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Hillsboro Star-Journal — Hillsboro, Kansas

Northwest of Durham

Visits aplenty

Northwest of Durham correspondent
(620) 732-2647

Wendell and Linda Wedel ate dinner with Linda’s mother on Sept. 15 at Moundridge Manor

Clayton and Betty Wiebe went to visit Vera Dirks Sept. 15 at Bethesda Home in Goessel.

Calla Wengar, her cousin, Galen and Becky Jantz and girls, and Ken and Shelli Giesbrecht and Taylor were guests of Calvin and Janene Wiebe on Sept 15.

Gary and Shirley Eichelberger of Filer, Idaho, visited the Mark Unruh home and were overnight guests Sept. 15. Shirley is Barb’s sister. The Eichelbergers came for the Unruh-Hendricks wedding on Sept. 7. They had been to visit their daughter Tonya and Brent Kroeker and family in Enid, Okla. The will visit relatives in Nebraska, on their way home to Idaho.

Roy and Nadine Davis visited Hiram and Rhonda Wedel and foster child on the weekend of Sept. 15.

Merlin and Karletta Wiebe and Janessa, and Kendall and Susie Wiebe and Abigail were guests at the home of Anthony and Beth Wiebe Sept. 11. Janessa left Sept. 12 for a six-month term of service at the childcare home in New Mexico.

’Round the Town

Abilene visitors were received

’Round the Town correspondent
(620) 947-2701

Herb and Trudy Pankratz of Abilene were recent visitors at the home of Arlene Pankratz.

Many from the Hillsboro area attended the annual community hamburger fry Sept. 14 at the Durham park.

The Cottonwood River Band presented a program of music at the First Baptist Church in Durham Sept. 15. Band members are Richard Dirks, Tim Diener, DeLayne Herbel, and Vince Jantz. Julie Jantz is the vocalist. The program was greatly enjoyed by all.

Norman and Dot Ensz were guests for their 61st wedding anniversary with a family dinner on Sept. 15. Family in attendance were Terry and Joni Ens, Brett and Stephanie Eitzen, and Staci Ens all of Wichita and Randy Ens of Hillsboro.

Russ and Donna Hamm were Sept. 14 evening visitors at the home of Larry and Ruth Hamm.

Many from the area attended funeral services for Nathan Wedel of Abilene on Sept. 13 at the Trinity Church in Hillsboro. Nathan is formerly from the northwest of Durham Community.

Local artists to receive recognition

Staff writer

Six county artists’ work will be displayed as they are recognized at the Senior Citizens of Marion County’s 53rd Annual Meeting Oct. 17.

In addition, Ramona artist Pat Wick will speak about her experiences with art.

This year’s free-will offering will go toward establishing a scholarship benefiting a 2014 county senior entering into aging-related fields such as medicine, social work, therapies, gerontology, and psychology.

To register, contact Marion County Department on Aging, or local senior center. Registration costs $5, ending Oct. 7.





FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 2013 – 5 pm

& SATURDAY, OCT. 5, 2013 – 9 am

1228 Commercial Drive, Marion, KS

(At the Northeast edge of Marion, on the North side of Hwy 56)

This is a complete sell-out of all items & rolling stock of the former hardware store & lumberyard. This sale features new tools, materials, lumber & inventory, along with the used machinery & tools used in the daily business. This is a VERY large sale with a huge amount of diverse inventory.

NEW MERCHANDISE INCLUDING: Shop Tools & Supplies, Housewares, Garden, & Outdoor Items, Hardware, Electrical, Plumbing & Lighting Items, Paint, Lumber, Concrete, Lumber, Doors, Insulation,& Other Materials.


(These tools were used for the store or used as lease/rental tools.)

Case 586 E Construction King, Fork Lift, 4 Cylinder Diesel • 1979 Chevy C60 Truck, V-8 Engine, 15’ Flat Bed & Hoist • Ditch Witch 1230 13 HP Trencher w/2 Wheel Trailer • Ground Hog HD99 Portable Hydraulic Post Hole Digger (9 HP) on Trailer, with various Augers • Rigid 1822 Electric Pipe Threader/Cutter on Stand • Key Center Key Cutter & Stock • Premier 3000 Portable Generator • Winco Industrial 3000 Dyna Generator (5 1/2hp) • Clarke 130 EN Mig Welder •13 HP Walk Behind Stump Grinder •STOW Cutter Walk- Behind Concrete Saw (Honda 9hp) • Partner K950 Concrete Saw • Dolmar 343 Concrete Saw • Merry Mac 10 HP Shredder/Chipper • 5hp & 6hp Roto tillers • Mantis Tiller • Bosch Brute Electric Jack Hammer • Bomag BP 18/45-2 Vibrator Compactor (5 ½ HP) • Bomag BT 60 Vibrator /Compactor • STOW 5 ½ HP Power Trowel • Power Screed • Green Fiber Electric Insulation Blow Machine • Mi-T-M Power Washer • ALC Abrasive Blaster • Reddy Heater 165k BTU Kerosene Space Heater • Electric Eel Model R snake/ Drain Cleaner • Hand Crank Snake/Drain Cleaner • Castex Electric Floor Polisher • Koshin 5 ½ hp Trash/Water Pump 700gpm • Gold Blatt Air Ceiling Texture Machine • Steam Master Paper Steamer • SCX 400 Carpet Cleaner/Shampoo Machine • Milwaukee ¾hp Plywood Saw • Wall Mount Plexi-Glass Cutter • Air Paint Sprayer • Harbil Paint Colorant Dispenser, Model # 1225PC232 • Harbil 5G-HD Paint Shaker, Model # 5800000 • Senco & Porter Cable Nail Guns • Tile Magic & Felker TS40 Tile Cutters • Til Porter Cable Porta-Band Saw • Grip Rite Portable Compressor • Husqvarna Gas Trimmer & Weeder • Electric Weeders • Husqvarna 235 Chain Saw • Angle Grinder • Milwaukee Drills, Screw Gun, Router, Power Saw, Reciprocating Saw • Hitachi Hammer Drill • Sheet Rock Jack • Jack Stands • Bottle Jacks • 8 Gal Shop Vac • Lawn Roller • 48” Ridge Tool Pipe Wrench • 18” & 24” Pipe Wrenches • Makita Chop Saw • 8” Bench Grinder • Chain Saw Sharpener • Chain Saw Repairs • Bil-Jax Pipe Scaffolding • DeWalt Heavy Radial Arm Saw, 5hp, 3 Phase • Kuschlen 350 Electric Cement Mixer • Blue Bird Portable Engine Hoist • Lawn Aerators • Wheelbarrow • Master Mechanic Tool Chest • David White Transit • Floor Jack • Various Lawn Seeders • Traeger Pellet Grill • Holland Stainless Steel Gas Grill • Bounce House – Approx 10’x10’, complete with Elec Fan & carrying cart

See for pictures & complete listing!!

Leppke Realty & Auction

501 S. Main – Hillsboro, KS 67063 – 620-947-3995

LYLE LEPPKE, Auctioneer/Broker – 620-382-5204

ROGER HIEBERT, Auctioneer/Sales Assoc. – 620-382-2963


staff photo by oliver good

Romero Cruz, left, and Jayden Overlin weave along hairpin turns at Hillsboro Elementary Schools bike safety event. Students registered their bikes, received safety tips, and learned the difference between “stop” and “yield” signs.

Elementary kids learn bike safety

Staff writer

Leaning into the turns, stopping, and yielding when directed, Hillsboro Elementary students learned about bike safety at school on Tuesday.

Physical education teacher Doug Dick said he has organized the event for the past couple years.

“Kids learn general bike safety,” Dick said. “We also test their bike riding skills to make sure they know how to use their bikes.”

Elementary students navigated a course outlined with chalk, cones, and traffic signs. Dick coached them on the rules of the road.

Police officer David Funk also helped register bikes, Dick said. He told kids it helps to have their bikes registered because there is a greater chance a lost bike would be returned to the owner if it were documented with law enforcement officials.

Safe Kids Marion County coalition coordinator Sondra Mayfield provided helmets for kids who needed them.

Mayfield said she applied for and received a grant for 50 bicycle helmets. Those children with broken helmets or that did not own one received a free helmet. Those that had forgotten their helmets were given loaner helmets.

“We gave away 20 to 25 helmets,” Mayfield said. “It was a good day for the kids.”

Hillsboro Senior Center

All meals served with milk. (620) 947-2304

Friday — Beef stroganoff over noodles, mixed vegetables, squash salad, fruit, bread.

Monday — Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, carrots or tomato, fruit Jell-O, bread.

Tuesday — Chef salad or hamburger on a bun, potato tots, tropical fruit, fruit muffin.

Oct. 2 — Country fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, sherbet, bread.

Oct. 3 — Barbecue chicken, lima beans peas, pineapple crumble, bread.




10 a.m.


608 E. 2nd, Peabody, KS 66866

Directions: From the intersection of Walnut & 2nd St., go East on 2nd St. for 5.5 blocks. (North side of road.)

Property of Cora Mae Bloomer and the late “JB” Bloomer

TRACT 1 (Home): DESCRIPTION: Location, Location, Location!!! This property is on the east edge of Peabody. Enjoy all of the perks of living in the country with all the conveniences of living in town. One story and half wood frame home built in 1930. Four bedrooms, 1 bathroom with 2131 sq. ft., and partial basement. Central heat and air. Attached 2-car garage and several other outbuildings. Property has established fruit trees and a well with a large area for gardening or livestock. Property is on city water and sewer. There is also a guest house on the property. Studio-style layout with 1 bath and a small kitchen. It has separate electric and gas meters from the main house. This could work well for a rental income, a guest house, daycare or a great place for hobbies. Call to setup an appointment to view this property – the possibilities are endless.

TRACT 2: DESCRIPTION: Aprox. 4.30 acres on the East side of Peabody. Paved road access on the West along with easy access to City Utilities.

TERMS: Earnest money deposit Tract1: $5,000. Tract 2: $1,000 due day of auction at signing of contract. The balance due at time of closing on or before Thursday, November 5th, 2013 at which time buyer will receive Kansas Warranty Deed. Cost of the title insurance and closing costs of Title Co. will be split equally between buyer and seller. Taxes will be prorated to date of closing. The property is sold in as is condition. Property is not sold subject to financing. All information has been gathered from Marion County sources and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. All financing arrangements must be made prior to the auction. All statements day of auction take precedence over advertisements.


VEHICLES, TRACTORS, EQUIPMENT: 2000 Ford F250, Triton V8, 4x4, PW, PL, auto, AC, approx. 91,500 miles; 1994 Chevy 1500, 4x4, auto, flatbed; Chevy 1 ton Dually, 4x4, V8, flat bed w/wench; 2004 Ford Freestar Van, 4.2L, PW, PL, AC, auto; 1951 5-window Chevy 6400 truck on a 1974 Dodge frame, extra fenders; Ford 4000 tractor w/shop-built loader, 3-pt; Shop-built tractor w/14-hp Kohler; 1995 Sports Master by Kit 5th-wheel camper, model 237F; Kawasaki 300 Bayou 4-wheeler (not running); Horseless carriage, Shop-built, Kohler Command 13, w/wood body.

EQUIPMENT: Saw mill w/14-hp Kohler on frame (32” wide by 28’ long); Buzz saw/log splitter w/16-hp Kohler; Sun Master rotary mower; Shop-built 3-pt. 100-gal. sprayer w/pump; Hay feeders; Hesston 5800 round baler; Gehl Chop-All harvester; Bumperhitch 16’ horse trailer, good floor; Single-axle gooseneck dump trailer; 3-pt. blade; Boom sprayer; Fifth wheel tandem axle trailer; PTO drive buzz saw; Truck bed trailer; Wheel weights; Bale spear; Bale fork; Tree shear; Loafing shed; Metal pipe sheds on skids; Misc. scrap & salvage items (equipment, axles, tin, angle iron, pipe, wire, aluminum doors & windows).

TOOLS & SHOP: Craftsman 12” band saw, 1 1/8-hp., 2-speed; Super Biro band saw; Craftsman band saw, 1/3-hp.; Delta radial arm saw; B&D miter saw; 3 1/2-ton hydraulic floor jack; Instant arc Marquette AC arc welder; Pow-r-mate 70 wire feed welder; 3/8 drive ratchets, sockets, extensions; Concrete hand tools; Torch tips & fittings; Torque wrench 1/4, 1/2 drive; Transmission alignment tools; Sockets - impact, chrome, shallow/deep well 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, Drive SNAP-ON, MAC, S&K, Craftsman; Chain break tool; Engine cylinder hones; Chain saw blade sharpener; MAC rollpin punch set; 3/8 drive wobble sockets - standard & metric; 3/8 drive Torx sockets/drives; Crows foot wrenches; Asst. SNAP ON & MAC hand tools; Many more items day of auction.

ANTIQUES: China cabinet; Jet Sweep metal toy pedal car; Antique cast car (118 Arcade Freeport IL), train, crash car, tTractor, Army guy, fireman; Antique tools; Pitcher pumps; E2 cup cistern pump; Toy wagons; Old windows; White Mountain ice cream maker; Antique Hiawatha bicycle; Square Oak table; Round Oak wood stove x2; Victrola records; Hoosier-style glass canisters; Green depression S&P, refrigerator dish; Mini cast toys (sad irons, skillet, pots); Hygieia wax crayon tin box; Metal lawn chairs; Crocks; Crock bowls; Pink depression; Misc. glassware; Alfred Meakin china; Salt-n-peppers; Chicken/rooster collection; Bench; Painting of stone double arch bridge by Audrey Pauline Stewart Young; Mirrors; Headlights; 4 Roseville pieces; Carnival glass; Green & pink depression; Brower Mfg. Co. metal egg scale.


LAWN & GARDEN: Grasshopper 614 Zero Turn mower, B&S 14-hp V-twin, 36” deck; Troy-Bilt gas chipper/shredder; Troy-Bilt 8-hp. rear tine tiller; Front tine tiller; Coleman Powermate MAXA 5000 10-hp. generator; Metal patio table & chairs; Lawn planters & ornaments; Picnic tables; Double swing; Wheelbarrows; Chicken plucker; Charcoal smoker; Garden hand tools; Chicken feeder & waterer.

AUCTIONEER’S NOTE: JB and Cora enjoyed raising their family on this property over the past 50 years. There will be a nice selection of items at this auction. JB was very resourceful. Come and look at all the things they have collected over the years. We look forward to seeing you at the auction!!! AUCTION WILL START WITH 2 RINGS: Household & Scrap Iron, Misc. Equipment. BACK TO ONE RING after Scrap/Misc. Equip. sell.

TERMS: Cash or approved check. All statements made day of auction take precedence over advertisements. Owners & auction company not responsible for accidents or theft. CONCESSIONS provided by PHS PBA.


305 Broadway • Cottonwood Falls, KS • 620-273-6421

Rick Griffin, Broker/Auctioneer – 620-343-0473 • Chuck Maggard, Auctioneer – 620-794-8824


Real Estate

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HHS choir raises money for trip to Branson

Hillsboro High School choir started selling value cards — that feature discounts from area businesses — to support their biennial trips to out-of-state competitions and performances, last week.

With the funds they raise, the choir will travel to Branson Miss., where they will perform before the SIX concert at the Grand Old Gospel Hour, and see other shows that are yet to be determined.

Old cards expire Monday. New cards are good from Oct.1 through Mar. 31.

and obituaries

Ruby Hefley

Ruby Ann Hefley, 91, died Sunday in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 3, 1922 to Henry and Matilda (Schmidt) Bartel in Hillsboro.

She married Maynard “H.V.” Hefley on Oct. 19, 1947, in Hillsboro.

She is survived by two sons, Jim Hefley of Hillsboro and Jon Hefley of rural Marion; a daughter, Deborah Collier of Newton; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard Hefley, in 2004.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, officiated by pastor Morita Truman. Family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

Memorial funds have been established with Hillsboro Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program, Children’s Ministry at Hillsboro United Methodist Church, and Children’s Programs at Hillsboro Public Library.

Richard Pankratz

Richard Dean Pankratz, 73, died Saturday in Topeka. He was born Dec. 31, 1939, in Hillsboro to Harry and Ruth Pankratz.

He graduated from Hillsboro High School and Tabor College, then received a master’s degree in history from Emporia State University in 1968.

He worked as a school teacher in Kansas and Nebraska from 1961 to 1970. In 1970, he began working with Kansas State Historical Society, where he worked for 34 years. He was director of historic preservation and cultural resources before retiring in 2004.

He was a member of Cornerstone Community Church in Topeka. He was baptized in 1951 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

He married Phyllis Reimer on Jan. 27, 1973. She survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Kristi Pankratz of Topeka; a sister, Ruby Sjodin of Canyon Lake, Texas; and a brother, Herb Pankratz of Abilene.

Services were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at Cornerstone Community Church, Topeka. Interment was to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka.

A memorial fund has been established with Cornerstone Community Church.

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