Articles By: Patty Decker

DEATH: Johnnie Liles, 75

Johnnie Liles, 75, a former Hillsboro superintendent, died Nov. 13 at St. John’s Hospital, Tulsa, Okla. The service is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at First Mennonite Church, 102 S. Ash St., Hillsboro. Memorials may be made to First Mennonite Church, and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266, Hills­boro, KS 67063. Online condolences may be […]

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First local election in fall goes smoothly

First local election in fall goes smoothly

Lou Thurston won the competitive Hillsboro mayoral race with Charlotte Ken­nedy Takahashi by a vote of 520-200. The Marion County Commission canvassed the votes Monday, but the final number of votes won’t be available until later in the week. Even though the number of votes weren’t available at press time, the winners were, said Tina Spencer, county clerk. In Hillsboro, […]

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Patrons come to hear about wind turbine project

Patrons come to hear about wind turbine project

The Marion County commissioners recessed from their normal location in the commission room to accommodate about 30 people attending the discussion and action needed approving a conditional use permit for the Diamond Vista Wind Project. Marion County commissioners moved Monday’s meeting upstairs to the courtroom when about 30 people arrived to attend a particular portion of the meeting regarding wind […]

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Marion city council establishes local land bank

The Marion City Council, approved at Nov. 6 meeting the establishment of a land bank, a mechanism municipalities can use in returning abandoned, tax-delinquent properties back into productive use. Mayor Todd Heitschmidt and the council agreed to serve as the initial board with City Administrator Roger Holter as a non-voting city staff member. “Eventually, we would like to see the […]

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Toy Run fun

Toy Run fun

Kim Abrahams, one of the organizers of the Marion County Toy Run, looks over the toys that were collected at Hillsboro State Bank from those who rode their motorcycles and classic cars from Marion to Hillsboro on Saturday. Spectators at this year’s 24th annual Marion County Toy Run saw 148 motorcycles and 16 classic cars Saturday rumbling down the main […]

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ELECTION RESULTS: Voters decide winners in Hillsboro, Peabody, Ramona, Florence and Goessel contested races

Results from Tuesday’s local elections in Marion County saw a 30 percent voter turnout based on 7,840 eligible voters with 2,357 casting ballots, according to Tina Spencer, election officer. Voters decided on school board and city council members, improvement and drainage districts and two special questions. “A 30 percent voter turnout is good for city and school elections, which usually […]

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Commissioners have mixed views about administrator role

Voters in Marion County will decide whe­ther to hire a county administrator who will over­see many administrative and operational issues, primarily being done now by the county clerk’s office. Because an administrator has no authority over elected officials, one challenge present in every county that has an administrator is enforcing policies and pro­cedures while gaining cooperation from those elected to […]

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Let the world know the real you

Halloween will be over by the time everyone reads this column, and for some, it will be another year before dressing in a disguise. But some people never take a mask off. Fanny Brice, an actress in the early 1900s, was quoted as saying: “Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because […]

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Marion council passes land bank ordinance Oct. 23

The Marion City Council established a land bank with the adoption of ordinance 1424 at its meeting Oct. 23. City Administrator Roger Holter said a land bank is a separate entity focused on converting vacant, abandoned and tax delinquent properties into productive use. “The goal of the City of Marion Land Bank is to return tax delinquent property to productive […]

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FOOTPRINTS TO THE PAST

FOOTPRINTS TO THE PAST

Hillsboro Community Hospital employees Kathy Ehrlich, records manager, standing, looks at one of the old documents Lillian Bookless, social services designee and transcriptionist, reviews. The two women are wanting to match the rightful parents with the unofficial copy of the birth certificate and footprints. When the Hillsboro hospital at 701 S. Main St., moved to the new facility at 101 […]

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