HEADLINES

  • Grader flattens unusual visitor

    When Greg Ballew saw a piece of pipe on the ground while driving his county road grader home, he was surprised what it actually was. “As I was getting closer, it started to move, so I swerved back over and ran it over,” Ballew said. “Then I backed up, took the blade and pulled its head off.”

  • Fair to feature cornucopia of events but no carnival

    The 83rd annual Marion County Fair is right around the corner, and this year there are some big changes. For the first time, the main musical act will perform in Marion, and for the first time in two years, there will not be a carnival.

  • Deputy stops kidnap suspect

    Marion County sheriff’s deputies stopped a suspected kidnapping in progress last week. About 1:50 p.m., July 9, police dispatchers in Sedgwick County received a report that a woman was being abducted by an ex-boyfriend in a semi-truck and was traveling through Marion County on U.S. 50.

  • Tidwell protests nuisance reports

    Kevin Tidwell said he felt singled out and wanted to know why Tuesday at Hillsboro’s city council meeting. Tidwell has been receiving letters saying his property at 206 W. B St. is a nuisance since he closed his auto shop and started doing remodeling work. A court date is set for Monday.

  • County 'steps into future' with recycling

    Saying it is time for Marion County to “take a step into the future,” county commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to purchase six recycling bins for smaller communities and a roll-off trailer. For now, a truck from the Road and Bridges Department will take the bins to and from a transfer station in Marion.

  • Polka is more than song and dance

    Hopping or galloping as they circle the floor, some were compelled to let out an excited whoop or holler. Polka is a way of life for many of who attended the Mid-Western Polka Club dance and watermelon feed Sunday at Marion County Lake hall

  • Hymn sing has special guest

    A guest choir attended the monthly hymn sing Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Men in Harmony sang sacred and secular songs in Barbershop style.

  • Group seeks exchange families

    Welcoming foreign exchange students into her home has affected Doris Unruh’s children as much as it has her own life. Unruh’s daughter, Marie, now travels the world constantly. She is currently in Europe.

  • Fireworks to highlight vintage baseball game

    Florence Labor Day will include an 1860s vintage baseball game for the second consecutive year. Planners decided at a meeting last week to add a fireworks display at the end of the game. The celebration also will feature a homemade ice cream social and watermelon seed-spitting contest. Those wearing 1860s apparel or a 2013 Labor Day T-shirt will get free ice cream.

  • Dreaming the not-impossible dream

    Justin Terrel’s dream of singing on national television has been deferred, as poet Langston Hughes might have written, but it will not dry up like a raisin in the sun. Disappointed in the finals of a regional qualifying round for Simon Cowl’s Fox TV series “X Factor,” the Marion High School student hopes his dream will explode into a second chance to audition next year with “a more challenging song that showcases my ability better.”

DEATHS

  • Robert Hanson

    Marion resident Robert Lee Hanson, 80, died July 10. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Good News Christian Fellowship, Marion. Born Feb. 16, 1933, in Wichita to Vernon and Okla Hanson, he graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951. He studied at Wichita Technical Institute, and worked as a television studio engineer for 10 years in Wichita.

DOCKET

PEOPLE

  • Round the town

    Durham Baptist Church had a welcoming get-together July 7 for its interim pastor, Brad Penn, and his wife, Debbie, from Hillsboro. The church’s social committee served refreshments. Tim, Donna, and Marissa Diener, Marcella Mohn, and her grandson were recent visitors of Arlene Pankratz.

  • Northwest of Durham

    The Jantz family had a potluck supper July 7 at Cottonwood Grove Christian School in honor of cousins Gaylord and Lana Koehn of Livingston, Calif. The families of Lela Wedel, Amanda Wedel, and Harvey Jantz attended. Clayton and Betty Wiebe invited Roy and Nadine Davis, Tim Davis, and John Steiner to dinner July 7. Steiner returned home to Buhl, Idaho, July 8 after helping with harvest.

SPORTS

  • 12-and-under team qualifies for regional

    Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars in the 12-and-younger division have qualified for the Cal Ripken baseball Midwest regional by finishing as state runner-up. The Hillsboro 12-and-younger team won the league with an undefeated record, then added two players from Marion and three from Chase County to form an all-star team for the postseason. The all-stars won district tournament in Lyons and advanced to the state tournament in Wellington.

  • Swimmers place 2nd at league meet

    Hillsboro Swim Team narrowly missed winning the Mid-Kansas League swim meet Saturday at Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center. Hillsboro earned 747.5 points, behind Lindsborg’s 759 points. Hesston placed third with 452 points. Also competing were Marion, fourth; Abilene, fifth; Peabody, sixth; Herington, seventh; and Solomon, eighth.

AUTOMOTIVE

  • Police auto needs different from most

    Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning has driven many police cars since he started out over 30 years ago. “Cars have advanced so much in comfort and technology,” he said. “I used to drive a patrol car that had a seat like a rock. I got the seat replaced in that one.”

  • Heat also exhausting for cars

    Extreme heat is hard not just on people. It also is hard on cars. Eastmoor Methodist United Church pastor Mike Eurit found that out the hard way when his Kia Optima broke down. “My wife and I were on our way home from Manhattan last week when the car started running hot,” he said.

  • Demo derby car to be raffled

    A 1985 Chevrolet Caprice will be raffled before the Canton demolition derby it is set to run in on Sunday. The car was donated by Jayson and Carla Hamm to raise money for 8-year-old leukemia patient Kaiden Schroeder of McPherson.

  • Right documents simplify registration

    Long waits to register a vehicle can make anyone grumpy. County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman said people could speed things up by having the right documents. “What we run into the most are people who have bought a new car, but when they come in to tag it, don’t have the right documents,” she said.

  • Lovelady spent 5 years restoring car

    Ever since he was old enough to drive, Bub Lovelady had old cars to tinker with. For a few years in the mid-1990s, he went without working on a car. That was until 1996, when his wife, Linda, saw an ad in a car directory for a 1931 Chevrolet coupe. Lovelady figured that if it had been in remotely good condition, it already would have sold. Nonetheless, he was curious enough to drive to Wichita to see the car. The ad hadn’t included a phone number, only an address.

SPORTS

  • Swimmers place 4th at league meet

    Marion Swim Team placed fourth with 421.5 points this weekend at the Mid-Kansas League swim meet Saturday at Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center. Top three finishers for Marion were: Boys 8 and under 25 breaststroke: 3. Trevor Schafers. 100 freestyle relay: 2. Schafers, Tristen Dye, Landon Dye, and Ryan Terry. 9 and 10 25 butterfly: 1. Will Alleven. 25 backstroke: 3. Winter Campbell. 25 freestyle: 1. Alleven. 25 breaststroke: 1. Alleven. 100 individual medley: 1. Alleven. 11 and 12 50 butterfly: 3. Cade Alleven. 13 and 14 50 butterfly: 2. Logan Waner. 50 backstroke: 3. Evan Calhoun. 50 freestyle: 3. Waner. 100 individual medley: 2. Waner. 200 medley relay: 1. Calhoun, Devin Regnier, Waner, and Austin Neufeld. 200 freestyle relay: 3. Neufeld, Regnier, Calhoun, and Warner. Girls 8 and under 25 butterfly: 2. Shannon Taylor. 25 freestyle: 1. Taylor. 100 freestyle relay: 2. Taylor, Paige Ensey, and Cadence Craig. 9 and 10 25 backstroke: 1. Amy Gayle. 25 breaststroke: 3. Gayle. 100 freestyle relay: 3. Emma Calhoun, Kalea Craig, Emily Hake, and Gayle. 11 and 12 50 butterfly: 1. Kennedy Fahey. 50 backstroke: 2. Lilly Collett. 100 individual medley: 2. Fahey. 200 medley relay: 3. Michaela Regnier, Chloe Burkholder, Fahey, and Collett. 13 and 14 50 breaststroke: 1. Sarah Hendrix. 200 freestyle relay: 3. Hendrix, Shelby Wilhelm, and Courtney Herzet.

  • 12-and-under team qualifies for regional

    Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars in the 12-and-younger division have qualified for the Cal Ripken baseball Midwest regional by finishing as state runner-up. The Hillsboro 12-and-younger team won the league with an undefeated record, then added two players from Marion and three from Chase County to form an all-star team for the postseason. The all-stars won district tournament in Lyons and advanced to the state tournament in Wellington.

SCHOOL

  • FFA group attends conference

    Members of Hillsboro FFA attended a state conference July 1 through 3 at Rock Springs Ranch in Junction City. Attending were, Valerie Klassen, Hannah Bartel, SaRae Roberts, Lisa Geis, Jesse Meier and Ethan Oborny. Advisor Sonya Roberts also attended.

  • Enrollent dates set

    Goessel USD 411 enrollment will be Aug. 7, 6 to 9 p.m. and Aug. 8, 8 a.m. to noon. Enrollment also can be done by mail. A list of needed supplies can be found at Keith’s Foods.

  • Locals graduate from Hutchinson

    Several local students graduated in May from Hutchinson Community College. Students receiving associates degrees included Kathryn Ens of Hillsboro, Danielle Hatfield of Lincolnville, Connor Thierolf of Marion, and Adam Benson and Christine Windsor of Peabody.

  • Students receive degrees, honors

    Wichita State Ten Wichita State University students from Marion County received degrees this spring. Goessel Sheldon J. Goerzen, bachelor of science in aerospace engineering, with high honors. Hillsboro Kimberly A. Givens, bachelor of arts in psychology. Danielle Hagen, master of social work. Patrick R. Harrison, master of education in sport management. Nicholas C. Mueller, bachelor of science in aerospace engineering, with high honors. Marion Sarah L. Dye, bachelor of arts in psychology. Cassandra A. Legg, bachelor of science in biological sciences. Peabody Christian M. Bengtsson, master of business administration. Joseph A. Brunner, master of accountancy. Jana L. Windsor, master of arts in aging studies.

  • Marion County helps KSU set record

    Marion County residents contributed more than $62,000 to the $152 million Kansas State University received in gifts, pledges, and future commitments during the 2013 fiscal year. The amount contributed beat a $111 million record set in 2012.

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