• Department gets new fire truck

    Hillsboro Fire Department has had fun this week learning all the bells and whistles on its new fire truck. The truck, which arrived last week, will be the showpiece of the department’s open house from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 30. Fire Chief Ben Steketee received permission from Hillsboro City Council to close a portion of Washington St. from Grand Ave. to the south driveway of the City Hall parking lot during the open house.

  • Class and community raise the roof

    Richard Riggs of Florence knew he had a leaky roof. He had the materials to put a new metal one on the old two-story house he lives in south of Florence with his wife Raquel. What Riggs didn’t know was that he wouldn’t be doing the roof himself. A little over a month ago Riggs discovered that he had cancer.

  • Pushy' salesman was no fraud

    While some questioned his tactics and legitimacy, Sander Sildver of Southwestern Advantage was acting legally within Marion and Peabody city limits after acquiring peddler’s licenses to sell educational books this weekend within city limits. This is the second year Sildver has been in the area selling supplemental learning books for kids preschool through 12th grade. Residents from Marion, Florence, Peabody, and Hillsboro received visits from Sildver.

  • Roundabout in 2015 KDOT plan

    The U.S. 56/77 and K-150 roundabout for the dangerous intersection east of Marion remains on track for construction in 2015, with $4.3 million allocated for the project in Kansas Department of Transportation state transportation improvement program (STIP) draft released last week. The cost estimate includes $422,000 allocated for engineering, right of way, and utilities this year.

  • Vietnam traveling wall coming to Topeka

    The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall honoring Vietnam War veterans will be at Forbes Field/Topeka Regional Airport from 12 p.m. on Aug. 28 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 31. Marion County service members honored include Robert Boese of Marion, Ronald Schultz of Hillsboro, Leonard Christeson of Durham, and Wesley Sidener of Burns.

  • Residents get doused with ice water

    All over the Internet lately, videos of people dousing themselves with buckets of ice water have been posted and shared. The stunt is a way to raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The disease, for which there is no treatment or cure, is nearly always fatal.

  • St. Luke Hospital earns trauma center distinction

    St. Luke Hospital received a Level IV Trauma Center designation from Kansas Department of Health and Environment. St. Luke received the distinction through the Kansas Trauma Program, in which participation is optional. Level IV is the lowest ranking of four trauma level designations. It indicates a rural hospital whose primary role is to stabilize injured patients and transfer them to higher-level facilities if necessary.

  • Community band to perform

    The Flint Hills Community Band will perform a free outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kaw Mission in Council Grove. The program will include selections by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a Frank Sinatra medley, songs from Paint Your Wagon, and theme songs from Hogan’s Heroes and Secret Agent Man.

  • New bicycle map available

    Bicyclists looking to explore bike trails across the state can get a new map showing all the trails in the state. The map includes information on traffic volumes, shoulder widths of highways, bicycle facilities in communities, and safety tips.

  • Flower drying class is Thursday

    Karyn Woodward will teach flower drying from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Villa on the Prairie in Florence. Contact Woodward at (620) 878-4600 for more information.


  • Gladiola Backhus

    Gladiola Backhus, 94, died Saturday at Twin Oaks Assisted Living in Lansing. A memorial service was held Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lyons Creek.

  • Art Jantz

    Art Jantz, 93, died Monday at Parkside Home in Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro.

  • Harold Kasper

    Former cattleman and farmer Harold Kasper, 83, died Saturday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Pastor Brian Allen officiating.

  • Charles K. Smith

    Former Boeing employee Charles K. “Smitty” Smith, 76, died Aug. 13. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Born Aug. 25, 1937 to Roy and Freda (Rittgers) Smith at Hillsboro, he served in the U.S. Navy and worked for Boeing Wichita as a transportation driver.


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  • Hasenbank and Schmidt engaged

    Gary and Betty Hasenbank of Goessel announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura M. Hasenbank, to Douglas L. Schmidt, son of Karen Sklenar of Hillsboro and Eddie and Anita Schmidt of Durham. Hasenbank, a graduate of Drury University and Butler County Community College, is a licensed substitute teacher and co-owner of Eagle Eye Art, where she practices graphic design and photography. Schmidt is a truck driver for Sequoyah Trading and Transportation, LLC in Hillsboro. The couple resides in Hillsboro and plan to marry at Marion County Park and Lake in October.

  • Card shower requested for Wayne Reno

    The family of Wayne Reno requests a card shower for his 80th birthday Aug. 31.He and his wife, Judy, live at Marion County Lake. Cards may be sent to 5 Lois Lane, Marion KS 66861.

  • Card shower requested

    The family of Dale and Betty Johnson are requesting a card shower to celebrate the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. Dale and Betty were married on Sept. 3, 1964.

  • Kerbs family holds reunion

    A Kerbs family reunion was held Aug. 10 at the Friendship Center in Salina. A potluck dinner was followed by visiting the water spray park. Those attending included: Lucille Kerbs of Tampa; Raymond and Molly Deiser, Deloris Kerbs, Ron and Donita Michaelsen, Betty Hayes, and Tim and Marchelle Kerbs, all of Salina; Jeremy, Allison, and Brooklyn Sluder and Connie Thompson of Abilene; Glenn Kerbs of Dodge City; Gloria Wolfe, Shirley Orr, Judy Holeman, Allie and Samantha Holeman, and Reuben II, Christy, Charlotte and R.J. Kerbs of Wichita; Janet and Kevin Pinnegar of Ponca City, Oklahoma; Dayna Croisant of Bellevue, Nebraska; and David Kerbs of Amarillo, Texas.

  • Bowling meeting planned

    Marion U.S. Bowling Congress Bowling Association will have a kick-off meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at SherBowl Lanes. Leagues will be Monday and Wednesday nights. Call (620) 382-2188 for information.

  • Quail group awards 2 scholarships at meeting

    Lucas Larsen of Peabody and Cole Svoboda of Tampa received continuing education scholarships from Marion County Quail Forever at an Aug. 7 meeting in Marion. The scholarships are named in memory of John F. Reznicek. Reznicek’s wife, Helen, presented the scholarships.


    Residents attend reunion

    Wiebes visit family


  • Hillsboro, Canton-Galva to team up for wrestling

    Hillsboro High School will bring in outside help to build its wrestling roster this season. At a meeting specially scheduled to approve its annual budget, the USD 410 board of education approved an agreement to merge its wrestling program with Canton-Galva High School.

  • USD 410 approved budget

    The USD 410 board of education approved its budget as it was presented in the meeting agenda’s appendix. A copy of the budget that appeared in the Aug. 6 edition of the Hillsboro Star-Journal had incorrect items. The incorrect items were the amount of 2014 tax to be levied, which was $289,630, not $298,630 as the published budget indicated; and the actual tax rate for the 2012-13 total USD expenditures, which was 62.502, not 65.502 as the published budget indicated.


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