• EMS head tired of contention with commission chairman

    Ongoing conflict with commissioner motive for resignation By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer After two years as head of Marion County Emergency Medical Services, director Ed Debesis’ last day is Thursday. He and his wife, Melissa, are moving to South Carolina, where he will work as a paramedic.

  • Big trucks make big impact in Hillsboro

    Lights of emergency vehicles flashed as more than 100 people bustled about on Hillsboro Elementary School grounds. It wasn’t the scene of a major accident, it was the annual Big Trucks event hosted by Marion County Parents as Teachers (PAT).

  • Weekend wrecks across county injure eight people

    Eight people were taken to hospitals over the weekend after sustaining injuries in three accidents involving seven vehicles. US-56 south of Lehigh

  • Countryside Feed to merge with Midwest Ag Service

    Countryside Feed LLC, Hillsboro, and Midwest Ag Service LLC, Seneca, will merge operations and begin serving customers as one company effective Nov. 1. The new company will operate as Countryside Feed LLC from its headquarters in Seneca, a town in northeast Kansas. Midwest Ag chief operations officer David Rethman will be the company’s chief executive officer.

  • Drought persists despite recent rains

    Rains that fell in August regenerated vegetation and lifted everyone’s spirits. “A little water does wonders for people,” farmer Monty Stuchlik of Lost Springs said. “Everyone feels better.”

  • County commission hires interim EMS director Tuesday

    The county commission announced Robert Church as interim director of Emergency Medical Services Tuesday. He comes to Marion with 18 years experience as a paramedic. For the past year, Church worked in St. Luke Hospital. He spent the last eight years as a nurse, working for Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.

  • Hillsboro arts and crafts fair a well-oiled machine

    Considered by many as the best show in the area, the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts fair might be the largest one in years. Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Association director Brenda Wall said usually 30,000 to 40,000 people attend the event.


  • Silage owner gets more time, must post bond

    A municipal judge last week gave the owner of a silage pile at the west end of Main St. a 30-day extension to remove the silage, but ordered him to post $30,000 bond. Lincolnville feedlot owner Mike Beneke has skirmished with the city since he piled silage on his property in July. He was quickly notified by the city to remove the silage because it violated city codes, then notified to remove it alleging it was a health hazard. Beneke appeared in municipal court, where he was ordered to remove the pile within two weeks. He requested another hearing for a second extension.

  • Hillsboro water overhaul gets underway

    Thirty-seven Hillsboro residents met Tuesday with city water department employees, city administrators, and EBH engineering employees to discuss water work underway on the east side of the city. “We took them through the scope of the project,” Mayor Lou Thurston said.

  • Judge nominations sought

    Geary County, a part of the 8th Judicial District that includes Marion County, has a judge vacancy created by the retirement of judge Maritza Segarra. A nominating commission is seeking nominations to fill the vacancy.

  • Auxiliary wins gold award

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary was awarded a Gold Award of Excellence Sept. 7 at the annual Kansas Hospital Association convention. The award was earned by completing 18 requirements. The auxiliary’s mission is to promote and advance the welfare of St. Luke Hospital and Living Center and Marion County Home Care.

  • Local POW camp to be topic of meeting

    Friday’s Lifelong Learning program at Tabor College will feature a historical report by Peggy Goertzen, director and archivist at the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies. She will present her research on the German prisoners of war who were housed at Peabody during World War II. The session will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Heritage Lobby of Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

  • Study says county employees underpaid

    Consultants hired to do a county salary study recommended a new pay plan to county commissioners Monday. Close to 50 percent of employees are behind the market on minimum starting pay, and 80 percent of employees are under the market pay rate, Malayna Maes and Victoria McGrath, of McGrath Human Resources Group said.

  • Youth to compete at livestock show

    Seventeen area youth will be showing animals Oct. 5-7 at the Kansas Junior Livestock Show at state fairgrounds in Hutchinson. They will be showing cattle, lambs, swine, and goats. Cash will be awarded for the top five animals in market and breeding categories of all four species.

  • Moran to be in Marion on Saturday

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran will be at Marion Community Center 9:10 a.m. Saturday as part of his annual listening tour. The public is invited to share feedback on the critical issues facing Kansas and the nation.


  • Coach balances cross-country, medical practice

    At first glance, it is easy to tell Kodi Panzer is a runner. She has the build and gait of someone who has logged thousands of miles on open roads. Directing her runners at Hillsboro high school, she looks right at home as the new cross-country coach.

  • Surgery gives woman new outlook

    Vickie Jirak of Ramona was obese and had been contemplating stomach reduction surgery for years but was afraid of dying on the operating table. Then she realized she might die without it. She was physically healthy and most of her children were grown, but she had a 13-year-old son, Elias, who needed her to be there for him.

  • Director receives training

    Management and leadership are different things, but a little of both is needed for effective leadership. That is what registered nurse Peni Ens learned while attending a leadership institute sponsored by Kansas Hospital Association this summer.


  • Isaiah Gabriel Andres

    Services for Isaiah Gabriel Andres, 16, Peabody, were Saturday at Peabody-Burns High School. He died Sept. 8 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, from injuries sustained in an accident. He was born Nov. 21, 2001, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Kristin Davis and Craig Andres.

  • Brad Jewell

    Services for Brad Jewell, 65, who died Sept. 12 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, were Sept. 14 at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. He was born March 8, 1953, to Don and Laverta (Hoover) Carlson Jewell at Abilene.

  • Anna Loewen

    Services for Anna Loewen, 88, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. She died Thursday in Wichita. She was born December 28, 1929, to George and Susie (Franz) Kliewer in Henderson, Nebraska.

  • Billy Widler

    Services for Billy Irving Widler were Saturday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. He died Sept. 10 at Cedar Point.


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  • Trojans hold off surging Wildcats

    Trojan football coach Devin Metzinger couldn’t wait for the clock to hit zero Friday night in Hillsboro’s home opener against the Haven Wildcats. Or for his defense to get a stop on fourth down with the Wildcats knocking on the door at Hillsboro’s 21 with under a minute left and dash any chance of forcing overtime.

  • Bluebirds fight off grinding Wakefield offense

    Friday’s game with Wakefield was the last non-district game for Bluebirds football, but it did count as a Wheat State League game. Goessel received the opening kickoff and marched down the field for nice gains running and passing. Zach Zogleman broke free from tacklers and went 34 yards for the Bluebird’s first score. Luke Wiens punched in extra points and the Bluebirds led 8-0 at the end of the first quarter.

  • Goessel boys cross-country takes third

    Goessel boys finished one point behind to capture third place Thursday at the Bennington meet. Southeast of Saline dominated the race, finishing 62 points ahead of the Bluebirds.

  • Southern teams too much for Bluebirds

    Only two matches were scheduled for the Bluebird volleyball team Thursday, but both teams they faced were 3A schools last year. The Bluebird team gained experience and stunned Sedgwick by winning the first set 23-25. The Cardinals fixed some mistakes and took the next two sets, 25-12, 25-17.

  • Trojan harriers compete at Herington

    With Mother Nature being a formidable opponent for the Trojan cross-country team, it showed no signs of being rusty despite not competing in over a week with the Sept. 8 meet washed out. The Trojans returned to action Sept. 13, competing at Herington, with all of coach Kodi Panzer’s runners bettering their times from the first meet.

  • College degrees and honors

  • Goessel and Hillsboro School menus


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