• Former legislator lived life of public service

    Donald Dahl of Hillsboro died from injuries he suffered in an ultra-light plane crash Friday south of Hillsboro. He represented the area in the Kansas House of Representatives for 12 years and before that had a career in aviation for the U.S. Navy. Vi Dalke’s late husband, Jerry, was a close friend of Dahl’s, growing up together in Hillsboro.

  • Resignations lead to shifts in duties in treasurer's office

    Due to resignations of Dianne Burnett and Sandra Svoboda within the county treasurer’s office, certain positions needed adjusting to accommodate a smaller staff. County commissioners met in closed session with Treasurer Jeannine Bateman for 25 minutes Monday, discussing how to divvy different responsibilities within the department.

  • Brubacher to be inducted into Tabor Hall of Fame

    Former Tabor College coach and alumnus Don Brubacher will be inducted into the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame on May 11. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. at Java Jays, and a silent auction of sports memorabilia will be held in the gym beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dinner and the induction ceremony will be at 5 p.m. in the gym.

  • Council discusses spray planes at airport

    Hillsboro City Council had a lengthy discussion with employees from AG Aircraft about allowing sprayer planes to use the airport. Currently an ordinance bans aerial sprayers from using the airport after a previous spraying company tore up the runway.

  • Farmers market is moving

    The Hillsboro Farmers Market is moving from its previous location at the Schaeffler House Museum to the shelter house at Memorial Park. The farmers market runs from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday from May through September, starting May 1. There is also a meal each week, served by a local non-profit group, which changes every week, to raise money.


  • Elgin Bartel

    Elgin Bartel, 93, of Hillsboro died April 16 at Salem Home. He was born Oct. 8, 1920, to Henry J. and Eva (Bartel) Bartel in Hillsboro. He married Evelyn Wedel in 1952. She preceded him in death in 1975. He then married Rubena Leppke in 1979. She preceded him in death in 2013.

  • Donald Dahl

    Donald L. Dahl, 69, died Friday in Hillsboro. He was born March 19, 1945, to Abe and Irma (Franz) Dahl in Hillsboro. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by a brother, Calvin Dahl of Maple Grove, Minn.; and six sisters, Frances Unruh of Reedley, Calif., Lillian Falls of Kingsburg, Calif., Dorothy Dahl of Hillsboro, Sharon Schroeder of Hillsboro, Beverly Boese of Longmont, Colo., and Barbara Braun of Mooresville, N.C.

  • Kenny Janzen

    Kenny Janzen, 47, of Hillsboro died Sunday at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. He was born Sept. 11, 1966, to Ralph W. and Charlene (Stinchcomb) Janzen of Hillsboro. He is surived by his wife, Katrina Janzen of rural Hillsboro; a son, Joshua Schmeal of Topeka; four daughters, Katlynn Schmeal of Halstead, Jessica Janzen of Wichita, Tanesha Borquez of rural Hillsboro, and Tamera Beach of Clearwater; two brothers, Corey Janzen of Hillsboro and Ray Janzen of Hillsboro; and his parents of Hillsboro.

  • John Ratzlaff

    John Ratzlaff, 92, died April 16 in Hillsboro. He was born Sept. 18, 1921, to Aaron and Anna (Penner) Ratzlaff in Corn, Okla. He is survived by four sons, Don of Hillsboro, Glenn of Hillsboro, John of San Rafael, Calif., and Jim of Hutchinson; a brother, Barney of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, LeOra Grunau of Hillsboro, Bertha Pauls of Reedley, Calif., and Arlene Flaming of Enid, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.


    Muriel Christiansen, Leo Richardson, P. Douglas White



  • Florence community gathers to prepare garden

    Weeds of old were removed last week by residents who were preparing areas and setting up cattle panels to plant tomatoes, okra, basil, and corn at the Florence Community Garden. Basil, okra, and tomatoes will be planted in the same patch because they complement each other and keep bugs away, Phoebe Janzen said. She and garden co-founder Janice Waner were fixing up the tomato garden in a new way to avoid it turning into a jungle like last year.

  • Bed and breakfast receiving some love

    Ranch hands used to occupy the Doyle Creek bunkhouse in Florence, now turned into a bed and breakfast. “The last hired man, when he left Clint didn’t replace him,” said Sarah Cope, who lives in the home near the bunkhouse with her husband, Clint. “We still needed to do something to utilize the house, so that’s how the bed and breakfast idea came about.”

  • What is old is new again

    When Katherine DeFilippis bought a house in the 200 block of E. Case St. in Lehigh, it was badly in need of restoration. She gutted it and had it rewired, along with a lot of other work. When it came time to refill the house with flooring, walls, and furnishings, she continued the restoration theme with items converted from their original purpose.


  • Summer jobs are entrepreneurship practice

    Last week we ran a promotion offering all students in the county an opportunity to place a free classified ad seeking a job for the summer in the May 14 newspaper. We think this has the possibility of benefiting teens and their communities. Entrepreneurship is the engine that drives economic growth in our communities, and a summer job mowing lawns or baby-sitting is a great way for teens to get experience running their own business, building their work ethic, and setting goals.


  • Mennonite exhibit features county artifacts

    A museum exhibit at Kauffman Museum at Bethel College will feature Mennonite heritage artifacts, including two from Marion County. A wooden burial map from Catlin Mennonite Cemetery near Peabody, and a wardrobe once owned by Gerhard Funk who lived in the Bruderthal community near Hillsboro will be featured.

  • Fikes celebrate Easter

    Warren and Paula Fike of Ramona had Easter dinner for their family Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Parish Hall. Following dinner an egg hunt was held at the Fike family farm.

  • Democratic Women to meet Friday

    Marion County Democratic Women will meet at noon Friday at Marion Senior Center. Those attending are encouraged to bring peanut butter to donate to the food bank.

  • Eagle wins excellence award

    Eagle Communications Inc. received an award for communication excellence by Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association for their work in printed materials. The award recognizes Eagle’s use or original printed informational materials used to promote the company.


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  • Tabor sports

    Tennis teams finish seasons Tabor men’s and women’s tennis teams finished competition Monday against Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. The men shutout the Coyotes 9-0, but the women lost 6-3. In North Newton against Bethel April 16, both teams were blanked by the Threshers, 9-0.

  • Home school graduation is May 12

    Marion County Home Educators will have their home school graduation and eighth grade promotion at 7 p.m. on May 12 at Strassburg Baptist Church. There will be a pie and ice cream reception after the ceremony.

  • Musicians receive top honors at state

    Hillsboro High School band and vocal students received top rankings after competing at Kansas State High School Activities Association State Large Group Festival April 16. All groups received a “I” rating, the top ratings for their performance.

  • Technology students win at state

    Several Hillsboro students competed in the Kansas Technology Student Association state conference. results Erich Herbel, Garrett Foster, and Jonathan Hinerman, fourth, system control technology. Herbel and Foster, first, structural engineering. Carson Herbel and Hinerman, second, structural engineering. Erich Herbel, first, flight endurance. Matthew Denholm, second, flight endurance. Foster, first, dragster design. Erich Herbel, second, dragster design. Nathan Simhiser, third, dragster design.

  • Goessel golfers win at Marion

    The Goessel Bluebird golf team captured first place at Marion on April 15 with a team score of 401, two strokes ahead of Remington. Although the team knew that it would have to score better in order to be competitive in large meets, the top four players were close in score. Lucas Hiebert finished with 96, followed closely by Lawton Makovec at 98. Reece Hiebert ended with 102 and Zach Showalter carded a 105. Kellen Froese and Luke Unruh rounded out the team scoring with a 116 and 134 respectively.

  • Duerksen wins two events to help Goessel place third

    Freshman Olivia Duerksen won the high jump and the long jump events at Goessel on April 15. Duerksen cleared the high jump bar at 4’10” and leaped 15’9.50” inches in the long jump. The Bluebirds took home first, third, and fourth in the high jump event as Aleena Cook and Page Hiebert also scored points. Duerksen and Hiebert scored first and second in the long jump as the Bluebirds led the field.

  • Hiebert finishes high in discus for Goessel

    Goessel senior Brian Hiebert let the discus fly for a throw of 117’1” April 15 at home and earned second place. “It felt good and caught the south wind,” Hiebert said of his throw.

  • Hillsboro golfers compete in Salina, Sterling

    Hillsboro golfers played a round at the Sacred Heart Invitational Thursday in Salina and competed in another round of golf at the Sterling Black Bear Invitational Monday in Sterling. At Salina, Evan Ollenburger shot 86 and placed 11th, Philip Ediger shot 105 and placed 36th, andAlex Dalke shot 127 and placed 49th.

  • Tabor baseball clinches regular season title

    The Tabor College baseball team won all four of its games last week, clinching the KCAC regular season title. The Bluejays defeated Bethany 6-5 and 16-1 Thursday in Lindsborg before defeating the Swedes 7-5 and 4-0 Saturday in Hillsboro. This week Tabor finishes the regular season against McPherson College, Friday in McPherson and Saturday in Hillsboro.

  • Trojan baseball splits with Kingman

    Early leads did not define the end result for Hillsboro and Kingman high school baseball teams Thursday. The Trojans took their first lead of the series in the first inning after pitcher Austin Cross retired the first three batters in Kingman’s lineup. With no outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, Cross grounded into a double play but scored leadoff batter Micah Allen.

  • Lady Trojans continue winning streak at home

    Lady Trojans continued with their winning streak by sweeping Sterling in a double header Tuesday. Not much went right for Sterling in the first game, as the Trojans defeated them 12-1, but during the second game Sterling put up a fight by scoring quickly in the first.

  • Trojan tennis competes at Sterling, Circle

    The Hillsboro tennis team is increasing its experience as the season goes on, putting on its best showing April 15 at the Sterling Quad. “Ty Carey continued to be competitive at No. 2 singles as he lost a close match, 8-6, which would have placed him second if he had won that match,” coach Stuart Holmes said.

  • Spring showcase is Saturday at Tabor

    Many fall sports teams will be on display Saturday for Tabor College’s spring showcase. Football and men’s and women’s soccer teams will have scrimmages, as well as a sand volleyball tournament for the volleyball team. The baseball and softball teams also will finish their regular seasons with home games.


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