Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 23 March 2010 18:18The financial burden of the county’s revitalization plan for tax abatement hit home with the Marion County Commission Monday with the realization that a large improvement proposed for Hillsboro most likely will come under the county’s plan rather than Hillsboro’s.
The heads-up for the tax money twist was given by Appraiser Cindy Magill, who told commissioners she had been contacted by a person representing Hillsboro’s new hospital regarding filing for tax relief under the...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 March 2010 18:17The mayor of Marion County’s largest town is urging households throughout the county to fill out and return their 2010 U.S. Census forms by the end of the month.
Delores Dalke, active in Hillsboro city government for more than 25 years, said mailing back the questionnaire in a timely manner will make a difference for every resident in the county, not just in Hillsboro.
“It helps the city of Hillsboro and also Marion County when it comes to getting grants and loans from either state or federal sources,” she said. “They always do them based on your population.
“The reason for filling out your census is that we get everybody counted.”
The 2010 U.S. Census forms began arriving in Marion County homes around March 15. Dalke...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 23 March 2010 18:14
Members of the 2010 Leadership Marion County class met Thursday at The Hub in Peabody. This year’s class members include (from left) David Scott, administrator, Legacy Park in Peabody; Tish Keesling, city clerk, Lost Springs; Angie Schwerdtfeger, Tri-County Telephone, and Connie Omstead, retired from Marion County Special Education Cooperative. The leadership program offers participants a chance to see how local, county and state governments work, along with exposure to the communities arpund the county. Prior to attending class in Peabody, the group was in Florence at Morning Star Ranch and Tampa’s Community Center. The next class is April 1 in Hillsboro with members taking a tour of western Marion County businesses.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 16 March 2010 18:29The Marion community sent off its high school Warrior girls’ basketball team to the Class 3A state championship game Saturday in Hutchinson with a motorcade escort down Main Street. It was the first time an MHS girls’ team was playing for a state basketball title, and its first trip to state since 1992.
Local fans, including USD 408 Superintendent Lee Leiker, wife Diane and son Landon, lined Main Street to express their support.
Senior Kayley Heerey eyes a free-throw attempt after being fouled on a 3-point shot in the title game. The Warriors, seeded sixth in the tournament, played gallantly against No. 1-seeded Thomas More Prep, but came up on the short end of a 56-45 score. For a full report of both Marion and Hillsboro...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 16 March 2010 18:27A special meeting of the Marion City Council was called Friday morning to initiate an investigation into allegations of criminal misconduct by Marion Mayor Mary Olson.
According to a source outside of the meeting, the allegation concerns K.S.A. 21-4005, which addresses “maliciously circulating false rumors” about a local business “with intent to injure” its “financial standing or reputation.”
City Attorney Dan Baldwin said the action was prompted by information he became aware of involving Olson and Brad and Anita Seacat, owners of Seacat Do it Best, a building supply business in Marion.
“Personally, I believe an investigation needs to be undertaken and called in to the (Kansas) AG’s office because I believe the facts...
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