County spelling bee Feb. 9 in Marion

The annual Marion County spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9 at the Marion City Building, 208 E. Santa Fe.

Contestants from 10 county schools and the McHomes home educating group will be competing for the title of top speller.

The public is invited to attend, but doors will be closed at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact your school coordinator or Lisa Schafer at 620-947-3355.

Goessel changes reservation policy

With the start of the new year, the city of Goessel has changed its procedure for reserving the shelter house in West Branch Park.

From now on, reservations must be made through the city office and a key will be need to be picked up prior to using the building.

To reserve the shelter house, call the city office at 620-367-8111. The office is located at 101 S. Cedar.

County CIS to offer parenting classes

A series of three Tuesday classes will be available for Marion County parents from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Feb. 21 and March 7 at Hillsboro Elementary, 812 East A.

Available free of charge from Communities in Schools of Marion County, the classes will be facilitated by Mike Moran and Tonja Wienck. They are designed for parents of children ages 5 to 12.

Topics such as parenting styles, effective discipline and defusing power struggles will be covered using discussion, videos, Power Point and group sharing time.

Childcare and pizza will be provided. Parents who attend all three sessions will be eligible to win a $25 Pizza Hut gift certificate for their family.

Grandparents, foster parents and childcare providers are also welcome to attend.

For more information or to register, contact Mike Moran at 620-947-3981 or Linda Ogden at 620-947-3184.

HCMC open house to show remodel

Hillsboro Community Medical Center will host an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, to see the newly remodeled front entrance and administrative offices.

Tours will be given and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend.

Mid-Cap offering free tax help

Free tax help and free e-filing is available in Marion County at Mid-Cap, 104 N. Fifth, Marion.

Mid-Cap will provide help on basic tax returns to individuals with low or limited income, individuals with disabilities and elderly individuals.

Bring the following to an appointment: Social Security card; this year’s tax package and/or label; all forms, W-2s and 1099s; information for all other income; information for all deductions and credits; and a copy of last year’s return.

Mid-Cap is also distributing weatherization kits for income-eligible households through the Kansas Warm Homes Project.

For more information of to schedule an appointment, call 620-382-8807 or 1-800-877-5948.

Souper Bowl lunch planned for Feb. 2

Hillsboro Community Medical Center will host its eighth annual Super Bowl Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Hillsboro City Building.

Chicken noodle or taco soup, carrot and celery sticks, homemade bread and pie will be served.

Proceeds will go to toward the long-term care unit’s resident dining room buffet table.

Parenting Plus class set to start Feb. 9

The spring session of Parenting Plus will begin the evening of Thursday, Feb. 9, at the McPherson Family Life Center, 224 S. Maple.

Parenting Plus is an eight-session class for parents and children of all ages. Grandparents, step-parents and other caregivers are also welcome.

Parents will learn six key skills to end parenting hassles and build strong families. Children will learn leadership skills through games and activities, and infants and toddlers will enjoy the nursery equipment.

McPherson Family Life Center is a United Way agency.

For more information or to register, call Andy Lowe at 620-241-6603 or at 1-800-536-6613.

Kansas Day dinner by Eastmoor women

A Kansas Day dinner is planned for noon Sunday, Jan. 29, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church.

The event is planned by the women of the church. Elizabeth Custer will provide the program.

The cost is $12. For reservations, call 620-382-3148.

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