Category: Business/Farm

Marion search for lodging option continues

When the Marion City Council unanimously approved a $7,000 feasibility study five months ago, the plan was to see if the town could support a hotel/motel at Batt Industrial Park. But before the final draft of the feasibility study was presented, the developer backed out. Terry Jones, economic development director for the city, said based on misleading information by a […]

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Auxiliary to donate $20,000 for St. Luke remodeling project

St. Luke Hospital Auxili­ary has committed to donate $20,000 to St. Luke Hospital for a renovation project. The project would include the radiology department waiting room and the hallway that leads to cardiac/ pulmonary rehabilitation, the computerized tomography (CT) scanner, ultrasound suite and the DEXA (bone density) scanning unit. “This remodel will substantially improve the ability of patients to identify […]

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Becker finds a home as Et Cetera Shop manager

Becker finds a home as Et Cetera Shop manager

Angie Becker, the new store manager at the Hillsboro Et Cetera Shop, is enjoying her new role. Standing near the glassware, she and the shop’s board of directors could be looking at reorganizing some of the areas to make shopping even more convenient for customers. One major change, which will happen soon, is the store going on Facebook. Patty Decker […]

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4-H NEWS

4-H NEWS

The Live Wires-Empire Best 4-H Club enjoyed its swimming party Aug. 16. Courtesy photo • The Live Wires-Empire Best 4-H Club had its August meeting and swim party at the Marston house and swimming pool north of Canton Aug 16. The meeting was called to order by Presi­dent Lane Wiens. The flag salute and 4-H Pledge followed. Roll call was: […]

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Green grass spurring faster weight gains

Green grass spurring faster weight gains

Whether in Marion County farm pasture or the rolling grazing lands of the Flint Hills, significant rains during the summer have provided an unusually high quantity of quality grass for cattle nourishment. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press You can nearly hear the smile in Chuck McLin­den’s voice. From his ranch lands east of Marion, he’s able to send more feeder […]

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Meeting to address problems facing beef producers

Meeting to address problems facing beef producers

Kendal Lothman, key presenter at this year’s Beef Producers Information Seminar Kristina Butts, key presenter at this year’s Beef Producers Information Seminar. Tom Leffler, key presenter at this year’s Beef Producers Information Seminar. Despite tallest, lushest Bluestem grasslands and clearest, bluest most ample water supplies in recent memories, and continuing nearly the highest markets in history, Flint Hills cattle producers […]

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Lisa Gies claims ‘champion’ status

Lisa Gies claims ‘champion’ status

Lisa Geis, Durham, receives the award for champion breeding doe at the Tri-State Royal of Champions livestock show in Goodland the first week of August. Courtesy Photo Lisa Geis, Durham, received the award for champion breeding doe at the Tri-State Royal of Champions livestock show in Goodland the first week of August. To qualify, competitors must win at their county […]

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County 4-H groups to share grant

4-H clubs in Marion County will benefit from a three-way equal split of a recent $2,000 donation by Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative Association made in partnership with CoBank, a national cooperative bank. 4-H clubs in Morris and Chase counties also will participate in the split, which comes to about $666 per county. Flint Hills RECA chose to donate to […]

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County to offer entrepreneurial education

Economic development entities from Marion, Hills­boro and Marion County are joining forces with three state organizations to sponsor an 11-week Growing Rural Businesses Entrepre­neurial Certificate Program starting Sept. 10. Sessions are planned for every Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m. The cost to participate is $250 for the entire program, or $50 per individual session, which will be in the Community Center […]

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Summer’s oppressive heat can take a toll on people

From 1999-2003, 3,442 deaths nationwide were caused by exposure to extreme heat, an annual average of 688. Of those for whom age information was available, seven percent were younger than 15, 53 percent were between 15-64 years old, and 40 percent were 65 years or older. With current weather forecasts indicating temperatures near triple digits accompanied by high heat indexes, […]

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