Articles By: Patty Decker

MCCEDC director search raises procedure questions

by Patty Decker The Free Press When Marion County Board of Commissioners chairwoman Dianne Novak requested the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. be discussed at the April 30 meeting, she stirred up a hornet’s nest. Prompted by that agenda item, and Novak’s concern for restructuring the group, Anthony Roy, MCCEDC interim director, said the group was moving forward, but […]

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DEATH: Brent Dale Buller, 21

◼ BRENT DALE BULLER, 21, of Peabody, died May 7, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. The service is at 10 a.m. May 15 at Peabody United Methodist Church. Burial is at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Visitation with family is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Peabody United Metho­dist Church. He was born Aug. 30, 1996, to Dale and Sheila […]

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DEATH: Robert “Bob” Mushrush, 88

Robert “Bob” Mushrush, 88, of Elmdale, died May 1 at his home in rural Elmdale. The service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, at First Presbyterian Church USA, Cottonwood Falls. Burial will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery. No formal visitation is scheduled. He was born June 15, 1929, to William Roy “Pat” and Blanche Marian (Smith) Mushrush at Cottonwood […]

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Commissioners discuss direction for MCCEDC

Marion County Board of Commissioners discussed changing the direction of its Community Economic Development Corp. during Monday’s meeting. Chairwoman Dianne Novak said in the last two years volunteers have worked, she’s been hearing from citizens and constituents asking a lot of questions about the results that the county is getting from MCCEDC. “Since we have almost doubled our existing investment […]

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Moving on in a good direction

When I was a lot younger, my friends and family would joke about the day when we would retire, but that day seemed so far away I wasn’t worried. One friend even said we should retire when we are young, and then go to work in our “golden” years. It seemed like a great idea when I was in my […]

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Aunt Bee’s ranked among top 10 nurseries in Kansas

Wendy Youk, owner of Aunt Bee’s Floral Garden Center and Gifts in Marion, was surprised one even­ing when she saw her business listed online as one of the top 10 best garden centers and nurseries in Kan­sas. “I was excited, and I felt privileged to see it, but I didn’t really know how it came about,” she said. While looking […]

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Commissioners hear requests for purchases

The Marion County Board of Commissioners heard from six of its departments, some providing updates on recent activities, while others needing approval to purchase items of necessity at the April 23 meeting. Marion County Park and Lake Superintendent Isaac Hett spoke with commissioners about work needing to be done to replace the overhead wiring to the stage. “We received a […]

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DEATH: John F. Wiebe, 84

John F. Wiebe, 84, died Monday, April 23, at Hills­boro Community Hospital, Hillsboro. The service is at 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Burial is at 10 a.m. Friday at Springfield Cemetery in rural Hillsboro. Visitation with family is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. He was born Feb. 19, […]

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County approves pay plan study for $18,000 fee

The Marion County Board of Commissioned approved its Monday meeting spending about $18,000 to have a pay plan study done by McGrath Consulting Group Inc. of Wonder Lake, Ill, In addition, director Keith Beatty, Kaw Valley Engineering, continued the discussion regarding a design proposal for the Marion County transfer station at its current location at a cost of $1.4 million […]

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Male arrested for alleged plot

A 20-year-old Hillsboro man was arrested April 14 after allegedly plotting to burglarize the home of Ron Herbel, a Hillsboro man, and then allegedly kidnap him. But when his accomplice, identified as Alex­an­der Barlow, supposedly changed his mind, Pat­ric G. Patterson, purported to have struck him, and threatened to kill him if he told anyone, said Police Chief Dan Kinning. […]

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