• Train rips car in half, man escapes

    Dustin Rhodes, 20, of Ramona, narrowly escaped the destructive force of an oncoming freight train Thursday after surviving a car wreck moments before the train “ripped the car in half.” At approximately 8:37 p.m., Rhodes was westbound in the 1800 block of 360th Rd. attempting to return his sister’s 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass “so she could go to work” when he lost control on an icy curve that veers north just south of Ramona and intersects with an elevated railroad crossing the lights of which were flashing red.

  • Economic development hindered by errant, disjointed information

    What do a dilapidated Chase County bridge, China, and former Marion economic developer Terry Jones have to do with economic development in Marion County? Nothing, of course, but Marion city administrator Roger Holter showed city and county officials Thursday that all three were being used to market Marion County to prospective business developers.

  • Nabbed nanny goat still missing

    A pregnant dappled Boer goat named White Zin that disappeared from a Hillsboro residence around the turn of the New Year may have given birth by now, but she and her kids are still missing. Goat owners Charles and Teresa Naerebout continue the search for White Zin, who Teresa said was a first-time mother.

  • Fictional hamster inspires MES students

    A fictional hamster named Humphrey seems to have caused quite a squeak at Marion Elementary School recently. The entire school has been reading about the exploits of a fuzzy protagonist in “The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney as part of the One School, One Book program.

  • Searching for a better means of public transportation

    Marion resident Evelyn Jewett, who had lunch at the Marion Senior Center on Monday, said she relies on other people to drive her wherever she needs to go because she no longer has a driver’s license. “I’m always begging a ride,” Jewett said. “I try to do as much as I can in Marion. I don’t want to impose on anyone. But I do my banking in McPherson.”

  • EMS interim director requests new uniforms

    EMS interim director Ed Debesis did not waste any time getting straight to the point with county commissioners at Monday’s meeting. “Something I’d like to look at and get approved is some shirts, hats, for the crews across the county so we have one name,” Debesis said. “That is something I would like to do.”


  • Students piece a benefit for food bank

    Eighth grade students in Deanna Thierolf’s Novel Study class have spent the past several weeks creating a quilt that will be raffled to raise money for Marion County Emergency Resource Center and Food Bank. Each student made a square reflecting various extracurricular activities offered in junior high. For example, Alfwenna Meyer created a cross-country square, Chloe Burkholder created a Lady Cats square, and Skylar Creed created a choir square.

  • St. Luke renews commitment to patient safety

    St. Luke Hospital recently announced its participation in the second round of a national Hospital Engagement Network known as HEN 2.0, a program to improve patient safety. St. Luke Director of Quality and Risk Management Sharon James said that St. Luke previously participated in a three-year long HEN program, and was recently approved for another yearlong program called HEN 2.0.

  • Judge orders hospital corporation to pay up

    A North Carolina federal judge on Jan. 20 imposed contempt penalties against the same corporation that owns Hillsboro Community Hospital over its premature closure of Yadkin Valley Community Hospital. Yadkin County, North Carolina, sued Kansas City-based HMC/CAH over its May 2015 hospital closure prior to the expiration of its agreement with the county. A restraining order to prevent the hospital from closing had been issued by Wake County Superior Court, but the corporation failed to comply with that order.

  • MHS grad becomes St. Luke outreach provider

    St. Luke recently announced the addition of Marion High School graduate Adam Heerey, MS, NCC, LPC, to their list of outreach providers. Heerey provides mental health counseling services as a private practice, Kansas Professional Counseling Services.


  • Caution motorists: winter is here

    To drive or not to drive – often that is the question during the winter. Sheriff Rob Craft has several recommendations for winter safe driving.

  • Give kids a 'boost' in car safety

    Does it really take three days of training to learn to install a child car seat? It does if you’re going to be a certified child passenger safety technician, which is what county extension agent Renae Riedy is.

  • Safety, fuel efficiency featured in new cars

    Safety and fuel efficiency features seem to be the trend in new vehicles available to consumers at local car dealerships in 2016. Terry Hagen, sales manager at Hillsboro Ford, said Ford has made a rather large change to its flagship truck line.

  • Be prepared for bitter cold driving emergencies

    Emergency Management Director Randy Frank carries things like blankets and snack bars in his truck for emergencies, and he used them as recently as last week. When an accident happened on 190th Rd. west of Marion, Frank said the occupants of the car were extremely cold and he was able to hand them blankets to warm up.

  • No good deed goes unrewarded

    Laura Legg, manager of Ampride stations in Hillsboro and Marion, has been busy the past few years spreading good will among customers by nominating them for Cenex Tanks of Thanks fuel cards. Evelyn Groop of Marion was one of the delighted recipients.


  • Michael Hein

    Michael Hein, 65, died Friday at McPherson. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro. Interment will follow at French Creek Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

  • Helen Kapaun

    Helen M. (Libel) Kapaun, 86, sister-in-law of Father Emil Kapaun, died Jan. 20, at Catholic Care Center, Bel Aire. Rosary was Monday and Funeral Mass was Tuesday. Both were at St. Mark Catholic Church, Colwich.

  • Eileen Keller

    Eileen Keller, 91, Pittsburg, formerly of Hillsboro, died Jan. 20 at Via Christi Village. Services were Monday at First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg. Burial followed in Mount Olive Cemetery.

  • Luella Popp

    Luella R. Popp, 93, died Saturday at St. Luke Living Center, Marion. Visitation with family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marion. Interment will be 9 a.m. Friday at the Marion Cemetery.


    Lila Bredemeier



  • Play together or pay dearly

    It’s far past time to get deathly serious about countywide economic development, not just economic development isolated to Marion or Hillsboro or any other city. Prosperity in the years ahead depends on throwing out decades-old animosities and rivalries and pulling together for the common good. Marion, Hillsboro, and county officials met last week in an effort to move that direction. At times the meeting was awkward, particularly when Marion City Administrator Roger Holter demonstrated problems with marketing the county to prospective businesses, even taking a potshot at his own city’s website.


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  • Lady Warriors shock Trojans with buzzer beater, win 38-36

    The energy was high Tuesday in Hillsboro’s Brown Gymnasium as the Marion Warriors faced the Hillsboro Trojans, and the Marion girls won a rivalry game for the books, 38-36. The Warriors held a halftime lead of 19-15, but the Trojans outscored them 13-5 in the third quarter, leading 28-24 going into the final stanza.

  • Marion girls win Cougar Classic

    The Marion girls’ basketball team mowed through three opponents in four days to win the weather-delayed Cougar Classic at Centre, while the boys bounced back from a loss to state-ranked Sacred Heart to finish third with a 2-1 record. The girls routed Solomon 61-23 in the tournament opener Friday, and handled Wakefield 55-40 on Saturday to reach Monday’s championship game against Elyria Christian.

  • Centre girls take 4th in home tournament

    Centre girls and boys placed fourth and seventh respectively in the weather-delayed Cougar Classic basketball tournament. After defeating Rural Vista Friday, the Lady Cougars fell to Elyria Saturday and Wakefield Monday to take fourth place.

  • Wrestlers cinch 2nd at Eureka

    The Warriors followed up their tournament championship at Halstead by finishing second of 20 teams Saturday at Eureka, scoring 158 points, with two bracket-winning wrestlers. “These guys work really hard and it is paying off,” coach Chad Adkins said.


  • Calendar of events

  • Farmer's market vendor workshop approaches

    A regional farmer’s market workshop for vendors and managers will be 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at KSU Sedgwick County Extension office in Wichita. The event, which is in conjunction with the Central Kansas Market Grower Vendor Workshop, will cover topics including beekeeping, produce safety and food safety updates, using social media, building healthy soil, accepting non-cash payments, and a vendor panel on various marketing topics.

  • Chef Rob to offer herb, dessert class

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission and chef Rob Scott will be offering an “herbs and dessert” class 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 in the Hillsboro Middle and High School teacher workroom. In the class, students will make pan seared chicken with garlic sauce and a Valentine’s Day decadent dessert.

  • Huelskamp staff to be available for tax concerns

    A staff representative of Congressman Tim Huelskamp specializing in IRS casework will be available 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Hillsboro City Hall. The representative will be available to meet individually with taxpayers to learn about their concerns.


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