• Voth downsizes Ratzlaff Draperies in Goessel

    James and Gayle Voth, owners of Ratzlaff Draperies in Goessel since 1979, recently decided to downsize their quilting and sewing business to take advantage of an opportunity to sell their main building. “This wasn’t in my plan,” James Voth said. “My goal was always to build the business up, then sell the whole thing, not just the building, but with things slowing down the way they are, it was too good an opportunity not to pay attention to.”

  • Easter egg hunt is on in Hillsboro

    Sponsors have been secured, colorful baskets readied, and an appearance of the Easter Bunny confirmed for 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Memorial Park for the annual community Easter Egg Hunt. “We’ve prepared for 240 children,” Kiwanis Easter Bunny Committee chair Hank Wiebe said on Tuesday. “Last year we didn’t have quite that many because of the rain, but usually we get the numbers pretty close.”

  • Snow doesn't hamper auction

    Predicted snowfall might have kept some folks away from the Goessel Farm Equipment Consignment Auction on Saturday, but auctioneer Van Schmidt said he was more than pleased with the results of the sale. “We might have given out fewer numbers, but basically what we were doing was giving out numbers to people who were there to buy,” Schmidt said. “It was the sightseers who likely stayed home.”

  • Prescribed burning is serious business

    Nathan Brunner of Tampa is all business when it comes to providing controlled burns for landowners. He and his uncle, Leonard Jirak of Hartford, are operators of Fire 4 Hire, an official contractor with the Kansas Forestry Service and the Natural Resources and Conservation Service. They are authorized to work throughout the state. Jirak is the burn boss and Brunner is the fire technician.


  • Family loves old Chevys

    During his school days, Kim Abrahams would forgo listening to his teachers and would draw cars in the margins of his notebooks. Abrahams has dedicated his life to automotive pursuits. He painted cars for a living. He is currently an employee at Carquest Auto Parts in Hillsboro. He spends a portion of his spare time promoting the Route 56 Classic Cruisers auto show, this year on June 8.

  • Pontiac GTO is police chief's dream car

    Hillsboro Chief of Police Dan Kinning keeps a busy schedule. Between patrolling city streets, staying on top of police vehicle maintenance, tracking down child molesters, and routine meetings with city leaders, he does not have time to waste. If one mentions the Pontiac GTO in his garage at home however, Chief Kinning finds time for a conversation. “I’ve always been a motor-head,” Kinning said. “Ever since high school I’ve loved cars, especially the older ones. They’re getting hard to find these days.”

  • Plans made for Hillsboro car show

    Some car show vehicles go from trailer to parking lot, never to be driven. One past participant in the Route 56 Classic Cruisers car show put about $100,000 into his vehicle. He believed that earned him a first place victory. Taking the loss sourly, he has not been back to the Hillsboro show again.

  • Passion a must in midget car racing

    In a race of wits and skill, the Unruh brothers are going to stop at nothing to win. “It gets pretty dicey by the last race,” Chris Unruh, 34, said. “The thing I love about this class is that it is a bunch of people who are like family off the track. They’ll do anything to help each other out in the pit, but on the track, especially during the last heat, it’s a different story.”

  • Resident struggles to find restoration parts

    Curtis Hancock of Marion has the front of a 1953 Dodge B4B truck setting out in front of the Country Inn Motel so he can work on it when he gets a chance. “I’m not fortunate enough to have a garage to work in,” the 30-year-old said. “I have taken it all apart. Now, I just have to figure out how to put it together again.”


  • Bernice Bartel

    Bernice Bartel, 96, of Hillsboro died March 23 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 26, 1916, north of Hillsboro to Benjamin A. and Mary (Dirks) Unruh. She was a homemaker. She married Walter J. Bartel on Sept. 9, 1938, at Johannestal Mennonite Church, rural Hillsboro.

  • Alvin Hiebert

    Alvin Hiebert, 97, died Saturday in Walnut Hill, Fla. He was born to Frank and Agnes Hoepnner Hiebert on June 22, 1915 in Hillsboro. He was a farmer.

  • Kevin L. Hoffer

    MARION — Kevin L. Hoffer, 61, passed away March 24, 2013, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. He was born June 27, 1951, in Newton, the son of Leonard and Lois (Adams) Hoffer. After high school graduation, he proudly served his country with the United States Navy, serving on the USS Francis Hammond during the Vietnam Conflict.

  • Leona V. Loney

    Leona V. Loney of Lawrence, Kan., and formerly from Pilsen, Kan., died March 24, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence. She was diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago and died from effects of this illness. Services will be at St. John Nepomucence Church of Holy Family Parish in Pilsen on Monday, April 1, 2013, with a rosary starting at 10 a.m. immediately followed by Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be at Pilsen Cemetery.

  • Judith Malin

    Judith Malin, 66, died Nov. 22 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born May 18, 1946, in Hampton, Iowa to the Rev. Arthur W. and Helen Betty (Jost) Malin. She was preceded in death by a son, Jesse Malin, and her parents.

  • Jeffrey Stiles

    Jeffrey D. Stiles, 47, of Olathe died March 17 at the Chanute Health Care Center. He was born Oct. 5, 1965, at Herington, the son of Max D. and Carol Jean (Kohls) Stiles. Stiles was project manager with Sprint Telecommunication in Kansas City.



  • Energy assistance deadline on Friday

    The Kansas Department for Children and Families will continue to accept applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program through Friday. Applications must be received in the LIEAP Processing Center or a DCF office prior to close of business on March 29.

  • Groups are cleaning highways in April

    Numerous sections of highway are available in the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Adopt-A-Highway groups are participating in the annual Cleanup Kansas Campaign in April, clearing litter away from highways. Motorists are asked to use caution, as people with bright orange vests will be working next to highways. Youth groups with members at least 11 years old and adequate adult supervision are eligible. KDOT provides each group safety training, trash bags, orange vests, and signs for their adopted stretch of highway.


  • Planning is a crucial 1st step

    Mark Felvus wants students to enter Marion High School with a plan for what comes after high school. Whether someone wants to go to a four-year university, a two-year college, trade school, or enter the work force, if they know it when they enter high school and plan for it, they’ll have a much easier time accomplishing their goals. With that in mind, Felvus is working with current eighth graders and their parents, encouraging them to start planning before enrolling as freshmen. Felvus understands that it is easier to qualify for admission to a Kansas Board of Regents school, complete the Kansas Scholars curriculum, or become eligible to compete in NCAA sports if a student starts working toward those goals early.


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  • Fire district to buy camera with donation

    Tampa farmer Dalton Wiebe won $2,500 donation from Monsanto. Wiebe donated the money to Marion County Fire District No. 7. The fire department will use the money to buy a new thermo-image camera.

  • Youths win Top Blues at regional club day

    More than 30 youth represented Marion County at Regional 4-H Club Day March 16 in El Dorado. Top Blue awards went to Kara Riffel for her reading, Reece Berens for his reading, Charlie Peters for his project talk, Addie Berens and Kelli Dyck for their instrumental ensemble, and The Stage Kids from Goessel Goal Getters for their skit.

  • Easter hymn sing is Sunday

    A special Easter community hymn sing will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. The gathering will include singing, prayer, and scripture reading. Those attending will have the opportunity to select favorite hymns.


  • Doris Arnold to celebrate 90th birthday

    The family of Doris Arnold will have a come-and-go celebration of her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Park Village dining room at 1 Park Ave., Hillsboro. Greetings may be sent to her at 1 Park Ave., Apt. 103, Hillsboro, KS 67063.

  • Democratic Women apply for grant

    Marion County Democratic Women met Friday at Marion Senior Center. Former members Jane Vajnar and Madonna Schafers were guests. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. The organization will apply for a Kathleen Sebelius Community Service Project Grant for its work with Marion County Emergency Food Bank.


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  • Tabor College plans spring drama

    Tabor Collge students will present a spring drama,“The Crucible,” at 7:30 p.m., April 11 to 13 in the Tabor College Lab theater. Director Judy Harder said tickets are limited for each performance and can be purchased from the student life office by calling (620) 947-3121.

  • Greenhouse a place for student growth

    A high school horticulture class just finished turf-study projects and small sprouts of vegetables and flowers are taking root in the Goessel High School vocational agriculture greenhouse. Also growing is the students’ understanding of how things thrive in nature. “We are in the middle of planting and starting all our peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelons, asparagus ferns, and flowers,” teacher Zana Manche said. “We are hoping to help the elementary garden speed up their process by providing the seedlings for them to work with.”

  • Schulz and Goertzen win state awards

    Goessel High School seniors Tyler Schulz and Tia Goertzen won awards over spring break for work on projects made possible by different high school organizations. Schulz, an FFA member and agriculture orientated student, won a state proficiency award for agriculture mechanics energy systems. He is one of 40 state winners who will be recognized this summer at state convention.

  • Special TEEN meeting April 4

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold a special board meeting at 6 p.m. April 4. The meeting will be held at the Marion District office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion. For questions or information, call Brandi Hendrix at (620) 877-0237.

  • Goessel students win music awards

    The Wheat State League Music Festival was held March 5 at Goessel Jr/Sr High School. The Goessel Junior High Band, Choir, Girls Ensemble, Boys Ensemble, and select Mixed Ensemble earned division “I” ratings from both judges for their performances. The following students performed vocal solos: Tiana Base, Leah Booton, Olivia Duerksen, Eden Hiebert, Lauren Hiebert, Riley Jarvis, Emily Meier, Madeline Meier,Joshua Schmidt, Nathaniel Schmucker, Kaytlin Shipp, Autumn Strecker, Shelbi Stultz, and Lanna Wagner.


  • Martial arts classes coming to Hillsboro

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission is partnering with Honorable Tiger School of Martial Arts to present classes on Goshin Jutsu karate, Lao Hu Pa’i gung fu, judo techniques, self defense training, and Aiki Jutsu karate. Mervin Lare, a Sifu Joe Bostick fifth-level Lao Ho Pa’i gung fu practitioner, will teach the classes at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Hillsboro Elementary School. The price of the classes is $40 per month.


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