• Lake under algae warning; reservoir under watch

    For the second consecutive week, Marion County Lake is under a blue-green algae warning, and Marion Reservoir is under a less-serious watch. Blue-green algae advisories are updated each Thursday afternoon and remain in effect until the following Thursday.


  • Adobe house gets a makeover

    Named one of the eight wonders of Kansas architecture by the Kansas Sampler Foundation in 2007, the Peter Paul Loewen house in the Hillsboro museum complex is set to undergo needed repairs. Better known as the Hillsboro Adobe House, it was built in 1876 on a farm southwest of Hillsboro. It is said to be the last remaining clay brick structure constructed by immigrant Russian Mennonites left in North America.

  • Council again rebuffs economic development pitch

    The second time wasn’t a charm for the county’s development corporation, who again walked away without a commitment Tuesday from city council. Russell Groves, of Marion County Economic Development Corporation, came back to the council to renew a proposal made at a prior meeting that Hillsboro commit $44,500 annually for five years to join the group.

  • County picks 2 to hire after illegal meetings

    County commissioners have selected a new county appraiser and a new park and lake superintendent. However, after making the selections in what appear to be a series of illegal meetings, they are refusing to say who their choices are.

  • Not yet cleared, officer in Lehigh shooting seems back on duty

    A Marion police officer, thought to be the one who killed a disturbed Lehigh man in a standoff June 20, appears to have returned to duty even though an investigation of whether his actions were justified has not concluded. Sheriff Rob Craft stated after the shooting, which is still being investigated by Kansas Bureau of Investigation, that “the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave through his department pending the investigation.”

  • In this family, all's fair -- particularly 4-H

    Cecilia, Anthony, and Daniel Rziha of rural Lincolnville are among the many 4-H members county-wide who are preparing to exhibit homemade items July 24-29 at the Marion County Fair in Hillsboro. They have been members of the Tampa Triple T’s 4-H club for three years.


  • Delayed wind farm leaves retirement house in limbo

    The retirement dreams of a man who moved here seven years ago have been in limbo because of an unfinished wind farm project. Nick Peter owns land southwest of Aulne and wants to build his retirement home. He can’t, however, because of a conditional use permit for a wind farm. He was one of several people who talked to county commissioners Monday.

  • Chiropractor closes satellite office; county interested in it

    County commissioners Monday spoke to Hillsboro chiropractor Kodi Panzer about possibly renting her building to house the county planning and zoning department. Russell Groves, of Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation, brought Panzer to the commission meeting to facilitate a discussion of the county renting or buying the building to move the planning and zoning commission office into it.

  • Escaped Morkie eludes capture

    It’s been more than two weeks since the big booms and bangs of Independence Day spooked a teeny-weeny Morkie named Tuttles onto a canine odyssey. “Tuttles absolutely does not like fireworks, thunderstorms, or any loud noises,” owner Danielle Savage said. “He usually just hides under my bed.”

  • Kaufman receives scholarship

    Rebecca Kaufman, a 2017 graduate of Hillsboro High School, has received a $500 scholarship from the Marion County chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma to pursue a major in education. Rebecca, daughter of Tom and Sherry Kaufman, will study elementary education at Hesston College.


  • May Hebrank

    Services for Eudora “May” Hebrank, 83, who died July 12 at her home in Burdick, will be 2 p.m. July 29 at Herington Community Building. A private inurnment will be later.


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  • Woman struggles with ups and downs of dieting

    It’s one thing to lose weight and another thing to keep it off. That’s what 63-year-old Ginny Grimmett of Florence is finding out after losing 83 pounds in 16 months.

  • Need shots? Grin and bear it!

    Confirmed cases of measles in Butler and Sedgwick counties reaffirm the need for children to receive immunizations, Marion County health officials say. To help kids muster up their bravery and get their shots, the health department will let kids getting kindergarten shots pick out stuffed bears to hold and then take home.

  • Tips from experts on keeping your cool outdoors

    County worker Brandi Ankenman went from deskwork in an air-conditioned environment to physical work in stifling summer heat. “It’s just hot,” the 40-something worker for the weed department said. “I wear sunglasses but no hat, so I have the raccoon-look going on. I’m definitely not seasoned to it and I can tell. I drink a lot more water than I used to, and I’m just tired. I sleep really well at night.”



  • Grand Finale Luncheon to be Tuesday

    Tabor College has invited Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce members to a luncheon at noon Tuesday at the construction site for the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. Tours of the construction site will be given following a lunch and short presentation.

  • Retirement reception to be Aug. 1

    A reception to honor the retirement of county extension service secretary Doris Winkler will be 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at Marion City Library. Winkler worked for the extension office for 55 years.

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