Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:32The Marion County Commission pushed ahead Monday with plans to locate a more than 90-foot emergency dispatch tower at the new county jail along with plans for public tours of the jail in the near future.
The commissioners told Emergency Management Director Dan D’Albini to order the approximately $41,000 tower after Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin, by letter, informed the commissioners that by administrative powers he was approving its exemption from zoning requirements.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:31More than 75 children and parents watched as magician Eric Vaughn of Kansas City performed a variety of tricks using “Bob the Bird” and “Bingo the Duck” Wednesday at Hillsboro Elementary School.
Born in Baldwin City, Vaughn said his love of magic started when he was 10 years old.
“This isn’t a hobby for me,” he said. “I perform over 150 shows a year and sometimes three or four of those in a day.”
In addition to performing for children at various library summer reading programs throughout the Midwest, he said he also does presentations for major corporations, fine arts organizations, schools and even private birthday parties.
Vaughn said he also enjoys audience participation.
“I laugh and have a great time with...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 July 2012 14:00Mike Reynolds of Augusta, foreground, points out one of many features on his 1968 Chevelle SS 396 to Bruce Skiles of Marion, whose 1970 Cuda took overall best of show honors at this year’s Marion Car Show Saturday in Central Park. “This is my first year for this show (in Marion),” Reynolds said, “but I have been to the Burns and Park City car shows in recent weeks.” Other winners from first through 10th place were: Ron Bartel, first place, 1946 International Truck; Jim and Vicki Talley, second, 1955 Chevy Flame pickup truck; Bub Lovelady, third, 1931 Chevy Coupe; Bob and Judy Jantz, fourth, 1971 Cheyenne Chevy truck; Ray Abrahams, fifth, Chevy Cabriolet; Mike Reynolds, sixth, 1968 Chevelle; Joe Alvarez, seventh, 1974 Dodge...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 July 2012 13:56The story in the July 4 issues of the Free Press about individuals who have filed for township offices and precinct committee member positions was not clear about the number of contested races that will result for the Aug. 7 primary election.
For township offices, candidates can declare their affiliation to either the Republican or Democratic parties, which are the two major parties in Kansas.
If two or more people file for the same position on either the Republican or Democratic ballot, the primary election decides which candidate moves on to the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
The general election ballot, then, will include the primary winners from the two major parties, plus candidates who claim affiliation with a different...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 10 July 2012 13:56Marion City Council members along with Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin, suggested at Monday’s county commission meeting a 60 percent county, 40 percent city split for rebuilding streets by the new county jail and courthouse.
But County Commissioner Randy Dallke, whose opinion was supported by commissioners Roger Fleming and Dan Holub, said he wanted to see actual divisions and splits rather than talking in terms of percentages.
Kjellin acknowledged the shared costs would easily exceed $200,000, but didn’t want to have actual estimates published that could affect construction bids.
The city group, joined especially by Fleming, generally spoke in favor of concrete surfacing for streets from Williams to Fourth and around the...
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