Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

Commissioner commends Goessel residents for recycling

Marion County commissioner Randy Dallke came to the Nov. 17 Goessel City Council meeting to discuss a street project, but he first commended the city for its recycling efforts. Because ?we have to pay El Dorado to put (trash) in the ground,? Dallke expressed pleasure that the community supports recycling so well. Dallke said the county would like to double […]

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Goessel school board honors Janzen for 46 years of service

The Goessel school board honored Lois Janzen during its Nov. 10 meeting. Janzen is retiring after 46 years of driving a school bus for the district. The board presented Janzen with a plaque, with Superintendent John Fast noting that Janzen has driven about 700,000 miles. Her first bus was No. 7, and her last bus was No. 7. Diana Schmidt, […]

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Goessel council addresses dog waste

The Goessel City Council discussed the issue of dog litter on city sidewalks during its Oct. 20 meeting. Councilor Larry Lindeman said he had received four complaints of dog litter on city sidewalks in the past two weeks. Some people had stepped in it. The council encourages gog owners to carry a bag and a scoop with them to clean […]

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Goessel board hears of higher than expected enrollment

The Goessel school board heard during its Oct. 13 meeting that school enrollment for 2014-15 was up eight students from last year with a total of 287. John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, said the total is four students more than anticipated when the budget was planned. Teacher presentation The board invited new high school teacher Beth Ratzloff to […]

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Goessel council hears report of library participation

The Goessel City Council was informed at its Sept. 15 meeting that 211 children came to the summer reading program, which focused on science. In her report to the council, library board member Tina Boese said on one day, 173 children and adults came to the city building in a two- or three-hour span. Boese expressed appreciation to Bradbury Co. […]

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Goessel board hears of enrollment growth for 5th year

The Goessel school board heard at its Sept. 8 meeting that the district has a head count of 287 students for this school year, an increase of 31 students since 2009. Superintendent John Fast said Goessel has seen steady growth the past five years. ?I?m pleased to see this trend,? Fast said. ?It is everyone?s responsibility to promote our school […]

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Goessel council informed of Chisholm Trail plans

The Goessel City Coun?cil, at its Aug. 18 meeting, listened to Teresa Huffman, Marion County economic development director, explain plans for promoting the Chisholm Trail, which passes through Marion County. Kansas Highway 15 is the designated route. ?The Santa Fe Trail has done a wonderful job,? she said, and suggested that the Chisholm Trail could be promoted more, too. She […]

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Goessel budget reduces levy by 6.27 mills

The Goessel school board passed the 2014-15 budget during its Aug. 11 meeting that includes a reduction of more than 6 mills in the district levy. Superintendent John Fast said the tax rate for USD 411 patrons will drop from 59.89 to 53.62 mills. He said the drop is due partly to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling that poor valuation […]

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Goessel council amends loose-dogs ordinance

The Goessel City Council, during its July 21 meeting, addressed dogs ?running at-large? within the city. The council had received reports of dogs coming into town from the surrounding area. Resi?dents had sometimes felt threatened by the dogs. Some dogs have come into town numerous times. As a result, the council amended two sections of the city code pertaining to […]

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USD 411 patrons to see mill decrease

The Goessel school board discussed taxes with Dale Clark, a certified public accountant with Knudsen and Monroe, during its July 21 meeting. John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, reported the good news that there should be some tax relief for USD 411 patrons, even with the bond construction project. Fast and Clark said the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that […]

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