Category: County Wide News

Construction begins on Dollar General store at Marion; completion target is Nov. 11

Construction begins on Dollar General store at Marion; completion target is Nov. 11

Dirt work started Aug. 10 on the new Dollar General store, located on a corner lot in Batt Industrial Park, and off U.S. Highway 56 at Marion. According to Terry Jones, the city’s economic development director, construction continued this week with crews pouring concrete. The new store is expected to impact the city with taxable sales of more than $1 […]

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County lake director sees new projects

Maybe it’s because Marion County Park & Lake Director Steve Hudson has had a good run at preventing a zebra mussel infestation for the last decade—while Marion Reservoir has had one—that he’s feeling optimistic about moving ahead on new projects. Hudson told the Marion County Board of Commis­sioners Monday that not having the mussels isn’t for lack of use. Boaters […]

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Goessel mill levy same for 2016

The Goessel City Council passed a budget for 2016 of $1,073,959 at its Aug. 17 meeting. City Clerk Jennifer White­head said the city’s assessed valuation went up; therefore, taxes did not need to increase. The ad valorem tax is $135,208, which is 58.714 mills. Each mill is worth $2,303. Turning its attention to another matter, the council accepted the resignation […]

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Bethesda Home receives $1,020 from foundation

Bethesda Home receives $1,020 from foundation

Art Flynn, a resident at Bethesda Home Indepen­dent Living, is one of the 14 volunteers who deliver meals to the community through the Bethesda Friendship Meal Program. Volunteers are coordinated by the office administrator of Alexan­derwohl Mennonite Church. Courtesy photo Bethesda Home was a recent recipient of a $1,020 distribution from the Goes­sel Community Seniors Endowed Fund for the support […]

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Goessel High School alum a state finalist for testing award

Trissa McCabe, a Goessel High School graduate now teaching math at USD 309 Nickerson-South Hutchin­son, was named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Testing. McCabe, daughter of Duane and Agatha Duerk­sen of Goessel, was one of three state finalists selected among math teachers; three teachers were selected among science teachers. The Presidential Awards […]

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CVB presents two gift baskets

CVB presents two gift baskets

Lena Hall, representing the Hillsboro Conven­tion and Visitors Bureau, presents a gift basket with more than $400 worth of gift certificates and local products to Amelia Breugen of Hillsboro. Patty Decker / Free Press Lena Hall, representing the Hillsboro Conven­tion and Visitors Bureau, presents a gift basket with more than $400 worth of gift certificates and local products to Byron […]

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Commissioners favor plan for roads

The Marion County Board of Commissioners Monday gave tentative approval to a plan developed by Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford to widen dirt and gravels roads up to two miles at a time to originally planned widths. Crawford often has spoken about how county dirt and gravel roads over a century of use have gradually narrowed from Kansas legally […]

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Goessel alum nominated for teaching award

Trissa McCabe, a Goessel High School graduate now teaching math at USD 309 Nickerson-South Hutchin­son, was named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Testing. McCabe, daughter of Duane and Agatha Duerk­sen of Goessel, was one of three state finalists selected among math teachers; three teachers were selected among science teachers. The Presidential Awards […]

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Commissioners nix tax hike

Marion County commission voted 3-0 Monday to not take a two-mill increase in county budget next year for increased graveling of rain-deluged roads because budget considerations reveal the money is already going to be there. The commissioners agreed in discussions with consultant Scot Loyd to work on leaving the mill levy the same as it was for this year. The […]

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Competitions take center stage at 85th fair

Competitions take center stage at 85th fair

Madeline Meier of the Goessel Goal Getters 4-H Club preps her cattle for the beef show on Thursday morning, July 23. Phyllis Richert photo 4-H CLASS 4-H BEEF Breeding beef Junior heifer calf: Lane Smith (HH) 1st blue. Senior heifer calves: Lisa Geis (TTT) 1st blue; Cade Harms (HH) 1st blue; Payton Harms (HH) 2nd blue. Summer yearling heifers: Devon […]

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