Category: Business/Farm

Grass fires keep firefighters busy across county

Dry grasses, lack of rain, wind and humidity have kept Marion County firefighters busy during the last few weeks, according to local officials. Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee said Thursday that it’s typical this time of year to have controlled or prescribed burns, but weather and other conditions have worked against firefighters and landowners. “Producers need to have prescriptive burns […]

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Marion council opts for non-local carrier

The Marion City Council at its March 16 meeting changed its insurance carrier for workers’ compensation, discussed a new source of revenue and reached agreement on renovating substandard properties. City Administrator Roger Holter, along with safety committee members, recommended changing from EMC, represented by Case & Son, to Kansas Municipality Insurance Trust. KMIT’s premium for workers’ comp was $32,725, which […]

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Safety is fashionable for farmers

If Billy Crystal’s Fernan­do character were to visit a Kansas farm this spring you can be sure he wouldn’t be telling too many farmers, “Darling, you look marvelous.” You can also bet not too many farmers step into the cab of their tractors wearing any of the high fashions portrayed on the pages of GQ or Esquire. Looking good is […]

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Marion cafe closed and reopened within a week

In a span of less than a week, Cindy’s Family Cafe in Marion, owned by Cynthia K. Taylor, was closed March 9 for failing to pay state taxes, but reopened March 13 after an agreement was reached with the state. “The taxpayer and the Revenue Department were able to reach an acceptable payment arrangement Friday,” said Jeannine Koranda with the […]

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Brome grass in need of ‘quick drink,’ and soon

Brome grass is close to the make-or-break point for 2015. The consensus is that this No. 1 cool-grass tame crop for Marion County has to have rain, and it has to have it soon. It may happen this week. Rain possibilities are in the weather forecasts for three days. Van Peters runs a cattle operation with his son, Ryan, near […]

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MHS wins welding contest

MHS wins welding contest

Members of Marion High School’s winning welding team are (from left) Raleigh Kroupa, Bret Voth, Dylan Carpenter and Nicholas Stuchlik. Courtesy photo Marion High School won the NCKTC High School Invitational Gas Metal Arc Welding contest March 6. The contest was hosted by the North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit and sponsored by many businesses. Marion had six students […]

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Mission Health Communities to manage Peabody home

Mission Health Com­mun­­ities, LLC, a provider of senior living and skilled rehabilitation communities in the southeast and midwest, has taken over management and operations of Peabody Care Center, LLC. MHC has changed the name to Peabody Health and Rehab and will begin managing the long-term health-care facility immediately. MHC is based in Tampa, Fla., and manages 31 other communities that […]

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Centre FFA competes at Marion

Centre FFA competes at Marion

Hannah Peterson evaluates the production hens in the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event. Laura Klenda / Centre High School Members of the Centre FFA Chapter traveled to Marion Feb. 18 to participate in the South Central District Food Science and Poultry Evaluation career development event. According to Laura Klenda, chapter adviser, Greenhands participating in the Food Science CDE were challenged […]

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Benches donated for Tampa Main Street project

Benches donated for Tampa Main Street project

Lorraine Havlik stands by the bench dedicated to her husband, Frank; the couple owned the grocery store at this site for many years. Courtesy Photo Pictured are Jane and David Coyne; Jane and Anne Deming are daughters of Laddie Havlik, whose family owned the lumberyard across the street for years. Courtesy Photo The ongoing renovation of downtown Tampa took another […]

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Tabor College launches new website

Tabor College has launched a new website at tabor.edu. The previous version website was overhauled to make it more usable and searchable for potential students, alumni and friends of the school. Tabor College President Jules Glanzer sees the project as a tool for promoting the school in a visual way. “The Tabor experience can best be captured with pictures and […]

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