Category: County Wide News

County hospitals sign on for statewide food and beverage review

Hillsboro Community Hospital and St. Luke Hos­pital and Living Center in Marion are among 75 Kansas hospitals that have pledged to examine their current food and beverage practices. The challenge to do so was issued by the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation. Participating hospitals will consider new policies that provide healthier food options in the hospital cafeteria and throughout […]

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Goessel Community Foundation issues $2,170 in project grants

Goessel Community Foundation issues $2,170 in project grants

Goessel Community Foundation issues $2,170 in project grants<p><p>James Wiens, Rachel Boden, Susie Shipp and Eric Schrag (from left) hold the grant awards they received from the Goessel Community Foundation Sunday evening at the annual community picnic sponsored by the Goessel Ministerial Alliance. The four grants, totaling $2,170, will be used to support various community endeavors. Wiens, vice-president of the USD […]

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Make your summer safe for your kids: tips to live by

Summertime means spending more time outdoors for many Kansas families. Summer is also when there is an increase in visits to the emergency room due to fire and burn injury. Barbecue grills, campfires and fireworks can cause serious injuries to children. Safe Kids Kansas, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Kansas Depart­ment of Health and Envi­ronment, and the […]

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Goessel council sets holiday fireworks schedule

The Goessel City Council discussed a fireworks schedule during its June 15 meeting. The council decided fireworks will be allowed in the city as follows: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.,Thursday, July 2; from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, July 3; 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, July 4; and to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 5. BAK report The council […]

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Marion council still reviewing recreation director position

No decisions were made at the June 8 Marion City Council meeting regarding the recreation director’s position held by Margo Yates. Until recently, the position received compensation from the city and USD 408-Marion. But, late in 2014, the school district planned to drop the funding from its budget, said City Administrator Roger Holter. “(USD 408 Superintendent) Lee Leiker got with […]

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Marion library to benefit from garden tour Saturday

The sixth annual Flowers in the Flint Hills Garden Tour will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27. The 2015 tour, which benefits the Marion City Library, includes five gardens in rural and city locations, including one at Marion County Park and Lake. Tickets are $5 and can be obtained at the library, located in Marion’s […]

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Health dept. to move to electronic records

Marion County’s burden of storing boxes of county health records in limited storage space may soon be relieved by switching to electronic rather than paper records. The Marion County Board of Commission approved Monday that the health department apply for about $17,000 in state sharing funds administered through Wichita State Univer­sity for a Patagonia computer electronic records system. Department administrator […]

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BAK takes a break in Marion

BAK takes a break in Marion

Linda Carlson, Kevin Fruechting and Margo Yates (from right to left) serve hot burgers to the riders. Once refreshed, the bicyclists headed for their next overnight stop in Council Grove. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press After leaving their overnight stop in Goessel, the 900 bicylcists on the Biking Across Kansas tour were served by a water stop in Hillsboro sponsored […]

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300 people turn out for Hillsboro car show

300 people turn out for Hillsboro car show

Ron Herbel, Marion, drives to the winner’s circle in his 1958 Chevy Delray to accept a Top 10 honor. Handing him the plaque is Gavon Klein, nephew of Kim Abrahams, and Mike Berry of Canton is taking photos. Patty Decker / Free Press The threat of rain didn’t stop 30 car enthusiasts from entering this year’s 17th annual Route 56 […]

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Hillsboro council to replace old slide

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil at its June 2 meeting approved the purchase of a new slide to replace “the old slipper slide” at Memorial Park. Doug Sisk, recreation director, said the new slide will be 8 feet tall and 16 feet long and will be purchased from to Mir-­acle Recre­ation Equip­ment Co. for $7,648. The action was taken in response […]

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