Category: County Wide News

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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Newell sentenced to 14 years

A 47-year-old Marion County man was sentenced April 20 to more than 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes. According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Newell was sentenced to 177 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Chief Judge Michael Powers in the Marion County District Court. “Newell pleaded guilty in March to two counts […]

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Music students perform piano and voice recital

Music students perform piano and voice recital

Music teacher Anita Hancock held her annual piano and voice recital April 18 at the Performing Arts Building in Marion. Pictured are these performing students: front row (from left), Anderson Waddell, Mia Spencer, Iliana Craft, Kaelynn Metro, Shaliah Ensley, Alyera Koehn; middle row, Cooper Bailey, Abi Bernhardt, Cadence Craig, Abby Wesner, Grace Hett; back row, Cade Harms, Jayden Spencer, Emily […]

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Bud Druce named as Schmidt’s successor

Bud Druse, former road and bridge foreman, was named transfer station, recycling, noxious weed and household hazardous waste director Monday by the Marion County Commis­sion. He will succeed Rollin Schmidt in that position. Commission Chairman Dan Holub said Druse will start in one week at a position pay rate of $20 an hour. He will be required to secure additional […]

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HHS music students fare well at state

Band and choral students from Hillsboro High School competed at State Festival Wednesday, April 15. Three judges critiqued each group and used a rubric to score them. The band, under the direction of Bruce Major, received ratings of I (outstanding), II (excellent) and II from their three judges. The Concert Choir, Men’s Glee and Women’s Glee received all I ratings […]

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4-H news, April 22, 2015

• The Live Wires-Empire Best 4-H Club met at the Canton Fairgrounds building Sunday, April 19. The meeting was called to order by president Lane Wiens. After the flag salute and 4-H Pledge, roll call was answered by “Name a county in Kansas besides McPherson;” 18 members, five leaders and 11 guests were present. After minutes from the last meeting […]

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