Category: County Wide News

College News (February 3, 2016)

• Among the 2,600 students who made the dean’s honor roll at Wichita State Univer­sity for the fall term were 13 students from Marion County. They are: from Goessel, Corey M. Buller; from Hillsboro, Jonathan R. Crouse, Samantha J. Ens, Matthew J. Klenda, Benja­min D. Loewen, Carter J. Pankratz, Amanda M. Roble, Grant T. Schneider, Tessa J. Simpson, Lucas A. […]

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Lost Springs discusses sludge issue

Sewer issues was the main topic of discussion for the Lost Springs City Council at its January meeting. Attending were Troy Madron Sr., Joyce Buckland-Rohloff, Joe Zinn, Connie Jenkins, John Zeiner, Jessica Moenning, Frank Wirtz and Shelly Wirtz. Buckland-Rohloff brought the Jan. 6 issue of the Free Press, which carried an article about the discussion the city council in Goessel […]

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Commissioners meet Friday for monthly payday session

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met Friday for a $1,058, 708 payday session with $426,611 of that amount allotted for wages. County Clerk Tina Spencer reported regular sales tax received at $59,868 and special jail bond sales tax at $52,244 for merchant sales in November received by the county from the state the end of January. The commissioners approved […]

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Marion council OKs new parking rules

The Free Press Vehicles will no longer be allowed to park in front yards unless it’s an improved parking space, according to a unanimous vote Jan. 27 by the Marion City Council. According to the new or­di­nance, an improved parking space is an area with a non-vegetation, non-grass hard surface to include brick, gravel, rock, asphalt concrete or other equivalent […]

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Hillsboro council passes ordinance for fall elections

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil unanimously approved Election Ordi­nance 1266 during a brief meeting, Jan. 19. The ordinance formalizes the transition of elections for city offices from spring to fall, as was mandated by the Kansas Legislature last year. The final draft of the ordinance did not retain a provision for reconstituting city government in the event of a cataclysmic disaster. […]

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Goessel council hears Internet option

The Goessel City Council listened to an Internet-service presentation by Jake Thomsen of Rise Broad­band and Josh Wilson during its Jan. 11 meeting. Thomsen is a “field operations supervisor” for Rise Broadband. Wilson does the installations and takes care of maintenance work on the equipment; he also works part-time for the city of Peabody. The council spent considerable time discussing […]

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Brownback’s fiscal experiment draws negative reviews

by Tom Parker Guest writer, Kansas Farms Union Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s fiscal experiment has brought so many unprecedented changes and impacts to the state budget that it’s earned its own designation among other states—even conservative states—seeking similar tax-cutting proposals: “the Kansas Effect.” It is not an endearing term, said Duane Goossen, a Kansas Center for Economic Growth senior fellow, […]

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Commissioners praise cooperation of fire fighters

We seem to have the best of the best. Volunteers, such as the fire fighters who battled the Cooperative Grain & Supply elevator fire in Marion last week and emergency medical technicians who drop everything else to make ambulance runs every day, were recognized as the best examples of humanity Monday by the Marion County commissioners. With starting reference to […]

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Marion ordinance would end vehicle parking on front lawns

The Marion City Council expressed unanimous support during its Jan. 4 meeting for a new ordinance that addresses the issue of vehicles being parked on residential front lawns. City Administrator Roger Holter said the issue is becoming enough of a concern by citizens and the police department that it required direction from the council. “The way our current city code […]

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Cause of smoke at county jail remains unknown

Where there’s smoke, there isn’t always fire, which is what happened early Sunday morning at the Marion County Jail. Sheriff Rob Craft said a jailer noticed smoke in the jail area before 4 a.m., prompting fire and other law enforcement officials to respond to the scene. “(Fifteen) inmates were moved to a different part of the facility,” Craft said, “and […]

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