• Roy: Economy improving despite challenges

    Anthony Roy has been Hillsboro’s economic development director for just about four months, but he has already identified economic strengths of the town and the biggest problems facing businesses. Economic progress indicators started by Clint Seibel, his predecessor of sales tax, population, school enrollment, appraised value, and capital investment show growth in Hillsboro.

  • Food collection tonight

    “Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat” to benefit Main Street Ministries is this evening. Area youth will pick up non-perishable food from porches starting at 7 p.m.

  • Calling all carvers: Pumpkin contest upcoming

    Businesses and people of all ages can win with their Jack-O-Lanterns at a pumpkin carving contest on Halloween. All ages can enter the decorated category. A painted or carved category includes two divisions, one for ages 10 and under and the other for ages 11 and older. Businesses can enter decorated, painted, or carved pumpkins in their own category.

  • Did commissioners' trash trip involve trash talk?

    Two county commissioners likely violated open meetings law by touring a trash facility together. Commissioners Randy Dallke and Kent Becker joined transfer station director Bud Druse in a tour of the McPherson transfer station.

  • Commissioners discuss wind farm agreement

    One commissioner wants the county to learn from Kingman County’s mistakes before signing a wind farm agreement. “To me, this is big to protect our county,” commissioner Dianne Novak said. “Make a mistake and it’s going to cost us for years.”

  • Family honors father and grandfather with gift of hair

    The family of a Florence man who died from cancer a year ago recently honored his memory by donating their hair to make wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. Lifelong Florence resident Richard Riggs was Merissa Bowman’s father. The 1977 Marion High School graduate died of lung cancer in September 2016.

  • Advance voting open

    Advance voting ahead of the Nov. 7 election is under at the courthouse. Voters must provide state-issued photo identification and their name and address at the county clerk’s office to receive a ballot for immediate voting.


  • Senior nurses recognized for careers of service

    Eight senior citizens who spent their lives as nurses were recognized for their service during the Senior Citizens of Marion County annual banquet Thursday. Eleanor Herbel of Hillsboro was one of them.

  • Hillsboro will apply for water loan

    Hillsboro city council on Tuesday approved applying for a $3.1 million loan to improve the city’s water system. The council held a brief public hearing, during which no one spoke about the proposed loan application.

  • Tabor recital to feature operatic soprano

    Dawn Neely will be featured in a recital at 7 p.m. Friday in Tabor College’s Chapel Auditorium. An assistant professor of voice and director of opera at University of West Georgia, Neely is an accomplished operatic performer, director, and clinician, with an interest in contemporary classical music.

  • Washburn charges dismissed on technicality

    Four days before his trial was to begin, charges against a man arrested as part of an alleged multi-state crime spree were dismissed on a technicality. Allen D. Washburn, 36, was charged with residential burglary, two counts of felony theft, damage to property, and misdemeanor theft. The charges stemmed from a late December incident at the Lehigh residence of Merle and Michelle Flaming, who discovered on Dec. 27 their home had been broken into and their pickup, trailer, computer, and an assortment of other items had been stolen. Abandoned on their property was a vehicle reported stolen from Barton County, Missouri, where Washburn was on furlough from jail at the time of the theft.

  • Mangold's lawsuit moves to federal court

    Jonathon L. Mangold, who on the same day he was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison on a handful of criminal charges filed a complaint that his treatment in Marion County Jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, will see his lawsuit against the county heard in federal court. Wichita attorney Brooks Severson, representing Marion County, filed a notice with district court that the case has been submitted to U.S. District Court for filing there because Mangold “appears to assert claims against the defendant arising under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment.”

  • Corporation to hold stakeholder meeting

    In an effort to draw the county and its towns together, Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation will hold a public stakeholder meeting. The date for the meeting has not been set, board member Tammy Ensey said.

  • Blood drive collects 46 units

    Up to 122 lives will be saved after an American Red Cross blood drive Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church on Monday. Forty-six individuals donated 46 total units of blood. The next blood drive will be Dec. 22 at Hillsboro City Hall.


  • Winter driving better with preparation

    Nobody wants to be stuck in a car that won’t start — or in a snowy ditch — during winter. While possible snow showers this weekend have slipped out of the long-range forecast, it’s a reminder that a little preparation for winter driving will help you go far, not to mention keep you safe.

  • Safely avoid potential winter hazards

    Winter can be a beautiful time of year, particularly when freshly fallen snow blankets the landscape. However, winter is also a time fraught with potential peril. The same winter weather that makes landscapes so pristine can make roads and walkways - and even being outside - dangerous. The U.S. Department of Transportation says weather-related vehicle crashes killed 6,253 people last year and injure more than 480,000 per year. These accidents most often occur when roadways are wet, snowy or icy.


  • Paul Magathan

    A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul Irving Magathan, 96, of Clements, who died Monday, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emporia. Recitation of the Rosary will precede the service at 10:30 a.m. Burial following the Mass will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls.

  • Darlene Schmidt

    Services for Darlene Schmidt, 82, who died Oct. 17 at Via Christi–St. Francis in Wichita, were Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Interment was in Hillsboro MB Church Cemetery. She was born March 27, 1935 to Herman and Kathryn (Hildebrand) Klaassen in Hutchinson. She married Malvin Schmidt on Oct. 4, 1953, in Hillsboro.


    Lenora Martens, Mick Summervill



  • What Sadie said

    It’s a little hard figuring out just what to do with a letter to the editor a reader dropped off at the office last week. Sadie Bernhardt of Marion was 93 years old when she penned the letter that ran in the Marion County Record in 2005. She died five years later, hopefully with some satisfaction that she’d said her piece, although there’s little evidence that much came of it.



  • Warriors bowl over Hillsboro

    If you’re the Hillsboro Trojan football team, hearing that your upcoming opponent put up nearly 700 yards rushing in their last game probably isn’t welcoming news, especially when withstanding a powerful ground attack for 48 minutes and keeping games from coming unraveled the second half have been impossible. In Friday night’s battle for 11-man supremacy in Marion County, the picture for the Trojans didn’t change against the visiting Marion Warriors.

  • Goessel ends Hillsboro's volleyball season in substate semifinal

    Overmatched on paper but emboldened by big first round wins, Hillsboro volleyball took a second set win against undefeated Goessel in substate semifinals Saturday in Marion. After a third set, Goessel remained undefeated, and Hillsboro’s season ended.

  • Reed qualifies for state

    Hillsboro freshman Tristan Reed will run in the 2A state meet after finishing eighth at regionals. He ran the 5K race in 18 minutes, 51 seconds.

  • Nightengale to run at state

    Goessel cross-country teams competed in a 2A regional meet at Meade Golf Course on Saturday and had one competitor qualify for state. Julie Nightengale paced the girls’ team by finishing eighth with a season-best time of 23 minutes, 4 seconds, good enough to run one more race Saturday in Wamego.

  • Bluebirds lose to Canton-Galva

    This week, size made a difference, as a larger Canton-Galva football team dominated at Goessel. The Eagles’ fullback ran for 41 yards and a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. After a Goessel punt pinned the Eagles close to their goal line, a loose snap in the end zone was picked up by the Canton-Galva quarterback, who escaped down the left sideline for an end-to-end touchdown. The Bluebirds were unable to move the ball consistently as the Eagles scored again in the first quarter, grabbing a 24-0 lead.

  • Goessel volleyball heads to 2A state

    Goessel had little trouble stepping up in class as the Bluebirds punched their ticket to state by winning the 2A substate volleyball tournament Saturday in Marion. “Tonight, it just clicked,” senior captain Eden Hiebert said. “The passes were on point, we were able to put balls down. It just felt right.”


    Goessel, Hillsboro


  • Dispose medications safely

    Hillsboro Police Department officers will collect unused medications for safe disposal dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 414 N. Ash St. as part of a national take back initiative.

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