• Algae warnings renewed for 10th straight week

    For the 10th consecutive week, Marion County tourism is being challenged by blue-green algae advisories. The county’s bodies of water switched places on this week’s list of state advisories, issued Thursday.


  • 75-year-old trapped for 1 1/2 days in mud

    Brooks Beeton, a Shawmar Oil employee, was out checking gas and oil pumps Saturday when he heard someone yelling and saw him waving his hands from the ditch. When he stopped, he was surprised to find his Lincolnville neighbor, 75-year-old David Schneider Sr.

  • Intentionally deluged with no warning

    Monte Magathan probably thought that Marion had weathered the worst of the storms. At 5 p.m. Thursday he drove home under clear skies over dry ground, unaware that a decision to release water from Marion County Reservoir would force him to grab what he could in the middle of the night and run.

  • Amid $1 million damage, beloved cafe won't reopen

    Last week’s flooding hit Durham and its Main St. businesses hard. A beloved local eatery will likely close. Main St. Café owners Linda and Wendell Wedel said the decision to shut the doors is tough.

  • Wind farm approved in part

    Commissioners approved a conditional use permit for development of a wind farm, but took no action on a development plan submitted by the company Monday. Audience members had been told earlier there would be no public comment at Monday’s meeting because meetings were earlier held for people to voice their opinions.

  • Available near you: marijuana extract

    A marijuana extract believed to have multiple medical uses has shown up at several retailers in the county in recent months. A year ago, Kansas legislators voted to remove cannabidiol with no THC — the marijuana component that produces a “high” in users — from the state’s definition of marijuana.


  • Insurance agent honored

    Agent Jayson Hanschu of Hillsboro has been named an “all American” agent by American Family Insurance Group of Madison, Wisconsin. Hanschu, an agent with American Family for nearly 20 years, was honored for sales and customer satisfaction.

  • Drivers find bad luck backing up

    Residents in the 200 block of S. Ash St. in Hillsboro might want to look thrice when backing out of their driveways. Resident Carroll J. Perry, 41, was backing out of his driveway in his 2009 Ford Escape at 4:35 p.m. July 1, and Bryce G. Rader, 16, was backing out of his driveway in a 2018 Ford Fusion owned by Jennifer L. Rader, when the vehicles hit one another in the middle of S. Ash St.

  • Aulne to leave Methodists over gay marriage

    A clash over gay marriage and clergy is leading a local United Methodist Church to begin withdrawing from the denomination. The General Conference, the global tier of the United Methodist Church, in February voted that homosexuality is not compatible with church teachings. Thus, homosexuals cannot be ordained as ministers and same-sex marriages cannot be performed in United Methodist churches.

  • Body of missing boater found

    An autopsy report for a Eudora angler found dead at Marion Reservoir last week will take six to eight weeks to complete. According to coroner JoAnn Knaak, the body of Steve Meyer, 46, was sent to Topeka for autopsy, and toxicology results will take several weeks to complete.

  • Goessel senior attends FFA conference

    Goessel High School senior Alexandria Nickel made traveled last week to Washington, D.C. to take part in the National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference. She and adviser Alicia Cox participated in the conference with 70 FFA members from Kansas, and 300 members from four other Midwestern states.

  • Council hears audit report

    Hillsboro city council were not surprised by annual audits last week but accountants said the numbers do not include $13,318.39 in legal bills so far for a hospital mortgage foreclosure lawsuit filed in early January. Grace Huxman, of the accounting company Adams, Berens, Brown and Ball, pointed out that expenses for the hospital lawsuit were not factored.

  • Ramona's party 'only in America'

    Ramona’s Independence Day celebration Saturday offered plenty of activities all day, but Herington resident Nick Gonzalez said he enjoyed relaxing in the shade of Ramona’s post office. “I don’t like to be in the sun,” he said. “We sat over by the bank for three or four years, but there wasn’t any shade.”



  • Flooding inundates farms, destroys crops

    Hundreds of acres of farmland were flooded Thursday after intense thunderstorms dumped up to 7½ inches on northern Marion County. Durham’s main street was swamped by up to a reported 50 inches of water and Marion Reservoir swelled to record levels above its capacity, forcing release of water that led to flooding downstream. Alan and Neal Hett of Marion had 200 acres of wheat standing in flood water after Thursday’s rain, and at least 100 acres were underwater.

  • Jirak Produce takes a hit

    Ron Jirak, owner of Jirak Produce, has been battling inclement weather all spring, and recent rains have flooded many of his tomato plants, forcing him to abandon them. A wet, cold spring set the harvest season back three weeks. Located along Mud Creek in northern Marion County, his farms received 8 to 10 inches of rain Thursday.


  • Disastrous communication

    Amid a flood of good deeds washing up in the wake of high water over the Fourth of July weekend were troubling pieces of debris hinting of serious lapses in county emergency procedures. As usual, firefighters were models of preparedness and sacrifice. After monitoring roadways and assisting motorists and others in their own communities, volunteers from Peabody, Lincolnville, and elsewhere took time out of their own holiday weekends to travel to the other side of the county to help relief efforts in Durham — not just once but seemingly every day throughout the weekend.


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  • Love of grandparenting leads to new book

    Elaine McAllister loves being a grandmother so much, she is releasing a book of ideas to engage and share with grandchildren. “Celebrate Grandparenting” is McAllister’s debut book.

  • Hett, Bliss united in marriage

    Jeremy Hett of Marion and Kassidy Bliss of Halstead were married May 25 in an outdoor ceremony near his parents’ farm in rural Marion. Don and Dawn Hett are Jeremy’s parents. Dan Bliss of Bentley and Robin Bliss of Halstead are Kassidy’s parents.

  • Viviana Bustos

    Claire Mueller and Carlos Bustos of Denver announce the birth of their daughter, Viviana Ray Bustos, at 12:38 a.m. June 16 at Rose Hospital, Denver. Viviana weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long.

  • Tax money helps improve center lot

    A month after agreeing to give Marion Senior Center $700 in taxpayer money to help pay for $1,291 in parking lot rock, Senior Citizens of Marion County will consider additional requests for taxpayer funding July 19. The group’s 10 a.m. meeting at Hillsboro Senior Center also will include discussion of an upcoming senior fair and of adjusting the group’s bylaws to provide representation for each of five new county commissioner districts instead of the three present districts.

  • Disability group to meet

    A public forum is planned at the start of this month’s meeting of the board of Harvey-Marion County Developmental Disability Organization at 4 p.m. Monday at 500 N. Main St., Suite 204, in Newton.

  • County Fair's headliner has many talents, interests

    Singer Jaron Bell, who will headline Marion County Fair’s entertainment July 26, is proud of his success as a country artist, but it is far from his only talent. “I don’t know which one I get more excited by,” he said. “I love being on stage, but I get a thrill from being in a boardroom with a company interested in using my business.”

  • Water classes for toddlers planned

    Familiarizing children ages 6 months to 36 months with water will be the topic of two classes July 16 through 19 and July 22 and 23 at Hillsboro’s pool. The classes teach swimming readiness, provide safety information, and offer parents techniques they can use to help orient children to the water.


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  • Dramatic comeback leads to district title

    In a dramatic comeback, Marion County’s Cottonwood Valley League team pummeled previously unbeaten Abilene to claim an 18-and-younger Senior Babe Ruth district title this weekend in Haven. The Marion County / CVL team entered the tournament with a regular season record of 9-3 and opened with a tough 8-5 loss Friday to Hesston but fought its way back to the championship game, defeating Haven, 16-7, and then avenging its opening-round loss to Hesston, 6-5, in a thrilling, come-from-behind, walk-off victory.


  • Hundreds gather in tent city for swim meet

    “Cup your hands! Cup your hands!” “Push! Push! Kick! Kick!”

  • New trash truck to reduce manpower needs

    Hillsboro residents will soon see a more efficient trash and recycling service offered by the city’s sanitation department. The city council voted July 3 to approve specifications for a new side-load trash truck.

  • Congressman addresses trade, health care costs

    Tim Diener, quality control supervisor, presented a slide show of a history of Countryside Feed in Hillsboro before leading Congressman Roger Marshall through the plant to view bagged feed, overhead bins, and bagging equipment Friday. Regulations on the feed industry began in 1906 but exploded by two-thirds in 2011 with the Food Safety Act, Diener said. The veterinary feed directive that took effect in January 2017 restricted cattlemen in use of specific antibiotics.

  • Commissioner draw battle lines: Cut taxes or increase spending

    Battle lines as being drawn as county commissioners begin to debate whether to use a one-time reassessment windfall to cut taxes or increase spending. At stake appears to be what to do with a consultant’s report preliminarily concluding that county employees are underpaid an average of four percent.

  • US-50 to be rerouted onto US-56

    Highway traffic is about to pick up in central Marion County. For an estimated 35 days, starting around Aug. 20, through traffic going west on US-50 — the busiest road in the county, especially for semis — will officially be rerouted, with only local traffic allowed westbound between Florence and Newton.

  • Fire departments get relief funds

    County firefighters will benefit from $77,154.92 soon to be distributed by Kansas Insurance Department. The money is designated for firefighter relief funds, used to purchase accident, health, disability, and life insurance for firefighters in the event of injury or death in the line of duty.


  • Suspect arrested again

    A Herington man arrested by Peabody police in June on suspicion of possession of drugs and quickly airlifted to a Wichita hospital for treatment of an overdose was arrested again on similar charges when he returned to Marion County July 4. Gregory Mancuso, 52, Herington, was arrested July 4 by sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, driving on the wrong side of the road, and driving with an invalid license.

  • County will need to reboot IT discussions

    County commissioners’ attempts to accede to growing demands from department heads for more robust computer support ran into a series of system errors Friday. Two 45-minute sessions, questionably conducted behind closed doors, yielded few answers and multiple concerns.

  • Governor hopeful a different kind of Republican

    Traversing one of the reddest of red states in one of the reddest of red trucks you’ve ever seen, Jim Barnett isn’t your typical Republican gubernatorial candidate, even though he’s been the Republican nominee once before. In an era in which politicians are chauffeured in extensively decorated buses and limousines and surrounded by bevies of aides, Barnett appears in a truck, the only sign on which is a standard Ford logo.

  • Fire fighters become mudders to rescue dog

    A fire hose usually is used to put out fires, but one day last week it was used to wash mud off two firefighters, who crawled along planks to rescue a dog stuck in a country pond. A trip the dog might have taken many times before turned disastrous the evening of July 4. Walking into a pond to get a drink, the animal found nothing but soggy ground. Like many other ponds in the area, the pond was dry because of lack of sufficient rainfall to fill it.

  • A real bell-ringer

    No need to wonder for whom the courthouse bell tolls. As of now, it tolls for no one. At 11 a.m. Sunday, the clock chime seemingly performed its swan song when it rang continuously for 20 minutes before falling silent.

  • Wichitan wins putting contest

    Rex Kraus of Wichita sank a 30-foot putt to win the 14th annual putting competition last week at Pine Edge Golf Course near Goessel. The top finisher from Marion County was Lucas Hiebert of Goessel, who placed third. The top five divided a $925 prize purse.


  • Herb Guhr

    Services for Hillsboro native Herbert (Herb) Guhr, 92, who died July 3 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, were Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Born Jan. 1, 1926, to Reinhold and Anna (Wedel) Guhr, he married Doris Wiens on Oct. 5, 1948, in Hillsboro.

  • Billie Huckriede

    Services for Billie M. Huckriede, 94, who died Saturday at her home in Marion, will be scheduled later. Born Jan. 21, 1924, to Clarence and Mabel (Rosenberger) Cook in Greensburg, she married Edison Huckriede on March 28, 1943, in Ellinwood, Kansas.

  • Edmund Steiner

    Services for retired farmer Edmund Steiner, 102, who died last Thursday at Salem Home in Hillsboro, will be 10 a.m. this Thursday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen. Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


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  • Girls gear up to...crash

    “Hit them really hard and hope to be the last car moving” is the reason demolition derby driver Carla Hamm of Hillsboro competes. “My husband and many of his family have been involved for years. I’ve always been on the sidelines, and now it’s my turn to show them girls can do it, too,” she said.

  • Sharps into flats, Not music to your ears

    People who often drive country roads or live in rural areas know how hard such travel can be on tires. Flat tires are common and can be caused by the most unexpected things, like a brake pad in the roadway.

  • Top Tier gas includes cleaner

    \Not all gasolines are created equal, according to some local fuel sellers. The Cenex brand of gasoline contains an additive known as Top Tier.


  • Civic groups to welcome new teachers

    Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and Hillsboro Young Professionals will welcome new teachers to the Hillsboro school district at a free luncheon at noon Aug. 13 in the middle and high school cafeteria. Midway Motors is picking up cost of meals. Members are being asked to bring an item to donate to a drive to provide school supplies for students in need. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

  • Senior directors to meet

    Directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County will discuss requests for taxpayer funding when they meet at 9:30 a.m. July 20 at Burns Community Center. Also on the agenda will be discussion of who will represent the group as Sensational Sunflower nominee at the 2018 Sunflower Senior Fair.


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