Category: County Wide News

County to lease St. Luke facility

The Marion County Com­­mission voted 2-1 Monday to lease St. Luke Clinic in Marion at a cost of $15,000 annually to house the county health department’s clinic and offices. Jeremy Ensey, St. Luke CEO, agreed to a reduction in the price, which includes utilities, if investigation shows the county would save money by paying for utilities independently. The commissioners seemed […]

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Duerksen, Hubbard release their third Amish novel

Carol Duerksen of rural Hillsboro, along with Sharon Hubbard of Lyons, have released the third book in the Kate Series of Amish novels, “Kate’s Truth.” According to Duerksen, the novel is the story of a single Amish woman whose love interest is an “English” man who owns a golf course, and whose best friend, another single English man, has a […]

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CG&S distributes checks totaling $5,444 for area food banks

CG&S distributes checks totaling $5,444 for area food banks

Pictured above are (from left): Lyman Adams, CG&S general manager; Norma Kline, representing the Marion County Food Bank in Marion; Mary Steketee, treasurer of Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro; Jennifer Stegman, MSM director; Ron Sommerfeld, Canton Ministerial Alliance; and Jim Enns, chair of the CG&S Board of Directors. Not represented in the photo is the Tabor Mennonite Church food bank, […]

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Marion home tour raises funds for city library

Marion home tour raises funds for city library

At the Christmas Home Tour in Marion Sunday, Travis and Sheila Hett talked about this year being their first Christmas together. Sheila said their tree is filled with ornaments from their childhoods, but as the years continue, it will have new memories of their lives together. Visitors attending the tour said they enjoyed seeing the many ideas displayed not only […]

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Must farmers be chemists?

by John Schlageck Kansas Farm Bureau File this under the heading of, who would have ever thunk it? What I’m referring to is the notion that today’s farmers need a prescription and a degree in chemistry to apply herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers to their land in order to grow and produce the food we eat every day. About this time, […]

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Rain turns some roads into ‘sea of water and mud’

District 2 resident John Siebert came to the Marion County Commission meeting Monday to talk about the condition of Yarrow Road following the weekend’s soaking rain. Siebert said the base of the road is “disappearing in a sea of water and mud,” but his complaint wasn’t the only one commissioners had heard. The three commissioners said they received many complaints […]

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Commissioners tour St. Luke office

The Marion County Board of Com­missioners met Nov. 26 in a $689,913 payday meeting with $423,980 allocated for county payroll. County Clerk Tina Spen­cer said the county received $57,837 in regular sales tax and $50,457 in special jail bond sales tax in November from the state for taxes collected by merchants in September. Emergency Medical Services Director Brandy McCarty introduced […]

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Marion council hears of rate hike

Because of higher wholesale energy costs, transmission costs and other charges, the Marion City Council, at its meeting Nov. 24, could be looking at a rate increase. The amount of that increase, from the retail side, is being recommended by the utility staff when the council meets Dec. 8, according to information presented by Roger Holter, city administrator. Holter said […]

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State needing $40 million more to cover KanCare increase

by Jim McClean KHI News Service State officials will need to find an additional $40 million to meet rising KanCare costs in the current budget year, according to caseload estimates compiled by the nonpartisan Kansas Legislative Research Department. KanCare is the name of the state’s privatized Medicaid program. Also, an anticipated increase in the number of children in the foster […]

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Commissioner commends Goessel residents for recycling

Marion County commissioner Randy Dallke came to the Nov. 17 Goessel City Council meeting to discuss a street project, but he first commended the city for its recycling efforts. Because “we have to pay El Dorado to put (trash) in the ground,” Dallke expressed pleasure that the community supports recycling so well. Dallke said the county would like to double […]

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