• Voters favor expanded commission

    Marion County commission will go from three members to five after 2,450 voters voted in favor and 2,016 voted against a ballot question asking if the commission should change to a five-member district. Dianne Novak, who first brought up the idea of a five-member commission, was pleased to hear the measure passed.

  • Hospital CEO resigns

    Hillsboro Community Hospital has an interim CEO effective today in the wake of CEO Marion Regier’s resignation. Regier, who said she is retiring to spend more time with family and grandchildren, said she will leave by the end of this month, with the exact date depending on when an interim CEO is ready to assume full responsibility.

  • County worries about roads near wind farm

    A pair of representatives for Enel Green Power and a pair from Kirkham Michael were asked to appear before county commissioners Monday to discuss concerns about roads surrounding the Diamond Vista wind farm. Given the number of people working on the project, making sure everyone knows not to damage roads or nearby land is importamt, commissioner Kent Becker said.

  • Legion making difference for veterans, community

    While the American Legion has a reputation as a social group for veterans, it’s also about continuing service by helping the community, Hillsboro’s Post 366 commander Josh Plenert said. “We try to serve veterans and children,” Plenert said. “We do lots of stuff, sponsoring teams like little league baseball.”


  • Area 4-H members, clubs get awards at banquet

    Sunday evening the Marion City ballroom was full of laughter, clapping, and celebrating. Marion County Extension held their annual 4-H achievement awards with a banquet and individual awards presentation. Ninety people helped celebrate members’ year-end accomplishments.

  • Seniors can learn about power of attorney

    People wanting to learn about Durable Power of Attorney assignments can attend an information session at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Marion Senior Center. Attorney Paul Shipp, Kansas Legal Services, will talk about Durable Power of Attorney forms, what a DPA is, why it’s useful, who needs one, how to choose the person to appoint as DPA, and how to revoke it.

  • Youngsters to join 'Hansel and Gretel' performers

    Tabor College Opera will present three performances of “Hansel and Gretel” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8-10 in the Prieb Harder Black Box Theater in the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. This year’s show will involve dance students from Hillsboro’s Studio 23 as well as a children’s chorus put together specifically for these performances. Stephenson said between dancers and singers, 35 children will participate.

  • KDOT approves bids

    Kansas Department of Transportation approved bids in October for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Marion County. The half-mile of K-168 from US-56 to the southern city limits of Lehigh will receive milling and overlay at a cost of $82,707.

  • Angel Tree applications available

    Applications for Hillsboro’s Angel Tree are available at Hillsboro State Bank, USD 410 schools, and Hillsboro churches. The Angel Tree is a giving opportunity to make sure people in the community have gifts for Christmas.

  • Farm conference registration due Monday

    Kansas Rural Center’s 2018 Farm & Food conference will be Nov. 16 – 17 at Hotel at Old Town Conference Center in Wichita. Registration is open until Monday. Conference costs are $70 per day, or $135 for both days.

  • Organists share musical history

    A history of the first 200 years of the organ in American colonies and the United States will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday in Richert Auditorium at Tabor College. David and Jeannine Jordan will tell the story, “From Sea to Shining Sea,” using music, anecdotes, and visuals.

  • Hillsboro raises electric rates

    Hillsboro electricity customers will see an increase in their utility bills Jan. 1. Hillsboro city council members voted Tuesday to increase both base rates and price per kilowatt charged for electricity in order to meet the 2019 electricity budget.


  • Veteran relates Vietnam War experience

    Peabody resident Scott Weber was 20 in January 1968 when he was drafted for the Vietnam War. What followed was a completely new view of life — and often not a good one.

  • Veteran reflects on time in Korea

    For Walter Norman, joining the Navy in 1951 was a split-second decision that carried implications for the rest of his life. He graduated that May, and was stationed in Japan by the end of the year.


  • Head Start promotes skills

    Lesli Beery has been Head Start teacher at Marion for 11 years. Classes are in session twice a day Monday through Thursday at the elementary school. Beery said preparing 3- and 4-year-olds for school is one of the goals of Head Start, but just as important, or more so, is teaching them how to handle situations and relate to people.

  • Scholars' bowl showcases knowledge

    The term “high school extracurriculars” refers to a broad range of activities — sports, musicals, forensics, and chess club. Scholars’ bowl is different because it relates to students who excel academically.


  • Bill Skaggs Jr.

    Services for retired phone company employee Bill Skaggs, Jr., 92, of Topeka, who died Oct. 30, were held Nov. 3 at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Topeka. Burial with military honors took place in Mount Hope Cemetery. He was born Aug. 26, 1926 in Joplin, Missouri, son of William Pascal and Blanche Burtrum Skaggs.

  • Leola Unrau

    Services for Leola M. Unrau, 82, who died last Saturday at Parkside Home in Hillsboro, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Interment will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Lehigh Mennonite cemetery. Family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

  • Helen Vogel

    Services for Helen Marie Vogel, 82, who died Friday at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, were at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman. Helen was born June 16, 1936 to Henry J. and Elizabeth Klaassen Voth at Mountain. Lake, Minnesota.


    Dan Stucky



  • In remembrance of the future

    Dates often sear themselves into our memories. Except for the youngest among us, most remember exactly what they were doing when they heard of airliners crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Others recall when they learned that John Lennon had been shot, or Elvis Presley had died. Those approaching or beyond retirement probably recall hearing of the assassinations of Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Kennedy. People born earlier may recall where they were during the Cuban Missile Crisis, or at V.J. and V.E. Days, or even at the announcement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.


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  • Giving Tuesday is Nov. 27

    Hillsboro Community Foundation is having a Giving Tuesday event from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at the city building. Giving Tuesday is every year after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday to kick off the charitable season of holiday and end-of-year giving.

  • Bean harvest better than expected

    Farmers were working like crazy this past week bringing in the bean harvest and sowing wheat before another rain came along Sunday night. It has turned out to be a wet harvest, with slow, soaking rains that kept farmers out of the fields for days on end. They sometimes fought soft ground to bring in the crop.

  • Health fair brings steady crowd

    Business was steady throughout the morning during the 2018 Marion County Health Fair. People lined up to get blood tests, carotid artery ultrasounds and flu shots, along with visiting booths where they could learn about health services available for county residents.

  • Old Mill Rd. closed across reservoir dam

    A portion of Old Mill Rd. running across the dam at Marion Reservoir is closed until early 2020 for construction of a new bridge. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pawnee Rd. will serve as an alternate route during construction. Pawnee Rd. connects to US-56.

  • Santa to appear at Legion post in Hillsboro

    Santa Claus will be a special guest from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at American Legion Post #366 in Hillsboro during the 2018 District IV homecoming. Refreshments will be served.

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  • Magical season ends for Hillsboro

    Getting beat by a team like Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan is certainly no disgrace. The Panthers don’t lose often.

  • Hillsboro basketball starting up

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission is accepting signups for basketball through Junior Athletics of the Midwest. Hillsboro High School boys’ coach Darrell Knoll and girls’ coach Nathan Hiebert will host Saturday practices to stress fundamentals and game situations. Parents, local coaches, and high school players will assist. Visit https://hillsboroks.recdesk.com/
    Community/Home to register. The recreation commission will be sponsoring open gym 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Nov. 14, and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, starting Nov. 18. Participants need to bring their own basketball and a separate set of clean basketball shoes. For additional information, contact Doug Sisk at recreation@cityofhillsboro.net or (620)947-3490.

  • TEEN to meet in Hillsboro

    The Technology Excellence in Education Network (TEEN) will meet 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at USD 410 District Office, 416 S. Date, Hillsboro. For questions or information, call Lena Kleiner at (620) 877-0237.

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  • County attorney gets KBI officer shooting report

    With a state investigation complete, it will now be up to County Attorney Courtney to decide if an officer-involved shooting in Lehigh nearly five months ago was justified or if charges should be filed. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation into a June 20 officer-involved shooting in which Robb Stewart of Lehigh was killed.

  • Thurston wins in landslid,, voters reject county administrator

    Lou Thurston was a runaway winner for Hillsboro mayor Tuesday, taking 520 votes over Charlotte Kennedy Takahashi’s 200 votes. “We’re extremely excited and also very humbled by the turnout,” Thurston said. “We’re looking forward to serving the people of Hillsboro.”

  • Athlete suspected of robbery, battery

    A redshirt freshman football player on Tabor College’s fall roster was arrested by Hillsboro police Saturday on suspicion of robbery and battery related to an altercation that took place in an alley near Hillsboro High School. Antonio E. Mitchell of Murrieta, California, was taken into custody after police investigated a report of an alleged confrontation that happened at 10:45 p.m. Saturday in an alley in the 100 block of S. Adams St.

  • Humanity in the midst of chaos

    Doug Young wasn’t directly involved in a firefight during the Vietnam war, but his memory of a tribal girl who lived in a village nearby the brutality of an infamous North Vietnam campaign has left him with lingering questions. Young was drafted into the Army in 1968 at age 23. He spent his first six months in Vietnam at Ankha, then was sent to Pleiku for another six months.

  • County fair organizers need theme thoughts

    Marion County Fair organizers are turning to the public for help in choosing a theme for next year’s festivities. There are no set guidelines, other than avoiding repeating previous themes. This year’s theme was “Country Pride, County Wide.”


  • Sweet deal: Pop's pie problems resolved

    Diners hoping for a slice of pie may have found a not-so-sweet surprise at some October meals: no pie at Pop’s Diner — not apple, cherry, pecan or pumpkin. Pop’s owner Tim Peterson said the restaurant was without its pie-maker after an employee quit. They turned to a woman in the Peabody community for fresh, homemade pies to feed customers’ appetites for dessert.


  • Bonnie W. Sill

    Services for Bonnie W. Sill, 91, of Herington, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Burdick United Methodist Church. She died Monday, Nov. 6, at Legacy of Herington. Born Nov. 11, 1925, at Dunlap, she was the daughter of Charlie F. and Mary (Vickers) Combs.


    DeAnna Lee Ramsey-Bryant



  • Herefords still a breed of choice

    When Stuart and Lea Isaac of Hillsboro took over the family farm after the death of his father, Irwin, four years ago, they decided to start a cowherd. “If we are going to have cows, I want them to be Herefords,” Lea told Stuart.

  • Kansas Rural Center to offer a farm, food conference

    A farm and food conference sponsored by Kansas Rural Center will be Nov. 17-18 at Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan. The conference theme is “Driving the change that matters: practical and political solutions for our farm and food future.”


  • Remember and honor

    Time had not robbed everything from 87-year-old Wellington Goddin as he flew through Texas skies six years ago in an old C-47 military transport plane. More than 60 years after he piloted C-47s in the South Pacific during World War II, some memories of those days were vague, others gone altogether. He wasn’t at all the same physically as the strong, healthy young man who answered the call to serve.


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  • Tabor Thanksgiving benefit concert is Nov. 19

    The crowning point of a decade of musical partnership will fittingly play out in a concert dedicated to giving and thanks when Tabor College choral ensembles perform their fall concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The benefit concert for Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association will be the final Tabor performance at the church, as performing and visual arts programs will soon move into the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on campus.

  • Health fair attracts people for education and services

    Emily, Hailey, and Chloe Gilkey got their chance to play doctor at Saturday’s Marion County Health Fair. The girls each gave physicals to teddy bears at Hillsboro Community Hospital’s booth. They listened to the bears’ heartbeats, checked their eyes, mouths, and ears, and gave them flu shots.

  • Transportation department announces highway project

    Kansas Department of Transportation has approved a bid that includes sealing K-15 highway from the US-56/K-15 junction north to the Marion/Dickinson county line. Vance Brothers Inc. of Kansas City will do the work. No timeline was given.

  • Tabor to present free concerts

    Tabor College Symphonic Band will present “Prairie Dances,” a musical depiction of early life on the prairie, at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro M.B. Church. The ensemble is directed by Shawn Knopp.

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    Residents have Sunday guests

    King's Daughters meet


  • Agriculture learning goes beyond classroom

    Learning a life of agriculture is more than just selling cattle and showing sheep. FFA students learn an array of community, social, and leadership skills, which are needed for living in small, farm-based communities. FFA member Landon Roberts, a freshman at Hillsboro High School, is preparing to take his swine and sheep to competition in Phoenix, Arizona, over Christmas break.

  • Citizenship in Action seeks youth participants

    Youth, 13 to 18 years old prior to Jan. 1, are invited to register for Citizens in Action, a two-day event to be held at the Kansas Capitol on Feb. 18-19. Participants will have an opportunity to meet their state legislators and learn about how to be involved in legislative decisions that affect their communities. They will tour the capital building and can schedule meetings with their local legislators.

  • Music students named to ensembles

    Students from four county schools will perform with regional Kansas Music Educators Association ensembles. Five instrumental and 11 vocal musicians will perform Dec. 2 at Wichita East High School with KMEA South Central District bands and choirs.


    Goessel, Hillsboro


  • Seniors to meet

    Senior Citizens of Marion County board members will meet at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Peabody Senior Center. Peabody seniors will be serving lunch. Reservations are due by Nov. 15 and may be made by calling (620) 983-2226 or (620) 382-3580. Transportation requests are due Nov. 16.

  • Two blood drives upcoming

    American Red Cross will hold two blood drives in the county in coming weeks. The first will be 1:15-6:15 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 415 N. Cedar St., Marion. The second will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at Centre High School, 2374 310th St., Lost Springs.

  • County Democrats to meet

    Marion County Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. Attendees are asked to bring items for Marion County Food Bank. All precinct people and county Democrats are urged to attend.

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