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Council votes in favor of 6.2 mill increase

By a unanimous vote, the Marion City Council on Monday approved a 6.2 mill increase for its 2015 budget. City Administrator Roger Holter said the main expense is the debt service, which is slightly more than $5 million. In dollars and cents, Holter explained the mill increase is equivalent to about $40.61 a year for an average homeowner. While most […]

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Getting educated

Getting educated

Evan Yoder, principal at Hillsboro Elementary School, meets with teacher Tracy Boldt to polish final details for inaugural all-day kindergarten classes. To enhance learning and better prepare students for the transition to first grade, this fall Hillsboro Elementary School joins other schools in Marion County and will offer full-day kindergarten sessions. “The additional time for many of our children will […]

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Write-in county commission race decided

Write-in county commission race decided

Crawford Registered voters in Marion County exceeded Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s prediction of a 22 percent statewide turnout during the Aug. 5 primary election. According to the county’s election office, 27 percent of the 7,700 registered voters in Marion County let their preferences be known regarding Republi­can and Democratic candidates seeking a spot on the general-election ballot in November. […]

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College gives a big economic boost to county

College gives a big economic boost to county

Students A recent study conducted by the Kansas Independent College Association found that Tabor College generated $7.5 million in income to the Marion County economy during the 2012-13 fiscal year. The revenue equaled about 2.8 percent of the county’s gross regional product. According to the study, during the analysis year, Tabor’s economic impact on Marion County included: • College operations—Tabor […]

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Goessel’s Threshing Days draws engine enthusiasts of all ages

Goessel’s Threshing Days draws engine enthusiasts of all ages

John Deer Baby Mother and daughter combine their talents and enthusiasm for vintage John Deere tractors as they roll through downtown Goessel during the Saturday morning parade. Good weather drew hundreds people during the three-day weekend of activities. For a feature on one of the sponsoring organizations, see Page 10.

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Council OKs land contract for ‘mystery business’

It appears that infamous “mystery business” is coming to Hillsboro after all. The Hillsboro City Coun­cil voted 3-2 at a special meeting Tuesday, July 29, to accept a revised contract to purchase 3.7 acres in the Hills­boro Heights commercial development. The land agent, Ben Haw­kins of Southeast Kansas Development, LLC, has stated in the past that he is acquiring the […]

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Drive continues for kidney transplant

Goessel High School alum Caleb Bunn went to the doctor three years ago to see if he would be a candidate to donate a kidney to his identical twin, Isaac. Little did he know that he would be the one in need of a donor. “(Isaac) had found out that his kidneys weren’t working very well, and so he had […]

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Native candidate comes home

Native candidate comes home

Ken Selzer Goessel native Ken Selzer, one of five Republican candidates running for state insurance commissioner, hands out red, white and blue necklaces during the Goessel Threshing Days parade. For results of the Aug. 5 primary in Marion County, go to hillsborofreepress.com.

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Fair changes draw more people, organizers say

Fair changes draw more people, organizers say

Jim Christensen of McPherson and Kodi Panzer of Hillsboro run past one of the carnival rides during the premiere Barn Burner 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday morning. The race started by the fair arena and the course wound its way through the Sports Complex and then through streets of Hillsboro. Benefiting from a couple of breaks in the summer heat, plus […]

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GOP voters have multiple choices

Republican voters in Marion County won’t be surprised that, in a staunchly Republican state and county, they will find numerous contested races when they go to the polls for next Tuesday’s primary election. Both national offices on this year’s GOP ballot are contested, as are five of the nine state offices. The most unique situation is at the county level, […]

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