Category: County Wide News

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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Marion council approves 15-year water-tank contract

The Marion City Council unanimously approved a 15-year water-tank maintenance contract at its Nov. 11 meeting. Marty Fredrickson, building inspector, said the main­ten­ance contract is impor­tant because the city hasn’t had a consistent or defined program for years. City Administrator Roger Holter said: “Marty asked for this in the past, but it never came to fruition. By his efforts, he […]

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Public records, November 19, 2014

DISTRICT COURT Criminal Mari Rose Belifuss, sentencing, 10:45 a.m. Dec. 10. Nikki Jo Bell, status hearing, 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Benjamin Kaleb Castleberry, arraignment, 1:15 p.m. Nov. 24. Brandon Alan Hayes, status hearing, 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Mindy Sue Herpich, status hearing, 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Derek Hoskinson, pre-trial conference, 1:15 p.m. Nov. 24. Wanda Luttig, status hearing, 10 a.m. […]

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‘Tis the season for Giving Trees

‘Tis the season for Giving Trees

Dawn Helmer (left) and Linda Beltz, Hillsboro State Bank staff, talk about what children are needing this year as they stand near the bank’s Christmas Giving Tree. In add­ition to Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody and Goessel are helping families in a similar way this holiday season. Patty Decker / Free Press Donations are being sought to help children and low-income families […]

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Hillsboro council addresses blighted properties

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil approved resolutions during its Nov. 4 meeting that call for a public hearing to receive input from citizens whether four private properties in town should be razed because of “dangerous building conditions.” City Administrator Larry Paine said Ben Steketee, the city’s code enforcement officer and building inspector, and attorney, Josh Beahm, developed rationale and resolutions for […]

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ELECTION: Marion County commissioner’s race too close to call

The District 1 Marion County commission race is too close to call following election results Tuesday. Only two votes separate the candidates, but with 22 ballots needing to be finalized, the outcome could easily change. The unofficial grand totals in that race show Craig Dodd with 670 votes and Lori Lalouette-Crawford with 668. According to Tina Spencer, county clerk and […]

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Commissioners question use of county credit cards

County Commissioner Randy Dallke expressed his displeasure during the Oct. 31 Board of Commissioners meeting about employees’ use of county credit cards. “There are a few things (in county government) that I am not entirely happy with, and one of these is employee credit-card use,” he said. Dallke said state cutbacks in funding for counties, plus other economic factors, have […]

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Free help offered for Part D review

The Marion County Department on Aging is helping individuals compare and enroll in Medi­care Part D Prescription Drug Plans through Dec. 7. Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator, will be in Hillsboro Nov. 13 and Dec 3. Call Brenda Moss at the Hills­boro Senior Center (620-947-2304) to make an appointment. Ratzlaff will be in Pea­body Nov 19. Con­tact Ruth Lott at Peabody Senior […]

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Marion council considers solutions for street project

The Marion City Council, at its Oct. 27 meeting, finalized the 2013 Main Street resurfacing project after learning none of the options would satisfactorily correct the problem. After almost an hour of discussion, Darin Neufeld with EBH Engineering, offered the council two choices. “We are at the end of the one-year warranty period, (which means) we can write a letter and […]

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