Category: County Wide News

Commissioners approve funding for child advocacy work in county

The Marion County Com­mission heeded a call for help Monday from Suzanne Robinson, county attorney legal secretary, during a time of fiscal shortage by giving $250 to Child Advocacy Legal Services for cases involving physical, mental and child development. The commissioners, voting 3-0 to allocate the money, said they want Robinson to return if the agency’s deficit, created because of […]

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Preparations underway for Alternative Gift Market

Preparations underway for Alternative Gift Market

Ruth Reed is nearly hidden behind a tree of ornaments during the Alternative Gift Market last year in Marion. The calendar may read September, but the Alternative Gift Market, held in November, is preparing for another holiday season and is still looking for a few more individuals or organizations to sponsor a charity. Jackie Volbrecht, one of the coordinators, said […]

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Bike ride to raise funds for Kenyans

It’s time, once again, to inspect your bicycles in preparation for the MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride on Saturday, Sept. 20, starting at the MCC Center in North Newton. All proceeds from the ride will go to Mennonite Central Committee, and continuing the rides tradition, will benefit a water project. This year’s project benefits school children and their families in Kenya. […]

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Father looking to grow Hillsboro Cub Scout troop

Father looking to grow Hillsboro Cub Scout troop

Cub Scout participants Jeremiah Coates Sr. and Jr., Mitch and Logan Frantz, Romero and Filow Cruz, Noah Coatney, Jude Bennett and Demarius Cox prepare for a target-shooting activity at Camp Kanza this past June. Russell Bennett of Hills­boro was so impressed with the local Cub Scouts organization as a parent that he agreed a year ago to become its scoutmaster. […]

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Wal-Mart announces plans to build store in Hillsboro

Hillsboro’s “mystery business” is no longer a mystery. Wal-Mart announced plans today for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at 605 Orchard Drive. It is expected to open in spring 2015. The new store will offer customers convenient access to fresh and affordable grocery products and pharmacy services, according to a corporate spokesperson. “We are pleased that a company of Wal-Mart’s stature […]

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Marion council discusses Hillsboro mystery business

Hillsboro’s mystery business made its way into the Sept. 2 Marion City Council meeting when one council member requested information about these “big box” retailers. Councilor Jerry Dieter said he spoke with Roger Holter, city administrator, about rumors of a Wal-Mart Express and said he heard a lot of gloom and doom from acquaintances around town. Dieter said he asked […]

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Marion council tables ordinance to allow special vehicles on streets

The Marion City Council at its meeting Sept. 2 tabled an ordinance that would have allowed special purpose vehicles on streets within city limits. The council determined there were still too many unanswered questions relating to licensing and use, but directed Roger Holter, city administrator, to bring the issue back at the Oct. 27 meeting. Darin Neufeld with EBH Engineering […]

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Frank encourages planning during ‘Preparedness’ month

Marion County Emer­gency Management Director Randy Frank is encouraging residents, their families and co-workers to be prepared in the event of an unforeseen emergency or disaster as part of county commissioner’ recent designation of September as “National Preparedness Month” in Marion County. “Quite simply, being prepared for an emergency saves lives, said Roger Fleming, commission chairman. “The county’s Emer­gency Management […]

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Crawford suggests train cars for bridge replacement

Marion County Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford told commissioners at their Aug. 29 payday meeting to take a “hard look” at converting some bridges on dirt roads to low-water bridges using steel railroad cars in place of building high-dollar bridges under state requirements. After bridges on seldom-traveled dirt roads are demolished for replacement because of a state engineer’s inspection, […]

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Goessel council informed of Chisholm Trail plans

The Goessel City Coun­cil, at its Aug. 18 meeting, listened to Teresa Huffman, Marion County economic development director, explain plans for promoting the Chisholm Trail, which passes through Marion County. Kansas Highway 15 is the designated route. “The Santa Fe Trail has done a wonderful job,” she said, and suggested that the Chisholm Trail could be promoted more, too. She […]

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