• 'Wild' fire training

    A group of Marion County firefighters learned how to battle wildland blazes last week at Quivira Boy Scout Ranch near Sedan. The firefighters spent Wednesday putting out areas still smoldering from a fire the previous day. Wednesday was too windy to start a wildland burn.

  • Ohio man leads officers on chase through county

    The driver of a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado stolen from Dayton International Airport, Ohio, led Marion County law enforcement on pursuit Tuesday, southbound on K-15. The truck, which had Ohio tags, crossed into the north end of Marion County on K-15 at 5 p.m.

  • Cities make sure 'tiny' homes properly built

    Dakota Patterson has embraced the virtue of living small with a 12-by-32-foot “tiny” house he is furnishing in Florence. While it might be easier to build than a full-size home, there are still safety measures to consider, said Trayce Warner, a Florence city councilmember.

  • Hillsboro council talks sausages, computers

    A grilled sausage meal and arts and crafts displays will highlight a July event thanking community members for 50 years of support for Hillsboro’s Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Mayor Lou Thurston gave city council members a heads-up on festivities planned for the event, which will include an evening meal of grilled sausage sandwiches, chips, watermelon, beverages and cake. Vendors will be invited to set up booths, there will be music with Tabor jazz band or a similar group, and local stores will stay open during the evening.

  • Judge rules Westview to stay under state control

    District Judge Steven Hornbaker issued strong words against the operators of Westview Manor in Peabody when he ruled Friday that the nursing home for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities would remain in receivership. Hornbaker wrote that Franklin Healthcare’s failure to correct “unsafe, unsanitary, and deplorable conditions” such as black mold in showers and backed-up toilets threatened the lives of its residents.

  • Wind farm application before county April 25

    A proposal to build a 100-tower wind farm in the southern portion of the county will be taken up by the county planning and zoning board April 25. Pat Pelstring, president and CEO of National Renewable Solutions, based in Mayzata, Minnesota, on Thursday gave the planning and zoning department a 1½-inch thick notebook containing the company’s application for a conditional use permit to build a wind farm and a 3-inch thick notebook with support material.


  • Tabor football sweeps Hall of Fame inductions

    When Tim McCarty and Mike Gardner are admitted to Tabor College’s Athletic Hall of Fame on May 11, they will also be honored by the recognition of friendships formed through Tabor football. Their bond was notable because McCarty and Gardner were the ones who built Tabor football into a notable program, said Gardner, the Bluejays’ current coach.

  • Tabor hires athletic director

    A former Christian college coach and current events manager working with Oregon State University sports will become Tabor College’s athletic director July 8, the college announced this week. Martin “Marty” Ziesemer, who was women’s soccer coach at Corban University in Salem, Oregon, will replace interim athletic director Shawn Reed.

  • Campsite reservations might become available at lake

    Likely coming to Marion County Park and Lake: campsite reservations. Park and Lake superintendent Isaac Hett told county commissioners Monday that lake visitors have asked to be able to reserve campsites, and for busy weekends such as Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends, and the weekend of the annual Bluegrass Festival, reservations might be a good idea.

  • Reservoir construction progress difficult to judge

    The bridge on Old Mill Rd. at Marion Reservoir has been closed since November, but warmer weather has eased the pace of the project. “Once the cold snaps stopped hitting, it made it a lot easier,” said Kevin McCoy, Marion Reservoir’s assistant lake manager.

  • Scavenger hunt recognizes Goessel museum's 45 years

    Visitors this year to the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel have the opportunity to buy “passports” with which to explore the museum and find items from Russia. The museum is celebrating its 45th anniversary.

  • Rep. Marshall to speak at library

    Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, will be in Marion from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday for a public town hall at Marion City Library. The public is invited to attend a discussion on federal legislative issues.

  • Second ninja warrior class set for Hillsboro

    Due to the success of the first month of Hillsboro Rec Commission’s Ninja Warrior/Obstacle Training Fitness class, a second class has been added for April, which will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The first class, at 6:00 p.m. Thursdays, needs to fill before the second class can be an option. Sign up is available on the HRC RecDesk website at https://hillsboroks.recdesk.com/Community/Home.

  • Goessel opens preschool enrollment

    Kinder Haus Preschool, located at Goessel Elementary School, is accepting Enrollment for 2019-2020. Children must be three or four years old by Aug. 31 to be eligible.Contact Denise (620)367-8118 for help enrolling or answering questions.

  • County schools earn trips to state

    Marion County schools participated in the Regional Music Festival on Saturday at Tabor College. The event was the prerequisite for the solo and small ensembles State Music Festival on April 27. To qualify for state, the solo or small ensemble must receive aⅠrating.


  • Norman Ensz

    Services for Norman Ensz, 90, who died Saturday at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Burial will be an hour earlier at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.

  • Lou Roberts

    Funeral services for Clara “Lou” Roberts, 82, Marion, were Saturday at Marion Christian Church. She died March 12 at Newton.


    Leola Bennett

    Eldon Britton

    Dean Duke

    Roger Giesbrecht



  • Influx of people at the door

    As warmer weather arrives, many area residents may have knocks on their doors. Some will be legitimate door-to-door salesmen, but some could be crooks looking for a way to get personal information or “case” the house for a later burglary.

  • Club sports mean 12-month investment

    With the increasing popularity of travel sports, seasons have lengthened to the point where players can have one activity almost year-round. “It is an investment,” Marion parent Kris Burkholder said. “My girls love volleyball. They want to improve their skills so they can do better in high school.”


  • We've literally gone to the dogs

    When government barks, people get bit. Look no further than the first three blocks of N. Roosevelt St. for proof. Despite no reported bites and no reported attempts to enforce ordinances that require every dog to be leashed or kept within its yard, three entire blocks are being deprived of normal city mail service because of what appears to be one dog, the identity of which seems to be a state secret.


    Sending away a piece of my heart

    Two kinds of green



  • 'Nature of freedom' chosen for Tabor lecture

    Jen Stephenson, assistant professor of choral music at Tabor College, will present the 23rd annual Richard G. Kyle Faculty Lecture 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. Stephenson, in her fourth year at Tabor, has titled her presentation, “The Nature of Freedom: A Comparative Study of Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero and Menotti’s The Consul.”

  • Tabor to present Renaissance opera, feast

    A “Royal Feaste,” a re-imagined version of a 1607 festival feast including a three-course meal and Claudio Monteverdi’s operatic“La favola d’Orfeo,” is planned for April 16 at Tabor College. Tickets cost $10 and are available online at http://tabor.edu/tickets.

  • Parents as Teachers schedules zoo trip

    Parents as Teachers will hold its annual trip to the Sedgwick County Zoo May 11. Registration is available through May 7at (620) 947-4041. Admission is free for children younger than age two, but those interested in the discount rate of $5 must be checked in at the PAT table by the zoo’s front entrance before 10 a.m. May 11.

  • Marion teacher getting artistic at Lifelong Learning

    Marion first-grade teacher Rebecca Hofer has spent years giving students painting lessons from her home. She will lend her experience to a lecture for beginner-level artists during Lifelong Learning debut 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Heritage Lobby of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. Participants will create their work on 8-by-10-inch canvas.

  • Goessel Middle and High School honor roll

  • Goessel and Hillsboro school menus


  • Dog lovers bark back at council's proposed ordinance

    Disgruntled dog owners packed the city council room Tuesday to register their complaints about a proposed new dog ordinance. The ordinance sets new rules for residents who keep dangerous dogs. Although the ordinance specifies behavior that can result in a dog being deemed “dangerous,” it also lists l2 specific breeds and “any dog … that has the appearance and characteristics of any of the breeds listed” which could be considered “capable of inflicting life-threatening injuries.”

  • EMS 'hostage crisis' deepens

    Acceding to a plea from ambulance director Ed Debesis, county commissioners voted Friday to hire an assistant director to help with his workload. But Debesis, who earlier in the day had said he would stay if an assistant were hired, declined to rescind his resignation. And once again, commissioners declined to accept it. Dianne Novak’s motion to do so failed for lack of a second.

  • Desert march tests local runner's mettle

    Courtney Boehm of Hillsboro runs competitively, but a recent marathon-length event was unlike anything she had ever attempted. The 29th annual Bataan Memorial Death March on March 25 commemorated World War II at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

  • Thrill of competition drives many to beef show

    For many children, athletics are enough to satisfy a desire of competition. For others, showing animals at livestock shows involves more responsibility than sports.


  • City gets ready for annual spring cleaning week

    Morning lows in the 20s don’t seem spring-like, but spring cleaning soon will be upon us. Hillsboro’s annual cleanup week, when residents can dispose of extra trash and small limbs at no extra charge, is planned for April 23 to 27.

  • Quilter did it row by row

    Belinda Skiles has participated in the Row-by-Row Experience for three years, but 2017 was the first year she finished a quilt and won a prize. Her quilt is on display this week at Marion City Library along with two dozen other quilts and wall hangings.

  • Ex-principal to help oversee state high school sports

    A former Marion coach and school administrator has been selected to help lead the association that oversees high school athletics and activities statewide. Rod Garman, who was principal at Marion Elementary School from 2007 to 2011, will become assistant executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association on July 1.

  • How often are ambulances needed?

    In the first three months of 2018, predominantly full-time ambulance crews in Marion and Hillsboro handled nearly three-fourths of all county ambulance calls. Of the 328 times in which radio dispatches for ambulances were recorded, Hillsboro crews handled 38.1 percent of the calls, and Marion crews handled 35.7 percent.


  • Virginia Nickel

    Services for former Hillsboro resident Virginia Lea Nickel, 72, Jarrell, Texas, were March 3 in Georgetown, Texas. Born June 11, 1964, in Brady, Texas, she married Leo Nickel on June 25, 1966.


    Lorraine Havlik



  • How do you use your tax refund?

    Much as we like to complain about it, for most people, filing tax returns is no big deal. Getting a refund, on the other hand, is something many people look forward to.

  • Tips on avoiding door-to-door scams

    Spring brings not only budding plants and warmer weather. It also brings out vendors selling goods and services door-to-door. Although federal law requires a three-day “cooling off” period in which you can change your mind about any item sold door-to-door, the Better Business Bureau suggests these tips to avoid having to invoke the rule:

  • Planning helps smooth retirement

    Most dream of the day they can hang their hats up at the end of a career. At age 65, Myrna Wood is reaping the fruits of her labor after 37 years of service at McDonald Tinker law firm in Wichita.

  • Easiest tip for phone safety: don't participate

    If Alexander Graham Bell and rival Elisha Gray had known how much of a terror their 1876 creation would become, perhaps the telephone wouldn’t have been invented. What once was the safest and best way for communication has rapidly become an enemy with unknown callers posing danger.

  • Utility cutoff moratorium ends

    The state’s cold-weather moratorium on utility cutoffs ended Saturday. Residential electric and natural gas customers behind in their bills can see their service disconnected if they don’t contact their utility company to arrange payments.


  • Garbled amid the static

    Journalists often are accused of focusing too much on negatives. So we’ll try this week to find the most positive thing we can say about the burgeoning ensemble of elected and appointed officials who each week star in the continuing dramatic farce known as Marion County government: Kindergartners of the world owe them a favor. No longer must innocent (if sometimes misbehaving) young children bear the stigma of society’s stereotypical derision. When someone behaves in an immature, petulant manner, we no longer need to say, “You’re acting like a kindergartner.” We instead can say, “You’re acting like a county official.”


    Of boys and coyotes


  • Foundation plans Omaha celebration

    MB Foundation, based in Hillsboro, is planning to continue its biennial Celebrate gatherings for “empty nesters, builders, and boomers.” Omaha has been selected as site for Celebrate 2019, following up on previous events in 2015 in Kansas City and 2017 in Denver.

  • Free operetta to poke fun at culture

    An updated version of “Patience,” a satiric 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan operetta about contemporary culture, will be presented for free at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tabor College’s Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. Originally a satire on a 19th century European movement that focused on aesthetic values, the production has replaced “Aesthetics” with “Hipsters.”

  • Care home takeover sought

    The state is asking to take over Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls and 14 other Kansas nursing homes whose owner cannot make an upcoming payroll. Skyline Health Care of Wood Ridge, New Jersey, acquired the nursing homes in 2016.

  • Speech to trace rights movement

    A presentation on how street politics encouraged African Americans’ ideas of freedom and equality is planned for 7 p.m. April 19 at Tabor College’s Flaming Center for the Arts. Assistant history professor Jessica Klanderud will speak on the topic “Freedom Corner and the Modern Civil Rights Movement, 1950-1968,” as part of a Tabor lecture series.


    Out-of-town visitors spend Easter weekend here



  • School reading night focuses on kindness

    Hillsboro Elementary students proved themselves no chickens when it came to donating to a loose-coin drive to buy books for hurricane-ravaged Blanchette Elementary in Texas. Because they raised $4 more than their $200 goal, they soon will be treated to a chicken dance by principal Evan Yoder, who will dress up as a chicken for his performance.

  • Hiebert to play volleyball at Tabor

    Goessel’s Brittney Hiebert was among five volleyball signees announced Monday by Tabor College. Hiebert, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker, was all-league honorable mention as a freshman, second team as a sophomore, and a first team her junior and senior seasons.

  • Tabor player 4th in dunk contest

    With a 49-inch vertical leap, Tabor point guard DeShun Patterson can almost leap tall buildings in a single bound. The 5-10 high-flyer from Minneapolis, Minnesota, had his dunking ability on display Thursday night at a college dunk and 3-point shooting contest televised on ESPN2 as a precursor to this weekend’s Final 4 in San Antonio.

  • FFA students compete in career development

    Nearly 180 students from 18 schools competed in last week’s south-central district FFA career development events in agronomy, poultry, and floriculture at Marion High School. Marion-Florence FFA coordinated the poultry event, Centre’s chapter staged the agronomy contest, and Wellington’s helped with floriculture.

  • Hiebert, Hansen on all-state team

    Goessel’s Eden Hiebert and Marion’s Kourtney Hansen were named last week to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association’s all-state girls Class 2A team. Hiebert, a 6-foot senior, was named to the five-member first team. Hansen, a 5-foot-8 senior, was named to the five-member second team.


    Hillsboro and Goessel


  • TEEN to meet

    Technology Excellence in Education Network’s monthly meeting will be 5:30 p.m. April 12 at the Hillsboro school district office, 416 S. Date St.

  • Calendar of events


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