• City workers spruce up the town

    Fire hydrants are looking brighter, canopies more open, and streets cleaner in Hillsboro, all due to an extra effort on city workers’ parts to spruce things up. “I don’t think it is necessarily because the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair is coming soon,” Mayor Delores Dalke said. “Rather it is just a case of somebody doing something that looks nice, and others getting on board to make their areas look nice, too.”

  • CRP hay sales now allowed

    A change last week in U.S. Department of Agriculture policy puts money in Conservation Reserve Program participants’ pockets if they signed up for emergency haying and grazing provisions. “Generally, haying, livestock grazing, or harvesting and selling product from CRP acreage is not allowed,” county executive director of the Farm Service Agency program in Marion, Bill Harmon, said. “But the emergency haying contract allowed participants to cut up to 50 percent of grassland for their own use. A policy change now allows those participants to sell what they have produced from those acres, with no restrictions.”

  • Sex offender arrested in Hillsboro

    A registered sex offender was arrested Aug. 22 in Hillsboro by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Hillsboro Police Department, and Marion County Sheriff’s Department. About 7 a.m. Nicholas Christopher Knittig was arrested at his workplace and his residence at 302 N. Washington St., Hillsboro, was searched in accordance with a warrant, Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning said Friday. Investigators did seize evidence from his home.

  • Hillsboro gets money for intersection lanes

    Hillsboro has been awarded $627,400 for a highway project from Kansas Department of Transportation’s Geometric Improvement Program. With the funding, the city will add acceleration and deceleration lanes on the eastbound side of U.S. 56 at the intersection with Adams Street, City Administrator Larry Paine said Tuesday. Currently traffic turning off or onto eastbound U.S. 56 at the intersection has to deal with 65 mph traffic behind them as they slow down or speed up.

  • Dedication planned for Santa Fe Trail signs

    A ceremony to dedicate signs marking the Santa Fe Trail in Marion County will take place at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 23, at Cottonwood Crossing Historic Interpretive Kiosk, 1.5 miles west of Durham. Dignitaries representing the National Park Service, Santa Fe Trail Association, and county government will take part in the ceremony to celebrate the placing of more than 100 signs. Marion County is the first county in which the Santa Fe National Historic Trail “family of signs” has been fully implemented.


  • Sheron Kay Baker Bailey

    Sheron Kay Baker Bailey, 62, died Aug. 20 at her residence in Florence. She was born Feb. 18, 1950, to Charles Ray and Helen Louise Ellis Baker. She was a certified dietary manager at West View Manor in Peabody.

  • Gary A. Bartlett

    Gary A. Bartlett died Monday evening in his home in Wichita. He is survived by wife Sheryl, children, Bob and Kelly, and four grandchildren.

  • Darrel R. Hanson

    Darrell R. Hanson, 66, died Aug. 20 at Newton Medical Center. He was born Nov. 21, 1945, in Beatrice, Neb. He graduated from Peabody High School. He was a retired machinist

  • Ruth E. McGinnes

    Ruth F. McGinness, 83, passed away Aug. 21, 2012, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born near Peabody, the daughter of Cornelius and Bertha Wall Klein. She graduated from Peabody High School and attended Kansas State University. On Aug. 29, 1948, she was united in marriage to Edward W. McGinness; their family grew to include two children:David and Marilee.

  • Jayne Olson

    Jayne Olson, 82, died on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at home in Arkansas City, Kan. Memorial services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City. Private family interment will be in the Parker Cemetery at a later date. She was born on Jan. 7, 1930, in Barnard, Kan., to George and Jewell Cummings Nelson. Jayne married Robert “Bob” Olson in Glasco, Kan., and together they had six children.

  • Edna Toews

    Edna Lois Toews, 91, died Aug. 20 at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge. She was born Aug. 23, 1920 in Marion, to James E. and Gertrude Cornwell Grubb. She married Geovennie Toews on Oct. 3, 1943. He preceded her in death in 1999.



  • Bowers enjoys native flowers and plants

    Hot, dry conditions this summer left many gardeners feeling helpless to save their flowers and decorative arrangement materials, but not Mary Beth Bowers. Bowers uses native Kansas wildflowers and pasture plants to create arrangements and decorate her two homes north of Marion, as well as to share with others.

  • Summer was hard for gardens

    This summer’s drought has turned a promising start of the growing season into a struggle to keep gardens alive. Thanks to a mild winter and early spring, gardeners got off to one of the earliest starts in memory, with one farmers market vendor selling “June” strawberries in April. “Things set on so nice, then it just got dry,” said gardener Shana Thornhill of rural Marion.


  • ESU offers free business workshop

    Emporia State University Small Business Development Center will offer a free workshop 3 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 for those thinking of starting a small business. Registration is required by Sept. 6 by email to ksbdc@emporia.edu or by calling (620) 341-5308. The workshop will cover information about marketing, management, and writing a business plan.

  • Scam involves computer virus

    A new virus posing as an FBI agent is freezing computers and alarming users across the country according to the Better Business Bureau of Kansas. Infected computers display a shocking popup that tells owners they have illegal materials on their computers and demands payment. Computers infected with the FBI MoneyPak malware display a message using the FBI seal and citing several legal documents. The message says, “Your PC is blocked due to at least one of the reasons specified below.” The reasons include owning or distributing copyrighted material, pornography, or malware.

  • Wedding dress review is memorable

    If it were a movie, Frieda Bentz would have watched Allison Basore walk down the paper-thin aisle in her wedding dress and the dress would come alive again with young fluid strides. Instantly and vividly, Bentz would have been transported back to March 14, 1943. She would have seen herself again as a young bride. She was nervous on the windy, sunny March day. There were so many things to do. The feeling of excitement and anxiety would have filled her again like a fountain warming her entire body.

  • State reports more cases of West Nile Virus

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials confirmed five more cases of West Nile virus in the state, and are watching 14 additional cases. Of the 19 total cases now reported in Kansas, one patient died due to the disease carried by mosquitoes. As of Friday, the case count by county in Kansas was Sedgwick, 12; Harvey, 1; Douglas, 1; Pottowatomie, 1; Reno, 1; Stafford, 1; Sumner, 1; and Trego, 1. No other details about the death or confirmed cases were available at press time.



  • Goessel Elementary School recognized by state for Title I program

    Goessel Elementary School learned Friday that the school had been recognized as a Title I Reward School by the Kansas Department of Education. The recognition is given to the top 10 percent of Title I schools, based on high academic performance or high academic progress, Superintendent John Fast said. GES was recognized based on sustained high scores in reading. Title I is a federal program focusing on the reading skills of young students, especially at-risk students.

  • New teachers, staff start at Hillsboro

    Hillsboro schools have several new teachers and professional support staff members to begin the 2012-13 school year. Lance Sawyer

  • Goessel district adds 2 new teachers

    Goessel USD 411 has two new teachers on staff this year, junior high language arts teacher Brittany Hiebert and third-grade teacher Allison Krehbiel. Hiebert is an alumna of Goessel High School, where she graduated in 2007. She earned a degree in elementary education at Bethel College and student-taught at the Urban Life Center in Chicago at Sawyer Elementary School.

  • HMS enlists student help in fundraising

    Hillsboro Middle School’s annual student fundraiser began Tuesday and will continue through Sept. 10. HMS secretary Pati Funk said the fundraisers were implemented several years ago to fund field trips instead of having parents pay for field trips. The fundraisers, which involve sales of cookie dough, gifts, and cups, also pay for “memory books” — essentially soft-cover yearbooks — for the students. Other projects the fundraiser has helped with include replacement of locker room lockers, equipment for the school kitchen, and bringing speakers to the school.


  • Hillsboro volleyball wins CKL tournament

    Hillsboro High School volleyball head coach Sandy Arnold told her team that opponents would be gunning for them. The Trojans nearly faltered in the first week of the season against a team they had already defeated. Hillsboro dominated much of the Central Kansas League Tournament on Saturday. The Trojans defeated Kingman, 25-9 and 25-10; Halstead, 25-17 and 25-21; Nickerson, 25-10 and 25-7; and Pratt, 25-22 and 25-17, in the semifinal round. They were taken to three sets in the first match of the day against Hesston, 20-25, 25-21, and 25-20, and surely enough they faced the Swathers again in the championship match.

  • Freshmen hitters add depth

    Hillsboro, meet Alex Ratzlaff and Shannon Heiser. As freshmen they start at outside and middle hitter respectively for the Hillsboro High School volleyball team. The rest of the Central Kansas League was introduced to the stellar freshmen Saturday at the CKL preseason volleyball tournament. They helped the Trojans dominate to win the second CKL title over the past three years.


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