• Commissioners debate ambulance services

    After being outvoted 2-1 Nov. 27 to continue the ambulence department’s use of emergency medical dispatch (EMD) protocol, Commission Chairman Randy Dallke suggested a serious examination of county services. “Our people out here can only stand so many taxes, and we’re getting less people every day in this county,” he said. “Somewhere, somebody’s going to have to cut something.”

  • Council discusses utility rate increases

    Hillsboro City Council discussed options for increasing utility rates Tuesday. Hillsboro has not had a rate increase in five years, city administrator Larry Paine said. Paine reccommended raising rates to build cash reserves for each utility for emergencies and to increase the city’s future bond rates, which is currently an A-.

  • Six Appeal to have holiday show in Marion

    A cappella singing group Six Appeal will have a holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature both holiday songs and the band’s traditional line up. “I grew up in Marion, this is our fourth show here, and it’s always fun to come back,” Michael Brookens said. “Last year we played at the performing arts center and thought we might make it an annual event.”

  • Deer season begins today

    Firearms season for deer hunting in Kansas began today and will continue through Dec. 15. Kansas hunters age 16 to 74 must have a Kansas hunting license, with few exceptions. Hunters who get their first deer are invited to send photos to the newspaper, as are hunters of any age or experience who get a trophy buck. Photos and information can be sent to news@marionrecord.com.

  • Cookie contest planned

    Show off your decorating skills in the Marion County Cookie Decorating Contest. Bake your favorite cookie, decorate it, and bring it to the Marion County Record office, 117 S. Third St. in Marion by Dec. 10 and fill out an entry form. The public can vote for their favorite cookie Dec. 11 through 18 by placing a donation in jars at Carlsons’ Grocery and the Marion County Record office in Marion; Vogt’s Hometown Market in Hillsboro; and Don’s Drug Store in Peabody.

  • Young and old attend Sen. Moran's town hall

    Sen. Jerry Moran held his 1,000th town hall meeting and pancake feed last week at the Marion Community Center Ballroom. The meeting was well attended by county leaders from County Commissioner Dan Holub, mayors Mary Olson of Marion and Delores Dalke of Hillsboro, Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, State Rep. John Barker and his wife, along with residents from Salina to Junction City, as well as Marion County.

  • Hillsboro smoke testing successful

    The smoke testing of the city’s sewer lines Nov. 18 through 22 was successful. Crews found several problem spots, Paine said. “Most problems were residential cleanouts, but there are a few places that need to be repaired,” he said.

  • Council promotes developer administrator job

    In a special meeting Nov. 26, Marion City Council voted unanimously to hire current economic development director and interim city administrator Roger Holter to fill the position of city administrator at his current pay level of $66,500. “We interviewed three very good candidates, all with strengths, and we would all have good comments about any of the three,” Mayor Mary Olson said. “He (Holter) has a vision of Marion we like and want to keep going down that path.”

  • Police return frozen meatballs to rightful owner

    In the early morning hours on Sunday, Peabody police officers responded to a report of burglary and theft at a residence at 711 N. Chestnut St. in Peabody. The investigating officers took a report of several items missing from the residence, including a bag of frozen meatballs. During the course of the investigation, a second call came in from the Coneburg Inn with information about another burglary and theft. The missing items included a bag of frozen chicken gizzards, a bag of frozen hash browns, and a bag of frozen mozzarella cheese sticks.


  • Jocelyn Classen

    Jocelyn H. Classen, 61, of Marion died Nov. 26 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born Dec. 2, 1951, in Goessel to Vernon and Wanita (Ewert) Goentzel. She was a homemaker. She married Bob Classen on March 19, 1983.

  • Ester Kleinsasser

    Esther Kleinsasser, 95, of Hillsboro died Sunday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born April 12, 1918, to David and Katharina (Hofer) Mendel in Hillsboro. She is survived by her husband, Walt of Hillsboro; a son, Joe of Hillsboro; a daughter, Faith Klaassen of Newark, N.J.; and three grandchildren.

  • Jona Prieb

    Jona Prieb, 91, of Hillsboro died Nov. 24 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. He was born April 12, 1922, to William J. and Sara (Block) Prieb in Marion County. He is survived by three sons, Richard of Hesston, Steve of McPherson, and Keith of Derby; a daughter, Joyce Ashley of Goessel; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


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  • Four Freshmen to perform at McPherson Opera House

    The vocal group Four Freshmen will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at McPherson Opera House. The Beach Boys-influenced group will sing several songs including the Beach Boy’s hit “Surfer Girl.”

  • Centre FFA blood drive neared goal

    Centre FFA fall blood drive on Nov. 25 came just shy of meeting the group’s 30-pint goal. The group collected 27 pints from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school gym.

  • Hospital Auxiliary to have bake sale

    The Hillsboro Community Hospital Auxiliary will have a bake sale and used book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the hospital lobby. Connie Weber will have a Pampered Chef booth in the lobby, as well.

  • Klaassen receives Presidential Leadership Scholarship

    Heidi Klaassen of Arkansas City has been named a 2014 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarship. The $68,000 scholarship is designed to develop young people into effective and skilled leaders. She will participate in special classes during her four years at Tabor.

  • Pankratz joins United Country

    Terry Pankratz continues to follow his interest in agriculture and real estate, joining the sales team at United Country Real Estate in early November. A Hillsboro native, Pankratz graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics. Through his career, he has sold different products, including trailers and building materials.

  • Tabor to present 'Messiah'

    The Tabor College Oratorio Chorus, Alumni Chorus, and Community Orchestra are joining forces to present the annual “Messiah” performance at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Students Robert Howell, Olivia Kliewer, Trevor Morris, Sara Sagner, and Nathan Vogel will be featured soloists. Alumnus Aaron Stepanek and faculty members Janie Brokenicky and Holly Swartzendruber also will have solo parts.

  • Students send aid to Philippines

    Goessel elementary School students and faculty recently raised a number of useful items for people living in the Philippines in need of aid during a charity drive. Items collected were:
  • 14 fingernail clippers.
  • 20 boxes of band-aids.
  • 24 bottles of shampoo.
  • 32 towels.
  • 59 tubes of toothpaste.
  • 151 bars of soap.
  • 210 containers of laundry soap.
  • 212 toothbrushes.

    Seniors to play bingo

    Tampa Triple T

    Koehns had dinner guests



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