• School board looking for new member

    Members of the USD 410 school board will search for a new member this month. Because Kathy Decker declined her write-in election to Position 6, the opening is for the taking. It will expire June 30, 2015.

  • Benefit supper planned for sick quarterback

    Luke Moore’s friends are leery to talk about him, but are doing their best to help him. The former Hillsboro quarterback began chemotherapy treatment Monday in Kansas City.

  • Mayor seeks input on waste site

    Mayor Delores Dalke wants input from the public about what Hillsboro City Council should do about the site where residents can drop off household hazardous waste. The county said Monday it was up to the city to supervise drop-offs, or it would remove its cabinets from the site.

  • Commissioners to get dunked

    A week after commissioners asked County Clerk Tina Spencer to seek fundraising ideas for the county’s $1,000 share of a map of Kansas in the Capitol visitor center, she returned with a suggestion from a department head for a dunk tank at the county fair. “I thought it sounded like fun,” Spencer said.

  • Tabor considering swim team

    Tabor College is considering adding a swim team. Athletic Director, Rusty Allen, says a decision is not imminent, however.

  • Country gospel singer to perform

    Country gospel singer Susie McEntire will present a concert as a prelude to the 83rd annual Marion County Fair. McEntire, named artist of the year several times in the category “positive country music,” will perform at 8 p.m. July 21 at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion.

  • Mayor favors recycling

    Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke said Tuesday at a county recycling task force meeting that the city could add weekly curbside recycling pickup. Dalke said the city may have to replace trash trucks soon, and a new truck could be better equipped for recycling.


  • Reunited through dogged efforts

    It took three searches and help from friends, but Brad and Luretta Turk of Marion found their lost dog, Maggie Mae, on Saturday. Maggie, a dachshund, went missing Thursday. The Turks took Maggie with them to the county lake Thursday at the invitation of Larry and Barb Smith to watch fireworks. They didn’t put a leash on Maggie, because she always stays with them, Luretta said.

  • Front yard is flush with recycling

    Sitting on their own concrete thrones on Billings Street, just off Main Street are what resident Steve Unruh calls, “the epitome of plumbing.” He has plans for the two pink 1950s toilets.

  • Burns residents burgled

    A man and woman pretending to do work roofing shingles stole property from two Burns residencies last Wednesday. Between the two, about $550 was stolen — $450 at one home, and about $80 plus checks, personal identification, and cameras in the other.

  • Jail population exceeds old capacity

    Marion County’s new jail has several times this year exceeded the official capacity of its old jail, as determined by the state fire marshal. The average daily number of inmates for the first six months of 2013 was up about one from the same time in 2012.

  • No decision on emergency management

    Marion County needs a full-time emergency manager, if only because of the need to apply for state and federal grants, county commissioners said Monday. The question is where the manager should fit on the county’s pay scale. “If you get a half-time position, you’ll get a half-time attitude,” commissioner Dan Holub said.

  • County lake expanding pair of docks

    Marion County Park and Lake will expand a pair of public docks for $6,271. A dock by the lake’s boat ramp will have an additional arm for loading and unloading. Spots at that dock generally rent for $10 a day, but loading will be free.


  • Caroline Gilbert

    A memorial servicefor Marion High School graduate Caroline Rae Gilbert, 73, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. A retiree residing in Menifee, Calif., she died May 28 while in Virginia for the wedding of a granddaughter.

  • Linda Mathis

    Linda (Jon’nee) Mathis, 61, of Hillsboro died Thursday at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. She was born Sept. 7, 1951, to John and Faith (Lipscomb) Heidlebaugh in Hugoton. Survivors include her husband, David Mathis of Hillsboro; a son, Joel, of Philadelphia, Pa.; two daughters, Rachel Wathen of Gardner and Michal Lillard of Hillsboro; two sisters, Shayne Osborne of Andover and Darlene Morrison of Bartelsville, Okla.; and seven grandchildren.


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  • How to make your voice heard

    Our big July Fourth extravaganza is now behind us, and it is time to look toward another big July event — this one for our city, school district, county, and other taxing bodies. Yes, it is the dreaded month of budget decisions. Many have budget workshops in which board or council members review expenses and income and decide what gets funded and what does not. For others, the details are hammered out in committee, a printed budget is presented at the July meeting, a vote is taken, and the budget is done for another year.

  • An emergency we need to manage

    Is it just the heat, or does it seem to others that government has devolved into little more than a sophisticated form of panhandling? Rather than actually providing services to taxpayers, the primary function of many highly paid local positions seems to be seeing how much money one agency can wrangle out of another.


  • Hymn sing set for Sunday

    A community hymn sing will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will feature the 20-person group, Men in Harmony, directed by Jim Ellis and led by local singer and musician Steve Vincent The group will perform their own favorites as well as hymns picked by the audience picked hymns. Evening also will include scripture reading and prayer

  • Disability group to meet

    The public is invited to the July meeting of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization at 4 p.m. Monday at the CDDO building in Newton.

  • Talk to focus on pioneer 'truckers'

    Jim Gray COWBOY Society founder and columnist will be giving a talk about the lifestyle and importance bullwhackers at 7 p.m. July 18, at Goessel City Building. Bullwhackers were mid-19th century long-haul supply carriers who traveled across the country with oxen and covered wagons. Their example led to the birth of the modern trucking industry.

  • Round the town

    Many from Hillsboro attended a retirement banquet June 30 for Pastor Curtis Wiens at First Baptist Church in Durham. Weins family members from a distance were also present. Tim and Vera Isaac spent 10 days in Wisconsin visiting their son, Scott, and attended a Brewers game.

  • Tech board to meet

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. July 17 in the USD 408 district office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion. For more information, call Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

  • Northwest of Durham

    Harvest started June 21 and continued through about July 1, and the long work days meant less socialization than usual. However, the wheat yields were good. A Jantz potluck supper June 30 at Cottonwood Grove Christian School honored Ron and Angela Koehn of California, who were visiting their son, Josh Koehn.


  • Pool's waters can be healing for seniors

    Physical ailments like arthritis may not have a complete cure, but water can help ease the pain. For women participating in water aerobics sessions at USD 409 Sports and Aquatic Center, working out is like taking care of a car.

  • Books literally read themselves

    Janet Marler is a librarian. She works at Marion City Library. If anyone knows about books, she does. She also knows that not all books are read. Some talk. Marler wants to promote the Kansas Talking Book Program.

  • New technology for older generation

    Neva Applegate enjoys looking at pictures of her grandkids as they scroll across the screen of her Mac computer. Applegate, whose son set her up with a computer in 1995, is part of a growing number of seniors using computers. She uses hers to write emails and play games.


  • Swim team wins at home

    Hillsboro Swim Team won its home meet Saturday against Marion and Peabody. Hillsboro scored 662 points. Coach Stephanie Moss said this may have been the first time in five years that the team has beaten Marion.


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