• Consultant says county pay 9% below peers

    Commissioners met with County Clerk Tina Spencer in closed session for 40 minutes Monday discussing possible changes in employees’ salary schedules. April 30 during a special payday meeting, Rebecca Crowder of the Austin Peters Group presented a market wage study reviewing all county positions for proper placement within the current pay plan. Overall, she said the county’s wages are nearly 9 percent behind those of its market peers.

  • Record breaking summer heat arrives early

    Summerlike temperatures struck Kansas ahead of schedule this week, but that didn’t stop Forrest Kelsey from planting flowers in his yard Monday afternoon as temperatures surpassed 90 degrees. “Every now and then I take a break and come sit in the shade,” Kelsey said of his strategy for staying cool. “At 85, you take all the breaks you can get.”

  • Theft might be related to string in Chase County

    Eileen and Skip Sieger are being more watchful after thieves broke into a shed less than 60 feet from their house in rural Marion last week. They were enjoying an evening at home when the break-in happened sometime after 8:30 p.m. Eileen said they never heard anything.

  • Bait shop hopes to fill void for reservoir

    Four years ago, Rachael and Tony Naerebout considered filling the void within the county made by the closing of Canada Bait Shop. It wasn’t meant to be at the time, Rachael Naerebout said, but after she and Tony moved to their current house three-quarters of a mile west of Old Mill Rd. on 230th Rd., she felt it was meant to be.

  • Woman turns wool into figurines

    Ruthann Dies of Lehigh had felted before, but nothing like this. After a quick Internet search, she began using wool from her family’s alpaca herd to create small animal figurines. “Once I got the technique, I went from there,” she said.

  • Andrew Brunner is one Tough Mudder

    EBH engineer and weekend warrior Andrew Brunner didn’t know exactly what to expect as he approached the Tough Mudder starting line where a mass of about 5,200 participants gathered Saturday morning at Heartland Park in Topeka. “I was pretty nervous, my heart was racing as we walked down the stairs to the racetrack,” Brunner said. “I didn’t know if I was in good enough shape to do the running and I had been reading articles online about getting shocked.”

  • Changing health plans saves city $98K a year

    In a topic that has spanned Hillsboro City Council meetings for nearly two months, council approved a new plan for city employees. The new plan, from Blue Cross Blue Shield, will cost $19,340 a month for its 26 employees. The previous plan, from Midwest Public Risk, cost $25,096 but was set to increase to $27,505 if the city renewed the plan. The switch to Blue Cross Blue Shield will save the city $97,980 a year.

  • Outdoor shooting clinic planned

    Guests at Marion Wildlife Area at Marion Reservoir on May 31 can participate in free trap, air rifle, and archery shooting for a chance to enhance their shooting and safety skills. An instructor will teach safe and responsible shooting techniques.

  • Goessel garage sales are June 7

    City wide garage sales for Goessel have been scheduled for June 7. Contact the city office at (620) 367-8111 or e-mail goescity@mtelco.net by June 5 to have a sale listed on a city map.

  • Community Barbecue is Thursday

    Residents of Goessel can enjoy a barbecue pork dinner and concert from the high school music department Thursday. Dinner will be from 5 to 6:45 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Goessel graduation is Saturday

    Goessel High School will have commencement at 7 p.m. Saturday in the high school gym. Fifteen seniors will graduate this year. Social studies teacher and senior class sponsor Wes Schmidt-Tieszen will speak at the ceremony. Rehearsal will be 8 a.m. May 9.

  • Granddaughter, grandmother team up

    Shirley Carlson has worked at Hilltop Manor, a housing complex in Marion, for 23 years. Her granddaughter, Carla Tharp, has helped her in the office since she was a freshman in high school.


  • Eleanor Edins

    Eleanor (Eitzen) Edins, 83, died Thursday in Wichita. She was born Dec. 17, 1930, to George and Sara (Krause) Flaming in Goessel. She is survived by two sons, Galen Eitzen of Valley Center and Stuart Eitzen of Wichita; a daughter, Barbara Riggs of Wichita; a brother, Howard Flaming of Dallas, Oregon; three sisters, Aldina Franz of Hillsboro, LaWanda Oblander of Newton, and Gladys Nickel of Dayton, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

  • LaDonna Giesbrecht

    LaDonna C. Giesbrecht, 77, of Newton died April 29 in Wichita. She was born May 12, 1936, in Hillsboro to Pete and Irma (Brandt) Funk. She was a retired CMA. She married Bill Ewert. He preceded her in death. She later married Lee Westhafer; he also preceded her in death.


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  • Ag census report shows same farm acres, fewer farms

    The United States Department of Agriculture recently released the final 2012 Census of Agriculture. The number of farms in Kansas during 2012 was 61,773, down 6 percent from the 2007 census.

  • Wheat heads out, short and stressed

    On Friday, Keith Jost of Hillsboro was expecting his wheat to head out in the next week or two. Hot weather on Sunday sent the plants into high gear as heads rapidly emerged from their stalks. After a wheat quality tour across the state April 28 to Thursday by farmers, millers, and agriculture experts, the Kansas wheat crop is expected to yield 18 percent lower than in 2013.

  • County wheat tour is May 15

    Farmers and experts from Kansas State University Research and Extension will tour local wheat crops May 15. The event, sponsored by Cooperative Grain and Supply and Marion County Research and Extension, will feature breakfast at 7 a.m. at the fertilizer plant in Hillsboro before heading on a plot tour at 8 a.m.

  • Burns resident 1st to purchase auto steering swather

    Fans of the green and yellow tractor variety can purchase many types of equipment with integrated auto steer. Auto steer uses GPS to steer a tractor, combine, or other machinery across the field guaranteeing accuracy and efficiency.

  • Canola helps wheat production as rotater crop

    Those driving down Sunflower Rd. near 140th Rd. will see two fields of yellow flowers. To the naked eye it merely looks like a stand of brightly colored weeds, but those that look closer can see those weeds are actually planted in rows. Duane Kirkpatrick has been planting canola for four years in crop rotation preceding wheat. He said it is a growing trend among farmers in southern Kansas and Oklahoma. According to the U.S. Canola Association, there are 1.5 million acres of canola grown in the U.S., mostly in the upper Midwest.

  • May is Beef Month in Kansas

    Kansas is home to more than 5.5 million cattle on farms, ranches, and in feedyards, making it one of the largest producers of beef, with an estimated revenue of more than $7 billion statewide. In recognition of that, Gov. Sam Brownback has designated May as Beef Month. Information about beef’s nutritional qualities, as well as recipes and other information, can be found online at www.kansasbeef.org and www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.

  • KSU panel discusses global food challenges

    Feeding 7 billion people around the world is difficult enough, but in the next 30 to 40 years the world’s population is expected to grow by another 2 billion. The challenges posed by that were the topic of discussion during a panel of experts Monday at Kansas State University. “(The world’s farmers) will have to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we’ve produced in the history of our planet,” approximately 10,000 years of human existence, said John Floros, dean of the Kansas State University College of Agriculture.



  • Tabor musicians to perform with orchestra members

    The Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce are teaming up to perform John Rutter’s Rutter’s “Requiem” is a 40-minute work for chorus, orchestra, and a soprano solo. The orchestra is comprised of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, which will provide a professional combination with the choir.

  • County seniors socialize

  • Free development screening is May 19

    A free screening for children birth through 5-years-old will be May 19 at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Appointments will be available from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

  • Blood donations sought in May

    There will be an opportunity to donate blood from 2:15 to 6:30 p.m. May 19 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion. To make an appointment or for more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org.

  • Several Bible school sessions offered in Goessel

    Children 4 years old by Sept. 1 through current 6th graders are eligible to attend vacation Bible school in Goessel. Two sessions will be held, 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. June 2-6 at Tabor Mennonite Church from, and from 9 a.m. to noon at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church.

  • Hillsboro Senior Center needs volunteers

    Hillsboro Senior Center will have show and tell Friday. The center will also be serving food May 29 at the farmers market. Patrons play bingo every Wednesday after lunch. A suggested donation of $3.15 for lunch is asked for people who are 60 and over, and the cost is $5 for 59 and under.

  • Economic developer attends festival in Wamego

    County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman attended the Kansas Sampler Festival May 3 through 4 in Wamego. She represented Marion County in the Flint Hills tent with volunteers Ken and Tena Lundgren of Marion, and Mike and Sue Wadkins of Hillsboro.


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  • Sechrist breaks 2-mile meet record

    Ideal weather made for good competition, helping athletes set personal records Friday at the James Thomas Invitational meet at Joel Wiens Stadium, Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt said. Both the Hillsboro boys’ and girls’ teams placed fourth in the meet, out of 13 teams on the girls’ side and 14 on the boys’ side.

  • Sontag, Carey place at league meet

    Two singles players from the Hillsboro tennis team competed in the Central Kansas League Monday at Sterling. Coach Stuart Holmes said after much work on their part leading up to league, Leo Sontag placed third in No. 1 singles and Ty Carey placed sixth in No. 2 singles.

  • Tabor baseball wins tourney

    The Tabor baseball team won the KCAC tournament championship this weekend after three consecutive battles with Friends University. The Bluejays won the opening round game Thursday against Bethany College 6-3, before defeating Friends 9-3 Friday. The Falcons emerged from the loser bracket of the double elimination tournament, needing to defeat the Bluejays twice to win the championship.

  • Bluejays dominate all-conference awards lists

    After winning the regular season conference title, the accolades keep coming for Tabor College baseball players. In the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, head coach Mark Standiford was named coach of the year; outfielder Kirk Rocha, player of the year; Jacob Webb, co-pitcher of the year; and infielder Colton Flax, freshman of the year.

  • Daugherty named KCAC most valuable male athlete

    Many athletes achieved season and personal bests, set school records and met national track and field meet qualifications for Tabor College this weekend at the conference championship at Bethel College. Junior Garrett Daugherty was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference most valuable athlete after scoring the most points in the meet. He anchored the winning 4x800-meter relay team, won the 1,500-meter run, placed second in the 800, ran the second leg of the school record-breaking 4x100-meter relay team, and anchored the 4x400-relay team. Both the latter relay teams placed second.

  • Tabor commencement is May 17

    Tabor College will have its 104th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. May 17 at Joel H. Wiens Stadium in Hillsboro. This year’s commencement includes 137 traditional undergraduates; 97 have completed all requirements and will receive diplomas. The remaining 40 will receive their diplomas after completing requirements in the upcoming fall semester.

  • Hillsboro students win awards in art festival

    Hillsboro High School student Erin Wiebe received five awards at the Central Kansas League art festival April 30 at McPherson College. She received a gold award for her piece, “Girl With Hat,” silver awards for “Esmerelda,” “Tina Fey,” and “Audrey,” and a merit award.

  • Students to graduate from Pittsburg State

    Two Hillsboro and one Peabody resident will graduate from Pittsburg State University this semester. Gradates are Justin Wodke with a bachelor of applied science and Creigh Thomas Bell with a masters in science of Hillsboro and Traylee Michele Woodruff of Peabody with a bachelor of science in nursing.

  • HMS music students receive ratings at league

    The Central Kansas League music festival was April 29 at Reno Valley Middle School. The clarinet quintet and soloists Kayla Gunn, Shelby Johnson, and Ellian Weisbeck all received a I, the highest rating given.

  • Student artwork on display

    The public is invited to view student art work done by Hillsboro High and Middle School students at an art festival. Middle school students’ artwork will be on display at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. The seventh and eighth grade bands and choirs will give performances.

  • Vocal students receive ratings

    Hillsboro High School vocal students performed in the state solo and ensemble festival April 26 in Salina at Kansas Wesleyan University. Spirit-N-Celebration, SNC Women, mixed ensemble, women’s ensemble, and soloists Daniele Melton, Vance Klassen, Anna Glanzer, and Madi Sheppard received a I, the highest rating given.

  • Trojan softball team splits with Haven

    The first inning of the first game made the difference between a sweep and a split Tuesday for the Hillsboro softball team against the Haven Wildcats. “We were caught off guard,” coach Stephanie Sinclair said afterward.

  • Trojans overwhelm Wildcats

    The Hillsboro High School baseball team continued its winning ways Tuesday, improving to 11-3 on the season. Playing against a Haven team devoid of senior leadership and only playing two juniors, the Trojans put both games out of reach early.


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