Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 27 April 2010 19:33The water quality at Marion Reservoir has improved, but there’s still a lot of work to do to make it better.
That was the bottom-line from Phil Barnes, a research engineer at Kansas State University who has been monitoring surface-water quality at Marion Reservoir and other impaired Kansas watersheds.
Barnes shared his findings Thursday with a small group that included representatives from the three Marion County cities—Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody—that depend upon the reservoir for...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 27 April 2010 19:26When it comes to safety, the Safe Kids Camp, held each spring at Peabody-Burns Elementary School, is one-of-a-kind.
This year’s camp was April 20 at various locations in and around the school.
Originally, the camp was sponsored by the Peabody Police and Fire departments and Emergency Medical Services, said Ken Parry, elementary principal.
“Seven years ago, the camp was held on a Saturday and about 30 children attended,” he said.
“Then about five years ago, I was invited to the...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 20 April 2010 18:18In less than three months, Army Sgt. Ryan Newell, 25, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan, will be handed the keys to his family’s new 2,700 square-foot home in Marion.
“I haven’t been able to process all of this,” he said. “Friday morning, there was only a slab of concrete.”
The project started more than five months ago, though, when Newell applied for a home through “Homes for Our Troops” after losing both legs from an Improvised Explosive Device or IED in January...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 20 April 2010 18:16An intentional pasture burn set against a dusk sky created an impressive panorama west of Hillsboro Sunday evening. Last week the Farm Service Agency in Kansas announced a temporary extension to the Conservation Reserve Program burning period in the eastern half of Kansas, including Marion County. CRP participants in these counties now have until April 30 to complete required burning. Officials with KFSA said the extension will assist CRP participants by providing greater flexibility in...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 20 April 2010 18:15The Marion City Council accepted the resignation of City Clerk Angela Lange during its meeting Monday.
Lange stated in her letter to the council that she would be leaving her position May 14.
In addition, the city also swore in its newest councilors, Jerry Kline and Chris Meierhoff, who replaced Gene Winker and Stacey Collett.
Mayor Mary Olson also was sworn in for a second term after defeating Councilor Steve Smith in the spring general election.
As part of the restructuring process...
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