• Cancer patient overwhelmed by support

    When Roger Ryder was asked if the hospital could make the family the beneficiaries for the fourth annual Heart and Sole 5K, it was one more blessing he hadn’t seen coming. “I never expected one penny from anyone in this town,” he said. “I’m so overwhelmed that so many people got together to help.”

  • Reasons for arrest not available yet

    The events leading up to former county economic development director Teresa L. Huffman’s Oct. 8 arrest won’t be disclosed before next week — if even then. Wichita lawyer John Stang, hired to defend Huffman on a charge of misuse of public funds, filed a motion a week ago seeking that the probable cause affidavit, formally requested by Marion County Record, be kept under wraps until he has time to review it himself.

  • Barkman Honey coordinating hurricane relief

    With Barkman Honey’s main apiary in Blountstown, Florida, the devastation of Hurricane Michael hits home in Hillsboro. Mindy Tharp, honey procurement coordinator for Barkman, said most of the company’s Florida employees have suffered damage to their homes or know people who have lost homes.

  • Project graduate finds purpose

    Alli Larsen of Marion was a member of the first group of interns who enrolled in Project SEARCH at Tabor College. She completed the program in May and is a dietary aide at St. Luke Hospital. “Alli works hard,” said head cook Shawna Pierce. “She’s shy but very polite. She has a positive attitude all of the time.”

  • Toy Run set for Nov. 3

    The 25th annual Marion County Toy Run will begin at Sher Bowl Lanes, 131 S. Thorp, Marion, at 1 p.m. Nov. 3. Sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion #366, ABATE of Kansas Dist. 9, and Route 56 Classic Cruisers, the Toy Run has become a major benefactor for underprivileged children of Marion County.

  • City council revisits dilapidated house

    Hillsboro city council members Tuesday set a Dec. 4 hearing to discuss, for a third time, a dilapidated house on W. Grand St. At the council’s last meeting, neighbor Kevin Bartel talked about 312 W. Grand St., owned by Dick and Carla Hein, which had missing siding, plastic covering hanging in shreds over bare wood, and north double doors blocked and unable to open. Bartel said he and his wife have seen animals entering the crawl space beneath the house.


  • Health fair offers something for everyone

    From toddlers to seniors, Marion County Health Fair will have good things for everyone. This year’s health fair will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at Hillsboro Elementary School.

  • Man fractured, not defeated

    Jerry Vance, 58, is a broken man by societal standards, but to those around him — residents and staff alike — he is an inspiration. Vance is a resident at Westview Manor of Peabody.

  • Church to present special ministry event

    Mission Eurasia will present a special ministry event at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Their faith-building program includes music by the Cherenkov family and information on ministry and movements in Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet Union.

  • Vocalist to perform Broadway revue

    Hillsboro native David Vogel will perform the musical revue “The Golden Age of Broadway” at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Lifelong Learning program at the Prieb-Harder Black Box Theater inside Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on the Tabor College campus. Vogel’s performance will take the audience back to Time Square theaters of the mid-20th century as he performs the romantic and dazzling songs that made this era of Broadway music unforgettable. His backup ensemble will include his father, Bradley Vogel, plus David Martens and Bruce Major.

  • County hires planning and zoning director

    County Commissioners hired Sharon Omstead as director of the planning and zoning board Friday. She was approved unanimously, with commissioner Randy Dallke participating by phone.

  • Attorney could move

    County attorney Courtney Boehm is one of seven candidates to fill a judge vacancy in Geary County. The opening in the 8th Judicial District will be filled when Judge Maritza Segarra retires Jan. 1.

  • Peabody food drive Saturday

    Donations for the Peabody food bank will be collected Saturday starting at 9 a.m. by Boy Scouts Troop 108 and Peabody-Burns Girl Scouts. Non-perishable items should be placed in plastic bags on the porch by 9 a.m.

  • Tabor College club needs craft supplies

    The Social Justice Club at Tabor College is seeking donations of craft supplies such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, Play-Doh, glue sticks, and stickers. The supplies will be included in shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.


  • Woodcarving keeps retired veteran busy

    Woodworkers will be honored Thursday at the Senior Citizens of Marion County annual meeting in Marion. Keith Holtsclaw of Hillsboro is one of those who chose to be recognized.

  • Exercise shows results for Marion seniors

    “You’re doing great, now this is the final set.” Aaron Swank’s and Tristen Cope’s voices cut through the music as they eased participants through Thursday’s Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program at Marion Senior Center.

  • Need a Medicare plan change? The time is now

    Open enrollment period now to Dec. 7 By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer Seniors who want to enroll in Medicare for the first time, switch from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, enroll in a Medicare Part D plan, or change their Medicare Advantage or Part D plan have from now until Dec. 7 to make those changes.

  • Social Security to increase slightly

    Because of an increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 67 million Americans will get a 2.8 percent cost-of-living increase in their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits in 2019. Social Security recipients will get their increase in January. SSI recipients will get their increase Dec. 31.

  • Medicare part B isn't free

    While visiting with a daughter over the weekend, I found that she was surprised to learn that Medicare isn’t always a free medical service. She thought that after a person reaches 65 and enrolls in Medicare, all medical services are free. It’s true that Medicare Part A hospital insurance is free. It covers inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing facility, hospice, lab tests, surgery, and home health care.


  • Calvin Schmidt

    Services for retired Chrysler vehicle inspector Calvin Schmidt, 66, will be 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. He died Sept. 25. He was born June 18, 1952, in Newton to Ruben and Laurinda Schmidt.

  • John Topham

    Services for longtime Peabody resident John Topham, 92, will be 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at Peabody Christian Church. John died Oct. 2 in Griswold, Iowa. Services will be followed by a graveside service at Peabody cemetery. Born May 30, 1926, in Newton to John and Gertrude Topham, he married Ruth Engel July 16, 1950. She survives.


    Shirley Adams

    Leah Claney

    Darlene Papke

    Elvina Ediger



  • Florence Masonic Lodge launches contest

    Juniors and seniors in the Marion County high schools can enter Advance Lodge 114’s essay contest and compete for over $12,000 in prizes statewide. The best essay from each high school will be invited to a celebration banquet in Florence April to receive recognition. The best essay overall will be awarded $100 from Advance Lodge.


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  • Trojan cross-country competes at league meet

    The Trojan cross-country team’s season got underway August 30th, competing at the Smoky Valley Invitational at the Lindsborg golf course in sunny, sweltering heat. A month and half later, the Trojans returned to Lindsborg Thursday, competing in the Central Kansas League meet.

  • Hillsboro trounces Lions

    Heading into the final week of the regular season, 32 football teams in Class 1A are gearing up for postseason play. At the same time, there are also a good many that can’t wait for the season to be over.

  • Goessel netters win league

    The Goessel volleyball team competed Saturday at the Wheat State League volleyball tournament at Canton. The Bluebirds battled from start to finish and emerged as the champions of the post-season tournament.

  • Goessel runners win Wheat State

    Both Goessel cross-country teams won first place in a soggy field on Thursday at the Wheat State League meet at the Bethel College cross-country course in Newton. A total of 28 runners competed in the boys’ division with the top ten earning medals.

  • Goessel eight-man team scores 52, loses to Peabody-Burns

    In a hard fought eight-man football game Friday at Peabody, Goessel came away with a loss in spite of scoring 52 points. It was a back-and-forth contest with both teams leading at times.

  • Hillsboro and Goessel school menus


  • Hometown pharmacist seeks greatest impact

    Affecting people’s lives and improving their health, not making money, is why Jacob Edwards is studying pharmacy. The 2010 Hillsboro High School graduate and fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Kansas returned home to spend his October working at Hillsboro Hometown Pharmacy.

  • Alcohol culture change predicted by candidates

    A bearded and long-haired Tabor College student dressed in a plaid shirt, jeans, boots, and an old hat asked the final question Thursday in Hillsboro’s mayoral candidate forum. Both candidates, Lou Thurston and Charlotte Kennedy Takahashi, had expressed a desire for Hillsboro to be more like Lindsborg in channeling cultural heritage into economic gain and a stronger community bond.

  • Artist's house burns to the ground

    A massive inferno consumed an old wooden two-story house in Aulne on Tuesday as firefighters could do little more than make sure the blaze didn’t spread to neighboring properties. Dispatchers received a call at about 1:20 p.m. from a neighbor across the street that the house at 1412 Pawnee, a block north of Aulne United Methodist Church, was on fire. The caller reported that no one was in the house.

  • Wind farm construction traffic will avoid 330th

    Impending wind farm construction in the northwest corner of the county won’t imperil a newly rebuilt 330th Rd., commissioners learned Monday. Nick Coil, a development manager for Lenexa-based Tradewind Energy Inc., told commissioners that Tradewind will avoid 330th Rd., other than to cross it at intersections. A $2.1 million project to fix the road is scheduled to finish by the end of the year, only a few months before the wind farm plans to start construction.

  • Manchester someone to speak for the child

    When a child’s future hangs in the balance, Marion County District Court will now have someone to call upon to help guide decisions. Hope Manchester was sworn in Monday as a court-appointed special advocate for Marion County. Although Manchester has worked as a CASA volunteer in Morris County for about a year, she has spent most of her adult life working with children’s issues as a child psychologist.

  • A slithery surprise for Friday the 13th

    Of all the calls police officers take, none can be more unnerving than one to their own home. Hillsboro officer David Funk got such a call from his wife while he was on duty Friday the 13th, but unnerving? Hardly.


  • Economic development corporation still in limbo

    After 20 months of effort to forge an economic development entity to work for the common good, the two largest towns in the county backed away Tuesday, as did one prospective board member. After a meeting of the interim board at the Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion, Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation’s prospective permanent board is five members short. Four remaining board candidates are split down the middle on whether to commit their time to the board.

  • Man dies at reservoir

    Ambulance sirens pierced the calm Tuesday at Marion Reservoir as emergency responders rushed to Cottonwood Point for a man reported to be unresponsive and possibly not breathing. Marion ambulance arrived within minutes, shortly after noon, but discovered the man was dead.


  • Ralph Dillon

    Services for former farmer and stockman Ralph Edwin “Sam” Dillon, formerly of Hope, who died Sept. 29 at Village Manor in Abilene, were Oct. 3 at St. Phillip Catholic Church in Hope. A military committal service followed at Ashton Cemetery of Hope. He was born May 10, 1927, to George F. and Genevieve (Weishaar) Dillon at Hope.

  • Delora Kaufman

    Services for Delora Kaufman, 61, who died Saturday at Hospice House of Reno County, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. She was born Feb. 6, 1956, in Hillsboro to Aaron and Margie (Bartel) Reimer. She married Kim Kaufman on June 12, 1976, in Hillsboro.


    Mick Summervill

    Jeffrey Harris, LaVerna Hess, Douglas Fisher



  • 'Big Give' lives up to its name

    The first ever “Big Give” auction Saturday at Aulne United Methodist Church exceeded all expectations, according to treasurer Kevin Fruechting. At least $10,218 was raised on items donated for sale by church and community members. Roger Hiebert was auctioneer.

  • Senior center menu


    Wiebe heads to Michigan


  • Mammogram can be 1st step in cancer screening

    The typical first step in discovering breast cancer is a mammogram done at a local hospital. Keri Helmer, mammography and radiology technician at St. Luke Hospital in Marion, said holistic digital mammography has drastically reduced the number of patients who have to be called back for additional testing after an initial mammogram.

  • Voyage through breast cancer easier with help

    Women 60 years old are eight times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than women in their 30s. Cynthia Barrett of Marion was a victim of that increased risk when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2013 at 58.

  • Medicare open enrollment underway

    Medicare open enrollment runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and help is available for county residents needing to enroll in Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part D plans for the first time or find out if their current plan is still best for them. Hillsboro Hometown Pharmacy, Lanning Pharmacy in Marion, and CK Pharmacy in Peabody all offer help comparing Medicare Part D plans.

  • Breast cancer treatment decisions geared to case

    Breast cancer patients who must travel out of the county for treatment are likely to find oncologists who believe getting to know patients is an important part of effective care. Radiation oncologist Claudia Perez-Tamayo, who sees patients in Newton as well as Salina’s Central Care Cancer Center, said the first thing she does is help the patient be calm.


  • Trojans fall in district opener

    With two games left in the regular season, time’s not exactly on the Trojans football team’s side when it comes to figuring out how to withstand a potent ground attack for a full 48 minutes. One half is feasible, but two has proven to be too tough to tackle.

  • Lady Trojan spikers capture third

    The Hillsboro High School volleyball team found success Saturday competing in the Trojans Invitational, capturing third place out of eight teams. As the sixth seed, the Trojans went 2-3 on Saturday, tripping the Chapman Fighting Irish in the consolation bracket finale, 2-0.

  • Wheat State crown moves Goessel to 36-0

    Anticipation was high as Goessel played host for the six-team Wheat State League Tournament on Saturday, and the Bluebirds didn’t disappoint, notching coach Crysta Guhr’s 400th win and cruising to the championship. The Bluebirds defeated Little River 25-10, 25-16. Eden Hiebert and Leah Booton scored from the left and Ciera Nolte and Stephany Meyer slapped winners from the right side as Goessel coasted to Guhr’s milestone win.

  • Goessel cross-country teams win league

    Goessel claimed both team championships and an individual crown at the Wheat State League cross-country meet at Harvey County West Park. Julia Nightengale outclassed the competition to claim an individual championship with a time of 23 minutes, 43 seconds. The Bluebirds secured the team title with strong performances from Cassandra Rust in fourth place and Elyse Boden, Maddy Meier, and Neviah Impson taking sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

  • Goessel wins by default

    Goessel players didn’t have to set a foot on the field Friday to add another notch to the win column. Their opponent, St. John, didn’t have enough players due to injury and illness and forfeited the contest.

  • Students to perform concert

    Hillsboro Middle/High School instrumental and vocal musicians will perform their fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. Tickets to “Oklahoma,” the high school musical, will be available for purchase.


    Goessel, Hillsboro

    College Degrees and Honors


  • Kaw heritage in spotlight Friday

    History of the Kaw Nation, and in particular the story of its first woman chief, will be explored at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Parkview Church activity center as part of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning series. Pauline Sharp, a citizen of Kaw Nation and past vice-president of the Kaw Nation Cultural Committee, will tell about the culture of the Kanza people, from whom Kansas took its name.

  • Peter Pan prequel opens run at Tabor

    The story of how an orphan named Peter became the legendary Peter Pan will be told on stage at Tabor College as the theater department performs “Peter and The Starcatcher,” a Peter Pan prequel, beginning tonight and running through Saturday in the Chapel Auditorium. Based on the young adult novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this creative comedy set to music tells the story of how a lonely orphan became the boy who can fly, with a makeshift family and an enchanted island to call home.

  • Business author to speak

    What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur will be the subject of a Nachtigall Entrepreneur Lecture series presentation by bestselling author Ben Kubassek at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tabor College Chapel. Kubassek is best known for his books “Succeed Without Burnout” and “Five F-Words That Will Energize Your Life.” Raised in a religious commune, Kubassek left it at age 21 to become a successful businessman. He refocused his career on helping people achieve balance in work and life, and helping young entrepreneurs succeed.

  • Campus, Wichita events mark Tabor homecoming

    Sports, food, arts events, and more will be part of Tabor College homecoming events Friday and Saturday in Wichita and Hillsboro. A golf tournament at Reflection Ridge Golf Club, 7700 W. Reflection Rd., Wichita, will kick off festivities Friday, with registration at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

  • Pumpkin carving class offered

    A pumpkin carving class will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Hillsboro City Hall. Each participant will receive a pumpkin carving kit, patterns, and a pumpkin to carve. Pumpkin preservation tips and recipes also will be provided. The event is sponsored by Hillsboro Recreation Commission.

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