• Families enjoy one last blast at pool

    Many area families found their way to the Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center over Labor Day weekend for one last blast of pool-time fun. “We were absolutely packed on Sunday,” pool manager Marci Cain said. “It’s been a very good year for pool business. I guess you could say the weather was very cooperative.”

  • Auditor recommends changes in city policies

    Accountant Bill Glazner recommended changes Tuesday to correct internal control and compliance issues found in the City of Hillsboro’s annual audit. “We’ve identified one material weakness in that the accounts payable system is not hooked into financial statements,” said Glazner, a certified public accountant with Adams, Brown, and Ball. “There are also two significant deficiencies that relate to segregation of duties.”

  • College keeps welding school alive

    School is in session around the county and at the Hutchinson Community College-sponsored welding school in Hillsboro. Eight students started class last week at the former AMPI facility, in an air-conditioned room on the south side of the building. “We’re still taking care of some housekeeping duties so far,” said instructor Steve Swartz. “We have to work on safety instruction, OSHA 10 requirements, a math section, and a blueprint reading section — those all have to come first before we actually get into the lab and do some welding.”

  • Families choose homeschool for variety of reasons

    For many families, at this time of year, back-to-school means full schedules, carving out time for homework, and buying expensive shoes, clothes and supplies. But for many Marion County homeschool families, back-to-school has a different meaning. “Let me first say that every homeschool family is different,” said Angela Ciero, homeschool parent of five and vice president of Marion County Home Education Board. “There is no such thing as a typical day. Some families follow an 8-to-3 schedule, others may choose to do their lessons in the middle of the night because that is when a parent is available. But, for all of us, the flexibility and the freedom to do what we think best for our children is important.”

  • Goessel Community Foundation strives to keep money at home

    It took just over a year to get going, but the Goessel Community Foundation is up and running, working to preserve the community’s existing wealth and finding ways to support local people and programs. Foundation Chair Cindy Wiens is joined on the board by Myron Schmidt, vice chairman; Anita Goertzen, secretary/treasurer; John Fast, Patsy Dirksen, Peggy Jay, Karen Dalke, and Linda Peters. Two weeks ago, Wiens presented Goessel Community Foundation brochures and information to USD 411 Board of Education and announced plans to schedule more introductory presentations to other groups in the Goessel area in the near future.

  • Jail open house is this weekend

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department will have an open house for the public at the new county jail from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The jail isn’t entirely finished, and it is still mostly unfurnished, but the open house will be a chance for the public to see what the county has been working toward ever since a committee of volunteers was appointed in April 2009.


  • Gary A. Bartlett

    Gary A. Bartlett, 71, died peacefully at his home in Wichita on Monday, Aug. 27 . He was born June 18, 1941, in Wichita, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Alberta Bartlett, formerly of Marion; and by his brother, Donald E. Bartlett.

  • Voncille Dirks

    Voncille Jean Dirks, 57, of Hillsboro died Monday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1955, in Hutchinson to Leonard and Voncille (Johnson) Goering. She worked in medical records and health information at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She married Norman Dirks on April 12, 1986, in Hillsboro.

  • Kenneth John Frederick

    Kenneth John Frederick, 68, former Coleman Co. employee, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Memorial services were Tuesday at Peabody Christian Church, Peabody. He was preceded in death by his father, John Frederick; sons, Daniel and Lloyd Frederick; daughter, Tina Frederick; and two brothers.

  • Shelby Lynn Deines Linahan

    Shelby Lynn Deines Linahan, 38, of Pierce City, Mo., died Monday at her parents’ home near Pierce City. She was born on June 30, 1974, in Herington to Steve and Sandra (Fike) Deines. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Monett, Mo., and an elementary teacher in Webb City, Mo., Shawnee Mission, Dimond, Mo., and Monett, Mo.

  • Delano 'Scott' O'Dell

    MARION — Delano “Scott” O’Dell, 55, was born in Florence, July 4, 1957, and passed away at his home Aug. 29, 2012. Scott was born in Florence and lived there a lot of his life. The rest of his time was living on his farm southeast of Marion, Kan. Scott loved the outdoors and enjoyed his hunting and fishing and also enjoyed taking care of his livestock. Scott spent 35 years, working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, where he was a B & B Carpenter.

  • Gene Pruitt

    Gene Pruitt, 75, of Emporia died Thursday at Life Care Center of Burlington. He was born May 18, 1937, in Moundridge to Verle Pruitt and Agnes Delphon Pruitt Goodwin. He was a longtime football coach and teacher, working at Herington High School from 1975 to 1981.

  • Marion Rosine

    Marion Ethel (Huckabone) Rosine, 68, of Peabody died Aug. 29 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 11, 1944, in Sidney, N.Y., to Samuel Huckabone and Agnes Grace Gardner Evender. She was a housekeeper. She is survived by two sons, Fred Philpott of Minneola and Jim Philpott of Peabody; one daughter, Sheila Buller of Cunningham; two brothers, Donnie Huckabone of Arizona and Stan Huckabone of Arkansas; one sister, Irene Stevenson of South Carolina; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.



  • USDA extends CRP grazing deadline

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Kansas announced Thursday that emergency grazing of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program has been extended to Nov. 30 from the original end date of Sept. 30. The emergency grazing was authorized because of severe and ongoing drought. Participants must leave at least 25 percent of each field ungrazed for wildlife and cannot graze more than 75 percent of the stocking rate set by the Natural Resource Conservation Service. All livestock must be removed by Nov. 30. Producers without livestock may rent or lease the grazing privileges.

  • County plans new water source to decrease blue-green algae

    Marion County Commission approved a plan to build a water tank for a rancher who lives next to Marion County Park and Lake. The water tank would be used as a fresh water source for cattle. Water would be pumped from a nearby stream. The goal of the project is to keep cattle from using the creek as a water source to cut down on nutrients flowing into Marion County Lake that feed blue green algae, Kansas State Research and Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said.


  • See what your money is getting you

    Marion County Sheriff’s Department is going to have an open house at the new jail from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It will be the first chance for the general public to see the jail, and hopefully for most people it will be the last time they see the inside of it. When Marion County Commission and a group of volunteers were considering what to do about the existing jail, the Sheriff’s Department opened it up for tours. So few people showed up that offering the tours was a waste of time for everyone involved. I don’t know whether the horrible turnout was because people didn’t care, or because they actively didn’t want to know about the condition of the jail. Apathy about public issues is frustrating but understandable, but willful ignorance is unforgiveable.


    Everybody needs a Mopar

    Distressed driver gets a helping hand


  • Choir to start fall rehearsals

    Parkside Voices will begin fall rehearsals at 11 a.m. Thursday at Park Village on the campus of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. The chorus sings a variety of music, including Broadway show tunes and sacred classics. Rehearsals last about 45 minutes. It isn’t necessary to be able to read music, and there is no membership fee.

  • Self-advocate group wins award

    Harvey-Marion County Self Advocates received the “Outstanding Self Advocate Group” award at the 2012 statewide conference of the Self Advocates Coalition of Kansas. The award was in recognition of the group’s campaign to change the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” with “intellectual disability” and “people with intellectual disability” in state legislation. The group began a letter-writing campaign in 2011. Gov. Sam Brownback signed the change in law April 26.

  • Genealogy workshop set for Sept. 29

    Katie Funk Wiebe and Sara Orr Jones, both of Wichita, will present at “Chasing Your Tale: A Family History and Genealogy Workshop” on Sept. 29 at Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 200 N. Poplar, Goessel. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wiebe is the author of “Writing Your Personal or Family History.” She will speak about the how-to of collecting and recording the stories of one’s life. She has written two autobiographies, “The Storekeeper’s Daughter: A Memoir,” and “You Never Gave Me a Name: One Mennonite Woman’s Story.”

  • Goessel students sell trash bags to fund projects

    Goessel Elementary School students will be selling trash bags Sept. 7 through 17 for the Goessel Parent-Teachers Organization. Money raised will fund school projects throughout the year. The high quality trash bags come in a variety of colors and sizes including 15 gallon, 39 gallon, and 55 gallon rolls. Individually cut pumpkin face bags are great for collecting fall leaves. Bags are $10 a roll and pumpkin bags are $2 each.

  • Santa Fe Trail segment nominated for national register

    Steve and Glenda Schmidt of McPherson are owners of a segment of the Santa Fe Trail in Lehigh Township that has been nominated to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. French Frank’s Santa Fe Trail Segment is located in the southeast quarter of Section 4, Township 19, Range 1. It is 6 miles southwest of Cottonwood Crossing and 4 miles north of Lehigh on 245th Road. A granite stone installed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1906 marks the trail.

  • Catlin cemetery dedication set for Sept. 23

    An emotional story passed down among families of the Swiss Volhynian Mennonites of Kansas will be memorialized in stone at a 3 p.m. dedication service Sept. 23. at Catlin Cemetery, north of Peabody. In 1874, Swiss Mennonite immigrants stepped off the train at Peabody. The men went to scout and buy land in Mound and Turkey Creek townships, but when they returned three weeks later, they discovered almost all the children became sick. Some children died. As the town had no cemetery, the women and one elderly man carried the bodies 3 miles north of town, dug the graves, and buried the children there without coffins or funerals. Until recently, the exact location of these burials has been a mystery.

  • Woman falls for sweepstakes scam

    Many of us have dreamed of winning the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes and finding ourselves on easy street for the rest of our lives.

  • Business consultations offered

    One-on-one consultations about starting a business or concerns about an existing business will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at Butler Community College in Marion. The consultations are free and confidential. To schedule an appointment, call (316) 218-6311. The consultations are provided by a partnership of Emporia State University, Butler Community College, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Kansas Department of Commerce.

  • Crop Walk scheduled Oct. 7

    The 2012 Marion County Crop Walk is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 west of the Marion County Park and Lake office. The Crop Walk is an annual fundraiser for hunger-fighting development efforts of the ministry of Church World Service. Crop Walks help provide seed, tools, wells, water systems, technical training, and loans in more than 80 countries.


  • Ladies attend Lokke workshop

    Several Marion residents attended an art workshop Saturday instructed by John Lokke, a Wichita Art Instructor. Mary Rogers hosted the event at 303 Willard Street in Marion. The next workshop will be October 27. The 3-3-3 Gallery will host an open house at 3 p.m. Sept. 15. Tea will be served.

  • Hannaford appointed to state board

    Gov. Sam Brownback announced the appointment of Roger Hannaford of Marion to the Kansas Abstracters Board of Examiners on Friday. Hannaford is president of Hannaford Abstract and Title Company in Marion, where he has worked for more than 35 years. He has a degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University.


    Round the town, Northwest of Durham



  • Volunteer to be honored at Senior Fair

    Wilma Gilmer of rural Marion will be recognized at the 2012 Senior Fair in Salina as Marion County’s “Senior Fair Pioneer.” “Fest of the West” is the theme of this year’s North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging Senior Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.

  • Retiree cultivates passion for preserves

    Retirement is full of flavors for 68-year-old Darlene Carlson. A retired occupational therapist turned gardener, Carlson enjoys making jam from produce she raises at Mockingbird Hill, her farm south of Lincolnville. She enjoys selling her jam and other garden produce, such as fresh herbs, fruit, vegetables, and cut flowers at farmers markets in Hillsboro and Marion.

  • Simple changes make home life easier for seniors

    As seniors age, steps may become more uncertain, grips may weaken, eye sight may dim. These changes can turn familiar surroundings into frustrating challenges and dangerous snares, but small investments of foresight, money, and elbow grease can keep seniors living at home safe and productive.

  • Regaining mobility biggest battle for veteran

    Ivanlee Timm has stared into a fire armed with a hose. He has chased down a fleeing suspects as a police officer in Herington. He spend his 21st birthday on the frontlines, part of the infantry in Germany. “Where the lead flies,” he said.

  • Trainer to teach fitness to elderly

    A concern that trainer Karen Williams hears often from potential clients is that they have bodily limitations — creaky knees, a shaky shoulder, a bad back — and they cannot do the strenuous workout she would put them through. “There’s this nasty rumor that I’m this torturer,” Williams said. “I tailor it for my groups. If I have a beginning group, we do beginning things.”


  • Weber starts tennis season 5-1

    The Hillsboro High School Trojans girls’ tennis team placed fourth out of six teams in the Hillsboro Invitational on Aug. 28. HHS finished behind Wichita Collegiate, Hesston, and Pratt, but ahead of Haven and Nickerson. Allison Weber’s only loss in No. 1 singles was in the finals against Jaya Mantavani of Wichita Collegiate, 8-4. Weber won both of her matches in pool play, 8-2 over Samantha Stallbaumer of Haven and 8-3 over Brenda Sanchez of Hesston.

  • Goessel girls win 2 to start season

    In non-league games, the Goessel High School volleyball team took to the court last week with nervous energy. Four seniors gave the Bluebirds a solid core, but rotating underclassmen provided adventure at nearly every position. Goessel got off to a quick start against Hope. Alex Hiebert and her sister Paige worked together hitting winners as Jessica Harvey accumulated assists from the setter position. With Erin Brubaker serving, the Bluebirds rattled off four consecutive points as the Bluebirds defeated Hope, 25-9 in the first set.

  • GHS runners begin hot season

    The Goessel High School Bluebirds went to Clearwater on Thursday and competed in a large cross-country meet. Ali Buller finished 12th in the 4-kilometer race, pacing herself at 19 minutes, 15 seconds. Freshman Kylee Unruh finished at 21:23. For the boys, Heath Goertzen brought home his first medal of the season with a 5-kilometer race of 20:14. Davis Cook finished in 21:18, with Nathan Czarnowsky, Ben Wiens and Grant Flaming finishing under 23 minutes.

  • Trojan quarterback proves himself in opening win

    Five passing touchdowns, 343 yards through the air, another 17 on the ground, a rushing touchdown, a 48-14 victory, three interceptions. These were the numbers for Tyler Proffitt in his first start as a Hillsboro High School quarterback; for the most part, the outing against Lyons went better than he would have hoped. But when he walked off the field the number he was thinking about was the three picks. Head coach Lance Sawyer had preached throughout the game to not let up, to not get relaxed. The Trojans as a team took their foot off the gas in the second half with a 48-0 lead.

  • Hillsboro volleyball team dominates first classic

    The Hillsboro Lady Trojans encountered a speed bump at the outset of their home quadrangular Thursday, but then kicked into high gear for match wins against Southeast of Saline, Moundridge, and Marion. The Trojans had difficulty finding their rhythm in the opening game against SES. Two freshmen, Sarah Starr and Erica Montgomery, brought the lion’s share of the heat for SES as the teams battled to 16-all.


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