• Street may be shut down for carnival rides

    Hillsboro City Council members agreed Tuesday to allow the Marion County Fair Board to close a portion of D Street between Birch and Date Streets for carnival rides at the county fair July 23 through 26. Fire Chief Ben Steketee said the fair board was not exactly sure yet if it would need to shut the street down. There is uncertainty about which kind of rides will be at the fair, but the board wanted to make sure it had the option in case.

  • Car show is June 14 in Goessel

    The Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum will have its seventh annual antique and classic car and truck show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 in the museum parking lot in Goessel. Vehicles manufactured between 1900 and 1980 in any condition are welcome. There is a $10 exhibitor’s entry fee, which include the option of a self-guided tour of the museum. There is no admission fee for visitors.

  • No one files for commission seat

    The District 1 county commission seat, which includes Hillsboro, Durham, and Lehigh. County Clerk Tina Spencer said no one filed by the noon deadline Monday.

  • Sixth pilgrimage to Pilsen honors Father Emil Kapaun

    About 140 people from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita embarked Friday on the sixth annual Father Kapaun Pilgrimage, walking from Wichita to Pilsen, birthplace and home of Kapaun. The participants took part in the pilgrimage to raise awareness for the beatification of Father Emil Kapaun by the Catholic Church. It took the walkers three days, two nights, and 60 miles of walking to reach their destination. The trip included daily Mass and confession.

  • Childcare provider makes fans as the story lady

    Child care provider Debbie Regier has worked at Kountry Kids Childcare in Marion for 26 years but last year she started traveling to other daycares around the county to help teach children how to read and earned herself the nickname the story lady. “It’s a work in progress,” Regier said. “I go around once a month to whoever wants me to stop by and we do a different story each time.”

  • Work begins on Remington Rd.

    Work began this week on Remington Rd. between U.S. 56 and 290th Rd. County crews are preparing the road for double chip-sealing. Double chip-sealing is putting down a layer of oil on a gravel road, spreading fine gravel on top of that, then repeating the process with another layer each of oil and gravel. It binds the road surface together and reduces dust compared to a gravel road, but it isn’t as smooth or sturdy as an asphalt overlay.

  • Former MLB player to speak at service

    Former Major League Baseball pitcher and motivational speaker Brian Holman will speak at the performing arts center at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Marion as part of the Chingawassa Days worship service sponsored by Marion Ministerial Alliance. “He was one out away from throwing a perfect game,” Marion Christian Church pastor Carl Helm said. “He starts out his talks by showing a video of the ninth inning of that game. He’s just a really, really good motivational speaker.”

  • County prepares for 2008-09 tax sale

    County commissioners approved a request from County Attorney Susan Robson on Friday to begin work toward a tax sale for overdue 2008 and 2009 property taxes. More than $70,000 is still owed on back taxes for those two years, she wrote in her request. Many properties on the overdue tax list are for small amounts. Commissioner Randy Dallke estimated there were between 15 and 20 that owed less than $20, and the list of overdue taxes is long.

  • Residents invited to forum on violence issues

    A community dialogue for residents of McPherson and Marion counties about sexual assault and domestic violence will be from 9 to 11 a.m. June 24 at the McPherson Bank of America Building fifth floor. The event will allow residents to learn more about the local referral system and ways to improve local crisis intervention programs, as well as to speak about concerns.

  • Music festival is Sunday near Hillsboro

    Those who attend the annual outdoor Songs on the Lawn mini-music festival Sunday at WillowSpring Downs in rural Hillsboro will have a day of music and food. Six local music groups including The Bethesda Band, Book of JEBB, Five Times Harder, Country Jamboree, and Cottonwood River Band will play from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • 3 fish left in county lake derby

    Marion County Park and Lake’s fishing derby started with a quick catch on May 20 and will continue until May 31, 2015. Robert Mueller of Wichita won $70 in the derby for catching a bluegill, one of four tagged fish of legal size.

  • Goessel city clerk moving

    After 24 years as Goessel City Clerk, Anita Goertzen will resign her position to move to Colorado. A reception with cookies and punch will be held in her honor from 2 to 5 p.m. on June 20 at the civic center.

  • Goessel community picnic is June 15

    Residents can relax over a feast of hamburgers and hotdogs from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 15 at Goessel Park. Guests are asked to bring a side dish to share and a blanket to sit on.


  • Bernice Chaput

    Bernice B. Chaput, 94, of Marion died Friday at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. She was born Feb. 13, 1920, in Clyde to Frank and Minnie (Chartier) Begnoche. She grew up in Cloud County and attended Tabor Grade School. She married Alcid Chaput on Feb. 21, 1939. They farmed in the Miltonvale and Aurora communities before moving to Junction City in 1961. They later moved to Lecompton, Desoto, and Topeka.



  • Art stroll features many sights, sounds

    Art and music enthusiasts from as far away as Kansas City and Salina wandered from booth to booth and shop to shop on Main St. along with a number of county residents Sunday afternoon in downtown Marion. “The people from Kansas City said they were amazed with the quality of artists and musicians that we had,” event organizer Jan Davis said. “They couldn’t believe that a small town could have such talent.”

  • Chingawassa Days filled with events for young and old

    People from all over will flock to Marion this weekend for Chingawassa Days. More than 1,400 volunteer hours go into planning, setting up, working, and cleaning up from the event with 30 volunteers assisting Thursday and Friday to set everything up.

  • Lake is a getaway for visitors

    As the weather gets warmer, more visitors begin spending their time at Marion County Lake. “It’s nice just being away from the city,” said Grant Morton, a Wichita resident. “We come out here every week.”

  • County museums are places for learning and fun

    For those interested in history, Marion County has several interesting sites that will fascinate and teach about times past. Marion County Museum The Marion County Museum is housed in the former Baptist Church building built in 1887. It overlooks Central Park and features the history and genealogy of the county.

  • Lakes offer many opportunities for tubing, wakeboarding, skiing

    Cousins Gavin Smith of Olathe, Drew Sullivan of Topeka, and Kaleb Sullivan of Hutchinson gathered with their extended family this weekend at Marion Reservoir for a weekend of camping and boating fun. The family has two or three get-togethers a year in May, June, or July at the reservoir. Ben Smith, Gavin’s father, said the reservoir is a good meeting point because it is in between all of the families.

  • Cliff swallows make home under bridge

    A colony of cliff swallows have gathered and built an intricate cluster of mud nests underneath the arched bridge that spans Clear Creek north of Marion near U.S. 56. Marion resident and ornithology enthusiast Lloyd Davies actively seeks out birds in the area and always keeps an eye out for new flying friends.

  • Learning doesn't stop in summer

    The school year may be over, but some people still are finding time for the classroom. Three classes are being offered this summer at Butler of Marion. A certified nurses aide training class of 10 students met Monday for the first time. They will meet from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. four days a week and will complete the course by mid-July. The hands-on portion of the course will be done at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

  • Fourth Fest is right around the corner

    Peabody’s annual Fourth Fest, in its 93rd year, will be exploding around us in four short weeks. Events for the day are similar to years past. A complete schedule with times and contact numbers will be printed in the next edition of “Explore.”

  • Summer schedule of events

    Summer is a busy time in Marion County, with more than a dozen major events between Memorial Day and Labor Day, spread between all corners of the county. June


  • Lack of interest in election is concerning

    The filing deadline for the Aug. 5 primary passed at noon Monday with nobody running for the county commission seat representing Hillsboro, Durham, Lehigh, and the rural areas in between — not a Republican, not a Democrat, not a Libertarian, not even a Whig. Roger Fleming decided not to run for re-election, which is a shame. He has been a powerful voice of reason on the commission for the past four years, and when the commissioners start ribbing each other he gives as good as he gets. This is a bigger issue than any single candidate, though. It isn’t unusual for township boards, cemetery boards, or even city councils in some of the smaller towns to not have enough candidates to fill all their positions — although some small towns, such as Ramona, often have tremendous candidate turnout. A county commission seat with no candidates is another matter. Since 2008 when I arrived in the county, only one commission race has been uncontested, Randy Dallke’s 2012 re-election campaign, and none have had no candidates on the ballot.

  • Add your cellphone to the no-call list

    The do-not-call list is not perfect, but it helps reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive. Legitimate telemarketers will respect it — which meant that the ones who continue to call your listed numbers are breaking the law, and you should have no hesitation in just hanging up on them. Kansans with their landline telephones on the no-call list have had improved privacy for more than a decade, and our office has helped protect that privacy by vigorously enforcing the No-Call Act. Last year alone, we obtained judgments against 16 telemarketers who violated the No-Call Act with total penalties of $3.4 million.

  • Pay attention, parents

    It seems that a summertime rite of passage for me is the moment I come within inches of hitting some child on a bicycle — and I mean within inches! It happened to me again on Monday. As I drove up Walnut St. in Peabody toward home to eat lunch, a young boy about 8 or 9 years old came flying west on Third St. and crossed Walnut St. right in front of me. When driving in town my speed rarely climbs to the posted limit. Monday I was crawling along at my regular old lady pace when the young man scooted out in front of me. He never slowed down — much less stopped — at the stop sign at the crossing, he never looked in either direction before entering the intersection, and he would never have know how close I was to him if I hadn’t punched the horn a time or two. He was oblivious — never even glanced in my direction until he heard my horn.



  • Trojans place 2nd at state softball

    To win the 2-1A state championship Friday in Great Bend, the Hillsboro High School softball team needed to defeat a Chase County Bulldogs team that entered the tournament on a 66-game win streak. Beforehand, the team faced progressively stronger competition in its first two games.

  • Sechrist takes three state medals

    Emily Sechrist won three of Hillsboro’s five medals from the state track meet this weekend at Wichita State University. She competed in the long distance 800, 1,600, and 3,200-meter races.

  • Intern from Japan visits Tabor

    Yoshio Fujii visited Tabor College and Hillsboro on May 23 after being selected as the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission’s intern. He is spending five weeks visiting Mennonite Brethren archival centers in North America. He spend the week of May 23 to Sunday working with Peggy Goertzen, director of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor.

  • Goessel girls gain experience at state track

    Although the Goessel girls had five entries at the state track meet in Wichita, they were not able to secure any points. Riley Jarvis cleared two heights in the pole vault and finished 12th at 7 feet, 6 inches. Erin Brubaker ran the 300-meter hurdles in 54.96 seconds to finish 15th.

  • Baseball, softball players make all-league teams

    Seven players on Hillsboro High School’s baseball and softball teams received recognition on the Central Kansas League all-league selection this week. Baseball

  • Goertzen saves best for last

    Heath Goertzen has qualified for state cross-country meets in the past, and this year he qualified for the state track and field meet, not in a running event but in triple jump. His previous best jump had been 40 feet, 11½ inches. His first two jumps on Friday were over 40 feet but his third jump landed at 41 feet, 9¼ inches. “I feel pretty good about that jump, even if I don’t make finals,” Goertzen said while waiting for the rest of the field to finish.

  • Hiebert finishes 36th at state golf

    Goessel’s only qualifier at the 1A state golf tournament, Reece Hiebert shot 104 at Southwind Golf Course in Garden City. With 85 golfers at this tournament, Hiebert finished tied for 36th place. Centralia took the championship team trophy.

  • Goessel High School honor roll

  • Ratzlaff ready to fly with Golden Eagles

    Former Hillsboro High School standout Christian Ratzlaff only left for Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 27, but already has a nickname on his new team. “The Dude,” said Kyan Brown, an assistant basketball coach at Oral Roberts University. “When I saw him I said, ‘there’s that dude right there.’”

  • FFA members compete at state

    Many local FFA members competed in various events last week at the State FFA Convention at Kansas State University. Some members walked away with several awards and scholarships. Carrie Carlson of Center was honored as she finished her term as the state FFA vice president. Chorus

  • Tabor students make dean's list

    Tabor College released the 2014 spring semester Dean’s list with 193 students on it, 29 of which who are from Marion County. In order to make the Dean’s list a student must earn between a 3.5 and 4.0 grade point average.


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