• Performing helps mascot connect

    Human interaction is at times easier said than done for Tabor College senior Alex Eurit. He sometimes finds himself both shy and at a loss for words while around people he doesn’t know or doesn’t have much in common with. However, if you were to peer in behind the mask of the Tabor Bluejay at any of the many sporting events this year, you will find Eurit there supporting the team and interacting with the crowd.

  • Running long distances for reading

    Kodi Panzer, who is often seen running through Marion, has a passion for running. She has pledged to run a 100-mile ultra marathon that spans from Cassoday to Matfield Green and back to raise money for the Hillsboro Public Library. She said she has run 50-mile races before but never a 100-mile one. The race starts at 6 a.m. Oct. 12. Panzer hopes she can complete it in 24-hours.

  • Cushenbery plays 'Taps' in memory of 9/11 victims

    Larry Cushenbery was scheduled to play ‘Taps’ on his antique bugle today at a series of remembrance ceremonies in memory of those lost in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A couple more stops were added to his schedule this year due to the somber and stirring reception his performance received after he played his trombone for students and staff at USD 410 last year.

  • Hillsboro schools trying new approaches

    Hillsboro Elementary School students could be using agriculture as a learning tool sooner rather than later. Principal Evan Yoder introduced plans at the USD 410 Board of Education meeting Monday to use livestock as part of an outer-classroom experience similar to that of a rural charter school in Walton.

  • Volunteers keep shop move on time

    Volunteers have spent many hours recently moving merchandise from the old St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe to the new. Volunteers are carrying many items by hand, but larger and more cumbersome items are being transported the nearly one-block distance by pickup. Volunteer Dean Armstrong said racks full of clothes have been the heaviest, bulkiest things to move.

  • Fundraiser serves 20 gallons of ice cream

    An ice cream social Sunday at Strassburg Baptist Church to raise money for 2-year-old Ruby Schmidt, who will have open-heart surgery Oct. 1, used about 20½ gallons of ice cream, volunteer Cherie Hett said. Troy and Eileen Schmidt are Ruby’s parents.

  • Commissioners not changing minds on school bus route

    Centre USD 397 Transportation Director Bob Mueller again tried to convince county commissioners Monday to consider putting gravel on a dirt road between 340th and 360th Sts. to no avail. The biggest problem for bus drivers would come on bad weather days, when they will have to alter the route, taking more time.

  • Tabor Jr. Jay cheer program fires back up

    The Tabor Jr. Jays cheerleading program started Saturday. It is a once a week, one hour cheerleading training class open to girls and boys from kindergarten to 8th grade 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. In addition to the cheer class, the Jr. Jays will have the opportunity to perform at events such as Bluejay football and basketball games. There will also be opportunities given to continue or join a formal community tumbling class.


  • Schedule set for Lifelong Learning

    Tabor College continues its Lifelong Learning series this fall with eight programs including historical and informative presentations and music. All but the final presentation will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on Tabor’s campus. Most are on Fridays. There will be no meeting Oct. 11 or Nov. 1. Sept. 27

  • Spohn celebrates 94th birthday

    The family of Georgia Spohn requests a card shower for her 94th birthday Sept. 20. Georgia was born in her grandmother’s boarding house in Marion. Her address is Parkside Homes, Room 9; 200 Willow Rd. Hillsboro, KS 67063.


    Seniors have watermelon, show-and-tell

    Hat day to be celebrated


  • Nathan Wedel

    Nathan Wedel, 95, of Tampa died Saturday at Abilene. He was born June 4, 1918, to John and Nettie (Jantz) Wedel in rural Tampa. He was preceded in death by his spouses, Betty Wedel in 1964 and Myrtle Wedel in 2009.


    Margaret Clasen, Neva Robinson


  • Keeping old cars young

    Farmers and commercial vehicle owners know it is important to keep your high mileage vehicles in tiptop shape, to prevent costly breakdowns. Barry Webster, owner of Webster’s Auto Service in Marion, said the easiest way to make vehicles last, even after 100,000 miles is by doing regular maintenance.

  • Custom convertible may be one of a kind

    Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin has a passion for more than city work; he loves classic cars. He owns several vehicles. One of his most notable vehicles is his 1983 Oldsmobile Toronado, which Kjellin believes might be one of a kind. “That year Oldsmobile had no options for a convertible on a Toronado,” he said. “It’s a funny story really.”

  • Tiny car gives big advantage for refueling

    Connie Isaac of Hillsboro drove a Ford Festiva for about 20 years and enjoyed having a compact car that could fit in tight spaces. “The Festiva was small, and I just enjoyed it,” she said.

  • Auto work is a hobby for Stoltenberg

    As model toy cars collected dust and the plastic pages of an auto-album stuck together over the years, Bill Stoltenberg continues to enjoy his hobby. Stoltenberg has never called himself a car collector, but he has owned around 80 in his lifetime.



  • USD 411 calendar changes approved

    Goessel board of education approved a major calendar change for the month of October when they met on Monday. The board voted to move the teacher in-service/workday from Oct. 11 to Oct. 18 to coincide with the conclusion of the district’s first quarter. The board also voted to move parent teacher conferences from Oct. 21 to Oct. 24

  • Majority of cross-country runners are local recruits

    If the Tabor College men’s cross-country team makes it to the NAIA national meet at the end of the season, it will be on the strength of Hillsboro runners. Three of the team’s top-five runners are from the local high school.

  • Basketball teams help with landscaping

    The Tabor College men’s and women’s basketball teams took time out Aug. 24 to give back to the college. The teams worked with Tabor maintenance staff to landscape a newly renovated parking lot between the north end of the stadium and the men’s quad residence halls. Together they planted nearly 600 shrubs, rose bushes, and tress around the lot. Coaches, Vice President of Athletics Rusty Allen, and maintenance employees Tim Unruh and Vince Schroeder helped organize the project.

  • EnviroFest will be Oct. 2

    The annual EnviroFest for Marion County fourth graders will be Oct. 2 at Marion Central Park. For the past five years, the event has taught students from county school districts about environmental issues and how to protect it. Students from Marion, Hillsboro, Peabody, Cottonwood Grove Christian, and home school students will participate this year.

  • Swim team agreement nearly completed

    Marion USD 408 Board of Education voted to refine a proposed agreement for Tabor College to use the district’s sports and aquatic center for a new swim team. The agreement presented Monday calls for Tabor to pay the district $150 for any week it uses the pool, unless the team exceeds 20 swimmers, in which case it would pay $175 for a week’s use. National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rules allow a team to practice up to 24 weeks, so the likely maximum would be $3,600 a year, or $4,200 for a large team.

  • Trojans lose season-opener

    The Hillsboro High School Trojans football team lost its season-opener Friday against Lyons in Hillsboro, 26-12. “We had some guys who weren’t prepared, it seems to me,” head coach Lance Sawyer said, adding that it was the coaches’ fault. “We were flat all around.”

  • HHS girls' tennis team places third at Sterling

    The Hillsboro Trojans girls’ tennis team placed third out of four teams Thursday at Sterling, as every player on the team recorded at least one victory. Allison Weber placed second in No. 1 doubles. She lost her first match to Maddie Thrasher of Sterling 8-5. Weber then defeated Katelyn Spangenberg of St. John 8-0 and Sophia Garcia of Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson 8-1.

  • Tabor football team wins opener on road

    The 17th-ranked Tabor College football team won its season opener Saturday against Nebraska Wesleyan, 10-9. Upcoming The Bluejays’ home opener comes against MidAmerica Nazarene Saturday as part of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference’s football agreement with the Heart of America Conference.

  • Goessel football learns quickly in loss to Centre

    The Goessel Bluebirds played Centre in a non-district game Friday at home. The visitors got on the board first with two touchdowns to take a quick 14-0 lead. Miguel Guerrero picked up a first down for the Bluebirds mid-field, and Chase Flaming found himself open on the left side of the field and sprinted for the first score for the Bluebirds, covering 34 yards. Guerrero lunged for the goal line on the extra points and Goessel trailed 14-8. Centre scored again in the first period.

  • GHS volleyball team competes against 2012 state runner-up

    Goessel’s first volleyball match of the season was against the 2A state runner-up from last year, Ell-Saline. Goessel only has three girls that have any varsity experience from last year and the Cardinals put four seniors and two juniors on the floor, all with experience from playing varsity last year and making it to the state championship game. Goessel fell behind 0-6 but regrouped and matched points with the highly ranked team. The Bluebirds trailed 13-17 and the Cardinals were able to stretch their lead at the end of the game to finish ahead 18-25.

  • Lady Trojans compete in Douglass meet

    The Hillsboro High School volleyball team defeated Douglass and Hesston in the Douglass Double Dual on Tuesday. The Trojans first defeated Douglass, 25-11 and 25-16. They then defeated Hesston in consecutive games, 25-19 and 25-22. Hesston had previously forced the Trojans to three games in the league preseason tournament.


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