Category: County Wide News

Goessel Fire Dept. reorganizes after chief retires

Goessel’s public works director, Karen Dalke, told the city council at its Jan. 19 meeting that the city had been recognized at the recent firefighters banquet for allowing her to be a volunteer firefighter. Dalke said that appreciation had been expressed for other firefighters as well. Councilor Jim Wiens was recognized for 30 years of service as a firefighter, and […]

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New owner continues food tradition in downtown Florence

New owner continues food tradition in downtown Florence

Tammy Britton looks over the menu at the On the Corner Cafe, the downtown eatery she reopened Jan. 2. It was known as Auntie M’s Diner before Britton purchased it. Patty Decker / Free Press The downtown eatery in Florence may have changed owners and the name, but its tradition of good food, unique atmosphere and simple charm are the […]

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Holub steps in as commission chairman for 2015

Lori Lalouette, a Hills­boro attorney, was sworn in as the 1st District commissioner for Marion County by 8th District Court Judge Michael Powers prior to the board’s Monday meeting. The swearing occurred at a public reception in the hallway outside of the meeting room at the courthouse. Lalouette was elected to succeed Roger Fleming of Hillsboro, who chose not to […]

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Fleming receives well-wishes after Monday meeting

Marion County Commis­sion Chairperson Roger Fleming completed his four-year term on the board Monday with the business agenda ending with well wishes from friends and county employees, and servings of his favorite chocolate coconut cream cake. Fleming is expected to be followed in office next week by commissioner-elect Lori Lalouette-Crawford. In his final vote on an issue, Fleming made a […]

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Odd election finish capped a challenging year

Odd election finish capped a challenging year

A year that began with arctic temperatures ended with complaints about deteriorating gravel roads in Marion County. During the months in between, county residents and leaders experienced a variety of highlights and challenges—including a most unusual election. January The major front of arctic air that enveloped much of the upper U.S. brought snow and plummeting temperatures to Marion County at […]

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Marion County sees first snowfall of the winter

Marion County sees first snowfall of the winter

The first snow of the winter season, about 4 to 5 inches deep, prompted Ella Unger, 22 months old, to help her father, Matt (kneeling), and uncle Andy Thursday afternoon build a snowman near the intersection of D and Adams streets in Hillsboro. Excited to contribute, Ella patted handfuls of snow on her snowman’s midsection. Earlier, Ella’s mother, Erika, and […]

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Architect to begin planning new county building

Andy Pitts of Treanor Architects in Lawrence began planning Monday with the Marion County Commission on a proposed multi-purpose county building to be located south of the county jail in Marion. Commission Chairman Roger Fleming, who ends his term as a commissioner in January, said he wanted to see planning begun to relieve storage and rental of office buildings in […]

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City of Goessel receives holiday lights from Dexter

The Goessel City Council heard from Karen Dalke, public works director, at its Dec. 15 meeting that the town of Dexter had given its Christmas decorations to Goessel—at no cost to Goessel. Dalke said Dexter purchased new decorations this year and gave their old ones away. The decorations had been used for six years. Dalke expressed appreciation to the town […]

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Nebraska woman hurt in K-15 crash

A Beatrice, Neb., woman was injured in a two-car accident three miles south of Goessel on Kansas Highway 15 at 90th Road. According to a report by the Kansas Highway Patrol, Rachel E. Dorn, 22, was the passenger in a 2003 Chevy Venture driven by Devin F. Dorn, 51, also of Beatrice. The accident happened at about 8:20 p.m. Dec. […]

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County to lease St. Luke facility

The Marion County Com­­mission voted 2-1 Monday to lease St. Luke Clinic in Marion at a cost of $15,000 annually to house the county health department’s clinic and offices. Jeremy Ensey, St. Luke CEO, agreed to a reduction in the price, which includes utilities, if investigation shows the county would save money by paying for utilities independently. The commissioners seemed […]

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