• 'Brain' blobs feast in lake water

    Strange “blobs” linger in the waters of Marion County Lake, gobbling up things unseen. Marion resident Rick LeShure encountered some with 4-year-old son, Lucas, and girlfriend Brandi Bosley on Aug. 8 at the swimming area.

  • A bloomin' mess at Hillsboro pond

    City officials issued a blue-green algae warning Tuesday for the Hillsboro Heights retaining pond west of the former Alco building. “Our mower was actually out mowing the right-of-ways and noticed the color and the matted algae,” water supervisor Morgan Marler said. “We came out this morning and took a look at it and informed KDHE.”

  • Search continues for economic development director

    Finding a new economic development director for Hillsboro seems to be like shopping for a new pair of shoes. Some may look great, but in the end, it’s the fit that matters most. “We know the right combination has not yet come along,” administrator Larry Paine said. “We’ve looked at a number of people, and the combination is not exactly what we need here.”

  • Missing man baffles officials

    Despite an intense search covering 200 square miles of territory around Peabody, distribution of hundreds of fliers, television coverage, and alerts to state and national agencies, Gale “Ralph” Keilman remains a man who has gone missing. Keilman left Peabody Health and Rehab Aug. 17 by going over a tall wood slab fence surrounding a patio used by facility residents.

  • Labor Day celebration headliners announced

    Florence’s 78th annual Labor Day celebration begins Sept. 5. Evening entertainment will feature Matt Engels and the Callahan Band. Free face painting, henna tattoos, and caricature drawings will be available downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. for those who have a Labor Day button. A new booth will feature an artist airbrushing designs on T-shirts. Plain white T-shirts can be purchased for $5.

  • Weekly classes offer entrepreneurial advice

    Wendy Veatch says it’s time to stop working in your business, and start working on it. Veatch, in her position as director of outreach programming for Wichita State University, is recruiting entrepreneurs for an 11-week class that will be taught in Marion.

  • County resolves FACT funding

    A controversy last fall over funding for Families and Communities Together was settled by county commissioners Monday. In August, health department administrator Diedre Serene asked to remove $6,000 earmarked for FACT from her budget.


  • Donald Funk

    Donald L. Funk, 80, Hillsboro, died Aug. 18 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. He was born May 2, 1935, to Benjamin and Esther (Leppke) Funk in Hillsboro.

  • John Masson

    John Masson, 73, died Aug. 20 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. He was predeceased by his wife, Lenora May Collier, in 2008.

  • Gregory Trapp

    Gregory James Trapp, 58, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, died Aug. 18 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. The family received friends at a visitation Friday. A funeral service was held Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Herington.


    James Keazer



  • Signs of the times

    Prophecy buffs have a case, if they wanted to make it, that Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band had Marion County and the summer of 2015 in mind when they penned these lyrics to their signature 1971 hit “Signs”: “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breaking my mind; do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”



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  • Tabor eyes conference crown

    Tabor College was one of four teams in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference to receive votes in the preseason NAIA top 25 poll. So head coach Mike Gardner considers his football team to be in the mix of KCAC contenders. He knows a conference title won’t be easily captured, though.

  • Former NBA player to speak at Tabor

    Former NBA player Brent Price will be the speaker for the annual Tabor College Athletic Department Kickoff 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Tabor gym. Price and his family reside in Enid, Oklahoma.


  • Volleyball is serious fun for Trojans

    It was just another normal Hillsboro volleyball practice Friday, filled with spikes, sets, digs, and players walking around with closed eyes and outstretched arms barking like dogs and mooing like cows, blindly searching for others making the same sound. Volleyball is serious business for the Trojans. They’re gunning for an eighth consecutive trip to the state tournament and another championship to go along with three earned during coach Sandy Arnold’s tenure.

  • Young Hillsboro football team sounds good to coach

    The first day of football practice with full pads Friday brought beautiful music to the ears of Hillsboro coach Lance Sawyer. “We heard pads today,” he said. “It’s the sound of football. We haven’t heard much of that in the last couple of years. You know if you’re going to be good just by the sound, and these kids were hitting today.”

  • Trojan tennis players spar for pecking order

    After losing several seniors, Hillsboro girls’ tennis team is establishing a new hierarchy. With seven players on roster, the team will either be a very small 3A or large 2A team this year. Woelk said senior Allison Gray will likely be Trojan’s No. 1 singles player, while he expects senior Hannah Funk to make up one half of the doubles team.

  • Hillsboro cross-country stays positive

    Hillsboro cross-country coach Stuart Holmes started each of the past three cross-country seasons with reasonable expectations that at least one Trojans runner would make it to state. Emily Sechrist was a virtual lock to make it after winning the Class 3A title as a freshman in 2011. Sechrist has moved on to Oklahoma Baptist University, and among this season’s Trojans there is no sure bet any of them will make it past the regional meet.

  • Goessel volleyball driven by coming close

    After winning 43 games last season without any losses, the Bluebirds volleyball team fell in three sets in the state finals for its only loss of the year, taking second in 1A Division I. Head coach Crysta Guhr, in her 11th year as head coach, wants to see her team succeed where it last year could not.

  • Goessel football regroups for 2015

    After a disappointing season in 2014, the Bluebirds will try to regroup around a core of returning letter winners. Chase Flaming, Josh Schmidt, Luke Unruh, Trevor Beisel, Matt Regier, Jordan Schmucker, Miguel Guerrero, Kenny Hammond, Jordan Griffin, and Dakota Nolte return with hopes of reversing last year’s 1-8 record.

  • Goessel cross-country strives to improve

    The Goessel girls’ cross-country team finished fourth at state in 2014, and four runners who competed at that meet return for this season. Juniors Jennifer Meysing and Lauren Rymill are expected to score points regularly for the Bluebirds, and sophomores Julia Nightengale and Maddy Meier also return with state experience.

  • Goessel to showcase fall sports Friday

    Food and sports will be featured Friday at the 22nd annual Fall Sports Preview Night at Goessel High School. Junior and senior high football and volleyball teams will scrimmage, and all fall sports teams will be introduced.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Circus to come to county

    Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will be in Peabody on Sept. 9 with its big-top tent, animals, and midway attractions, as well as a trapeze artist, performing jungle cats, prancing ponies, and much more. The circus will set up at Peabody City Park between 9:30 and 10 a.m. with shows at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

  • Farmers market to feature sausage sandwiches

    Hillsboro Community Foundation will be serving sausage sandwiches with sides at Hillsboro Farmers Market from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Shelter House in Memorial Park.

  • Online license checks help track correspondence

    Drivers with suspended licenses can now keep track of correspondence with the Kansas Division of Vehicles online for free. The status check is updated Monday through Friday. It shows if a license is suspended, revoked, canceled, or has restrictions.

  • September to be Kansas "Preparedness Month"

    September will be “Preparedness Month” in Kansas starting Aug. 28 with a focus on helping Kansans prepare to deal with disasters. Marion County emergency management director Randy Frank said the reason for the proclamation “is so it’s there to help people get reengaged with how to prepare for severe storms, tornadoes, and winter storms.”


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