Category: Local News

Marion council passes land bank ordinance Oct. 23

The Marion City Council established a land bank with the adoption of ordinance 1424 at its meeting Oct. 23. City Administrator Roger Holter said a land bank is a separate entity focused on converting vacant, abandoned and tax delinquent properties into productive use. “The goal of the City of Marion Land Bank is to return tax delinquent property to productive […]

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Hillsboro mayoral forum (Part 4 of 4)

What do you want Hillsboro to be like in 10 years? CHARLOTTE KENNEDY-TAKAHASHI: I know we need a new restaurant. I’d like to see a quarter of downtown pulled down even though my family built some of if. I’d like to see downtown as the center of life again. My mom always talked about how exciting Hillsboro was on Saturdays. […]

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Hillsboro mayoral forum (Part 3 of 4)

What is your vision for the future of Hillsboro, including downtown, residential and industrial sectors? LOU THURSTON: My vision of Hillsboro is of a vibrant and healthy community. It has a robust entrepreneurial spirit. Hillsboro is still the largest city in Marion County. We have the largest business community, we have great schools—USD 410 and Tabor College—and we have a […]

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Hillsboro mayoral forum (Part 2 of 3)

Why do you want to be mayor? CHARLOTTE KENNEDY-TAKAHASHI: I think it’s very simple. My family’s given a lot to this town in many capacities, and I’m committed to contributing and that’s been true my entire career. I believe I can do that in a unique way in Hillsboro and look at solutions to solving problems. I have found it […]

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Descendants donate brooms

Descendants donate brooms

Descendants of the Frank and Sarah Penner donated two new brooms to the Hillsboro Adobe House Museum. The Penner family has been making brooms for three generations. Pictured (from left) are Keith Wall, Marlo Penner, Cheryl DuFriend, Lyndal Penner. It isn’t every day that a museum is presented the gift of two new brooms, but that was the case Sept. […]

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Head-on crash kills one, injures two

A head-on collision Saturday left a 22-year-old Emporia woman dead, and a 15-year-old male and 36-year-old woman passenger, both of Richmond, injured. The collision happened at Kan­sas Highway 150, three miles east of U.S. Highway 77, said Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft. “After receiving a call about the collision,” he said, “officers from his department arrived at the scene about […]

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Speaker to address ‘Christians and culture’

Speaker to address ‘Christians and culture’

Scot McNight will be speaking at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and 11 a.m. Sept 12 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Tabor College will host Scot McKnight next week for several events in Hillsboro and Wichita. The public is invited to one or both sessions in a two-part series that will be presented at Hillsboro Men­no­nite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie […]

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Florence draws sizable crowd for Labor Day

Florence draws sizable crowd for Labor Day

Florence Labor Day climaxed with the annual parade that started at 11 a.m. Monday. Officials said parade attendance was up. The Christian Church of Florence, above, took first in floats for best theme, said Melanie Grimmett, treasurer of the Labor Day committee. The other first place award went to the Rumpshakers, which used a flashback theme to the Ghostbusters and […]

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Stage curtain reunited with old schoolhouse

Stage curtain reunited with old schoolhouse

The Mennonite Heritage and Agriculture Museum in Goessel hosted the homecoming of the South Bloomfield stage curtain on the museum grounds Aug 6. At the same time, there was a reunion of former students who attended this one-room schoolhouse. Nine former students, one former school board member and Art Krievins, are the individuals in the photo. Krievins (back row, in […]

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Aulne United Methodist members take on some summer sprucing

Aulne United Methodist members take on some summer sprucing

Members of the church gathered to take on some maintenance projects at the church. The 36 volunteers who came that scraped and painted window frames, pressure-washed the exterior, painted trim, caulked, restored the volleyball/basketball court, trimmed trees and bushes and pulled weeds.

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