• Townships, city clash over fire board

    Members of the Hillsboro city fire advisory board held a meeting Tuesday evening with representatives of four townships and Lehigh, who were fired up over lack of communication from the board. Liberty Township representative Jared Jost expressed frustrations with advisory board chairman Jim Enns, specifically after Jost had asked him to schedule meetings, which he said Enns never did.

  • New fire regulation already under fire

    A new burn resolution proposed less than a month ago has already prompted a complaint to county commissioners. Nathan Brunner, co-owner of Fire For Hire, a controlled burn service, told commissioners Monday he’d already run into issues with the way dispatchers responded when he called in to report a planned burn.

  • Officer is godsend to stranded woman

    Stranded in a disabled Chevy Trailblazer near the US-56/77/K-150 roundabout, more than 700 miles from home, in the darkest hours before dawn on a chilly, snowy February Sunday morning, Lushani Seneviratne’s composure was not the measure of her resume. The accomplished 31-year-old native of Sri Lanka, a small island country southeast of India, came to the United States in 2006. She earned a general studies degree at the University of Oklahoma, a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of North Dakota, and after a stint with a start-up oil company, was back at UND working on a postgraduate degree, also in petroleum engineering.

  • Memories hatch after 16-year-old school letters resurface

    David Vogel graduated from Hillsboro High School in 2008, and has become a successful graphic designer. But when he looks back at his fifth grade year at Hillsboro Elementary, one memory stands out from the rest. “Chickens,” he said.

  • Domestic violence agency to open county office

    Local victims of domestic violence won’t have to look elsewhere for help after Safehope, a domestic violence agency based out of Newton opens its new office in Marion county. Jan Jones, executive director of Safehope, based in Harvey county and serving Marion and McPherson counties, told commissioners Monday what services they will provide for Marion county victims.

  • County has spate of rollover wrecks

    Two Friday rollover accidents in the east portion of the county were followed by a Monday rollover on the west edge, with three occupants being taken to area hospitals. According to sheriff’s reports, a 2006 Pontiac Torrent driven by Aaron Leann Moore, 34, Burns, was westbound on 20th Rd. Friday morning when Moore lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road just east of Xavier Rd. The SUV veered into the eastbound lane before veering back into the north ditch, overturning and coming to rest on its roof.


  • Harvey County under burn ban

    A burn ban has been imposed in Harvey County through Monday. All burning is prohibited, including agricultural, open burns, and recreational fires, and includes all cities and towns in the county.

  • Tragedy spawns outpouring of love

    No one was more shocked and saddened by Alycia Decker’s tragic death in a recent car accident than her mother-in-law, Laurie Jones. However, after an overwhelming outpouring of community support, no one is more thankful to be living in Peabody. “It’s made it as easy as it could possibly get,” Jones said. “Anyplace else, it wouldn’t be the same.”


  • Gary Carroll

    Former Florence resident Gary G. Carroll, 78, died Monday at the Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita. A visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.

  • Monte Fisher

    Former engineer Monte Wayne Fisher, 83, died Feb. 27 at his home in Whitewater. He was born June 18, 1934, to Lewis Fisher and Alice (Kimberlin) Fisher in Colorado Springs.

  • Evelyn Jewett

    Evelyn Jewett, 90, died Monday at Marion Assisted Living. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will follow in the Grant Township Cemetery.

  • Wayne Albert Johnston

    Wayne Albert Johnston, 75, died March 2 at his daughter’s home in Hillsboro. He was born Aug. 10, 1941 to Harold and Mildred Johnston in Marion.

  • Donald Longhofer

    Donald Leroy Longhofer died Feb. 18 at his home in Brenham, Texas. Born Sept. 23, 1937, to Theodore and Bertha (Ehrlich) Longhofer in Marion, he graduated Marion High School and attended LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

  • Archie M. Riggs

    Archie M Riggs, 75, Peabody, died March 6 at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. He was born Feb. 20, 1942 to Archie and Virginia Coons in Hoisington.


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  • Farm truck long part of the family

    David Leith’s newest baby is older than he is. The 1930 Ford Model AA truck he’s owned since 2015 has nevertheless been part of his family since 1930. “My great-granddad bought this truck in 1930,” Leith said.

  • Class reunion spurs barn makeover

    Bruce Schmidt, 68, spent a lot of time, labor, and money to rejuvenate a large barn on his farmstead northwest of Goessel. Thanks to his efforts, the stately 1926 structure has been preserved for future generations. The barn had horse stalls, milk cow stanchions, and feed bins, along with a huge hayloft, all made with hard yellow pine. The haymow still contains a basketball goal, indicating many a scrimmage took place up there years before the Schmidts took it over.

  • Rancher is bullish on future

    Chalk it up to the exuberance of youth or just plain old business sense, but Bryant Gutsch of Lincolnville is looking to expand his herd of beef cows despite lower beef prices. He has 125 head and would like to expand to 200. “I’m going for it,” he said. “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll try something else.”

  • State Board of Agriculture to meet March 21

    Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Board of Agriculture will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m. March 21 in suite 404 of the Landon State office building in Topeka. More information is available and special accommodations for people who need them can be arranged by contacting KDA assistant secretary Susan Metzger at Susan.Metzger@ks.gov.

  • Ag innovation grants available

    Entrepreneurs with new ideas for agriculture products and services could qualify for a financial boost through the JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur program. Individuals and companies with new business concepts or ideas, including company growth opportunities or start-ups, can apply for $10,000 to support development and implementation of the business. Products or services must be innovations, solutions for a new and better ideas, devices, methods, or applications.


  • Bird dog bonanza

    Growing up as a young hunter, it would’ve been impossible for me not to know about bird dogs. Dad didn’t have one, but that didn’t matter; plenty of guys in the circle we hunted with did. My hands-down favorite was Liz, a blond Lab owned by longtime family friend John Brose.


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  • World Day of Prayer observed

    Members from five different churches attended World Day of Prayer Friday at Marion Presbyterian Church. A writing called “Am I Being Unfair to You?” was the theme of the event.

  • Robinson to celebrate 80th birthday

    The family of rural Florence resident Edna Mae Robinson will celebrate her 80th birthday with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion building in Florence. Her husband, Bill, his children: Mark Robinson of Marion, Cheryl and Don Doty of Emporia, and Linda and Greg Carlson of Marion and their children will host the event.

  • County democrats receive guest

    Marion County Democrats welcomed guest Lauren Helmer to their Saturday meeting at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion. Helmer was once a winner of the Robert B. Docking Memorial Scholarship that state Democrat Women present.

  • Goessel museum to have fundraiser

    The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, 2017 Heritage, Goessel, will have a fundraiser dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 17 in the fellowship hall at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. A speaker from the Kansas Cosmosphere will present “Living in Space,” a program about astronaut nutrition, fitness, and health.

  • New rocker with classic edge inked for Chingawassa

    Echoes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, and blues rocker Joe Bonamassa will flood Marion’s Central Park when Scotty Bratcher warms up a concert crowd June 3 for Chingawassa Days. Bratcher, whose style reflects classic 70s influences with a contemporary edge, will precede headline act The Charlie Daniels Band.

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  • K-State director to conduct Hillsboro band concert

    Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Kansas State University Frank Tracz will conduct the Hillsboro High School band at their spring concert on Monday. The concert will include performances by the Hillsboro Middle School Percussion Trio, seventh through eight grade band, high school saxophone quartet, and high school concert band.

  • Hillsboro earns 16 I ratings at league music festival

    Hillsboro High School students received 16 I ratings March 1 at Central Kansas League music festival at Bethany College in Lindsborg. I Ratings Vocal solo Eva Franz, Madi Sheppard, Anna Glanzer, Chloe Pankratz, Brodie Rathbone, Colin Settle, and Vance Klassen. Clarinet solo Sarah Diener Ensembles Saxophone quartet (Sarah Diener, Ellian Weisbeck, Addie Berens, and Grace Major), men’s glee, women’s glee, women’s ensemble, mixed ensemble, Spirit-n-Celebration, concert choir, and concert band. II Ratings Vocal solo Kayla Gunn, Breanna Dittert, Jenna Hinerman, Alykah Dewees, Sonja Jost, and Abby Fryhover.

  • Trojans punch ticket to 2A state tournament

    Less than 24 hours removed from surviving a 44-43 overtime scare against feisty Moundridge, one of the last things the Trojans could afford was another slow start. Fall behind early in Saturday’s final game of the Canton-Galva substate, and the Lyndon Tigers, riding an eight-game winning streak, had enough quickness and talent to put the brakes on Hillsboro’s season.

  • Goessel girls toppled by Rural Vista

    This was a year the stars were aligned for the Goessel girls basketball team to head off to Hays for this week’s state tournament. The Bluebirds, ranked in the top 10 in 1A Division 1 all season long, undefeated Wheat State League winners, were seeded No. 1 with a first-round bye in a substate played on their home court.

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  • Illusionist to perform at McPherson Opera House

    Reza, a renowned touring illusionist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at the McPherson Opera House. He began the art in his mid-teens after seeing a magic show in his hometown of Brookings, South Dakota as a child. He has performed at Branson and many other communities.

  • Celiac disease victim to present clean eating tips

    Tabor College instructor Carisa Funk will present information about clean eating at a special class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 17 at Hillsboro City Hall. Funk became intensely interested in nutrition and lifestyle six years ago, after she was diagnosed with celiac disease.

  • Statewide food drive is this month

    In recognition of March as Kansas Agriculture Month, Kansas Department of Agriculture is collaborating with various food providers and food banks across the state to raise 85,000 meals for Kansas families. Kansans can contribute to the campaign at various community locations across the state or online at http://ksn2n.harvestersvfd.org.

  • Tabor to sponsor youth soccer academy

  • TEEN to meet March 15

    Technology Excellence in Education Network will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. March 15 at USD 408 district office, 101 N. Thorp St. in Marion. For more information, call Lena Kleiner at(


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