• Tabor has raised 78% of funds for arts center

    City council members had no issue agreeing to send a letter of support to the Kansas Department of Commerce Tuesday on behalf of Tabor College’s campaign for a proposed center for the arts. The school has already raised $7 million of $9 million needed to begin construction — which will take approximately two years, according to Tabor President Jules Glanzer. Tabor estimates the building will attract around 20,000 visitors to Hillsboro per year.

  • Senator to speak to Hillsboro Kiwanis

    Sen. Jerry Moran will speak at the Hillsboro Kiwanis Club meeting at noon April 17 in the city building. Before his remarks, he will also speak with club members, including business leaders and volunteers. Kiwanis International was founded in 1915. There are clubs across the globe, dedicated to serving children. Kiwanis and related organizations volunteer more than 18 million service hours annually.

  • Chingawassa adds events

    Chingawassa Days participants can expect to see changes to the festival’s schedule of events in June, although many of the changes depend on if the Chingawassa Committee can find more volunteers to help operate festival affairs. “We already have a lot of activities for adults but we are trying to expand events to include more things for kids,” committee member Tamey Ensey said. “What we are hoping is that there are individuals, organizations and sponsors that will step up and help make the expansion possible.”

  • Crash kills Marion resident

    Gary J. Alleven of Marion died in a crash Monday morning on U.S. 56 east of Hillsboro. He was 46. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s report, the crash happened at 6:15 a.m. Samuel B. Unruh, 25, of Canton pulled onto the highway westbound from Santa Fe St., approximately 1.2 miles east of Hillsboro in a 2013 Kenworth semi-truck pulling a trailer.

  • County fair announces carnival, parade move

    After not having a carnival in 2013, the Marion County Fair will once again have a carnival this summer. Fun Time Shows, a carnival based out of southeast Missouri, will be at the fair, fair association manager Kelli Savage said last week. According to its website, Fun Time Shows has been operated by the same family since the 1970s.

  • County spends $174,350 on graders

    More than once Monday, county commissioners spent a few moments silenced while reviewing bid options for a new motor grader in the road and bridge department. Murphy Tractor and Equipment appeared to have the lowest bid at $191,975 for a 2014 John Deere, followed by G.W. Van Keppel Company’s Volvo at $194,350, and a 2014 Caterpillar model for $196,474 from Foley Equipment. Foley Equipment also bid a 2013 model for $191,091.

  • Santa Fe Trail signs vandalized

    A recent inventory of signs posted along the Santa Fe Trail route in Marion County revealed that four signs and signposts have been vandalized or stolen in the past month. Steve Schmidt, president of the Cottonwood Crossing chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, reported the incidents in an April 1 letter to the sheriff’s department.

  • Journey tribute band to rock Chingawassa

    Revelation, a Journey tribute band, is scheduled to appear June 6 in Central Park for the Friday concert at Chingawassa Days. Revelation started from a ’80s influenced Kansas City rock band called Joker and is made up of five musicians who played the bar scene until lead singer Carl Worden broke off and started a tribute to Journey.

  • Marion grad diagnosed with cancer

    Watching a loved one suffer through cancer is tough for anyone, but it is especially hard on a mother watching her son, who is too young, struggle with cancer. That is what Mary Shipman is going through. Her 27-year-old son, Jimmy Shipman, was diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma in March.

  • Prescription drug drop-off will be April 26

    If you have wondered what to do with those expired or no longer needed prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, the solution will be made easy for you right here in Marion County on April 26. Sponsored by Marion County Substance Abuse Coalition and funded by a grant from the Drug Enforcement Administration, police in Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody will stage a drug drop-off to take prescription drugs out of cupboards and cabinets across the county.

  • County to give out carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms

    In honor of National Public Health Week the county health department will give away free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to families receiving immunizations today. Immunizations are given from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., then from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

  • Prom is Saturday

    Hillsboro High School prom will be Saturday. The prom meal will be served at 6 p.m. and promenade will commence at 7:30 p.m. in the circle drive east of the high school building.

  • Emergency manager advises businesses to be prepared

    County emergency manager Randy Frank introduced himself to Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday, also getting a feel for their business affiliations. Frank spoke to members mostly about handling and rebounding from natural disaster events, giving examples of why it is important to be prepared in emergency situations.


  • Marian Crofoot

    Marian Lucille Crofoot, 86, died Saturday at her home in Marion. She was born March 8, 1928, in Holton to John and Ruth Voekel Hurst. She spent her early years in Holton and Ness City, where she graduated from high school.

  • Kathleen Hurst

    Kathleen K. Hurst, 73, of Marion died Saturday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born June 29, 1940, in Ness City to John and Ruth Voekel Hurst. She moved to Marion from Holton in 1997. She was a member of Eastmoor United Methodist Church and St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary, both in Marion.


    Gary Alleven, Irene Soyez



  • Cattle deworming has many options, big effects

    Prescribed pasture burning isn’t the only step ranchers and stockmen can take this time of year to affect cattle growth while they’re on pastures later in the year, says Jessica Laurin, doctor of veterinary medicine at Animal Health Center of Marion County. Deworming cattle in the spring has the biggest influence on gains, she said. The worm that has the biggest negative impact on cattle is

  • As corn planting begins, wheat condition varies widely

    April showers mean time to plant corn in Kansas has arrived. U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that farmers across the country will plant around 91.7 million acres of corn this year, down from 95.37 million acres last year. In Kansas, the USDA predicts 4.4 million acres will be planted, up 2 percent from the previous year, but it’s too early to tell if that number will hold.

  • Man restores antique tractors to benefit charity

    Since a young age, Jerry Toews of Goessel has loved figuring out how mechanical things work. “When I was a kid what I did for fun was find things people would throw away, such as clocks, radios, and such and take them apart,” he said. “I wanted to know how they were put together.”

  • Extended conservation signup available

    A new sign-up period for water resources and non-point source cost share practices is available from the Marion County Conservation District. Residents can now sign up from Monday through April 25 for funding available in July. Water resources provide monetary assistance to landowners constructing terraces, diversions, grass waterways, grass seedings, and livestock water supply systems.

  • Group promotes cooking with soybeans

    April is national soy food month, and members of Kansas Soybean Association encourage people to explore ways to incorporate soy food into their diet. Soy can be found in baked goods, breakfast cereals, pastas, meats, and beverages.


  • Lincolnville Easter egg hunt is Saturday

    The annual Easter egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lincolnville City Park. According to mayor Barb Kaiser, work will begin Monday on the city’s sewer ponds. Funding for 50 percent of the project came from a Community Development Block Grant.

  • Circles graduation is April 24

    Circles of Hope of Marion County will have a spring graduation April 24. The evening will begin with a supper at 6 p.m. in the Marion Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Graduation certificates will be awarded in the sanctuary to five people who have completed the training that began about six months ago. The evening will conclude with a reception in the fellowship hall.

  • Chat and Dine will have potluck

    Marion County Park and Lake Chat and Dine Club will have its first potluck dinner of the year at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the lake hall. Steve Hudson will discuss upcoming activities and talk about things happening at the lake. Everyone is encouraged to bring a guest and a side item to share.

  • P.E.O. financials in order

    P.E.O. Chapter DB had its regular meeting March 29 at the home of Lenore Dieter. Dieter and co-hostesses Anita Brookens and Eileen Sieger served fruit parfaits to 18 members in attendance. President Pam Bowers presided over the meeting. Elora Robinson reported that her audit of the chapter’s bank statements and treasurer’s records found everything in order and accurate.

  • Reception for retiring Stuchlik is April 16

  • Patrons can experience Broadway by request

    Sounds of Broadway will take over the McPherson Opera House on Saturday. Broadway singer-actress Teri Hansen and music director-pianist Ryan Shirar will take the stage at 7 p.m. to sing some of the audience’s favorite Broadway melodies.

  • Barn Alliance elects Huffman

    The Kansas Barn Alliance elected their officers at their annual meeting at the home of Jim and Dollie Mathes in Harper. Teresa Huffman was elected president.

  • Residents attend book signing

    Janet Marler, Vickie Kraus, Marge Summervill, Neva Kreutziger, Betty Stenzel, Teresa Huffman, Sandy Heyman, and Mary Almaguer attended a book signing by Suzi Parron April 15 in Manhattan. Parron is the author of “Barn Quilts & The American Quilt Trail Movement” and presented a slide show presentation on how the quilt movement began.

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  • Newspaper office, this is Jean'

    For the better part of three decades, a singularly pleasant voice belonging to a singularly remarkable lady has graced tens of thousands of calls with a greeting that always was much more than just a courteous “hello.” To many if not most of those dialing our number — from subscribers changing their addresses to readers announcing births, deaths and everything in between — Jean Stuchlik was the newspaper office — the human face, voice and soul of the inanimate pile of newsprint they invited into their homes each week. Next week, the person who so deftly has handled every inquiry imaginable since 1985 will finally write “ — 30 — ” on her career as receptionist, then circulation manager, and most recently business manager and member of the board of directors of Hoch Publishing Co. Well beyond even the most advanced of standard retirement ages — precisely how well beyond, we aren’t about to say — Jean will log her last legal notice, renew her last subscription and find her last obscure typewriter ribbon for our customers. Having gradually reduced her work week from four days to three and then two, she will at long last give up her dusty drives from Lost Springs to Marion and officially retire.

  • The elephant on Main St.

    Often times when people around town ask what brought me to Marion, I always feel there may be more inquiries behind the original question, but most don’t feel comfortable asking. It’s a little difficult to write about, but it is an abnormal situation. I’m a single, African American, 23-year-old, college graduate living in a city that, largely, is not my demographic. Most people I’ve come across here are either 10 years older and married or a few years younger and in a very different place in their lives.

  • Unintended consequences

    The state legislature showed this weekend, on a Sunday night no less, how important it was to them to get school funding in compliance with the state Supreme Court’s ruling as quickly as possible. They did what they needed to do — add funding to make the playing field for large and small schools closer to level — and so much more. The biggest piece of the legislation was also the biggest surprise, repealing due process guarantees for teachers, librarians, and counselors. That change, if the bill is signed by the governor, will set off ripples of unintended consequences.


    Regular session finished


  • Hillsboro chess members compete internationally

    Three members of the Hillsboro Chess Guild competed in the Intercontinental Scholastic Team Championship chess tournament March 29 and 30 in Naperville, Ill. Two teams from Kansas participated along with a Russian team and teams from Illinois and Indiana.

  • Hillsboro baseball splits opener

    One bad hop may have been the difference between Hillsboro baseball starting the season 1-1 and 2-0 Friday against Little River. The first game of the doubleheader was tied at 5 with two outs in the sixth inning when a seemingly routine groundball bounced high over the Trojans’ shortstop’s head, allowing a runner on second base to score, giving the Redskins a 6-5 lead and eventual victory.

  • 3-man golf team medals 1

    Hillsboro golf team competed in its first meet of the year Tuesday in Herington. Senior Evan Olleburger placed sixth overall in the tournament with a score of 96. Par for the course was 72.

  • Softball sweeps Panthers

    The Hillsboro softball team easily dispatched the Nickerson Panthers Tuesday on the road, defeating them 15-0 and 20-0 in a doubleheader. The Trojans’ next doubleheader is Friday at home against the Hesston Swathers.

  • Bluejays baseball takes 3 from Friends

    In a matchup of two nationally ranked KCAC teams Tabor College came out on top, defeating Friends University in three out of four games. Friday in Wichita, Tabor won 3-0 the first game, but lost 3-1 in the next. In Hillsboro the next day, the Bluejays won 7-4 and 10-8, improving to 15-1 in conference play.

  • Tennis begin season in Conway Springs

    Hillsboro boy’s tennis team began their season Thursday in Conway Springs. New players Leo Sontag and Josh Funk had a chance to test their skills in competitive play. Sontag, who plays No. 1 singles, lost his first match against Grant Bellar of Conway Springs 8-1, before winning his next two rounds against McPherson and Conway springs.


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