• Lalouette's successor draws nigh

    Outgoing commissioner Lori Lalouette’s days are numbered, and Republicans in her district are poised to pick her replacement next week. Precinct committeewomen and committeemen will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Scout House in Hillsboro to consider nominees and elect one to recommend for appointment by Gov. Sam Brownback.

  • Not negligent, city pays anyways

    Hillsboro City Council was feeling charitable Tuesday, bucking its city administrator Larry Paine and shelling out $3,800 dollars from its own coffers for a damage claim its insurance company had denied Randy Hagen appeared at the last city council meeting seeking $3,800 for water damage to his basement allegedly caused when the city was cleaning sewers in his neighborhood.

  • Retail closure creates countywide impact

    Hillsboro quilt shop owner Marie Kessler of Kessler Kreations recently announced that she will be closing the fabric and retail portion of her business by the end of March, and the decision likely has countywide implications. “It’s been nuts,” Kessler said. “I’ve been fielding a lot of calls. Out of respect, I already sent out my newsletter. I’ve had to back out of future events, and right now, I’m just trying to absorb it all.”

  • Seniors to vogue at Valentine's Day fashion show

    Trendsetters and fashionistas alike, prepare to be dazzled. A troupe of volunteer models will don stylish outfits for a Valentine’s Day fashion show at noon Tuesday at Hillsboro Senior Center. Event organizer and clothing aficionado Rubena Suderman, 92, has always wanted to put on a fashion show, but said she had trouble rallying people until she sparked a chic idea.

  • Solid waste means solid resistance in Marion

    A county proposal to move the transfer station and hazardous waste facility to the former Straub International location drew criticism from Marion residents at Thursday evening’s city planning commission meeting. “I don’t know of anybody who thinks that’s a good idea,” planning commission member John Wheeler said.

  • County buys grader

    County commissioners voted Monday to purchase a road grader despite the fact that road and bridge superintendent Jesse Hamm said a week ago his department is in need of dump trucks. When Hamm brought the idea of purchasing a used road grader to commissioners last week, he said he wants to focus on purchasing dump trucks in 2017, but wanted commissioners to know a used 2013 Caterpillar grader was available. Commissioners at that time gave Hamm permission to investigate further.

  • A new beginning for old friends

    The strains of the hymn “It is Well with My Soul” was a fitting end for the recent wedding ceremony of Richard Meisinger and Feebie Holdeman of Marion. Both believe God led them to be together after the deaths of their previous spouses. Although the couple has known one another for years, Richard, 75, was married to the former Janet Patton, who died May 20, 2015.

  • Adobe House gets $69,000 renovation grant

    The Historic Elgin Hotel has been awarded a $90,000 Heritage Trust Fund grant for repairing windows and working on its dining hall. Tammy Ensey, co-owner of the Elgin, said as part of the application process, she went to Topeka last Friday to present her plans for the project.


  • Ray Cook

    Ray P. Cook, 67, died Feb. 5 at Newton Medical Center. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Peabody United Methodist Church.

  • Jim Flaming

    Hillsboro plumber Jim Flaming, 84, died Feb. 1 at Newton Medical Center. Flaming was born March 12, 1932, to Samuel and Agnes (Hiebert) Flaming of rural Goessel. He married Eulalia Regier in Hillsboro, where he owned Jim’s Plumbing.

  • Gloria Hanschu

    Gloria Verna Hanschu, 90, of Ramona, died Sunday at Herington Municipal Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ramona. Burial will follow at Lewis Cemetery.

  • Jason Johnson

    Jason T. Johnson, 51,died Jan. 30 from injuries sustained in an auto accident near Lincolnville. A memorial service is at 12 p.m. today at Day Star Church of God, Rogers, Arkansas. Interment will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Garfield, Arkansas. A prayer service and visitation were Monday in Marion.


    Ronnie Madsen

    Sharon Heffernan



  • Rotational grazing increases herd capacity

    Grazing cattle year-round is a goal that David Rziha of Tampa sets for his cattle operation every year. Rotational grazing gives him the chance to run more cattle on fewer acres. Rziha and his wife, Catarina, sold a pharmacy in Atchison to return to his hometown in 2010. He helped his father, Gerald, on the farm and leased some grassland from him to start a cowherd.

  • Farmer talks conservation after winning award

    County residents Chasen and Ashlee Gann seem to have a deep appreciation for their land and have taken steps to insure its health for future generations. “We just try to leave the ground better than we found it for the next generation, because if you take care of the ground it will take care of you,” Chasen Gann said.

  • Donahue trailer business booming in California

    “Go west, young man” is a slogan that brought many pioneers to Kansas, and now Doug Kjellin has taken up the call in search of new markets for Donahue Manufacturing. With depressed agricultural markets making it hard to maintain sales of Donahue’s regular inventory, the trail to growth is change.

  • Kansas Corn Corps taking applications

    Kansas Corn Commission and Kansas Corn Growers Association are sponsoring a second class of Kansas Corn Corps, a program for young farmers. The 16-month program provides learning and networking opportunities for young corn farmers. It is focused on providing participants the opportunity to learn new techniques, strategies, and information.



  • Card shower to mark Hein's 98th

    The family of longtime county resident Catherine Hein of Marion requests a card shower for her 98th birthday Feb. 21. Cards may be sent to St. Luke Living Center, 535 S. Freeborn St., Marion KS 66861.

  • Senior menu


    Marin Bartel


  • College honors and degrees

  • Regional champ Goessel scholars state-bound again

    The Goessel scholars bowl team met every test tossed its way Thursday, winning a 1A Division 1 regional tournament in LeRoy to advance to state. The Bluebirds won all 10 of their matches by an average score of 50-20.

  • Kjellin picked for "Carousel: A Concert"

    Marion High School graduate and Butler Community College student Adam Kjellin was one of 40 singers chosen to perform in “Carousel: A Concert,” a joint production of Music Theater of Wichita and the Wichita Symphony. The concert will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Century II Concert Hall in Wichita.

  • Centre FFA participates in speech contest

    Three Centre FFA members attended a KSU Agricultural Education Club speech contest Saturday in Manhattan. Sophomores Kayla Gosnell and Grace Knepp and junior Zach Barney participated in their respective class divisions.

  • Area school menus


  • Wins scarce for Trojans

    Anyone perhaps believing the Trojan basketball teams could build off a pair of 2-1 finishes for second and fifth place at the Trojan Classic may want to think twice. After a week’s layoff, the Trojans staggered into the second half of the season with a quartet of road losses capped Friday nearly two hours away in Pratt.

  • Shorthanded wrestling team still finds success

    Despite wrestling with a depleted roster, Hillsboro High School wrestlers saw some individual success Saturday at a round robin tournament in Lyons. Coach Scott O’Hare said five wrestlers were out due to injury or illness.”

  • Goessel splits Friday games with Centre

    Goessel kept its league record unblemished with a 57-32 win over Centre on Friday. The taller Bluebirds hit 45 percent of their field goals and bounced out to a 15-6 lead at the end of one quarter. Goessel maintained the 9-point lead through the second quarter and went into the break with a 27-18 advantage.


  • Calendar of events

  • Seniors to meet Feb. 17

    The Senior Citizens of Marion County board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at Durham Community Building. Durham seniors will serve morning refreshments, but not lunch.

  • Strength-training classes to begin Feb. 20

    People 50 and older can shape up with eight weeks of strength training in a class offered by county extension agent Renae Riedy. Twice-weekly hour-long classes will be at Hilltop Manor Activity Center at 1:30 p.m. every Monday beginning Feb. 20 and 10:30 a.m. every Thursday, ending April 13.

  • Free child development screening will be Feb. 21

  • Arboretum specialist to speak

    Native plantings in the landscape will be the topic for Lunch n Learn at noon Feb. 15 at Marion City Library. Brad Guhr of Dyck Arboretum in Hesston will present the program. Cost is $5. Reservations are due by Friday and can be made by calling the library at (620) 382-2442.

  • Workshops offer help with chronic health conditions

  • New state transport map available

    A 2017-2018 Kansas official state transportation map, published by Kansas Department of Transportation, now is available. It highlights numerous tourist and scenic locations across the state, includes city and county indexes, and has a distance map.


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