• House draws fire from council

    Kevin Bartel wasn’t happy when he came to the Hillsboro city council meeting Tuesday, but he felt better when he left. Bartel told council members that neighbors are tired of seeing the poor condition of a house at the corner of Cedar and Grand Sts. owned by Dick and Carla Hein.

  • County jail to get efficient heating/cooling system

    State representative of Kansas’ 70th District, John Barker, came to Monday’s commission meeting to give a legislative update. Kansas agriculture accounts for 44.5 percent of the state economy, he said. The concern is that the average income for the field has decreased drastically.

  • Kansas Gas Service seeks rate hike

    Residents of Goessel, Burns, Lehigh, Lincolnville, and Ramona could see the price of natural gas spike 10 percent if the Kansas Corporation Commission approves a request filed by Kansas Gas Service. A public hearing on the request will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka.

  • Exploring the pumpkin patch

    Pumpkin patches and corn mazes are as synonymous with fall as Halloween and Thanksgiving. For Kristi and Brandon Unruh, owners of Papa’s Pumpkin Patch between Goessel and Newton, it’s about offering a family-friendly experience that is cost-effective.


  • 'Old Bud' running like Old Faithful

    Roger Hannaford III’s 1940 Studebaker Champion coupe doesn’t travel far from home, but it is a mainstay in Marion. With its age and condition, Hannaford prefers to keep the car around Marion, mostly going to events like the Old Settlers’ parade.

  • Lake hosts chili cook-off, car show

    Five bucks gets you a bowl, spoon, napkins and three hours to sample between 10-15 chilies. The 12th annual Marion County Park and Lake chili cook-off will be 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the hall.

  • 'Drive for Ur School' is a success

    Hillsboro Ford has reported collecting $5,520 in its Drive for Ur School fundraiser. Contributions included $2,860 from 143 Hillsboro High School Booster Club members, $1,320 from 66 Centre students, $1,020 from 51 Goessel students, and $320 from 16 Marion-Florence students.


  • Sherry Dreier

    Services for retired artist Sherry Dreier, 65, who died Sept. 25 at Newton Medical Center, were Sept. 29 at the Chapel of Schowalter Villa in Hesston. She was born Oct. 2, 1952, in Newton, to Alvin and Joan LaGree Dreier. Sherry graduated from Hesston High School in 1970.

  • Myron Harris

    Funeral services for Myron P. Harris, 78, will be at 10 a.m. today at Peabody Christian Church. Interment will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.


    Mary Doubek



  • Kansas Honor Scholars announced

    Fourteen Marion County seniors have been designated Kansas Honor Scholars by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment. Kansas Honor Scholars Centre — Ryan August, Grace Knepp, Destiny Wangerin. Goessel — Stephany Meyer, Julianna Schrag, Madison Smith. Hillsboro — Eva Franz, Jorge Hanschu, Jenna Hinerman. Marion — Kimmie Duncan, Emmy Hess, Samantha Kelsey, Jarred Rahe. Peabody-Burns — Taylor Wallace.

  • Tampa Triple T's plan service day

    Members of Tampa Triple T’s 4-H Club plan to spend Oct. 14 as a day of service by painting at the Marion County fairgrounds. A potluck meal will follow at 5 p.m. Meat, drinks, and table service will be provided. Members are asked to bring a side dish. New officers elected in September were Cailey Barney, president; Daniel Rziha, vice president; Allie Stuchlik, secretary; Hanne McDermott, treasurer; Tanner Stuchlik, reporter; Clara Noeth, song leader; Isabelle Rziha and Karsen Kroupa, recreation leaders; and Addie Berens and Karsen Kroupa, council members.

  • Red Cross in need of donors

    A Hillsboro community Red Cross Blood drive will be 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Appointments can be made online at www.redcrossblood.org or at 800-RED-CROSS. Bring photo ID and drink plenty of water before an appointment. A light meal will be served to all donors. Walk-ins are welcome.

  • Museum sponsors adobe house tours for Oktoberfest

    Hillsboro Museums is sponsoring a tour of the Pioneer Adobe house, school, and windmill from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Billed as a Mennonite Oktoberfest, the tour will include a free root beer float.

  • Lecture to feature Goessel pioneer

    Dr. Peter Richert, who had a big influence on the history of Goessel, will be the topic of the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum Fall 2018 Heritage Lecture. Peggy Goertzen, director and archivist for Tabor College Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, will speak about Richert’s influence on ‘Migration, Ministry, and Medicine.’

  • Democrats to meet

    Marion County Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Marion Community Center conference room. Preparations for a final get-out-the-vote push will be on the agenda.


    Calendar of events


  • Big shoes to fill for Tabor softball

    The Tabor Bluejays’ season ended on a high note last year, with a KCAC tournament championship, and NAIA tournament berth. To reach those same heights, Saturday’s home games will be valuable in preparing for the spring season, new coach Karen Harris said.

  • Trojans' Funk breaks cross-country record

    For three years, former Trojan standout Abby Driggers’ 23:43 has been the time to beat for varsity girls. It finally gave way Thursday with freshman Emeryson Funk finished over half a minute faster than Driggers at 22:59.

  • Trojans charge past Wabaunsee

    Trojan football coach Devin Metzinger is an educator, but auto mechanics probably aren’t at the top of his list. That could make the dilemma of figuring out how to keep his team’s engine from cutting out for 48 minutes more challenging, yet.

  • Goessel volleyball places second in Canton tournament

    The Goessel volleyball team traveled to Canton and came away with a second place plaque Saturday. In the early match, the Bluebirds defeated Little River for the second time this year, 25-16, 25-20.

  • Goessel football slip slides to 48-0 win

    Marion County football fields were dry, but at Herington, a steady rain spoiled the Railers’ homecoming. Goessel took advantage of numerous errors and Bluebird defense stymied Herington’s attempts to score.

  • Eight Goessel runners set personal bests at Berean

    Four Goessel athletes medaled in Thursday’s meet at Berean Academy. Head coach Brian Lightner was pleased with the results of the cross-country meet.

  • College honors and recognitions

  • Hillsboro and Goessel school menus


  • Council gives homeowner a reprieve

    Hillsboro City Council members discussed the condition of a house damaged by a Feb. 16 fire and agreed to give the property owner until January to make more repairs before deciding whether to condemn the property. Warren Deckert, owner of the house at 311 S. Eisenhower St., came to the meeting to talk to the council.

  • City gets $628K for sidewalk trail

    Walkers and bike riders in Hillsboro can look forward to another recreation route coming in 2019, thanks to a $628,000 grant Kansas Department of Transportation grant. “This one gives us another way of getting people on a path walking that is a little bit different,” city administrator Larry Paine said. “Over the course of time we’ve had people wanting us to figure out how to do some more walking paths that are not in the middle of a street.”

  • Marion County to begin $2.1M fix to Roxbury road on Monday

    Work on fixing 330th Rd. will begin Monday after commissioners accepted bids Friday for roadwork and ditch grading that should be completed before Christmas. Commissioners awarded the work to Bob Bergkamp to rebuild the road’s base and put down a 3-inch asphalt overlay for just over $2 million, and another $118,000 to grade the ditches at the same time.

  • Marion, Goessel athletics join Hillsboro in 2A

    Marion and Goessel high schools have a chance to test the myth that schools at the top of their athletic classifications dominate the schools at the bottom. Marion has a history of going back and forth as one of the largest 2As or one of the smallest 3As.

  • Man beats own addiction, now helps others

    John Bell enjoys turning out curio cabinets, benches, and other things in the woodworking shop he opened in Lincolnville in March. Life is good, and a far cry from the turmoil that engulfed him just nine years ago.

  • Co-op worker found dead near elevator

    A longtime Mid-Kansas Cooperative employee was found dead Monday outside the company’s Peabody grain elevator. A passer-by reported seeing a man lying on the ground near the elevator shortly before 8 a.m.


  • Delano F. O'Dell

    Services for longtime Florence Police Chief Delano F. O’Dell, 83, who died Sunday at St. Luke Living Center in Marion, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery at Florence. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. He was born Aug. 4, 1934, to Orvis and Thelma Barlow O’Dell at Garden City.

  • Betty Bernhardt

    Services for former teacher Betty Bernhardt, 96, who died Friday at Salem Home in Hillsboro, were Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Interment was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Born May 6, 1921, to Albert and Elizabeth (Hiebert) Vogt in Elyria, she married Alvin Bernhardt, who died in 1975. Survivors include son Kenneth Bernhardt of St. Petersburg, Florida; and a granddaughter.


    Elsie Mae Schmidt



  • Shooting and cleaning go hand-in-hand

    There’s little Chisholm Trail Outfitters owner Craig Dodd hasn’t seen when it comes to guns that are in poor condition. However, a farmer recently brought in a rifle he carries in his truck, and it’s proved to be a real head-shaker. “That is the grimiest, worst gun,” Dodd said. “I have never seen one this dirty. It’s like felt with oil and grease. I’m surprised it even shoots.”

  • Outdoor havens draw people into fresh air

    Near or far, county residents like their time outdoors. Whether the outdoors spots are within county boundary lines or a five-hour drive away, each has its own charm.



  • Musicians holding fundraiser

    Hillsboro band and choir students are selling discount cards to area businesses as a fundraiser for out-of-state trips. The value cards, which are available from any band or choir member, sell for $10. More information is available from band director Bruce Major and choral director Lynn Just.

  • College vocal recital to feature German works

    An evening of German art songs awaits attendees of Liederabend, a Tabor College vocal music recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center Rehearsal Hall. Liederabend, meaning “Night of Song” in German, will showcase vocal students of Jen Stepheson and Bradley Vogel, accompanied by J. Bradley Baker. Works by composers Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Strauss will be featured.

  • Senior center menu


    Rhodes family holds reunion


  • Trojan volleyball drops pair

    While the Hillsboro volleyball team has faced some tough competition on the year, perhaps no date on the regular season schedule was more ominous than the Sept. 26 home triangular against CKL giants Kingman and Hesston. Among the top teams in Class 3A, Kingman has yet to suffer a loss with one of the Lady Swathers’ two courtesy of the Lady Eagles.

  • Dragons scald Trojans

    A second win was on the line for somebody Friday night in Hillsboro with the Trojans taking on the Halstead Dragons. A team that began the season highly ranked in Class 3A, the Dragons had since fallen on hard times, dropping three of their last four games.

  • Goessel volleyball goes 7-0 without losing a set

    The Goessel volleyball team played Sept. 26 and Saturday and won each contest. The Bluebirds defeated Wheat State League foes Wakefield 25-6, 25-7 and then Centre 25-12, 25-5 on Sept. 26. Goessel played on Saturday at the Canton-Galva Invitational Tournament. Goessel first defeated Little River, 25-14 and 25-9 in the early morning game. They found little opposition from the Wichita Home School Warriors, 25-5, 25-5. The Bluebirds won the final game in pool play with Solomon 25-17, 25-14. In semifinal action, Goessel defeated Sunrise Academy 25-8, 25-11.

  • Goessel runners improve times

    Cooler temperatures and light winds greeted the Cross Country team at Harvey County East Lake on Thursday. Every runner on the Goessel team ran their fastest time of the season. Dawson Duerksen broke the 20-minute barrier with a time of 19:45.4 to lead the Bluebirds. Jerah Schmidt and Nate Impson followed close behind with times of 20:03.8 and 20:19.3 respectively. Noah Regier (20:52.9) and Zack Guerrero (21:43.8) rounded out the scoring for the Bluebird boys.

  • Goessel loses to Little River in football

    Goessel accumulated 211 yards of offense, but it was no match for the eight-man football team from Little River. The first quarter was a defensive battle, with the Redskins leading 6-0. Dylan Lindeman sprinted for a 57-yard touchdown with 7:31 to play in the second quarter, but Little River had already scored twice and would score three more times before halftime, leading the Bluebirds 43-6.

  • Goessel grad grabs weekly sports honors at Bethel

    Jennifer Meysing, a Bethel College freshman and Goessel High School graduate, was named women’s runner of the week for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. She ran a 5K race at Emporia State University on Sept. 22 in 23 minutes, 2 seconds, placing 69th of 147 runners heavy with NCAA DII and NJCAA competitors.

  • Test drives raise $4K for area schools

    More than 200 drivers raised over $4,000 for area schools in Hillsboro Ford’s Drive 4 ur School fundraiser. Hillsboro High School Booster Club had 148 participants who raised $2,960 at $20 per drive. Goessel’s school district had 35 drivers raise $700 while Marion and Peabody each had 11 drivers raise $220, according to un-official counts sent by Terry Hagen of Hillsboro Ford.


    Goessel, Hillsboro

    College Degrees and honors


  • Waste meeting in McPherson

    Central Kansas Regional Solid Waste Authority’s regular quarterly meeting will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at McPherson County Transfer Station, 1431 17th Ave, McPherson.

  • Historic artist is subject of Tabor Lifelong Learning program

    A.R Ebel, who taught art at Tabor College for more than four decades, will be the topic of Friday’s Lifelong Learning program at 9:45 a.m. Parkview Church activity center, 610 S. Main St. in Hillsboro. Attendees will learn about the “Father of Hillsboro Artists,” as named by Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, from Peggy Goertzen, director and archivist of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor.

  • Calendar of events


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