• Talking turkey with kids

    “What’s on the menu and how are you going to cook it?” was the question asked of Marion County students in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal. Hunting with a sniper rifle, cooking a turkey for 12 minutes, and layering a pumpkin pie are a few of the humorous ideas below. Bon appetit.

  • Gas prices drop before holiday

    Drivers in Marion County had an early Thanksgiving surprise this week, with gas prices around the county seeing a decrease of several cents. Gasoline and diesel prices have both come down since Oct. 1, Mid-Kansas Cooperative’s director of energy operations David Sell said.

  • Hillsboro hospital sued again

    Hillsboro Community Hospital is being sued for the second time in a year. Hutchinson-based Mobile Cardiac Care, LLC, filed a lawsuit Nov. 13 seeking $29,280 from HCH.

  • Holiday home tour set

    Four Marion residents are opening their homes for a Christmas tour sponsored by Marion City Library. Homes will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Several were holding off until after the Thanksgiving holiday to decorate their homes. 68 Lakeshore Dr., Marion County Lake


  • PEO members meet for program

    Fourteen members of P.E.O. Chapter DB met at Eastmoor Methodist Church Nov. 12. Hostesses were Marge Summervill and Suzanne Thole. The program was “The Magic of Gratitude and Grace.”

  • Car enthusiast enjoying '38 Chevrolet

    Wayne Ollenberger is a curator of classic cars, with a Corvette and a 1971 Chevrolet pickup. His newest acquisition, a 1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe, was a less-planned purchase than the other two. Ollenberger saw the car parked at Midway Motors in Newton two years ago, but he didn’t intend to buy it.

  • Christmas concert to feature special guests

    Soloist David Vogel will be joined by Hillsboro High School’s Spirit-n-Celebration, and Miss Kansas, Hannah Klaassen, to present a Down-Home Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in Hillsboro M.B. Fellowship Hall. Cheesecake and coffee will be served.

  • Schaeffler House opening for season

    The William and Ida Schaeffler House in Hillsboro will celebrate its Christmas season opening 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. The house will be decorated for a Victorian Christmas, with live Christmas music from a capelin men’s quartet, a sing-along of German Christmas carols, and a country band. Tours will be available 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, or by appointment.

  • Event benefits injured man

    Hundreds of people came to the fellowship hall at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church on Sunday to support the family of Dustin Jost. Jost escaped death Sept. 18 when he touched a hot wire in an electrical box on an irrigation rig. Electricity went through his hand and exited through his heart.

  • Raffle to support Project SEARCH

    A program designed to prepare Project SEARCH interns for employment will get financial support at a raffle during Tabor College’s Nov. 26 basketball games. Ticket sales will begin at 5 p.m. before the women’s game and continue through the first half of the men’s game.

  • Kiwanis update: From 1 freezer to 6

    By serving 648 county residents, Marion County Resource Center and Food Bank utilizes all six of their freezers to capacity. Food bank chairman Gerry Henderson told Marion Kiwanis, at their Wednesday meeting, the bank started with only one freezer.

  • Buses to transport from school to day care

    Peabody-Burns school district will bus students from school to licensed day care on regular routes on a trial basis for the rest of the school year. At Wednesday’s board meeting, superintendent Ron Traxson updated board members on current projects, including purchasing a 72-passenger activity bus, district radio upgrade, additional speakers for the elementary, and electrical upgrades.

  • Hillsboro Senior Center menu


  • Carol Deason

    Graveside service for Carol Deason, 77, who died Nov. 17, at Abilene Senior Living, was to be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington. She was born on a farm north of Herington, the daughter of Sam and Sophia Blume McRae.

  • Wilma Schmidt

    Wilma Schmidt, 89, died Nov. 17 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Funeral service was to have been Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. She was born March 9, 1929 in Goessel to Frank and Margaret Hiebert Woelk. She married Andy Schmidt Aug. 12, 1948 in Hillsboro.


    Lois Steinel



  • Food safety tips ward off holiday illness

    Heeding food safety tips for preparing a Thanksgiving meal can keep family and guests healthy this holiday season. Thanksgiving dinner is the largest meal prepared during the year for many cooks. United States Department of Agriculture offers tips for keeping food-borne illness away this holiday weekend.


  • Going to work on a holiday

    We all know the story of Thanksgiving — of Pilgrims and Wampanoag uncomfortably coming together to share a harvest feast of turkey, bountifully hunted in the wild. Truth is, it probably wasn’t turkey. It far more likely was goose or duck. And that was just the Pilgrims’ contribution to the potluck. Indians contributed venison, fish, shellfish, eels, and — without question — beer.


    A changed perspective




  • A Grand move for the chamber, for now

    When Cottonwood Law Group and Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce re-open after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, they’ll do so in each other’s former place of business. The building at 120 N. Main St. that housed the Chamber office was purchased by Joshua and Courtney Boehm for their law practice. Previously remodeled to accommodate a law practice, the new digs will be a good fit for Cottonwood Law.

  • Old hospital sought for new medical services

    A potential buyer for the east half of Hillsboro’s old hospital building has stepped forward. Hillsboro city council members on Tuesday heard that Rural Health Partners, the majority stakeholder of CAH Acquisition Company #5, owners of the newly constructed Hillsboro Community Hospital, is interested in buying the portion of the old building not used by Salem Home.

  • Dispatch errors prompt EMS changes

    Mistakes that led to a rural Lincolnville woman arriving at a hospital more than an hour after an Oct. 28 911 call reporting she’d had a cardiac arrest likely won’t happen again. “That was a mistake by dispatch,” Emergency Medical Services director Ed Debesis told county commissioners Monday.

  • Stabbing remains a mystery

    An investigation into an alleged Nov. 15 stabbing in Peabody is stalled because the victim refuses to cooperate with authorities. “Since I don’t have a victim reporting a crime or making a statement to the police department, I don’t have anything,” Peabody police chief Bruce Burke said.

  • Giving Tuesday donations get big match

    Those who donate to the charity of their choice at a Nov. 28 community event can see their money go twice the distance. Cynthia Fleming, director of Hillsboro Community Foundation, said $4,000 has been promised to match donations made during the community’s Giving Tuesday event, 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Hillsboro City Building.

  • Coloring contest open

    Children ages 3 to 10 can put crayons, markers, and colored pencils to festive use by creating entries for Hoch Publishing’s annual Santa’s Christmas Coloring Contest. One winner drawn at random from all entries will receive a large Christmas stocking filled with gifts and more.


  • Lake talk stirs up commission

    Commissioners got a polite but firm earful from county lake residents Monday, with blue-green algae leading the list of concerns John and Sharon Quinn, who bought their house at the lake in April 2014, shared information about a $280,000 aeration system proposal to eliminate algae that John Quinn requested from Medora Corp.

  • Thanksgiving a boom time for county bakers

    Marion County has at least four commercial bakeries that can make the Thanksgiving holiday easier by filling special orders. Rachel Collett of CB Baked Goods in Marion said she has one customer who orders a big batch of bierrocks every year.

  • Students seek book donations

    You don’t need to judge a book by its cover to determine whether or not to donate it — unless it has no cover, or it’s a 50-year-old encyclopedia. From Dr. Seuss books not read by anyone since your children were just learning how to read to textbooks last read on Sunday nights while cramming in college, Hillsboro Middle/High School is collecting old books for donation. Over 400 books have been collected in a few weeks with a goal of 1,000.

  • Tabor reprises "A Doll's House"

    A revamped cast of Tabor College thespians will resurrect last spring’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” in anticipation of being selected for an American College Theater Festival performance. The production is a candidate to be performed at a seven-state regional ACTF festival in January in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Trump and Yellow Dog for school board?

    While write-in candidates won 21 races across the county, many more names — real and fictitious — were written on ballots. Countywide election results show a few fictitious names written on ballots for various elected offices.

  • Transfer station fix won't be cheap

    A new facility to replace a deteriorating transfer station could cost almost $750,000. Bruce Boettcher and David Devore of BG Consultants met with county commissioners Monday to present three options.

  • Gunshots in dispute land woman in jail

    Shots fired from a .357 magnum revolver during a domestic dispute Nov. 14 resulted in a Peabody woman being booked into jail. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke was dispatched to the 200 block of Elm St. at 11:44 a.m. for what he described as “an argument between spouses” in which shots were fired.

  • Ag and food play major role in county economy

    Agriculture, food production, and food processing sectors of Marion County contribute $370.5 million to the county economy, according to the latest economic analysis by Kansas Department of Agriculture. KDA economist Kellen Liebsch said the analysis is based on data provided by county ag producers and related businesses to the state and federal government.

  • Nutrition termed key to animal health

    At a cattlemen’s meeting Thursday in Lincolnville, veterinarian Dave Rethorst emphasized the importance of good cow nutrition in producing a calf that will remain healthy throughout its lifetime. Known to many in the cattle industry as “Dr. Dave,” Rethorst has more than 40 years of veterinary experience. He has taught at Kansas State University’s school of veterinary medicine and is a featured speaker at many ag issues events. He will begin practicing at the Herington veterinary clinic in the next month or two.


  • Johnnie Liles

    Services for former Hillsboro city superintendent Johnnie Liles, 75, who died Nov. 13 at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were Saturday at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. He was born July 16, 1942, to George and LaVon (Norberry) Liles in Wichita. He married Virgielee Hiebert on April 6, 1963, in Hillsboro; she died in 2002. He married Rhonda Epp on June 23, 2012, in Hillsboro.


    Lee Nelson



  • New cars are going even leaner on spares

    Asking questions has always been a key part of making a smart purchase. A recent trend in car equipment highlights that importance. A recent American Automobile Association study shows that automakers have been eliminating spare tires from new vehicles in an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy. AAA reports that 28 percent of 2017 vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment, creating hassle and expense for drivers.

  • Damaged vehicles may flood market

    Consumers purchasing used vehicles from private sellers should watch for severe water damage after summer and fall hurricane flooding. There are potentially thousands of formerly waterlogged vehicles in the private seller market after hurricanes ravaged parts of the southern United States earlier in the year, the Kansas Department of Revenue warned.

  • Why air filters are important

    Vehicle owners likely know to check fluid levels and get their car’s oil changed, but air filters may not be at the top of their maintenance checklists. Despite being a relatively inexpensive part, air filters often go overlooked. Air filters have an important job in a vehicle, prolonging the life span of engines and helping cars run more smoothly and efficiently.


  • Florence native wins teaching award

    A Florence native and Benedictine College associate professor has been named World Language Teacher of the Year. Julie Sellers won the award, which recognizes an outstanding foreign language educator, from the Kansas World Language Association. She specializes in adult second language acquisition and Latin American pop culture, is a certified court interpreter, and has published three books on Dominican music and identity.



    Residents celebrate birthdays

    King's Daughters meet

    Goessel Goal Getters


  • Students double up on food drive donations

    Students at Hillsboro Middle/High School collected cans for two food drives, one for Main Street Ministries and the other Marion County Food Bank. Principal Clint Corby said the school typically does one food drive at a time, but was approached about both, and students have done a good job of responding in the weeks before Thanksgiving.

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  • Gridiron Trojans garner honors

    Four Hillsboro High School Trojans received Central Kansas League honors for their on-field performance this season. Senior Kaden Kleiner was selected as first team quarterback. He was joined on the first team by senior wide receiver Jacob Funk. Junior wide receiver Darian Ratzlaff grabbed second team honors, and senior defensive lineman Brodie Rathbone received honorable mention.

  • Trojans honored

    Two Hillsboro volleyball players received honors from the Central Kansas League. Senior Abby Sechrist made the second team as a middle hitter and senior Sarah Jost received honorable mention as an outside hitter.


  • Modified yoga class offered

    Those with limited stretching ability can experience the benefits of yoga through a four-week modified yoga class beginning Nov. 29 at Hillsboro City Hall. Taught by Lesli Beery, the 30-minute sessions for beginners and those with limited stretching ability will utilize poses that do not require getting down on a floor.

  • Christmas crafts class is Dec. 8

    A night of Christmas crafts for women will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Scout House in Hillsboro Memorial Park. Greta Wiebe and Dana Maxfield will teach participants how to make a Christmas embroidery hoop wreath, a set of three rustic-themed felt Christmas trees, and gift tags. Door prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be provided.

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