• Race features ghouls, toilet paper rolls, and fun

    Planning for the fifth annual Great Pumpkin Race is nearing the finish line for volunteers and coordinator Kelly Linnens as the Oct. 19 race date draws near. Patrons young and old dress up and take part in the 5K at 9 a.m., and ¼-mile kid’s race at 9:30 a.m. Some come as their favorite TV or movie character, some as a super hero, and one as an empty toilet paper roll said Linnens.

  • Several fall events planned for Goessel

    An outdoor worship service followed by a potluck meal will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at West Branch Park in Goessel. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and table service and food to share. Contact Goessel Mennonite Church at (620) 367-2446 for more information. An afternoon “faspa” or lunch, at the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum will be Oct. 13. The event will feature a hymn sing beginning at 3 p.m. at the preparatory school, and faspa served at 4 p.m.

  • Chisholm Trail Outfitters deal more than guns

    Owners of Chisholm Trail Outfitters Craig Dodd and Jim Navrat say business has boomed since moving to their new and bigger location on Western Heights Rd. in Hillsboro, from a previous location on Western Heights Rd. “It’s been very successful with lots of local participation,” Dodd said.

  • Octoberfest is Saturday in Lincolnville

    Every year, the annual Lincolnville Octoberfest provides a lot of activities and entertainment for youngsters, and this year is no different. Children’s activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the crowning of princes and princesses at Lombard and Main Sts. They will ride in the 11 a.m. parade.

  • Newton Humane Society seeks owners of dogs from Marion County

    Two lost dogs were picked up Sept. 25 at 220th and Indigo Rds. and taken to Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton. One is a young adult, medium-sized, black and tan female dog and the other is a young adult, black and white medium-sized, male dog.

  • Mud racing satiates need for speed

    Dirty, sloppy, loud, and fast are words that only scratch the murky surface of all that goes into the heavy horsepower beast that is mud bog racing. Charlie Holub can tell you all about it. He has competed in various mud racing events for the past 15 years.

  • Countywide service date planned for late April

    Nicole Sanders is only a freshman at Peabody-Burns High School, but she is already making an impact on the county. After presenting an update for the garden she planted on the southwest corner of the county courthouse, she asked for a countywide community service date, which commissioners agreed with.

  • Work on Cedar, Birch and Date streets OK

    In a short Hillsboro City Council meeting led by council member Byron McCarty one item of business was discussed. Grant counsel Rosemary Saunders of Ranson Financial met with council members to get their opinions on work completed on Cedar, Birch, and Date Sts.

  • Library to benefit from fundraiser

    Panzer Chiropractic Clinic will be offering $10 adjustments to established patients Oct. 9 to raise money for the Hillsboro Public Library. Chair massages will also be offered for a donation.

  • Government shutdown hits reservoir, USDA

    In light of the recent federal government shutdown on Tuesday, no new visitors will be allowed into, or reservations accepted for, campgrounds at the Marion County Reservoir operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “What I know right now is that we were told to report today,” Marion reservoir office clerk Torey Hett said Tuesday. “We are in the process of shutting down the park and public use areas, that includes the campsites, boat ramps, and swim beaches.”



  • Turbo Kick provides dynamic workout

    Before Tammy Ensey moved to Marion, she made a list of things that she did not want to give up. When she noticed that Marion did not have anyone who taught Turbo Kick exercise classes, becoming a certified instructor was at the top of her list. “I participated in Turbo Kick classes at the YMCA in Wichita for seven years,” Ensey said. “This is my first attempt at teaching.”

  • Health and fitness is a walk in the park

    At least 40 young people in eighth grade and high school converged on Lincolnville City Park Sept. 22 to install 20 exercise stations along a route that winds through the trees. “I was very pleased with the turnout,” city parks and recreation chairman Sherri Pankratz said.

  • Federal proposal would reduce hospitals' reimbursements

    St. Luke Hospital and Hillsboro Community Hospital administrators aren’t worried by a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would reduce the amount they are reimbursed for Medicare services, but they do see it as part of a trend of seeking to cut rural health care. St. Luke and HCH are both designated as critical access hospitals. That designation, designed for rural hospitals, gives them higher reimbursement rates for Medicare services, specifically 101 percent of the cost of services.


  • Lifelong Learning events to be part of homecoming weekend

    Two Lifelong Learning events will be part of the Tabor College’s homecoming weekend. Walton Rural Life Charter School Principal Natise Vogt will give a presentation Oct. 4 titled “Not Your Ordinary Elementary School.” Her presentation will explain how she developed an agriculture-based school in Walton. She is a 1979 Tabor graduate.

  • Local exhibitors display livestock at junior show

    Of the 716 participants in the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, 21 youths from Marion County exhibited their livestock. Before the Auction of Champions, KJLS gave $20,500 worth of scholarship money to 12 exhibitors. Of that group, Nicholas Meyer of Tampa earned a $2,000 scholarship. Results Cedar Point Cody Parmley: 12th, dark crossbred market barrow; 6th, dark crossbred market barrow. Corin Parmley: 10th, crossbred market lamb; 11th, commercial ewe lamb; 12th, meat goat; 15th, meat goat; 6th, crossbred market lamb; 6th, Yorkshire gilt. Durham Lauren Geis: 1st, Yorkshire gilt; 8th, light crossbred market barrow; 8th light crossbred market barrow. Lisa Geis: 3rd, light crossbred market barrow; 4th, dark AOB gilt; 5th, dark crossbred market barrow. Hillsboro Bryce Roberts: 3rd, Hampshire market lamb; 3rd, crossbred market lamb. Landon Roberts: 7th, natural market lamb. Sa Rae Roberts: 8th, crossbred market lamb; 8th, Hampshire market lamb. Lincolnville Callie Riffel: 8th, Duroc market barrow. Jensen Riffel: 3rd, dark crossbred market barrow Kailyn Riffel: 10th, dark crossbred market barrow. Marion Cassidy Hill: champion, Dorset breeding ewe; 2nd, crossbred market lamb; 4th, commercial ewe lamb; 5th, Suffolk market lamb. Newton Devon Gaines: 3rd, crossbred market steer; 4th, Angus breeding heifer. Morgan Gaines: 3rd, Hereford market steer. Weston Gaines: 12th, crossbred market steer. Tampa Cailey Barney: 10th, crossbred market lamb; 6th, commercial ewe lamb. Jared Barney: 2nd, crossbred market lamb. Zach Barney: 9th, commercial ewe lamb. Elizabeth Meyer: 2nd, Angus breeding heifer; 8th, crossbred market lamb. Nicholas Meyer: 6th, Hampshire market lamb. Kara Riffel: 14th, meat goat; 2nd, meat goat; 8th, commercial doe kid. Kyle Riffel: 10th, meat goat; 12th, commercial doe kid.


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  • Hesston runs over Trojans

    The Hillsboro Trojans did some good things on offense Friday against the Hesston Swathers, compiling 450 yards of offense and passing 100 yards rushing. However, three Hillsboro drives that came up short in the red zone and a phenomenal night rushing by Hesston’s Ryan Schadler spelled defeat for the Trojans.

  • Weber finishes second at home

    Allison Weber placed second in the Trojan Invitational tennis meet Thursday. She faced Cara Anderson of Wichita Independent in the finals, and the match went to a tiebreaker at 7 games apiece. Weber lost the tiebreaker 7-1. Earlier in the meet, she defeated Caroline Engel of Wichita Collegiate 8-0 and Sydney Breault of Circle 8-2.

  • Goessel volleyball wins 6th league match

    The Goessel Bluebirds came home from Solomon on Tuesday with two decisive Wheat State League volleyball victories. In the first set with Little River the teams were tied at 13. Goessel amassed an 12-3 run and won the set 25-16. Page Hiebert, Erin Brubaker, and Olivia Duerksen kept a mixture of pounding and tipping to keep the Redskin defense off-balance.

  • Goessel football picks up first win

    The Goessel High School Bluebirds stopped a three game losing streak on Friday with a 46-28 win at Burrton. Goessel jumped out ahead 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and scored another 20 points in the second period, leading at halftime 40-6. Only Burrton would cross the goal line in the third quarter, giving the Bluebird fans hopes for their first win. Goessel’s defense allowed Burrton 19 first downs, but only two touchdowns in the fourth period.

  • Seniors receive honors for top grades

    Several Hillsboro High School seniors have received honors from Kansas University for finishing within the top 10 percent of their class. Students and their parents were honored at a banquet on Sept. 25 in McPherson.

  • High school sports reclassified

    Marion and Hillsboro sports teams will begin seeing different competition in state and sub-state competitions. The Kansas State High School Activities Association released new classifications for high school sports Friday. Marion will be reclassified in 2-1A, from 3A, for football in 2014 and 2015. Hillsboro will be reclassified in 2A for all sports other than football, effective immediately.

  • Sechrist finishes third at KU

    A muddy track and traffic jams did not hamper the Hillsboro cross-country team’s spirit as they participated in the University of Kansas Rim Rock Farm Classic Saturday outside Lawrence. Coach Stuart Holmes said he usually tries to arrive at meets early so the team can warm up.

  • Bluejays upset on road in overtime

    Entering last weekend ranked eighth nationally, the Tabor College football team was knocked off in Sterling by the Warriors. After Tabor took a 38-31 lead on running back James Monroe’s fourth touchdown run, Sterling answered with under a minute and a half left to tie the game.

  • Alumni to receive honors

    Brent Kyle and Natise Vogt will be the focus of Tabor College’s homecoming festival celebration at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Wichita’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. Kyle, a 1999 graduate, will receive the Young Alumni Medallion Award for his work as assistant professor of philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy.


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