• Teen golfer battles a new hazard: rare spinal cancer

    In what seems like a blink of an eye, a family’s life went from normal to scary uncertainty. More than six weeks ago, Thane Hurst was an average 14-year-old Hillsboro High School freshman with a passion for golf.

  • Youths take to the streets to paint the town red (and other colors)

    Jobs program is painting the town red — and other colors By SUSAN BERG Managing editor When asked what they are doing this summer, teens typically say they are watching TV, hanging out with friends. baby-sitting for siblings, swimming, helping around the house, playing video games, or doing “nothing much.”

  • Bicyclists practice what they preach

    “How did you spend your summer vacation?” Three young people from Colorado and New Mexico, will have an interesting answer when they tell of meeting strangers and seeing the U.S. from the seat of a bicycle.

  • Cancer relay raises nearly $50,000

    Relay for Life of Marion County raised more than $49,500 this weekend. Twenty-two teams participated. More than 70 survivors and caregivers took the opening lap of the relay Friday night in USD 408 Sports Center after unpredictable weather prompted a move indoors.

  • Hillsboro to celebrate 125th anniversary

    Hillsboro will be abuzz with activity this weekend when residents celebrate the city’s 125th anniversary. Farmer’s Market, 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Schaeffler House — Sloppy joes will be served. Music will be provided by Three Docs & A Quack.

  • Step back into past at Schaeffler House

    As Hillsboro celebrates its 125th anniversary, the William F. Schaeffler House will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The house, now a museum, re-opens Saturday with an antique car show 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., an 1870-1937 fashion show 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and a fried-chicken picnic dinner 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • 125 years and building: Lumberyard shares birthday

    E.R. (Ezra) Burkholder was ahead of his time. An ambitious and progressive man, he came to Hillsboro in 1882 from Ontario, Canada.

  • Countdown is on for July 4th

    With one weekend remaining before the 88th annual fireworks extravaganza, Peabody Fourth Celebration Society is winding down the building of display pieces. “We have about five more to build,” chairman Brian McDowell said. “We have been able to get most of them done and this next weekend should take care of it.”

  • Ceremony to mark monument relocation

    The 101-year-old Lost Springs monument on the Santa Fe Trail will be relocated in a public ceremony July 3. More than 500 area families donated to construct the monument, which was dedicated July 4, 1908.


  • Otto Bentz

    Otto Anton Bentz, 90, of Tampa died June 16 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center. Born Jan. 4, 1919, to Phillip R. and Elsie (Bruns) Bentz on his family’s farm north of Tampa, he was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church and confirmed into the church May 20, 1934.

  • Anna Enns

    Anna Enns, 90, a former missionary to Africa, died Saturday at Salem Nursing Home, Hillsboro. Born July 14, 1918, in Chinook, Mont., to David J. and Elizabeth (Reddig) Enns, she was preceded in death by a brother, William; stepbrother, John F. Knaak; and two sisters, Bertha Schultz and Alice Enns.

  • Elfrieda Pagenkopf

    Retired Tampa and Herington postal worker Elfrieda A. Pagenkopf, 88, died Monday at Herington Municipal Hospital. Services were to be at 11 a.m. today at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Herington. Burial was to follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

  • Robert Risenhoover

    Robert Neal Risenhoover Jr., 66, former owner of MarBowl Lanes, Marion, and PlaBowl Lanes, Herington, died Friday at Legacy Park, Peabody. Born May 22, 1943, in Galesburg, Ill., to Dorothy and Robert Risenhoover Sr., he was raised at Wichita Children’s Home.

  • Duane Schierling

    Livestock nutritionist Duane Schierling, 55, died Thursday in Hillsboro. Born Feb. 6, 1954, in Hutchinson, he married Jill Westbrook on Feb. 23, 1980, in Quinter.

  • Lorraine Walker

    Homemaker and farm wife Lorraine E. Walker, 87, died Friday at Parkside Home, Hillsboro. She also worked as a school cook and nurse and at a manufacturing plant in Newton.



  • Rain slows harvest, but tests are good

    Weekend rains totaling three-quarters of an inch to more than two inches have slowed this year’s wheat harvest, which began last week in all parts of the county. Marion and areas south of town had an additional half-inch overnight Sunday.

  • Atrazine questions remain

    Professor Philip Barnes’s presentation Thursday about water quality in Marion Reservoir left some attendees with different impressions. About 98 pounds of atrazine washed into the reservoir in 2008, Barnes said.

  • 'Harvesting is the best part'

    Sitting with Ronnie Carlson inside the air-conditioned cab of his combine is almost as pleasant as having a conversation with him in his living room. Outside noise is minimal.

  • Gardens reach new heights

    Is it possible to grow tomatoes, peppers, chard, basil, and green beans in a narrow, graveled alley behind a Main Street shop? Pam Lamborn of Jack Rabbit Hollow, Peabody, thought it couldn’t be done.


  • Sheriff expects 11% increase in 2010 budget

    Marion County Commission approved zoning districts Monday for Marion County Park and Lake and Eastshore development. The districts will allow the county to regulate zoning issues for those areas separately from other unincorporated communities in the county.

  • Residents have concerns about jail committee

    Residents have been voicing concerns about the county’s jail committee, county commissioners said Monday. Among the concerns were questions about whether the committee would hear from the public before it makes a recommendation and why 20 percent of the committee members were involved in car sales.


  • Let the sun shine

    Flint Hills Center for Public Policy, a Wichita-based think-tank, is making an impassioned plea this week that Kansas laws protecting citizens from government secrecy need substantial revision and stricter enforcement. We could not agree more. From continued secret sessions by elected officials here (three in last week’s County Commission meeting alone) to shocking lack of supervision over spending at Kansas State University, we see signs every day that greater sunshine is needed on official business in our state.

  • Moving forward?

    It has occurred to us that with continued technological breakthroughs, the human voice may become extinct. I remember seeing an old “Star Trek” episode on TV where a group of aliens. Instead of talking, they read each other’s minds. They had no voices.

  • Gratitude

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  • Record doesn't tell story

    The losing record of Marion’s Babe Ruth team for 16- to 18-year-olds may be a bit deceptive, coach Phil Unruh said. Half of the team’s eight losses came in one-run games, where one lucky break could change the outcome.

  • Babe Ruth tourneys coming to Marion

    Marion will host two Babe Ruth district four tournaments in coming weeks. Games will be played at the sports complex. Senior players will compete starting July 16 while 13-year-olds will begin July 23.

  • Opinions on dividing 1A are split

    Beginning fall 2010, Centre and Goessel will have less competition for state championships in basketball, volleyball, and scholars’ bowl. But not everybody is happy about it.

  • Swim team results


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