• Goertzen plans to retire as pastor

    After 25 years of serving the fellowship at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren church, Gaylord Goertzen is retiring from his position as senior pastor. “I am retiring for health reasons,” Goertzen said. “I feel that God is calling me away from full time ministry.”

  • Garage sale to raise money for foreign adoption

    A garage sale is being held this weekend outside Hillsboro to help raise money for the Schumacher family, who are in the process of adopting two children from the Dominican Republic. The sale will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 1461 Indigo Rd. According to Andrea Schumacher, more than 20 families have donated unwanted or new items to the sale.

  • Antique bugle played at 9/11 remembrance

    After playing a solemn version of ‘Taps’ and observing a moment of silence, Larry Cushenbery spoke to a small group of patrons and emergency professionals about the importance of remembrance in front of the Marion County Jail on Sept. 11. “Earlier today some people told me they had forgotten it was 9/11 until they heard the music,” Cushebery said. “That’s why we do this; so people don’t forget.”

  • Road worries Pilsen residents

    Some in Marion County are requesting the state make Remington Road from U.S. 56 and Pilsen an extension of K-256. According to Rose Mary Neuwirth, curator of the Kapaun museum at Pilsen, traffic to Pilsen has increased exponentially since native son Father Emil Kapaun posthumously received the Medal of Honor in April. He may be declared a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church in the future.



  • Chingawassa Days sculptures to be sold at Art in the Park

    When a FireHouse concert June 8 at Chingawassa Days was rained out, the Chingawassa Days committee was left with nothing for its money. But when a chain saw sculpture auction was rained out by the same storm, the committee was left with sculptures it could sell at a later date. The committee has decided when and where it will sell the sculptures by Rick Sardou of R&L Creative Carvings. The committee will have a booth Sept. 21 at Art in the Park in Marion’s Central Park, committee member Chris Meierhoff said.

  • Vendors prepare for big weekend in Hillsboro

    The Hillsboro Arts and Craft Fair continues to be one of the largest in the state with more than 300 vendors attending to sell their wares each year on the third Saturday of September. Vendors such as Gina Hook have been preparing diligently for Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday.

  • Barn is more than building to Summervills

    The barn of Marge and Mick Summervill of Marion holds more than a family of angus cattle. The limestone and wood barn, built in 1909, holds memories and family history on their farm east of Marion County Lake. “There’s so much history there,” Marge said. “If we don’t tell it then it will die.”

  • The sweet stuff: Vinduskas keep honey simple

    When Candy Vinduska of Vinduska Apiaries of rural Marion sets up a booth Saturday at Art in the Park, she will have honey that is less than a week old. She and Bill Vinduska extracted and bottled honey Monday that they collected from hives over the weekend. They were processing the honey rather than collecting more because it was a dark, rainy day. Bees stay in their hive during rain, and there temperament changes when the weather is gloomy, so collecting honey on Monday would have meant dealing with more and angrier bees than usual, she explained.

  • Schedule set for Old Settlers' Day

    Old Settlers’ Day will turn 102 years old Sept. 28. The event is sponsored and organized by Marion Kiwanis Club. Events begin at noon Sept. 27 with a golf tournament at Marion Country Club.


  • A game of chicken and egg

    Let’s try to follow the logic. The state doesn’t want to make the Pilsen road a highway because it doesn’t get enough traffic, but the reason it gets so little traffic is that the road is so bad. The only winner in this game of chicken and egg would seem to be interests in Wichita who are pushing to make Wichita, not Pilsen, be the primary home for Chaplain Kapaun artifacts.


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  • Bluejays use run game to beat MidAmerica Nazarene

    The congratulations from players and well-wishers poured in for head coach Mike Gardner Saturday after the Tabor Bluejays upset the MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers, ranked 10th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Tabor was ranked 17th going into the game.

  • Goessel football gets thumped

    It was a short drive for Goessel and a short night, as Canton-Galva dominated the football contest on Friday. The Eagles scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 20-0 lead. As Goessel’s young offense sputtered against the experience of the home team, Canton-Galva added another 46 points in the second quarter to win the game 66-0. Michael Rhoades punted three times for an average of 37 yards per kick. The Bluebirds would only gain 50 yards on the ground and 30 yards in the air. The Bluebirds did gain five first downs but were intercepted twice in the game. Miguel Guerrero gained 23 yards running and Kellen Froese accumulated 19 yards. Zach Showalter led the team with two receptions for 22 yards.

  • Goessel runners win medals

    The early morning rains cleared the air and kept the temperatures down, allowing some excellent times for the Hesston Swather Special Cross-Country Meet on Thursday. Goessel’s cross-country team showed improvement from nearly every runner in the second meet of the season. At Hesston, each grade in school competes among athletes only from the same grade.

  • Trojans overcome deficit to beat Sterling

    After falling behind 14-7 early in the fourth quarter Friday at Sterling, the Hillsboro High School Trojans scored 34 consecutive points to build a lead that Sterling was unable to come back against. The Trojans scored first by way of a touchdown pass from Jesse Brown to Evan Ollenburger. On the ensuing Sterling possession, Brown broke up a pass on third-and-10.

  • Weber places 3rd at Hesston

    Allison Weber placed third in the No. 1 singles bracket at the Hesston Invitational tennis tournament Saturday. She defeated Ariana Miller of Hesston 8-0 to start the day, then lost 8-1 to Anna Riedmiller of Wichita Independent.

  • Sechrist shines in Wamego

    The Hillsboro Cross Country team traveled to Wamego where they had two runners place within the top 30 of the girls 4K race. Junior Emily Sechrist placed first out of 107 runners with a time of 15 minutes, 42 seconds, coming in a full minute ahead of the second place runner from Norton.

  • Goessel volleyball wins 6 matches in a week

    The Wheat State League volleyball season began with a tough match with Centre. The Bluebirds gained control in the first set after falling behind 7-5 at Elyria. With Page Hiebert serving, the Bluebirds rattled off 10 consecutive points to take a commanding 15-7 lead. Goessel finished the game with a score of 25-10. In the second game, the Bluebirds jumped out to a 5-0 lead with Erin Brubaker serving. The Cougars fought back, getting as close as 8-7. Several Centre hitting errors gave the Bluebirds a 13-7 lead, but the Cougars kept the game close.

  • Trojans live up to No. 1 ranking

    The Hillsboro Trojans volleyball team lived up to its ranking as the No. 1 team in class 3A, as voted by the Kansas Volleyball Association, in the Southeast of Saline tournament Saturday. The Trojans defeated Salina South, Sacred Heart, and Concordia in pool play, Abilene in the semifinals, and Southeast of Saline in the finals. Hillsboro began the tournament by defeating Salina South 25-14 and 25-9, despite Salina South being two classifications above Hillsboro. The Trojans also defeated Sacred Heart, 25-13 and 25-15, and 4A Concordia, 25-17 and 25-12.


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