• State takes immediate operation of Westview Manor

    Operation of Westview Manor in Peabody was taken over Wednesday by Kansas Aging and Disability Services after the state agency petitioned the court for an emergency order naming the agency “receiver.” KDADS also filed a petition seeking to be appointed permanent receiver until all issues are resolved. State law requires that petition to be heard within seven to 17 days.


  • Commissioners seek administrator

    Despite voters giving thumbs-down to a 2017 ballot question on hiring a county administrator, commissioners decided in a split vote Monday to create the position anyway. The non-binding 2017 advisory vote whether to hire an administrator was 1,192 opposed and 962 in favor.

  • Commissioners tentatively agree on redistricting five areas

    County commissioners tentatively agreed to a redistricting plan creating five commission districts Monday, but did not take formal action to approve the plan until after they hear from the public. Two new commissioners will be needed for the unassigned districts.

  • Flower shop opens to full house

    Kathy’s Floral Design was a packed venue at its grand opening Thursday, with 35 residents fitting into the small shop on E. Grand Ave. in Hillsboro. A native of Marion, owner Kathy Goering quickly adapted to life in Hillsboro.

  • New county EMS director returns to roots

    For the second time since Nov. 14, Marion County has named a new EMS director, this time one with local ties. Travis Parmley comes to the position from Great Bend, but he is originally a resident of Florence.

  • End of the line for embattled corporation

    The doors of an embattled countywide economic development corporation funded by the county and cities are officially locked and the shutters are closed. Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. board members, left with one remaining board member as of the end of this month, voted Tuesday to dissolve the corporation effective Dec. 31, and disburse remaining money.

  • Jaws of Life needed at collision

    A semi headed east on US-56, just miles west of K-15, rear-ended a pickup truck at 5:43 p.m. Monday. Zachary Wash, 16, McPherson, had slowed his 1997 Ford F-150 and pulled to the side of the road. Yandy Pinero, 35, Miami Plains, Florida, began to pass the pickup in his 2015 Peterbilt semi, when Wash merged back into traffic. Wash was attempting to make a left turn when Pinero collided with the pickup.


  • Dog bite leads to settlement

    The parents of a Hillsboro boy bitten by a dog on church property, the dog’s owner, and the church’s liability insurer have tentatively agreed to a settlement over the May 8 incident. Nichole and Antonio Rivera, parents of 6-year-old Kalebh Rivera, and GuideOne Mutual Insurance, representing Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, filed a petition in district court Dec. 5 asking a judge to approve an agreed-upon $20,000 settlement.

  • Florence native leads department

    A job as administrative assistant at a power plant north of Great Bend prepared Sharon Omstead Box for her current role as Marion County Planning and Zoning director. She moved back to her hometown of Florence in 2013. Her mother, Connie Omstead, lives there. “Working at the power plant was one of my favorite jobs,” Box said, “but I wanted to be close to family, so I moved back.”


  • Arpa Ewert

    Services for Arpa Ewert, 98, who died Dec. 4 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. Burial will be in Johannestal cemetery, rural Hillsboro.


    Holly Unruh




  • A year in the life of Miss Kansas

    Hannah Klaassen was at Marion High School Friday speaking about the Miss Kansas organization and addressing driving safety. Her appearance was one of at least 400 she is required to make throughout the year after she was crowned Miss Kansas in June. She is taking a year off from her studies in psychology at Tabor College to fulfill her duties as Miss Kansas. A business manager sets up appearances and arranges her schedule.

  • Petersons to celebrate 50 years

    Dan and Linda Peterson invite you to a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at United Methodist Church in Burdick in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Dan Peterson and Linda Fike were married Dec. 21, 1968, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ramona.

  • Hillsboro concerts set

    The Hillsboro Middle School and high school Christmas concerts will be Dec. 17 in Tabor College’s Richert Auditorium. The middle school concert begins at 7 p.m., followed by the high schoolers at 8 p.m.

  • CDDO to meet Monday

    The board of directors of Harvey-Marion County CDDO will meet at 3 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main, Suite 208, Newton. House District 74 Representative-elect Stephen Owens of Hesston will share information about services available for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


  • Traveling minstrels perform at Hillsboro Senior Center

    Hillsboro Senior Center is hardly a typical venue for traveling musicians, but for volunteer performers Jean and Arnie Boyd it’s just another day. They try to make the trip from Chapman every six months. Monday’s 12:30 p.m. program will mark their third visit to the senior center, with the first on Valentine’s Day 2017, and the other St. Patrick’s Day 2018.

  • Loneliness, depression can plague elderly

    The holiday season is a time filled with joy and cheer for most people. It means being off work to spending quality time with loved ones, giving and receiving gifts, and relaxing However, the holidays can also bean isolating and lonely time, especially for seniors living alone, in a nursing home, or in an assisted living facility.


    Hillsboro Senior Center menu

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  • Hillsboro and Goessel school menus

  • Goessel boys pick up first win of season

    After losing two games in the Bluebird Classic, the Goessel boys’ basketball team picked up its first win of the season Saturday, toppling Canton-Galva, 41-32. The first quarter was a close contest as both teams juggled the lead before Canton-Galva beat the buzzer with a three pointer for the 12-11 lead.

  • Hillsboro boys take second at Moundridge

    The Moundridge Preseason Tournament traditionally provides the Trojan basketball teams a stiff challenge to open the season, and this year’s was no different. What it did find was the girls struggling and the boys improving after opening the year 0-2.

  • Eagles dominate Lady Bluebirds

    Canton-Galva captured third place in the Bluebird Classic Saturday, drubbing the Bluebirds, 52-28. Outside taking an early 4-2 lead with baskets from Elizabeth Alderfer and Elizabeth Schmucker, mistakes, along with the Eagles’ pressuring defense, put Canton-Galva up 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.

  • Trojan wrestlers place at Railer Round Robin

    The last time the Trojan wrestling team was in action, they’d split a dual November 29 against Halstead and Minneapolis. December got off to a good start Saturday with the Trojans making a 133-mile trip to Ellis for the Railer Round Robin tournament.

  • Centre teacher completes Stockmen's Academy

    Centre ag teacher Laura Klenda graduated Nov. 30 from Kansas Livestock Association’s Young Stockmen’s Academy. Klenda, in her 10th year as ag teacher, said she appreciated the opportunity to learn more about a number of topics.


  • New arts center will bring Tabor student body together in one place

    A ribbon-cutting, dedication ceremony, and a packed-to-overflowing house for a Handel’s “Messiah” performance like none that have come before heralded the opening of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College this weekend, but staff and students are equally excited about what comes next. When the new arts center at Tabor College becomes fully functional next semester, students will have a place where they can meet as one to worship and be inspired in their spiritual lives.

  • Unholy thief makes opportunistic car steal from church

    Ryan Olson was ready to hop in his car and head home Sunday evening when he came out of Zion Lutheran Church. However, his dark blue 1989 Buick Regal, parked unlocked behind the church with the keys in it, was nowhere to be found.

  • Lake talk stirs up tempers

    A Monday discussion of conditions at the county park and lake erupted into shouts just two weeks after consultants from Wichita State University told county commissioners they needed to work on getting along better. Kathy Schockley and Mark Wheeler, both residents at the lake, talked about the need for a professional management plan to end blue green algae problems.

  • Former Marionite designed Tabor arts center organ

    “It will have to be digital.” That’s what Tabor director of music Bradley Vogel told Burton Tidwell when he asked him to design an organ for the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

  • Single mother loses house in fire

    Mercedes Love, 24, and her 4-year-old son, Christian, were asleep in the same bed early Thursday morning when something, she doesn’t know what, woke them. They looked out the window and saw fireballs hitting the ground. She went into the living room and saw that the whole front of the house was on fire.

  • Contest deadlines loom

    Deadlines for three Hoch Publications holiday contests are drawing near. The deadline for a children’s coloring contest has been extended to Monday. Children 3 to 10 can win a three-foot stocking filled full of goodies by coloring a picture printed in the Nov. 22 edition.


  • District may contract for food service

    Change could be coming to the Hillsboro school food programs in the form of more menu choices and outside management if the school board follows through on a presentation at Monday’s meeting. District food service coordinator Teresa Bernhardt announced her resignation in November.

  • Gravel surfaces again at county commission

    A county resident sent a bouquet of flowers to commissioner Dianne Novak after the pair disagreed on road gravel a week ago. Soon after Monday’s meeting began, a bouquet was delivered to the county clerk’s office during an executive session. The flowers were brought to Novak when open session began again.

  • Cookies and tea herald caulk and timber

    While initial shipments of lumber were still days away, Morgan Wheeler was more than ready Sunday to welcome customers eager to see the inside of The Building Center, his new home improvement and construction supply business at 143 W. Main St. in Marion. “It took a little longer than we thought it would,” Wheeler said. “We’re real excited. We’ve had quite a few people stop in to check out what’s going on.”

  • Display makes final appearance

    Mary Jeffrey’s Christmas Village will be on display from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion. The display has been a tradition for several years running at the church, and this will be its final year on display.

  • Potato sausage popular at Burdick

    Visit any Swedish restaurant and you are likely to find potato sausage on the menu. And for folks who live in a Swedish community like the one at Burdick, the ethnic tradition is often on their dinner tables. Dan Hageberg, head meat processor at Burdick Meat Market, said potato sausage is especially popular during the holidays. He combines ground beef and pork with onions, potatoes, and salt and pepper, then stuffs the mixture into casings.


  • Ernest Seibel

    Services for former carpenter Ernest Cecil Seibel, 98, who died Friday at Whitewater, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Peabody Christian Church. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. Born April 13, 1919, to John and Nellie (Hintz) Seibel in Peabody, he married Maxine Atkins on Nov. 19, 1950, in Peabody. She preceded him in death.

  • Connie Wells

    A celebration in memory of Connie J. (Powell) Wells, 81, formerly of Marion, who died Nov. 28 at The Cedars in McPherson, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at The Cedars House, 803 N. Maxwell St., McPherson. She is survived by sons Robert Powell of Plant City, Florida, and Matthew Powell; daughter, Hollie Fox of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter Tracy Forsberg of McPherson; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

  • Geneva Wiselogel

    Private family services for Geneva Wiselogel, 89, who died Saturday at The Cedars in McPherson, will be held at a later date in Parma, Michigan. She was born July 18, 1928, to Earl and Lillian (Meisner) Kellogg in Marshall, Michigan. She married Archie Wiselogel on Sept. 7, 1946, in Parma, Michigan. He preceded her in death.


    Lenora Graham

    Mick Weems



  • Glory in the highest

    The community celebrated with Tabor College this weekend as the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts was officially dedicated and played host to its first performances, including a magnificent rendition of Handel’s “Messiah” that played to an overflow crowd Sunday. The truest celebration, however, is yet to come. It will play out daily as faculty and students immerse themselves in a venue that encourages them to strive for the finest in visual and performing arts.


  • Local highway supervisor now local trooper

    After nearly three years without a road trooper assigned to Marion County, Trooper Kenneth “Dean” Baldwin will soon be a familiar sight on the highways. Baldwin graduated from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy Dec. 7 and will spend his first 77 working days doing field training under two field training officers.


    Canadian family members visit



  • Seniors remember Christmas past

    Christmases come and Christmases go, old traditions transition into new traditions, but no matter how old you get, certain memories of Christmas linger. You can’t call Marion Ogden’s memory of his childhood Christmases “good” exactly, but it’s good for a Christmas story laugh.


  • Trojans wrestlers compete at Ellis

    The Hillsboro High School wrestling team made a long trek northwest Friday to compete at the Railer Round Robin Tournament at Ellis. With a handful of competitors in action, a pair of third-place finishes from Jordan Bachman and Andre Patton paced the Trojans.

  • County tournament offers top-notch competition

    Christmas will come a week early for area wrestling fans Friday at the Marion County Winter Duals, hosted by both Marion and Hillsboro High Schools. Outside the Trojans and Warriors, 14 other teams from the central part of the state will be in action at both high school gymnasiums.

  • Trojans teams capture Moundridge titles

    Four games into the young season, Lady Trojans coach Nathan Hiebert won’t be talking about how quick his team is out of the gate to start games. What he can talk about is how to bounce back from being soundly defeated in the season opener in two days to reel off three consecutive wins in the grueling Moundridge Preseason Tournament.

  • Hiebert shines as Goessel girls triumph in home tourney

    The Goessel girls basketball team tuned up for the start of league play by stringing together three easy wins at home to win the Bluebird Classic. The Bluebirds were coming off an opening-round 55-31 trouncing of Canton-Galva as they took the court Friday against Burrton.

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    Goessel, Hillsboro


  • Disability group to meet

    Members of the public will be welcome to speak at the start of the Harvey-Marion County Community Development Disability Organization’s monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Newton.

  • TEEN to meet by phone

    Directors of Technology Excellence in Education, a partnership of area school districts overseeing distance education, will meet by telephone conference at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Under state law, all such meetings are open to the public, and provision must be made for the public to listen to deliberations.

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