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Victory Plaza a win-win for Marion residents

Victory Plaza a win-win for Marion residents

One of the 10 duplexes in the Victory Plaza housing project along Eisenhower Drive. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Two long-awaited housing projects in Marion crossed the finish line in 2014: the Victory Plaza duplexes (along Eisenhower Road), and the rehabilitation of the September I Atrium building at 1500 E. Main St. Tom Bishop, director of Homestead Affordable Housing Inc. […]

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Men, women experience their retirement differently

Men, women experience their retirement differently

What’s retirement like? The answer may depend upon whether you’re a man or a woman. Women report more positive experiences in retirement than men, yet also say they are more likely to experience negative emotions, especially stress, according to a study conducted by MassMutual. The study’s findings have implications for retirement planning, both financially and emotionally. “Women often experience high […]

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State sales tax increase effective today, July 1

State sales tax increase effective today, July 1

Starting today, consumers will be paying for more retail goods and taxable services when they purchase them in the state of Kansas. As part of the budget package approved by the Legislature in June, the portion of sales tax going to the state of Kansas has increased from 6.15 percent to 6.50—or 35 cents more for every $100 purchase. The […]

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Five money traps you should avoid each month

Are you always on the prowl for a better deal? Looking for ways to save money—but without having to cut back on quality? People often overspend in ways they don’t even realize. From service plans that aren’t being used to buying too many bulk items, it is easy to throw away money without even knowing it. If you want to […]

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Commissioners consider plans for courthouse

Commissioners consider plans for courthouse

Commissioners are considering additions/upgrades for the county’s historic courthouse. Preliminary plans from Treanor Architects in Topic would be a $7 million project. Free Press file photo The Marion County Com­­­mission Monday looked at plans for what could become an estimated $7 million project for additions and upgrades to the courthouse. The plans could include eliminating the current county extension office […]

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Don’t let mosquitos take the bite out of summer

Don’t let mosquitos take the bite out of summer

Eliminating standing water where mosquitos breed and thwarting their efforts to feed can help keep your environment mosquito-free this spring and summer. Recent wet weather combined with warmer temperatures herald the arrival of cookouts, lounging poolside, weekends at the beach and a host of fun outdoor activities. Spring and summer are also mosquito season, and the little blood-suckers are far […]

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Customers can bank on Bella the bearded lizard

Customers can bank on Bella the bearded lizard

Padgett and Bella enjoy a little friend time during the work day. Patty Decker / Free Press Bella the bearded dragon has a hard job at Central National Bank in Marion. It’s not easy hanging around at the drive-through window to greeting customers in the lobby. Shelly Padgett, CNB employee, said Bella has a daily routine and enjoys customer service. […]

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Understanding the state of the KS state budget

Understanding the state of the KS state budget

Duane Goossen Kansas has nearly an $800 million gap between revenue and expenses. However, as lawmakers struggle to balance income and expense, press reports often refer to a $400 million-plus gap. Why? Start with expenses. The Legislature has not yet passed a budget for FY 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016), so an exact number is not yet […]

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Affordable-housing project coming to Hillsboro

Affordable-housing project coming to Hillsboro

This large area of property at the corner of Third and Lincoln streets will become the location of four duplex units, following approval of a tax-credit proposal put forward by Mark Cox, of Vintage Construction, LLC. Cox will build six duplexes in all, the fifth along the 300 block of North Ash and the sixth on a lot in the […]

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Four timely tire tips to keep teenage drivers safer

Four timely tire tips to keep teenage drivers safer

Getting a driver’s license is a pivotal moment for many teens, and with the privilege of driving comes greater freedom and independence. For parents, this can be both a moment of great pride and overwhelming anxiety. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that drivers 19-years-old and younger were more likely to be involved in motor vehicle collisions […]

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