UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
  • Hillsboro Community Hospital sees physician changes

    Two physicians are leaving Hillsboro Community Hospital, one of them immediately. A source at the hospital confirmed physician Alisa Schmidt’s final day practicing at Hillsboro was today.

  • Marion County Lake under algae warning

    Marion County Lake is under a blue-green algae warning after tests taken Monday revealed a suspicious-looking patch of algae spotted a week earlier is indeed harmful blue-green algae. Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism issued the warning Thursday, upgrading a watch issued a week ago to a warning status.

HEADLINES

  • Wind farm opponents hire lawyers, plan to sue

    Opponents of a proposed wind farm that would span from Florence to Aulne to north of Peabody have hired two lawyers in an effort to stop potential development. Both lawyers were present to observe Monday’s county commission meeting, but neither Newton lawyer Jim Gillmore nor Overland Park lawyer Robert Titus spoke during the meeting.

  • Mail delivery woes spread to other cities

    Marion’s mail delivery disruptions are spreading to other cities. Florence’s post office also falls under the jurisdiction of Marion’s postmaster and Florence residents along 5th St. have received notice that they are expected to use neighborhood boxes, with several residents’ boxes attached in one structure. Most residents on 3rd and 4th Sts. already have them installed.

  • Reservoir cleanup memorable for organizer

    Saturday’s annual cleanup at Marion Reservoir was very special for organizer Lloyd Davies this year. Davies’ father, who volunteered every year, died last week. The cleanup was an important way to honor his father and work through his loss, Davies said.

  • Marion County Lake now under algae watch

    Marion County Park and Lake remains under a blue-green algae watch until Kansas Department of Health and Environment obtains test results from water samples taken Monday. The algae watch, imposed last week after lake superintendent Isaac Hett notified the state agency he’d seen what appeared to be an algae bloom, could be upgraded to a warning Thursday after KDHE gets tests results from Monday’s water samples.

OTHER NEWS

  • Cell tower meeting delayed

    Discussion of a proposed cell phone tower that was to take place during Marion’s city planning and zoning meeting Tuesday has been delayed until May 28. City administrator Roger Holter said the lawyer for Verizon Wireless asked for a continuance of the hearing until the next planning and zoning meeting. No reason was given for the continuance, Holter said.

  • Former Westview operators seek to regain control

    The former operators of Westview Manor in Peabody, now in receivership, are turning to the state court of appeals to try to regain control of the nursing home. District judge Steven Hornbaker ruled last month that the nursing home for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities would remain in receivership as he initially placed it in December. Hornbaker said in a strongly-worded ruling March 29 that if former operators Franklin Healthcare was unaware of the facility’s “unsafe, unsanitary, and deplorable conditions,” they should be charged and tried for elder abuse.

  • School projects provide engagement for Centre students

    For two hours on Wednesdays in April and May, the classrooms at Centre School District are buzzing with a “passion” for learning. The Passion Project is a new initiative that gets Centre students and teachers working on topics of personal interest without having to worry about grades.

  • Publisher elected to university governance post

    Marion native Eric Meyer, who in addition to being publisher of this newspaper is a tenured journalism professor at the University of Illinois, this week was elected to a senior leadership position with the University Senate there. Meyer will lead the Senate Educational Policy Committee, which oversees curriculum and requirements for all majors, minors, and degree programs the university offers. He also will serve on the University Senate Executive Committee.

  • Blood drives slated in May

    The American Red Cross has several upcoming blood drives scheduled in Marion County these next few weeks. Places and dates include:

DEATHS

  • Wanda Daniel

    Services for Wanda Daniel, who died Jan. 23, will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion.

  • Sherman Kelsey

    Sherman Kelsey, 72, Wellington, died April 23 in Wichita. Services were Friday in Wellington. Sherman was born to Harvey “Ben” and Erma Agnes Kelsey on Jan. 7, 1947, in Mare Island, California, and grew up in Marion.

  • Dorothea Kliewer

    Former Hillsboro resident Dorothea Kliewer, 90, died April 24 in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Services were Saturday in Weatherford. Dorothea was born June 20, 1928, in Hillsboro, to David and Susie Kasper. She attended school at Hillsboro and Tabor College.

  • Phyllis Litke

    Phyllis Litke, 88, died Thursday at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Service will be 10:30 a.m. May 7 at Ebenfeld M.B. Church, rural Hillsboro. She was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Hillsboro to Jacob B. and Agnes Wiens. She married Virgil Litke June 15, 1948, at Ebenfeld M.B. Church.

  • Lyle Lucas

    Lyle Leland Lucas Jr., 71, died Jan. 28 at Newton Medical Center. Services will be held later. Lyle was born Feb. 14, 1947, in Marion, to Lyle and Maedean Lucas.

  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Dorothy Albrecht
  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Ed Davies
  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Gemma Davies
  • IN MEMORIAM:

    Evelyn Obermeyer

DOCKET

FARM

  • Personal health provides motivation for market

    Burns resident Sonda Bruce says starting a local farmers market is about creating a resource where she can get fresh fruits and vegetables without compromising her poor health. “I wanted as much chemical-free, locally-grown produce as possible,” she said.

  • Fall rains cause shift in planting

    Rain is typically a farmer’s blessing, but last fall’s rains wreaked some havoc on this year’s wheat crop. County extension agent Ricky Roberts said heavy fall rains made it hard to get into fields to plant wheat and get wheat seeds to wash out of the ground.

OPINION

  • When 'I've Got a Secret' becomes too real

    Forget a souped up DeLorean and flux capacitor. You need only the comfort of your couch to take a trip back through time. Streaming services that rapidly are replacing cable, satellite, and theaters provide ample opportunity to binge on classics like “What’s My Line,” “To Tell the Truth,” and “I’ve Got a Secret.”

  • Taking the high road

    Anyone looking for fire and brimstone in response to an editorial in this week’s Hillsboro Free Press is going to be disappointed. We would like to publicly thank publisher Joey Young for acknowledging the accuracy of everything we reported in our three newspapers last week about the Internal Revenue Service filing a $113,756.87 lien against his company for non-payment of federal withholding and unemployment taxes, penalty, and interest.

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:

    Extended family a source of endless fun and support
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

    Political agendas, Citizens of Marion County, beware
  • CALENDAR:

    Calendar of events
  • CORRECTIONS:

    Corrections and clarifications

PEOPLE

  • Tampa native thankful for volunteer opportunity

    When Tabor College football player Barrett Smith showed up April 24 to volunteer at Parkside Homes, he said he wanted to show teammates the opportunities that exist in Hillsboro. “Everybody gets to interact with the community,” he said. “I’m sure half of them didn’t know this existed. We went out back and some of them said, ‘Holy cow, I didn’t know there was this part of Hillsboro at all.’ ”

  • FamLee Bakery expands business

    After two and a half years on Main St., FamLee Bakery in Marion is expanding its business to reach out-of-area customers. The bakery now offers FamLee Bakery Boxes, shipped by mail, containing four signature cinnamon rolls, two specialty rolls, and six scones. Two of the scones will be “flavor of the month” scones and a recipe card will be included.

  • SENIOR CENTER:

    Center welcomes new temporary cook, Marion Senior Center menu
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 40, 55, 70, 110, 140 years ago
  • MEMORIES IN FOCUS:

    A passionate and nearly forgotten pioneer

SCHOOL AND SPORTS

  • Marion reigns supreme in Sedgwick showdown

    The momentum is swinging in Marion’s favor with just a pair of doubleheaders left in the regular season. Both Warrior baseball and softball teams completed a perfect 8-0 week, capped Friday in Marion’s home finale against the Sedgwick Cardinals.

  • Marion takes four silver medals at Beloit

    Marion track and field girls earned three silver medals Friday during the Beloit Relays. Baliel was the top individual performer for Marion, taking silver in pole vault and the 200-meter, while Emmy Hess placed second in long jump.

  • Student-made shed raffled to raise money

    A shed made by students in Marion High School’s carpentry class will soon head down the road to a new home. Tyler Boudreaux, Jake Hess, Noah Kukuk, Brandon Lange, Bryce Mermis, and Lane Watkins, students in Mark Lockhart’s carpentry class, began work on the shed in November and completed it in March.

  • Kiwanis Club fetes honor students

    People who attended Monday’s Kiwanis Honor banquet for high school students were entertained by forensics presentations from both students and audience members. In one skit, a movie was being “filmed” with a plotline of someone tasting a cookie at a friend’s house and immediately falling dead on the floor from poisoning.

  • Centre and Marion school menus

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