• Tabor swim coach helps refine swimming technique

    The new head swim coach for Tabor College, Nathan Duell, and several members of the college’s swim team are in the midst of putting on a competitive swim clinic this week at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. With a break today, the clinic started on Monday and will continue through Friday with the purpose of refining swimmers’ techniques for summer competition.

  • Aulne road to get repairs

    Three miles of road near Aulne will receive some much-needed attention soon after county commissioners purchase three tons of cold mix Monday. The stretch of road, located west of Sunflower Rd. on 140th Rd., will cost about $68 per mile/ton for treatment.

  • After more than 3 years, family's wait for adoption is finally over

    After more than three years of feeding, clothing, caring for and loving two little girls they raised as if they were their own, Marion parents Joe and Lesli Beery could finally breathe a sigh of relief as the uncertainty was lifted from their backs on March 12 as Maddison and Brooklyn were legally declared their daughters. The Beerys probably know better than most that milestones like this don’t just happen overnight.

  • Mortgage fee phase-out could hurt before it helps

    Because of the advancement of a Kansas Senate bill calling for the end of the state’s mortgage registration fee, property taxes could rise state and countywide. “If this passes, taxes are going to go up and everybody’s going to have to pay whether you get a mortgage or not,” Marion County Register of Deeds Jo Ottensmeier said. “That’s not right.”

  • Moving local election to fall an unpopular idea

    New State Sen. Clark Shultz and Rep. Don Schroeder, who represents the western half of the county, answered questions Saturday morning in Hillsboro but provided few solutions. Local leaders were able to express their concerns over a proposal to move local elections from the spring to the fall, and other bills currently being discussed in the legislature.

  • Department on Aging offering fall prevention classes

    Marion County Department on Aging will teach two fall prevention classes from April through May — “Matter of Balance” and “Stepping On.” Both classes aim to help those afraid of falling, who feel unsafe walking on uneven surfaces, or that have difficulty climbing stairs and getting up safely from the floor.

  • Entries being accepted for congressional arts competition

    Entries are being accepted for the 2014 congressional arts competition. All high school students in the First Congressional District are eligible to enter. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Capitol building for a year.

  • Fishing derby awards $300 in prizes

    Marion County Park and Lake had the annual John Waner Memorial Crappie Derby on Saturday at the heated fishing dock, and this year the fishing derby drew 26 entries. The derby began at 7 a.m., and it took only a minute for the first catch of the day. Jason Monteque won $50 for catching the first crappie at 7:01 a.m. Monteque also won $100 for catching the most total inches of fish at 160¾ inches.

  • What kind of store would you like to see in Hillsboro?

    “I’m happy with the stores we have, and that’s my take on it. Support what’s already here.” — Lynn Jost
    “If somebody put in a strip mall with a restaurant and small stores by the highway it may attract some drive-by customers. But it’s not like our businesses are hurting.” — Todd Jost


  • Anthony Young

    Anthony Young, 13, died March 11 in Lawrence. He was born March 12, 2000, in Kansas City, Mo., to Brad and Skye Young of Hillsboro. He is survived by his parents; a brother, Allister Young of Hillsboro; and two sisters, April Young of Lawrence, and Alyssa Young of Hillsboro.



  • Pharmacies continue to fight unequal treatment with Medicare Part D

    Dick McLinden of Marion was shocked when he went to pay for his monthly prescriptions in January and found his bill to be more than $100. Previously the co-pay for his wife’s and his 10 prescriptions was around $20 after signing up for a Medicare Part D plan in July. That was, until Jan. 1 when his policy no longer accepted Marion Health Mart as a local preferred prescription provider. McLinden said Health Mart owner Marlin Buchholz was just as shocked as he was to see the increased charges.

  • What to do when allergies bother you

    Spring is here, and while the season brings much anticipated warmer temperatures, it also brings back allergies. For those afflicted with allergies, spring can be especially rough because of all the pollen in the air from plants budding and blooming. As bodies work to build up tolerance, there are things people can do to help ward off allergies, Dr. Paige Hatcher of St. Luke Physicians Clinic said.

  • Hospitals, county partner to promote wellness with countywide health fair

    When the Marion County Health Fair opens March 29 at the sports and aquatic center in Marion, it will be the culmination of most of a year of preparation. Last year the county health department and St. Luke and Hillsboro Community hospitals conducted a community health needs assessment, and the No. 1 need the survey identified was more promotion of health, wellness, and chronic disease prevention, St. Luke director of nursing Jeremy Ensey said.

  • Massage therapist retiring after 24 years

    Carolan McFarland of Marion has been a massage therapist in Marion since May 1995. She currently operates out of St. Luke Integrated Health Care Clinic and also gives massages at Dr. Kodi Panzer’s chiropractic clinic in Hillsboro. She plans to retire at the end of March. Her daughter Tracy, co-worker Carol Wituk, and Janet Herzet are planning an open house in her honor from 2 to 5 p.m. March 30 in the basement of Marion Family Physicians.

  • New cancer test is a 'win-win'

    March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Luke Hospital laboratory manager Brenda Rhodes is observing that by promoting a new screening method that she says offers several advantages over the old method. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people get a colonoscopy when they turn 50 and every 10 years after that, but the CDC also recommends an annual fecal occult blood test for people 50 or older.

  • Living center gets five-star rating

    St. Luke Living Center in Marion was one of 3,867 nursing homes in the country to receive an overall five-star rating in January from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The agency sets and enforces standards for nursing homes enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, which almost all are. The agency assigns a rating of one to five stars in three categories:

  • Blood drive is Thursday in Marion

    The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from 2:15 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit http://redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.


  • More on coyotes, basketball, and rumors of spring

    A couple of weeks ago Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke gave me some information to share with you about coyotes moving into the community in search of food. After the story was published, I had several people who live near the west edge of Peabody mention seeing small groups of coyotes or hearing them howling fairly close to the city limits. One person said he left his home for work early one morning and surprised a coyote tearing into garbage that had been pulled from his trash cart. I mention this so you will know that there have been additional sightings. All pet owners, especially those in the areas where the coyotes have been seen, should be sure their own pets are protected with a current rabies vaccination.


    Looking at court's school funding ruling

    Grant will fund historical classroom experiences


  • Marion couple engaged

    Rachel Christine Thurston and Colton Dean Olson, both of Marion, are engaged to be married in June. The bride-elect is a 2010 home-school graduate and a youth sponsor at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, rural Hillsboro. She works at Marion City Library. Brent and Heidi Thurston of Marion are her parents.

  • Neo-Century hears about container gardens

    Neo-Century Club met March 10 at Hilltop Manor. Pat Oller and Bea Kelsey were hostesses for the meeting. Jana Dalke, owner of Serenity Gardens, gave a program with ideas for container gardens and plant care.

  • Seminary dean will speak at Tabor

    Terry L. Brensinger, vice president and dean of the Biblical seminary and professor of pastoral ministry at Fresno Pacific University, will speak on Tabor College’s Hillsboro campus Monday and Tuesday. He will give several presentations during his two days on campus:

  • Tabor-Wichita to have business seminar

    Tabor College Wichita campus will have a Chamber of Commerce Business Builder Series seminar from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at 7843 W. 21st St. N., Suite 117. The seminar is for business people who want to experience more employee engagement in the workplace. It will also discuss how to maximize employee talents and strengths, increase employee engagement, and how to accelerate team building and collaboration.

  • Club raising awareness about human trafficking

    Tabor College Social Work Club will be raising awareness to end human trafficking the week of April 4 through 12 through different campus events. Events
  • A music concert at 7 p.m. April 4 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church featuring The Afters and Kyle Sherman. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at http://www.ilivelove.org.
  • Kevin Austin with the Set Free Movement will speak in the chapel at 11 and 11:40 a.m. April 8.
  • A human trafficking awareness panel will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the chapel in the H.W. Lohrenz building.
  • Annie Schomaker and Ginger Coakley with the Set Free Movement will speak in the chapel at 11 and 11:40 a.m. April 10.
  • A 5K walk/run and biking race will be April 12. The biking race begins at 8 a.m. and the foot race begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Wholgemuth Music Education Center parking lot. To register visit http://tinyurl.com/m8h6na6.
  • Larry Hatteberg to speak at dinner

    KAKE-TV anchorman Larry Hatteberg will speak at Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum’s 2014 heritage dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 4 at Tabor Mennonite Church. Burgundy roast beef, scalloped potatoes, green beans with almonds, and dessert will be served in the church’s fellowship hall. To reserve tickets, call the museum at (620) 367-8200 by March 31. Museum office hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


    Suppers benefit Christian school

    Hamms have lunch guest


  • Lady Trojans lose lead late, fall to Chargers

    Hillsboro High School girls’ basketball coach Nathan Hiebert said rebounding was the Trojans’ downfall March 12 in a first-round loss to Jefferson County North in the 2A state tournament. “We controlled the boards first half and gave them one opportunity,” he said. “Third quarter, fourth quarter, I can count at least four or five buckets they got from extra opportunities off of offensive rebounds.”

  • Trojans disappointed after first-round exit

    The Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball team lost three games this year by an average of three points. Coach Darrel Knoll said the team’s effort in its 59-42 state quarterfinal loss Thursday was an anomaly. “We just didn’t look like ourselves today for the whole game,” he said. “They made shots and we didn’t.”

  • Wrestling club competes in Junction City

    Hillsboro Wrestling Club competed Saturday in Junction City in the District III East Sub-District Tournament, the opening round of competition for the USA Wrestling-Kansas State Qualifying Series. The top four finishers in each bracket automatically qualified for the District III tournament coming up Saturday in McPherson. The top four in that tournament will qualify for the state tournament March 29 and 30 in Topeka. Results 8 and younger Anthony Fickes, 52 lbs., 1-2, did not place; Camden Padgett, 73 lbs., 3-0, first place; Connor Padgett, 88 lbs., 2-0, first place; and Lane Rogers, 88 lbs., 2-2, fifth place. 10 and younger Garrett Helmer, 73 lbs., 2-2, fifth place; and Tristan Rathbone, 79 lbs., 2-2, fifth place. 12 and younger Jordan Bachman, 84 lbs., 2-2, fourth place; and Raymond Jonhnston, 92 lbs., 0-3, fourth place. 14 and younger Brodie Rathbone, 135 lbs., 0-2, did not place; Cyle Gautschi, 165 lbs., 4-0, first place; and Nathan Simhiser, 205 lbs., 1-2, third place. High school Travis King, 126 lbs., 2-2, fourth place; Jesse Meier, 170 lbs., 1-1, second place; and Levi Mendoza, 182 lbs., 1-3, fourth place.

  • Area athletes represented on Wheat State All-League teams

    The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference announced volleyball players who earned scholar athlete honors for the year, and Peabody-Burns graduate Danielle Savage was among the honorees. Savage is a senior in elementary education at Bethany College, where she is on the volleyball team.

  • Tabor basketball teams fall in first round

    After winning their conference tournaments in dramatic fashion, both Tabor basketball teams lost the same way in the first round of the NAIA Division 2 tournament. Leading 75-70 against Indiana University Southeast in the final two minutes of the game, the Bluejays could not hold off a comeback by the Grenadiers, ultimately falling 77-75.

  • Screenings for Hillsboro, Goessel kindergartners

    A screening for those enrolling in Goessel kindergarten will be March 28 at Goessel Mennonite Church. Children need to be 5 years old before Aug. 31 to be eligible for kindergarten this fall.

  • Hillsboro students attend music and band festival

    Several Hillsboro students participated in the Central Kansas League Music and Band Festival March 5 at Bethany College. The following students received top ratings. band Kennedy Klein received a I rating for her flute solo. Allison Gray received a I rating for an French horn solo. Erika Bichet, Marah Franz, and Hannah Funk received a I for their clarinet trio. Marah Franz, Allison Gray, and Kennedy Klein received a I rating for their mixed winds trio. The Hillsboro concert band received a II rating. vocal The following received a I rating: concert choir, men’s glee, Spirit-N-Celebration choir, SNC women, SNC men, mixed ensemble, men’s ensemble, women’s ensemble, and soloists Jazmene May, Vance Klassen, Claire Heyen, Daniele Melton, and Hannah Bostice. The following received a II rating: Isaac Spencer, Molly Wiebe, Abby Kliewer, Madi Sheppard, and Callie Lennens.


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