Articles By: Jerry Engler

Solid fall harvest caps strong year

Marion County farmers may have an extra good Thanksgiving in November. With soybean harvest about 75 percent complete in late October, and with the milo ?looking like it?s going to be a very good crop,? Marion County Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said, ?It?s looking like a better deal than it was for the last couple of years. ?It?s much better. […]

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Initial single-stream recyclers surprised by ease of system

Some people are a little confused that they don?t have to do more work separating garbage to make single stream waste recycling work at the transfer station, Rollin Schmidt, station director, told the Marion County Commission Monday. The recyclable materials only need to be brought to the transfer station in Marion and dumped in one area for county workers to […]

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County begins single-stream recycling program

County-wide recycling gets under way immediately with the Marion County Board of Commissioners giving the go-ahead Monday for the transfer station at Marion to accept loads entering a new drive-through. Rollin Schmidt, transfer station and recycling director, assured commissioners that the station is ready for recycling. The commissioners responded that they see no need to wait any longer. Commissioner Roger […]

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Commissioners updated on courthouse landscaping project

The Marion County commission commended Peabody Girl Scout Nicole Sonders during Monday?s payday meeting for her leadership in planting flower beds around the courthouse. Commissioners also approved?and invited Sonders to sign with them ?a proclamation offered by Sonders to have an annual beatification day in Marion County. The commissioners designated the last Friday in April for the endeavor. At the […]

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Natural gas an asset for county

Marion County probably will join in an American international economic advantage. It will involve a resource we already know is here. Lately, the public seems to have some awareness of the new, intense U.S. oil and gas production. There are big, ongoing industrial efforts to build drilling, processing and pipeline infrastructure to meet world demand. The United States is expected […]

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County votes to repair courthouse tower clock

County votes to repair courthouse tower clock

Marshmallow Sign Photo: Marion County Lake workers finished erecting this 10-foot by 11-foot redwood sign Friday preserving the memory of Marion County as the first record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people roasting marshmallows simultaneously in a single venue. The sign is located at the site of the event along the east side of […]

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Local corn harvest coming as two seasons

You could say we are ending up with more than one corn crop this year. Some of it is being harvested now, and some of the corn is still partly green. So, what?s happening? To begin with, Marion County Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said corn planting this year was more spread out than usual. Some fields were planted in early […]

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Marion, McPherson counties exploring joint ?crime stoppers?

Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft told commissioners Monday that he has been talking to his counterpart in McPherson County about cooperating on a joint ?crime stoppers? publicity program to help solve crimes by widening the coverage area. Descriptions of crimes and suspects could be advertised in local newspapers and other media to help officers solve crimes, he said. Craft asked […]

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Tax income sufficient to make jail payments nearly into 2016

The Marion County Com?mis?sion met Friday, Aug. 30, in a $1,050,138 payday payout session. County Clerk Tina Spencer said the actual amount for county paychecks totaled $409,109 with the balance of the payday going to pay other invoices. The county commissioners noted that with the $41,672 special sales tax that is financing the new jail, there have been sufficient tax […]

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A few bumps along the driving road

Learning to drive back in the 1960s was probably very different for me than it is for kids today. Many of the lessons I learned came while hauling water with a two-ton 1949 Ford Truck. When I had my first driver?s license at age 15, I had already driven somewhat extensively. When I was 9, I began driving a tractor […]

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