• Bugle brings fulfillment to veteran

    Larry Cushenberry’s instrument of choice Monday at Hillsboro’s Memorial Day ceremony was bigger than a trumpet, shorter than a trombone, had only two valves, and took more than 15 years for him to find. When deep somber tones issued forth as he played “To the Colors” Cushenberry felt a sense of peace. “I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time,” the Durham resident said. “I’ve always been a non-traditional kind of guy and I wanted a more masculine tone. When I play this, it just makes me feel better.”

  • Love of history entices engine owner to Lehigh

    Gary Worden of Haviland wanted nothing more than to tell everyone all he knew about small engines. So, he dug out his 1916 Lauson Frost King air-cooled engine and brought it to the Lehigh Small Engine and Antique Tractor Show on Monday. Worden has shown off his “little engines” at the show for the last four years. He said it’s never boring, especially when people come to the show with questions in hand.

  • Remembering fallen heroes

    A cool wind gust lifted the words “Let Freedom Ring,” sung by Yvonne Cushenberry of Durham, over a hushed crowd Monday at Hillsboro’s Memorial Park as people gathered along the flag-lined drive to remember the sacrifice of military service men and women. “We try to come every year,” Bonnie Funk of Hillsboro said. “My dad, Mike Schafer, was a WWI veteran, and my husband, Ken, was a veteran of the Korean War. We appreciate so much what they do here.”

  • Officers stick by their dogs

    Two Marion County law enforcement officers have become the latest police personnel caught up in a nationwide trend that, while apparently legal, may involve questionable practices. Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Wilson of Peabody and Hillsboro officer Brad Richards are in no way accused of wrongdoing.


  • Effie Louise Edwards

    Effie Louise Edwards, 85, of Spring Hill, formerly of Lawrence and Richmond, passed away May 20, 2013, at Blackhawk Assisted Living in Spring Hill. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Richmond Community United Methodist Church in Richmond, Kan. A reception followed the service. Burial at a later date at Richmond Cemetery. Her body was donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

  • Dorothy Hanneman

    Dorothy Hanneman, 93, died Thursday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 1, 1920, to Alfred and Nellie Louise (Erion) Burgat of Peabody. She married Joel Hanneman in Newton on Jan. 24, 1940. He died in 2009.

  • Winifred 'Fred' C. Houseman

    Winfred “Fred” C. Housman passed away in Santa Fe, N.M., on May 15, 2013, at the age of 80. A Celebration of Life with military honors will be held at the Legal Tender in Lamy on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m. Fred was born in Shreveport, La., attended Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, and served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy on the carrier USS Wasp. He managed three Kroger stores in Dallas for several years and owned a motel in Buena Vista, Colo., for two years.

  • Esther Klein

    Esther Klein, 92, died May 24, at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born on January 19, 1921 to George and Hulda (Bentz) Ottensmeier of Tampa. She married Lawrence Harry Klein on August 9, 1945 in Tampa.

  • Marcella Unruh

    Marcella Unruh, 90, of Durham died Tuesday at Eagle Crest Retirement Community in Salina. She was born Sept. 7, 1922, to Isaac and Mollie (Betz) Lorenz in Durham. She was a homemaker. She married Norman Unruh on Oct. 14, 1943, in Newton. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988.

  • Thelma Warkentine

    Thelma Warkentine, 84, died Friday at Midland Hospice in Topeka. She was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Peabody to Gilbert and Gladys (Burton) Manka. On April 14, 1947, she married Marvin E. Warkentine. He preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2009, after 62 years of marriage.



  • Crowd shows up to support recycling

    Marion County Commission had to move its meeting Tuesday to the courtroom to accommodate everybody who attended the meeting about recycling. The discussion attracted 28 people, including residents of every city in the county. “It tickled me pink to see that kind of crowd,” Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said later.


  • City officials offer safety reminders

    Storm season has started and Hillsboro city officials want to remind residents where to go should the need arise. “We have five designated storm shelters on our official list,” City Administrator Larry Paine said. “If you do not have a basement or other safe place to go in the case of a tornado warning, you could go to one of these locations.”

  • Zion Lutheran to host VBS in June

    Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, will host “Tell It on the Mountain, Where Jesus Christ Is Lord” Vacation Bible School for children (pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade). It will be held from 8:45 a.m. to noon June 3 to 5. A snack will be provided. Attendees are invited to bring a canned good each day to help build a “mountain” of food for Mainstreet Ministries.

  • CMBS sets summer hours

    The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies’ summer hours will be 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday Wednesday, and Thursday, now through Aug. 16. It will be closed the week of July 1 through 5.

  • 4-H food fest is June 8

    Marion County 4-H’ers will have their annual creative table setting and menu-planning contest from 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 8 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. The registration deadline for those participating is June 4. Contact Nancy Pihl at (620) 382-2325 for more information.

  • Lawn care class June 20

    K-State Extension Marion County and Marion County Environmental Health are sponsoring a free lawn care class at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at the Marion County Lake Hall. A meal will be served free of charge.


  • Juhnke speaks at Lehigh school reunion

    At least 98 Lehigh Rural High School alumni and spouses attended the bi-annual reunion Sunday at Hesston. The school closed in 1966. Jim Juhnke, a 1956 graduate of Lehigh and a professor emeritus of history at Bethel College, North Newton, spoke about the years, 1950 to 1961, when his father Bill Juhnke was the school principal.

  • Quilt trail committee looking for barns

    The Marion County Quilt Trail recently met in Marion with representatives from Graphic Concepts Inc. to continue discussion and organization of a Marion County Barn Quilt Trail. They are looking for homeowners who would like a quilt pattern placed on their barn or other outbuilding.


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  • Proffitt vaults his way to state championship

    State champion pole-vaulter Tyler Proffitt made his own luck. Beginning the summer following his sophomore year, Proffitt dedicated himself to pole vaulting. He attended summer camps and worked relentlessly in practice. He strategically and gradually moved up poles from 14 feet to 14.5 feet to maximize his jumps.

  • Last jump in Bluebird uniform is best ever for Cook

    Davis Cook’s last jump in a Bluebird uniform took place Saturday at the state high school track meet in Wichita. It was the best distance he ever jumped in triple jump competition. “I knew this was going to be my last jump, so I gave it my all,” the Goessel High School senior said.


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