Vol. 110 , No. 24
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Hillsboro, KS 67063
Judge expands control of hospital receiver
Lawyer also granted permission to quit case By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer The only one to show up Tuesday in Marion County District Court to speak on behalf of the owners of Hillsboro Community Hospital was Wichita lawyer Thomas Gilman, who has already asked the court’s permission to withdraw from the case.
Commissioners discuss pay plan, make no decisions
County commissioners held a special Thursday meeting to mull over a pay plan proposed by consultants, but ended up tabling the subject to a later date. The plan, done by McGrath Human Resources Group and presented to commissioners in September, proposed increasing starting pay and market pay for employees already making below-market wages, annual raises, and consistent step increases.
Council postpones street work plans
Although Hillsboro city council members reviewed bids for upcoming street work Tuesday, they ultimately decided to re-evaluate plans, consider alternatives, and make a decision in two weeks. Street supervisor Dale Dalke told council members they could save about $80,000 by eliminating two blocks of street work.
S'mores, nostalgia prevail at winter gala
With a packed house of 150 diners, and 62 donated auction items, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Gala Feb. 27 made use of every seat available at Tabor’s Shari Flaming Center of the Arts. However, Salem Home’s s’mores-themed basket stood out as the most popular item.
Unsung and unseen heroes
“Marion County 911, what is the location of your emergency?” is what someone hears when they dial 911. This prerecorded message begins a complex series of actions for the two dispatchers on duty.
Hoch Publishing adds new editor
Former McPherson Sentinel managing editor Mindy Kepfield, 45, joined Hoch Publishing staff Monday as a news editor. Kepfield has worked as a writer, designed news pages, photographed and edited copy for publishing companies in Kansas and Oklahoma including: The Hutchison News, Times-Sentinel Newspapers, The Norman Transcript and The Journal Record.In addition, she has served customers both in sales and as a newspaper librarian.
Checkoff dollars used for ag education
Students in Marion Peabody-Burns, and Centre schools are learning ag education through curriculum and equipment from Kansas Corn Commission. Kansas Corn’s STEM education program used by the three schools received the Reaching for Excellence award National Corn Growers Association Friday.
Cyber security course to protect city assets
Knowing cyber security basics and putting them in practice will help protect Hillsboro and Marion city offices and reduce the risk of a cyber attack. Hillsboro city administrator Larry Paine and Marion city administrator Roger Holter and electrical supervisor Clayton Garnica are participating in a five-week cyber security course.
Public may speak on wind farm plans
Friends and foes of a wind farm proposed for the southern portion of the county, and anyone wanting to learn more about the project, can have their say Monday when the county commission meets at 9 a.m. at Marion community center. National Renewable Solutions, based in Wayzata, Minnesota, proposes to build a wind farm originally the idea of Florence resident Rex Savage, who notched the idea forward but it never reached construction. NRS purchased the former Windborne Energy project in July 2018, renaming it Expedition Wind Farm, and has been meeting with property owners in the area they want to install turbines.
Sisters use home recipes in Florence bakery
Each week we’ll be featuring a Marion County business in our Business Bio section. Learn about products, services and people here in your own county. By ALEXANDER SIMONE Staff writer As young business owners from outside the county, Katie and Kami Claassen of Flint Hills Market and Bakery in Florence start their days as early as 4 a.m.
Hillsboro foundation gives $2,000 to Prairie View Inc.
Prairie View Inc. of Newton has received a $2,000 grant from Hillsboro Community Foundation to work more closely with Hillsboro Police Department to provide enhanced preventive services. Law enforcement officers report that up to 35 percent of community interactions are behavioral health related.
Tabor mum about cuts
Tabor College administration is holding their cards close to the chests on budget cuts the board of directors approved at its February meeting. A series of actions will be taken during upcoming months to reduce budget for the 2019-20, fiscal year including a two percent expense reduction, freezing all salaries, relocating Tabor’s online programs, and reducing payroll by more than $500,000.
MCHS to meet
Members of Marion County Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the basement of Marion Community Center. They will finalize plans for the April 9 annual meeting.
Civil division cases
County jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Domestic division cases
Police incident reports
Traffic Division cases
Student loans mean more than monthly payments
Student loans have become as synonymous with college as late night studying and intramural sports, but borrowing money is no easy score. One of the main struggles can be neglecting payments due to financial difficulties, like medical hardship or unemployment, said Heather Ward, director of financial aid at Butler Community College.
2018 income tax filers may be in for surprises
Under sweeping tax changes in 2018, income tax filers will find many differences in the forms they file this year. The IRS Tax Time Guide, available online, points out several changes in federal income tax codes.
Steer clear of bogus sweepstakes callers
Local police departments recently received reports of bogus Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstake crooks randomly calling residents with rewarding news of winning money. The giveaway that it’s a scam is that the grand prize is ‘won’ without ever entering.
Coping with cold, hard facts
One of the truer adages of this world is that you never know how much you miss something until it’s gone. That might be overly obvious to anyone waking up on a frigid morning after one of two planned power outages in Marion County.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Advocate named 'Citizen of the Year'
When longtime Tampa mayor Jim Clemmer died in November 2009 townspeople were wondering how they could ever replace him. Clemmer, who had been mayor since 1991, was aggressive in promoting and improving the town. Fortunately, two years later, along came David Mueller, a Tampa farmer who cared about the town and didn’t want to see its downtown buildings deteriorate to nothing.
Sanders to celebrate 40th anniversary
Harvey and Betty (Laue) Sanders will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary March 17. They were married March 17, 1979, at Marion Christian Church, Marion. The Sanders have two daughters: Carol Laue of Marion and Christine Laue of Omaha, Nebraska.
Seniors to meet in Peabody
Peabody Seniors will have the March meeting of Senior Citizens of Marion County at 9:30 a.m. March 15. Lunch will be served. Reservations are due by March 13 and can be made by calling (620) 983-2226 or (620) 382-3580. Calls for transportation are due March 14.
Two scholarships offered
Marion County Democrats met Feb. 16 in Marion Community Center. Chairman Eileen Sieger introduced Susan Levra Wallace, precinct member from Blaine Township. Martin Holler led a discussion about scholarships to be offered to county high school seniors. Two $250 scholarships will be awarded for essays on two Kansas Democratic Party platform statements. The information will be sent to high school counselors.
Mennonite fundraiser dinner March 15
The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum’s annual Heritage Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. March 15. Featured speaker for the event will be Melissa Scheffler, news anchor for KWCH in Wichita. A Newton native, Scheffler will give attendees a “behind the scenes” look at the TV news business with stories and videos.
Hillsboro Senior Center menu
Calendar of events
SCHOOL AND SPORTS
Hillsboro ousted in sub-state final...gain
After surviving a narrow escape Thursday night in the semifinals of the Marion sub-state against the hosting Warriors, many believed the Trojan boys had already played the real title game. There wasn’t much imposing about the other finalist, the Mission Valley Vikings, outside their height and a 15-5 record.
Wabaunsee ends Hillsboro girls' season
What success the Hillsboro girls’ basketball team had at the end of the year, winning three of its last four games, had a lot to do with the sophomore tandem of Teegan Werth and Kinsey Kleiner. The duo combined for 44 points with 22 each to lead the Trojans past their first-round opponent of the Marion sub-state Tuesday night, at third-seeded Mission Valley.
Goessel fundraiser starts tomorrow
Goessel Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization plans a fundraiser March 7 through April 1. Grade school students will be selling frozen cookie dough, coffee, and jar candles.
Goessel and Hillsboro school menus
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Countywide burn ban in effect
Burning in the county has been banned due to dry and hazardous conditions. Acting on a recommendation from fire chiefs, county commissioners approved the ban at today’s meeting.
Sheriff's officer trades in the badge for beef
During nine years as a sheriff’s deputy, Mike Ottensmeier has dealt with plenty of wayward, cantankerous cattle that were never as cooperative as most people with whom he has had professional encounters. “I do have a little experience pushing cows,” Ottensmeier said. “I’ve come to find out cattle are probably among the stupidest animals that ever lived.”
Teacher surrenders to court
Christopher Young, 45, Peabody-Burns High School social studies teacher charged with eight felony charges alleging sex offenses with two students, surrendered at the courthouse Monday afternoon. Young was greeted in the hallway by 40 supporters when he arrived for his hearing, scheduled by Wichita defense lawyer John Rapp. His supporters ranged from high school students to retirees. Most walked over to hug him, patted him on the back, and assured him it will get better. Young hugged people and thanked them for being there, and occasionally dabbed his cheek with a tissue.
Property owners glad to see wind farm move forward
The final bow was tied on the Diamond Vista wind farm project Wednesday when commissioners approved the project to go forward. Construction will begin immediately. The first stage will be roadwork to prepare county roads for hauling of turbine parts.
Council members meet interim administrator
Hillsboro city council members got their first look at interim city administrator Don Osenbaugh at Tuesday’s meeting. After mayor Lou Thurston introduced him, Osenbaugh explained what his approach will be while filling administrator Larry Paine’s chair as Paine recovers from medical issues.
Downtown water play project making a big 'splash'
A community splash pad project is gathering momentum. A Hillsboro Community Foundation initiative, the splash pad fund has $25,000 so far.
Hillsboro Sports Complex home to three new score boxes
With spring quickly approaching comes the promise for warmer weather and the beginning of softball and baseball season. Hillsboro Sports Complex is now home to three new score boxes, compliments of the Hillsboro Recreation Commission.
What's going on at the roundabout?
A military transport flatbed carrying a large road scraper turned over Sunday at the US-56/77/K-150 roundabout east of Marion, the fourth accident involving a truck this year. “We’re baffled right now, we really are,” said Joe Palic with the Marion office of the Department of Transportation. “It’s been good for two years; maybe it’s just an anomaly.”
New director hired for County Park and Lake
New county park and lake director Isaac Hett has several items on his “to do before summer” list. A Marion native, Hett is the son of Jerry and Loreen Hett.
Cracks to be sealed on Sunflower Rd.
Sunflower Rd. will be a smoother drive in a few weeks. County commissioners at Wednesday’s meeting approved a $32,665 bid from Circle C Paving to seal cracks in pavement along the 10 miles of Sunflower Rd. from Marion to US-50.
Fire destroys machine shed
Lincolnville, Marion, Tampa, and Lost Springs firefighters responded to a structure fire called in early Friday morning by Mike Benda of Lincolnville. Lincolnville fire chief Lester Kaiser said the call came in at 1:20 a.m., and four area fire departments automatically responded.
Commission talks about building landfill
Another commission meeting, another transfer station proposal. Commissioners on Monday heard from Rocky Hett of Marion, who owns a former rock quarry a mile and a quarter north of US-56 on Timber Rd. Hett proposed the county build its own landfill for county use.
Jail tax to expire July 1
Despite county officials’ original plans to hold a special election later this month to extend a 2011 half-cent sales tax, the tax will end July 1. Commissioners had planned to hold an election in the hope of extending a 2011 half-cent sales tax that funded construction of the jail.
Services for Gordon Jaeger, 90, who died Feb. 26 at Salem Home in Hillsboro, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Salem Home Chapel, with interment at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. He was born Jan. 25, 1928, to Leon and Lela (Wolfe) Jaeger in Hillsboro.
Civil division cases
Criminal division cases
County jail bookings
Domestic division cases
Municipal court cases
Police incident reports
Traffic division cases
Debit or credit: Which card is best to use?
Borrowing money has become extremely easy with the use of credit cards, which is what shoppers are doing every time they use them. Debit card transactions, on the other hand, result in money taken out of the cardholder’s bank account almost immediately. Credit card transactions are billed in a monthly statement.
Learn and save money at a public library
Regular users of county libraries may not stop to think how much they’re saving by not paying for materials and services they use for free, but the value they receive is substantial. Peabody Township Library users get a clue every time they check out.
Strategies for saving
Start with a plan. Set goals and decide how much can realistically be put aside on a regular basis.
Historic train route has local trainmaster
Just two segments of the original Marion to McPherson Santa Fe rail line remain in use today. They are between Ellenwood and Lyons and from three miles west of Conway to three miles east of McPherson. Christopher Blackman, 47, of Marion, oversees usage of those lines along with several other segments that are part of the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad.
Friends and God help man find a new life
Jeremy and Shannon James of Marion were living in Newton 15 years ago when they became friends with Brett Oslee. Oslee had no relationship with his father. His grandparents had died, and his mother had died soon after.
Reception will honor Jackie Hett's 90th birthday
A reception in honor of Jackie Hett’s 90th birthday will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Hotel. All friends and family are invited to come and wish her a happy birthday.
SPORTS AND SCHOOL
Teutons slip past Trojans
Four months ago, the Trojan boys’ basketball team began its quest to return to Manhattan’s Class 2A state basketball tournament at the Moundridge Preseason Tournament. Last week, two-thirds of the field Hillsboro upended en route to capturing the tournament title, Moundridge and Inman, would be foes again.
Goessel girls bow out of substate with close loss
The Goessel Bluebirds girls’ basketball team closed out the season in heartbreaking fashion Thursday as a buzzer-beating 3-point bid for overtime missed the mark, handing Berean Academy a hard-fought 32-29 substate semifinals win. The Bluebirds were hoping to avenge a Feb. 16 34-20 loss to the Warriors.
Principal is no chicken - or is he?
Hillsboro Elementary principal Evan Yoder is promising to dress up as a chicken and do the chicken dance as an incentive in one of several fundraisers the school’s library is conducting this month. In addition to selling books at the school and online and participating in other commercial ventures, the library is urging students to bring in loose change and dollar bills.
Trojans sing in state choirs
Four Hillsboro High School singers were part of state honor choirs that performed Feb. 23-24 at the Kansas Music Educators Association conference at Century II in Wichita. Freshmen Tristan Reedand Carson Linnens performed with the mid-level choir that performed Feb. 23.
College, high school plan joint concert
Tabor College’s symphonic band and Hillsboro High School’s wind ensemble will present a joint concert at 7 p.m. Monday in Richert Auditorium at Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The ensemble will perform its award-winning music festival repertoire. The symphonic band will follow with works by John Williams, Hugh Stuart, John Mackey and Charles Carter. The two groups will combine to perform two final selections.
New kindergartners to be screened
Hillsboro school district children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31 will be screened for kindergarten enrollment April 5 and 6 at Hillsboro Elementary School. Appointments are being accepted at (620) 947-3184, extension 1.
College honors and degrees
Goessel and Hillsboro menus
Soccer academy registration open
Kids from kindergarten on up interested in learning and honing soccer skills can register for the fourth annual Tabor College Youth Soccer Academy, sponsored by the college’s women’s soccer team. The academy will provide fun, positive, age and ability appropriate training sessions with competitive games at the college practice soccer field south of the football parking lot.
Chamber to dine at senior center
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce will meet for lunch at noon Tuesday at Hillsboro Senior Center. A meal of oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli and carrots, fruit, roll, and beverage will be served for $6.
Seniors to meet at Peabody
Senior Citizens of Marion County will meet at 9:30 a.m. March 16 at Peabody Senior Center. Reservations can be made by March 14 by calling (620) 983-2226 or (62) 382-3580. Anyone needing transportation should call by March 15.
Democrats to meet
Marion County Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the basement of Marion Community Center. An elevator is available. Food donations to Marion County Resource Center’s food bank will be accepted.
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