Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

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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Goessel council clarifies fireworks policy ahead of July 4 holiday

The Goessel City Council discussed fireworks within the city limits during its June 16 meeting With the Fourth of July approaching, the council decided to allow fireworks from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs?day, July 3; 8 a.m. to midnight Friday, July 4; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 5, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 6. […]

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Farewell set for Goessel city clerk

The Goessel City Council decided at its May 19 meeting to set Friday, June 20, as the date for a come-and-go farewell reception for City Clerk Anita Goertzen. The reception, marking her 24 years of service to the city, will be from 2-5 p.m. in the city building community room. Goertzen began working for Goessel in 1990 as the utility […]

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Goessel board hired four teachers

The Goessel school board hired four teachers at its May 12 meeting. Garrett Hi?ebert, Brian Lightner, Pat?rick Loganbill and Beth Ratzloff will be joining the faculty this fall. Hiebert had already been the head high school football coach, head junior high boys basketball coach and assistant track coach. He has also been a para at the elementary school. John Fast, […]

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Goertzen resigns as Goessel city clerk after 18 years

Anita Goertzen has resigned as Goessel city clerk effective June 30 after 18 years in that position. She and her husband will be moving away. The city council met in special session April 8 to discuss the resignation. The council authorized Goertzen to place ads in area newspapers for the full-time clerk position. The job description states the clerk needs […]

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