First variety night deemed a success


Since their was no news coverage of the Marion County Community Theatre Company Country-wide Variety Night, I wanted to let the public know it was a huge success.

The evening started with the sounds of The Greenhorns (who have Marion County connections through Goessel).

They are a country band consisting of the following members: Dan Carlson of Falun; Gregg Eichorn of McPherson; Jerry Jones of Lindsborg; K.D. ?Smitty? Schmidt and Rollin Schmidt, both of Goessel.

Next was Marion High School senior Joel Zeiner, who is part of the MHS drum line and performed a solo on the drums.

MHS junior Cassie Legg presented a funny solo humorous performance titled ?Laughing Wild.?

Barbara Anderson is a singer/songwriter from Burns who played her guitar and sang about the Kansas prairie and rural life.

Next was Hillsboro High School junior Kelsey Unruh and her band: Vaughn Jost (youth pastor at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church), David Vogel (junior at HHS) and J. Michael Hiebert (sophomore at HHS).

After intermission, we had repeat performances from The Greenhorns, Kelsey Unruh (who also sang a duet with David Vogel) and Barbara Anderson.

We also heard from MHS senior Jordan Timm who read a hilarious prose piece titled ?The Politically Correct Story of Chicken Little.?

The event was emceed by Jami Williams and Andy Hansen.

A special thanks to Margo Yates and Teresa Huffman for organizing the event; Gary and Randy Carlson (and the Green?horns) for help with the sound; Stan and Chase Williams for running the lights; David Mayfield for manning the curtains; Sondra Mayfield for helping with the refreshments during intermission; and all the people who came and completed surveys about the event.

We were very impressed with the amount of talent we have in Marion County and look forward to future events.

Jami Williams



Local blood drive saved several lives


On behalf of hospital patients in our region, we would like to thank the people who came in to donate blood at the Hillsboro Red Cross blood drive April 10.

Thanks also to all who volunteered during the drive. We can feel proud we did our part to ensure lifesaving blood is available to those in need.

Our blood drive will help accident victims, surgery patients, people undergoing chemotherapy and many others.

Did you know that every two seconds someone in the United States receives a blood trans?fusion?

Our blood drive helps to ensure that blood was available for those patients.

You donated 53 units. We hope you all look forward to saving more lives at our next drive on June 22.

Gladys Funk, Shirley Kasper

Blood drive coordinators


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