• 200 attend Hillsboro/Marion chamber banquet

    The Marion and Hillsboro chambers of commerce gathered Monday night at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church for their third combined annual banquet. Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation spoke about that organization’s work on its next Kansas guidebook, visiting every incorporated city in the state.

  • Couple hopes to save people a drive with new store

    Marion native Jennifer Hojda and David Leithoff have been busy over the last few months remodeling part of a building on Chicago St. in Lost Springs to house their new store. The store will be named Rustic Rocking Horse and feature a four-foot tall rocking horse sign made of pine and constructed by Leithoff. Hojda plans to be open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons beginning tentatively at the end of February.

  • Crews break ground on wind farm

    Crews broke ground Dec. 14 to meet 2013 tax deadlines on the wind farm planned between Marion, Peabody, and Florence. Mortenson Federal Contracting Group workers moved dirt and completed the initial phase of construction for three 10-feet-by-60-feet turbine pads. Rex Savage of Windborne Energy said for now construction is halted until around June while the company finishes preparations.

  • Election workers will get pay raise

    Those helping with city elections within the county will receive a pay increase this year, as proposed by County clerk Tina Spencer. Commissioners voted Monday to increase the pay of poll site workers for clerks and judges from $90 to $100 per day, and site workers for supervising judges from $100 to $125 per day.

  • Vogt's to close Sunday

    After 89 years of service in Hillsboro, Vogt’s Hometown Market will close Feb. 2. Manager Todd Vogt said selling the store to Heartland Foods was the right move for all involved.

  • Marion native is new Tabor PR director

    Marion native Katrina Hancock is the new director of communications for Tabor College. She started work Monday. Hancock graduated from Marion High School in 1995 and spent two years at Wichita State University. She then transferred to Bradley University n Peoria, Ill., on a full basketball scholarship.

  • Emler's successor to be chosen Thursday

    Republican precinct committee men and women will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St., McPherson, to elect Jay Scott Emler’s successor as state senator for the 35th District, which includes Marion County. Emler was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

  • Winter hits home as propane prices set records across Kansas

    Propane prices have risen to record highs, Greg Noll, executive vice president of Propane Marketers Association of Kansas, said. Prices jumped from around $1 per gallon in mid-January to more than $5 last week for marketers, and rose even more for local companies like Cardie Oil and S&S Propane and consumers, Noll said.

  • County issues burn ban

    Because of dry, windy conditions that have prevailed recently, the county commission voted Friday to ban almost all outdoor fires. A violation of the burn ban is a misdemeanor punishable in court by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.


  • Residents remember their first cars

    Talk to men about their first cars, and their eyes light up with pleasure as the memories come flooding back. Kim Hill, 57, of rural Lehigh was 15 when he got his first car. He bought it from an uncle for $1,600 with money earned through part-time work at the Kerr-McGee service station in Hillsboro.

  • Fire fighting puts miles on truck, even when parked

    According to Marion fire chief Mike Regnier, the 8-cylinder engine of the department’s 2005 International 4,300 city pumper truck is like a regular truck of that model, except for the fact that it also helps power a pump that can disperse 1,250 gallons of water per minute. “When the pump runs during a fire, it’s like putting miles on the truck,” Regnier said. “We stop, put the truck in neutral, and put the pump in gear.”

  • Car maintenance crucial in winter months

    When the temperatures fall below freezing levels like Tuesday morning’s low of 12 degrees, Webster Auto Service owner Barry Allen knows to expect a little more business. “I don’t know if I blew a fuse or what’s going on,” a frenetic customer explained. “But right now it’s freezing out there, I have to make it to work, and I need heat.”


  • Fern Vogt Unruh

    Fern Vogt Unruh, 99, died Sunday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born Sept. 23, 1914, to Walter and Iva (Philips) Newton at Cowgill, Mo. She married John F. Vogt on June 30, 1935. He predeceased her in 1973. She married Herbert Unruh on March 25, 1990. He predeceased her in 2004. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jerold Vogt in 2009.

  • Orval Suderman

    Orval Suderman, 88, of Hillsboro died Saturday at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. He was born Nov. 8, 1925, to Dietrich W. and Justina (Loewen) Suderman in Hillsboro. He married Rosella Kasper on Sept. 8, 1961, in Hillsboro.

  • George Svitak

    George J. Svitak, 83, died Saturday at Marion Assisted Living. He was born July 3, 1930, to John and Victoria (Franta) Svitak of Pilsen. He was a lifelong Pilsen resident. He was a farmer and worked for Hesston Corp — now AGCO — for 30 years.

  • Adolphine Tajchman

    Adolphine Tajchman, 102, died Jan. 20 at Catholic Care Center in Bel Aire. She was a caretaker and housekeeper. She was born Nov. 25, 1911, in Tampa to Adolph and Anna Prucha Tajchman.


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  • Posting ordinances online doesn't always mean savings for local governments

    Kansas’s experiment in allowing municipalities and counties to post new laws on Internet sites they control instead of printing them in independent publications where citizens can actually find them is proving to be as bad an idea as it sounded. In an effort to save $36 last week, the City of Marion refused to publish the full text of a new ordinance about no-parking zones along the west sides of Elm and Locust Sts. between Main and Denver Sts. Instead of spending $84 to print the full ordinance in the same manner as has been done for nearly 150 years, it spent $48 to instead publish an “ordinance summary,” referring local citizens who are fortunate enough to have Internet access to the city’s website, where they supposedly could find the new law.


    Committees kicking into gear


  • Abeldt, Owens engaged

    Jennifer Owens and Aaron Abeldt announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Brian and Tambra Owens of Haysville. The prospective groom is the son of Nadine and the late Larry Abeldt of Hope.

  • Tai chi classes to be offered at senior center

  • Alpha Omega has January meeting

    The Alpha Omega chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International held its January meeting with 16 members in attendance at the Hillsboro city building. Helen Reznicek presented devotions on setting goals for the New Year.

  • Free child health screening will be Feb. 11

    A free health and development screening for children up to the age 5 will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Peabody United Methodist Church. Screenings will include a learning, motor, language, and social skills check. Vision and hearing will also be screened.

  • Washburn students earn transition awards

    Meghan Leihy of Hillsboro, a nursing student, and Jenevieve Corona of Marion, undeclared, have been named First Year Experience Scholars at Washburn University. They and 547 other students received the honor by earning a grade point average of 3.0 or higher their first semester.

  • McPherson College students' art on display

    Artistic works of Evan Hiebert of Goessel and Maci Schlehuber of Hillsboro will be on display through Feb. 23 at the VAAM Gallery in the McPherson Opera House. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. A public closing reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23.

  • Flint Hills Trio set to perform at Tabor College

    As part of its four-show spring tour, Flint Hills Trio will perform a recital at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Chapel-Auditorium at Tabor College. The trio is composed of pianist Amanda Arrington, soprano Janie Brokenicky, and cellist Dr. David Littrell. Each member is a professional musician from central Kansas.

  • Tampa Triple T's plan potluck

    Tampa Triple T’s 4-H Club met Jan. 12 at Tampa Senior Center at which 13 members, 5 leaders, and 2 parents answered a roll call question of what they did for New Year’s Eve. Host families were the Muellers and the Hamms. “Thank you” notes were also read.


    Grandchildren visit grandparents

    Valentine's Day dinner to be served

    A rescue offered


  • Hillsboro girls record 2 loses in Trojan Classic

    The Hillsboro High School girls’ basketball team placed fourth in the Trojan Classic over the weekend. They defeated Republic County in the first round Jan. 21, but lost to Riley County on Thursday and Hesston on Saturday. Hesston

  • Varsity and JV wrestlers compete over weekend

    Hillsboro wrestlers spent Saturday in Eureka placing 12th out of 21 teams and scoring 56 team points. Several wrestlers had great days, including Jon Carey who was unable to wrestle last week due to an injury.

  • Bluejay men defeat Friends

    The Tabor College men’s basketball team took a step forward and two steps back in the KCAC title chase last week. The Bluejays first won 78-74 Jan. 22 in Wichita against Friends University, the 21st ranked team in NAIA Division 2.

  • Trojans place 3rd in home basketball tournament

    The Hillsboro boys’ basketball team defeated Wamego 60-47 in the third-place game of the Trojan Classic on Saturday. The game started with a bumpy first quarter for the Trojans, as they fell behind 17-9 while struggling to make layups and dealing with a physical Raiders team. The quarter ended on a high note though when the Trojans held the ball for the final shot and Christian Ratzlaff made a 3-pointer with about a second left to cut the deficit to 17-12.

  • Goessel boys finish 4th

    The Goessel boys’ basketball team placed fourth in the Burrton tournament, defeating the hosts in overtime Jan. 20, then losing to Fairfield on Thursday and Little River on Saturday. Burrton

  • Goessel girls pounded by Moundridge

    It was a slow start for both girls’ teams at Goessel on Friday night. After six minutes had been played, the game was still tied at 2 as the Bluebird defense was able to hold the favored Wildcats from scoring. That pattern quickly changed as Moundridge began to rattle the younger Bluebirds into several turnovers and easy baskets. Moundridge led at the end of one quarter 10-2. The visitors expanded their lead to 27-6 at halftime.

  • Cheerleading clinic begins

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission is sponsoring a cheerleading clinic for girls and boys from kindergarten through sixth grade beginning Feb. 3. The clinic will run from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Feb. 3 and Feb. 6 at the Hillsboro elementary gymnasium. Participants will perform Feb. 7 during halftime of the boys’ high school game.

  • Junior high league tournament is at Centre

    Centre High School will host the Wheat State League Junior High School Tournament this week. Games will be on Thursday and Saturday. Centre boys (4-3) are the third seed after beating Rural Vista (4-3) and Solomon (4-3) head-to-head. Goessel boys (2-5) are the sixth seed, and Peabody-Burns (0-7) is the eighth seed.

  • County students awarded Kansas State scholarships

    Several students from Marion County were awarded various scholarships from Kansas State University for the 2013-2014 school year totaling more than $1,000 per student. Overall KSU has awarded more than $19.2 million in scholarships for this academic year. Florence Jaclyn Deforest, Phebe Bissell Memorial Scholarship in Human Ecology, Rose Straka Fowler and William M. Fowler Fund, and Anna L. Steckelberg Memorial Scholarship in Dietetics and Nutrition. Goessel Hannah Franzen, John T. Fairman Success in Marketing Scholarship. Hillsboro Kale Arnold, Grain Science Centennial Initiative Fund; Ethan Frantz, Mac Harris Memorial Scholarship; Candace Jost, Transfer Achievement Award; Bailey Kaufman, Putnam Scholarship, and R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarships; Aaron Klassen, June Roberts Scholarship; Taylor Nikkel, Agricultural Enhancement Fund, and Transfer Achievement Award; and Chance Reece, Mudge-Thompson Geology Scholarship. LEHIGH Neal Kaiser, Agricultural Enhancement Fund; and John Clark Slentz, Award for Excellence in Agriculture and John T. Whetzel Scholarship. Lincolnville Carrie Carlson, Agricultural Enhancement Fund, First in Class Scholarship, R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarships, and Stephen Vesecky Scholarship; Taylor Harms, K-State Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship, Achievement Award, Jim Buchanan Scholarship, CHS University Scholarship, Genny and Lowell Brandner Scholarship, Rod Turnbull Scholarship Fund; and Carlye Simons, Martin Family Senior Award in Agriculture. Marion Raelene Allen, Ted and Helene Varney Business Administration Award; Samuel Ehrlich, Engineering Scholarships, and Hosler Family Scholarship; Patrick Hodson, Memorial Scholarship and Engineering Scholarships, and Elmer A. Taylor Memorial Scholarship; Tonya Hodson, Memorial Scholarship; Louis Holt, Herman T. Luthi Memorial Scholarship in Forestry and Pied Piper Pet and Wildlife Inc. Agriculture Scholarship; Andrew Kjellin, Mila and William R. Kimel Music Scholarship; Landon Leiker, Civic Leadership — Renewal; Drew Maddox, Gary L. Millenbruch Finance; Tristen Snelling, K-State Transfer Academic Award, Lynn and Hazel Russell Memorial Scholarship, and Colonel and Mrs. Pearl M. Shaffer Memorial Home Economics Scholarship; Derek Stuchlik, Garmin Electrical and Computer Engineering Scholarship; Eric Vogel, Finance Advisory Board Scholarship, and Dennis and Sally Von Waaden Business Scholarship; Brandee Burnett, R. Ray and Marian E. Carothers Scholarship, and George and Mary Gephart Scholarship; Emily Harris, Memorial Scholarship; Broderick Kyle, Achievement Award, A.W. Michael and William Michael Scholarship, and Norvin and Barbara Stunkel Scholarship in Animal Science and Industry; Ashley Weems, Activity Scholarship, and Charles W. and Lois H. Nauheim Freshman Scholarship; Matthew Klenda, Transfer Achievement Award; and Nathan Unruh, Robert W. Janzen Scholarship. PEABODY Joshua Klarmann, A&S Undergrad Research Scholarship, Memorial Scholarship, Elvon G. and Lydia E Skeen Education Fund, Tomorrow’s Teacher Scholarship, and Nancy Glover Craig Education Scholarship.

  • Spirit-N-Celebration to present concert Thursday

    Hillsboro High School select vocal group Spirit-N-Celebration will present a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium. The concert will feature music of the students’ choosing as well as “Party Rock,” a piece choreographed by HHS alumus Daniel Nelson. Nelson is a member of Headliners at Butler Community College.


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