• 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.

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