• County lake still under algae warning

    There was no respite for Marion County Park and Lake in Thursday’s weekly blue-green algae list. Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a warning for the lake for a fourth consecutive week. A dozen Kansas lakes are under watches and warnings, but noticeably absent from the list is Marion Reservoir, clean for two consecutive weeks after a 10-week run of watches, warnings, and a week in which it was closed.


  • Commission spars over EMS, budget

    Monday’s commission meeting was over, save for final optional comments from commissioners. What ensued was nearly 30 minutes of often-contentious talk about ambulance service overtime and further budget cuts. It soon became clear that an initially ambiguous comment by commission chairman Randy Dallke was targeted at how commissioner Dianne Novak was supposedly communicating with ambulance personnel about cuts in proposed overtime pay.

  • The bounce is back: New rubber at football stadium

    When watching the Hillsboro Trojans football team play in Joel H. Wiens Stadium this fall, fans will notice something a little bit different: flying black rubber as athletes hit the turf. “When you see kids running and getting tackled, it will look a little like it does in college football,” said superintendent Max Heinrichs. “It’s going to be black flying.”

  • Ribbon cutting held for The Shops at Kessler's

    A plethora of “past to present” items can be found at The Shops at Kessler’s, a collection of vendors occupying the former Kessler’s Kreations in Hillsboro. From vendors such as Farmhouse Finds, Wild Country Rose, FlintHills Gypsies, customers can shop antiques, home decor, clothing, farm and garden supplies, and more.

  • Coffee is his craft

    For Austin Calam, co-manager of Java Jays Coffee Bar, coffee is more than just a morning beverage and a coffee shop is more than just a place to grab your coffee and leave. Rather, coffee is his craft and the on-campus, student-run coffee shop at Tabor College is his place to create and savor the depths of a coffee bean.

  • Baker's daughter to teach English in South Korea

    Your lips look different when you say “err” instead of “ellll,” and it’s not something most native English speakers notice. Esther Schmidt, 25, knows exactly what movements to look for, which will be helpful as she begins teaching English to middle schoolers in Jingu, South Korea, as part of English Programs in Korea, a program that hosts guest English teachers.


  • Hillsboro man charged for pornographic images

    A Hillsboro man was charged Aug. 10 with 10 sex offenses after allegedly sending pornographic images by phone to a former Hillsboro girl. Steve A. Kahn, 58, Hillsboro, is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a child and five counts of promoting obscenity to minors. The alleged incidents took place over an eight-day span in November.

  • Caught between a levee and a hard place

    Tough decisions lie ahead for Florence council members as federal remapping of flood plains could drive down real estate values and force many home and business owners to buy flood insurance. Army Corps of Engineers workers will be surveying homes in the leveed area of Florence from Sept. 11-14, taking elevation measurements that will be used to decide if the flood risk level in those areas should be raised.

  • Running from the law

    Legal briefs, court arguments, and administrative tasks fill Courtney Boehm’s days as county attorney, and her husband Josh and son Declan vie for time evenings and weekends. Still, in the midst of a busy life, Boehm finds time to run. She’s training to run her first marathon.

  • Online calculator computes income tax increase

    Taxpayers can estimate how state income tax changes enacted by the legislature will affect their personal tax liabilities by using an online calculator created by Kansas Department of Revenue. Users will need to know their filing status, allowances claimed, and adjusted gross income.


  • Gloria Potter

    Services for Gloria Jean (Wodke) Potter, 68, Marion, who died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Marion Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Strong City Cemetery in Strong City. Visitation with family will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.





  • Schmidt's hold reunion

    Fifty-three descendants of Reinhardt and Julia (Nuss) Schmidt met Aug. 5 at Tampa Senior Center for a family reunion including a potluck luncheon and slideshow of family history. Reinhardt and Julia Schmidt were the parents of eight children born in Durham Park Township. In 1927 the family moved to a Scully lease just south of Tampa. The Schmidts’ youngest child, 98-year-old Evelyn Hensley of Winfield, was in attendance and is the only surviving sibling.

  • Commodities to arrive today

    Government surplus commodities will arrive at county senior centers today. Marion Senior Center will distribute from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • County seniors to discuss budget

    Budget requests top the agenda for a Senior Citizens of Marion County board meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Peabody Senior Center. Also to be discussed are nursing recognition nominations.

  • Special state winter hunting applications due Sept. 25

    Hunters interested in getting permits for special hunts from November through February have until 9 a.m. Sept. 25 to apply to Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. Special hunts during these months are primarily for deer, ducks, geese, turkey, and upland game. A lottery is used to select successful applicants. About 1 in 7 applicants received special hunt permits last year.

  • Senior center menu


    Many attend Eck wedding


  • Hillsboro Senior Center volunteer fills pie with love

    When Hillsboro Senior Center needed just one more pie for its fundraising social event Aug. 9, Jeri Klose knew she had the perfect homemade apple pie recipe to fill the need. Complete with flaky crust topped with cinnamon, quarter-chopped apples tossed in cinnamon and sugar, and a whole lot of love, Klose’s apple pie helped fill the hole in a table topped with pumpkin, peach, and pecan-filled pies.

  • Dry mouth a common problem among people over 50

    Bad breath, mouth pain, fungus infections in the mouth, sore throat, and sticky saliva which can cause difficulty speaking and eating all are signs of dry mouth. Besides being a nuisance, dry mouth sets the stage for cavities to form because saliva helps keep teeth healthy.

  • Hearing aids go high-tech

    Many people lose some of their hearing ability as they get older. For Bob Wall of Hillsboro and Effie Smith of Marion, both 71, experienced hearing problems that came on gradually. Both have found help through hearing aids.


  • Hillsboro school district welcomes new teachers

    Dakota Tannahill, kindergarten Dakota Tannahill is returning to Hillsboro, where she grew up, to teach kindergarten at Hillsboro elementary school.

  • Goessel has new agriculture teacher

    Alicia Oard, a small-town farm girl from Abilene, Kansas, is Goessel’s newest agriculture teacher and FFA adviser. She’s a May 2016 graduate of Kansas State University, and she spent the last year teaching agriculture at Herington High School. Oard will teach high school courses in ag mechanics, advanced ag mechanics, agribusiness, ag leadership and communications, greenhouse management and floriculture, and animal science. She also will teach an eighth grade ag explorations course.

  • Chamber welcomes new teachers

    Brown-bag lunches served in a school cafeteria welcomed new USD 410 teachers and staff at a Monday luncheon held by Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and Hillsboro Young Professionals. “My biggest concern is having a great staff that’s old like me that’s maybe getting ready to get out the door and then replacing it with a great staff again,” said superintendent Max Heinrichs. “We had great people in all of our interviews and we feel very fortunate with all the new ones we have. We’re looking for some new energy from them.”

  • Eclipse offers unique learning experience

    The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse presents a rare learning opportunity for students as well as a rare phenomenon for anyone to see. Area schools are making plans ranging from at-school viewing to a road trip to Hiawatha.

  • Trainer picks Bearcats over Broncos: Goessel grad offers tips for young athletes

    Athletic trainer and 2004 Goessel High School graduate Nick Peters was perhaps on the verge of something big as he was beginning a second year of working with the NFL’s Denver Broncos. Having completed a college internship with the Tennessee Titans and with two years of advanced internship experience with the Broncos, Peters might well have gone on to a career in the pros.


    Hillsboro, Goessel


  • Bible study begins Aug. 24

    A community Bible study, “Ten Questions Christians are Asking,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. A study guide is available by calling (620) 947-5983.

  • Ag advocacy contest entries sought

    Youth ages 15 to 23 are eligible to participate in a contest designed to spread positive messages about agriculture. The “Gen Z Speaks Ag” advocacy contest has categories for photography, videography, special events, and education activities that portray farmers, ranchers, and other facets of agriculture using the theme “Ag Day is Every Day.

  • Calendar of events


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