Category: County Wide News

Child seat-belt check Sept. 14-18

From Sept. 14-18, Kansas law enforcement agencies, including the Hillsboro Police Department, will conduct seat-belt enforcement checks around elementary and middle schools. Officers will issue citations to anyone who does not obey Kansas “Buckle Up” laws. “We conduct a seat-belt check every year, although not always during a specified week,” said Dan Kinning, HPD chief. “The sheriff’s office will be […]

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No mill increase for 2016 county budget

The Marion County Board of Commissioners approved on Monday a 2016 budget of $8,516,715 with a property tax mill levy of 69.114, the same as for 2015 with any required increases taken care of by increased property values. The commissioners again credited budget consultant and auditor Scot Loyd Loyd with helping avoid a mill increase for more road and bridge […]

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Goessel receives $73,000 Westar grant for solar panels

Westar Energy announced Friday that it has awarded USD 411-Goessel a grant worth $73,000 to install 40 solar panels on the elementary school grounds. The Solar Voltaic Grant will create a 10-kilowatt system and will save between $100 to $200 a month in electricity, according to Superin­tendent John Fast. “I am so excited that this grant, while initially delayed, is […]

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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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