Category: County Wide News

Keystone rep explains system for monitoring pipeline leaks

Concerns about potential oil leaks from the Keystone TransCanada pipeline–– which crosses Marion County––were allayed at Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting by a representative of the company’s monitoring division. Jon Wickersham, incident response specialist at TransCanada, said a team of 24 safety operators at Calgary in Canada are split into teams of four or more and are continuously electronically monitoring […]

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Leihy earns silver at FCCLA nationals

Leihy earns silver at FCCLA nationals

Mary Leihy shows the display that was part of her silver-medal project at the FCCLA national conference. Mary Leihy, who will be a junior this fall at Hillsboro High School, received a silver medal for her STAR Events project during the FCCLA National Leader­ship Confer­ence July 6-10 in San Antonio, Texas. STAR (Students Tak­ing Action with Recognition) Events is a […]

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Commissioners hear of dog problems at county lake

Marion County Lake and Park Superintendent Steve Hudson told the Marion County Commission Mon­day that dogs running loose at lake residences are causing enough problems for campers across the street in the park areas that commissioners may have to change leash laws. Dogs are fighting with each other in camping areas and one potentially vicious dog has threatened campers, he […]

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Parade, fireworks highlight Peabody Fourth of July

A young onlooker waves to a passing entry during Peabody’s Fourth of July parade Friday. The parade was just one of a number of events to highlight the 93rd annual celebration, which drew a crowd of more than 5,000 people over the course of the weekend, according to event organizer Lisa Hodges.

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Peabody 4th of July fireworks and events start Friday

Children’s games, horseshoes, dog show, parade, flea market and spectacular fireworks show will highlight the 93rd annual Peabody July 4 celebration on Friday. According to Peabody officials, weekend events kick off with a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at the American Legion, 108 N. Walnut St. Admission is $5 and everyone must be 21 years […]

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Commissioners ‘relieve’ EMS director of duties

by Jerry Engler The Free Press Former Emergency Medical Services Director JoAnn Knak was appointed by the Marion County Com­mission Monday to be interim EMS director after the commissioners “relieved” the current director, Steve Smith, from the position, effective at noon. Commission Chairman Roger Fleming used the word “relieved” after a 10-minute executive session with Smith for non-elected personnel. The […]

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Commissioners step in to challenge railroad move

Marion County Com­missioner Dan Holub came to Monday’s commission meeting with news the Union Pacific Railroad had dug up 310th Road west of Centre High School, effectively shutting the Greg Holub family in at their home because the only other way out for them is a mud road closed to traffic by the rain. Holub asked Road and Bridge Director […]

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Goessel council clarifies fireworks policy ahead of July 4 holiday

The Goessel City Council discussed fireworks within the city limits during its June 16 meeting With the Fourth of July approaching, the council decided to allow fireworks from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs­day, July 3; 8 a.m. to midnight Friday, July 4; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 5, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 6. […]

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Florence Fire Department finally acquires thermal imaging camera

Florence Fire Department finally acquires thermal imaging camera

Thermal Imaging Florence Fire Chief Mark Slater demonstrates the importance of the new thermal imagining camera the department has acquired. The purchase has been a long time in the making, according to Slater. “The camera cost $9,300 and was paid for through donations from pancake feeds, memorial gifts, grants and personal contributions,” he said. Prior to having its own camera, […]

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People in trailers violating zoning regs, county hears

Three sets of people are living in camping trailers as permanent residents on land they occupy in Marion County in violation of county zoning regulations. During the Marion County Commission meeting Monday, Zoning Director Tonya Richard asked commissioners what should be done about them. In regard to the health-related conditions in which these persons live, Richards said she didn’t know […]

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