HEADLINES

  • USD 410 brainstorms improvement

    The USD 410 Board of Education came together Monday night, hashing over the present and future of Hillsboro learning. “What is acceptable?” Superintendent Steve Noble asked of the high school’s ACT scores and college-readiness. “Whether it is one-half or two-thirds, I know one-third is not.”

  • City Council votes to vacate street

    The Hillsboro City Council approved a request from Tabor College to vacate a section of Madison St. between C and D Sts. The vacation allows Tabor to take over care of 150 ft of Madison to create a cul-de-sac in front of the science building.

  • HHS grad returns home to film thesis

    Hillsboro High School graduate Emily Railsback has big dreams that carried her away from her small hometown. She is currently attending graduate school at Columbia College Chicago for film production. She recently came home to create a film for her thesis work. Her film, titled “He Owns It, We Built It,” is a 10-minute narrative about a young boy experiencing his first big loss.

  • Name chosen for Tabor new fine arts center

    A new fine arts building being planned by Tabor College will be named the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts after a substantial donation made by the family from Nebraska. “The family gave the college a $2 million gift, so to honor the donors we decided to let them have the naming rights,” said Ron Braun, vice president of advancement.

  • Car crashes into supermarket

    Tuesday was an eventful morning for those near Dale’s Supermarket as a man from Hope jumped the curb in front of the building with his Lincoln Towncar. The man’s identity was not available before press time. No one was hurt in the accident, which happened around 10:15 a.m. However, the building now features a roughly 3-foot-by-2-foot hole east of the main entrance. The car’s front came to rest partially inside the building and pushed an ice cooler feet away from its normal home against the wall.

  • Shutdown affects WIC

    The federal government budget shutdown’s effects are expanding beyond federal campgrounds at Marion Reservoir and the Department of Agriculture service center to healthy food for pregnant women, infants, and young children. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last week directed local coordinators to hold November and December food vouchers issued through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — commonly called WIC.

  • Tractor-pickup collision sends 2 to hospital

    A tractor-pickup collision on K-15 north of Hillsboro Wednesday sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries. The accident occurred when a John Deere tractor pulling a seed cart south on K-15, driven by Vernon Bartel of rural Hillsboro, turned left in front of a GMC Denali pulling a utility trailer driven by Tamara Christiansen of rural Durham traveling north on the highway.

  • Goessel school board approves special meeting

    Goessel School Board scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Oct. 29 for approving the bid list Josh Walker of Loyd Builders plans to submit to the board for the school’s new addition. “Bids for the project were sent out today,” Superintendent John Fast said on Tuesday. “Today was our pre bid meeting. Bids are due to Loyd Builders Oct. 22.”

  • Cooking with... Marge Summervill

    Marge Summervill makes a pumpkin cake roll that family, friends, and colleagues both remember and anticipate every year. Never had a pumpkin roll you say? Think crushed pecans, sprinkled on a light spongy crust, a cream cheese vortex, and a delightful mix of pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla that only gets better one bit after the other.

  • Beware of deer

    So far this year, there have been 104 traffic accidents reported in Marion County involving deer, including three in which someone was injured, according to information from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Those numbers are likely to climb quickly over the next six weeks, as the deer mating season, the “rut,” peaks in November. During the rut, deer travel more and pay less attention to hazards, such as vehicles. Also during fall, dawn and dusk, when deer are most active, match up with times when there is the most traffic.

DEATHS

  • Matilda Foth

    Matilda Foth, 94, died Oct. 9 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born June 7, 1919, to Peter and Eva (Schmidt) Kasper of rural Hillsboro. She is survived by three sons, Clifford Foth of Rogers, Ark., Leroy Foth of Archbold, Ohio, and Gary Foth of McPherson; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

  • Joe Heath

    A memorial service for Joe Heath of Florence will be Sunday afternoon at the American Legion building in Florence, after his ashes are spread at 2 p.m. at the tree farm on the east side of town. Heath died on July 11 after living in Florence since the early 1980s.

  • Martha Hood

    Martha Hood, 94, of Marion died Oct. 8 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Emporia to Edward and Evaline (Roberts) Harper. She married Charles F. “Chuck” Hood on Jan. 23, 1939, in Alva, Okla. She was an accountant and business manager for a construction business.

DOCKET

FARM

  • Farmers seeing good soybean yields

    Soybean harvest is moving at different paces around the county. Not only are some farmers waiting for their fields to ripen, but also rain has set harvest back in some areas. Hillsboro Cooperative Grain and Supply said they have not gotten much rain.

  • Raising pumpkins is a family venture

    The Brandon Unruh family knows the secret to growing great pumpkins, lots of water. “They take a lot of water, more than you’d want to pay for,” Krisi Unruh said.

  • Fall harvest is one of best ever for Marion farmer

    David Oborny looked at the ticket just handed to him by Cooperative Grain & Supply manager Mike Thomas at the Marion elevator. “580 bushels, 13.1 moisture, and 57.7 test weight,” he read. “That’s a good test weight. The average is 56.”

  • Elevator operator works under millions of pounds of grain

    Grain elevators, they’re right there, jutting into the horizon, a silhouette on the skyline of many Kansas towns so familiar they’re almost taken for granted, yet they are vitally necessary to the annual farming cycle. Elevator operator John Ottensmeier can help those curious to understand the inner workings of a classic grain elevator and the storage process crops go through once harvested and deposited there.

PEOPLE

  • Helmers celebrate 65 years

    Edith and Fred Helmer will celebrate 65 years of marriage on Thursday. The couple married on Oct. 17, 1948 in Syracuse. They have four children: David Helmer of Marion, Debra Thomison of Denison, Iowa, Deanna Gilbert of Alma, and Dan Helmer of Andover. They have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Threshing stones the subject of Tabor program

    Glen Ediger, Bethel College’s 2012 outstanding alumnus award winner, will present “Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned” at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Lifelong Learning in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The presentation will be based on his award-winning book of the same name. Ediger grew up on a wheat farm near Buhler and has done extensive research on the threshing stone, a tool Mennonite farmers used in the Ukraine and then the Great Plains during the 1870s.

  • Annual toy run will be Nov. 2

    The 20th annual Marion County Toy Run will be Nov. 2. The toy run has become a major benefactor for the underprivileged children of the county. The event is sponsored by the Sons of American Legion Post No. 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers.

  • NORTHWEST OF DURHAM:

    Koehns vacation in Canada
  • ROUND THE TOWN:

    Gross visits her sister

SPORTS

  • Runners do well at Sterling

    Despite another windy day, Hillsboro cross-country runners competed well at Sterling. Once again, Emily Sechrist placed first in the girl’s varsity race with a time of 15 minutes, 23 seconds. Sechrist and Karyn Leihy medaled in the race. Leihy finished 17th out of 52 runners with a time of 17:23.

  • Weber qualifies for state

    Hillsboro singles tennis player Allison Weber qualified for the Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament for the third consecutive year Saturday in Leavenworth after a second-place finish at regionals. “Allison basically did what she typically does, outlasts and frustrates her opponent by taking her best punches and returning everything,” coach Bob Woelk said.

  • Trojans roll after slow start

    The Hillsboro High School Trojans football team fell behind early against the Remington Broncos Friday after some miscues in the red zone, but they cleaned up their mistakes and surged ahead to win 43-17. The Broncos relied heavily on rushes between the tackles, and it worked early on as Eli Igo scored an 18-yard touchdown on Remington’s second drive, giving the Broncos a 6-0 lead.

  • Goessel football loses close game

    Even though Norwich was able to accumulate 609 yards of offense Friday, the Bluebirds managed to stay within one touchdown. The Bluebirds totaled 407 yards of offense, the most of this season, with 149 yards passing and 258 yards rushing. In this non-district game, Goessel was defeated by Norwich 56-48. The Bluebirds trailed 16-14 at the end of one period, but Norwich jumped to a 42-22 lead by halftime. Each team scored six points in the third period. The Bluebirds began to click in the final stanza, crossing the goal line twice to get within one touchdown.

  • Goessel cross-country teams finish 2nd

    In a small meet with only nine schools participating, the Goessel High School Bluebird boys finished in second place behind Halstead. Seniors Heath Goertzen and Ben Wiens led the Bluebirds, with Zach Wiens and Nils Erdoesi adding points. In the girls’ race, Sophie Freuler and Jen Meysing finished second and fifth respectively to help Goessel to a second place finish, just six points behind Sedgwick. Riley Jarvis and Mayuko Kanda added to Goessel points.

  • Trojans lose to Newton

    The Hillsboro Trojans volleyball team traveled to Newton on Thursday for a triangular against Great Bend and Newton, going 1-1 on the night. Hillsboro defeated Great Bend in three sets, then lost to Newton in three sets. Thursday was indicative of the Trojans’ ambitious scheduling, being the second and third meetings with 5A schools this season. Both Great Bend and Newton have more than six times the students of Hillsboro, according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

  • Tabor soccer team undefeated in conference so far this season

    The Tabor Bluejays soccer team improved to 3-0 in conference play after defeating Sterling and Southwestern last week. The Bluejays won 4-1 in Sterling Wednesday and 2-0 Friday at home against the Moundbuilders.

  • Bluejays run through Kansas Wesleyan

    The Tabor College football team won again Saturday on the strength of its run game and controlling time of possession. The Bluejays ran the ball 70 times for 418 yards, possessing the ball for more than 38 minutes, fifteen more than Kansas Wesleyan University.

  • Goessel volleyball wins two more

    With the regular season over for Wheat State League standings, the Goessel High School volleyball team continues to improve as it nears postseason play. In a home match with Wakefield, the Bluebirds dominated from the start. Goessel defeated the Bombers in two sets, more than doubling the score on the visitors, winning 25-11, 25-12.

HEADLINES

  • USD 410 brainstorms improvement

    The USD 410 Board of Education came together Monday night, hashing over the present and future of Hillsboro learning. “What is acceptable?” Superintendent Steve Noble asked of the high school’s ACT scores and college-readiness. “Whether it is one-half or two-thirds, I know one-third is not.”

  • City Council votes to vacate street

    The Hillsboro City Council approved a request from Tabor College to vacate a section of Madison St. between C and D Sts. The vacation allows Tabor to take over care of 150 ft of Madison to create a cul-de-sac in front of the science building.

  • HHS grad returns home to film thesis

    Hillsboro High School graduate Emily Railsback has big dreams that carried her away from her small hometown. She is currently attending graduate school at Columbia College Chicago for film production. She recently came home to create a film for her thesis work. Her film, titled “He Owns It, We Built It,” is a 10-minute narrative about a young boy experiencing his first big loss.

  • Name chosen for Tabor new fine arts center

    A new fine arts building being planned by Tabor College will be named the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts after a substantial donation made by the family from Nebraska. “The family gave the college a $2 million gift, so to honor the donors we decided to let them have the naming rights,” said Ron Braun, vice president of advancement.

  • Car crashes into supermarket

    Tuesday was an eventful morning for those near Dale’s Supermarket as a man from Hope jumped the curb in front of the building with his Lincoln Towncar. The man’s identity was not available before press time. No one was hurt in the accident, which happened around 10:15 a.m. However, the building now features a roughly 3-foot-by-2-foot hole east of the main entrance. The car’s front came to rest partially inside the building and pushed an ice cooler feet away from its normal home against the wall.

  • Shutdown affects WIC

    The federal government budget shutdown’s effects are expanding beyond federal campgrounds at Marion Reservoir and the Department of Agriculture service center to healthy food for pregnant women, infants, and young children. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last week directed local coordinators to hold November and December food vouchers issued through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — commonly called WIC.

  • Tractor-pickup collision sends 2 to hospital

    A tractor-pickup collision on K-15 north of Hillsboro Wednesday sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries. The accident occurred when a John Deere tractor pulling a seed cart south on K-15, driven by Vernon Bartel of rural Hillsboro, turned left in front of a GMC Denali pulling a utility trailer driven by Tamara Christiansen of rural Durham traveling north on the highway.

  • Goessel school board approves special meeting

    Goessel School Board scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Oct. 29 for approving the bid list Josh Walker of Loyd Builders plans to submit to the board for the school’s new addition. “Bids for the project were sent out today,” Superintendent John Fast said on Tuesday. “Today was our pre bid meeting. Bids are due to Loyd Builders Oct. 22.”

  • Cooking with... Marge Summervill

    Marge Summervill makes a pumpkin cake roll that family, friends, and colleagues both remember and anticipate every year. Never had a pumpkin roll you say? Think crushed pecans, sprinkled on a light spongy crust, a cream cheese vortex, and a delightful mix of pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla that only gets better one bit after the other.

  • Beware of deer

    So far this year, there have been 104 traffic accidents reported in Marion County involving deer, including three in which someone was injured, according to information from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Those numbers are likely to climb quickly over the next six weeks, as the deer mating season, the “rut,” peaks in November. During the rut, deer travel more and pay less attention to hazards, such as vehicles. Also during fall, dawn and dusk, when deer are most active, match up with times when there is the most traffic.

DEATHS

  • Matilda Foth

    Matilda Foth, 94, died Oct. 9 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born June 7, 1919, to Peter and Eva (Schmidt) Kasper of rural Hillsboro. She is survived by three sons, Clifford Foth of Rogers, Ark., Leroy Foth of Archbold, Ohio, and Gary Foth of McPherson; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

  • Joe Heath

    A memorial service for Joe Heath of Florence will be Sunday afternoon at the American Legion building in Florence, after his ashes are spread at 2 p.m. at the tree farm on the east side of town. Heath died on July 11 after living in Florence since the early 1980s.

  • Martha Hood

    Martha Hood, 94, of Marion died Oct. 8 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. She was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Emporia to Edward and Evaline (Roberts) Harper. She married Charles F. “Chuck” Hood on Jan. 23, 1939, in Alva, Okla. She was an accountant and business manager for a construction business.

DOCKET

FARM

  • Farmers seeing good soybean yields

    Soybean harvest is moving at different paces around the county. Not only are some farmers waiting for their fields to ripen, but also rain has set harvest back in some areas. Hillsboro Cooperative Grain and Supply said they have not gotten much rain.

  • Raising pumpkins is a family venture

    The Brandon Unruh family knows the secret to growing great pumpkins, lots of water. “They take a lot of water, more than you’d want to pay for,” Krisi Unruh said.

  • Fall harvest is one of best ever for Marion farmer

    David Oborny looked at the ticket just handed to him by Cooperative Grain & Supply manager Mike Thomas at the Marion elevator. “580 bushels, 13.1 moisture, and 57.7 test weight,” he read. “That’s a good test weight. The average is 56.”

  • Elevator operator works under millions of pounds of grain

    Grain elevators, they’re right there, jutting into the horizon, a silhouette on the skyline of many Kansas towns so familiar they’re almost taken for granted, yet they are vitally necessary to the annual farming cycle. Elevator operator John Ottensmeier can help those curious to understand the inner workings of a classic grain elevator and the storage process crops go through once harvested and deposited there.

PEOPLE

  • Helmers celebrate 65 years

    Edith and Fred Helmer will celebrate 65 years of marriage on Thursday. The couple married on Oct. 17, 1948 in Syracuse. They have four children: David Helmer of Marion, Debra Thomison of Denison, Iowa, Deanna Gilbert of Alma, and Dan Helmer of Andover. They have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Threshing stones the subject of Tabor program

    Glen Ediger, Bethel College’s 2012 outstanding alumnus award winner, will present “Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned” at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Lifelong Learning in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The presentation will be based on his award-winning book of the same name. Ediger grew up on a wheat farm near Buhler and has done extensive research on the threshing stone, a tool Mennonite farmers used in the Ukraine and then the Great Plains during the 1870s.

  • Annual toy run will be Nov. 2

    The 20th annual Marion County Toy Run will be Nov. 2. The toy run has become a major benefactor for the underprivileged children of the county. The event is sponsored by the Sons of American Legion Post No. 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers.

  • NORTHWEST OF DURHAM:

    Koehns vacation in Canada
  • ROUND THE TOWN:

    Gross visits her sister

SPORTS

  • Runners do well at Sterling

    Despite another windy day, Hillsboro cross-country runners competed well at Sterling. Once again, Emily Sechrist placed first in the girl’s varsity race with a time of 15 minutes, 23 seconds. Sechrist and Karyn Leihy medaled in the race. Leihy finished 17th out of 52 runners with a time of 17:23.

  • Weber qualifies for state

    Hillsboro singles tennis player Allison Weber qualified for the Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament for the third consecutive year Saturday in Leavenworth after a second-place finish at regionals. “Allison basically did what she typically does, outlasts and frustrates her opponent by taking her best punches and returning everything,” coach Bob Woelk said.

  • Trojans roll after slow start

    The Hillsboro High School Trojans football team fell behind early against the Remington Broncos Friday after some miscues in the red zone, but they cleaned up their mistakes and surged ahead to win 43-17. The Broncos relied heavily on rushes between the tackles, and it worked early on as Eli Igo scored an 18-yard touchdown on Remington’s second drive, giving the Broncos a 6-0 lead.

  • Goessel football loses close game

    Even though Norwich was able to accumulate 609 yards of offense Friday, the Bluebirds managed to stay within one touchdown. The Bluebirds totaled 407 yards of offense, the most of this season, with 149 yards passing and 258 yards rushing. In this non-district game, Goessel was defeated by Norwich 56-48. The Bluebirds trailed 16-14 at the end of one period, but Norwich jumped to a 42-22 lead by halftime. Each team scored six points in the third period. The Bluebirds began to click in the final stanza, crossing the goal line twice to get within one touchdown.

  • Goessel cross-country teams finish 2nd

    In a small meet with only nine schools participating, the Goessel High School Bluebird boys finished in second place behind Halstead. Seniors Heath Goertzen and Ben Wiens led the Bluebirds, with Zach Wiens and Nils Erdoesi adding points. In the girls’ race, Sophie Freuler and Jen Meysing finished second and fifth respectively to help Goessel to a second place finish, just six points behind Sedgwick. Riley Jarvis and Mayuko Kanda added to Goessel points.

  • Trojans lose to Newton

    The Hillsboro Trojans volleyball team traveled to Newton on Thursday for a triangular against Great Bend and Newton, going 1-1 on the night. Hillsboro defeated Great Bend in three sets, then lost to Newton in three sets. Thursday was indicative of the Trojans’ ambitious scheduling, being the second and third meetings with 5A schools this season. Both Great Bend and Newton have more than six times the students of Hillsboro, according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

  • Tabor soccer team undefeated in conference so far this season

    The Tabor Bluejays soccer team improved to 3-0 in conference play after defeating Sterling and Southwestern last week. The Bluejays won 4-1 in Sterling Wednesday and 2-0 Friday at home against the Moundbuilders.

  • Bluejays run through Kansas Wesleyan

    The Tabor College football team won again Saturday on the strength of its run game and controlling time of possession. The Bluejays ran the ball 70 times for 418 yards, possessing the ball for more than 38 minutes, fifteen more than Kansas Wesleyan University.

  • Goessel volleyball wins two more

    With the regular season over for Wheat State League standings, the Goessel High School volleyball team continues to improve as it nears postseason play. In a home match with Wakefield, the Bluebirds dominated from the start. Goessel defeated the Bombers in two sets, more than doubling the score on the visitors, winning 25-11, 25-12.

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