• Student entrepreneurs take chance on success

    Starting a business is a life-changing decision, so Hillsboro sophomore Emersyn Funk sees her business class as an opportunity to experiment with her love of graphic design. “This has been a good experience getting to do something in the real world, even if we don’t end up being entrepreneurs,” she said. “We have a project, we’re responsible for this idea, and we have to follow it through.”

  • City administrator says 'farewell' after 12 years

    Looking back over his 47 years in city administration gives Hillsboro city administrator Larry Paine a sense of satisfaction. “Today I look back and I say, ‘Is every community better off than they were when I came?’ and I say, ‘Yes,’ ” Paine said.

  • County likely to build Hillsboro ambulance station

    A planned new ambulance station in Hillsboro is likely to be built much earlier than the five-year target set by the city of Hillsboro. County commissioners decided they weren’t interested in waiting for Hillsboro’s offer to build, in five years after Hillsboro has paid off bonds, a public safety center that would include housing for two ambulances and sleeping rooms for on-duty emergency medical services personnel.

  • High School student's tree mapping project valuable for reservoir staff

    Engineers at Marion Reservoir have an accurate picture of the damage this past summer’s record flooding inflicted on more than 200 trees at Marion Reservoir thanks to the determination of a high school student. Ava Weisbeck, 18, a fan of science and the outdoors, asked to shadow assistant lake manager Kevin McCoy as a part of a Career Connections class at Hillsboro High School.

  • County puts temporary stop to recycling efforts

    The county is ceasing recycling for now because the places to take recyclable materials charge too much money or refuse the materials. County commissioners voted Monday that as of Feb. 10, recycling bins will be removed and recyclables will be taken to the landfill at El Dorado instead of a recycling center at Fort Riley.


  • Real ID sometimes a real hassle

    Changes in federal and state laws are forcing a Goessel woman to change her legal name to renew her driver’s license. Joyce Pankratz filed a petition in district court to change her middle name. The problem is that her birth certificate shows an incorrect spelling of her middle name.

  • One sent to hospital following accident

    An accident last week ended with Cassandra L. Hinerman, 33, Wellington, being taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital for soreness when she dove into a semi at US-56 and K-15 North. The situation was more fortunate than it could have been, Sheriff Rob Craft said.

  • Former teacher charged with violating a restraining order

    A former Peabody-Burns teacher convicted a year and a half ago of two counts of sexual exploitation of a child was charged Monday with violation of a restraining order and criminal trespass. County attorney Joel Ensey said the Dec. 11 incident from which charges against Christopher R. Young, 47, Peabody, arose took place in Peabody, but the victim was not one of the victims of the earlier offenses.

  • Commission takes first step toward extension district

    County commissioners Monday set the wheels in motion for Marion and Dickinson Counties to begin forming an extension district when they approved a resolution of intention to merge the two districts into one district. Extension agent Ricky Roberts and Chris Onstad of the Kansas State University’s Northeast Regional Office talked to commissioners about the benefits of banding with Dickinson County and the steps that must be gone through in order to forge a district.


  • Recycled oil keeps auto repair shop warm

    A mechanic who does frequent oil changes can collect a lot of used motor oil. Dave Leith of Leith Service in Marion recycles the oil to heat his business.

  • Mind speed on slick streets to stay safe

    Slick, icy, and snow-packed roads contributed to a seasonal increase in accidents in Marion County. Kansas Department of Transportation engineer Joe Palic said KDOT crews in the county have been working to stay on top of highways and keep roads safely drivable during bad weather.


  • Betty Manka

    Services for Peabody resident Betty Darlene Manka, 74, who died Jan. 18, were Saturday. Burial will be at a later date in Peabody Cemetery. Born Nov. 26, 1945, to Frederick and Blanche Scott McAlister in Burlington, she lived there and in Lebo most of her life.

  • Dee Alvarez

    Funeral services for Delora “Dee” Alvarez, 79, who died Saturday at Herington Municipal Hospital, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Pilsen. She was owner and manager of Al’s Café in Lost Springs.

  • Lorraine Grimm

    Graveside services for Lorraine Jeanette Grimm, who died Jan. 17 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.


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  • Taking a MAD look at PILOTs and other loopholes

    Loopholes aren’t just for billionaires anymore. They’re also a mainstay of local government and a key reason why Big Government, even at the local level, pads its payroll with so many employees whose main jobs, like the jobs of billionaires’ minions, are to find loopholes. Years ago, I used to make fun of the rural Wisconsin community in which I lived. My township, which surrounded a small incorporated village, decided to incorporate in its own right and create both a police force and a municipal court.


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  • Hillsboro girls 2nd at tourney

    Hillsboro girls tumbled in the team’s home tournament title game againstRiley County, 36-25. History hasn’t been kind to the Trojans when opponents build a double-digit lead, which made the Falcons’ 19-5 lead the break an ominous sign for Hillsboro.

  • Goessel boys 4th at Burrton

    After winning in lopsided fashion Tuesday, Goessel boys fell to fourth Saturday with a 57-38 loss to Inman at the Burrton Tournament. Inman took a 15-2 lead Saturday and Goessel had no answer the whole game, trailing 18-8 at through one quarter.


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