• EMS bills baker for 'abusing' lifting services

    Hillsboro cookie maker Martin Fent would have to sell about 10,000 Uncle Marty’s Cookies to pay a $2,000 debt he racked up for his alleged “abuse” of “assist only” ambulance calls to Marion County Emergency Medical Services. Fent doesn’t have 10,000 cookies and or anything else with which to pay the bill.

  • Saying goodbye to her 'best friend'

    Steve Janzen lay in a hospital bed Thanksgiving evening, his wife, Phoebe, and daughters Rachel and Amy, close by. As it had been for hours, his breathing was shallow and sporadic. Pain medication had left him mostly unaware of his surroundings all day. Unexpectedly, Phoebe noticed a tiny movement.

  • Officers show support for Janzens

    When Duane McCarty got a call on Thanksgiving that he and Sergeant Larry Starkey should meet up with Marion Police Sergeant Mike Stone, he assumed it was routine business. It was anything but.

  • Former Centre superintendent visits White House

    Jerri Kemble, former principal/superintendent of Centre schools, in November attended the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House. Kemble was selected by the U.S. Department of Education among 100 school leaders from across America to participate and be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their school districts to digital learning.

  • Concerned stepmother turns in stepson for marijuana

    Charges are pending against a Hillsboro teen after a concerned stepmother turned in a small amount of marijuana to Hillsboro Police on Nov. 24. Although police have not yet confirmed the amount, Chief Dan Kinning said the teen’s stepmother allegedly confiscated about a quarter of an ounce.

  • Marion woman creates Santa spindles

    Don’t throw away those old wooden spindles. Elaine Ewert of Marion can use them to create pieces of Santa art. Ewert was an art teacher for 15 years. She had a friend who collected Santas. One year, she gave Ewert the idea of painting Santas on spindles. The idea took root, and she has been doing it for more than 20 years.

  • Pageant quest a path of discovery for Deines

    When Makenzie Deines decided this summer to enter the Miss Kansas Teen USA pageant, she didn’t know the toughest judge she’d face would be herself. Deines was accepted as a contestant this past summer, and immediately began preparing for the pageant, which was this past weekend in Wichita.


  • Hillsboro man organizes charity event

    Tom Kaufman of Hillsboro has never met Lauren Hill of Greendale, Indiana. Her cause and his life have practically nothing to do with each other. Yet after seeing the story of her battle against pediatric brain cancer through social media, Kaufman felt compelled to do something.

  • Tampa to host Christmas celebration

    Tampa’s annual Christmas celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday with a free will soup supper at the community center, followed by the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at 5:30 p.m., and a musical performance by area act Cottonwood River Band at 6:30 p.m. Menu items include chili, potato soup, hotdogs, and peppermint ice cream.

  • Santa is coming to Florence

    The community of Florence will celebrate the coming of the Christmas season Saturday in the city building on Main. Caroling begins at 6 p.m. followed by a visit from Santa Claus at 6:30 p.m. Children are invited to come and tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Refreshments will be served.

  • Tabor to perform 'Messiah'

    The Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Community Orchestra will perform George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, has become an integral part of the college’s long-standing Christmas tradition. He will be conducting “Messiah” for the 17th time at Tabor.

  • Happy Hustlers donate to food bank

    The Marion Happy Hustlers 4-H Club monthly meeting was held Nov. 3. Present were 18 members, five leaders, seven parents, and one guest. The Community Service Committee asked everyone to bring tomato products for Marion County Emergency Food Bank.


  • Edward E. Parks, Sr.

    Edward E. Parks Sr. died Nov. 26 in Kingman.

  • John W. Varelman

    John Wayne Varelman, 79, of Lost Springs, died Nov. 26 at Medicalodges of Herington. He was born Feb. 26, 1935, to John and Clara E. Kettle Varelman of Emporia. Rusty and Eva Miller of Lost Springs raised him.


    Steven Janzen



  • Palomino looks at the world differently

    Drivers passing the field along Remington Road just north of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen can see a 36-year-old Palomino roaming through the grass. The Palomino, however, may not see them. Bojo, you see, has only one eye.

  • Centre horticulture class having a busy year

    (This article was written by the 7th hour horticulture class at Centre High School.) At Centre High School, agriculture classes are the favorite classes to be enrolled in. Laura Klenda and Cherie Trieb are the teachers who help students learn agriculture fundamentals. We take agriculture very seriously, especially our horticulture class. We tend the garden, fruit trees, and plants in the greenhouse.

  • Milo piles up on the ground at northern grain elevators

    Tampa and Lincolnville elevators once again have piles of milo on the ground. According to Agri Producers manager Stan Utting, milo harvest is almost complete, and the two sites have dumped more milo on the ground this year than last. Some of it had excess moisture and will be transferred to the elevators for drying when space becomes available.

  • Renegade cows vex farmers

    Cows that escape from their farms might elicit a chuckle from drivers catching sight of a bovine in a ditch. But it’s no fun for the farmer. “It’s a just a hassle of them being out and I really don’t care for them 12 o’clock phone calls from dispatch,” said David Oborny, who has run a cow and calf operation for more than 30 years about five miles north of Marion.

  • Farmhands still play vital role in farm success

    As advancing technology and enterprising research bring constant change to the farming industry, a basic tenet of the occupation remains unchanged: the need for help. Tending hundreds of acres of land, and sometimes hundreds of living animals can be too much for one person to handle. Even the modern farmer needs assistance.


  • Steve won

    We share with all humans two absolutes: we’re born, and we die. In between, our stories differ, but they all begin and end the same. Some stories, such as Steve Janzen’s, include a chapter titled “Cancer.” It’s a chapter no one wants to find in his or her story, a chapter riddled with words such as “battle” and “fight” as individuals struggle along with loved ones in the hope there’s another chapter yet to write and live. But when it’s the final chapter, it’s common for people to remark that the battle was lost.

  • Turning the tables on Turkey Day

    I make a living asking questions. Sometimes that means asking questions I don’t necessarily want to ask of people I don’t necessarily want to talk to. In comparison to asking the one question I most wanted to ask to the one person I most enjoy talking to, those questions, “the tough questions,” seem easy.


    A Whole List of Thanks


  • Marion library plans Christmas events

    Children are invited to Marion City Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday to make Christmas ornaments. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, children will be treated to cookies, cocoa, and Christmas stories.

  • Helmer clan gathers for Thanksgiving

    The descendents of David and Anna Helmer celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday with a bountiful potluck meal at the Marion County Lake Hall. Greta Smith and her family hosted the event. Those in attendance included: Fred and Edith Helmer, Pearl Helmer, Lois Johnson and Jane Johnson, H. David Helmer, Darin and Jan Helmer, Ray and Denice Bina, Sue Clough, Tyler Smith, Brylee and Cooper, Trevor and Jeni Smith, Eldon, Kaden and Tucker, all of Marion; Ann Boese and Gary and Vickie Hajek of Lost Springs; Dorothy Helmer and Verna Rowe of Newton; Jerry and Barbara Bessel, Wendy, Alexis, Haylee and Logan Holte of Assaria; Royce and Deanna Gilbert, Ashley and Payton Gilbert of Alma; Michelle Truman, Tyler, Derek and Whitney of Valley Center; Brad and Lara Hajek of Olathe; Dennis and Marsha Helmer, Jennifer Helmer and Aleah, Jake and Ramie Samour, Carlos, Elizabeth, Lilliana and Catherine, Amanda Bina, Ryan and Kelly Bina, Mary, Zachary, Allyson and Claire, Kyle and Stephanie Luna, Mateo, Jaxon and Cruz, all of Wichita; Aaron Bina of Manhattan; Danae Bina of El Dorado; Lauren Helmer of Kansas City, Kansas; David Helmer of Emporia; Andrew Bina of St. Louis, Missouri; Harold and Deb Thomason of Dennison, Iowa; and Jen Thomason and children of Iowa.

  • Tabor president to host holiday open house

    Tabor College President Jules Glanzer and his wife, Peg, will be hosting a Christmas Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at their home at 1110 Bradford Ct., Hillsboro. The event will be a chance to greet friends and celebrate the Christmas season.


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  • Centre to play in Herington

    After opening games at home Friday against Central Christian of Hutchinson, the Centre High School basketball teams will compete in the Herington pre-season tournament. The first games will be Tuesday against Herington. The varsity girls will play at 7 p.m., and the varsity boys will play at 8:30 p.m.


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