Articles By: Jerry Engler

County clear Florence kids to recreate near old school

County clear Florence kids to recreate near old school

The project to replace windows at the Marion County Courthouse was well underway last week with scaffolding covering the entire back side of the structure. Florence kids will be able to continue to use what was once the high school home economics building as a church-sanctioned recreation building. Marion County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to put up chain-link fencing, […]

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County tax levy to increase by 5 mills

The Marion County Board of Commissioners Monday raised the 2017 tax levy by five mills in a 3-0 vote after years of resisting increases based on county valuation. Even at that, budget preparer Scot Loyd put part of the ambulance budget over into a cash fund so the county still has access to it while increases in ambulance service are […]

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Federal funds an option to rebuild area along 190th

Federal funds an option to rebuild area along 190th

River erosion along 190th Street about 21⁄2 miles west of Marion is threatening the integrity of the well-traveled roadway between Marion and Hillsboro. Federal funding may be available to help rebuild the road east of Old Mill Road on 190th by the Cottonwood River where possibly more than 60 feet of roadway support has been washed away. Matt Meyerhoff, supervisory […]

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Who would the Saudis favor?

What do you do before the realities of this world? In considering real American wealth and the dollars in our pocket, you have to wonder who the Saudis would elect for our president if they could vote. The new Saudi Arabian oil minister, Khalid Al-Falih, announced the end of June that his country’s glut on oil production begun in 2014 […]

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Bridge construction dominates county meeting

Deteriorating county bridges and what to do about them continues to be a major discussion for the Marion County Commission. After discussions Monday with area farmers who must cross the bridge for field work at Goldenrod over the Cottonwood River, the three commissioners decided they must take more time to discuss bridge concerns before taking action. Commissioner Dan Holub said […]

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County facing bridge issue caused by river erosion

The Marion County Board of Commissioners began its regular Monday meeting with the observation that erosion is leaving a washout hole under the west end of the South Cottonwood River bridge on 190th east of Nighthawk. Bruce Boettcher, with the engineering firm BG Con­sultants, said the hole is continuing to grow to the extent that it might require the county […]

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Reversal of fortune: Yields up, profit down

It doesn’t seem right that farmers you should get “kicked in the teeth” for doing a good job. But, in the midst of recent abundant harvests, it appears the farmers who both feed us and support the local economy are hurting. The Marion County bankers who finance these farmers, and carry their accounts, say the degree to which the farmers […]

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Commissioners temporarily award bid for courthouse window project

Gerken Environmental of Springfield, Mo., was tentatively awarded the bid Monday to restore the historically approved county courthouse windows at $425,000 plus other expenses that might arise. Before the Marion County Board of Commis­sioners made the decision final, Chairman Randy Dallke asked overseeing contractor Treanor Architects of Topeka, represented by Ian Pitts, to check the Gerken’s credentials and history. Dallke […]

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County to pay for windows project in lump sum

The Marion County Board of Commissioners decided June 30 to pay for weatherization and restoration of the historic courthouse windows from the special county building account of the general fund rather than seek financing. The estimated cost of the project was $600,000 to more than $800,000. The commissioners agreed they need to be deliberate and conservative in saving money for […]

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Seven named to economic group

Seven members were named Monday by the Marion County Board of Commissioners to serve as voting participants of a new economic development committee that will attempt to define and attract new businesses to the county. The commissioners and Chris Hernandez, who chaired an opening exploratory meeting, joined in saying they don’t want to discourage the many enthused participants who came […]

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