrestling team finished ninth out of 10 teams Friday at the ferocious Hoisington Cardinal Classic, coach Scott O’Hare had reason to be glad. He believes the Trojans are heading in the right direction.

  • Goessel girls take third at Berean tourney

    Shaking off a tough loss to Halstead, the Goessel girls rebounded Saturday with a grind-it-out 43-41 win against Wichita Trinity to capture third place in a tournament at Berean Academy. After trailing 18-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Bluebirds chipped away at the deficit. Goessel trailed 24-20 at half-time and still trailed 36-34 at the end of three periods.

  • Centre, Hillsboro, Marion ag teachers win awards

    Not one, not two, but three ag teachers from the county won awards at the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Conference in Topeka last week. Centre’s Laura Klenda was awarded “Kansas-Association of Career and Technical Education Young Teacher of the Year”; Hillsboro’s Sonya Roberts was awarded “K-ACTE Teacher in Community Service”; and Marion’s Mark Meyer was awarded “Agriscience Teacher of the Year” and “K-ACTE Teacher of the Year.”

  • Tabor piano recital to feature Chopin

    Piano nocturnes by composer Frédéric Chopin will be featured in a Tabor College faculty recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Richert Auditorium at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. Professor and director of keyboard studies Sheila Litke will play Chopin’s nocturnes, which are romantic character pieces for piano that have a relaxed or melancholy sound.

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  • Kids' music sessions open for enrollment

    Children from birth to 3 years old and their parents are invited to participate in a Music and Movement event at Goessel City Community Room on Fridays in February. Two sessions each on Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 will start at 9 and 9:50 a.m.

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