• Goessel school board welcomes new staff members

    Goessel school board approved the addition of four new staff members to the district Monday night at the board meeting. Patrick Loganbill, Brian Lightner, Garrett Hiebert, and Beth Ratzloff will all join the teaching staff for the next school year.

  • Middle school athletics could see more competition

    USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble said Monday that Hillsboro Middle School would be a part of an unprecedented hearing for the Kansas State High School Athletic Association Thursday in Hutchinson. Middle schools from Pratt, Larned, and Hoisington are bidding to join the league already occupied by Hillsboro, Nickerson, Lyons, Sterling, Halstead, Hesston, Haven, and Smoky Valley, creating an 11-team league. KSHSAA has never made a decision on the placement of teams in middle school sports leagues.

  • Hillsboro graduation is Saturday

    Graduation ceremonies for Hillsboro High School will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Joel Wiens Stadium. In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held in the high school gymnasium.

  • Hillsboro chamber welcomes startups

    New businesses were the focus of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday. Economic developer Clint Seibel introduced Marty Fent and David Vogel, two entrepreneurs advertising their companies locally.

  • Upgrades needed at Nighthawk and 130th

    Safety was the main concern Monday when county commissioners met with Bruce Boettcher of BG Consultants to discuss improving driving conditions at the intersection of 130th St. and Nighthawk Rd. In a letter to the Kansas Bureau of Local Projects, Chairman Roger Fleming said the county was applying for funding because the intersection has offset section lines that endanger north and southbound traffic.

  • Supreme Court upholds 2011 rape conviction

    The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Terry Lee Bowen on two counts of rape and one count each of aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated kidnapping in an opinion released Friday. Bowen was convicted in June 2011, along with Lora Kay and Kenneth J. Frederick II, of the crimes against a then-14-year-old Peabody girl in June 2010. Bowen was sentenced to life in prison and was ordered to have no contact with his co-defendants or the victim. Bowen was registered as a sex offender at the time of the 2010 crimes.

  • Family moves cattle the old fashioned way

    While horses are still commonly used in ranching operations, its isn’t often to see a large cattle drive to and from summer pastures. No access roads means Eugene Just and his band of cowboys had to push his 100 Angus cattle three miles to their summer vacation spot last week. He said the majority of his seven or eight cowboy crew look forward to the drive every year.


  • Boehm becomes permanent fixture in law practice

    Those with legal issues could find Josh Boehm at the Law Offices of J. Robert Brookens in Marion and Hillsboro for two years, but now he will be a more permanent fixture. “I’d like to think our office has served the community well over the years but one man can’t do it all,” Bob Brookens said.

  • Business financials workshop is May 22

    The Kansas Small Business Development Center will present a workshop on understanding business financials from 2 to 4 p.m. May 22 at the Butler Community College Marion campus, 412 N. Second St., Marion. The workshop will cover basic accounting terminology, financial statements such as profit and loss, balance sheets, and cash flow statements, and what they mean. Financial ratios, measurements, and controls will be discussed to provide better business oversight. It will also cover how to calculate mark-up and margin, how they are different, and how each affects profitability.

  • McPherson native files for state Senate race

    Republican Richard E. Wilborn of McPherson filed to run for the 35th District Senate seat. Clark Shultz, who is running for Kansas Insurance Commissioner, currently holds the seat.

  • Chingawassa schedule for June 7 set

    A complete schedule for Saturday Chingawassa Days has been released and is as follows: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Pancake feed.

  • Sheriff gets digital fingerprint grant

    The sheriff’s office received a grant for digital fingerprinting equipment from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office Monday. The grant for up to $22,186 from the county law enforcement equipment fund came from a one-time surplus in funds from concealed carry license fees.

  • Farmers can apply for new conservation easement program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas is now accepting applications for its new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program. The program combines the former farm and ranch lands protection, grassland reserve, and wetlands reserve programs.

  • Disaster loans available for small businesses

    Federal low-interestl disaster loans area available to non-farm businesses for revenue lost due to the drought beginning April 29. Because Marion is bordered by counties declared disaster areas, the county qualifies for loans to lessen the impact on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers who will sustain losses because of the drought.


  • Georgia Brown

    Georgia Brown, 90, died May 6 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born April 21, 1924, to George and Molly (Eberhardt) Dick in Tampa. She married Levi Brown on Oct. 3, 1942. He preceded her in death in 2013.

  • Robert Jost

    Robert C. Jost, 93, died May 6 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Aug. 12, 1920, to Peter G. and Elizabeth (Funk) Jost in Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife, Irene Jost of Hillsboro; a son, Lynn A. Jost of Sterling, Colo.; two daughters, Robetta Trapp of North Newton and Nancy Ozick of Falcon, Colo.; a brother, Karl Jost of Hillsboro; a sister, Katherine Sommerfeld of Lindsborg; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

  • Ted McIrvin

    Ted McIrvin, 89, of Lehigh died Feb. 13 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He was born Nov. 24, 1924 to Rex and Anna (Prohaska) McIrvin in Cope, Colo. His wife, Darlene, preceded him in death. He is survived by four sons, Ken of Lehigh, Randy of Hudson, Colo., Cliff of McPherson, and Jim of Grahm, Texas; a daughter, Lori McIrvin of Engberg, Texas; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


    Charles Weinaug



  • Water aerobics take it easy on the body

    Before water aerobics class Monday at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion, an older man walked in with a cane, and even that was laborious. Once he was in the water, though, he moved around without any apparent difficulty. He wasn’t part of the water aerobics class, but he demonstrated why some people choose water aerobics for exercise.

  • Limiting carbohydrates stabilized woman's blood sugar

    Judy Forney of Marion County Lake was overweight and pre-diabetic in November when she joined the Kansas Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 1075 in Marion. She struggled to lose weight until about six weeks ago when she and her husband decided to limit their carbohydrate (sugar and starch) intake while taking care to maintain a normal protein intake.

  • Losing weight my way

    I recently started trying to eat better and get more exercise to help me lose weight. There are several good reasons for people to want to lose weight, and my biggest reason is my health. While I haven’t had any health problems because of my weight yet, I have a strong family history of heart disease. I want to get my weight under control before it becomes a problem.

  • Sun protection keeps summer weather fun

    Winter has finally lost its grip on the area and spring and summer temperatures are driving many outside to play and work in the sun. Dr. Paige Hatcher of St. Luke Physician Clinic said the best way to ensure fun this summer is through prevention.

  • Avoid dangerous spider bites

    It’s the time of the year where insects and arachnids are emerging from their winter hideaways; some, like butterflies, are pleasant and others, like spiders, not so much. The brown recluse is a spider that co-habitats with humans. It can be found in dark places within the home, in seldom worn clothing, and under furniture according to brownreclusespider.org.


  • Music fest planned for rural Hillsboro

    An outdoor music festival called Song on the Lawn will be presented by the Mennonite Central Committee at Willow Spring Downs from 5 to 8 p.m. June 8 in rural Hillsboro. Six local music groups including Dough in for the Night and Friends, The Bethesda Band, Book of JEBB, Five Times Harder, Country Jamboree, and Cottonwood River Band will perform.

  • 50 donated at blood drive

    The American Red Cross had a blood drive March 28 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro, and 50 people donated blood. “We would like to encourage others who haven’t been regular donors or those who have never given to consider coming to the next drive, June 26 at Trinity Mennonite Church, 1 to 6 p.m.,” organizers Gladys Funk and Shirley Kasper wrote in a press release.

  • Couple to celebrate 40th anniversary

    Gary and Barbara (Peters) Friesen of Hutchinson will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a come-and-go reception from 2 to 4 p.m. May 25 at American Legion Post 68, 730 W. Fourth St., Hutchinson. The family requests no gifts, but cards are welcome. They married on May 25, 1974, at Lehigh Mennonite Church in Lehigh.

  • Hanschu wins excellence award

    Jayson Hanschu of Hillsboro won the American Star Excellence award in Customer Experience Certification for his work with clients with American Family Insurance. Hanschu has been with American Family since 1998.

  • CDDO to meet

    Members of the board of directors of the Harvey-Marion County CDDO will meet at 4 p.m. May 19 at the CDDO office in Newton,500 N. Main St., Suite #204, Newton.

  • Memorial Day services set in Pilsen

    Services for Memorial Day will be at 9:30 a.m. May 26 at Pilsen Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, services will be held at the community center.


    Pankratz attends birthday party

    Senior citizens met

    Hearing aid checks May 21


  • Hesston meet challenges Hillsboro athletes

    Hillsboro athletes were able to score highly in multiple events Thursday at the Hesston Invitational, earning the boys’ team a fourth place finish out of 11 teams. The girls’ team finished sixth. Head coach Dennis Boldt said the honor of the day went to Emily Sechrist, who scored a meet high 28 points en route to being named outstanding female athlete of the meet.

  • Wiens brothers lead Goessel boys at Tescott

    Zach and Ben Wiens each earned an individual third place medal at the Tescott Invitational track meet May 6. Zach received his third place in the 300-meter hurdles, running his fastest time of the season. He also placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles. Ben won his third place medal in the 1,600-meter run, improving his time by more than two seconds. Both relay teams set a season-best time at the meet. Brian Hiebert scored points in the shot Put and discus as the Bluebird boys finished seventh out of 14 schools.

  • Goessel girls finish 6th in large track meet

    With 14 teams competing for medals at Tescott on May 6, the Goessel girls managed to earn sixth place. Sophie Freuler earned third place in both the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run. Marlene Fritzche and Jennifer Meysing also scored points in the 1,600-meter run to account for 20 percent of the team points from one event.

  • Golfers compete in county invitational, league

    Hillsboro golfers played 36 holes and two full rounds of golf Friday at Marion and Hillsboro golf courses in the annual Marion County Invitational. Senior Evan Ollenburger shot the lowest for the team at both courses. In Hillsboro, he scored an 85 while in Marion he shot an 88 and finish both rounds with a combined total of 173 strokes to finish 19th out of 64 golfers.

  • Softball team heads to regional on high note

    The Hillsboro High School softball team finished the regular season 18-2 on a five-game winning streak after sweeping Lyons on Tuesday. The first game was a defensive battle, where neither pitcher had much room for error.

  • Trojan baseball team misses title by one game

    With the Central Kansas League title on the line Tuesday, Hillsboro did what it could to win, but fell short. The Trojans entered their contest with Lyons needing to sweep the Lions to overtake them in the standings.

  • Tennis team finishes season at regionals

    Hillsboro boy’s tennis team ended its season at regionals Saturday in Hesston. Senior Ty Carey finished the day 0-2 and his season 6-14 in singles play.

  • Former coach inducted into Hall of Fame at Tabor's athletic banquet

    Former coach, athletic director, and alumnus Don Brubacher was named to the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame Sunday at the athletic sports banquet Sunday in Tabor gymnasium. Nearly 400 people attended to witnessed awards presented to exceptional athletes from this season.

  • Tabor Bluejays win national tournament opener

    The Tabor College baseball team never trailed in its opening NAIA tournament game against Viterbo University Monday, but the game was not decided until the final inning. The Bluejays, entering the first round as the No. 1 seed of the Hutchinson bracket, struck quickly in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Kevin Seeger. Seeger would end batting in all three of the Bluejays’ runs.


  • Teacher gets technology grant

    Sue Buchholz, special education teacher at Marion Elementary School and Hillsboro Middle School, received a $500 grant earlier this month from the Kansas Association of American Educators to purchase an iPad, headphones, and computer applications to help students she teaches. She received the grant through a competitive application process with winners selected by a committee of teachers who conducted a blind review of applications.

  • Marion FFA has Ag Awareness Day

    Ninety third grade students from Hillsboro and Marion took part in an Ag Awareness Day on May 9 at the Marion football stadium hosted by Marion/Florence FFA chapter. Students participated in sessions centered around farming practices involving equipment, safety, and animals.

  • Tabor alumna wins half marathon

    Tabor College alumna Christina Addison won the Wichita Prairie Fire Half Marathon on May 4 with a time of one hour, 31 minutes, and 34 seconds. She ran the Boston Marathon on April 21 with a time of three hours, 13 minutes, and 47 seconds, placing 426th in her division.

  • Hamm awarded scholarship

    Hillsboro High School senior Morganne Hamm received a $500 scholarship from Alpah Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for the 2014-15 school year. She will attend the University of Kansas and major in elementary education.

  • TEEN to meet May 21

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network will meet at 6 p.m. May 21 via a phone conference. The conference will be initiated from USD 410 Central Office in Hillsboro.


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