Category: County Wide News

Marion considering East Park improvements

Marion considering East Park improvements

Marion’s East Park may benefit from new activity equipment if the city is awarded a $221,940 special-projects Community Development Block Grant approved by the state. Patty Decker / Free Press Two new racquetball courts, playground equipment and other improvements could be in East Park’s future with the Marion City Council’s decision to apply for grant funding. The council, at its […]

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Window closing for gravel applications on rural roads

Don’t expect many rock applications to county roads for the time being because an over-pressed county road and bridge department has to use the summertime warm weather window from here forward to make hard-surface applications. That’s the main message County Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford made May 18 at the Marion County Commission meeting. He did promise commissioners a […]

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Commission troubled by state budget actions

Marion County Board of Commissioners chairman Dan Holub called Monday for a 20-minute session to discuss county problems caused by actions of the Kansas Legislature. Holub said legislators are considering easing the state’s budget problems by adding a $3 per acre excise property tax for all landowners. Holub said that might not add up to much for city owners of […]

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State poster winner plants tree with governor

State poster winner plants tree with governor

State poster winner plants tree with governor As the last event for being the statewide winner of the Arbor Day Poster Contest, Hillsboro Elementary School fifth-grader Malorie Hein and her family traveled to Topeka April 21 as guests of the Kansas Arbor Day Association Board to meet Gov. Sam Brownback. After introductions and photos in his office, the governor came […]

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Commissioners say ‘do it right’ when it comes to road rebuild

“The most important thing is to do the job right,” Marion County Commis­sion Chairman Dan Holub said at the Thursday payday meeting. He was referring to the road and bridge department applying large gravel to rebuild washed out bases on county roads. Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford said the costs keep climbing to rebuild and maintain roads. It is […]

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Hillsboro council renews ties with KPP energy group

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil continued the city’s participation in the Kansas Power Pool after approving new organizational documents for the municipal energy agency during the council’s April 21 meeting. KPP operates as an energy broker for its member cities with the intent of securing lower energy prices for the member municipalities by negotiating for quan­tity discounts. KPP currently lists 31 […]

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Holub: Energy devaluation in Marion County will affect operating budget

Oil and natural gas tax valuation in Marion County has declined from $7.375 million to $2.528 million in the last year with the energy market drop, causing even more concern for the county budget. Marion County Commis­sion Chairman Dan Holub addressed the issue at Monday’s meeting. Holub couldn’t say immediately what that means in terms of the exact oil and […]

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Marion council reviews workers compensation portfolio

The Marion City Council at its meeting April 13 approved a 144-page manual provided by Kansas Municipal Insurance Trust regarding workers compensation. City Administrator Roger Holter explained to the council members that when the workers compensation portfolio was shifted to KMIT, the manual was part of that process. “KMIT provided an onsite assessment of our safety programs,” he said, “(and […]

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Goessel preparing for state bicycle group

The Goessel City Council heard plans for the Bike Across Kansas group during its April 20 meeting. The riders will be in Goessel June 10 and will spend the afternoon and night in Goessel. They will be traveling from Sterling that day and will go on to Council Grove the next day. Denise Duerksen, who is on the BAK board, […]

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Goats make the perfect pet for Florence woman

Goats make the perfect pet for Florence woman

During a morning feeding, Petey was on Phoebe Janzen’s back waiting impatiently for his turn to eat. “The kids can jump up on things, but once they are adults, it is very difficult to jump on anything and most of them can’t jump on anything at all,” Janzen said. Phoebe Janzen / Courtesy Photo When it comes to having an […]

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