• Hospital files for bankruptcy protection

    In hope of finding a buyer willing to take over its debt, Hillsboro Community Hospital is seeking protection from its creditors under federal bankruptcy laws. Kansas City lawyer Bruce Strauss filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week on behalf of hospital receiver Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting.

  • City orders work on dilapidated house

    Tired of pushing back and forth with owners of a dilapidated house at 312 W. Grand St., city council members voted Tuesday to hire contractors to bring the property up to code and charge the cost to the owners. The house has been a point of contention since Oct. 2, when neighbor Kevin Bartel spoke to council members about the property, owned by Dick and Carla Hein. Bartel said he and other neighbors were tired of the condition of the house and that he considered it a nuisance because it attracted animals that used its open crawl space for shelter and had missing siding, plastic hanging in shreds over bare wood, and double doors blocked and unable to open.

  • Athlete, animal lover are students of month

    Senior Amy Kersten, who likes working with horses and may become a veterinarian, and sophomore Dillon Boldt, who’s a four-sport athlete, are March students of the month at Hillsboro High School. Both have been active in student council. Amy is a member of Zion Lutheran Church’s youth fellowship. Dillon is a member of Hillsboro United Methodist Church.

  • Hillsboro's grocery business turns 60

    Except for a few years spent in college, Dale Franz has been involved in the grocery business almost all of his life. His father, Ray Franz, opened a grocery store on Hillsboro’s Main St., where El Lorito Mexican Restaurant is now. He moved the business to its present location on W. Grand St. in 1959.

  • Butcher has own anniversary

    Bob Jantz got his first experience in meat cutting by hanging around his father, a meat cutter at Al and Dan’s in Marion. After high school, Jantz worked at a body shop for a while.

  • Oil, gas explorers search in Marion Co.

    Anyone passing Nighthawk and 140th Rds. between March 11 and Thursday might have seen 33 square, yellow battery packs and two large trucks in a lot just off the road. The supplies and trucks belonged to Paragon Geophysical Services, Inc., of Wichita. The company searches for oil, natural gas and geothermal reservoirs.


  • New staff reporter seeks his stories in small-town Kansas

    Gallagher Martin-Chavez says his calling as a journalist is about showing appreciation for his home state. “I love Kansas,” he said. “The smaller towns have stories that get overlooked.”

  • Goessel shop provides coffee, community for 10 years running

    By ALEXANDER SIMONE Staff writer After a decade of operation, the Lincoln Perk at Bethesda Home has established a reputation as a gathering spot for the Goessel community.

  • Diabetes class planned

    A six-week class on coping with diabetes will be offered starting at 6:45 p.m. April 9 at Marion Senior Center. Cost of the class, which is open to diabetes and pre-diabetes patients, friends, relatives, and caregivers, will be $6. Registrations are being accepted until April 8 at (620) 382-3580.

  • Equipment dealer named top seller

    For the 19th consecutive year, Lang Diesel Inc., with 10 locations, including Hillsboro, has been named one of the top 10 North American sellers of AGCO farm equipment. The dealership also was among 33 in North America named to receive five-star ratings in AGCO’s dealer excellence program for 2018. The dealership is based in Hays.

  • Meeting to offer tips on starting licensed home day care center

    Tips on starting licensed home day-care centers will offered at a free information night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hillsboro school district offices. Regulations, training, and organizational tools will be discussed along with potential costs, grants, and meal subsidies. Reservations are being accepted by the county health department at (620) 382-2550.

  • Program to offer tips on gardening

    Jana Dalke of rural Hillsboro’s Serenity Gardens will talk about preparing flower beds and gardens at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Tabor College’s Flaming Center for the Arts. Admission is $5. Lunch at the college cafeteria is available for $4.

  • Marion City library to display quilts

    Thirty items, including a community quilt made by 20 different quilters, will be on display at Marion City Library’s 16th annual quilt show Monday through April 6. The display in the library’s Santa Fe Room will be open during regular library hours.


  • Karen Fitzmaurice

    Graveside services for Karen Mae Fitzmaurice, 59, who died Sunday, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Lincolnville Cemetery. Karen enjoyed working outside in her yard.

  • Richard Herbel

    Services for Centre High School graduate Richard Herbel, 75, of Solomon, who died March 13 at Abilene Memorial Hospital, were Monday. Born Dec. 7, 1943, to Alex and Bernice Johnston Herbel, he graduated in 1961 and on Jan. 19, 1964, married Sharon Craft, who survives.

  • Myrna Jost

    Services for Hillsboro farm wife Myrna Jost, 86, who died March 12 at Hillsboro Community Hospital, were Tuesday at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, rural Hillsboro. Born June 21, 1932, in Hillsboro to Harry and Esther (Winter) Eitzen, she married Victor Jost on Aug. 25, 1955, at the church.

  • Elva Plett

    Services for former Lehigh resident Elva Plett, 93, who died Monday at Bethesda Home in Goessel, will be 4 p.m. Friday at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, rural Goessel. Interment will be at 2:45 p.m. at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bethesda Home

  • 'Ilene' Reinke

    Services for Connie “Ilene” Reinke, 85, wife of former Marion resident Bob Reinke, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Westwood Presbyterian Church, Wichita. Daughter of Dan and Lucile Dondliger, she died this past Saturday.

  • Helen Schafer

    Services for Durham native Helen Schafer, 93, who died Saturday at Kansas Christian Home in Newton, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Visitation will be an hour before the services.

  • Malvin Schmidt

    Services for Malvin Schmidt, 89, who died Monday at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Pastor Brian Allen will officiate.


    Rosse Case

    Martha Kortje

    Jeanette Matz



  • How one smoker kicked the habit

    Sue Clough, 83, of Marion has been smoke free since 1975. She said she started smoking when she started training to become a nurse.

  • Staph infections present year-round problem

    Unlike the flu or other illnesses that strike seasonally, staph infection is a threat that looms year-round. One of the difficulties with staph infections is that the germs are already present on the skin, said Michael Reeh, a general physician in Hillsboro.

  • A mineral needed for good health

    Magnesium is sometimes called the forgotten nutrient because it’s not as familiar as other nutrients such as vitamin A, B, and C, and calcium. Magnesium is critical to overall health and often is deficient in peoples’ diets. Heather Fay of Fay Family Chiropractic in Marion said training to be a chiropractor involves studying biochemistry and learning about the body’s nutritional needs. She takes 40 hours of continuing education every year.


  • Surviving but in critical condition

    You can’t tell a book by its cover, but you can tell a bankruptcy by its chapter. News this week that Hillsboro Community Hospital filed for protection under Chapter 11 of bankruptcy laws has generated sensational and often misleading news coverage.


    Corrections and clarifications


  • Local artists' works displayed at Schaeffler House

    An oil painting created in 1902 by Ida Schaeffler will be on display at the historic Schaeffler House, 312 E. Grand St. in Hillsboro along with 15 other paintings by local artists, for six weeks beginning April 6. Some of the paintings are from Hillsboro Museums’ collection. Others are held privately and not often displayed for the public.

  • Democrats hear from legislative leader

    Kansas House minority leader Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat who briefly ran for governor last year, spoke Saturday in Hillsboro to Marion County Democrats. County vice chairman Martin Holler reported that the county steering committee was creating a survey to identify goals and projects and was considering organizing young Democrats.

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  • Area players earn all-state honors

    Nine players from Marion County schools have earned all-state basketball honors for their respective classes for the 2018-19 season from both The Wichita Eagle and The Topeka -Capital . For Marion, Sam Zinn was the Warriors’ lone selection, earning all-Class 2A honorable mention from both papers.

  • Musicians selling discount cards

    To help pay for trips to out-of-state competitions and performances, the band and concert choir at Hillsboro High School are selling $10 cards that offer discounts at local businesses. Discounts are good from April 1 through Sept. 30. The groups’ next trips will be next year.

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  • Teacher accused of sex crimes resigns

    Peabody-Burns teacher Christopher Young, charged Feb. 23 with eight felony counts of alleged sex offenses involving two students, submitted a letter of resignation to the district Tuesday. Today, at a special Peabody-Burns board of education meeting, it was accepted.


  • Seized phones contain nudity

    Cell phones seized Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 from two students and from Peabody-Burns social studies teacher Chris Young contained videos and partially nude photos of all three, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Feb. 23 and released Friday by district court. The affidavit also states that Young allegedly gave one of the students a promise ring as a Christmas gift.

  • EMS chief submits resignation

    The county will once again search for a new emergency medical director after Ed Debesis gave commissioners his resignation, effective June 1, at the end of Monday’s meeting. Debesis, who had already spoken to commissioners in a scheduled agenda appearance, returned to the commission room at the end of Monday’s meeting and asked for an executive session to discuss personnel matters.

  • Tabor tabs Trojan for leadership program

    A Hillsboro High School senior is among six incoming Tabor College students selected to participate in the college’s Presidential Leadership Program. Abby Sechrist of Hillsboro competed against 23 other candidates during a variety of selection weekend activities that included an interview with college president Jules Glanzer.

  • Movie to raise money for splashpad

    A March 30 children’s movie matinee will raise funds for a future Hillsboro splashpad. “We are planning on a family movie night also later in April,” project coordinator Staci Silhan said. “Depending on feedback, we will look at doing more, maybe a classic movie series in the summer, and on days there is no school.”

  • Mountain travel challenges Haiti mission team

    Barb Akers of Marion knew ahead of time that traveling to a mountain village in Haiti would be hard for her to endure. Two pastors prayed over her before she and her husband, Wayne, and five other people from Marion’s Emmanuel Baptist Church headed out from Port Au Prince on a mission to finish a church building in the mountains of southeast Haiti.

  • Burn ban lifted, but not without complaint

    A countywide burn ban issued by commissioners last week was lifted Monday on the recommendation of Lincolnville fire chief Lester Kaiser. However, burn bans in general were criticized by a Peabody farmer during public comment session after the commissioners’ final agenda item.


  • Unexpected death of market owner affects many

    While Feb. 28 appeared to be a typical Wednesday morning for Peabody Market owner Mike Crow and his wife Jadina “Jai,” it quickly became apparent it was anything but. “She woke up with a headache,” Crow explained.

  • Rain dampens fear of prolonged drought

    Mother Nature came through again for residents of Marion County. Rain that began falling early Monday morning produced 1 to 2 inches or more throughout the county, just days after Kansas was officially reported to be in extreme drought.

  • Driver moving into the Futura

    Greg Graham found his perfect sports car a couple of weeks ago in Blue Springs, Missouri. The 1965 Ford Falcon Futura painted in what Graham calls “arrest me, officer red,” is an identical twin of one he owned from 1977 to 1989 and has missed ever since he sold it.


  • Joan Friesen

    Services for Joan Friesen, 86, who died Sunday at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. She was born Dec. 24, 1931, to Frank and Bessie (Kalina) Vainer in Chicago. She married John Friesen Jr. on Feb. 13, 1951, in Chicago.

  • Irene Jost

    Services for Irene Jost, 96, who died Feb. 25 in Goessel, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Family will receive guests from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. She was born April 1, 1921, to Roy and Sarah (Yocum) Fertig in Stafford County, Kansas. She married Robert Jost on April 27, 1941, in Radium, Kansas.


    Jadina Crow

    Sara Ann Pohlman

    Kurt Richmond



  • Things are rockin' at Marion Cove

    It’s commonplace at Marion Reservoir to see cars on Pawnee Rd. driving by Eastshore on the way to Cottonwood Point slow down as the northern point of Marion Cove comes into view. With a small concrete “bridge to nowhere” as its signature feature, the isolated area is a good spot for occupants to spy an occasional heron or eagle.

  • Leave it to beaver to brighten Aulne church's 'Beast Feast'

    Anyone who likes to try new foods would have had their fill Saturday at the third annual Beast Feast put on by the men of Aulne United Methodist Church. The event brought a capacity crowd of 300 people to Marion County Lake Hall to consume all manner of wild game including squirrel, rabbit, pigeon, deer, and bobcat. Oh, yes, beaver and rattlesnake, as well.

  • Tabor names hall of fame inductees

    Three former Tabor College athletes have been named to the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Donya Anderson, a 2007 graduate, played on the women’s basketball team. She lettered all four years and is Tabor’s career leader in steals and rebounds. She earned KCAC All-Conference honors three out of four years and was an NAIA All-American for two years.

  • Grants will fund volunteer projects

    Volunteer Kansas is taking applications for $500 grants to support service projects that will engage volunteers. Ten grants will be awarded in May. Application information is available at www.volunteerkansas.org.



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  • Manhattan attainable for Warriors

    One year ago, the numbers 72.4 were printed on the Marion Warrior baseball teams’ T-shirts. That depicts the precise mileage from Marion High School’s parking to the site of the Class 3A state baseball tournament, Kansas State University in Manhattan.

  • Boys headline Marion track prospects

    It’s spring, it’s track and field season, and that means Marion coach Grant Thierolf is filled with optimism. On the boys’ side, that’s optimism bolstered by realism, as three seasoned state competitors, including discus champion Tyler Palic, return.

  • Warriors sweep defending state champ

    Marion Warrior baseball coach Roger Schroeder said it wouldn’t matter if his team beat the defending Class 3A state champion Wichita-Independent 100 times, 100-0. It still wouldn’t change the fact the Panthers walked away with the 2017 state title, relegating the Warriors to second place.

  • Retooling in store for Warrior softball team

    Sixth-year Warrior softball coach Jennifer Felvus isn’t one that sits around worrying. Despite losing a trio of all-league performers from last season’s 12-9 team that suffered a 13-1 first-round regional knockout by Lyons, Felvus won’t have it.

  • Combined Warriors golf squad smaller and younger

    It’s just not the same as in previous seasons for Marion and Peabody-Burns golf coach Scott Bauer when he and his team take the course at Marion Country Club for practices this season. For starters, he doesn’t have to remember as many names.

  • Early schedule to make or break Trojan baseball hopes

    When thinking of the Trojan baseball team’s 2017 season, the first thing that might come to mind was the inability to put good teams away. Numerous games were within the Trojans’ reach, only to go wayside of victory, with Hillsboro finishing 6-16 in coach Luke Moore’s first season.

  • Up only direction for Trojan softball

    Thinking about what went right for the Trojan softball team in 2017 isn’t a big thought process. Very little did, and despite getting the season off on the right foot with a win in the season opener, it went south right after to the sour notes of 3-17.

  • Trojans blend experience and youth for track

    If numbers and spirit were all it takes to field a championship track and field team, Hillsboro coach Dennis Boldt could be tempted to fast-forward to the end of the season. “We’ve got a lot of kids out,” Boldt said, pointing to 20 boys and 19 girls. “We’re a pretty young team, but I’d say it’s one of the most enthusiastic teams we’ve had in quite a while.”

  • Goessel Bluebird golfers eye another state run

    Last year’s state-qualifying Goessel golf team left some big shoes to fill, none bigger than junior exchange student Michal Holada, who placed second. Rhett Makovec and Miguel Guerrero also departed, but coach Chad Lindeman’s 14-member team includes three members of that team intent on returning to the state tournament.

  • Experience to carry Bluebird track teams

    Considering what the Goessel High School track team is returning, the season should be another successful one for coach Curtis Guhr. Beginning his 11th year at the Goessel helm, Guhr’s bringing back eight letter-winners on the girls’ team along with five for the boys.

  • Trio to key Trojan golf season

    Trojan golf coach Scott O’Hare could have a good reason to smile about the upcoming season. He’s got a solid core of seniors with state experience returning, along with a duo of juniors and freshmen with outstanding potential.

  • Wheat State League hoop honors announced

    Several basketball players were tapped for postseason honors by Wheat State League coaches. Named to the boys first team were Centre seniors Cole Srajer and Cody Svoboda.

  • Centre boys golf team starts with new coach, new team

    The Centre boys golf program has a new coach and a new team. Of the four freshmen on the team, Elias Jirak is the only one who has some experience golfing. The other three, Tyler Nickel, Matthew Madron, and Cameron Spohn, have never played before.

  • Peabody-Burns track team building experience

    With no senior girls and only four senior boys, only one of which is a returner, Peabody-Burns coach Brian Simmonds will focus his efforts on improving individual athletes and team-building this track season. “We have a lot of young athletes again this year as we continue to grow the track and field program,” he said. “We will be working to improve this year as a team with a young squad.”

  • Four state qualifiers return to Centre's track team

    Of the five boys and eight girls who are out for track this year at Centre High School, four participated in the state track meet last spring. Senior Kate Basore placed third in javelin in state 1A as a junior. She also was Wheat State league and regional champion in javelin.

  • County basketball players earn all-state honors

    A trio of Hillsboro High School boys earned All-State Class 2A basketball honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal. Juniors Darian Ratzlaff and Wes Shaw, and senior Elias Werth were tabbed honorable mention for the Trojans, who finished 17-6.

  • Warriors, Cougars earn all-state honors

    Marion and Centre basketball players earned all-state honors by the Topeka Capital-Journal. For the Warriors, senior Kourtney Hansen was named to the girls’ All-Class 2A’s second team.


  • Medieval music to be performed at Tabor

    Nether Consort, a medieval ensemble, will perform at 7 p.m. April 5 in the atrium of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts at Tabor College. Admission is free. The ensemble performs primarily Renaissance music, but also plays compositions from the Middle Ages, Baroque, and contemporary music.

  • College choir completes tour with concert

    Tabor College Concert Choir will complete its annual spring tour with a performance at 4 p.m. Sunday in Richert Auditorium, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The ensemble began its tour Friday and is performing at nine locations throughout Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

  • Water issues topic of April 2 talk

    The influence of water availability on historic settlement and current and future development will be the subject of a presentation at 7 p.m. April 2 at Remington High School in Whitewater. Rex Buchanan, Kansas Geological Survey interim director and author, of books about Kansas geology and water, will highlight how water issues today define much about Kansas in the future, as they have in the past. Included will be information about the state’s recently adopted 50-year water plan.

  • State rep will hold forum

    State representative Don Schroeder will be in Hillsboro for for the annual legislative coffee sponsored by Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the east room of the city building. Schroeder will recap issues from the legislative session and answer questions from the audience.

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