• Becker wins big, Schroeder ousted, Colyer takes county

    Interim county commissioner Kent Becker, with 452 votes, won Tuesday’s election by a 2-1 margin over the next contender, Larry Cushenbery, who garnered 219 votes. Coming in only 28 votes behind Cushenbery was Craig Dodd, with 192 votes. All are Republicans.

  • Camper evades 10 cops, plane, dog for 5 hours

    What began with a camper trying to sneak into Hillsboro Cove without paying ended in a fruitless five-hour search involving at least 10 law enforcement officers, a tracking dog and a highway patrol airplane. A woman who was at the camper’s site, however, was arrested on unrelated charges.

  • City budget postponed for cuts

    Hillsboro city council will spend the next two weeks poring over places to snip and clip from the proposed 2019 budget, which raises the levy from 44.769 mills to 52.182. The proposed budget, at $9,618,545, is $516,342 higher than the $9,102,203 2018 budget.

  • Trio nabbed in drug raid

    A simple Harvey County warrant arrest Sunday at Goessel ended up anything but simple —deputies netted three people on suspicion of drug charges. Undersheriff David Huntley said deputies went to a Goessel residence to arrest a man on a Harvey County warrant for possession of methamphetamine. However, three occupants of the residence ended up being arrested.

  • New life given to contaminated ground

    An acre or two in the northeast corner of section 21 in Lehigh Township had laid dormant for 49 years after several train cars exploded in fall 1969, rendering it unfit to farm. A Santa Fe train was eastbound when four tank cars filled with liquid petroleum gas exploded as the train went through the property.


  • Commission splits on transfer station

    Thursday’s special county commission meeting had one item on the agenda, the Marion’s transfer station for recyclables. The project passed 2-1, but commissioner Randy Dallke had major reservations, he said.

  • Victims' trailer is getaway vehicle

    It wasn’t bad enough that thieves stole almost $30,000 worth of equipment and tools from Chad Cannon. They had the gall to use his own boat trailer to cart it away. Cannon stored a boat on the trailer. The thieves pulled the boat off and then used the trailer as their getaway vehicle.

  • Food bank assembles back-to-school materials

    For Peabody resident Kristina Roussell, the Marion County Resource Center Food Bank is a valuable resource with friendly service. “It helps us monthly, it helps with extra food,” Roussell said.

  • Suspicious man turns out to be roof inspector

    A “suspicious man on the roof of a Hillsboro house” turned out to be not so suspicious at all. A teen girl, home alone Aug. 1, called Hillsboro police in the afternoon to report a man on the roof of her house in the 300 block of N. Madison.

  • Tabor names interim athletic director

    Tabor College announced that head women’s basketball coach, Shawn Reed, was named interim athletic director. Reed will oversee day-to-day athletic department operations for 2018-19. “I am excited to serve Tabor and our excellent coaching staff, trainers and support staff in this role,” Reed said.

  • New immunizations coming to county

    Those allergic to regular flu shots could now have a flu vaccine to help them ward off the illness. A three-component flu vaccine and a vaccine against shingles are coming soon to the county health department.

  • Come 'Ask Jo' in Marion

    State representative candidate Jo Schwartz will be at Central Park in Marion 9:30-11 a.m. Friday for the “Ask Jo” program. The event is a time for residents to ask questions and get to know the 70th district candidate.

  • Blood drive Monday

    A Red Cross blood drive will be noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Parkview Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Appointments can be scheduled online at Redcrossblood.org and walk-ins are welcome.

  • Congressman to be in Herington

    Congressman Roger Marshall will host a community coffee 3 to 4 p.m., Aug 10 at the Pinup Café on main street. “I look forward to being back in Kansas this month where I can sit down with constituents and hear their stories and better learn what issues are most important to them, Marshall said.


  • Alice Bartel

    Former missionary Alice Edna Bartel, 92, died Aug. 3 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was born Sept. 28, 1925 to Daniel and Katherine (Ediger) Wiens in Marion County.


    Edward Barnett



  • State of the newspaper

    Forgive a moment of introspection, but as another summer draws to a close and home-that-isn’t-home once again beckons, it’s time to take stock of how your newspapers and the communities they serve are doing. Yes, it may be presumptuous of someone who, until retirement, will spend only four months of the year here, but sometimes it’s easier to see things when you aren’t staring at them every day.

  • State of the community

    Tax and spend, snipe and yell, boycott and conspire — then complain that everything gets worse and do absolutely nothing to make it better. It’s a game we as a community have become caught up in. We can spend more than a million on a revamped way-station for trash. We can spend thousands to come up with statistics “proving” why the best-paid people in the county need even more money. We can talk about beautifying streets but can’t seem to keep the power on for the stores on them. We can get caught up in what sort of big-dollar administrative structure is best for economic development — and spend years developing nothing by disagreement. We can even mess around with piles of silage and limos parked in protest. And all the while we can kill the messenger for conveying the message.


    Helga the hen to the rescue

    When government takes, we all lose


  • Caster to be headliner

    Brody Caster will be the headliner at the annual Florence Labor Day celebration Sept. 1, 2, and 3 in Florence. This year’s celebration will feature a co-ed slow-pitch softball tournament on Sept. 1.

  • County Democrats to meet

    Marion County Democrats will meet 10 a.m. Saturday in the Marion Community Center downstairs conference room for their mandatory re-organization meeting. District residents and county Democrats are welcome. More information can be obtained from Eileen Sieger at 670-382-2032.

  • It's all about Hett-itude

    “People who remember coming as children are returning with their own families, seeking to strengthen the family bond,” Wendy Hett of Marion said. More than 240 descendents of Heinrich and Katharina Hett will be in Marion this weekend for the 100th Hett family reunion.

  • Durham woman is Sunflower honoree

    Senior Citizens of Marion County chose member Joyce Medley of Durham as their Sensational Sunflower honoree July 20. She will be Marion County’s representative at the Sept. 18 Sunflower fair. Board members approved paying Medley’s registration as well as any board member planning to attend.

  • Giesbrecht family fundraiser Friday

    A special pie night fundraiser will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Hillsboro Memorial Park Scout House for Hillsboro resident Cris Giesbrecth. Giesbrecht, a former nurse at Parkside Homes, was recently diagnosed with a terminal brain mass.

  • Kaw Mission offers live music

    Bring your lawn chairs and sweet tooth to Kaw Mission to cool off with ice cream and live music by the community band. The event will be 6 p.m. Aug. 12, on the Kaw Mission grounds in Council Grove.

  • Relay for Life to be Saturday

    Opening ceremonies and a walk sponsored by Marion County Relay for Life will be 5 p.m. Saturday at Marion High School Warriors Stadium. The event will include a caregiver ceremony at 7 p.m., free pizza at 7:30 p.m., and a lighting ceremony at 9 p.m.


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  • College degrees and honors

    Burns — Jennifer Gannon Hillsboro — Emily Jost, Michael Heathcock

  • Food bank assembles back-to-school materials

    For Peabody resident Kristina Roussell, the Marion County Resource Center Food Bank is a valuable resource with friendly service. “It helps us monthly, it helps with extra food,” Roussell said.

  • Basketball coming to special ed co-op

    Students at Marion County Special Education Cooperative will have more opportunity for outdoor sports when school begins this month. A multi-purpose concrete sports pad will be used for basketball and other sports.


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