• Vandals deface rainbow flag at high school

    Overnight Wednesday, vandals defaced a Marion High School senior’s parking space painted with a rainbow flag that has become a source of controversy. Marion Assistant Police Chief Clinton Jeffrey said the damage was discovered early this morning by officer Duane McCarty. Jeffrey said the act is criminal damage to property.


  • County cash budgeted, but $3 million still available

    Public perception is not quite on the money when it comes to how much county cash is available, county clerk Tina Spencer told commissioners Monday. Only $3 million of the $14.7 million of unencumbered cash reported in the county’s 2016 audit is actually available, according to a document prepared by Spencer.

  • Economic corporation stumbles toward new start

    With two weeks to go until a new board is seated to lead Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation, it’s unclear just who those new leaders might be. As county commission, Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody determine whom to nominate as their board representatives, a familiar face may find himself back on the board.

  • Mysterious whiteboard makes mark on meeting

    A white marker board inscribed with green lettering greeted courthouse visitors Monday morning: “Welcome All 2nd District Voters and Residents to our Commission Meeting Except Mike Beneke,” the marker board read.


  • A sticky situation: $20,000 worth of bees, equipment stolen

    Bill and Candy Vinduska’s custom-built trailer holding 18 active beehives was sitting outside of a sunflower field near the Marion/Harvey county line to help pollinate the crop when it was stolen between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday. The Vinduskas, who have been beekeeping for about 20 years, said they are confident their bees, equipment, and trailer worth a combined value of $20,000 was not stolen by another beekeeper, but rather a thief from an urban area.

  • Handyman developed a thriving business

    Someone once told James Schafer of Hillsboro that skilled, manual laborers would one day be the highest paid people in the country. He is beginning to believe this as demand for his services continues to grow. He began Handyman Services after moving to Hillsboro with his family in 2011.


  • 1929 reproduction car to drive in Marion parade

    A car that will cruise in the Old Settlers’ Day parade will appear strikingly like a 1929 Mercedes-Benz. The reproduction vehicle was made to look that way. Chris Costello, president of Tampa State Bank, said he didn’t go looking for the car. Bank employees recommended it as a showpiece for the bank to drive in parades.

  • Children hopeful for careers with big trucks

    When Easton Jost and Canon Schafer grow up, they want to be just like their dads. Easton hopes to be a farmer, and Canon wants to be a driver who operates big, heavy equipment. Easton, a first grader at Hillsboro Elementary School, and Cannon, a pre-schooler at Kid’s Connection, both really, really love big trucks. And tractors. And cars.

  • Ferrari look-alike had short-lived production

    It might look like a Ferrari, but the Pontiac Fiero doesn’t drive like a Ferrari. That is what Bryce York of Prairie Village, son-in-law of the late Ike Thiessen of Lehigh, said about the Fiero he purchased new when it first came out in 1984. He paid $10,000 for the two-seater sports car with a four-cylinder engine.


  • Clifton Baugh

    A private family service will be held for Clifton Baugh, 67, who died Thursday at his residence in Hillsboro. He was born April 15, 1950, to Gordon and Margaret (Whinery) Baugh in Montezuma. He married Lena Carpenter May 9, 1990 in Dodge City.

  • Alice Funk

    A committal service for Alice M. Funk, 92, of Buhler, who died Thursday at Buhler, was Monday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. She was born April 23, 1925, to Adolph and Anna (Enns) Funk.

  • Kathy Nystrom

    Services for Kathy Anne Nystrom, 34, who died Thursday at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, were this morning at Burns United Methodist Church. She was born Nov. 11, 1982, to Terry E. and Patricia (Stewart) Nystrom in Burns.



  • Women have a mission to sew

    A group of women from Marion and beyond are making a difference in lives of children in many parts of the world. The group, who call themselves “Sew Much Love,” gets together twice a month, 10 months of the year, to cut, stitch, attach trimming and pockets, and complete dresses to be sent to girls. It started with a seasonal project of one woman and has blossomed into a group of seamstresses ranging from beginners to masters, all with the same motivation.

  • Nominations being taken for veteran honors

    Four veterans will be selected to be recognized at a banquet Nov. 9 at Holiday Inn Wichita East sponsored by KPTS. A local business that serves veterans also will be recognized. To nominate a veteran, visit www.kpts.org and click on the Veteran’s Coming Home Banquet button. Complete the “Distinguished Veteran Service Nomination Form” and email it to prichardson@kpts.org or mail to 320 W. 21st St. North, Wichita KS 67203.

  • Senior center menu


    Dirkses meet Texas cousins

    Clayton Wiebes hold family campout


  • Goessel cross-country competes at Marion

    Goessel’s cross-country teams had run in 95 degree weather before, but a 25 mph wind added a new dimension at the Marion Cross Country Club Cross Country meet Sept. 19. At a meet with 12 schools, the Goessel girls placed fourth and the boys finished fifth as a team. Julia Nightengale finished the 5km race in 25 minutes, 35 seconds, capturing ninth place. Elyse Boden finished 13th in 26:20 and Porclein Unruh placed 18th with a time of 28:18.0. Maddy Meier and Edel Miller rounded out the scoring by placing 24th and 25th respectively.

  • Vikings spoil Trojans' homecoming

    Four games into the season, Hillsboro football coach Devin Metzinger and his assistants have a big dilemma on their hands: Figuring out how to last a full 48 minutes against teams with a powerful ground attack. Since dispatching Lyons in the abridged season opener, the Trojans have either played a solid 24 minutes, or have games spin too far out of control trying to slow down the run.

  • Bluebirds capture Olpe title, top rankings

    Goessel claimed the top spot in its class in last week’s Kansas Volleyball Association rankings, then backed it up by defeating fourth-ranked Olpe on its home court Saturday to win the Olpe tournament. Goessel coasted through four matches to reach the final, beating Northern Heights 25-15, 25-9; Wabaunsee 25-14, 25-8; Bishop Seabury Academy 25-17, 25-13; and Madison 25-12, 25-12.

  • Tabor College sets enrollment mark

    Tabor College’s 770 fall semester students make up Tabor’s largest enrollment in school history. The total headcount increased 43 students from last year. “I am thrilled and humbled to see that we have a record enrollment at Tabor this year,” Tabor president Jules Glanzer said. “An accomplishment like this takes team effort.”


  • Harvest Giving Walk on Sunday

    Goessel’s annual Harvest Giving Walk on Sunday will raise money for Mennonite Central Committee’s water programs and Tabor Mennonite Church Food Pantry. The walk begins at 1:30 p.m. at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church.

  • Whitlee Casey to perform for free

    Worship leader and songwriter Whitlee Casey of Troy, Texas, and special guest Justin Gambino will be performing at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Florence Christian Church, 335 W. 5th St. Admission is free. Casey has been traveling around the country to perform for more than 10 years.

  • Calendar of events

    Old Settlers’ Day is as rich in tradition and as filled with constant change and progress as the years past which it honors. Indeed, it is the careful blending of tradition with innovation that makes Old Settlers’ Day one of the best annual celebrations in Central Kansas. Always county-oriented, Old Settlers’ Day began Jan. 7, 1881, with a reunion for all people who settled in Marion County in the 1860s. The old settlers gathered for a basket dinner and reminiscing in Marion.


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