Articles By: Patty Decker

HHS student launches photography business

HHS student launches photography business

This photo of Jessi Dalke serves as a photographic “self-portrait,” and is an example of her professional skills. “I think it’s just hard advertising myself,” she said. Jessi Dalke, a freshman at Hillsboro High School, started a business in photography after encouragement from family, friends and her teacher, Nathan Hiebert. “I’m not sure if I would have started my own […]

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County entertains more ideas for transfer station

The Marion County Commission is inundated with ideas of how to handle its solid waste issues with yet another option presenting itself at the Feb. 12 meeting. Jack P. Chappelle, a professional engineer with Engineering Solutions & Design Inc. of Overland Park, provided information on direct hauling trash as an alternative to building a new transfer station. Chappelle, and the […]

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County cancels mail ballot election for project

The Marion County Commissioners voted to cancel the mail ballot election using the 0.5 percent sales tax for building a $4.6 million transfer station at its meeting Feb. 5. Based on that decision, no informational meetings are scheduled nor will the county be considering flyers about the proposed project and financing. Commissioner Randy Dallke asked the other commissioners if they […]

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Police warn of the dangers playing ‘tag’ with vehicles

No one wins when young drivers allegedly play a game of cat-and-mouse, or car tag, and end up with one vehicle crashing into the back end of another, pushing it into a tree. Hillsboro Police Officer John Huebert said the accident was reported at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the corner of Grand and Date streets. “Car tag […]

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ALDENE MARTENS, 88

Aldene Martens, 88, died Feb. 6 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wich­ita. The service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. […]

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Leaders reveal surprising jobs

It’s been a lot of fun finding out about some of the people in our community, and what kind of jobs they had before settling in to a career. When it comes to unique jobs, I think the “blue hamster” that Marty Fredrickson, Marion City’s street director and building inspector, talked about rates high on the list. Fredrickson said he […]

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Funding for county eco-devo work sparks debate

Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. board member Mike Beneke spoke to the commission in a special meeting Jan. 31 about allowing the group to have its total allocation of $165,000, minus $41,250 already paid in January. After some debate, the commission voted 2-1 in favor of providing three-quarters of the $165,000 at the end of February with the final […]

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County preparing mail ballots for tax decision

In about a month, Marion County residents will vote on a half-cent sales tax, which, if approved, will be used to build a new transfer station at a cost of $4.670 million. The commission, said Tina Spencer, county clerk, opted for a mail ballot election, which means every registered voter in Marion County will be mailed a ballot. “Ballots can […]

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Commissioners vote for new transfer station

After months of debating on whether to repair the existing Marion County Transfer Station or build a new, larger facility, the commissioners chose to do the latter. The proposed cost can’t exceed $4.67 million being imposed with one-half percent sales tax by a special election question on March 20, according to Resolution 2018-03. As part of the decision, the commissioners […]

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‘First Impression’ aims to raise good vibes

As the community looks back on 2017, it might be a good idea to revisit what kind of impression was made when two unannounced visitors came as part of K-State University’s “First Impression” program. It could even be a good way to start 2018 and consider some New Year resolutions as a town. Anthony Roy, economic development director, said two […]

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