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How to secure the home loan that you need

How to secure the home loan that you need

Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you’re looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it’s important to figure out which path is right for you and understand the lending options available. Fortunately, many financial institutions offer various free online […]

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Five upgrades under $5,000 that can sell your house

Five upgrades under $5,000 that can sell your house

Dress up and differentiate a kitchen while adding style and flair with fresh air skylights and designer blinds in colors and patterns. Powered by the sun and operated by remote control, Energy-Star-qualified solar powered skylights and blinds, plus installation costs, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. It’s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have […]

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Providers uniting for county health fair March 21

Marion County residents can become better aware of local and area health and wellness services by attending the Marion County Health Fair planned for Saturday March 21. Organized by the Marion County Health Department and the two local hospitals, St. Luke in Marion and Hills­boro Com­munity, the fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at […]

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Five common causes for prevalent tax mistakes

Five common causes for prevalent tax mistakes

Whether you plan to file for an extension on your taxes this year, or will wait until the last minute to complete paperwork, or want a better strategy for the future, chances are you could be doing a better job throughout the year to save on income taxes, according to seasoned investment adviser Paul Taylor, a member of the National […]

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Winter a good time to upgrade garage doors

Winter a good time to upgrade garage doors

At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient garage door. The garage door is generally the largest […]

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Questions couples should consider before the wedding

Dress bought and tux rented? Check. Cake? Check. Flowers and decorations? Check. Honeymoon booked? Check. You’re ready for the wedding, but are you ready for the marriage? Each year in the United States, just more than 2 million couples get married, which comes out to about 6,200 weddings each day, according to The Wedding Report. K-State Research and Extension family […]

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Meeting speaker shakes notions about quakes

Meeting speaker shakes notions about quakes

More than 125 people attended the 69th annual Marion County Conservation District’s dinner and meeting. In addition to recognizing conservation award winners, Rex Buchanen, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey—University of Kansas, was the guest speaker. Buchanen’s presentation, “Recent Seismic Activity in the Midcontinent: Events and Responses,” focused on the possibility of earthquakes associated with saltwater disposal from hydraulic […]

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Going the extra mile for students

Going the extra mile for students

Rod Just, fourth-grade teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, explains soil conservation practices applied to this field during his field tour last spring. Courtesy photo Going the extra mile—literally and figuratively—is a key reason Rod Just was named the 2015 Conserva­tion Teacher Award winner by the Marion County Soil Con­servation District. A fourth-grade teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, Just developed and […]

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Couple is convinced that conservation pays off

Couple is convinced that conservation pays off

Ed and Mindy Svitak are partners in farming and in soil conservation projects. Courtesy photo Ed Svitak’s beginning in soil conservation came when he convinced his grandfather, also named Edward, to build waterways and terraces in the fields with gullies they had to start farming around. Since that first step, Ed and wife Mindy have completed a conservation plan on […]

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Plan addresses gully problems

Plan addresses gully problems

Kim and Kathy Koop have worked partnership with Irma Koop (right) to develop an effective conservation strategy in a large field that was developing gullies. Courtesy photo Kim and Kathy Koop are Marion County Conserva­tion Banker Award winners this year for the work initiated on a large field Kim owns with his mother, Irma Koop, near Hillsboro. Koop said he […]

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