• $5,000 minimum set for motel sale

    Although it stands to lose as much as $30,000 in back taxes on the property, Marion County will require a minimum bid of only $5,000 when a former Florence motel is auctioned off at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Courthouse. Commissioner Dan Holub and Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman expressed concern about what they regarded as a low minimum bid.

  • Newton hospital to open clinic in Hillsboro

    Local hospitals are wary of Newton Medical Center’s plans to open a clinic on the east edge of Hillsboro. President and CEO Steve Kelly confirmed Monday that the hospital plans to purchase and demolish Hillcrest Motel at 808 E. D St. and replace it with a family practice clinic.

  • Hopes for emergency manager: professional coordination

    Sheriff Rob Craft, deputy Jim Philpott, 911 supervisor Linda Klenda, and Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee told county commissioners Tuesday about their hopes for a new emergency manager. Steketee said fire chiefs from across the county met recently and discussed the position.

  • HHS grad wins 3rd sports information award

    Scott Nuss, a 2003 graduate of Hillsboro High School, won his third consecutive sports information director of the year award last week. He won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference award for his work in his first year as Southwestern College’s sports information director. He also won in 2011 and 2012 while at Newman University in the Heartland Conference.

  • Painter prefers working in large format

    Fern Bartel, rural Goessel, has been painting her latest work — a mural of a longhorn on the wall of the Branding Iron café — off-and-on for about a month. “I’ve always really wanted something on the wall,” café co-owner Rod Boese said.


  • Asbestos could delay old jail's razing

    Marion County’s plans to raze its former jail by year’s end may have hit a snag. Environmental health director Tonya Richards confirmed Monday that all six tests she performed on insulation from ducts in the old jail were positive for asbestos.

  • County unveils aerial photo, mapping system

    Marion County unveiled its new mapping and aerial photography system in training sessions Thursday and Friday. Pictometry International Corp. updated aerial photos of the county and installed them in its Pictometry Online system earlier this year after county commissioners approved paying $119,000 over three years for the service.

  • Paddle boat races to return to lake

    Marion County Lake will have organized paddle boat races for the second year. This year’s event will include up to six races — two-person boats, four-person boats, and canoes/kayaks, each with divisions for boaters 12 or younger and older than 12.


  • McEntire charms audience

    Susie McEntire entertained a Marion County Fair crowd of nearly 450 Sunday at USD 408’s Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. “I was very impressed about the numbers who were there for the type of event that it was,” said, Marion Mayor, Mary Olson.

  • Fair to start with a dunk tonight

    There is something other than humidity in air. The Marion County Fair is here. The annual parade will kick off at tonight at 6 p.m. The theme will be “Boots and Bling.”

  • McEntire charms audience

    Susie McEntire entertained a Marion County Fair crowd of nearly 450 Sunday at USD 408’s Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. “I was very impressed about the numbers who were there for the type of event that it was,” said, Marion Mayor, Mary Olson.

  • Dog show kicks off fair week

    Kids and dogs from around the county competed Saturday at the 4-H dog show that kicked off Marion County fair-week at the Hillsboro Fair Grounds. Participants competed in three events, agility, showmanship, and obedience.

  • Veggie growers pray for rain

    Though they are only 11 and 9, sisters Aubrey and Kalea Craig of Florence are no strangers to the Marion County Fair. Each has competed in different events in years past. “I mainly compete in quilting,” Aubrey said.

  • Twins face off at county fair

    Emily and Madeline Meier are sisters from Goessel. Both are 13, and each is the other’s mirror image. They are twins. Both raised livestock for the Marion County Fair this year. Each have steers in different categories. However, both raised charolais heifers that will compete in the same category.



  • New paint can brush away years

    Although it has been more than 20 years since dentist W.C. Jessen’s heirs sold his big two-story home on Vine Street, there are still plenty of people in Peabody who refer to it as “the old Doc Jessen place.” Cory and Daneece Foth bought the house in 1999 and plan to stay in it until another generation refers to it as “the old Foth place.”

  • Decorating trends moving toward darker wall colors

    When Delores Dalke of Hillsboro began selling real estate in the 1970s, the trend in home decorating was to have colorful walls. But, by the 1990s, conventional wisdom changed to say that walls should be light and neutral in color, at least if you were going to sell the home. The idea was that if a room’s walls were a neutral color, the owners could decorate it and accent it as they wanted. The truth, though, was that most people decorated with neutral furniture, as well.

  • Couple to remodel historic stone home

    Tobe and “Red” Moore were camping with their family at their new property off Sunflower Road when a man stopped for some information. Greg Kite of the Historical Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County was inquiring about the 19th century stone home located on the property just south of Marion on Sunflower Road.

  • Decoration changes with times

    Brad and Jeannie Wildin’s County Seat Decorating Center, just celebrated 35 years of business, and has gone through many changes since purchasing the business in 1978 from Walt Oelschlager. “When we started out, we had a small business loan,” Jeannie said. “We had to learn to live creatively.”

  • USDA funds available for home repairs and improvements

    U.S. Department of Agriculture loans and grants are available for home repairs and renovations, including construction of storm shelters and safe rooms. The agency’s loan and grant program for single-family homes can finance improvements that remove health and safety hazards for owner-occupied homes.


  • Children learn about Fishers of Men

    Children from Hillsboro, Durham, and Lehigh attended Bible school last week at Durham Baptist Church. The theme was “Fishers of Men.” Wayne and Linda Friesen spent the weekend of July 13-14 in Salina with Justin and Amy Friesen, and baby Levi.

  • Couple weds at Alexanderfeld Church

    Clayton and Betty Wiebe, and Nelson and Bev Wiebe and family attended the wedding of Heidi Hiebert and Ross Dirks of Geiger, Ala. July 14 at Alexanderfeld Church near Hillsboro. Hiram and Rhonda Wedel of Iowa spent July 13 and 14 at the home of Roy and Nadine Davis. Rick and LeVae Koehn and sons were additional guests. On July 13, they had dinner at the Davis home. On July 14, they attend the wedding of their cousin at Alexanderfeld Church. The Wedels returned to Iowa July 14.

  • Fundraiser planned at senior center

    Cottonwood Valley band will provide music for a sloppy-joe and ice cream social fundraiser Aug 23 at Hillsboro Senior Center. Suggested donation for those 60 and older is $3.15. The full price for anyone younger than 59 is $5.

  • 11 compete at nationals

    Centre Future Business Leaders of America had its largest number of members ever qualify for this year’s national competition June 27 to 30 in Anaheim, Calif. Eleven students competed in five categories.

  • Farm life to be on display

    Farm life will be showcased 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at the 17th annual Day on the Farm at Duerksen/Knepp farm, 1582 Falcon Road, Hillsboro. Stick horse races will run at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Participants should bring their own stick horses though a few additional ones will be available.

  • Therapy dog to appear at library

    As part of the library’s summer reading program, Bella, a 4-year-old Dogue de Bordeaux therapy dog, will be available for people to read with at 10 a.m. Friday at the public library. “The library has been really nice in letting us start this program two years ago before Bella certified,” she said. “We’ve been taking her to the library since then.”


  • Erna Mae Yeagley

    Erna Mae Yeagley, 94, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2013. She was born May 24, 1919, in Satanta, Kan. She is predeceased by her parents, Ray and Mary (Wolf) Swink and her sisters, Pauline and Ragene. She graduated from Wichita North High School in 1936 and married her classmate, Harold Priddle.


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