• Barbecue provides fun for all

    Hillsboro’s first Prairie Smokin’ Barbecue on Saturday was a barbecue competition, but it was also a celebration of Hillsboro said Marion grandmother Jane George. “There’s a lot of festival stuff in the fall,” she said. “It’s nice to have this in the spring.”

  • Hillsboro doctor questions hiring of new director

    One Hillsboro physician not planning to leave raised questions about the legality of recent Hillsboro Community Hospital decisions during Tuesday’s Hillsboro city council meeting. Physician Michael Reeh, who practices family medicine and geriatrics, said hospital receiver Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting’s decision to appoint Wichita physician Hannah Bingham as new medical director violates both state regulations and hospital bylaws.

  • Priest, wife arrested on suspicion of domestic battery

    Hillsboro Orthodox priest Isaac E. Farha, 38, was arrested at 12:20 a.m. May 1 on suspicion of aggravated domestic battery in the 100 block of N. Washington St. According to police reports, Isaac allegedly threw his wife, Anastasia M. Farha, 36, Hillsboro, to the ground and held her face into the ground, leaving her unable to breathe.

  • Waterline upgrades near completion

    After months of work, Hillsboro’s waterline upgrades are nearly complete. Some dug-up sections of road have become sodden with water from recent rains, causing the project to take longer, city administrator Larry Paine said.

  • Pot-bellied pig dies in house fire near reservoir

    The home of Kelly Bernhardt at Limestone and 260th Rds. was a total loss in a house fire Monday that also killed the family’s pet, Hillsboro fire chief Ben Steketee said. “A loss of life is the worst thing you can lose in a fire,” he said. “They lost some precious pets, so that’s very hard.”


  • Peabody flowerbeds link generations

    Susan Good says maintaining Peabody’s flowerbeds is about more than the beauty of spring blossoms. It is a chance to care for a legacy that has been passed on to her and share it with others.

  • County lake still under warning for algae

    Marion County Lake is under a blue-green algae warning after tests taken last week revealed the presence of harmful blue-green algae. Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism issued the warning Thursday.

  • Homeowner building new house on old property

    Roger Hoffner has decided to rebuild his home from the ground up after it was damaged in a fire last year. The decision was spurred by the settlement offered by his insurance company, Hoffner said.

  • Honey company owner speaks at final Lifelong Learning

    Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning program will wrap up for the spring semester 9:45 a.m. Friday with a presentation from Brent Barkman about the honey business. Barkman, majority owner of Hillsboro’s Barkman Honey LLC, will address beekeeping, the health benefits of honey and the story of his business.

  • Tabor rehearsal hall to be renamed

    A sign honoring the late Lonn Richards, director of instrumental music at Tabor for 23 years, will be unveiled at noon today. The sign, which will read, “Lonn Richards Rehearsal Hall,” will hang above the hall door in Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

  • Bethel announces Mother's Day concert

    Bethel College’s small vocal ensembles, Woven and Open Road, a Mother’s Day concert for mothers and all who enjoy a cappella music 7 p.m. May 12 at Memorial Hall. The concert will function as the groups’ end-of-the-year concert, with Woven choir senior Sarah Booth of Goessel, and Open Road senior Nick Preheim of Peabody to receive recognition.

  • Tabor offers new scholarship

    Tabor College is offering a new scholarship to high schoolers graduating in 2020 who attend Mennonite Brethren churches. The “Tabor 20” scholarship will provide $112,000 over four years, or $28,000 per year. It will be divided between at least 30 recipients.

  • Wet winter good for plants

    The exceptionally wet winter has brought plants to their full potential this spring. Darlene Carlson, a gardener in rural Lincolnville, said all of the trees in her fruit orchard escaped frost damage and have bloomed profusely. Some fruit has already set. Perennials also came up and are blossoming.

  • Storms soak Marion County

    Monday night and Tuesday storms brought soaking rain and hail to Marion County. Hail anywhere from nickel-size to 1-inch was reported around Hillsboro and Lehigh on Monday evening as storms rolled through the county, according the National Weather Service web site. Marion County received rains anywhere from 2 to 3 inches, with the highest recorded rainfalls around Hillsboro and Durham, said Chris Jakub, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

  • Graduation services set for Marion County schools

    Marion County seniors are once again preparing for graduation, and what lies beyond. Marion


  • Jim Gutsch

    James “Jim” Gutsch, 76, died Nov. 29 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Burdick Methodist Church. He graduated from Centre High School. He was a truck driver.

  • Amy Klein

    Amy Klein, 44, died Saturday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. She was born June 6, 1974, to Clayton and Danelda Klein at Devil’s Lake, North Dakota.

  • Karen Kline

    Karen Kline, 72, died Sunday at Newton Medical Center. Services will be 10:30 a.m. May 14 at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. A full obituary will be available next week.

  • Lisa Wiebe

    Lisa Wiebe, 44, died Sunday at Schowalter Villa in Hesston. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Schowalter Villa Chapel. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. She was born Sept. 30, 1974, in Garden City to Ted and Nettie Wiebe.


    Marilyn Geis



  • When society has no class

    A lot of young people — and a few of us not-so-young ones — soon will be donning strange-looking costumes for one of society’s most important rites of passage. Yes, it’s commencement season — time once again to hear some quasi-celebrity drone on about how “commencement” means “beginning.”


    Setting the Pace


  • Refusal to sign resolution won't stop wind farm application

    Although county commissioner Dianne Novak has refused to sign a resolution after she voted against it last week, her refusal to sign will make no difference in its validity. The resolution gave wind farm developer National Renewable Solutions consent to include proposed road and right-of-way crossings in their revised conditional use permit application, which was presented to the planning and zoning office Friday.

  • City to sell building to wind farm company

    Marion city council members Monday accepted a letter of intent to purchase a building from a company working to develop a wind farm that would span from Florence to Aulne to north of Peabody. The letter from National Renewable Resources offers $190,000 for a building at 828 N. Roosevelt so the company can use it as an operation and maintenance headquarters for the proposed wind farm not yet approved by county commissioners. Six to eight employees will work at the operational headquarters, NRS vice president of development Jesse Hopkins-Hoel told council members.

  • Wheat weavers tour local farm

    Members of the National Association of Wheat Weavers kicked off their “Weaving Friendships” convention with a visit to Matt Voth’s Coyote Gulch wheat farm. Marian Vavra, tour coordinator for the group, said participants enjoyed everything about their visit to the Goessel-area farm.

  • Fine arts festival planned for middle and high school

    A fine arts festival is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Hillsboro Middle/High School. will hold. The festival will open with an art show by students in grades 6 through 12 in the commons from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Letter carriers food drive is Saturday

    Special blue bags will be appearing in the mailboxes of Marion residents this week. Residents are encouraged to fill the bags with items for Marion County Food Bank. Accepted items include canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned beans, tuna, or other canned meats and meals such as soup, stew, or chili. The bags will be picked up Saturday by letter carriers.

  • Tabor director set for final concert

    Bradley Vogel will mark the end of his 22-year tenure direct his final concert at Tabor College with his final choir concert 4 p.m. May 12 at Richert Auditorium. The concert, “Lead, Kindly Light,” will be the choir’s final performance of the year.

  • Hillsboro Senior Center menu


    Calendar of events


  • Hillsboro sweeps Lyons during a doubleheader

    The Hillsboro High School baseball team outscored visiting Lyons 27-2 during a double header on Monday. The games were originally scheduled for Friday, but were pushed back due to weather. That was fine with Hillsboro, who won game one 12-2 and game two 15-0.

  • Entrepreneur challenge provides student platform

    Hillsboro sophomore Jessi Dalke says the May 1 Kansas Entrepreneur Challenge was an opportunity to grow her photography business. “Whether you do well or not, you’re getting yourself out there,” she said. “People come to see it, and then they hear about you.”

  • Hillsboro grinds out softball sweep

    The Lyons Lions made them earn it, but the Hillsboro High School softball team pulled off the sweep Monday afternoon. Hillsboro was the much better team in game one, but seven errors kept Lyons in the game. The Trojans recorded 10 hits and allowed just three.

  • Season over for Hillsboro tennis

    HESSTON — A rough day at regionals meant the end of the season for the Hillsboro High School boys tennis team. All six Trojans lost their first match of the day, as only the top six finishers escape regionals and advance to the state tournament.

  • Project SEARCH interns prepare for graduation

    Six interns enrolled in Tabor College’s Project SEARCH program for 2018-19 will be recognized for their achievements at a private graduation reception Friday. Justice Baugh of Hillsboro will be employed by a restaurant when she moves to Oklahoma. Jacob Clements works full-time at Dale’s Supermarket, and is interested in the Hutchinson Community College welding program in Hillsboro.

  • Local experience not enough for county golfers

    Home course advantage didn’t help Marion County teams Thursday at the Marion County 36-Hole Invitational, with Hillsboro finishing fifth, and Marion sixth out of six qualifying teams. Players from both teams placed higher in the second 18 holes, played at Hillsboro, than those at Marion.

  • Goessel golfers compete at Herington

    The Goessel High School golf team competed at Herington Monday. The Bluebirds were the lone Heart of America league team with enough competitors for a team score.

  • Goessel and Hillsboro school menus


  • Concert to honor gifts that live beyond the givers

    When Tabor College music professor and conductor Brad Vogel drops his baton at the end of a season-ending concert Sunday at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts, more than 200 supporters won’t join in applause, because they won’t be there. The performance of “Requiem for the Living,” a work by Dan Forrest, is first and foremost in recognition of people who donated to the campaign to build the center and did not live to see it completed.

  • Commissioners heat up again

    Although county commissioners had a short agenda they moved through quickly, discussion of Emergency Medical Service stations became heated. Commission chairman Dianne Novak said she put EMS stations on the agenda because she’d been hearing “rumblings” about having a full-time staffer on duty in the Peabody station.

  • Man dies despite EMS response

    A 21-year-old rural Florence man died Monday after he was discovered unresponsive in his yard by his father. Dale Buller, who lives at 739 Vista Rd., about a 7½-mile drive southwest of Florence, called dispatchers at about 9:30 p.m. to report that upon returning home, he found his son, Brent, on the ground in the yard and unresponsive.

  • Dem candidates target Kobach at lake event

    A crowd of party enthusiasts at Marion County Lake Hall reacted with applause and chuckles Saturday when state representative and Democratic candidate for governor Jim Ward stepped up to the microphone during a public forum to express why he would be the party’s best choice in the August primary. “I can beat Kris Kobach,” he said simply.

  • US-50 overlay project begins Monday

    Drivers who take US-50 to Newton will find the going slower beginning Monday when contractors start work on two mill and overlay projects stretching from the Marion/Harvey County line to I-135. A 1½-inch overlay will be laid from the county line to Walton, and a 3-inch overlay will be placed from Walton to the I-135 junction.

  • Courthouse windows project rewarded

    The county’s courthouse window restoration project, begun in August 2016 and completed in March 2017, has been chosen for a merit award from Kansas Preservation Alliance. The alliance sent county clerk Tina Spencer a letter inviting her to attend its annual award presentation May 18 in Topeka.


  • Collaborative extension ag survey targets health and wellness

    In a time of falling commodity prices, farm profitability, and land values, a group of extension professionals is looking into what can be done to support the health and wellness of farmers and ranchers. Rural Family Support Network, a collaboration of four university extension programs, is sending surveys to pre-selected farmers and ranchers in Kansas and three other states to determine what resources might be helpful to them.

  • Disaster loans available for businesses

    Small nonfarm businesses may qualify for lowinterest Small Business Administration disaster loans to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues related to drought. Small businesses directly affected by drought and businesses that depend on farmers and ranchers who have been affected by drought may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.


  • George King

    Graveside services for George Irwin King, 89, Wichita, who died April 28 at Founders Crest Nursing Home, Wichita, were May 2 at Washington City Cemetery. Born Dec. 19, 1928, to Irwin S. and Leona (Baldwin) King at Delphos, he graduated from Linn High School in 1945. He and Ruth Gladys Dodd were married Nov. 19, 1950. The Kings lived in Park Forest, Illinois, before relocating to Wichita in 1973.


    Louise Colburn

    Wanda Burk



  • Sears and Roebuck barn re-purposed

    Mark Harms and Kim Buethe were married in 1990 and then moved to the Buethe farm in 1992 to a farmstead owned by her parents, Don and Peggy Buethe, one-fourth mile east of Kim’s home place. The farm had been established by Kim’s great-uncle and was known in the Buethe family as Cedar Hill Farms. It had a picturesque barn that had been ordered as a Sears-Roebuck kit around 1910.

  • Locally-sourced: From farm to fork

    While Dale Buller is putting in another day’s work tending to cattle and checking fields on his farm east of Peabody, Lindsey Marshall, owner of Coneburg Inn, can be found in the kitchen slinging up a specialty burger as twangy bluegrass floats out of speakers. Buller, a longtime farmer, begins the cycle that ends when Marshall serves the plate carrying a burger made with locally-grown beef.

  • Industrial hemp topic of open forum

    State officials will take public comments on a new industrial hemp research initiative in three two-hour sessions Friday in Manhattan. The Alternative Crop Research Act, passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Jeff Colyer in April, establishes a hemp research program to be overseen by Kansas Department of Agriculture.


  • Ag invisibility

    You can’t drive through the county without seeing the work of farmers and ranchers all around you, from fields of wheat refreshed by recent rains to cattle scratching their necks on barbed wire fences. Everywhere you look, agriculture is up close and personal. That makes it all the more puzzling that when four of seven Democratic candidates for governor participated in a forum Saturday at the county lake, agriculture appeared to be an afterthought. So much so that if not for a certain news editor interjecting “What about agriculture?” as they added a final question about criminal justice right at the end, nary a question would have been asked about it.

  • Mom's day

    It’s going to be a different sort of Mother’s Day for me this year. For the first time in 60 years, my Mom won’t be around to celebrate it. Many of you already know that last week, after 90 years on the planet, most of them good ones, my mother, Louise Colburn, peacefully said goodbye and moved on to the next great unknown adventure.


    Egg bound and down


  • Photographer bets on herself to lose weight and keep it off

    Would you be willing to pay $40 to join in a walking game? That is what Treena Lucero of Hillsboro is doing to help lose excess pounds and get in shape.

  • Seniors sought for 'First Pitch' honor

    Individuals over the age of 70 once again will be honored through “Keeping Seniors in the Game! First Pitch” at feature games of the National Baseball Congress World Series from July 27 through Aug. 11 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Those selected will throw out honorary first pitches celebrating their contributions to their communities.

  • Moennich to celebrate 95th birthday

    The family of Gertrude (Bezdek) Moennich requests a card shower in honor of her 95th birthday May 14. Moennich was married to Walter Moennich on May 25, 1946, in Lincolnville. Her children are Dennis Moennich of McPherson and Cheryl Tull of Salina. She has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  • Farm disaster aid available

    County farmers and ranchers with losses caused by recent drought conditions may qualify for emergency Farm Service Agency loans. Applications for disaster loans to cover a portion of actual losses will be taken through mid-December.

  • Lake to get new water hydrants, but what kind?

    Planned work to replace water hydrants at the County Park and Lake hit a bump in the road when state regulations entered into the picture of what sort of hydrants can be installed. Engineer Darin Neufeld told county commissioners four companies bid on the proposed hydrant replacement work. Two bids were substantially higher than the county anticipated because the type of hydrant was different.

  • Third-graders learn about beef industry

    How much money a cow or steer can bring at market, how to care for the animals, what diseases to watch for, and more were presented to third-grade students from Marion and Hillsboro when their classes took advantage of an opportunity to learn about the agriculture industry by attending Marion-Florence FFA’s annual Ag Awareness Day on Friday. Marion seniors Tyler Makovec and Jarret McLinden showed a year-and-a-half-old heifer to students and talked about raising, showing, and selling cattle.


    Families celebrate birthdays



  • Trojan baseball team posts 3-2 week

    With postseason play beginning next week, the Trojan baseball and softball teams are gaining momentum. In baseball action, the Trojans went 3-2 last week, beginning April 30 with the postponed game from an April 13 meeting at Hoisington.

  • Hillsboro track teams compete in Hesston meet

    The Hillsboro High School track teams competed Thursday at the Hesston Invitational. The boys’ team had more success, finishing seventh out of 10 schools with 43 points, while the girls’ 28 points left them in ninth.

  • Golfers take fifth at invitational

  • School arts festival moved to Tabor

    Hillsboro Middle/High School Fine Arts Festival will be held Friday at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College. Sixth grade band and choir will begin at 6:30 p.m, followed by a short intermission to allow patrons to view middle school and high school artwork on display. The concert will resume at 7:15 p.m with performances by middle and high school groups.

  • Goessel musicians shine in Dallas

    Goessel High School musicians scored high marks for their performances in the Big D Classic music festival Friday and Saturday at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. The choir earned a superior rating, and select ensemble Elbiata received a superior rating and outstanding performance recognition.

  • Marion-Florence FFA strikes gold at state event

    Competing against the best in the state, Marion-Florence FFA members achieved gold division placements at a state agriculture mechanical and technical competition April 30 at Manhattan Area Technical College. Peyton Ensey placed fourth and Antone Vinduska sixth in a field of more than 130 competitors to earn gold division honors.

  • Granddaughter to graduate

    Codi Ehrlich of Dodge City, granddaughter of Robert and Margaret Harris of Florence, will receive her doctor of medicine degree from University of Kansas Medical School on Sunday. Ehrlich will complete her family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Students named governor's scholars

    County seniors at the top of their classes were honored Saturday by Governor Jeff Colyer at the Governor’s Scholar banquet in Topeka. Each of the 554 awardees finished in the top one percent of their graduating classes.


    Hillsboro and Goessel


  • Chronic pain class offered

    Individuals with chronic long-term pain lasting longer than three to six months can learn management and coping techniques through a series of classes beginning May 22 at Hilltop Manor in Marion. Chronic pain conditions include such things as neck, shoulder, back pain; fibromyalgia; whiplash injuries; repetitive strain injuries; pelvic pain; and post-surgical pain.

  • Chat and Dine to meet Saturday

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine will meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the east shelter. Larry and Barb Smith will serve as hosts. Attendees should bring table service and a dish to share. The meeting is open to past and present lake residents and guests.

  • Calendar of events


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