Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:07Members of the a capella vocal band Six Appeal move to the music during their Saturday evening concert on the Main Street stage at the Florence Labor Day Celebration. About 300 people turned out for the two-hour concert by the Minnesota-based group that includes Marion native Michael Brookens (far right in the above photo). The group injected humor and choreographed moves to go with their upbeat contemporary songs from the past few decades. A standing ovation at the end prompted one last...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:01During Friday’s payday meeting, Marion County commissioners heard County Clerk Carol Maggard report record-sales-tax revenue in August.
Revenue of $71,568 in regular sales tax, and $63,470 in special jail-bond sales tax was due to sales occurring during June, collected by the state in July, and distributed in August.
The commissioners said jail sales tax collections have put them close to the total necessary to make the bond payments both for this year and next year.
Tonya Richards, environmental health director, Rickey Roberts, extension agent, and Steve Hudson, county lake superintendent, reported on a drinking water innovation for cattle. Situated on a pasture adjacent to Marion County Lake, it is designed to help keep water...
Written by Brian D. Stucky Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:00It’s a fascinating immigrant story unlike any other. It’s an emotional story passed down among families of the Swiss Volhynian Mennonites of Kansas. And it will be finally memorialized in stone at a dedication service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept, 23.
In 1874, as thousands of Mennonites migrated from Russia into Kansas, the Swiss Mennonites were the first to settle in the area, near today’s Moundridge. As they came to Peabody in September, they stepped off the train. The men went to scout and buy land in Mound and Turkey Creek townships.
When they returned three weeks later, they discovered that “almost all the children became sick. Some children died. The town had no cemetery at this time. A few miles north there was a place with a...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 04 September 2012 13:59The Marion City Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in council chambers to decide whether the proper procedure was followed regarding a conditional use permit to build a communications tower at the new county jail.
The hearing was prompted by a notice of appeal, dated Aug. 7, from Darvin Markley, who stated that Doug Kjellin, city administrator, did not have the authority under the zoning regulations to issue a permit to the county.
Markley, who signed the appeal as a resident, is chairman of the city’s zoning appeal board, which is the forum that will hear the matter.
David Yearout of El Dorado, who serves as the city’s planing and zoning consultant, said the appeal stops the building permit.
“It’s in a...
Written by Nicole Suderman Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:19
The board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County is seeking nominations of veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War.
The board intends to honor veterans of the two wars during the organization’s annual meeting Oct. 18 in Hillsboro.
Nominees should meet the following criteria:
• be a Marion County resident or be an active participant in a Marion County senior center;
• received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military;
• be willing to attend the SCMC annual meeting in October.
Anyone can submit a nomination. Forms are available at local senior centers or through the Marion County Department on Aging, 620-382-3580.
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