• Many win prizes at Chingawassa Days

    What would Chingawassa Days be without competitions and contests? Competitive activities have always been a key part of the festivities, and this year was no different. contest winners Adult karaoke: 1. JayDee Schafers of Marion; 2. Yvonne Cushenberry of Tampa; 3. Mel Druse of Marion. Horseshoes: 1. Jim Theas of Americus and Allen Blosoer of Council Grove; 2. Bob and Michelle Hartnagel; 3. Greg Avant of Gardner and David Darrow of Olathe. Preschool and kindergarten bicycle races: 1. Britany Buchanan; 2. Kaelynn Metro. First- and second-grade bicycle races: 1. Trevor Schafers; 2. Grace Hett. Third- and fourth-grade bicycle races: 1. Mitch Norris; T2. Hannah May; T2. Miles Olson. Fifth- and sixth-grade bicycle races: 1. Peyton Ensey. Bicycle decorating contest: 1. Charlotte James; 2. Kaitlynn Schmidt. Fifth- and sixth-grade three-on-three basketball tournament: 1. Luke Lanning, Seth Lanning, Todd Palic, and Bryce Mermis; 2. Hunter Helmer, Colton Mercer, and Gunner Brown. Seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ three-on-three basketball tournament: 1. Emmy Hess, Drew Helmer, and Corrina Crabb; 2. Rebecca Sawyer, Briona Jensen, and Alissa Adame. Men’s three-on-three basketball tournament: 1. Dale Vogel, Zac Clark, and Ray Taylor; 2. Joel Wright, Jacob Harper, Cole Lewman, and Grif Case. Rock, paper, scissors tournament: 1. Gail Makovec; 2. Joey Nickel; 3. Skylar King; 4. Cassie Legg. Hot dog eating contest: 1. Steve Larson of Park City. Dinky Duck Race: Prize winners included Linda Allison x2, Sally Andrews, Paula Berg, Josh Boehm, Greg Carlson, Ann Carr, Janice Case, Matt Classen, Virginia Downing, Mary Eckert, Peni Ens, Sharon Ewing, Roger Fleming, Mary Griffith, Donna Hajek, Jerome Hajek, Roger Hannaford, Kylie Hardey, Jim Herzet, Margaret Hett x2, Michael Just, Chris Kerns, Lori Kirkpatrick, Sam Kliewer, Robyn Kukuk, Jack Lanning, Luke Lanning, Seth Lanning, Mike Norris, K. Anne Phyfer, Judy Reno x4, Toni Stephens, Ken Vinduska, and Gene Winkler x2. Rhino Run 5-kilometer division Men’s 12 and younger: Seth Lanning; men’s 13-20, Austin Neufeld; men’s 21-30, Aaron Yoder; men’s 31-50, Scott Hannaford; men’s 51 and older, Evan Yoder; women’s 13-20, Hannah Robinson; women’s 21-30, Rylee Yoder; women’s 31-50, Melissa Mermis; women’s 51 and older, Tree Perky. 2-mile division Twelve and younger, Jack Lanning; 13-20, Nicholas Davies.

  • Chamber hears about fair events

    Marion County Fair Board manager Kelli Savage and treasurer Deb Geis gave a rundown of events for the upcoming fair Tuesday during the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Savage and Geis first highlighted the 4-H schedule, which begins at 8 a.m. July 19 with a dog show.

  • Council leases fire truck

    Hillsboro City Council met in special session Monday, approving the adoption of a resolution for a lease purchase agreement for a fire truck. Mayor Delores Dalke, city administrator Larry Paine, and council member Marlene Fast were not present for the meeting.

  • School board focuses on improvement

    With school out for the summer, the USD 410 Board of Education began preparing for the 2014-15 year Monday. Board members began the meeting with approval of a republished budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The rest of the meeting dealt with organizing staff, reviewing school codes, and improving district facilities.

  • Spectator turnout good at car show

    The Route 56 Classic Cruisers car show had 48 classic cars, pickups, and motorcycles entered in the show Saturday at Memorial Park in Hillsboro, with additional vehicles displayed by club members. When organizers arrived at the park to set up, the sky looked threatening, as if storms that went through the county Friday night would return.

  • 2 announce commission write-in campaigns

    Lori Lalouette-Crawford of Hillsboro announced Tuesday morning that she will run a write-in campaign for county commission in the District 1 Republican primary Aug. 5. District 1 Commissioner Roger Fleming decided not to run for re-election after one term, and the deadline to file to appear on the ballot passed on June 2.

  • Storms leave hundreds in dark

    Winds from severe storms Thursday morning may have only lasted a few minutes, but some residents will be cleaning up the damage they left behind for weeks. Several power lines were blown down near Durham and Tampa. The majority of Durham residents lost power, but it was restored by 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, and nearly 486 residents did not have power restored until Friday evening, said Leonard Allen, communications representative for Westar Energy.


  • Health department to charge for day care licensing

    County health administrator Diedre Serene told county commissioners Monday the health department would begin charging fees for child care licensing, effective July 1. From now on, orientation for new day care providers is $25, licensed and group day care home visits cost up to $85, compliance checks, $35; Kansas Department of Health compliance check, $45; and substantiated complaints, $45.

  • That e-mail that says it's a court summons isn't

    A court scam that has been sweeping the country has reached Marion County. Residents have been receiving emails stating they must appear to a hearing before a judge. The email directs residents to bring the information in the attached letter to court. When the attachment is opened it infects the recipients computer with a virus.

  • Signs say restaurant seized

    Cindy’s Family Café in Marion was closed for a couple of days with bold signs in the windows saying it had been “seized” by the state for failure to pay taxes. The restaurant reopened June 11 after owner Cindy Taylor’s family and friends helped pay overdue sales tax.

  • Summer information comes with breakfast

  • Fundraiser started to help with cancer treatment for Steve Janzen

    Marion resident Jeannie Wildin recently started a fundraising website to assist Steve and Phoebe Janzen with medical expenses related to Steve’s precision oncology treatments. Steve has metastatic pancreatic cancer. His cancer has responded to chemotherapy treatments but he has had severe reactions to it that have resulted in emergency room visits and hospital stays.

  • Kids save lost duckling from cat

    Christopher Spencer was outside playing with his brother and sister last week when he saw the family cat, Bella, chasing something along the side of the house. “She (Bella) likes to catch things,” he said.

  • Son's birth changed a father's life

    Some people may have thought of Daniel Huls as a problem child when he was growing up. He caused his teachers headaches and “did a lot of dumb things,” he said. He graduated from eighth grade and dropped out of school. He smoked and drank. Huls has learned a lot since then. He met his wife, Rehea, when she was 13 and he was 17. They worked at various jobs and barely got by.


  • Isaac Leppke

    Isaac Floyd “Ike” Leppke, 86, of Pueblo, Colorado, died in his sleep Feb. 1 in Penrose, Colorado. He was born June 8, 1927, to Martha and David Leppke on the family farm near Hillsboro. He attended the Ebenfeld grade school. He married Lorraine Pientka on Sept. 2, 1945. They had three children, Floyd, Glenn, and Cindy. They later divorced.


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  • Cold winter, dry spring hurt wheat

    With the wheat harvest expected to begin within the next week, crops are in need of sunlight to provide drying action, said Dick Tippin of Cooperative Grain and Supply. “The rains here have kind of delayed harvest,” he said. “It’s good for corn, milo, and soybeans in the fall harvest, though.”

  • FSA county election nominations accepted beginning Monday

    The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees begins Monday and continues through Aug. 1. Committee members assist the FSA with opinions, recommendations, and ideas for new programs or changes to existing ones.

  • The making of a farmer, Agriculture was in his blood

    When I was 4 or 5, I remember having many small implements. I would always play with these toys. No matter where I went or how long I would be there, I had my implements. I always kept my implements in top condition. I kept them stored in a safe place and kept a close eye on them in case one might decide to disappear. I had two or three tractors, several semis and trucks, and all the necessary field equipment to prepare the crop land for planting and sowing. I also had all the haying equipment to harvest the hay fields. I would say I had at least 25 or 30 implements total.

  • June declared dairy month in Kansas

    Marion County has several dairy farmers including Jason Wiebe Dairy near Durham that produces cheese, this month was declared national dairy month to honor dairy farmers like Wiebe for their hard work. According to the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas dairy industry is experience one of the fastest growth rates in the nation in 2013 and produces more than $592 million dollars worth of product.

  • USDA program signup began Monday

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced programs that will help producers conserve sensitive land and newer farmers to get their start in agriculture. The Conservation Reserve Program provides incentives, such as monetary compensation, to producers that conserve environmentally sensitive land through certain methods. Cover crops are an example.


  • Janzens celebrate 50 years

    Ralph and Charlene (Stinchcomb) Janzen wish to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a card shower. The Rev. G. Carol Gilbert married them on June 14, 1964, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Marion.

  • Chat and Dine Club to have potluck

    Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will have a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Hall. Larry and Barb Smith will give a presentation about the Panama Canal and their recent visit to it. Everyone is invited to attend.

  • Free child development screening will be June 24

    A free screening for children birth through 5 years old will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24 at Marion Presbyterian Church. At the screening, development will be checked in the learning, motor, language, and social areas. Vision and hearing will also be screened. This process usually takes about one hour.

  • TEEN meeting is June 18

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network meeting is at 6 p.m. June 18 at the USD 408 district office in Marion.

  • 2 from area named to Pratt CC honor roll

    Taylor Carlson of Hillsboro and Zachary Goodwin of Burns were among the students named to the dean’s honor roll at Pratt Community College. To be named to the dean’s honor roll, a student must take at least 12 credit hours and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • Disability board to meet

    The Harvey-Marion Community Developmental Disabilities Organization will have its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, in Newton.

  • Janzen graduates from McPherson

    Karis Nichole Janzen of Hillsboro graduated with high honors from McPherson College. She was one of more than 150 students to graduate on May 25 in Brown Auditorium at McPherson College.


    Show and tell will be Friday

    Morning Star Youth give concert

    Children attend Bible school


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