• Student draws attention to human sex trafficking

    Jess Harvey, a senior at Goessel High School normally wears jeans and T-shirts, sweats, or basketball shoes, but for the month of March, she has donned a simple black and white dress. She plans to wear the dress for the entire month hoping to draw attention to human sex trafficking, the topic of her school I-search project. “It’s getting a lot of attention,” she said. “People who know me notice right away. Everybody reacts about the same way: ‘What? You are wearing the same dress every day for a month?’”

  • City approves annexation documents

    Hillsboro City Council members approved two documents that were part of a plan to annex property owned by Kevin Winter along U.S. 56 and Adams Street on Tuesday at their regular meeting. The first document detailed an agreement between the city and the Jean Winter Living Trust in which the city would pay $2,500 to offset property taxes on the land in question for 20 years.

  • Soup sales augment library funds

    It may not have been perfect “soup” weather but Hillsboro City Library patrons and supporters enjoyed the warm fare and gave generously to the library fund last week at their soup lunch fundraiser. “We had a good turnout and ran out of several kinds of soup,” board president Steve Vincent said. “People appreciated what we offered even though the weather was in the 80s.”

  • Goessel patrons to vote on bond issue

    On April 2, residents of the Goessel school district will have the opportunity to vote on a $3.3 million bond project to renovate and update public schools. The bulk of the project would be building new vocational and agricultural, science, and family and consumer science classrooms and labs at the junior/senior high school, replacing and fixing windows and brickwork on the historic 1930s portion of the school, and construction of a proper tornado shelter at the grade school.


  • Kathleen Brenzikofer

    Kathleen J. (Norton) Brenzikofer, 91 of Burns passed away peacefully at the Kansas Christian Home, Newton, on March 14, 2013. Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Burns United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family present was being from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado. Burial followed the funeral services in Burns Cemetery.

  • Sri-Chol Mickey-Brown

    Sri-Chol (Sheree) Mickey-Brown, 47, of Hillsboro died Thursday at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She worked at the Social Rehabilitation Services office in Harvey County.

  • Leslie Marion Ollenburger

    SALINA — Leslie Marion Ollenberger, 93, of Salina, completed his journey on Earth March 17, 2013. Les was preceded in death by his sister, Eldena Dunn, and three brothers, Albert, Ron and Billy Ollenberger.

  • Magdalen Wirtz

    Magdalen “Maggie” Wirtz, 79, of Lost Springs died Thursday at the Medicalodges of Herington. She was born July 15, 1933, at Olmitz to Max C. and Mary (Stetler) Axman. She was a registered nurse, having graduated from Great Bend School of Nursing. She began her career at Great Bend High School and retired from Herington Municipal Hospital where she worked the night shift. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church.



  • Fleming questions county commercial kitchen

    In discussion with Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman, County Commissioner Roger Fleming said he was concerned about plans to open a certified commercial kitchen in the county lake hall. Fleming said he doesn’t want the project to subsidize businesses when other businesses in the county have invested in their own kitchens and equipment.

  • No state help for Pilsen road

    Marion County received a letter back from Kansas Department of Transportation offering no aid for paving Remington Road between U.S. 56 and 290th Road. Marion County Commission had recently sent a request for any available assistance, along with photos showing how narrow the road is, how steep the ditches are in places, and how dusty the road can be.


  • Hoch Publishing wins top awards

    Hoch Publishing received exciting news this week: an announcement from Kansas Press Association that we won 12 major statewide awards for journalism in 2012. Most gratifying was first place for community service — something that is our sole reason for existence. It is the second time in three years we won in that category — strong testament to the work of news editor Adam Stewart and his superb staff.

  • Holub objects to tax exemption

    The House Taxation Committee voted March 8 to go forward with HB 2285 to remove certain types of business fixtures from the tax rolls. Under the pretext of clarifying a law that has existed for more than 100 years, the bill redefines fixtures on behalf of two companies. This bill was introduced after being requested by two companies (registered in Delaware, which has no corporate taxes, but doing business in Kansas) whose 10-year property tax abatements had expired.

  • Barker also opposes exemptions

    State Rep. John Barker (R-Abilene), who represents northern Marion County, also opposes the legislation. “I think it’s a mess,” he said Monday in between hearings in Topeka. “I’m not for it at this point in the process, but I understand there may be an attempt to make a lot of amendments. Nothing’s over until it’s over.”


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    Postal delays clarified


  • Buyers and sellers find opportunities on swap site

    Eileen Sieger sold an American flag, Eunice Christensen listed her piano, and Douglas Calam turned Mustang headlights into cash, but the best feature of the Marion County Swap Site on Facebook for Marion area residents is the ISO option. “I just love that you can post that you are looking for something, In Search Of,” Robin Dicks said. “It’s like a big community garage sale without all the hassle of getting things out and ready. Someone always seems to know someone else who might have what you are looking for. I enjoy how people just chime in and are always so helpful.”

  • Weatherman to speak at museum fundraiser

    KWCH-TV meteorologist Mark Larson will speak April 6 at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum’s annual fundraiser at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, a mile north of Goessel on K-15. Larson will discuss forecasting and drought. A beef brisket dinner with dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m.

  • Everance moves office to church

    Everence, a religiously affiliated financial services and insurance agency, will relocate its Hillsboro office April 1 from 106 S. Main St. to inside Trinity Mennonite Church, 211 S. Elm St.

  • Country star to perform at Chingawassa

    Chart-topping country star Joe Nichols will perform at Chingawassa Days on June 7 in Marion, becoming the second headliner to sign for the 2013 festival, joining early ’90s rockers FireHouse, who will perform June 8. Nichols’ biggest hit was 2005’s “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” The video for the song has more than 6 million views on YouTube.

  • New dog ready for service in Marion

    A new officer is on duty with the Marion police force and though she has four legs, a deep growl, and a bit of a shedding problem, she is ready and willing to take up patrol life with her partner, Officer Mike Stone. “Ana is a Czech shepherd,” Stone said. “She is a hard dog, meaning she is genetically bred to work.”

  • Transfers boost ambulance demand

    Peabody had the busiest ambulance unit in Marion County for February with 29 calls, but more than one-third of those calls were transfers from Hillsboro Community Hospital, Emergency Medical Service Director Steve Smith told the County Commission on Monday. The reason Peabody ambulance made those transfers is because it is the only unit that has regular volunteers qualified to make advanced life support transfers. Smith said that in recent months, HCH has started requesting advanced life support transfers whenever there is a chance that it will be needed.


  • Songwriter to perform at opera

    Singer songwriter Jimmy Webb is appearing in a solo show at the McPherson Opera House at 7 p.m. March 23. Webb wrote “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Galveston” for Glen Campbell. Each song won a Grammy. He also wrote “Up, Up, and Away” for Fifth Dimension and “MacArthur Park” for Richard Harris. For more information, call John Holecek at (316) 648-5010.

  • Vincent to lead Lifelong session

    Steve Vincent of Hillsboro will sing and share piano and handbell talents with Lifelong Learning participants at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The Vincent session was rescheduled from Feb. 22 because of snow cancellations.

  • Democratic women to meet Friday

    Marion County Democratic Women will meet at noon on Friday at the Marion Senior Center. A business meeting will follow lunch.

  • Knak wins free fuel

    JoAnn Knak of Hillsboro, who at age 71 continues to serve as an emergency medical technician, has been named one of 81 Kansans to receive $50 in free fuel from Cenex’s Tanks of Thanks program.


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  • Goessel kindergarten screening is April 1

    Goessel kindergarten screening will take place April 1 at Goessel Mennonite Church. Children who are five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2013 are eligible to participate in screening activities. Please contact the Goessel Elementary School office at (620) 367-8118 to schedule a screening appointment.

  • Hillsboro screening is April 2 and 3

    Kindergarten screening will take place April 2 and 3 at the Hillsboro Elementary School for children who will be eligible for kindergarten in 2013-2014. Please contact the elementary office at (620) 947-3981 to set up an appointment. Children need to be five years old on or before Aug. 31 to be eligible for kindergarten this fall.

  • Tabor students need internships

    Because of a new requirement that all Tabor College business students must have internship experience to graduate, Tabor College is asking local businesses to consider Tabor students for internships. For more information, contact Charlotte Kennedy Takahashi at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1505 or email her at charlottek@tabor.edu.

  • Tabor professor to give address

    Richard G. Kyle, history and religion Professor at Tabor College, will provide the College’s commencement address on May 18. The ceremony will be 10 a.m. at Joel H. Wiens stadium. Kyle has written 11 books and more than 170 publications. He also has received numerous awards, including being named a Fulbright Scholar twice, Rothermal Award from his alma matter Kutzman University, Hatboro-Horsham High School Hall of Fame, and being named to the Kutztown University Athletic Hall of Fame. Tabor College’s faculty lecture series was named after Kyle.

  • Community service day is May 1

    Hillsboro High School is planning a community service day from about noon until 3 p.m. May 1. The student council is asking if businesses would be interested in student workers. Businesses should call Stuart Holmes at (620) 947-3991 between 8 and 8:30 a.m. or 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. They can also e-mail Holmes at stuart.holmes@usd410.net.


  • Bridging the gap

    Rural Goessel farmer Milton Duerksen, 83, has worked hard all his life and dealt with adversity on many occasions. But when severe back pain and resulting surgery in August 2012 made it impossible for him to carry on as usual, the cattle and crops farmer thought he might just have to give up his independent way of life.

  • Gutsch gives care, receives love, for 30 years

    Sue Gutsch of rural Lincolnville recently retired after spending the past 30 years caring for those in need of long-term care. After seven years at Marion Manor, she spent the past 23 years at St. Luke Living Center as a nurse aid and assistant activities director. Gutsch worked at other part-time jobs, such as postmaster relief at Lincolnville and waitressing, before becoming a nurse aid. She was amazed to discover the satisfaction that caring for others brought to her life.


  • County athletes named to all-state teams

    Hillsboro High School forward Tena Loewen was named to the Wichita Eagle’s All-State basketball third team. The all-state teams are not divided by classes. She was also a first team selection for the all-class 3A team. Hillsboro’s Addie Lackey was a second team selection. Danae Bina was an honorable mention. Shaq Thiessen and Brett Weinbrenner were both honorable mention selections for the all-class team.

  • Bluejays sweep baseball awards

    Tabor College junior Kirk Rocha of Modesto, Calif. has been awarded KCAC Player of the Week and senior Josh Stone of Ft. Worth, Texas was awarded the KCAC Pitcher of the Week for student-athlete performances March 11 to 17 by votes from KCAC sports information directors. Rocha hit 0.533 and slugged 1.033 during an 8-1 week for the Tabor College Bluejays. In a two-game series against Briar Cliff (Iowa), Rocha went 5-7 at the plate with four runs scored and four RBI’s. Against McPherson College, in the opening of KCAC play, he went 3-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and four RBI’s in game one. Rocha ended the four-game McPherson series 8-of-13 at the plate, with 10 runs scored and six RBIs. He finished the week with 16 hits, 15 runs, 11 RBIs, five walks, three home runs, three stolen bases, two doubles, and two triples.

  • PBHS gets four on all-league teams

    Four Peabody-Burns seniors were selected for Wheat State League basketball honors. Rayna Barnes, Christian Gard, and Austin Savage were first-team picks, and Brandee Burnett was selected for honorable mention.

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  • Eight state competitors return to Marion track team

    The Marion Warriors track and field team has 47 members this year, 30 boys and 17 girls. Of those 47, more than one-sixth competed at the state track meet last season. The returning state qualifiers are Brody Carroll, 1,600-meter relay; Spencer Fugitt, discus and javelin; Jordan Hett, 1,600- and 3,200-meter run; James Jones, long jump and 1,600-meter relay; Alicia Maloney, pole vault; Patrick McCarty, 1,600-meter relay; Nicholas Meyer, shot-put; and Corey Shields, shot-put.

  • Pitching, defense define Warrior's identity

    The Marion Warriors baseball team returns to action this spring with all but two players from a team that came within three outs of winning the 2012 regional championship and advancing to state. Cole Lewman and David Helmer are the only players who departed. With 18 players on the team, head coach Roger Schroeder said he expects 12 or 13 players to contribute a lot.

  • Familiar faces back for Warrior softball

    The Marion Warriors softball team will have five seniors returning from last year’s team. Seniors Chelsea Voth, Jay Dee Schafers, Montana Percell, Balee Shiplet, and Andrea Nordquist give the team an experienced core. Pitcher Megan Richmond, a junior, further adds experience to the team.

  • Marion golf team shows promise

    Although Marion High School has a smaller golf team this year, co-coach Thane Schwartz “It’s an important life skill to have,” the second-year coach said. “Golf gives them a chance to practice it.”

  • Seven qualifiers return at Centre

    At least 24 students have joined the track team at Centre High School. Of the nine returning letter-winners, seven competed in the 2012 state track meet, including a 4x100-meter relay team of Justin Deines, Houston Svoboda, Grant Srajer, and Conner Montgomery. Deines, a senior this year, will compete in the 200 and javelin. Svoboda, also a senior, will compete in the 100 and 200. Srajer, a junior, will compete in the 100, long jump, and triple jump. Montgomery, a junior, will compete in the 100 and 200.

  • Faber leads Hillsboro tennis

    Senior Harry Faber is back to lead the Hillsboro High School tennis team featuring five returning letter-winners. Faber qualified for the state tournament last season and placed ninth in singles. He went 23-15 last season in his first season as a singles player. Faber established an identity last season, aggressively attacking the net. This will be Faber’s first season as a No. 1 singles player, with graduate and fellow state qualifier Grant Shewey filling that role last season.

  • Centre golf team has six new members

    The Centre High School golf team is rebuilding this year, with six new members. They are junior exchange student Sualeha Mustafa, sophomore Courtney Hett, and freshmen Trevor Williams, Nathaniel Engler, Jacob Matz, and Tyler Bentz. Three returning members are junior Karl Riffel and senior letter-winners Kodey Johnson and Dylan Svitak.

  • Trojans build on power

    Baseball is different from other sports; its practices feature a unique cadence. Among the thwack of balls landing in leather gloves and light ping of a bat connecting for grounders, there were plenty of juvenile jokes flying through the air at the Hillsboro High School baseball practice on Thursday.

  • Softball team returns solid core

    The Hillsboro High School softball team probably will not look at the 2013 season as a title defense. The Trojans lost their entire outfield and the right side of the infield to graduation. But Hillsboro still has plenty of returning players with plenty of talent.

  • Hillsboro returns four state track qualifiers

    With the exception of relays, track and field is an individual sport. That individuality applies to athlete training and expectations. “The way we train Emily Sechrist and Shaq Thiessen may be different than the young kids trying to get points early,” head coach Dennis Boldt said.

  • Golf team is as green as the course

    With an inexperienced golf team, Hillsboro coach Scott O’Hare plans to get his players on the green as much as possible so they can practice before the first meet. “It’s difficult with spring break,” O’Hare said. “But I told them to practice as much as they could, even if they have to pay green fees.”

  • Peabody-Burns track features 3 seniors

    Peabody-Burns track and field head coach Brian Lightner is taking a patient, cautious approach in his third season at the helm for the Warriors. For instance, the most important meet for him is the Wheat State League meet May 9 in Goessel.

  • Morris leads Warrior golf

    Peabody golf coach Jim Pohlman believes the four returning letter winners for the Warriors can compete with anyone. Senior Tommy Morris placed 65th with a score of 97 last year at the state tournament at Seneca. Morris and graduate Matt Hiebert both qualified for the state tournament with top 20 placements at the regional tournament in Ellinwood and helped the Warriors place fourth in the tournament.

  • Five letter-winners return at Goessel

    The Bluebirds did not have any boys qualify for the 1A state track meet last year, but five returning letter-winners will provide leadership and experience for this year’s team. Coach Curtis Guhr said he expects seniors Grant Flaming, distance runner, and Davis Cook, sprinter, to lead the Bluebirds in point production this year. Juniors Heath Goertzen and Nathan Czarnowsky will likely add points in distance events, while Brian Hiebert returns to throwing events.

  • Numbers increase for Bluebird girls

    Last year’s 1A state track meet qualifiers Tia Goertzen and Ali Buller return to the Goessel High School squad for the 2013 season, bolstered by increased numbers from the freshmen class. Goertzen, hampered by an injury in the first part of the season last year, still qualified for state in the two hurdling events by the end of the season. She finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles and 11th in the 300- meter hurdles.

  • Goessel golfers strive for state

    Goessel High School golfers placed fifth out of twelve teams at a tough Highlands Golf Course last year in the 1A state tournament. Goessel seniors Trey Schmidt, Dan Smucker, and Tyler Schulz return to lead the Bluebirds on a quest for a return to state this season. Last year, Schmidt earned 15th place at state out of 87 players. Other letter-winners from last season are junior Reece Hiebert and sophomore Lucas Hiebert. Additional seniors are Garrett Woelk, Johanna Hoffman, and exchange student Martina Filippi.


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