• Hospital gets new management

    As of 1 p.m. Friday, Hillsboro Community Hospital is under management of Shawnee, Oklahoma-based Cohesive Healthcare Management + Consulting. Geary County district judge Ryan Rosauer’s late Friday morning ruling appointed Cohesive temporary manager of the hospital after an ex-parte hearing with lawyers for Bank of Hays and the City of Hillsboro. Both parties filed a joint motion late Thursday afternoon asking that Cohesive be appointed receiver.


  • Partial payment averts hospital utilities shutoff

    Although Hillsboro Community Hospital’s utility service was scheduled to be shut off at noon Friday because of $28,644.31 in unpaid bills, someone averted shutoff that morning by paying about half the balance due. The city was paid $16,664.31 Friday morning, according to a press release sent out by city administrator Larry Paine. Paine declined to say who had made the payment.

  • County meeting starts with drama

    Monday’s county commission meeting started and ended with drama. Before the gavel was struck to begin the meeting, someone —apparently by accident — triggered a panic button in the courthouse security system. In response, sheriff Rob Craft and deputy James Philpott scurried to the commission room to check out what was going on and ensure everything was OK.

  • Semi crash leads to serious injury

    Evan Stout, 67, Emporia, was seriously injured Monday when a semi headed north on K-15 crashed into his truck headed east on US-56 at 8:35 p.m. Jonathan Hewitt, 37, Wichita, failed to stop his 2007 International semi at a stop sign due to dense fog, crashing into Stout’s 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. Hewitt had no apparent injuries, but Stout required assistance to be extricated from his vehicle. Stout was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita by Marion ambulance.

  • Website struggles hinder county municipalities

    Maintaining an online presence is increasingly important, but trips to some of Marion County’s city websites show pages that are behind the times. Goessel is among the municipalities feeling the struggle.


  • Dapper Dan at sheriff's department

    With December clothing expenses of $664.07, including $18.75 in dry cleaning, it would seem the Marion County Sheriff’s Department are the best dressed in the county. But when looking at cash expenditures independently, the expenses make sense.

  • Backbone of America runs through county

    US-50 highway began as local stretches of trail roads before being linked together into a transcontinental route running from New York to Los Angeles. In Kansas, it runs from Kansas City to the Colorado line west of Syracuse. In Marion County, the original touring route zigzagged through the county on trails that took numerous turns, roughly following the present US-50.

  • Learn about local native cultures online

    What was life like hundreds of years ago for the Osage and other local native tribes? Where are they now? Annie Wilson of Elmdale, along with Osage tribal elders, cultural experts, artists, land managers, and educators, has developed 60 online lessons on native people of the Flint Hills.

  • Mortgage foreclosure likely to drag out

    A Bank of Hays petition for mortgage foreclosure against Hillsboro Community Hospital is likely to be a drawn-out process because of the number of defendants who have interests in the matter. Bank of Hays seeks a court order that the sheriff sell the hospital building and its contents, then distribute the proceeds first to Marion County to cover $322,322 in unpaid property taxes, and next to Bank of Hays toward more than $9.8 million owed on the mortgage, interest, and costs of the lawsuit.


  • Burning hot in his street rod in winter

    The consensus among car enthusiasts is that when the cold wind blows, the classic cars are stowed away until the spring. Roger Kaiser and his 1934 Ford sedan are bucking that trend. “I get out and drive it every two or three weeks, I don’t put it in storage,” he said. “It’s the best thing for it.”

  • Winter car maintenance holds yearlong implications

    Keeping vehicles in good condition is important all year, but consequences change during the winter. Not being prepared can leave drivers on the side of the road, unfit to take on the elements.

  • Shining a light on headlights

    It’s not uncommon for vehicle owners to check their tires or batteries, but how about the headlights? Most headlight covers are made of plastic, and exposure to sunlight breaks down the plastic coating, producing discoloration that obscures the amount of light put out.


  • John McClaskey

    Services for former carpenter and barber John Phillip McClaskey, 82, of Marion, will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Glidden-Ediger Chapel, McPherson. He died Jan. 10 at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. Burial will be 10:30 a.m. in McPherson Cemetery.

  • Vivian Mueller

    Services for Vivian Mueller, 88, who died Jan. 12, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery at 10 a.m. prior to services. Visitation will be 7-8 p.m. Friday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.



  • Lighting the end of a very dark tunnel

    I’d love nothing more than to regale you this week with the latest achievements of my multi- talented cat, who as a grand-pet for the past month learned numerous new begging techniques from her grand-mistress. Or I could seek your sympathy for having torn the front and rear bumpers off my car by striking debris from a semi blowout this weekend while driving back to Illinois, where I found that a coolant leak in the ceiling of my office at the university had sprayed my office equipment and furnishings with a toxic chemical.


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  • Card shower requested

    The family of Pauline Kristek requests a card shower for her 85th birthday. Cards can be sent to her at 2043 Marc, Salina KS 67401.

  • Local business supports Food 4 Kids program

    Ag Services president Mike Kleiber of Hillsboro, left, recently presented checks totaling $5,000 from Ag Service Inc. and Land O’ Lakes to Kansas Food Bank president and CEO Brian Walker. The money will be used by the food bank’s Food 4 Kids program to provide weekend packets of food to chronically hungry children in Hillsboro and Whitewater.

  • Farewell party scheduled for attorney

    A farewell reception will be held for county attorney Courtney Boehm 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 in the hallway of Marion County Courthouse’s top floor. Refreshments, including cookies and coffee, will be available. Boehm leaves her position in late January to become a district judge in Geary County.

  • Schools to receive breathalyzers

    Hillsboro Police Department recently received new preliminary breath testers that Families and Communities Together purchased using Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition funds. The new PBTs were approved for Hillsboro because its instruments were the oldest, FACT executive director Ashlee Gann said.

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  • School board approves joint softball team

    Hillsboro’s school board unanimously approved a 2-year agreement to allow Peabody-Burns high schoolers to participate in Hillsboro’s softball program. Superintendent Max Heinrichs’ contract was extended through June 2021. Custodian Vickie Huxman announced her retirement after 12 years at the middle school, which will take effect Feb. 1.

  • Hillsboro drops pair to Haven

    For those who may be thinking the Trojan boys’ basketball team has gotten things turned around, not so fast. Hillsboro’s three-game winning streak dating back to last year came crashing down Friday night at Haven in miserable winter weather, 64-59.

  • Hillsboro grapplers finish 10th at Halstead

    The Hillsboro wrestling team finished 10th of 21 schools at the Halstead Invitational Friday and Saturday with 89½ points. Jordan Bachman’s second-place finish paced six medalists.

  • Ominous weather threat forces rescheduling

    The final two days of the Trojan Classic basketball tournament in Hillsboro have been rescheduled due to this weekend’s threats of inclement weather. Friday’s second-round action moves a day ahead to Thursday with times and locations remaining the same and championship Saturday moved to Friday.

  • Goessel boys lose to Canton-Galva

    Goessel boys looked strong and poised in the first half of Friday’s game at home. The Lindeman brothers had all the Bluebird points in the first quarter, as Dylan intercepted three passes, which led to lay-ups, and Drew popped from the top of the lane as Goessel jumped out to a 10-4 lead at the end of one quarter.

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  • Peabody apartment fire forces evacuations

    One person was taken to a Wichita hospital and numerous residents are seeking alternative housing after a fire broke out at Indian Guide Apartments shortly after 8 a.m. A dispatcher could be heard urging a resident to get out of the building as Peabody, Florence, and Hillsboro fire departments were being dispatched at 8:10 a.m. to the complex in the 500 block of N. Vine St.


  • Last surviving sibling clings to family, friends

    When Jim Hett was growing up in rural Marion, he lived in a crowded household that included six brothers and two sisters. His last surviving siblings, sister Ellen Darrow and brother John Hett, both died in the same week about five years ago. Now that he is 90 and the last remaining sibling, he looks back with gratitude for the family he had.

  • Snow, cold, and wind, oh my!

    For a third time in less than a month, a blast of cold, arctic air hit the county Monday morning, sending people scrambling to deal with canceled schools, broken water pipes, slick roadways, and more. An underlying sheet of ice caused by Sunday’s melt, an overnight temperature plunge, and a rain/snow mix caused additional problems.

  • Commissioners choose $4.6 million option

    County commissioners aren’t skimping on trash, choosing a $4.6 million transfer station Tuesday over three less expensive options for reasons of safety and efficiency. Commissioner Kent Becker admitted sticker shock at the building’s projected price tag, but said that when the cost breakouts were explained to him, he understood.

  • Former director returns to rejuvenate family program

    After being without a director for six months, Families and Communities Together has been re-established with the return of Ashlee Gann in a part-time capacity. “We never wanted to get rid of FACT,” said board member Max Heinrichs. “With the loss of grant money, we could not sustain a full-time director. We are working to get it back on its feet.”

  • Marshall encounters same divisions locally

    It might have been a case of déjà vu for Congressman Roger Marshall at a public meeting Monday in Marion; as attendees reflected the same divisions he encounters regularly in Washington, District of Columbia. One side criticized President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress, and the other side supported them.


  • Margaret Debbrecht

    Services for Margaret (Wegerer) Debbrecht, 97, who died Friday at Via Christi Assisted Living in Wichita, will be today and Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 124 N. Roosevelt St., Wichita. A Rosary will be 7 p.m. today, and Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday. She was born July 21, 1920, to Francis and Mary Gertrude (Sandwell) Wegerer in Marion County. She graduated from Marion High School in 1938 and American Business College in Wichita. Margaret married Clarence J. Debbrecht on Jan. 26, 1946, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Wichita.

  • Richard Mosier

    Services for retired Herington dentist Richard M. Mosier, 90, who died Saturday, will be 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Herington. Inurnment will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Herington, with military honors. A complete obituary will be published next week.

  • Carolyn Platt

    Services for retired Topeka teacher Carolyn Platt, 83, who died Jan. 8, were Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, Topeka. Inurnment will be at Marion Cemetery at a later date. Born Sept. 18, 1934, to Harold and Freda (Greer) Platt in Wichita, her primary school years were lived in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Jack Regier

    Services for former farmer Jack Regier, 86, who died Tuesday at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be 11 a.m. Fridayat Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. He was born July 4, 1931, to Herman and Esther (Pankratz) Regier in Hillsboro. He married Evelyn Funk on Oct. 14, 1951, in Hillsboro.

  • Dorothy Scharenberg

    Services for Dorothy Scharenberg, 95, who died Sunday at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Aulne United Methodist Church, with interment following at Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence. She was born Aug. 24, 1922, to Morgan and Mary (Warlen) Lewis in Marion. She married Leo Scharenberg on Jan. 11, 1943, in Youngtown.


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  • Influenza makes early spike in county

    No one has to tell Melvin Watkins that influenza has struck hard and early this year. The 78-year-old Pilsen resident had an early October bout of influenza that hospitalized him for three days.

  • Frostbite can be serious

    Red or pale skin, numbness, or a tingling sensation while outside on a cold day can be the first signs of frostbite, a condition that can have serious consequences. Frostbite is caused by freezing of skin and underlying tissue. Ice crystals can form in the skin, and depending on how deeply tissue freezes, can cause tissue death.



  • Trojans salvage split with Haven

    For 24 minutes Friday night in Hillsboro, the Trojan girls’ basketball team actually had Class 3A’s top-ranked team, Haven, on the ropes, up 27-25 at halftime. Playing arguably their best half this season, the Trojans attacked the basket, shared the ball, and denied Haven’s deadly perimeter shooter Emmiley Hendrixson uncontested shots.

  • Goessel boys nab first win

    The Goessel boys lost Friday to powerhouse Elyria Christian, but it didn’t take the shine off the team’s first win earlier in the week. Although Goessel held an early lead against Elyria, the height of the visitors took its toll on the Bluebirds. Elyria led 9-5 at the end of one quarter, and jumped out to a 29-13 lead at halftime. Goessel’s 18 turnovers allowed the visitors to extend their lead to 45-17 at the end of three quarters. The lopsided game ended with a Bluebird loss, 53-29.

  • Trio of Trojans medal at Halstead

    The Trojan wrestling team scored three medals at the Halstead Invitational Friday and Saturday. Out of 22 competing schools, the Trojans, paced by a trio of medalists, captured 10th place with 69 points.

  • Bluejays volleyball coach transitions to teaching

    When Tabor College’s volleyball team takes the court in August in pursuit of a third consecutive trip to the NAIA national tournament, a familiar face will be missing from the sidelines. After 19 seasons as head coach, Amy Ratzlaff has decided to step away to follow a call to full-time teaching as assistant professor of health and physical education.

  • Tajchman receives teaching award

    A 2009 Marion High School graduate is the recipient of a statewide award for first-year teachers given by the state Department of Education. Colleen Tajchman, a teacher at Derby Hills Elementary School in Derby, was among 32 first-year teachers honored through the Horizon Award program, which recognizes outstanding teaching skills.

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  • Disabilities board to meet

    A work training program for people with disabilities will be on display when the board of directors of Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization meets at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Tabor College in Hillsboro. The board will hear from student interns and tour work sites for Project SEARCH, which is funded by the disabilities group.


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