• USD 410 endorses city youth program

    The USD 410 school board unanimously agreed on Monday to help sponsor Hillsboro Youth Adventure, a new program meant to help students learn more about their city. “The mission is two-fold,” said Clint Seibel, executive director of Hillsboro Development Corporation. “We want kids to know that Hillsboro is a great place to live, work and raise a family. But, we also hope that, by seeing what the city does, it will foster a sense of volunteerism — and that one day these young people will want to get involved.”

  • City custodian decorates building

    It is not just the white bear in a red satin dress flanked by a red and white sparkly heart bouquet that catches the eye. There are currently heart-shaped lights draped with white spiral garlands around the city of Hillsboro office window in city hall, and according to the women in the office, there are roses in the bathroom too. “Mary Klenda decorates for us,
    city clerk Jan Meisinger said. “We appreciate it so much. She makes the holidays so festive around here.”

  • Kyle's childhood spent in Burns

    Before Chris Kyle was the most accomplished sniper in U.S. military history, before he was a bestselling author, before he started helping veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he was a boy playing on his grandmother’s farm in Burns with Jason Callahan and other local children. Although it was only a few times, Burns City Clerk Carol Callahan remembers Kyle being funny but respectful. He would emphasize his Texas twang for a laugh.

  • Merrell wins county spelling bee

    Hillsboro Middle School eight-grader Mesa Merrell approached the Marion County Spelling Bee competition with a stay-calm, lead-on mentality. “I just prepared all I could, then calmed myself with a few deep breaths and went for it,” she said. “Determination gets you much farther than nervousness.”


  • Lois Ediger

    Lois Ediger, 86, of Hillsboro died Saturday. She was born Oct. 17, 1926. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joel.

  • Mildred 'Micki' Holub

    Mildred “Micki” Holub, 82, died Saturday in Manhattan. She was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Marion to John and Antoniette Oborny Huna and was raised in the Pilsen community.

  • Carol A. Johnson

    Carol A. Johnson, 63, died Feb. 4 at home in Bel Aire. She was born May 18, 1949, in Marion to Harold and Jessie (Higgins) Bowers. She earned a doctorate in family medicine, practicing with Family Physicians of Kansas.



  • Farm replicas keep wheels turning

    No challenge is too big, or too small-scale for the engineering mind of Wes Duerksen of Goessel, especially when it concerns intricate working parts on wooden farm toy replicas. From tractors with turning wheels, a baler with a working auger, and threshing machines with belt driven channels, to a pull-type old-fashioned road grader with rotating blade and sliding rear axle, Duerksen has created at least 40 replicas with working parts, from wood, just because he likes the challenge.

  • Laser therapy stimulates animal health

    Riley is a happy little dog. He licks and wiggles, and seems to smile with joy when taking his turn on veterinarian Amber Toews’ laser therapy table at the Hillsboro Animal Clinic. “Riley wasn’t always this happy,” Toews said. “He used to have back problems and ear problems. He had a chronic ear infection, probably caused by allergies, but he was miserable.”

  • Consumers buy fresh milk

    Trisha Schmidt smiles every morning when her alarm clock sounds, knowing that she is only moments away from drinking her favorite beverage: a cold glass of milk. “There’s nothing better than watching the sun rise and drinking a tall glass of whole milk,” the Goessel resident said. “I like milk. It tickles your tastes buds and each sip brings a renewed sense of happiness. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have some in my fridge at all times. Life just wouldn’t be the same.”

  • Cattle are family to Hillsboro rancher

    Every once in a while an idle listener will pick up a tidbit of conversation between Dana Wolford and a friend after church at Hillsboro United Methodist. He or she will quickly be confused when Wolford starts talking about his kids and pastures and feed all in the same sentence. Wolford said he has to step back and explain that by kids he means the seven Hereford cattle he tends to on a small piece of rented property at 2542 Jade Road. He does not have children of his own.

  • Ag boom to end

    The seven-year agriculture boom, driven by record-high commodity prices and tight supplies, is expected to peak this and then come to an end as high costs come to fruition, the government projected on Monday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said farm income would reach a record $127.6 billion this year, up 15 percent, thanks to high market prices and crop insurance payments that will offset losses from the worst drought in more than 50 years.

  • Marion County gets rain

    The Wichita office of the National Service reported that parts of Marion County received more than 1.5 inches of rain Feb. 6. A weather forecaster reported the Marion Reservoir rain gauge read 1.58 inches. The gauge in Peabody recorded 1.46 inches of rainfall.


    2012 Conservation Award Winners


  • County to pursue certified kitchen

    Marion County took a step Monday toward opening a certified commercial kitchen that would help give a leg-up to entrepreneurs who want to start food-based businesses in the county. The county commission gave Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman approval to pursue grants to convert one of the kitchens at the county lake hall into a certified kitchen — that requires substantial replacement, installation, and updating of fixtures and equipment, including no less than five sinks, Huffman said.

  • Durham places atrazine money

    Durham City Council member Tom Harmon took action months ago to involve the city in a class action lawsuit against the makers of atrazine, a chemical prominently used in farm operations. The city received more than $5,000 in the settlement and council members voted Feb. 5 to put it in their water fund. City clerk Joyce Medley served her last session presenting the annual financial report. All funds showed a larger balance at the end of 2012 than at the beginning.

  • Tampa discusses locks and keys

    Councilman Ty Peterson told city council members Feb. 4 that citizens of Tampa want to know why only one person has a key to the town’s senior center. Mayor Tim Svoboda also said he had been asked the same question. The council revisited their recent decision to change the locks on the senior citizen building. Phyllis and Rodney Mueller are in charge of maintaining the center and scheduling events there. They have the only key, but anyone needing to get in may ask them to open it. The council had decided previously that there were too many keys floating around and unauthorized people were entering the hall and not leaving it clean or occasionally even pilfering items from the building.

  • Huelskamp looking for intern

    Congressman Tim Huelskamp is accepting applications from college-aged young adults seeking internships in his Washington, D.C. office and his Kansas offices located in Dodge City, Hutchinson, Salina, and Manhattan. The deadline for applications is March 15. For more information, visit http://huelskamp.house.gov/internships.


  • One of the first steps to being old

    I have decided that AARP — formerly the American Association of Retired Persons — is stalking me. At any rate, I think the organization has gone from informative to obnoxious. I turned 66 in November, and they turned up the heat. I am not one of those people who was approached at, say 50 or even 55 and invited to join that happy group of older Americans who were offered discounts to movies, motels, restaurants, and lumber yards across the country. I attributed that to the fact that I didn’t have grey hair.


    Governor to eliminate deductions


  • Tabor College to host Special Olympic basketball

    The faculty and student of Tabor College, in cooperation with Hillsboro Kiwanis will host a Special Olympics basketball tournament from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the main gym and student activity center. Teams from four counties will be participating. Divisions are made up of teams with similar ability levels. The tournament is designed to give teams experience before the Kansas Special Olympic State Tournament in March at Fort Hays State University.

  • TEEN to meet Feb. 20

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Marion USD office, 101 N. Thorp, Marion.

  • Gardening event March 9 in Hutchinson

    Hutchinson Horticulture club is hosting a free gardening event called “A Gathering for Gardners” from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Chruch, 407 E. 12th St., west of the Cosmosphere. There will be presentations on topics, such as: compost, plants that need less water, top 40 prairies star annuals for color, most common plant problems, container gardens, and front-yard landscaping.

  • Free prom dresses available

    Free prom dresses will be available for any Hillsboro High School girls planning to attend prom from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and March 5. Cinderella’s Closet will be open in the Hillsboro High school library offering new and gently-used dresses.


  • Versch has fun with string band

    It may borderline on obsessive, but Jim Versch of Marion has a passion for string band music. The fact that he needs nine mandolins, a tenor banjo, a four-string Dobro, a guitar, and an octave mandolin to make music is just evidence that he likes to do his job well. The former longtime Marion High School art teacher and volleyball coach continues to follow a motivational credo of “hard work pays off, but have fun while doing it,” in his position as a new member of the Tallgrass Express String Band.


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  • Tabor College to dedicate Harms Hall

    Tabor College will unveil a new, 16-unit residence hall at 502 E. B Street in Hillsboro. Harms Residence Hall will be officially dedicated on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the dedication and ribbon cutting. Following the ceremony, guided tours of the facility will be available for the public.

  • Goessel scholars place third at state

    The Goessel Scholars Bowl team captured third place Feb. 9 at the state tournament held at Flinthills High School in Rosalia. The team of Heath Goertzen, David Hesse, Johanna Hoffman, Bjorn Schumann, Mark Schmidt, and Ben Wiens notched four wins and one loss in the preliminary rounds before going 3-2 in finals for third place. In the championship rounds, Goessel lost to Blue Valley Randolf, 30-20, then beat Udall 50-40, and then endured a controversial loss to Satanta 55-40.

  • Hutchinson names honor roll students

    Hutchinson Community College recently released the names of Presidential and Honor Roll recipients for the 2012 fall semester and interterm session. Students on the Presidential Honor Roll earned a 4.0 grade point average. Those named to the Honor Roll held grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.999. Presidential Honor Roll awards went to Leslie Cook and Elizabeth Unruh of Goessel; Kathryn Ens, LeaAnn Knaak, Wendy McCarty, Charles Miller, and Rachel Plenert of Hillsboro; Tyler Wildin of Marion; Mikayla Hiebert and Tyler Wenger of Peabody.


  • Thiessen signs with Tabor College football

    Past, present, and future coaches of Tyrell Thiessen, Hillsboro High School senior, could not be happier to hear he signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play football at Tabor College this coming fall. The 275-pound, 5’11” running back and lineman led the Hillsboro Trojans to a 10-1 record this past year, and had several post high school athletic offers to consider.

  • Hillsboro boys lose at buzzer

    The Hillsboro boys’ basketball team chipped away at Hesston’s 41-31 lead meticulously in the fourth quarter before finally getting a chance to win the game with a final shot down 44-43 with 23.1 seconds left in the game. As with any comeback, the effort began on defense. On three consecutive possessions to start the fourth quarter, the Trojans forced a turnover, got a steal, and forced a tie-up. A jumper and two free throws by Harry Faber brought the score to 41-35 with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the game.

  • Trojans win big on Tuesday

    The Hillsboro boys’ basketball team responded to the senior night crowd with what head coach Darrel Knoll described as the best energy of the season in a 46-19 victory over Halstead on Tuesday in Hillsboro. “It was a big motivational thing for us,” Senior Shaq Thiessen said.

  • Hillsboro girls lose to Hesston

    Hesston may have figured out a formula to defeat the Hillsboro girls basketball team Friday in a 40-36 victory in Hesston. The first key to the victory was attacking the post. Hesston used a vareity of players on the block. Most of the touches went to 6-foot-1 senior Kelsey Unruh, but sophomore Caylee Richardson and freshman Cami Richardson each received multiple passes in the post.

  • Trojans pull off lopsided win over Halstead

    There is no substitute for game action. With the Hillsboro girls’ basketball team manufacturing a 34-17 lead over Halstead by halftime, before stretching that lead to the final margin of 66-30, Addie Lackey had plenty of time to work on different aspects of her game.

  • Goessel boys lose on buzzer beater

    White City was the scene of a “buzzer beater” the last two times that the Goessel High School boys’ basketball team played there. Feb. 5 the Bluebirds again had chances to seal a win, but did not make the shot at the buzzer. In the first quarter, Davis Cook, Shane Goerzen, and Trey Schmidt all hit baskets to keep the game tied 6-6. Nic Buller ended the scoring for the Bluebirds as White City led at the end of the first quarter 10-8.

  • Goessel girls end league with losses

    The Goessel High School girls scored first but faltered and could not recover Feb. 5 against White City. Johanna Hoffman and Page Hiebert scored to give the Bluebirds a 4-3 lead at the start of the game, but White City scored 11 consecutive points to a take a 14-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jessica Harvey scored seven points in the second period to go along with two points from Hoffman and Makayla King, but the Huskies raced to a 30-15 halftime advantage.

  • HHS wrestlers ready for regionals

    Austin Cross and Tyrell Thiessen had the best weeks of any Hillsboro wrestlers. Thiessen, in the 285-pound division, won both of his matches in the Central Kansas League Tournament on Saturday, defeating Brix Brickley of Smoky Valley and Patrick Deegan of Hesston. Thiessen is now 27-4 this season and is ranked fourth in 3-2-1A.


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