• USD 410 to offer all-day kindergarten

    Before the Hillsboro Board of Education approved to move forward with an all-day kindergarten program, board members and elementary school principal Evan Yoder discussed the specifics with parents in attendance. Next school year, there will be two full-day classrooms and one half-day class. Yoder said 36 students are enrolled for full-day classes, seven for half, and seven student’s parents are still undecided.

  • USD 411 revises budget for increased enrollment

    Goessel school board approved a revised budget Monday that will include about $75,000 in additional school funding. “Our enrollment for the year was much higher than we expected so we had to write up another publication,” Superintendent John Fast said Tuesday. “This is a good thing for the district.”

  • Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Quilt sells for $11,600

    Attendees at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Saturday in Hutchinson stopped what they were doing and perked up their ears in the Meadowlark Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds when the bidding for a quilt reached over $9,000 and the auctioneer continued asking for bids. If they weren’t in the benches or stands in the auction area already, people started drifting over to that part of the building. The quilt, hand-pieced, appliquéd and quilted by the women of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, eventually sold for $11,600, an all-time high for their church.

  • Skunk eludes capture on Main St.

    Assistant Police Chief Clinton Jeffery said about four sources reported seeing a skunk running down Main Street Friday just before noon. “It was moving kind of funny on its back legs,” he said. “People were wondering if it was rabid.”

  • Photographer finds nest with owlets

    Strange feathery faces may not be noticed to those driving down U.S. 50, but with their vision they certainly see everyone. A nest of great horned owlets reside about a mile west of Florence in a sycamore tree off U.S. 50 and near the railroad tracks. Phoebe Janzen stumbled upon the nest during one of her many photography excursions during the winter and started monitoring the nest.

  • Huelskamp answers questions at town hall

    A handful of concerned constituents attended a town hall held by Rep. Tim Huelskamp Monday at the Hillsboro city building. Several asked questions pertaining to foreign debt, the farm bill, food stamps, minimum wage, and the federal budget. Residents from Hillsboro, Lehigh, and surrounding communities posed questions about the budget and government programs such as food stamps.

  • MEDI hears updates on business projects

    City administrator Roger Holter reported to Marion Economic Development on Tuesday that renovations on 12 out of 20 apartments are complete at September I, and that Victory Plaza is ready to begin pouring pads for duplexes. Holter said he hopes the duplexes will be filled with about one-half current Marion residents and half people coming from out of town. Work on Subway is continuing to progress, Greg Carlson said, and Holter said Ace Hardware is in the process of hiring.

  • Town hall to feature drunk driving warning

    Guest speaker Jared Estes will talk at a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. April 23 at Centre High School about how he and his family were involved in a drunk driving accident. Pizza will be served, and residents will have an opportunity to turn in expired medication for disposal. Marion County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Marion County Peace Officers Association sponsor the event. For more information contact Ashlee Gann at (620) 877-0197 or Jill Day at (785) 983-4321.

  • Schmidt cautions after transfer station burglary

    Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt told commissioners Monday he would have to find a better way to secure the station after it was broken into during the weekend. Schmidt said burglars broke into one of the windows on the north side of the station, then kicked open the office door and stole around $80 cash. There was minimal damage.

  • Country-rock band added to Chingawassa lineup

    The Silver Bullet Band is the final addition to the music lineup at Chingawassa Days. The country-rock quartet from Kansas City will perform the evenings of June 6 and 7. They play covers of songs by Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, George Strait, Keith Urban, Little Texas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and others.

  • Many Easter egg hunts around the county Saturday

    Several local Easter egg hunts will be Saturday around the county. Children can hunt for eggs and discover what prizes the Easter bunny left for them. Marion — Children can hunt for eggs beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Central Park. The Easter bunny will make an appearance.

  • Fake Facebook profiles are scammers in disguise

    Iva Britton was already on the paper’s friend list when another friend request from her showed up.

  • Pie throws raise money

    Tabor College students raised $1,500 to provide a water well and other improvements for a ministry in Thailand, and they did it by throwing pies at faculty and staff members. For every dollar students donated, they could throw a whipped cream pie at a professor or staff member.

  • Mueller to restore another Tampa storefront

    As if he hasn’t done enough already to preserve the west side of Tampa’s Main Street, David Mueller has begun a project to recreate the building that housed a grocery store. It was Moffitt’s Market when it closed on May 1, 1999. The building was attached to the north and west sides of La Luna Café. Vince Jantz of Jantz Construction is overseeing the project. Using a bucket crane owned by Dalke Construction of Hillsboro, operator Gail Makovec of rural Lincolnville spent several days last week demolishing the old building and clearing the debris.


  • Harold Bauer

    Harold Jerome Bauer, 85, died April 8, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 7, 1929, at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, Kan., to Henry J. and Lydia Minnie (Nolte) Bauer. He worked for 60 years at Bauer’s Grocery in Hudson, a business started by his father in the 1920s and continued on by him and his brother, Charles Dean Bauer.

  • Lucilla Funk

    Lucilla Funk, 91, died April 9 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born July 25, 1922, to Wilhelm and Martha (Richert) Unruh in Hillsboro. She married Elmer Funk on April 26, 1945, in rural Goessel.

  • Lucy Hughes

    Lucy P. Hughes, 97, died April 8 at Asbury Park in Newton. She was born March 19, 1917, in Tampa to John and Gertrude Hutchison Pleiser. She grew up and attended school in Tampa, graduating from high school in 1935. She was bookkeeper and office manager for a piano and organ company in California for many years.

  • Mable Nicodemus

    Mable Nicodemus, 93, died Sunday at Newton Medical Center. She was born Sept. 5, 1920, in Newton to Gilbert and Chloe (Meiers) Taylor. On April 21, 1940, she married Don “Nick” Nicodemus in Lindsborg. She was a longtime member of Salem United Methodist Church in Newton.

  • Dustin Thiesen

    Dustin D. Thiesen, 29, died Thursday at his rural Hillsboro residence. He was born Dec. 16, 1984, to Duane D. and Donna K. (Janzen) Thiesen in Newton. He is survived by his father, Duane D. Thiesen of Gainsville, Texas; mother, Donna K. Spoonemore of rural Hillsboro; two sisters, Jamie Spoonemore and Holly Spoonemore of rural Hillsboro; and his companion dog, Duster.


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  • CDDO meeting is April 21

    The board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization will have its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. April 21 at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204 in Newton. An opportunity for a public forum will be included.

  • Wiens family celebrates Easter

    The family of MaryAnn Wiens celebrated Easter with dinner April 13 at the Hilltop Community Room. Those in attendance from Marion were MaryAnn Weins, Gerald and Jan Wiens, Jennifer Schneider, Don and Janice Hodson, Jeff, Erica and Noah Richmond, Lindsey Richmond and Bryan Grosse and Braylee, Jerry, Loreen and Eli Hett, and guest Frankie Turner.

  • 20th Century Club members bond over sandwiches

    Twenty-one members of 20th Century Club gathered at Zimmerman’s on April 7. The group shared hot ham and cheese sandwiches, salad, and dessert. Teresa Huffman, county economic developer, told the group about ways her office supports existing businesses and tourism in the county.

  • Neo-Century Club learns about knitting

    Members of the Neo-Century Club listened to a program given by Karen Ehrlich, owner of Down on the Corner, about types of needles and yarns April 7 at Hilltop Manor. Hostesses were Suzanne Thole, Lou Roberts, and Lenore Dieter.

  • Leadership group tours schools

    Leadership Marion County class and board members toured county school districts April 3 for Education Day. At each school the group listened to students, teachers, and district leaders about leadership, entrepreneurship, and technology programs.

  • Poverty simulation is May 3

    Circles of Marion County and Families and Communities Together will have a poverty simulation May 3. The event will try to help participants answer the question, “What choices would you make if you had too little time and money to meet your needs?” The event is intended for people age 16 or older.

  • Lifelong Learning session to discuss history of phrases

    The final Lifelong Learning session of the semester will feature the “Purveyor of the Past” and history teacher Joe Basso. At 9:15 a.m., April 25 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College, patrons will learn about the history and origins of several nursery rhymes and everyday expressions.

  • Goessel Community Foundation awards grants

    Four groups were awarded grants from the Goessel Community Foundation Feb. 21 between Goessel High School basketball games. Grants were awarded to the Bethesda Home Friendship Meals Program, Kinder Haus Preschool for scholarships, Goessel Elementary School for its garden project, and Goessel Public Library for a screen and projector.

  • Fundraiser will be April 26

    In addition to playing bingo after weekly lunches on Wednesdays, Hillsboro Senior Center will have a waffle breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 to raise funds to replace an air conditioner at the senior center. Suggested donations are $6. For more information, call Brenda Moss at (620) 947-2304.


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    Singing group singes at church


  • Volunteers help seniors get around

    Al and Gloria Ash of Marion are among a group of volunteers in the county who drive senior citizens to doctor appointments and other appointments, and they say it never feels like a burden. “We enjoy doing this,” Gloria Ash said.

  • Free preventive services offered for seniors on Medicare

    Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the government free of charge provides preventive services for those with Medicare insurance. Along with free yearly wellness exams, Medicare recipients can get free screenings for early detection of diseases before there are any symptoms. These screenings include mammograms, colonoscopies, and checks for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Smokers on Medicare can get free help to kick the habit.


  • Hillsboro tennis struggles at home

    Singles players Leo Sontag and Ty Carey each placed sixth in their brackets Thursday at the Hillsboro Invitational tennis tournament, but the Trojans finished eighth out of eight teams. In the No. 1 singles bracket, Sontag lost in the opening round to Grant Bellar of Conway Springs, 8-3. Sontag then defeated Jon Dahlsten of Smoky Valley, 8-2. In the fifth-place match, Zack Brashear defeated Sontag, 8-3.

  • Spring dinner is May 3 at Tabor

    The annual spring dinner meeting for the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College will be at 6:30 p.m. May 3 in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. Guest speaker John E. Sharp, an author, historian, and professor at Hesston College, will give a talk titled “Buggies, Bonnets, and Boundaries: The Amish in a Modern World.”

  • Scholars win leadership challenge

    Five Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholars were named the most outstanding team at the annual Leadership Challenge Event April 3 through 4 at Washburn University. Those who participated were Matthew Wiebe, Maci Root, Ashley Kemling, Tena Loewen, and Tristin Long.

  • Students music skills are tested

    A number of area students participated in District Six Kansas Music Teachers Association Music Progressions Saturday at Bethel College in Newton as part of an annual test structured to evaluate students’ musical growth. In addition to performing on the piano, students were tested in areas of listening, keyboard theory, and written theory.

  • Improvement is the bottom line for Tabor football

    Tabor College freshman running back Owen Cole walked off the field Friday limping, one thigh sore from a full day’s practice, and possibly more behind-the-scenes work. You wouldn’t be able to tell he was hurting though, from the way he spoke about his team.

  • Tabor baseball team loses first series in conference

    In its only action of the past week, the Tabor College baseball team saw its 15-1 conference record take a hit after losing three of four against Sterling College. Friday in Sterling, the Warriors defeated Tabor 3-1 and 7-6. In Hillsboro Saturday, Sterling took the first game 7-2 before the Bluejays won 6-1.

  • Goertzen leads Goessel boys in 1st track meet

    Heath Goertzen led the Goessel boys’ team April 8 with 20 points at a six-team Central Kansas Track League meet in Marion. Goertzen won the 1,600-meter run with teammate Ben Wiens coming in second. Goertzen also exceeded 40 feet in the triple jump for second place. The Goessel boys finished in fourth place with 75 team points. Goertzen was the only team member to score on Friday at the Marion Relays with a triple jump leap of 40’11.50”. Although the Goessel boys improved on times and distances in seven events, none of the other events scored points in this big meet. April 8 medalists Triple jump: 2. Heath Goertzen, 40’1½”; long jump: 4. Miguel Guirerro, 17’10”; javelin: 4. Trevor Beisel, 110’3”; 110-meter hurdles: 3. Zach Wiens, 18.12; 300-meter hurdles: 4. Z. Wiens, 49.12; 100-meter dash: 6. Mark Schmidt, 12.27; 200-meter dash: 4. M. Schmidt, 25.23, and 5. Josh Schmidt, 25.45; 400-meter dash: 4. J. Schmidt, 59.29, and 5. Beisel, 1:01.69; 800-meter run: 5. Guirerro, 2:27.66; 1,600-meter run: 1. Goertzen, 5:19.39, and 2. Ben Wiens, 5:21.10; 4x100 relay: 2. Guirerro, J. Schmidt, M. Schmidt, and Chase Flaming, 49.18; 4x400 relay: 2. Beisel, Z. Wiens, B. Wiens, and Goertzen, 4:03.62. Friday medalists Triple jump: 3. Goertzen, 40’11½”.

  • Ollenburger places in top 10 at home tourney

    Out of 51 competitors, Hillsboro golfers Evan Ollenburger placed eighth with a score of 94, Philip Ediger came in 32nd with a 109, and Alex Dalke shot a 117 to finish 44th on Friday in the Hillsboro Invitational golf tournament. Coach Scott O’Hare was pleased to see Ollenburger place in top 10 but both he and Ollenburger had expected a better score.

  • Goessel golfers 4th at Herington

    Five Goessel golfers competed in their first meet of the season April 8 at Herington. Lucas Hiebert came in fourth with a score of 94, followed by Reece Hiebet at 99. Zach Showalter carded 110, and Lawton Makovec was right behind with 111. Kellen Froese rounded out the scoring for Goessel with a score of 118. The score for the top four golfers placed the Bluebirds in fourth out of 11 teams.

  • Goessel girls set good marks in early meets

    The Goessel girls’ track team began the season with some good times and distances in the Central Kansas Track League meet April 8 in Marion. The Bluebirds finished third out of six teams with Erin Brubaker capturing the only gold medal for Goessel by winning the 100-meter hurdles. She also brought home fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles. Riley Jarvis earned second place in discus and fourth place in javelin to help the Bluebird team to 95 team points.

  • Trojans handle Swathers early

    Trojans handle Swathers early High-scoring innings early sealed victories for the Hillsboro High School softball team Friday against Hesston.


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