• Children celebrate with storytelling, snacks

    On Monday, it was muffins with moms, Wednesday dads came in to have donuts with their children, and on Friday grandparents came to the Hillsboro Elementary School to enjoy grapes with their grandchildren, and to hear stories from Slickfester Dude, a human-sized cat. Slickfester Dude, a large black cat who tells stories about life on the farm, is the feature character in a book written and published by Carol Duerksen and Maynard Knepp in 1998. The book is called Slickfester Dude Tells Bedtime Stories: Life Lessons from our Animal Friends.

  • City rewards employees, plans youth event

    High spirits and a few shenanigans accompanied a ceremony conducted Tuesday by Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke when she awarded seven municipal employees with service awards during the regular City Council meeting. Dalke presented 10-year service awards to electric crew members Randy Jantz and Todd Helmer, and council members Shelby Dirks and Byron McCarty. Receiving 15-year awards were Jessey Hiebert, city police, and Delores Dalke, mayor. Joe Alvarez, maintenance, was recognized for 25 years of service to the city.

  • Olde Towne sold to Wendy's owner

    The former Olde Towne Restaurant and Bakery building at 126 N. Main in Hillsboro stands dark and empty, but opportunities swirl for successful bidder Gary Reiman of McPherson. “I don’t have any definite plans to share at this time,” Reiman said on Monday. “We want to be part of this community and there are some opportunities there we want to consider.”

  • Auxiliary contributes funds for hospital imaging tool

    A recent bake-and-book sale at Hillsboro Community Hospital raised $500 the Hillsboro Auxiliary club designated towards the purchase of a portable ultrasound machine. “We currently have a mobile service that comes out on scheduled days,” Hospital CEO Marion Regier said. “The auxiliary club wanted to contribute in some way and picked this as a project that would benefit our residents.”

  • Nominations needed for donation

    Hoch Publishing Company, which publishes the Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal, and Peabody Gazette-Bulletin, will be donating up to $1,000 to one or more Marion County individuals, families, or charitable programs in need of help this Christmas season. With help from The Lumberyard, Great Plains Federal Credit Union, Prairieland Partners, and Smith Chiropractic — and possibly other businesses in the coming weeks — Hoch Publishing Company is seeking nominations, beginning this week.


  • Arthur L. Garver

    Arthur L. Garver, 96, of Herington died Nov. 13, 2012, at Salina Regional Health Center. He was born Dec. 14, 1915, to Edward H. and Olive (Rains) Garver at Caldwell. He moved to Herington in 1943 and was a Rock Island railroad conductor from 1943 to his retirement in 1976.

  • Richard T. Johnson

    MARION — Richard T. Johnson, 84, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Salem Home of Hillsboro. He was born Jan. 1, 1928, at Vermillion, Kan., in Marshall County. His parents, Joseph and Florence Schuyler Johnson, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.

  • Pauline King

    There will be a committal service at 1 p.m. Friday at Marion Cemetery for Pauline King, who died Sept. 29 in Newton. She is a former Marion Lake resident.

  • Robert Ellis Phillips

    Robert Ellis Phillips, 89, died Nov. 17 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. He was born Nov. 14, 1923 to Luther Phillips and Gladys (Murell) Phillips.

  • Bernice M. Sturdy

    Bernice M. Sturdy, 89, retired nurse, died Nov. 9. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Anna Conyers; five brothers, Frank, Clarence, Willard, Glen, and Harold; three sisters, Henrietta, Mabel, and Hazel.

  • Edward W. Svitak

    Edward W. Svitak, 95, died Nov. 18, 2012, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. He was born Nov. 2, 1917 at Pilsen to Rudolph and Josephine Vinduska Svitak. He was a lifelong resident of Pilsen, where he farmed and operated a trucking business.



  • 911 communications plan December move

    With a conditional use permit for a 45-foot radio tower approved by Marion City Council on Nov. 13, Marion County now has a timetable to move emergency communications to its new home. The tower will be installed the last week of November, and the communications department will move from the old jail to the new jail the first week of December, Sheriff Rob Craft said Monday. There will be no gaps in service with the move, he said.

  • EMS calls down 13 percent

    Ambulance calls in Marion County were 19 percent lower in October compared to 2011, Marion County Emergency Medical Service Director Steve Smith said Monday. Ambulances were called out 75 times, down from 93 in October 2011. That brings the year-to-date total to 881 calls, compared to 1,013 at the same point last year, a decrease of 13 percent. In October, the Marion ambulance responded to 23 calls; Hillsboro, 22; Peabody, 19; Tampa, 6; Florence, 4; and the backup unit, 1. First responders in Lincolnville went on 3 calls; Goessel, 2; Burns, 1; Florence, 1; and Durham, 0.


  • The spirit of giving

    Thanksgiving is upon us, and with the way big retailers keep moving up their push for more and more money, we’re already being urged to get in the Christmas spirit by racking up big credit card bills. It can be easy to get caught up in the consumerism, but we all know that isn’t the way to really celebrate the coming of Christ. Christ spent much of His ministry helping the helpless, the sick, and the outcast. So what better way to celebrate Christmas than by helping others? Marion County got off to a good start on that with the Marion County Toy Run, collecting toys to brighten the season for less fortunate children, and there are sure to be more events celebrating the real spirit of Christmas to come.


    Here a deer, there a deer, everywhere a deer, deer


  • First Mennonite Church to host hymn sing

    The monthly community hymn sing in Hillsboro will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Mennonite Church, Ash and Grand streets. The evening will include singing, prayer, and scripture reading. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to select favorite hymns to be sung.

  • Tampa Christmas is Dec. 2

    The Tampa Community Christmas Celebration will be Dec. 2. Downtown businesses will be open for tours from 3 to 5 p.m., and Tri-County Telephone Association will offer giveaways and refreshments at the Senior Citizens Hall.

  • Deer collisions increase in county

    When Michael Schwendiman of Marion hit a deer with his 1990 Buick several days ago, he was not alone in his frustration at the accident. “I’ve had at least two or more deer accident reports to look at each morning when I come to work for the past few weeks,” said Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft. “This time of year the deer are moving because of rut and they just are not looking out for cars.”

  • Holiday hazards are preventable

    As the holiday cooking season approaches, Cherie Sage, director for Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents and caregivers to check their kitchens for preventable hazards and to supervise children at all times in the kitchen. “The most important safety precaution in the kitchen is constant, close, attentive supervision,” Sage said.

  • Live nativity planned in Marion

    The Marion Community live nativity will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Central Park. Hot chocolate will be served. All people are invited to the event.


  • Cyclists raise money for research

    Imagine traveling around the world on bicycles! That is what two British cyclists are doing. They traveled through Marion County last Wednesday after spending the night in a camper on Brad and Amy Pagenkopf’s farm north of Lincolnville. Matt Andrews, 26, and his friend Anthony “Ant” King, 27, of London, England, are taking a bicycle trip around the world in honor of Matt’s friend, Tony Young, who died at the age of 41 in June 2010, four or five months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.


    'Round the town, Northwest of Durham, Tampa

    Banman, Quinones


  • School offers hunter safety course

    Hunting might not be for everyone, but for sixth graders at Hillsboro Middle School and Peabody-Burns Elementary Schools the offering of an eight-session hunter safety course elective is a popular option. “We have 12 students taking the course this year,” said Evan Yoder, licensed instructor and Hillsboro Elementary School principal. “We meet every two weeks or whenever Hillsboro has their club activities from 2 to 3:30 p.m.”

  • Students compete at national FCCLA conference

    Several members of the Hillsboro chapter of Future Community and Career Leaders of America participated in competitions at the national FCCLA cluster meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. Devin Lamkin and Matt Wintermote competed in the creed contest. Clay Etheridge competed in the impromptu speech contest; Maddi Brown competed in “Toys That Teach” junior division; Kendra Saenz in “Toys that Teach” senior division; and Mary Leihy, Abby Shope, Kendra Saenz, Leticia Cisneros-Solorio, and Clay Etheridge competed in the FCCLA Knowledge Bow competition.


  • Trojans earn league honors

    Nine Hillsboro High School football players earned Central Kansas League all-league football honors. They are: Jesse Brown, first-team kicker.

  • Hillsboro football duo selected by U.S. Air Force

    Hillsboro football players Tyler Proffitt and Shaq Thiessen were selected the U.S. Air Strike duo of the week the week of Oct. 15 in Kansas by the U.S. Air Force. Quarterback Proffitt completed 51 percent of his passes this season for 2,232 yards, with 25 touchdowns. Wide receiver Thiessen had 43 catches for 561 yards, with six scores.

  • Traxson, Kaufman named to Big-12 academic team

    Courtney Traxson, a junior volleyball player at Kansas State University and daughter of Ron and Patty Traxson, Peabody, was one of eight KSU Wildcats recognized Tuesday as a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team. Traxson, an outside hitter, was named to the first team. She is studying psychology. Dakota Kaufman of Durham joined her, making the second team honors list. Kaufman, a junior outside hitter, is studying elementary education. She is the daughter of Tim and Debra Kaufman of Durham and a graduate of Hillsboro High School.


  • Warriors boasts seasonal squad

    The Marion High School boys’ basketball team features experienced depth as the Warriors prepare for the 2012-13 season. “Things have been going really well early on,” head coach Jeff McMillin said. “We have a lot of guys that have been in the system a while and doing a good job picking up where we left off.”

  • Lady Warriors have experience

    The Marion High School girls’ basketball team is loaded with experience, with five players who started games last year returning for 2012-13. Erin Meierhoff, Katey Ehrlich, Megan Richmond, Kelli Hess, and Kaelyn Thierolf bring a lot of continuity back from the previous season.

  • Team crucial for Marion wrestlers

    Marion High School head wrestling coach Chad Adkins believes his team has probably nine team members who have a good chance to go to state, five or six who can place at state, and two who he thinks can be in the running for state titles. But they won’t get there without teammates who can push them and make them better every day in practice.

  • Trojan boys have key components

    Hillsboro High School head boys’ basketball coach Darrel Knoll said he does not like to compare a current team to past teams. Each team develops an individual personality based on its players. Knoll is looking forward to finding the right rotations and the right plays to allow his 2012-13 squad to play cohesively.

  • Goal stays the same for HHS girls

    It felt strange to spend the first week of practice working on offense, Hillsboro High School head girls’ basketball coach Nathan Hiebert admitted. Hiebert has made some adjustments based on the personnel returning this season. The Trojans are replacing some of the traditional motion elements of the offense used last season and with an emphasis on drives and on-ball screens.

  • Work ethic high for HHS wrestlers

    Sacrifice. Discipline. Hard work. Hillsboro High School head wrestling coach Scott O’Hare said these are the staples of most winning high school wrestlers. Every few years there will be a grappler blessed with incredible physical gifts who can win without an established work ethic … until he meets a talented wrestler with technique. The physical requirements to wrestle are immense. Wrestlers must build cardiovascular and muscle endurance. Hillsboro junior Preston Nelson can speak to the need for endurance. O’Hare said Nelson has the strength, agility, and aggressive nature suited to be a great wrestler. However, he started last season late and never caught up with his conditioning. Starting in the first week this season, O’Hare said Nelson should be ready this season for matches at either 138 or 145 pounds.

  • Strong defense key for Centre boys

    With eight returning letter winners, the Centre High School boys’ basketball team could go far this year. The 2011-12 team finished the season with a record of 9-12. Returning starters are senior Justin Deines, a 5-foot, 10-inch guard, senior James Wyatt, a 6-1 guard and forward, and junior Grant Srajer, a 5-4 guard.

  • Prospects bright for CHS girls

    The Centre High School girls’ basketball team lost just one starter to graduation last year, so prospects look good for another successful year. The team won 10 of its last 12 games in 2011-12, including the substate tournament, and went to the state tournament for the first time in many years.

  • Four seniors lead PBHS girls

    With the loss of only one starter from last year’s team, the core of the Peabody-Burns High School girls’ basketball team returns to the floor for the 2012-13 season. The squad is buoyed by four seniors who have played since they were sophomores. “These four athletes provide great leadership and help to impart their knowledge on the rest of the team,” said head coach Darren Schroeder, now in his 10th season at PBHS.

  • Starters give PBHS boys scoring depth

    The Peabody-Burns High School boys’ basketball team features five seniors and three returning starters. Having played on the varsity squad for two years, the three returning starters give the Warriors the depth to compete early in the season, even though team roles have yet to be defined. The team is hoping to improve its 5-3 Wheat State League record from last season. “Our seniors will have to step up to fill leadership roles, not only during games but at practice as well,” coach Brian Simmonds said. “We want to build on the solid season we had last year but we can only do that with discipline and hard work.”

  • Seniors lead, underclassmen pushing GHS girls

    Three seniors, Jessica Harvey, Johanna Hoffman, and Alex Hiebert, return to lead the Goessel girls’ basketball team this year. All were starters last year, but coach Ryan Hoopes expects to also depend on underclassmen as they get stronger throughout the season. Harvey leads the team from the point guard position again this year, after scoring in double digits eight times last year. She will use her slashing drives to the bucket to generate points from close range or from the free-throw line.

  • GHS boys deep in key positions

    With 27 players reporting to early season basketball practices, Goessel High School boys’ basketball coach Curtis Guhr is happy to see depth and experience in key positions this year. “We have four of the five starters from last year returning for the 2013 season,” he said. “These four seniors will anchor this year’s team and I have a lot of depth waiting to come off the bench.”


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