• County lake under algae watch

    Marion County Park and Lake is under a blue-green algae watch after Kansas Department of Health and Environment inspected the lake Wednesday. Lake superintendent Isaac Hett said KDHE will return Monday to conduct further testing, but the recommendation for now is to prevent children, seniors, and anyone with a poor immune system to stay out of the water. Pets and livestock should not be permitted in the water, Hett said.


  • Hillsboro barbecue expands beyond competition

    The first-ever Prairie Smokin’ Barbecue Competition won’t be held at Marion County Fair Grounds until May 4, but the anticipation is building for organizers and competitors alike. “We’ll be thrilled if we have 250 to 300 people,” said Anthony Roy, Hillsboro’s economic development director. “That’s definitely doable.”

  • Task force earns recognition

    Marion County’s Wildland Task Force is gaining statewide attention, but paying for their radios remains problematic. Wildland Task Force was deployed to Ulysses April 9 when the fire risk for the far-southwest Kansas area was extreme, Lincolnville fire chief Les Kaiser told county commissioners Monday.

  • Public hearing on wind farm delayed

    A public hearing on a proposed wind farm, originally scheduled for tonight, will be delayed until after the company working to develop it submits a new conditional use permit application. National Renewable Solutions, Wayzata, Minnesota, originally submitted a CUP application to the county planning and zoning department March 28. That application is comprised of a 1½-inch thick notebook containing the application and a 3-inch thick notebook with supporting information.

  • Counties recycling slated to be taken to Fort Riley

    The possibility of once again being paid a rebate for recyclable materials has led county commissioners to send the county’s recyclables to Fort Riley. A recycle center in South Hutchinson, which the county has been using for years, stopped paying for materials, based on the prices they get for materials.

  • Students' work on display at Bethel

    Sarah Booth, of Goessel, and Anna Lubbers and McKenzie Young, both of Peabody, are among 62 Bethel College student artists whose work will be on display through Friday in the Regier Gallery of the Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. The annual Student Art Exhibit showcases work from all art students.


  • Federal tax lien filed against Hillsboro Free Press

    A federal tax lien alleging non-payment of $113,765.87 in withholding and unemployment tax, penalties, and interest has been filed against Kansas Publishing Ventures, publisher of Hillsboro Free Press. The firm also owns Newton Now, the Clarion in Andale, Hesston Record, Harvey County Independent, and McPherson News-Ledger.

  • USDA increases loan limits for farmers

    Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.

  • Mennonite filmmaker to speak at annual dinner

    Tabor alumnus Burton Buller of Massanutten, Virginia, describes himself as “a Mennonite interested in film production at a time when no one was even considering such possibilities.” The native Nebraskan will be the guest speaker at the annual spring dinner of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at 6:30 p.m. May 4 in the Franz Heritage Room at Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

  • Screening available in Hillsboro

    Free developmental screenings will be available for children newborn through age 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 in Hillsboro. The screening will check for cognitive, motor, speech and language, vision and hearing, and social and emotional development.


  • Peabody Cruise rolls on into fourth year

    The Peabody Cruise marks four years Sunday and members of the Dreamers club say they are building on a four-year investment. The event has been an important way to bring people into Peabody, said Linda Martinez, a Dreamers club board member.

  • Tips for staying safe with keyless systems

    Auto manufacturers have long embraced technology that can streamline the automotive experience for drivers. For example, several years ago keyless entry and ignition systems were introduced, initially on high-end vehicles before they became standard on many other models. Keyless entry systems require a fob, which sends a signal to the receiver inside the vehicle. The fob transmits a low-frequency code to the car’s internal computer system, which engages the locks and will allow the driver to push a button on the dashboard or console to start the vehicles. The fob can be stashed away in a pocket or purse and still send the signal, which makes it convenient for drivers. Drivers with arthritis or hand injuries also may find keyless systems an asset.

  • Driving safely in severe weather

    With severe weather season arriving, AAA released a report Monday with tips to help Kansas drivers stay safe on the roads. Since heavy downpours can make it difficult to see while driving, AAA recommends regularly changing windshield wiper blades to keep visibility as clear as possible.


  • Phyllis Chavez

    Phyllis Chavez, 84, died Monday at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton. Rosary will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, and visitation will begin 1 p.m. Thursday. She was born July 10, 1934, in Florence, the daughter of Francisco and Juana Gomez.

  • Summer Hamilton

    Services for Summer Rain Hamilton, 22, of Marion, who died April 12, were Friday at Bentley Senior Center, Bentley. She was the daughter Earl L. Hamilton and Dee Lintner.


    Tammy S. Slifer



  • The tricky business of reporting the truth

    It’s true confessions time. We’ve been struggling all week to figure out what to do with a news tip we received and later were able to verify. We often get tips and really appreciate them. Unfortunately, they sometimes are about things that, to the people involved, aren’t good news.



  • Hillsboro baseball splits with Remigton

    The Hillsboro High School baseball team displayed a dominant effort in game one, but a comeback attempt fell short in game two of Thursday’s double-header with Remington. In game one, the Trojans found themselves tied 1-1 after the first inning. Hillsboro scored 10 unanswered runs, including three in the fourth and four in the fifth, to take game one, 11-1.

  • Goessel boys take second overall at Norwich

    The Goessel boys Thursday took second at Norwich with a strong performance that highlighted their versatility. The team placed in 14 events, including two first-place finishes, but managed to do so with just eight athletes.

  • Hillsboro jumpers, throwers lead way at invitational

    Thursday was a statement performance for Hillsboro’s field event specialists, with 13 athletes placing at the Halstead Invitational. Wes Shaw, who took top honors in shot put and discus, led the way for the Trojans. Hillsboro scored 41 of its 48 points on field events, which was enough to place seventh as a team.

  • Hillsboro musician signs with Sterling College

    Hillsboro senior Grace Major took her passion for music to the next level, signing a letter of intent this week to participate in the music program at Sterling College. For Grace, the daughter of Sara Major and Hillsboro band director Bruce Major, music runs in her blood. She participates in vocal music at Hillsboro High School, and plays baritone saxophone and flute for the band.

  • Goessel and Hillsboro school menus


  • Tabor goes up in smoke

    Tabor College is a thriving liberal arts college with a record enrollment this year of 770 students, including its Wichita campus, but if not for the determination of its supporters and the residents of Hillsboro 100 years ago, it might not exist. Tabor College vice president P.C. Hiebert returned from Oklahoma the morning of April 30, 1918, to find nothing but ashes where the original building had stood. Sitting all alone and surrounded by prairie, it had burned to the ground in one hour.

  • Steel tariff costs county taxpayers

    County transfer station director Bud Druse told commissioners Monday that a national tariff on imported steel, put into effect March 23, has hiked the cost of recycling bins the county earlier agreed to purchase with help from a state grant. “There’s been a big increase in metal because of the tariffs,” Druse said.

  • Copped shoes stymie gumshoes

    When Alexander Barlow, 18, got back to his fourplex apartment in the 300 block of N. Ash St. in Hillsboro on Friday evening, something was awry. A front window had been forced open, according to Officer Randal Brazil’s report.

  • Feds talk jobs, crime, radios, and more

    Local officials took the rare opportunity of a visit from a Washington official to lay out numerous challenges they would like to help addressing. Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, stopped at the courthouse in Marion en route to a rural opportunities conference in Newton.

  • Buy a new car, expect a new license process

    The process of an initial purchase of a Kansas license plate changes this year, and so do the license plates. According to county treasurer Jeannine Bateman, specialty license plates will be temporarily unavailable between April 27 and Aug. 3.


  • Marion goes 'international' with opera

    When Randy and Rachel Collett of Marion attend the Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills concert in August, they won’t have to drive to Cottonwood Falls; they’ll just have to walk around the corner. “We’ll be in the Historic Elgin Hotel and performing in the municipal auditorium across the street,” workshop project director Abby Triemer said. “It’s so convenient.”

  • Fathers and daughters invited to dance

    Men, do you want to spend one-on-one time with a daughter, granddaughter, sister, or aunt? Dads and father figures are invited to bring their special girls, ages 3 and up, for a night of fun and laughter at a countywide daddy-daughter dance from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 4 at Marion Community Center, 203 N. Third St., Marion.

  • Volunteers spread love of spring around community

    Spring is finally starting to rear its head more consistently, and many volunteers have been busy dedicating themselves to a handful of flower beds and other vegetation around town. NM and Norma Patton serve as volunteers in an effort to bring a spring touch to Peabody.

  • Apartment fight leads to arrests

    Officers responded to reports of a fight at 5:31 p.m. Saturday at Indian Guide Terrace Apartments located in the 500 block of N. Vine St. Sara Laurie, 60, was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, criminal damage to property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Richard Lopez, 60, also was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and possession of marijuana.

  • New license plates coming

    Kansas drivers will have more license plate options in 2019, thanks to a bill signed Saturday by Gov. Jeff Colyer. Four new designs commemorate service of veterans of the Korean War, Desert Storm, and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Additional options include a Special Olympics plate, a “Choose Life” plate, and a Wichita flag.

  • Classic car headed for junkyard makes fateful escape

    Thanks to Maurice Baker of Alma, those at Peabody Sunday Cruise were able to take in the glory of his restored 1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone Sunday. This muscle car started its journey as a performance model in 1964 as “Mercury Comet,” and through 1967 was known as “Mercury Comet Cyclone.” In 1968, “Comet” was taken off, and “Mercury Cyclone” became its official name.


  • Jack of all trades with engines and feathers

    Rod Williams, owner of Williams Service in Florence, doesn’t have much of a commute from work to home. Williams can wipe the days grease off his weathered hands, close the door behind him, and look up and see his house a block away, just as he has for 56 years. Through grit and grind over five decades, Williams Service has trickled down the family tree. Rod’s son Stan plays a predominant role in the business these days, and Rod’s grandson, Chase, is also an employee. Williams Service employs almost 20 employees full time, many of which have been with the company for a long time.

  • Flashy hot rod is gift from wife

    It has taken Bob Wall of Hillsboro almost a lifetime to find the car he has dreamed about owning. He and his wife, Joyce, found it online, and Joyce bought it for him as an anniversary gift, but getting it home proved to be a surprising adventure. The vehicle, an antique Ford-based hot rod, was at a dealership in Jackson, Mississippi, and was purported to be in good running condition with good tires. The couple traveled by train from Newton to Jackson in August, picked up the car, and started for home.


  • Gary Hageberg

    Services for Gary “Butch” Hageberg, 82, formerly of Burdick, who died Saturday at the Legacy of Herington, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Burdick Methodist Church. Visitation will be today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Zeiner Funeral Home – Herington. Interment will be at Burdick Methodist Cemetery following the service. Born March 13, 1936, to Olof and Velma (Richey) Hageberg, he graduated from Diamond Valley High School. He married Marilyn Meierhoff on June 15, 1958.

  • Betty Lou Ohm

    Services for Betty Lou Ohm, formerly of Ramona, who died Saturday at her home in Platte City, Missouri, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church of Ramona, with interment following at Lewis Cemetery, Ramona. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home-Herington. Born March 16, 1933, to Joe E. and Marjorie (McCully) Davis at Herington, she graduated from Herington High School in 1951.

  • Linda Sardou

    Private family services will be held for retired health care professional Linda J. (Beckwith) Sardou, 65, who died March 24 in Marion. She was raised in Ludlow, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Kane Area High School in Kane, Pennsylvania. She was a woodcarver, worked with animals, and ran The Outdoors Inn bed and breakfast at Marion County Lake.

  • John Wiebe

    Services for former school superintendent and hospital administrator John F. Wiebe, 84, who died Monday at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be 11 a.m. Friday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Interment will precede the service at 10 a.m. Friday at Springfield Cemetery, rural Hillsboro. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.


    Alta Hewitt

    Reburta Wenzl



  • Change comes with the season

    With Saturday’s first bona fide good spring rain, change is in the air, waving in the air as trees finally begin to unfurl their leaves in earnest. With that April rain comes an opportunity to share an old, old joke. I’ve never been much for remembering jokes, let alone telling them, but there’s one that’s appropriate for the time that lingers from the time when I eagerly awaited the monthly Boys’ Life magazine that came along with my Cub Scout membership. I have more trouble remembering my kindergarten teacher’s name than this joke, which is always at the tip of my tongue come April.


    Chicken watching


  • 'Can any good come out of Pilsen?'army chaplain asks

    A Roman Catholic chaplain was addressing a group of Protestant chaplains and their associates gathered in the sanctuary at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen on Thursday when he asked a provocative question. “The question is, ‘Can anything good come out of Pilsen?’” Major Anthony Kazarnowicz said, noting that he had researched Pilsen online and discovered its population has always been less than 100 and thus has never been incorporated.

  • Tabor students to celebrate French artistry

    Tabor College student vocalists and visual artists will treat the community to a taste of France with “Vive la France!” 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. A recital of French songs performed by voice students of Jen Stephenson and Bradley Vogel will be in Vogel Choral Hall. J. Bradley Baker will serve as accompanist. Pieces to be performed include works by Fauré, Debussy, D’Indy, Hahn and Duparc.

  • Democrat gubernatorial candidate forum is May 5

    Marion County Democrats will hold a Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum May 5 at Marion County Lake Hall. A luncheon will be available at 11:30 a.m. for a donation. The forum will begin at 12:45 p.m. All candidates have been invited. Jo Schwartz, candidate for the Kansas legislature, also will speak. Written questions from the audience will be accepted.

  • County Democrats meet

    Marion County Democrats met Saturday at Marion Community Center. Margaret Wilson and Eileen Sieger reported attending a meeting about transfer station and recycling plans.

  • Hillsboro police to collect unused meds Saturday

    Unused leftover medications can be disposed of between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hillsboro Police Department, The collection event is part of Drug Take-Back Day, a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

  • Preheim to perform at Bethel

    Nick Preheim of Peabody, a Bethel College junior and member of men’s a cappella group Open Road, will be performing in the group’s end-of-the-year concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus in North Newton. The concert will feature favorites from past performances of the student-led group, as well as a number of new selections. Admission is free.

  • Blood drives coming in May

    Blood donors will have opportunities to give at four Red Cross blood drives scheduled for the first two weeks in May. Marion High School will hold a drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7, followed by one at Hillsboro High School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9.


    Residents entertain dinner guests



  • Varsity golfers claim JV title

    Two and a half weeks away from the CKL golf meet held in Hesston, Trojan coach Scott O’Hare opted to use his varsity group Thursday at Hesston’s JV tournament. In one of the few tournaments where they play 18 holes, O’Hare’s decision paid off with the Trojans finishing first out of six teams.

  • Trojan trio strikes gold at Halstead track meet

    Trojan throwing standout Wes Shaw has been on a record- breaking tear this season and at Halstead’s Conrad Nightingale track meet Friday, the junior did it again. Shaw’s throw of 57 feet 3 1/2 inches in shot put broke his own record, seven-feet better than Conway Springs’ runner-up Daniel Becker.

  • Hillsboro teachers get lodge honors

    Area students and teachers were honored for their achievements April 18 at the Florence Advance Lodge #114 annual awards night at the Florentine Center. Exemplary teacher awards went to elementary special education teacher Gloria Winter and preschool special education teacher Linda Peters, both of Hillsboro.

  • Hillsboro Track and Field

  • Goessel senior wins MKC scholarship

    Goessel High School senior Emily Meier is among 10 high schoolers and 10 college students to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Mid-Kansas Cooperative. Recipients were selected based on academic achievements, leadership, honors, extracurricular activities, and essays about the impact of the cooperative system on their community and outlining their college and career goals.

  • Baseball, softball skills event is Saturday

    Boys and girls ages 7 to 14 can find out how their baseball and softball skills stack up by participating in Pitch, Hit, and Run at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Sports Complex. Each competitor will throw for accuracy, hit for distance and accuracy, and run for speed to compile an overall score. Age category winners will compete again May 20 in Council Grove.

  • Bluebird golfers take fourth in Fox Ridge tourney

    The Goessel golf team competed at Fox Ridge on Friday and came in fourth place out of seven schools. Dylan Lindeman led the way for the Bluebirds with eighth place and a score of 96. Brady Roby finished in 18th place with a score of 106.

  • Goessel track teams take fifth at home meet

    Goessel boys and girls track teams both placed fifth at a home meet April 17. Stephany Meyer and Kara Burkholder were the only athletes to capture first place. Meyer went airborne in the long jump for 15’ 9.50” and flew 33’7.50” in the triple jump. Burkholder won javelin with a throw of 109’00”. Brittney Hiebert finished second and third respectively in the 1600 (6:11.57) and 800 m (2:36.49) races and Elyse Boden earned third place in the 3200 finishing in 14:39.00. The girls scored 75 points.


    Hillsboro and Goessel


  • Child screenings offered May 7

    Free developmental screenings for children age 5 and younger will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 in Hillsboro. Sessions test vision, hearing, cognition, language, motor skills, and social and emotional development. Each evaluation generally takes at least an hour. Appointments are required. They may be made by calling (620) 382-2858.

  • Calendar of events


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