Category: County Wide News

Cities, school districts prepare for local elections April 17

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, for the spring general city/school election with contested races in Florence, Centre, Goessel, Peabody and Marion. Tina Spencer, election officer and county clerk, said no special questions will be on the ballot this time. As of Monday, she also said that while she has had a few […]

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Skywalkers gymnasts team competes at Goddard

Skywalkers gymnasts team competes at Goddard

Pictured above are coach Rylee Yoder, Samantha Saunders, Sydney Smith, Hadlye Clark, Olivia Carlson, D’myia Cox and coach Kendra Haller. Courtesy Photo The Marion Skywalkers Team, comprised of girls from Marion, Peabody, Centre and Hillsboro, competed at the Sammy K. Ewertz Memorial Invitational in Goddard Saturday, March 14. Each gymnast competed in three events: double mini trampoline, trampoline and tumbling. […]

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Commissioners hopeful for funding of new bridge

Road and Bridge Direc­tor Randy Crawford told the Marion County Commis­sion Monday, that there’s a possibility the county could get its 20 percent share of $238,000 to build a new bridge on Alfalfa Road east of Florence from federal exchange funds. Otherwise, the county will have to add its share to next year’s budget to meet the state’s $1 million […]

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Goessel council tours new storm shelter at school

The Goessel City Council toured the new storm shelter at the elementary school during its March 16 meeting. “It’s really quite impressive,” Mayor Dave Schrag said. Schrag had already toured the shelter with school superintendent John Fast. Schrag pointed out the thick walls, as well as the metal shutters that will not allow debris to enter through the windows. The […]

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Turnout small for Wee Care fundraiser

About 25 families attended the “Ooey Gooey Night” Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. The event is a fundraiser for Wee Care, an early childhood professionals group comprised of Marion County childcare providers and teachers. Debbie Regier, Wee Care coordinator, said Saturday’s turnout was not what the organization had hoped for, but participants did respond with positive feedback. […]

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Marion museum to host ‘Kansas BC’

The Marion Historical Museum will host,“Kansas BC,” a presentation that will focus on artifacts and prehistoric inhabitants of Kansas prior to the European settlers homesteading here. Donald Blakeslee, professor of archaeological anthropology at Wichita State University, will be the featured presenter at the gathering, which will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25. “If people want to bring in Indian […]

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Rollin Schmidt resigns position with county

Rollin Schmidt, who wears multiple hats in his job with Marion County, notified commissioners Monday that he is resigning, effective March 27. Schmidt is in charge of noxious weeds, household hazardous waste, the transfer station and county recycling. Schmidt helped the county begin recycling, and has been responsible for much of the development of the transfer station over the past […]

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Marion council pushes for property repair

The Marion City Council at its March 2 meeting tabled condemning one resident’s property, but said if no plan is in place by the next meeting, the city will look at demolition proceedings. The property at 432 Arbor is owned by Bradford Harrington. Mayor Todd Heitschmidt said he believes the time for talking is over. “You have not been, in […]

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County faces funding challenge to repair bridges

Marion County may be walking a tightrope when it comes to replacing bridges on less-traveled roads this summer. Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford told Marion County commissioners Mon­day that the state will allow $29,500 in engineering fees on eight county bridges designated by the state for rebuilding. Crawford said if the county doesn’t replace the bridges this year, the […]

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Commissioners call for change with Tampa EMS

Marion County Commis­sioners, during their Feb. 27 payday meeting, notified Jesse Brun­ner, Emergency Medical Services ambulance crew chief at Tampa, to resign his position. They also notified the Tampa ambulance crew to come up with a new crew chief within 72 hours. If the Tampa crew failed to comply, the commissioners voted 3-0 to have EMS Director Brandy McCarty remove […]

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