Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:23Depending on where one resides in the county, rain totals over the weekend ranged from less than 2 inches in the Canton area to as much as 6 inches in Lincolnville.
The worst hit area, according Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft, was in Peabody, where 10 families were evacuated from their homes Sunday. One area southwest of Peabody became an island after the heavy rainfall.
“It was a mess in a lot of places,” Craft said.
Many roads were deemed impassable as water in creeks and rivers...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:21Nobody is excited about not having a full-time band director on staff for the coming school year at USD 410. But Superintendent Steve Noble is hoping the inconvenience for students and staff will be temporary.
“It’s a short-term deal, and I want it to be a one-year deal,” Noble said.
When band instructor Gregg Walker resigned his position late in the school year after 10 years of duty, the board decided not to fill the position for 2010-11.
For one thing, Noble said, the district needed to reduce expenses because of reductions in state funding. The other reason was to give the board more time to find a quality successor.
“I have said on the record, and the board, I believe, is behind this, that when things improve, this is...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:20Bob Brookens, state representative for the 70th District from Marion, has filed for re-election.
“Since I had made up my mind to run for re-election, I thought I might as well file while I was here in Topeka,” Brookens said in a Monday news release.
During his first term, Brookens served on the committees on Education, Judiciary and Corrections and Juvenile Justice.
He also was part of a group that worked to cut spending while trying to protect the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Brookens said the effort also achieved a more solid funding base for the budget.
“The feedback I got throughout the district indicated an urgency to cut spending, but not to the extent it would harm elderly Kansans, children and disabled...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:00The Hillsboro Fire Department is hoping to lead the way into a cooperative arrangement that will improve response time for primary rescue services in Marion County.
The plan, being developed in partnership with Marion County Emergency Medical Services, would authorize the fire departments from Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody and Florence to respond to rescue calls outside of their designated fire-protection areas.
Currently, each department functions as a “first responder” to rescue calls within their designated areas. The Marion Fire Department provides the only “primary responder” team in the entire county.
“With what we’re trying to do, there’s going to be four potential primary rescue units (in the county),”...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 June 2010 14:44
Sixty people walked down the last hill toward St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday as part of the Pilgrimage to Pilsen honoring Father Emil Kapaun, the most highly decorated military chaplain in U.S. history. Kapuan died as a prisoner of war in the Korean War. The volunteers walked three days and two nights, departing from Magdalen Parish in Wichita on Friday and arriving in Whitewater on Saturday. The final leg of the trip Sunday started from southern Marion County. Once in Pilsen, volunteers stopped for pictures, gathered for prayer and took time for refreshments before attending the 3 p.m. Sunday Mass.
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