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Hillsboro Middle School student Mary Elena Heyen (left) won the Marion County Spelling Bee on Jan. 27 at Goessel High School. Marion Elementary School fifth-grader, Jaeden McMillin (middle), placed second. Goessel Middle School student Brooke Nafziger took third. Heyen will represent Marion County at the State spelling bee March 5 at Fort Hays State University.
Goessel High School volleyball coach Crysta Guhr and player Page Hiebert smile at a recent Goessel basketball game after receiving recognition for honors bestowed upon them by MaxPreps, a national website covering high school sports. Guhr was named small schools coach of the year for guiding the Bluebirds to a 44-0 and the state championship. Guhr also was Kansas 1A coach of the year. Hiebert was named to the small schools all-America third team. She is a two-time 1A player of the year.
Kindergartners from Hillsboro Elementary School baked bread and made butter Thursday with residents of Parkside Homes to celebrate Kansas Day.
This solitary bald eagle perched in a tree near Marion Cove at the reservoir Sunday had plenty of company last week. Numerous people reported seeing up to 20 bald eagles congregated on the frozen lake from both the dam and off of Cottonwood Point.