• From tragedy, Tabor builds triumph

    Homecoming at Tabor College on Saturday was about much more than former students returning for reunions and campus festivities. It was about the family of Jenessa Hlad and her Tabor family celebrating her life and preserving her legacy through the naming of an athletic training room in her honor.

  • Holub lectures legislators on tax lid

    Commissioner Dan Holub waved a white flag Monday in his longtime battle to reverse between $20 million and $30 million of property tax breaks granted for the Keystone pipeline by the Kansas legislature. Holub has lobbied hard in public forums, bemoaning the loss of tax dollars that could have been used for county projects, include ng roads. It has been estimated the pipeline’s owner, TransCanada, would have had to pay between $2 million and $3 million annually over the 10-year life of the exemption.

  • A dozen fire departments battle to contain 3-county prairie inferno

    A massive grassfire that sparked near the northeastern border of Marion County raged approximately 17 hours on Monday and spread about four miles into two neighboring counties. At 1:49 a.m., Lost Springs volunteer fire department responded to a report of a grass fire spotted one mile east of US-77 on 360th Rd.

  • EMS transfer numbers steady, non-transfer numbers up

    EMS numbers for transfers in October may be down three from last year, but the number for non-transfer calls is still an issue. EMS director Brandy McCarty brought up at Monday’s meeting with commissioners that even though the number of transfers for October 2015 were 104, down from October 2014, non-transfer calls rose from 18 in 2014 to 32 this month.

  • City council approves new water pipes

    Tabor College’s proposed baseball and softball indoor practice facility has created issues with waterlines that run underneath where they want to build. “We don’t permit anything to be built over the top of a water line,” city administrator Larry Paine said, “so we are wanting to move that.”

  • FACT director to step down

    As director of Families and Communities Together, Ashlee Gann knows how influential parents can be on their children. That — or more specifically, her 2- and 5-year-old children at home — is why she’s stepping down from her position.

  • Hillsboro student to play at Grand Ole Opry

    When the National Association for Music Education honors concert band performs at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville next week, Hillsboro High School senior Allison Gray and her French horn will be there. Her journey to Nashville started in fifth grade, when Allison says she wanted to be different.


  • Honored county quilters share a caring thread

    A patchwork of 18 local quilters were honored for their artistic talents Thursday in a recognition ceremony during the 55th annual meeting of Senior Citizens of Marion County held at Marion Senior Center. A general sense of humble acceptance and accomplishment prevailed over the group as they accepted awards and absorbed applause.

  • Olson rekindles political advocacy as silver-haired legislator

    “I’m not a politician,” Mary Olson said, but the former Marion mayor still has her hand in politics as the county’s representative to the Silver Haired Legislature, which met Oct. 6 to 8 in Topeka. Kansas Silver Haired Legislature was established by legislative resolution in 1982 to advocate for issues important to the state’s seniors, which now total about 450,000.

  • Mammograms vital for seniors

    Some women who have been having annual mammograms since they turned 40 and have tested negative year after year may begin to question if the procedure is necessary as they get into their 60s and 70s. “A lot of older patients tell me ‘I don’t know why I keep doing this,’” St. Luke Hospital mammography technician Keri Helmer said. “Just because you’re older doesn’t mean a yearly mammogram isn’t for you.”

  • State surveyors declare assisted living facility care 'deficiency free'

    The day was Aug. 27 and both Donna Evans and Bonnie Sawyer were scrambling. Inspectors had descended upon Marion Assisted Living. State surveyors from Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services can come any time from nine to 18 months after the last survey they conducted — no additional notice is given.




  • Roads to Harry and David

    Let’s start by immediately squelching any speculation that we’re about to announce in this column the impending arrival in Marion County of a local outlet for gourmet foods retailer Harry and David. Instead, Harry would be Harry Bennett, former Marion County resident, longtime subscriber, and occasional contributor to the paper via letters to the editor. David would, of course, be me.



  • Spooks, zombies to haunt Florence gym basement

    The Florence gymnasium at 6th and Barker Sts. will become haunted the next two weekends. For the second consecutive year, the Florence Labor Day committee will be hosting a haunted house from 7 to 10 p.m. on the evenings of Oct. 23, 24, 30, and 31 There will be prizes for all kids who survive the experience after they exit the basement. For young children and toddlers, the tour will be toned down. Refreshments also will be served.

  • Transportation directors say school buses do better when kept inside

    School buses in Marion County travel many miles on country roads taking students to and from school. Transportation director Bob Mueller of Centre said older buses had just one computer that kept the engine running but additional technology required since 2007 to control emissions makes the newer buses more vulnerable to breakdowns. He said emissions systems are mounted on the underside of buses.

  • 5 named students of the month at HHS

    Five students will share student of the month honors at Hillsboro High School. Freshman Abby Driggers, junior Vance Klassen, Lydia Kliewer, Kalen Moss, and Avery Unruh are October’s winners, selected by faculty and staff.


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  • Trojans capture home tournament title

    Perseverance in close games, including a 33-31 set in a semifinal thriller against Augusta, catapulted Hillsboro to the championship of its home tournament Saturday, as the Trojans appeared to be coming together well a week before they make a run at another state tournament appearance. “I knew it was going to be a slow start and it was going to be a long haul, but they really have grown, and grown with each other,” coach Sandy Arnold said. “We showed a lot of character and growth today, not just in our strategies and skill, but also in our confidence and character.”

  • Hesston throttles Hillsboro, 56-14

    Winless Hillsboro got off to a disastrous start against Hesston on Friday, giving up 110 yards and two touchdowns in the first minute of the game, as the Trojans fell to 0-7 with a 56-14 loss. Anticipating the larger Threshers would rely on the ground game, Hesston caught the Trojans flat-footed when they came out passing. The Threshers scored on their first play from scrimmage with a 60-yard strike, and after forcing the Trojans into a three-and-out, scored on a 50-yard pass on their second play of the game.

  • Trojans come up short at league meet

    The Trojans cross-country team met hard competition Thursday at the Central Kansas League meet in Lyons. “Unfortunately none of our high school runners placed in the top 15, which is what it took to medal and be designated all-league,” coach Stuart Holmes said. “Abby Driggers and Tucker Moss had some of the strongest races.”

  • Goessel dominates league tournament

    Goessel won the Wheat State League volleyball tournament Saturday at Little River for the fifth time in six years. The Bluebirds held opponents under 10 points in seven of the 10 games they played, outscoring them by a combined 250-78.

  • Goessel football loses to Solomon

    The undefeated Solomon Gorillas dominated Goessel 60-14 on Friday at Goessel. Solomon scored 30 points before Goessel could get on the scoreboard. Josh Schmidt broke the Bluebirds scoring drought with a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Chase Flaming ran in the conversion, making the score 8-30.


  • Calendar of Events

  • Genealogy workshop offered Nov. 14

    A free genealogy workshop will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Carnegie Library in Council Grove. The workshop is sponsored by the Council Oak Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Kansas Society DAR. The one-on-one workshop will provide assistance for beginners wanting to trace their lineage back to the Revolutionary War.

  • Parkside to hold hymn sing

    The public is invited to a hymn sing at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. The audience will be asked to choose favorite hymns to sing together.

  • Red Cross seeking donations

    American Red Cross is seeking donors to give blood before the holiday season is in full swing. Red Cross will be in Marion from 2:15 to 6:15 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Holy Family Catholic Church.

  • Family bingo back by popular demand

    Marion Recreation will sponsor family bingo from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Marion Community Center Ballroom. Admission is free. Mayor Todd Heitschmidt will be the bingo caller. Prizes also will be distributed.

  • Youth basketball deadline is near

    The deadline for signing up for Marion’s Youth Basketball League for 3rd to 6th grade boys and girls is Oct. 31. Dates for the 2015-2016 regular season games are Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26, and Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Post-season tournament games are Feb. 6 and 13.


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