Category: County Wide News

County officers destroy 2,429 plants of marijuana

County officers destroy 2,429 plants of marijuana

A total of 2,429 marijuana plants were pulled and cut by the Marion County sheriff’s office and city of Marion police from a field in the southern half of Marion County. The plants were transported to an undisclosed burn site. A total of 2,429 marijuana plants were discovered in the southern half of Marion County in mid-July, but because of […]

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Goessel council amends loose-dogs ordinance

The Goessel City Council, during its July 21 meeting, addressed dogs “running at-large” within the city. The council had received reports of dogs coming into town from the surrounding area. Resi­dents had sometimes felt threatened by the dogs. Some dogs have come into town numerous times. As a result, the council amended two sections of the city code pertaining to […]

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‘Barn Quilt 101’ draws 19 participants

Bright colored wagon wheel, sunflowers, stars and other objects were part of July 12 “Barn Quilt 101” class with 19 participants signed up. Teresa Huffman, Marion County Economic Development director, said this was the first class for local artists, adding that it won’t be the last. The idea behind the quilt artwork, she said, is to draw visitors to rural […]

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Keystone rep explains system for monitoring pipeline leaks

Concerns about potential oil leaks from the Keystone TransCanada pipeline–– which crosses Marion County––were allayed at Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting by a representative of the company’s monitoring division. Jon Wickersham, incident response specialist at TransCanada, said a team of 24 safety operators at Calgary in Canada are split into teams of four or more and are continuously electronically monitoring […]

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Leihy earns silver at FCCLA nationals

Leihy earns silver at FCCLA nationals

Mary Leihy shows the display that was part of her silver-medal project at the FCCLA national conference. Mary Leihy, who will be a junior this fall at Hillsboro High School, received a silver medal for her STAR Events project during the FCCLA National Leader­ship Confer­ence July 6-10 in San Antonio, Texas. STAR (Students Tak­ing Action with Recognition) Events is a […]

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Commissioners hear of dog problems at county lake

Marion County Lake and Park Superintendent Steve Hudson told the Marion County Commission Mon­day that dogs running loose at lake residences are causing enough problems for campers across the street in the park areas that commissioners may have to change leash laws. Dogs are fighting with each other in camping areas and one potentially vicious dog has threatened campers, he […]

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Parade, fireworks highlight Peabody Fourth of July

A young onlooker waves to a passing entry during Peabody’s Fourth of July parade Friday. The parade was just one of a number of events to highlight the 93rd annual celebration, which drew a crowd of more than 5,000 people over the course of the weekend, according to event organizer Lisa Hodges.

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Peabody 4th of July fireworks and events start Friday

Children’s games, horseshoes, dog show, parade, flea market and spectacular fireworks show will highlight the 93rd annual Peabody July 4 celebration on Friday. According to Peabody officials, weekend events kick off with a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at the American Legion, 108 N. Walnut St. Admission is $5 and everyone must be 21 years […]

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Commissioners ‘relieve’ EMS director of duties

by Jerry Engler The Free Press Former Emergency Medical Services Director JoAnn Knak was appointed by the Marion County Com­mission Monday to be interim EMS director after the commissioners “relieved” the current director, Steve Smith, from the position, effective at noon. Commission Chairman Roger Fleming used the word “relieved” after a 10-minute executive session with Smith for non-elected personnel. The […]

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Commissioners step in to challenge railroad move

Marion County Com­missioner Dan Holub came to Monday’s commission meeting with news the Union Pacific Railroad had dug up 310th Road west of Centre High School, effectively shutting the Greg Holub family in at their home because the only other way out for them is a mud road closed to traffic by the rain. Holub asked Road and Bridge Director […]

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