• City sells land for mystery national chain store

    Hillsboro City Council voted to sell 3.7 acres of land in the Hillsboro Heights addition off U.S. 56 to a holding company Tuesday. The plot will be used to build an undisclosed store, which cannot be named because of a confidentiality agreement with the holding company, Southeast Kansas Development. However, Clint Seibel, economic development director, said the store will sell fuel, groceries, and pharmaceuticals.

  • Salem Home rated among best

    In a recent U.S. News & World Report article, Salem Home in Hillsboro was ranked among the nation’s best nursing homes. The distinction was earned based on data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including information on health inspection results, staffing, and quality measures for all nursing facilities to create a Five Star rating system on its nursing home compare website.

  • Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday

    Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, “springing forward” one hour. Residents can set their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The state fire marshal’s office also encourages residents to test smoke alarms and change their batteries at the same time.

  • Family bringing food truck craze to Marion with hotdog truck

    Jake Schadel of Marion loves his family and hot dogs, so when the opportunity to buy a food truck presented itself, he jumped at the chance. He, his wife Andrea, and their three children traveled 600 miles Feb. 22 to Chula, Mo., to pick up the box truck and returned home with a future hot dog truck.

  • Health tips for burning season

    During March and April, many ranchers in the Flint Hills will be burning off pastures. Air quality during those months will be greatly decreased due to the large amount of airborne particles created by burning. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has several recommendations for people with heart, lung, and other respiratory illnesses, and elderly and children who might be affected.

  • Handicap parking to be added near courthouse

    At the suggestion of deputy register of deeds Rebecca Wingfield for improvement of handicap accessible parking at the courthouse, commissioners voted Friday to designate a space near the old jail for construction. Commissioner Randy Dallke said Wingfield offered the idea of developing the parking area near the ramp on the southeast side of the courthouse. Road and bridge personnel will perform construction work.

  • Prairie View celebrates 60 years

    This month, the home of Prairie View, Inc., Newton, celebrates its early beginnings and 60 years of offering mental and behavior health care services. Throughout the span of World War II, conscientious objectors — including 1,500 Mennonites — learned firsthand that the mentally ill were warehoused in state-operated hospitals.


  • Marlene Anduss

    Marlene A. Anduss, 78, died Thursday at her home in Marion. She was born July 9, 1935, in Hillsboro to Henry and Mary Lou (Gibson) Gaede. She married Reign Anduss on Jan. 21, 1955, in Newton.

  • Wilbur Hett

    Wilbur A. Hett, 90, died Sunday in Hillsboro. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Strassburg Baptist Church, rural Marion.

  • Duwane Miller

    Duwane V. Miller, 89, died Saturday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. He was born Feb. 15, 1925, to Adam and Elsie (Ollenburger) Miller at Durham. He married Jane Geissler on Dec. 17, 1946, in Durham.


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  • Tax preparer calls work 'fun and scary'

    Maggie Meisinger of Marion has been preparing income tax returns for 42 years. The work has changed considerably since she started at Wheeler, Westerhaus, and Wheeler as a legal secretary in 1972.

  • Fear of talking about money can hinder financial planning

    Financial advisers often run into people who are afraid to talk about their money. Some local advisers shared why they think that is. Tom Kimbrel of Edward Jones in Marion said he doesn’t expect people to open up about money to just anyone, because it is such a personal topic, but he hopes that through trust he can assist people in making smart money decisions.

  • Financial adviser to discuss faith-based investing

    Mark Regier of Everence Financial will speak about faith-based investing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Mennonite Church in Newton. “Faith-based investing is an increasingly hot topic among Christians in America today,” he said.



  • Thursday is deadline for self-defense class

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission has extended the deadline for enrollment in the female self-defense class to 5 p.m. Thursday. The course will be taught by instructor Ko Hai Mervin Lare and is scheduled for four consecutive Mondays beginning this coming Monday at 7:30 p.m. It is available for females aged 16 and up. The cost is $40 for the first family member and $20 for additional family members living in the same household.

  • Foot care available

    Foot care will be available at Hillsboro Senior Center on March 11. Call (620) 947-2304 for an appointment. Mandy Smith from I Kan will be talking about low vision resources on March 12.

  • Basketball is the topic of Lifelong Learning program

    Steve Farney of McPherson will give a presentation titled “Title Towns: Class BB Boys Basketball Champions of Kansas,” at 9:45 Friday at Tabor College’s Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. Farney’s talk will center around the impact of high school basketball on small towns including stories about two championship teams from Durham.

  • Hymn sing is Monday

    Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will have its monthly community hymn sing at 7 p.m. March 9 at the church. The theme of the March meeting is “God our Creator and Sustainer.” The event will include singing, scripture reading, and prayer. Attendees will have the chance to choose their favorite hymns.

  • Commodities to arrive in county March 12

    Senior centers in Marion and Hillsboro Main Street Ministries will receive commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture March 12. Each site will distribute commodities based on their own schedule, and may not distribute on the same day. If there are no commodities left at a local site, patrons are encouraged to call the Marion County Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580.


    Benefit dinner supports school

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  • Huelskamp taking applications for service academies

    The office of First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp is now taking applications for military service academy nominations. The deadline for submission is Oct. 1. The congressman can nominate a limited number of young men and women ages 17 to 23 to attend four of the nation’s five service academies. The process requires an applicant to have a history of personal discipline and a commitment to their school and community.

  • County students to perform in opera

    Bethel College students Michelle Unruh of Goessel and Amy Wedel of Peabody will be among the performers in the college’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” It is a comedic opera written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. March 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. March 9 in Krehbiel Auditorium. Tickets are available at the college’s student center in North Newton, by calling (316) 284-5205, or at the door, subject to availability.

  • Fifth-grader has successful trapping season

    With the help of his father, Steve Jirak, Elias Jirak, a fifth grader at Centre Elementary School, has completed a successful trapping season. He caught five bobcats, 44 raccoons, 10 skunks, 23 possums, and four coyotes.

  • Wiens leads Goessel boys in loss

    The Goessel boys’ basketball regular season ended Feb. 25 with at loss at Berean. Goessel actually led at the end of one quarter 9-8, but the Warriors turned up the defense and scored 26 points in the second period to take a 34-17 lead at halftime. The Berean lead increased even more and by the end of the third period, the home team had built a 53-23 lead. With the 30-point lead, a running clock began for the whole fourth period and the coaches emptied the benches. The score of the final game of the regular season for Goessel was a 61-31 loss.

  • Berean blows by Bluebirds

    Only three girls put up points for Goessel in the final regular season game Feb. 25 at Berean. Poor shooting has plagued the girls for the last two games as Goessel lost in Elbing 47-17. Goessel fell behind quickly 11-0 in this contest and trailed 19-5 by the end of the first quarter. The Bluebirds hit more free throws than field goals as Berean coasted to a 28-13 halftime lead.

  • Students place in history competition

    Hillsboro Middle School students Eva Noble and Sarah Schafers, Trinity Malm, Jenna Hinerman, Abby Driggers, and Sam Moss all placed at the Kansas History Day competition Feb. 22 in Manhattan. Trinity won the individual documentary competition. Jenna placed second in individual website; Abby placed second in historical paper; Eva and Sarah placed third in group performance; and Sam placed third in individual exhibit.

  • Students raise research funds

    Hillsboro Middle School raised $331.26 in its annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Wichita.

  • Students named to HCC honor roll

    Several Hutchinson Community College students from the county have been named to the president’s and vice president’s honor roll for the fall. president’s honor roll (4.0 GPA) Lauren Geis of Durham; Peter Bartel, Windy McCarty, and Jehoiada Schmidt, all of Hillsboro; and Julie Starks of Marion. Vice President’s Honor Roll (3.5-3.999 gpa) Jacob Herrel and Hayley Jirak of Hillsboro; Michelle Bowman of Lost Springs; Thomas Oborny of Marion; Brooks Hodges, Courtney Kloster, Kyle Seeney, and Colton Terronez, all of Peabody; and Sara Whorton of Tampa.

  • Trojans trample Warriors in substate opener

    A mismatch on paper turned into a blowout on the court Tuesday as the Hillsboro Trojans opened with 22 unanswered points against Peabody-Burns, en route to a 64-26 win over the Warriors in first-round substate at Hillsboro. “We didn’t know quite what to expect. We haven’t played Peabody in a long time,” Trojan Christian Ratzlaff said. “We came out with a lot of energy, and everybody started hitting shots.”

  • Redskins can't handle Trojans' pressure

    The Hillsboro girls’ basketball team struggled to a two-point halftime lead in the substate quarterfinals Monday at Little River before taking off in the second half and heading home with a 20-point victory. Pressure defense was the key for the Trojans. Coach Nathan Hiebert said he saw Little River had trouble coping with ball pressure while scouting them for the game, so he set his defense to exploit that.

  • Four wrestlers compete at state

    Hillsboro sent four wrestlers to the state wrestling tournament last weekend in Hays. They were John Carey, 126 lbs; Cody Delk, 152 lbs; Preston Nelson, 160 lbs; and Levi Mendoza, 182 lbs. While none placed, coach Scott O’Hare said he is proud of their efforts at state.

  • TABOR:

    Tabor hires experienced cross-country coach, Tabor guard is KCAC Newcomer of the year, Bluejay basketball sweeps KCAC titles, Tabor student to have senior recital, Juniors to have music recital


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