Articles By: Patty Decker

It would be nice to bring back civility

When one of our long-time commissioners told a fellow commissioner during a public session to “shut up,” it was not only unacceptable, but it left me wondering what has happened to us. In fairness, it’s not just a Marion County problem, but rather it’s a problem throughout the country. Yet this type of bitterness, mean-spirit and lack of respect for […]

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Roads discussion dominates County Commission talk

A report about county roads took center stage at the Marion County Commission meeting Monday. Commissioner Kent Becker requested that Jesse Hamm, Road and Bridge superintendent, review the road report by Norm Bowers, local road engineer for the Kansas Association of Counties. “I would like to see policy-wise if this is something (the road and bridge department) can work with […]

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County tax sale puts few properties up

The Marion County Commissioners reviewed property getting ready to be sold at the next tax sale in mid-December at its meeting Nov. 19. County clerk Tina Spen­cer talked about the sale to include two areas in Florence, one on the east side of Main, and the other where the former Florence High School stood. Other properties scheduled for the tax […]

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Hillsboro employees celebrate 30-plus years of service to city

Hillsboro employees celebrate 30-plus years of service to city

Tom Richards, water department employee, looks on as Glenda Stoppel, deputy city clerk, smiles at receiving a gift and recognition for 35 years of service with the city of Hillsboro. Richards had 10 years of service, and Mike Duerksen, superintendent of electric and sewer department, not pictured, also was honored for 30 years service. Patty Decker / Free Press Three […]

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Hillsboro wants to know if town wants high speed internet

Hillsboro city officials are releasing a survey to determine the community expectations regarding Internet services. This survey, said Larry Paine, city administrator, was designed using information from other community studies. Results from this survey, he said, will guide the development of future Internet services and speeds. In addition, the survey is important to the community because some companies dealing with […]

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New Hillsboro recycling truck prompts survey

by Patty Decker The Free Press With the addition of a new automated trash/recycling truck arriving in March, the City of Hillsboro Sanitation Department is conducting a survey. The reason is to help sanitation officials in determining what size cart would best serve residential trash and recycling needs, a sanitation official said. The three sizes being considered include a 50-gallon, […]

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County insurance cost is trending up

The Marion County Commission heard from Bruce Schultz, group enrollment representative, who provided a nine-month report of employee health activities at the Nov. 13 regular meeting. Based on the calculated premium of $744,027, and the total plan paid of $684,000, the loss ratio is at 92 percent, which could mean a 9 percent or thereabout increase in 2019, he said. […]

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Three board members resign from MCCEDC

by Patty Decker The Free Press Three board members resigned from the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. at the group’s second annual meeting on Nov. 13. Clint Seibel of Hillsboro, who was serving as president of the board, and members Jared Jost of Hillsboro and Hannah Bourbon of Peabody, all resigned. Seibel said he evaluated the results of his […]

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Hillsboro electric rates are going up, new firefighter brought on

Hillsboro utility customers will soon be paying more on their electric bills based on the amount of energy purchased from Kansas Power Pool, according to information at the Nov. 6 city council meeting. Council members unanimously approved the increase on both meter and kilowatt rates from $9 to $12.10 and from 0.1158 cents to 0.1195 cents per kilowatt. City administrator […]

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County votes to move to five member commission

A majority of Marion County voters were in favor of increasing the number of commissioners from three to five members at Tuesday’s general election. Preliminary results indicated that 2,450 voters want­ed the change with 2,016 voting against modifying the structure. Prior to the election, some city and county officials were concerned that not enough information was available, but Commissioner Dianne […]

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