Category: County Wide News

Commission approves bridge construction

On Monday, the Marion County Commission approved $45,390 in immediate emergency construction for the bridge over the Cottonwood River going into Marion Reservoir at Durham Cove on Kanza Road. Road and Bridge Superintendent Randy Crawford said he had to close the highly traveled blacktop road south of 260th because the rain-swollen river washed out heavy supporting stones underneath for approximately […]

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Goessel City Council gets down and dirty with sewer, runoff issues

The Goessel City Council met on July 20 and discussed the need for a back-up motor for the lift station. Public Works Director Karen Dalke said she was called in at 1:30 a.m. one night because of a malfunction. She cautioned that there would be flooding “if a motor would go down during heavy rain.” Mayor Dave Schrag agreed. “If […]

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Goessel Library celebrates Libri Grant for books

Goessel Library celebrates Libri Grant for books

Seth Chumbley of Goessel gets some up-close and personal attention from volunteer firefighter Karen Dalk during a grant celebration July 8 at the Goessel Library. The library was highlighting the acquisition of more than $1,400 worth of children’s books from the Libri Foundation during its final summer reading even. An anonymous donor provided $350 for the required matching funds. Bill […]

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Nickel continues to find success on triathlon circuit

Nickel continues to find success on triathlon circuit

Kevin Nickel, Goessel High and Tabor College alum, is ranked No. 1 in Kansas in the 30-34 age group. Delbert Peters photo With another win on the triathlon circuit, Kevin Nickel has placed his mark as the leading triathlete in the Midwest. Nickel won the Mud­water Triathlon (Olympic Dis­tance) at Lake Afton July 12 and was the only participant to […]

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Residents and guests celebrate being ‘Redneck in Ramona’

Residents and guests celebrate being ‘Redneck in Ramona’

Margaret Stroda (waving) rides through the Ramona Redneck Parade as this year’s grand marshal. Organizers agreed Stroda couldn’t have been a more deserving person to be chosen to serve as grand marshal. Patty Decker / Free Press Organizers of the annual Redneck in Ramona July 4 celebration may have seen a fewer parade entries this year, but many spectators said […]

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Kym family donates painting to Goessel museum

Kym family donates painting to Goessel museum

Marlin Kym of Buhler holds “The Sinking of the Elbe,” an oil painting made by his paternal grandfather, Emil Kym. Emil Kym’s painting “Seasons” is on the wall behind Marlin. The two works will be officially presented to the Goessel museum by the Kym family Aug. 1. Courtesy photo Mennonite Heritage & Agriculture Museum Descendants of a Swiss immigrant artist […]

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Commissioners call for public meeting about roads

Marion County commissioners agreed at their July 14 meeting to call a public meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, at the Marion County Lake Hall to hear about county roads. The commission took the action following weeks of meetings in which farm operators and homeowners have asked for more action in repairing roads washed out by unusually heavy spring […]

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Redneck Fourth returns at Ramona

Redneck Fourth returns at Ramona

The self-proclaimed “Miss Trash 2015” was a $100 prize winner at the annual Redneck in Ramona parade on the Fourth of July. Playing the part was Ramona resident Jessica Gilbert. The grand marshall for the parade was longtime resident Margaret Stroda. Organizers agreed there couldn’t have been a more deserving person to be the 2015 guest of honor. The next edition […]

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Holub asks colleagues to state position on courthouse

Responding to the public, County Commission Chairman Dan Holub asked commissioners at Monday’s meeting to state their position regarding preliminary plans for multi-million-dollar additions and upgrades to the historic courthouse submitted by an architectural firm last month. “Marion County cannot afford $7.5 million right now or in the foreseeable future to upgrade the courthouse and spend that kind of money,” […]

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Deputy called to temper patron complaint

A sheriff’s deputy was called in by the clerk’s office to sit in the hallway at the courthouse Tuesday, June 30, because Marion County Clerk Tina Spencer said she thought a confrontational situation during the Board of Commissioners payday meeting had the potential to get out of hand. Commission Chairman Dan Holub twice asked Mike Beneke, of northeastern rural Marion […]

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