• Probation likely for gunman

    A Goessel man charged with taking his family hostage at gunpoint on New Year’s Eve will likely be sentenced to two or three years’ probation in August after reaching a plea agreement Monday. David Matthew Impson, 41, Goessel, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and attempted criminal discharge of a firearm. Impson will have a legal duty to register as a violent offender.

  • Council authorizes sale of $3.125 million in bonds

    With resurfacing of three streets completed, Hillsboro city council members took steps Tuesday to work on nine additional streets. Council members approved an ordinance to designate as main trafficways Wilson St. from 1st to C Sts., 1st St. from Adams St. east to the city limits, Grand Ave., D St., Washington St. from 1st to 2nd St., Lincoln St. from 1st to 3rd Sts., Jefferson St. from 1st to 3rd Sts., Kennedy St. from A to C Sts., and C St. from Adams to Kennedy Sts. The designation will allow resurfacing work on the streets.

  • Blue-green algae growth adds to woes a Marion Reservoir

    Flooding at Marion Reservoir has washed out any hope of opening campgrounds by July 4, and now runoff brought by heavy rains has contributed to a bloom of dangerous blue-green algae. Kevin McCoy assistant lake manager of the Army Corps of Engineers, said algae was spotted at the reservoir this past weekend and reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

  • Drive-in movie brings pastime to city

    An old-fashioned pastime will be coming to Hillsboro at 8 p.m. July 19, when Midway Motors holds its inaugural free drive-in movie night. “It’s an old school, American tradition,” manager Zeth Thornhill said. “You think of the days when everyone got together and sat outside at the movies.”

  • Tabor to build new welcome center

    Chuck Flaming is honoring his, wife, Shari, by paying for construction of a new welcome center at Tabor College. The two-story, 8,400-square-foot Shari Flaming Welcome Center will be built in a parking lot south of the college’s library. Construction will start in mid-August with completion scheduled for June 1, 2020.


  • Novak says county held illegal secret session

    An allegedly improper executive session during a June 10 county commission meeting sparked commissioner Dianne Novak to object Monday to the minutes of that meeting. Novak said the executive session, called to discuss personnel performance of non-elected personnel, was actually to discuss her.

  • Tax cut could yield same revenue

    Cut tax rates but generate the same amount of money. Or keep the mill rate the same and have more tax money to spend. That’s the confusing but enviable dilemma county commissioners will attempt to resolve next week as they prepare their 2020 budget.

  • Judge takes wind farm filings under advisement

    A Geary County judge declined to hear arguments last week on a petition seeking a restraining order to prevent construction of a wind farm in the southern portion of the county. Opponents of the wind farm filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block construction from beginning on Expedition Wind Farm, being developed by National Renewable Solutions. The company last year purchased a wind farm development begun around 2010.

  • Landowners, county have a sticky problem

    The same wet winter and spring that has produced abundant grass and foliage has also produced an abundant crop of musk thistle, causing landowners to spend a lot of time and money controlling them. Musk thistle is an invasive weed that crowds out native species and livestock forage. The thorny, purple-flowering plant was brought to America from Eurasia and was first reported in 1852. It blooms from June through October, and one plant can produce 11,000 seeds. It’s spiny foliage makes it unsuitable for livestock.


  • Street rod business spins on parts, pups

    A love of tinkering with street rods and spending time with like-minded car fans launched Rex and Annette Watson into a niche business at Peabody. Although their Peabody showroom opened a year ago, the Watsons have owned Affordable Street Rods since 2012. The business itself began in Great Bend 30 years ago.

  • Drag race sets own standard

    While not as well known as ¼-mile drag racing, 1/8-mile races have their own appeal, said Bob Williamson of the Hillsboro car club. Most of the vehicles used are not the racecars sometimes seen on ¼-mile tracks.


  • Demarius Cox

    Services for high school camper Demarius Cox, 16, who died June 7 at Sky Ranch Horn Creek Church Camp in Westcliffe, Colorado, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Tabor College’s Shari Flaming for the Arts. Pastor Sara Jo Waldron will officiate. Relatives will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Hillsboro Mennonite Church. Interment will be at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

  • Dolores Johnson

    Services for Parkside Homes resident Dolores Johnson, 92, who died June 12 were Monday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

  • Donna Joy

    Services for Durham resident Donna Joy, 82, who died June 15 at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Durham Baptist Church. Born Oct. 15, 1936, to Kenneth and Pearl Steward Benningfield in Alva, Oklahoma, she married Melvin Joy October 21, 1955, in Alva.

  • Jerry Rader

    Services for Durham welder Jerry Rader, 70, who died Sunday at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, will be10:30 a.m. Friday at Durham Baptist Church, Durham. Born April 4, 1949, in Abilene to Alvie and Etta Rees Rader, he married Eileen Stefan May 10, 1997, in rural Lehigh.

  • Raymond Wiebe

    Interment for Hillsboro historian Raymond F. Wiebe, 92, who died Monday at Salem Home in Hillsboro, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery. Services will be scheduled later.

  • Esther Wiens

    Services for Parkside Homes resident Esther Wiens, 96, who died June 11, were Friday. Burial was in Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church cemetery. Born Sept. 21, 1922, to Jacob and Mary Woelk Berg, she married Ernest Wiens on June 2, 1950, at the Lehigh M.B. Church. He died in 2019.


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  • Funeral homes have new owner

    People may not have noticed, but Zeiner Funeral Home has changed ownership in the past month. The transition to Yazel-Megli-Zeiner has been seamless, with no interruption in service. Brad Yazel, formerly of El Dorado and now of Marion, is the new owner of the five funeral homes that Ty Zeiner owned in Marion, Hillsboro, Herington, Council Grove, and Whitewater.

  • New county engineer might not get state license in time

    New county engineer Brice Goebel was hired with the agreement that he will obtain his Kansas engineering license within 60 days, but whether he can obtain it in that time remains to be seen. Goebel got his license, which expires at the end of the year, in 2000 while working in Nebraska.

  • Goessel family to strut their horsemanship

    Three Goessel elementary schoolers will get to strut their horsemanship when they compete in the Appaloosa Youth World Championships June 20 in Fort Worth, Texas. Cael, Cannon, and Cree Jackson, competing as part of the family’s “C3” team, are each ranked among the best in the world for their youth events.

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  • Women allegedly burned, threatened

    One woman was burned with a cigarette and another threatened with a knife in separate domestic disputes this past week in Hillsboro, according to police. A 29-year-old Hillsboro man was arrested early Sunday for allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend if she called police to report that he had hurt her.

  • Tiny house turns into fledgling business

    Brandon Voth’s first house may be tiny — by design. But it’s also a prayer come true. And the start of a new business. “At the very beginning, when we decided we wanted to do this, we had no capital, no savings,” Voth said. “We prayed, ‘God, can you provide a way for us to do this without a loan?’”

  • An ending of an era; Funk's supply closing after decades of service

    A Hillsboro heating and air conditioning shop that got its start in a garage on Birch St. in 1969 and eventually landed in the 200 block of N. Main St. will write its final chapter when it is sold at auction Saturday. Throughout the decades, Funk’s Supply offered services outside of those they ended with. The business specialized in refrigeration but also sold Amana appliances. If your TV broke, that, too, could be taken to Funk’s Supply for repair.

  • Arrest likely in spree of car thefts

    Hillsboro police think they may have solved a series of recent car thefts and have submitted a suspect’s name to the county attorney for arrest and prosecution. The latest vehicle to be stolen was one that already stolen five days earlier from Amanda Ratzlaff.

  • Tabor Student begins reign as Miss Kansas

    Tabor sophomore Hannah Klaassen, 19, hopes to increase awareness of mental health issues and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network during her year as Miss Kansas. Klaassen, a psychology major, said Tuesday that she wanted to emphasize what people can do to maintain their own mental health and where to find help if they need it.

  • Kids as caregivers; Memory loss reverses roles of parents, children

    The natural order of things is for a parent to raise a child, but sometimes that lifecycle revolves back to the child caring for an elderly parent. Patsy Torres knows all too well what it’s like to care for an aging parent in an effort to avoid sending him or her to a nursing home.


  • Summer is reading time

    Every organized library in the county has a summer reading program. Several have introduced new ideas. At Marion City Library, 60 children are enrolled in a program called “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.”

  • County's trash tax to rise $10 to pay for new facility

    Marion County’s new transfer station will cost each residential property owner in the county an additional $19 per year. Commissioners on Monday voted to raise the county’s solid waste assessment fee from $81 to $100 annually to pay for construction of a $1.44 million transfer station they approved in April.

  • Small but dedicated crowd for Bluegrass at the Lake

    For Luanne and Terry Soukup of Goessel, Bluegrass at the Lake is an annual tradition. They attend each year. Their bluegrass-loving friends from other towns join them.

  • Cops want $10,000 to censor body cams

    Police are considering buying a computer and software costing nearly $10,000 so they can censor police body cam and dash cam video before releasing it under a new law. A new law requires police to provide video images to certain people, such as family members of crime victims, within 20 days of an incident.

  • Judge seeks court technology upgrade

    District Judge Michael Powers made a pitch to county commissioners Monday for upgrading the court’s media system. Old equipment used to display photo and video evidence and to conduct video conversations with experts as far away as Larned is in need of replacement, Powers said.

  • Players, coaches to be honored

    Hillsboro High School’s Abigail Sechrist will be honored as 2018 recipient of the LaVetta Loring Memorial Scholarship at Kansas Basketball Coaches Association all-star games Saturday in Salina. HHS coach Darrel Knoll will receive plaques honoring 30 years of service and 500 career victories.

  • Kids' football camp planned

    A summer football camp for kids entering first through eighth grade will teach fundamentals, rules, and terminology used by the Hillsboro High School team. High school coach Devin Metzinger will lead the camp, which also will involve high school assistant coaches and players.

  • Optimistic breeders, playful puppies spread cheer

    James and Cindy Griffittses’ average day now looks slightly different than it did a couple of years ago. Aside from an occasional shift that Cindy works in the lab at St. Luke Hospital, the couple is retired. Trading in stethoscopes and scrubs for belly rubs and ear scratches, the Griffittses operate C and J Ranch in a renovated church building on Yarrow Rd. northeast of Marion.

  • Good deed changes woma's opinion of law enforcement

    When Peabody resident Linda Culp saw part-time Marion sheriff’s deputy and Peabody officer Gary Slater approaching her house with a mower in tow, she was worried she was going to receive a citation. “I thought my lawn was too long, and he was going to get me for an ordinance,” she said. “Our mower has been under repair and we’ve been waiting for parts.”

  • Pilgrims with a cause, motorcyclists visit Kapaun Museum

    A group of 30 mostly Catholic motorcyclists from the Wichita area visited Pilsen Saturday to tour St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church and the Kapaun Museum. For Arnie Kroupa, who grew up in rural Lincolnville, it was a motorcycle pilgrimage.

  • Harvey House picnic is Sunday

    Florence Historical Society will sponsor the 18th annual Harvey House Picnic on Lawn at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the museum at 3rd and Marion Sts. The event will feature fried fish, mountain oysters, salads, side dishes, and homemade desserts, served by Florence Historical Society in exchange for donations.


  • Doris Ford

    No services are planned for retired homemaker and restaurant and school cook Doris Ford, 97, who died Sunday. Born June 19, 1920, in Marion to Ben and Mary (Ehrlich) Anderson, she was a lifelong Marion resident and member of Valley United Methodist Church.

  • Sandra Salsbury

    Services for Sandra Lea Salsbury, 80, who died Sunday at her rural Hillsboro home, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8.

  • Henry Redger

    Services for retired Tampa farmer Henry Redger, 98, who died Friday at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge, were to be at 10:30 a.m. today at Morning Star Mennonite Church, rural Tampa. Born Dec. 22, 1919, to Julius and Leah (Schmidt) Redger in rural Tampa, he and LaVerna Wedel were married Nov. 11, 1945, also in rural Tampa.

  • David Shiplet

    Services for Marion roofer David Wayne Shiplet, 57, who died Sunday at his home, will be 1 p.m. Thursday on hole No. 9 at Marion Country Club. Roger Hiebert will officiate. Owner and operator of Ship Shape Roofing, Shiplet is survived by his wife, Marla, of the home; daughter Balee Jean of Emporia; and son Dustin Lee of Lawton, Oklahoma.


  • Phyllis Jensen

    Phyllis J. Jensen passed away June 9, 2018, at her home at Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad, Nebraska, at the age of 88. Phyllis was born Feb. 6, 1930, in Marion to Willard and Helen (Richmond) Suffield.

  • Edward Silhan

    Edward G. Silhan, 83, of Marion, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. Edward was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Marion County to William and Elsie (Cerney) Silhan.

  • Thomas Smith

    Army veteran and former Boeing engineer Thomas H. Smith, 64, Marion, died June 9 at Lake Wilson. No services are planned. He was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Douglass to John and Delores Smith,.



  • Garden is therapy for business owner

    Having a backyard garden provides a place to unwind and relax for business owner Wendy Youk of Marion. The owner of Aunt Bee’s has a garden full of antiques, birdhouses, birdbaths, spinning wheels, and flowers. It’s almost too much to describe. She calls it her junk garden.

  • Wildflowers bring couple peach

    Although Eileen and Dean Hiebert’s wildflower garden was intended just to bring them pleasure, events last fall changed the focus. The Hieberts had decided they wanted their own wildflower garden after spotting one in Tulsa. They drove past it several times and decided to plant their own after talking to the Tulsa gardener.

  • Dry, not forgotten; Gardens still will be on tour Sunday

    Four Hillsboro gardens, including that of Larry and Judy Klein at 303 N. Adams St. in Hillsboro, will be open for viewing 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 during a garden tour sponsored by Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. Nonetheless, hot, dry weather is making it a challenge to keep gardens looking good.


  • Democrats hear of filings

    Eight Democrats have filed for precinct committeeman and committeewoman positions on the Aug. 7 primary ballot, Marion County Democrats learned at a meeting Saturday. Members Ann Car and Jan Helmer volunteered to work at a booth at the State Fair in Hutchinson.

  • Group makes walking fun

    Whether for health or sociability, an informal group of Hillsboro residents have begun walking together three evenings a week. Organized by Treena Lucero, they began walking May 30 and adopted the slogan, “Better Together.”

  • Harvey House picnic is Sunday

    Florence Historical Society will sponsor the 18th annual Harvey House Picnic on Lawn at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the museum at 3rd and Marion Sts. The event will feature fried fish, mountain oysters, salads, side dishes, and homemade desserts, served by Florence Historical Society in exchange for donations.

  • Canned goods needed

    Organizers of Marion County Relay for Life, a cancer fundraiser planned for Aug. 11 at Warrior Stadium in Marion, are seeking canned food items to place in luminaria that will line the track. Only about half the canned items needed have been collected. Contributions are being accepted at Hillsboro State Bank, Fast Reality and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce office in Hillsboro. Canned items will be donated to county food banks after the event.

  • Sister speaks at late brother's reunion

    Deanna Klenda of rural Marion recently spoke at his 60th class reunion for her brother, Dean, at Kapaun-Mount Caramel High School in Wichita. Dean was missing in action in Vietnam for many years until some of his remains were found and brought back to be buried in 2016 at St. John Nepomucene Cemetery at Pilsen.

  • Florence alumni banquet draws 142

    A total of 142 alumni, guests and teachers attended the 122nd annual Florence Alumni Banquet this year. Classes of 1943 through 2018 were represented at the gathering, which was moved to the Marion VFW post May 26 because of a water leak at Florence gymnasium.

  • Disability group to meet

    A public forum will open the regular monthly meeting of the directors of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, Newton.


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