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Written by Hillsboro Free Press Friday, 29 March 2013 14:18The 11th annual Marion Reservoir Cleanup Day will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20.
Volunteers are needed to pick up trash around the reservoir and all connecting waterways and riparian zones.
Organizers ask those planning to participate should dress accordingly, but gloves, trash bags and refreshments will be provided.
All volunteers will meet at the Corps of Engineers office on the east side of the dam.
For more information or to sign up, call 620-382-2006 or...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Friday, 29 March 2013 14:17The Hillsboro City Council approved an annexation agreement at its March 19 meeting that will allow the city to receive grant funding for turn pockets at Adams Street and U.S. 56.
Under the agreement, the city will pay the Jean Winter Trust $2,500 for the opportunity to annex the property, which borders the east side of Adams from the highway to near the city water-treatment plant, and also follows the south side of the highway east of Adams to the next quarter-section line.
The amount is the equivalent of the property taxes assessed over 20 years.
Annexation by the city is a stipulation of the Kansas Department of Transportation for the city to receive a construction grant.
In other business, the council:
• approved a...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:45Marion County commissioners decided Monday that county emergency medical services should have the ability to take credit-card payments to avoid collection problems.
Steve Smith, EMS director, said people using ambulance services frequently phone to try to pay their bill by credit card, then fail to mail in payment when they can’t use the card.
In addition, Smith said, the federal government has given notice on its budget cuts that Medicare payments will decline 2 percent, and that frequently is the only way county ambulance bills get paid from the elderly.
To compound problems, Smith said Marion County is facing a renewed shortage of EMT volunteers to be trained as ambulance drivers and attendants.
He said although EMTs don’t...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:53
The Senior Citizens of Marion County Board of Directors will award a $400 scholarship to a 2013 Marion County high school senior.
The award is given to encourage young people who are interested in pursuing a degree in an aging-related field: medicine, nursing, social work, therapies (physical, occupational, speech) or gerontology.
Interested seniors can pick up an application from their school counselor or from the Marion County Department on Aging, 309 S. Third, Marion, or call 620-382-3580.
The application must be returned by April 12 to SCMC, 309 S. Third, Marion, KS 66861.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:52Marion County law enforcement officials on March 7 discovered the body of James William Muzyka, 57, who died from a single gunshot.
Sheriff Rob Craft said Muzyka died of an apparent suicide at his residence in rural Peabody.
“The investigation concluded that during the night (March 6) Muzyka used a handgun to take his own life,” he said.
Craft said officers from his office responded to a call in the late afternoon on March 7 of a possible suicide.
The Marion County coroner was called to the scene, he said, and pronounced Muzyka dead at 4:45 p.m.
“The family was notified and he was taken to Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro,” Craft said.
A graveside service is planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Kansas Veterans'...
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