HEADLINES

  • Drug arrests jolt Tabor College athletic department

    A Tabor College graduate assistant football coach and student assistants for football and basketball face multiple drug-related charges after a Nov. 28 pre-dawn search of their off-campus residence. A two-month investigation by Hillsboro police culminated in a 5 a.m. search of a rental house in the 400 block of W. B St. that uncovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a 9mm handgun.

  • Commissioner crushes gravel payback bid

    A commissioner and constituent locked horns Monday over a reimbursement request for rock laid on a county road, with the individual told he should pay for it as a cost of doing business. Mike Beneke, who operates a feedlot and has complained about the condition 280th Rd. in the area, came to the meeting with receipts in his hand and asked to be repaid for his expenses in putting down rock along that section.

  • Arson charged in Aulne house fire

    The owner of a 110-year-old Aulne house that burned to the ground Oct. 17 has been charged with arson. Julie Starks, 35, who since the fire has been living in Peabody, was taken into custody Thursday on a felony count of arson and a second charge of interference with law enforcement officers, also a felony. She was released on bond.

  • Change the world one kid at a time

    After 11 years of sponsoring impoverished children through Compassion International, Hillsboro city administrator Larry Paine, his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Brynn Paine, 31, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, made a weeklong trip to see three of the children on the occasion of one’s graduation from college. “We went to El Salvador and jumped over to Guatemala,” Susan said.

  • Santa seeks letters, artwork

    Worried that postal workers may have trouble delivering mail to his North Pole ZIP code (2IC4U) in time for Christmas this year, Santa is asking Marion County children to drop their letters off at our office or mail them by Dec. 15 to this special address: Dear Santa
    c/o Hoch Publishing
    117 S. 3rd St.
    Marion KS 66861-1621 In between “ho, ho, hos,” Santa tells us he’s particularly interested in handwritten notes, not form letters. And he’s encouraging kids to help brighten his workshop by including original, hand-drawn art with their letters.

OTHER NEWS

  • Christmas opera coming to Hillsboro

    Music gets up close and personal at Christmas when carolers start making the rounds of homes, but professional singers performing a beloved Christmas opera will be just right down the street when “Amahl and the Night Visitors” comes to Hillsboro on Dec. 15. J. Bradley Baker and Jen Stephenson could each get tired just reading each other’s resumes. Baker, a pianist, and Stephenson, a vocalist, have multiple roles supporting the music program at Tabor College, yet also extend their activities beyond the college through teaching and performing, adjudicating contests, and other professional activities.

  • South Korean principal and teachers visit Pilsen

    Father Michael Donghyun Chang, principal of Salesian High School in South Korea, visited Pilsen on Nov. 26. He was accompanied by two teachers from the school. They were joined by David and Raymond Kapaun, Father John Hotze’s assistant Scott Carter, and two Korean students.

  • Transfer station may be moved north

    Efforts to resolve the county’s deteriorating waste transfer station got a shot in the arm at Monday’s city council meeting when council members approved initial analysis of a location proposed by county officials. The county proposes building either a temporary or permanent transfer station on city-owned property across Washington St. north of the transfer station’s present location.

  • Cottonwood River Band members perform just 'for the fun of it'

    As people began arriving to tour the Schaeffler House Saturday in Hillsboro, the Cottonwood River Band performed in the parlor, sending strains of “Christmas Time’s A ‘Comin’,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and other familiar songs of the season. Made up largely of members from Hillsboro and Tampa who attend Durham Baptist Church, the band has been together since 2010. They sing gospel, bluegrass, and country music.

  • Inmate alleges brutality by policeman

    A man serving time in Norton prison after being convicted on several Marion County charges is now seeking to withdraw his guilty pleas in two cases, based in part on the fact the Marion officer who arrested him, Mike Stone, later lost his law enforcement credentials; and in part on his allegations that Stone was brutal and threatening. Jonathan L. Mangold, 30, was sentenced Oct. 2 to 30 months in prison for possession of morphine, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while his license was canceled, and transporting an open container of alcohol. He was ordered to pay $1,298 costs, $150 attorney fee, $210 fines, with the sentence to run consecutive to an earlier case.

  • Attorney general's office looking into complaint

    Two county commissioners who took a trip to McPherson together may have violated open meeting law Oct. 10, according to a complaint being investigated by the state attorney general’s office. The subject of the Kansas open meetings act complaint is a trip commissioners Randy Dallke and Kent Becker took to view a transfer station at McPherson, public information officer Jennifer Montgomery said in a Friday email.

  • Man loses more than $800

    Gordon Pendergraft of Marion is hoping that whoever found the money clip he lost Sunday evening at Warbird Pizza will return it to him. The brown leather magnetic clip held more than $800.

  • County discusses economic development

    Two county commissioners had markedly different takes on an economic development meeting last week at the Elgin Hotel. Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation met with city and county representatives to discuss ongoing challenges to becoming fully operational, including an inability to fill its permanent board, controversial bylaws changes, and continuing skepticism from member cities.

DEATHS

  • Larry Bartel

    Services for retired construction contractor Larry G. Bartel, 71, who died Friday at Salina Regional Medical Center, will 10 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Visitation will be 5 to 7 tonight at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Burial will be in French Creek Cemetery.

  • Nettie Daily

    Private family services for former banker Nettie Daily, 92, who died Friday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, were today at Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita. Born May 12, 1924, to Jonathan Sr. and Lena (Vogel) Ehrlich at Marion, she graduated from Marion High School and attended Brown Mackie Business College. She married John Daily on June 24, 1950.

  • Clifford Lucas

    A graveside service for Clifford Lucas, 69, who died Nov. 13 at Peabody, will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Marion Cemetery. Born Dec. 5, 1947, at Hillsboro to Clifford and Mildred (Bezdek) Lucas, he grew up in Marion and served in the Army in 1965 and ’66.

  • Donald Pracht

    Services for Donald “Don” Pracht, 86, of Cottonwood Falls, who died Friday at Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Cottonwood Falls, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cottonwood Falls United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow in Prairie Grove Cemetery. He was born April 27, 1931, to Orval and Agnes (Bechelmayr) Pracht at his parents’ home in Chase County. He graduated from Americus High School in 1950.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Larry Hamler
  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Ivanlee Timm

DOCKET

FARM

  • Retiring co-op manager concerned for young farmers

    Mike Thomas will retire at the end of this year after 25 years as an employee of Cooperative Grain and Supply in Marion. He was manager for 15 years. Thomas said he has enjoyed dealing with producers and trying to help them with their concerns.

OPINION

  • Pay for your own roads?

    Farmers and ranchers reaching for their wallets this Christmas season may want to hold a little in reserve in case they start paying out of pocket for gravel that goes on the roads they use. That’s the underlying premise in an exchange that took place Monday when Mike Beneke of Lincolnville asked county commissioners about being reimbursed for gravel he’s put down on roads used by trucks for his cattle business.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    Grateful for gravity

PEOPLE

SPORTS AND SCHOOL

  • Christmas music concert is Tuesday

    Hillsboro Middle School and Hillsboro High School will present consecutive Christmas concerts Tuesday in USD 410 auditorium. The middle school concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with performances by the sixth grade choir and band, and seventh and eighth grade band.

  • Pro football dream jeopardized by charges

    When Tabor College football player Torrey Gill put up an online fundraising site in 2015 to get money to play in an all-star bowl in front of NFL scouts, he was clear about what he wanted. “I have been playing football for 15 years and have always dreamed of playing professionally,” he wrote. “This might be my only chance to turn that dream into a reality.”

  • Goessel girls miss first win by a point

    The Goessel girls’ basketball team travelled to Inman for the first game of the season. The Bluebirds’ seniors contributed 31 points, but scoreboard had Goessel on the narrow short end of a 35-34 loss. Goessel trailed by 7 points at the end of the first quarter and fell behind even further by halftime, 22-13. The Bluebirds struggled from the field, but began to turn things around in the second half. A surge of Bluebird points in the third quarter cut into the Teutons lead, and Goessel trailed 29-25. The Bluebirds tied the game in the fourth quarter, only to fall behind again. With less than 2 minutes to play, Goessel’s team effort allowed the Bluebirds to get within one basket, but Inman escaped the attack with a 35-34 win.

  • Trojans split hoops season openers

    With two keys players sidelined with injuries until after the Christmas break, the big question for Trojan basketball coach Darrel Knoll is how his team is going to hold up until then. If Friday night’s season opener against host Sterling is any indication, Knoll’s answer is just fine.

  • Depleted Trojan wrestling opens season

    With only a handful of wrestlers out this season, getting a team score is going to be pretty hard to come by for the Trojans and coach Scott O’Hare. That’s why O’Hare’s going to be using meets more for getting mat time instead of points.

  • MENUS:

    Goessel, Hillsboro

UPCOMING

  • Santa to appear at Goessel

    Santa Claus will be at Goessel City Building from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. He will distribute goody bags and pose for pictures with children.

  • County seniors to meet Dec. 15

    Senior Citizens of Marion County will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15. Lunch reservations are due Dec. 13 and can be made by calling (620) 382-2942 or (620) 382-3580. Requests for transportation are due Dec. 14.

  • 'Messiah' to be presented at new arts center

    An oratorio and alumni chorus and a community orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College. A 35-member hired ensemble, comprised mostly of players from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, will join more than 90 alumni voices and 50 Tabor choir members for the performance.

  • Calendar of events

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