• Train rips car in half as man leaps to safety

    Dustin Rhodes, 20, of Ramona, narrowly escaped the destructive force of an oncoming freight train Thursday after surviving a car wreck moments before the train “ripped the car in half.” At approximately 8:37 p.m., Rhodes was westbound in the 1800 block of 360th Rd. attempting to return his sister’s 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass “so she could go to work” when he lost control on an icy curve that veers north just south of Ramona and intersects with an elevated railroad crossing the lights of which were flashing red.

  • Judge orders hospital corporation to pay up

    A North Carolina federal judge on Jan. 20 imposed contempt penalties against the same corporation that owns Hillsboro Community Hospital over its premature closure of Yadkin Valley Community Hospital. Yadkin County, North Carolina, sued Kansas City-based HMC/CAH over its May 2015 hospital closure prior to the expiration of its agreement with the county. A restraining order to prevent the hospital from closing had been issued by Wake County Superior Court, but the corporation failed to comply with that order.

  • Economic development hindered by errant, disjointed information

    What do a dilapidated Chase County bridge, China, and former Marion economic developer Terry Jones have to do with economic development in Marion County? Nothing, of course, but Marion city administrator Roger Holter showed city and county officials Thursday that all three were being used to market Marion County to prospective business developers.

  • Nabbed nanny goat still missing

    A pregnant dappled Boer goat named White Zin that disappeared from a Hillsboro residence around the turn of the New Year may have given birth by now, but she and her kids are still missing. Goat owners Charles and Teresa Naerebout continue the search for White Zin, who Teresa said was a first-time mother.

  • EMS interim director requests new uniforms

    EMS interim director Ed Debesis did not waste any time getting straight to the point with county commissioners at Monday’s meeting. “Something I’d like to look at and get approved is some shirts, hats, for the crews across the county so we have one name,” Debesis said. “That is something I would like to do.”



  • Caution motorists: winter is here

    To drive or not to drive – often that is the question during the winter. Sheriff Rob Craft has several recommendations for winter safe driving.

  • Give kids a 'boost' in car safety

    Does it really take three days of training to learn to install a child car seat? It does if you’re going to be a certified child passenger safety technician, which is what county extension agent Renae Riedy is.

  • Safety, fuel efficiency featured in new cars

    Safety and fuel efficiency features seem to be the trend in new vehicles available to consumers at local car dealerships in 2016. Terry Hagen, sales manager at Hillsboro Ford, said Ford has made a rather large change to its flagship truck line.

  • Be prepared for bitter cold driving emergencies

    Emergency Management Director Randy Frank carries things like blankets and snack bars in his truck for emergencies, and he used them as recently as last week. When an accident happened on 190th Rd. west of Marion, Frank said the occupants of the car were extremely cold and he was able to hand them blankets to warm up.

  • No good deed goes unrewarded

    Laura Legg, manager of Ampride stations in Hillsboro and Marion, has been busy the past few years spreading good will among customers by nominating them for Cenex Tanks of Thanks fuel cards. Evelyn Groop of Marion was one of the delighted recipients.


  • Michael Hein

    Michael Hein, 65, died Friday at McPherson. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro. Interment will follow at French Creek Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

  • Helen Kapaun

    Helen M. (Libel) Kapaun, 86, sister-in-law of Father Emil Kapaun, died Jan. 20, at Catholic Care Center, Bel Aire. Rosary was Monday and Funeral Mass was Tuesday. Both were at St. Mark Catholic Church, Colwich.

  • Eileen Keller

    Eileen Keller, 91, Pittsburg, formerly of Hillsboro, died Jan. 20 at Via Christi Village. Services were Monday at First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg. Burial followed in Mount Olive Cemetery.

  • Luella Popp

    Luella R. Popp, 93, died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. Visitation with family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marion. Interment will be 9 a.m. Friday at the Marion Cemetery.


    Lila Bredemeier



  • Play together or pay dearly

    It’s far past time to get deathly serious about countywide economic development, not just economic development isolated to Marion or Hillsboro or any other city. Prosperity in the years ahead depends on throwing out decades-old animosities and rivalries and pulling together for the common good. Marion, Hillsboro, and county officials met last week in an effort to move that direction. At times the meeting was awkward, particularly when Marion City Administrator Roger Holter demonstrated problems with marketing the county to prospective businesses, even taking a potshot at his own city’s website.



  • HHS ensemble to perform Feb. 1

    Hillsboro High School select vocal ensemble Spirit-N-Celebration will present a concert at 7 pm Feb. 1 in the high school auditorium. Students in the group will perform solos and duets, as well as several ensemble pieces.

  • Hillsboro High names students of the month

    Four students will share student of the month honors at Hillsboro High School. Eva Franz, Marah Franz, Callie Linnens, and Caleb Rempel are January’s winners, selected by faculty and staff.

  • Area school menus


  • Hillsboro boys stomp Marion

    Hillsboro Trojans faced the Marion Warriors Tuesday night, and the Hillsboro boys showed Marion no mercy. The Trojans scored 27 points in the first half, while the defense clamped down, holding Marion to a single basket and 5 free throws for a 27-7 halftime lead..

  • Hillsboro salvages fourth, fifth places at Trojan classic

    Hillsboro High School basketball teams closed out the 2016 Trojan Classic tournament Saturday in Hillsboro with mixed results. In girls’ action, frigid shooting combined with Riley County’s athleticism spelled doom for the Lady Trojans, who had to settle for fourth place after a 46-34 loss.

  • Wrestlers finish in Eureka top 10

    The Trojans placed 10th of 20 teams Saturday at a Eureka wrestling tournament, scoring 65 points. Coach Scott O’Hare said most brackets were very competitive and deep with talent.

  • Goessel boys place 6th at Burrton, girls suffer first loss of season

    Goessel boys finished in sixth place in the Burrton Tournament with three close games. Goessel trailed by 11 points at the end of the first quarter Thursday in a game with Central Christian. By half time Goessel was behind by one point and it was a close battle to the end of the game with the Bluebirds winning 53-52.


  • Calendar of events

  • Chef Rob to offer herb, dessert class

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission and chef Rob Scott will be offering an “herbs and dessert” class 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 in the Hillsboro Middle and High School teacher workroom. In the class, students will make pan seared chicken with garlic sauce and a Valentine’s Day decadent dessert.

  • Huelskamp staff to be available to discuss tax concerns

    A staff representative of Congressman Tim Huelskamp specializing in IRS casework will be available 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Hillsboro City Hall. The representative will be available to meet individually with taxpayers to learn about their concerns.

  • Farmer's market vendor workshop approaches

    A regional farmer’s market workshop for vendors and managers will be 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at KSU Sedgwick County Extension office in Wichita. The event, which is in conjunction with the Central Kansas Market Grower Vendor Workshop, will cover topics including beekeeping, produce safety and food safety updates, using social media, building healthy soil, accepting non-cash payments, and a vendor panel on various marketing topics.


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