Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:38The unusually high moisture content of recent snows may have amounted to more than 2 inches of water added to Marion County soil when it melts, according to both county extension agent Rickey Roberts and the U.S. Weather Service.
The two snowfalls over the county probably averaged 20 inches or more, Roberts said. But he thought it would be difficult to know for sure due to the uneven drifting.
Roberts said the moisture, added to the 1.5-inch rain received over the county earlier in the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:25
The Marion County Department on Aging is offering assistance to individuals in the county to file taxes and Low Income Energy Assistance Program applications.
Gayla Ratzlaff, department coordinator, will be available Monday through Friday in Marion to help individuals file for Homestead and Food Sales tax refunds, plus LIEAP assistance applications. To make an appointment, call 620-382-3580.
Barb Smith will be helping individuals file Kansas and federal returns in Marion. For an appointment call 620-382-3580
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:25St. Luke Living Center in Marion has been recognized as one of the top nursing homes according to a recent study by U.S. News & World Report.
For the study, U.S. News collected meaningful data and ratings about nearly every nursing facility in the United States, and built from them a searchable database designed to highlight the highest-rated homes likely to meet each user’s needs.
The data behind the Best Nursing Homes study comes from Nursing Home Compare, a website run by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS sets and enforces standards for nursing homes enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, as most are.
The agency also collects information from states and individual homes and assigns each home a rating...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:24
Firefighters from Marion and Hillsboro responded to a blaze at one of Marion’s oldest restaurants, Big Scoop, 616 E. Main St., at 2:25 a.m. Monday, said Fire Chief Mike Regnier. Flames could be seen shooting out from the roof, he said, but by 4:45 a.m. the fire was extinguished. Crews were called to the scene after a passerby saw the fire and called 911. “There was damage, but structurally, the building is in tact,” Regnier said. “The main concentration of the fire was toward the back of the restaurant.” The fire marshal from Topeka evaluated the situation Monday afternoon, but Regnier said he won’t receive a written report until later this month. For now, the cause is undetermined and the investigation is...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:12The Harvey House Museum in Florence is hoping to spark new enthusiasm and interest in one of its most historic buildings by offering a free meal as a way to attract involvement from Marion County residents.
Phoebe Janzen, treasurer of the Florence Historical Society, said the museum needs younger involvement and the hope is the free four-course meal will help.
The first of three dinners was Saturday and for those attending the event, the meal was served in true Fred Harvey style fashion, she said.
“Fred Harvey style meant top notch service with the best food possible,” she said.
Janzen said Fred Harvey had everything down to a science.
“The cup code was something that enabled the “Harvey Girls” to get drinks to everyone...
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