• Officials spotlight deer for survey

    With a few exceptions, spotlighting deer at night in Kansas is illegal. That is, unless the person doing it is employed by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission as a district biologist, like Jeff Rue of Emporia. On Nov. 17, Rue and three other crewmembers drove down Falcon Road southwest of Hillsboro in a specially outfitted truck, shining spotlights on private property, looking for deer.

  • Council gives relief from utility policy

    St. Luke Hospital representatives Bev Reid and Diane Kahns spoke with Marion City Council on Monday about an adjustment to the bill for St. Luke Physician Clinic. Kahns was confused when the bill for the clinic’s electric meter was combined with a hospital meter on the same transformer. The clinic was two days late on the bill while trying to clarify the matter.

  • Senior transport director's hours cut

    After a 10-minute executive session with Department on Aging Coordinator Gayla Ratzlaff, Marion County Commissioners voted to reduce Lanell Hett to part-time employment, starting in 2012. Hett works at Marion Senior Center and as the secretary of transportation and performs secretarial duties. Seniors can use the services of a volunteer driver, transporting them in the center’s vans, to go to doctor and other necessary appointments. Hett arranges those trips.

  • Good genetics drive Dunagan farm success

    Whether they are producing and selling efficient meat goats or effective guardian dogs, the Dunagan family of rural Hillsboro gets the job done with good genetics. Brent and Andrea Dunagan, daughter, Mesa Merrell, and son, Cannon Dunagan, moved to the Hillsboro area five years ago but have been involved in a highly successful meat goat operation for almost 10 years. Their farm southwest of Hillsboro is home to a herd of more than 50 Boer meat goats, one of which is a National Champion. Many others have earned ennoblement points and placed high at shows across the country.

  • Christmas lights will sparkle at lake

    A Tunnel of Lights awaits visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Marion County Lake. Decorated homes and acres of Christmas lights may be viewed along Hill Road. This is the fifth year for the event. Richard and Margie Schwartz live at 4 Hill Road. They said the Tunnel of Lights attracted 250 vehicles in 2010, averaging three people per vehicle. The homeowners served 750 cups of hot cocoa.

  • Home tours will benefit Marion City Library

    Marion City Library has organized Christmas home tours for Sunday in Marion, with four Marion homes to be on display. The tours will be 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and will be available the day of the tours at the homes and the library. Refreshments will be served during the tours at Marion City Library, 101 Library St.

  • Bittersweet sale signals retirement at quilt shop

    The second time around Diane Claassen of Hillsboro is ready to let go of the rigidity of daily work schedules and business plans for a little rest and relaxation. Claassen, owner of Quilts and QuiltRacks at 130 N. Main St. in Hillsboro, will be closing her shop doors for good Dec. 17. “This time I am ready,” Claassen said. “Ten years ago when I retired from the accounting business, I still needed something to fill my time. That is why I opened this shop. Now I’m ready for some free time and I really look forward to spending more time with my grandchildren.”


  • Leo D. Scharenberg

    Leo D. Scharenberg, 90, of Hillsboro, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Dorothy (Lewis) Scharenberg; children, Clarice (Charli) and Tom Alexander, Lincoln, Neb.; Millcine (Micki) and Jerry Siebert, Cedar Point; Dr Dennis and Phyllis Scharenberg, Wichita, Leon Scharenberg, Newton; cousins that lived in the home, Richard Heim, Hesston; Danny Heim, New Mexico; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Fern Jost. Kearney, Neb.; brother, Orville Scharenberg, Mapleton.

  • Helmut Wituk

    Helmut Wituk, 63, passed away Nov. 25, 2011, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita. He was born in Wels, Austria, on Dec. 17, 1947, the first of eight children born to Wassil and Katherine Zehetner Wituk. As a small child, his family moved to Elburn, Ill. After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Air Force. While stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, he would meet the love of his life. On Aug. 8, 1970, he married Carol Vinduska at Pilsen. Here, they would make their family home.

  • Ralph E. Popp

    Ralph E. Popp, 89, died Nov. 23, 2011, in Marion. He was born July 26, 1922, near Durham to Edward and Anna Ehrlich Popp. He was a graduate of Marion High School and attended Kansas State University. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

  • Marjorie Osburn

    Marjorie Osburn, 80, died Nov. 23, 2011, at the Emeritis at Collin Oaks, Plano, Texas. She was born March 29, 1931, in East Branch Township, Marion County, to Luke B. and Hannah Fern Robinson Covalt. She was a retired nurse’s aide.

  • Barbara Abbott

    Barbara Elouise Abbott, 67, died Nov. 24, 2011, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. She was born July 11, 1944, to Clifford and Helen Butts of Mulvane. She was a secretary and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents.

  • Leland Kaiser

    Leland Kaiser, 93, died Nov. 26, 2011, in Hillsboro. He was born June 15, 1918, in Durham to Charles and Mary (Knaak) Kaiser. He was a farmer.



  • Christmas shopping is balderdash

    I do not enjoy shopping. Maybe it is the stress of making decisions, maybe there are just too many cars on the streets and in the parking lots for me to run into, maybe I just do not like to spend money. Whatever it is, I do not like shopping. It should be no surprise then that I did not go shopping on Black Friday last week. Well, at least I tried not to. I have no problem with people who love to shop; in fact, I admire them and often try to get them to do my shopping. However, in all my attempts not to shop, I think I may have bested the most seasoned bargain hunters by accident.

  • One woman's view

    At this time of year I like to read stories about Christmas. Of course, the best one of all is found in the Gospels, but there is something about Christmas that seems to bring out the best in most authors of every era. I highly recommend my first book for this season: “The Christmas Wish” by Richard Siddoway. The protagonist of the novel, Will Martin, was brought up by his grandparents, after his parents were killed in an automobile accident. When his grandfather dies and Will inherits his real estate business, he takes a leave from a lucrative job in New York to get the business organized.

  • Another day in the country, belonging

    “I think I need to join a club,” I announced to my sister. She laughed and then wanted to know what kind of club I had in mind.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    A man bought a mule from an old farmer. The farmer warned him that the mule would only go forward if he said, “Praise the Lord.” And in order to make the mule stop, the man would have to yell, “Amen!” The man jumped on the mule’s back and hollered, “Praise the Lord,” and the mule shot off like he’d been fired out of a cannon. The stunned new owner hung on for dear life, white knuckled and wide-eyed. He saw they were quickly approaching the edge of a steep cliff. He panicked and shrieked, “Stop!” The mule kept running.


  • Brownies will collect old flags

    Don’t know what to do with old, tattered U.S. flags? Local volunteers can help be sure they’re retired with proper respect. Marion Brownie Troop 59 will collect flags from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11, in front of the American Legion building during the Christmas celebration in Marion.

  • Happy Hustlers 4-H club meets

    The Happy Hustlers 4-H Club met on Nov. 7 at Marion Christian Church. Parliamentarian Alex Stika explained what parliamentary procedure was and reminded members to stand when answering roll call.

  • Hospital auxiliary wins award

    St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary received the Gold Award of Excellence at the annual Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas convention Nov. 16 and 17 in Wichita. The award was presented at a joint luncheon of the Kansas Hospital Association and the Auxiliaries. St. Luke CEO Jeremy Armstrong and auxiliary president Elora Robinson accepted the award from Mary Lou Rawson, HAK president, Leonard Hernandez, KHA board chairman, and Toni Dreiling, District Four coordinator.

  • Quartet to play in McPherson

    The Mark Trammell Quartet will present a concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the New Hope Evangelical Church, 501 Wickersham, McPherson. A free will offering will be taken.

  • Assistance available on prescription drug enrollment

    The final day of open enrollment for 2012 prescription drug coverage is Dec. 7. Because of the deadline, Marion County Department on Aging will be open for extended hours Tuesday to assist senior citizens in enrolling. The department coordinator Gayla Ratzlaff will be available by phone or appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to provide assistance. She can also provide assistance from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7. To make an appointment, call (620) 382-3580 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

  • Small business consultant will be in Marion Dec. 14

    A small business consultant from the Emporia State University Kansas Small Business Development Center will be at Butler Community College in Marion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14. The consulting service is free of charge and confidential for individuals wishing to discuss issues concerning an existing business or starting a new business.


  • Combs, Kaiser plan May wedding

    Lester and Barbara Kaiser of Lincolnville announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Ann Kaiser, to Martin Christopher Combs, son of Mike and Christine Combs of rural Lincolnville. The couple has practically always known each other, because Combs’ sister, Stephanie, is Kaiser’s lifelong best friend, but it wasn’t until the past three years that the couple developed a relationship.

  • Lillian Mae Simon

    Jason and Kristen Simon of Wichita announce the birth of their first child, daughter Lillian Mae, born Nov. 7 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She was born at 5:16 a.m. and weighed 8 lbs., 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.

  • Padgett family gathers after Thanksgiving

    The Padgett family enjoyed a post-Thanksgiving dinner Sunday at Carriage Manor in Florence. Those attending were Tari Malmgren, Heath, Texas; Jerry and Edna Malmgren, Overland Park; Gus and Mildred Hamm, Hillsboro; Dane and Sharon Schrag, Paden, Ross, and Lane, Lindsborg; Randy Hamm, Leawood; Austin Huber and friend, McPherson; Jim Padgett and Autumn, Joyce Padgett, and Betty Ireland, all of Florence.



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  • FFA hosts soup supper for Friday games

    Marion-Florence FFA chapter is hosting a soup supper Friday at Marion Sports and Aquatics Center in conjunction with the Marion High School basketball games against Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to Marion Community Christmas and Marion Youth Center.

  • Centre Elementary Christmas program is Monday

    Centre Elementary School students will present “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas” at 7 p.m. Monday in the main gym. Gail Lorson will direct the kindergarten through fourth-grade choir, and Lynley Remy will direct the fifth- and sixth-grade bands and choir.

  • Tabor musicians to perform mini-concert

    Tabor Symphonic Band and Strings Ensemble will have an informal Christmas concert at noon Thursday in the rehearsal hall, room 115, of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The concert will be about 30 minutes long. Assistant professor of instrumental music Daniel Baldwin organized the event and will conduct the ensembles.


  • Goessel girls' team hopes to build on experience

    The Goessel High School girls’ basketball team finished the 2010-11 season with six wins, and the experience that they gathered should help them to exceed the wins from a year ago. Five girls who started games return for the 2011-12 season. Senior Aimee Flaming will be expected to lead the team from the guard position. Flaming averaged 3.8 points per game, collected 22 steals and hit 10 3-pointers in the 2010 season. D’Ambra Kruger, a 5-foot-9-inch senior, may play guard or post for the Bluebirds. Last year she averaged 2 points per game and came up with 16 steals. Junior Jessica Harvey led the team last year from the point guard position and accumulated 55 steals while scoring 3.9 points per game. Johanna Hoffman, another junior, dropped in nine 3-pointers and scored 3.6 points per game last year. Goessel’s tallest player is 5-foot-11-inch junior Alex Hiebert. She averaged 4.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in the 2010 season.

  • Cougar boys small but determined

    At least 21 athletes are out for basketball this season at Centre High School. Their first games are Friday at home against Southeast of Saline. Wyatt said the varsity will not have much height and the players are somewhat inexperienced, and they will have to play solid defense and fundamentally sound offense to win games.

  • CHS girls' team holds promise

    The Centre High School girls basketball varsity team is looking to improve on its record of 10-11 last year. Theo Kassebaum is the only senior starter, and the team is still quite young. Three of the six returning letterwinners are sophomores. Sophomore Cacey Simons received all-league as a freshman. She was a starter and led scoring at 10.1 points per game. Coach Alan Stahlecker said she is an excellent outside shooter and drives the ball to the basket well. She was the second-leading rebounder last year with 6.6 rebounds per game.

  • Unruh leads GHS boys' team with 3 returning starters

    Three starters return for the Goessel High School Bluebirds boys’ basketball team from 2010-11, but in order to be successful again this year, the team needs to fill roles and develop that team chemistry that makes the season rewarding. The athletic ability of Braden Unruh, a 6-foot senior, will force opponents to adjust their defense. Unruh scored 14.5 points per game a year ago with 24 3-pointers and 75 percent free throw accuracy. He is also active around the basket and will contribute in rebounding, both offensively and defensively. Because of injury, Unruh missed the first six games of 2010 and hopes to contribute in every game during his senior season.

  • Lady Warriors welcome back 4 starters

    Peabody-Burns High School Lady Warrior basketball will have an abundance of experience on the floor in 2011-12. With the loss of only one starter from the previous season, the chemistry should be in place early and the group can then concentrate on executing well on both sides of the ball. Letter winners Sarah Hofkamp and Rayna Barnes return to the team this year and will have the inside game for the squad. Hofkamp, a senior, is a reliable leader with a lot of enthusiasm. The team will depend on her to score inside and rebound. Barnes is a junior and is strong and physical at the post position. Her past experience will certainly help her with decisions under the basket. Both girls are listed at 5 feet, 10 inches.

  • Centre junior high basketball teams start season 2-0

    The Centre Junior High School girls’ basketball team won the first two league games of the 2011-12 season on the road. They are coached by Deb Wiles. Centre defeated White City, 34-4, on Nov. 17. Shelby Pankratz was leading scorer with 9 points, followed by Kristin Vinduska and Ally Basore with 7 each, and Marler, 5. Carissa Shields, Abigail Svoboda, and Haley Rudolph scored 2 points each.


  • Trojan girls expect to win state title

    The Hillsboro High School girls’ basketball team is not afraid of being the favorite. As a group they want to have the target on their backs and take every opponents best shot. “Our expectation is to win state. We’re not going to shy away from it. We believe we’re the best team in 3A,” head coach Nathan Hiebert said. “The thing I appreciate is it’s not a cocky attitude — they expect to play the best that they can and that they think their best is a little better than anybody else’s.”

  • Carroll, Johnson, and Lewman to lead MHS grapplers

    Strong senior leadership, experience, and former team members returning to the mats give Marion High School wrestling head coach Chad Adkins strong reasons for optimism as his team prepares for the upcoming season. Senior Brody Carroll complied a 39-6 record and placed fifth in the 130-pound division at the Kansas Class 3A state championship meet last year, and Adkins has high expectations for him this season.

  • Depth, discipline key for MHS boys' team

    The Marion High School boys basketball team enters the 2011-12 season on the heels of an exodus of senior leadership from last year’s 9-13 squad, but fourth-year head coach Jeff McMillin believes the team has the elements to fill that gap and improve on last year’s record. “We had a big senior class last year and good leadership,” McMillin said. “Jordan Versch, Dylan Richmond, and the other guys who were real good team guys who were all about making the team better – you don’t see that in the stat sheet.”

  • Gordon leads young Warrior girls' squad

    It is a stretch to call a team with only one senior experienced, but Marion High School girls basketball coach Randy Savage isn’t going into this season with a bare cupboard, either. The Lady Warriors ended last season with a 7-14 record but won six of their final 10 games. Freshmen contributed significantly to the late season improvement, and Savage expects to build on that experience.

  • HHS boys' basketball team should be defined by effort

    Hillsboro High School boys basketball coach Darrel Knoll asks his players to improve every practice and every game. If his team competes hard, makes an attempt to comprehend the game, does its school work, and stays out of trouble in the community, he will be happy.

  • Trojan wrestlers are young but determined

    Hillsboro High School wrestling coach Scott O’Hare has a different kind of team this season than he has had in the past. He only has one senior on the roster. “I had about three straight years where I had eight seniors,” O’Hare said. “We’ve been hit by graduation hard.”

  • Coach expects improvement from PBHS boys

    The Peabody-Burns High School Warriors boys’ basketball team will take to their own court Friday against Chase County with two returning starters from last season. Leadership will be key, and early development of team chemistry will be vital to their success. Seniors Matt Hiebert and Brody Kyle are the returning starters to the squad. Both 6-foot-2-inch athletes are letter winners and possess the experience to lead the PBHS team in the 2011-12 season. Hiebert averaged almost 10 points a game last season and 5.5 rebounds. Kyle averaged 4 points a contest and 4 rebounds. Both athletes will have leadership roles as the team forms chemistry.


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