• Christmas spirit comes to Hillsboro

    Jenny Pohlmann, teller at Great Plains Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro, admitted that decorating for Christmas is not her favorite activity, but the Monday after Thanksgiving, it became a top priority at her workplace. “I don’t consider myself an expert at it, but I like when things look pretty,” she said. “It helps get me in the Christmas spirit.”

  • Beardos top Christmas 'to do' list

    Once considered a lost art, knitting has taken a recent surge in popularity, according to Treena Lucero of Hillsboro. Also making a surge in popularity is an item handmade by Lucero, called a beardo. “Last year I made and sold 50 hats,” Lucero said. “Characters from a popular cell phone game were a big thing and I knitted a hat that had a tail on top and a bird design. Those hats paid for my Christmas.”

  • Drought creates problems, opportunities at lakes

    Low water levels at Marion Reservoir and Marion County Lake caused by ongoing drought have caused problems at both lakes, but the low water is also creating opportunities not normally present. Marion County Lake is about 5 feet below normal pool, Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson said Monday. So far, the biggest problem at the county lake is the reduced recreational area, he said. If the lake stays at its current level, there won’t be as much room for boaters next summer.

  • Clear well cleaning fixes back flush problems

    The city of Hillsboro usually schedules clear well cleaning maintenance every three to five years, but because of a back flushing problem, the two tanks at Hillsboro’s Water Treatment Plant were cleaned a year ahead of schedule last week. “We did some back flushing in and around the water plant and in the process, some sediment blew back into the clear well,” City Administrator Larry Paine said Tuesday. “We thought it a good idea, through a preventive maintenance process, to vacuum out the bottom of those tanks just to keep everything working right.”


  • Nova L. Bruner

    Nova L. Bruner, 75, died Tuesday at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. Services are pending with Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Gustav 'Gus' Hiebert

    Gustav “Gus” Hiebert, 88, of Little River, died Tuesday at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River. He was a retired construction worker and backhoe operator. He was born May 23, 1924, in Goessel to Peter and Sara (Schmidt) Hiebert. He married Opal E. (Morgan) Hunley on July 3, 1965, in Huntsville, Ark. She preceded him in death on July 23, 1982.

  • Lila Hoffman

    Lila Hoffman, 91, of Marion died Nov. 24 at her home. She was born Lila Annette Link on Nov. 20, 1921, to Christian and Mollie Link near Okeene, Okla. She graduated from Okeene High School. She moved to Wichita after graduation and was employed by Boeing Airplane Company.

  • Marvin Lemons

    Marvin Lemons, 63, of Peabody died Nov. 20 in Wichita. He was born July 3, 1949, in Columbus. He was a welder. He married Linda Lemons on April 2, 1971. She survives in Peabody. He is also survived by two sons, James Lemons of Heston and Richard Lemons of Atchison; and a daughter, Kristy Newsome of Newton.

  • Judith Malin

    Judith Malin, 66, died Thursday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born May 18, 1946, in Hampton, Iowa, to the Rev. Arthur W. Malin and Helen Betty (Jost) Malin.

  • Evelyn Mae Ollenberger

    SALINA — Evelyn Mae Ollenberger, 93, of Salina, completed her journey to heaven on November 24, 2012. Evelyn was born in Durham, Kan., on Nov. 24, 1919. Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Leslie; her daughter, Rosemary Hawver of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Sydney Teeter of San Diego, Calif.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

  • Eleanor L. Otte

    Eleanor L. Otte, 85, of Herington died Sunday at Rolling Hills Care Facility, Topeka. She was born May 6, 1927, at Burdick to J. Emmett and Eva (Beougher) Train. She was a homemaker and worked at Beech Aircraft in Salina and Herington Hospital. She graduated from Diamond Valley High School in 1945.

  • Roberta M. Seibel

    Roberta M. Seibel, 79, died Saturday at her granddaughter’s home in Olpe. She was born July 4, 1933, in Wichita to Wilbur W. and Cora (Fitch) Carpenter. She was a member of and baptized at First Christian Church in Peabody. She graduated from Peabody High School in 1951.

  • Edward W. Svitak

    Edward W. “Ed” Svitak was born Nov. 2, 1917, to Rudolph and Josephine Vinduska Svitak at the family farm near Pilsen. He was raised in the Pilsen community and spent his entire life there. Being born into a farming family, it was only natural that Ed developed a strong work ethic. He worked the farm with his father and brothers and operated the family trucking business, “Svitak and Sons.” As the years passed, that work ethic and passion for farming was passed down through the generations.



  • Commission spends time behind closed doors

    Marion County Commission had a short meeting Monday, but more than one-third of it was spent in closed session. Commissioners spent 10 minutes in executive session with Sheriff Robert Craft, 15 minutes with Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman, and 10 minutes with only the commission present, all to discuss personnel issues, and none with any public action taken.


  • People get in the giving spirit

    The first week of nominations for Hoch Publishing Company’s donation of $1,000 to one or more local charities, families, or individuals generated eight nominations. I was a bit surprised that most of the nominations were for individuals and families, rather than charity organizations, but all of the nominations were for very good reasons.


  • Messiah to be performed

    Tabor College’s long-standing Christmas tradition of performing “Messiah” by George Fredrick Handel about the anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ will continue on Sunday with a performance by Tabor College Oratorio Chorus, Alumni Chorus, and Tabor’s Community Orchestra. The production will be at 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Point, in Hillsboro. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Blood drive set for Dec. 7

    A Red Cross blood drive will be 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Blood donations are needed during the holiday season because of natural disasters and surgeries.


  • Braun family to present program

    Jon and Christi Braun and their seven children will present a program of music and sharing Friday at Lifelong Learning. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. and will be held in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. In 2010, the Brauns adopted four siblings from an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which were welcomed home by three of their own children. Jon is a commercial airline pilot based in Texas. He is the son of Jack and LaVerna Braun, longtime Tabor College employees and Hillsboro residents.

  • Wiens family gathers for Thanksgiving

    The Wiens family gathered together Sunday for a Thanksgiving celebration. Those attending from Marion were MaryAnn Wiens; Gerald and Jan Wiens; Jennifer, Emily, Jack, and Ben Schneider and guest Sam Minnick of Leon; Joni and Jim Crofoot; Janice and Don Hodson; Jeff, Erica, and Noah Richmond; Lindsey Richmond; Bryan and Jace Grosse; and Loreen and Jerry Hett and Eli.


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  • Wildlife class gets hands-on learning with deer

    Skinning and quartering a deer Tuesday as part of an environmental systems and wildlife science class at Goessel High School turned out to be senior Tyler Schulz’s favorite class experience ever. “This was just the funnest day ever,” Schulz said. “I’ve seen this before but never actually got to get hands-on and cut off the skin and quarter the meat.”

  • Glanzer apppointed for 3 more years at Tabor

    Tabor College President Jules Glanzer has received a new three-year appointment as president of the college following an evaluation by the Tabor College Board of Directors. “I find great joy and fulfillment in serving at Tabor,” Glanzer said Friday. “It is a gift from God that I cherish.

  • Tabor band to perform

    The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will present a concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. The theme for the concert is “Lauda” which is Latin for “praise.” The band and strings will each perform and then come together for an orchestral finale.

  • Growth in reading big for young students

    Learning to read and write are the biggest tasks for first graders, Hillsboro Elementary School teachers Michelle Faul, Eleanor Jost, and Julie Linnens said Thursday. With that in mind, lessons in other subjects such as science and social studies tie back into reading. “They’re just learning how to read, the reading foundation,” Jost said.

  • Tena Loewen receives top Tabor scholarship

    Tabor College announced four recipients of the 2013 Presidential Leadership Scholarship, valued at $68,000. They are Tena Loewen of Hillsboro, Justin Goble of Salina, Mary Root of Minneapolis, and Logan Whitney of Concordia. The recipients will participate in a four-year leadership laboratory. They will be mentored by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, travel with him to professional seminars, and network with business, industry, and political leaders.


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