• USD 410 stuck in vicious cycle

    When asked what the Hillsboro community can do to prevent the further outward migration of young families and subsequent declining public school enrollment, Kansas state senator Jay Emler said citizens could wait for years. “It will be three to five years before we see how well the cuts drive the economy,” he said, referring to state income tax cuts made in 2011 to help create new jobs.

  • Community getting acquainted with new practice

    The staff of Medical Plaza of Hillsboro began introducing themselves to the surrounding community Friday, with an open house at their location at 122 N. Main St. Dr. Brett Nedich and Nurse Practitioner Kari Bell welcomed interested members of the community to come and get to know staff members, then spoke with Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday at the chamber’s monthly luncheon. The Medical Plaza, which operates through Newton Medical Center, opened Monday.

  • Wind project could kick off the new year

    In a presentation last week at Marion Senior Center Rex Savage of Windborne Energy told patrons that construction on wind turbines south of Marion could begin as quickly as two to three weeks. “We will begin putting rock down on 120th St. within two weeks then we will begin construction pads south of 120th in the next two to three weeks,” Savage said.

  • County hires appraiser

    County commissioners breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday after their four-month long search for a new appraiser ended. “We’re locked down at this point,” Commissioner Dan Holub said. “We need an appraiser to go forward after these tax hearings. It’s crucial.”

  • Mysterious bone falls on driver's windshield

    Norma Kline of Marion did not expect things to be falling out of the sky while sitting in her car at Walgreens in Newton. “It was the strangest thing,” she said. “I was sitting in my car waiting for my friend to get what she needed in the store and I heard this bang on my windshield, and then there lay a bone in the windshield gutter.”

  • Local businesses sponsor children's coloring contest

    Local businesses are sponsoring a Christmas coloring contest for children ages 3-10. Pictures may be colored using crayons, markers, or colored pencils. One winner will be drawn at random from all entries. The winner will receive a Christmas stocking full of Christmas gifts and more. All entries must be received 5 p.m., Dec. 19 at the Marion County Record office. Entries can be hand delivered or mailed to the Marion County Record, PO Box 278, Marion, KS 66861.

  • Voting begins in the Christmas cookie decorating contest

    The public is invited to vote in the Christmas cookie decorating contest today through Dec. 18 at these businesses: Carlsons’ Grocery and Marion County Record in Marion; Vogt’s Hometown Market in Hillsboro; and Don’s Drug Store in Peabody. Votes may be cast for the best-decorated cookie by placing cash donations in the appropriate jars. The winner will be determined by the cookie receiving the most in donations and announced in the Dec. 25 issue of this newspaper.

  • Federal conservation program opens enrollment until Jan. 17

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollment until Jan. 17. In the program, farmers and ranchers can receive funding for conservation improvements. Examples include using new nozzles on sprayers to reduce drift of pesticides, modifying water facilities to prevent bats and birds from being trapped, burning patches of land mimicking prairie fires to improve wildlife habitat, and rotating feeding areas and monitoring grazing areas to improve grazing management.

  • Night in the Barn live nativity is Dec. 21-22


  • Mildred Steinle

    Mildred Steinle, 88, of Hillsboro died Dec. 2 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born June 10, 1925, to Jacob and Hulda (May) Dies in Topeka. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin “Dutch” Steinle, in 2007.


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  • Winter brings its own health issues

    Winter weather brings with it a variety of health issues for many people, ranging from illnesses like colds and flus to conditions even more directly related to the cold. “Signs of hypothermia start by simply feeling cold, shivering, and increased heart rate,” said Karen Wheeler, advanced registered nurse practitioner at Marion Family Physicians. “As it worsens, the person feels tired, starts sweating, and has unsteady movements.

  • Shannon Hoffer hopes to help people relax through yoga

    The holidays can be a stressful time for most people. Shannon Hoffer hoped to ease some of this stress by treating guests to a relaxing weekend Nov. 22 and 23 at her annual Country Dreams Yoga Retreat. She said it is important in the stressful holiday season to take time each day to slow down and de-stress. “The theme was to celebrate the season change rather than dread it,” she said. “Coming together and using yoga class, meditation, healthy food, and positive thinking to shift our mindset that winter has to be miserable.”

  • It's not too late to vaccinate

    With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, Kansas Department of Health and Environment is urging all Kansans to receive a flu vaccine this week. Dec. 8-14 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, KDHE said in a press release. It said the recognition should be a reminder that everyone is responsible for preventing the spread of influenza. Based on data from the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, flu activity currently is low in the state. However, flu activity usually increases this time of year before peaking in January or February.

  • Apples provide good nutrition

    Who has not heard the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? It may seem unlikely that one fruit could be so effective at maintaining good health, but apples really are a super food. Apples are a member of the Rose family and are related to pears, peaches, apricots and plums. Though considered a fall fruit, apples can be enjoyed year-round thanks to commercial food production and importing.

  • Mayor says maintaining a healthy weight is hard work

    At 5 feet, 7 inches, Marion’s mayor, Mary Olson, has maintained her goal weight of 150 pounds for 13 years. “It’s a new lifestyle,” she said. “If you want to be healthy, you do it. It’s hard. You have to work at it.”


  • Carefully follow the instructions

    Every year about this time I launch into a speech about community giving and I tell you that if you don’t want to read what I have to say you should move on to another page. So … if you don’t want to read about community giving, this is the time to move on to another page. Community giving has always been a big part of my life. I am not telling you this because I think I am the queen of generosity and want you to know it. I am telling you this, because as Bill Meyer told me once, “The purpose of an opinion column is to let readers know what we think. Often, when we share the same idea over and over, we want the reader to think as we do.” This is my opinion column and I want you to think as I do — I want you to be a part of community giving.


    Understand importance of ambulance service


  • TEEN meeting is Dec. 18

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will have its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 in the USD 408 District Office, 101 N. Thorp St., Marion. For more information, contact Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

  • Senior center will close Christmas, Christmas Eve

    Friday will be Christmas Hat Day at Hillsboro Senior Center. Tuesday the center will have its business meeting over lunch. Hearing aid checkups will be Dec. 18. The center will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas. If patrons need frozen meals for those days, they should let the center know by Dec. 20.

  • CDDO meets Monday

    The board of directors of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton. There will be opportunity for public forum.

  • Christmas concerts upcoming

    The Hillsboro band and vocal music departments will have their Christmas concerts next week. The Hillsboro Middle School Christmas concert will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium. The sixth-grade choir and band will perform, as well as the seventh- and eighth-grade band and choir.

  • Groneman turning 100

    The children of Esther Groneman of Lincolnville are requesting a card shower for her in honor of her 100th birthday Dec. 18. Cards may be sent to her at 2872 Banner Rd., Lincolnville, KS 66858. Family members will gather at the farm on Saturday to celebrate the occasion. They include four children: Lois, her caregiver, Arthur W. and wife, Kandi, of Lincolnville, Nancy Groneman-Hite of Emporia, and Vida Gianakon and husband, Paul, of Hutchinson; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

  • New Bible study starts Jan. 9

    A new community Bible study will begin Jan. 9 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The topic of the Bible study is “Forever in Love with Jesus.” DVD lessons by Kathy Trocolli and Dee Brestin will be from the books of John and Hosea. Bible studies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearth Room of the church.


    Jana Wiebe to marry

    33 Hamm family members celebrate Thanksgiving


  • Bluejays begin conference play with mixed results

    Tabor College men’s basketball coach Micah Ratzlaff said he was glad his team won Thursday night against Kansas Wesleyan University, but admitted there was a lack of effort at times. “We’re really lucky to sneak out of here with a win,” Ratzlaff said after reading the stat sheet. “We really struggled shooting the ball in the first half.”

  • Season starts with hoops wins

    The Hillsboro High School basketball teams both started the season with victories over Lyons on Tuesday. The Trojan boys won 59-44. Top scorers were Brett Weinbrenner with 24 points, Christian Ratzlaff with 15 points, and Micah Allen with 14 points.

  • Goessel BOE hears about new addition progress

    Goessel Board of Education heard a presentation from Seth Martin of Loyd Builders regarding facility improvements Monday at the board of education meeting. In the report, Martin reviewed the completed sewer relocation work performed by Stevenson Plumbing, and informed board members of the notable dates in the projects timetable.

  • Youth wrestling is a family event

    The Hillsboro High School gymnasium was filled Saturday with hundreds of young wrestlers and their families for the Hillsboro Takedown Tournament. Aside from the action on the mats, many grapplers practiced with parents. One such parent-child sparring session was between 7-year-old Chaz Smith of Cottonwood Falls and his father, Kyle Smith. During a break between matches, Chaz tried to grab and control Kyle’s leg, which was nearly as big as Chaz.

  • Lack of experience leads to Trojan wrestling defeat

    Hillsboro wrestling Coach Scott O’Hare said inexperience led to the team’s defeat at a double dual with Halstead and Minneapolis Dec. 3. The young team fell to Minneapolis 53-18 and Halstead 33-30. “As expected, these opening duals helped give us an early indication of where we stand, as both Hallstead and Minneapolis have traditionally had some talented and experienced wrestlers,” he said. “It was great to go into a set of duals filling 12 of the 14 weight classes, however we were still in for a huge challenge as eight of the 12 were freshmen or sophomores, with six who were seeing their first ever high school varsity action at this meet.”

  • Wiens hits 28 in 1st basketball game

    As basketball teams begin adjusting to the rules about less contact, many teams experience a lot of time with the starters on the bench in foul trouble. Ben Wiens, a senior at Goessel high School, found himself on the floor for a lot of minutes in the away game at Inman on Friday. He made the most of those minutes, scoring 28 points in the first game of the season, hitting seven two-pointers, one three-pointer, and 11 free-throws. Goessel fell behind 8-2 but played tough from that point, with the first quarter ending with Inman ahead 13-8. Wiens and Lawton Makovec provided much of the scoring in the early part of the game. Kellen Froese got the Bluebirds within one point with a three-pointer. Makovec went down with an ankle injury and Inman closed out the first half gaining a 21-16 lead.

  • Goessel girls fall to Inman, 51-41

    Although the Goessel girls jumped out to a 7-2 lead, the Bluebirds had to try to catch up to Inman in Friday’s game. Alicen Meysing opened the game with a lay-up following the opening tip-off. Page Hiebert completed a backdoor play and Aleena Cook hit a three-pointer to give the Bluebirds a five-point lead. Goessel continued to lead 9-8 at the end of the first period.


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