• Council plans mill restoration

    Hillsboro City Council approved restoration of the replica Friesen mill at the historical museum complex at a cost of $21,900. Most of the funds — $17,000 — will come from a trust established by the original miller’s family when the replica was built in the early 1990s. An expected reimbursement for work on the Schaeffler House Museum will help with the city’s portion of the cost.

  • Florence celebrates Labor Day in style

    Heat did not deter many from enjoying the festivities at the 76th annual Florence Labor Day celebration. Jeff Hedrick was the winner of the “King of the Hill” soap box derby. Nathan Shields took second place, and Gracie Mackey came in third.

  • Commissioners agreeable to road closure

    County Commissioners told Leroy Kraus on Friday that there would be a process he would have to go through in order to have a stretch of 180th Rd. closed, but they were agreeable to the idea of closing the road. Kraus is seeking to have the eastern half mile of 180th Rd. between Upland Rd. and U.S. 77 closed. It is a minimum maintenance road, and about halfway through the mile is a mudhole that remains weeks after the last substantial rain, making it impassable to most vehicles.

  • Arts and crafts vendors prepare for shows

    With Art in the Park and Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair only a few weeks away, vendors are busy preparing their items to sell. Susan Berg and her husband, Don, have been making wind chimes and coat hooks out of antique silverware. This will be the first time they have participated in Art in the Park. They have between 75 and 80 charms, and 30 to 40 boards with hooks made.

  • Chili cook-off will be Oct. 5

    Marion County Park and Lake will have its seventh annual chili cook-off from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 outside the lake hall. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, as voted on by members of the public. An entry is two to three gallons of chili and requires a $15 fee.

  • Professor teaches love for birds to students

    Andrew Sensening, assistant biology professor at Tabor College, has a passion for birds. He is transferring that passion to his students in his ornithology class. At 6:30 a.m. Aug. 28, Sensening and his students went to property of Charlotte Takahashi 4 miles from Hillsboro to bird watch. According to Sensening, birds are more active at dusk and dawn.

  • Godspell' is Tabor fall musical

    Twelve Tabor College students will perform “Godspell” as the college’s homecoming musical Oct. 2 to 6. “It’s an uplifting and joyous musical loosely based on teachings and parables found in the Gospel of Matthew,” director Judy Harder said.

  • Rzihas buy Herington pharmacies

    David and Catarina Rziha of Tampa have purchased Boelling’s Health Mart Pharmacy and Kay’s Pharmacy in Herington. The merged pharmacy will be known as Kay’s Pharmacy and will be at the former Boelling’s location. David Rziha said he owned a pharmacy in the past at Atchison. The couple returned to Tampa in 2009 to join his parents’ farming operation. They decided to buy the Herington pharmacies to augment their farming income.



  • Consider being an organ donor

    In September of my sophomore year at Kansas State University, I told some friends that my dad had recently been added to a waiting list for a heart transplant. I didn’t know how long he might have to wait, assuming a match might ever become available. “It could be two weeks or two years,” I remember telling my friends. I badly overestimated, even at the short end. About two hours later, I got the call that my parents were on their way to Wichita — they had a matching donor. My brother picked me up, and we continued on to the hospital for the most stressful night of my life. I sat in the waiting room, surrounded by family and friends. But everybody was mostly quiet while we waited for word on how the transplant went. It was morning by the time someone came to tell us the transplant had gone according to plan and Dad was recovering.


    Doctor: New clinic will add no new services


  • Card shower to be held for 65th anniversary

    The children of Norman and Vivian Mueller — Jo Alexander of Marion, Barry Mueller of Healdsburg, Calif., and Norm Mueller of Denver Colo. — are organizing a card shower Tuesday in honor of their parents’ 65th wedding anniversary. Norman and Vivian married Sept. 10, 1948 at First Baptist Church in Durham. Norman graduated from Tampa High School and served as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II. Vivian was a recent graduate of Durham High School.

  • Card shower planned for 60th anniversary

    Merle and Emma (Colgin) Douglas married on Sept. 14, 1953, in Iola. Their children request a card shower for their 60th anniversary. Cards may be sent to 429 N. Roosevelt St., Marion, KS 66861. Merle grew up in Yates Center and Emma grew up on a farm near Moran. Oil field work brought the family to Marion.

  • Energy group to give its vision

    The Kansas Power Pool staff will have dinner tonight at the Marion Community Center. After dinner will be a presentation to inform potential members what the municipal energy group can do for members.

  • Off-site flu clinics offered

    Marion County Health Department will provide several off-site flu clinics to administer flu vaccines to people across the county. No appointment is needed for those who wish to be vaccinated.

  • Bluegrass coming to senior center

    Sept. 13, Frank and Linda White will play bluegrass music for anyone who wants to come eat and listen at Hillsboro Senior Center. Show and tell will be this Friday and on Sept. 11, Donovon Schmidt will come to share his Depression-era glass.


    Residents attend picnic

    Family helps daughter move


  • Medicare Part D enrollment can be tricky

    Enrollment in Medicare Part D, a federal program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries, begins Oct. 14 and lasts until Dec. 7. This year seniors will find some changes to the program. The largest being premiums will go up by about $1 and the deductibles will fall from around $325 to $310.

  • Program to help seniors prevent falling

    One in three people over 65 will risk injury and even death from falling, Department on Aging Director Gayla Ratzlaff said. “People have the impression that when you get older, the aging process makes you fall,” she said. “If you keep yourself active and do some preventative kinds of things, your chances of falling are decreased.”


  • Trojans start season by winning tournament

    The Hillsboro Trojans volleyball team went 5-0 Saturday in the Central Kansas League preseason volleyball tournament at home, winning the tournament championship in hot conditions. In pool play, the Trojans defeated Sterling 25-7 and 25-17 and Nickerson 25-13 and 25-5 to advance to the bracket. Emily Jost rolled her ankle in the Nickerson match, but she had played well before the injury, Coach Sandy Arnold said. Darcy Heinrichs filled Jost’s spot in the rotation the rest of the tournament.

  • Lady Jays get first win

    The Tabor College women’s soccer team got its first victory of the season Friday, defeating Mid-America Christian University 3-2 in Oklahoma City. The men’s team fell to MACU 4-2 after having the lead twice during the game. The Bluejays dropped to 0-2 on the season. Upcoming

  • Leihy completes basic training at West Point

    Cadet Isaac Leihy, son of Tom and Monica Leihy of Hillsboro, has completed basic training at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point N.Y. He is a 2009 graduate of Hillsboro High School. After graduating, he joined the Army National Guard and went through training in Oklahoma. Leihy attended Kansas State University before doing a nine-month stint as part of the Kansas Honor Guard. After Leihy was stationed in Djibouti, Africa as part of a search and rescue team for a year.

  • Tabor starts academic year with convocation

    Del Gray, associate professor of Biblical and religious studies, delivered the keynote address at Tabor College’s academic convocation Aug. 27, marking the official start of the school year. His address, “The Sharp End of the Rope: The Role of Risk in a Christian Liberal Arts Education,” was based on Mark 8:34-35.


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