Articles By: Patty Decker

CAR SHOW & TELL

CAR SHOW & TELL

Patty Decker photoThis year’s car show drew 105 cars and three motorcycles to Memorial Park’s circle drive in Hillsboro. The 20th annual Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show on Saturday in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park was considered by organizers as one of the best yet. Kim Abrahams of Hillsboro, who’s been organizing the show since the beginning, said 105 cars and […]

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Florence council battling water-supply challenges

Time is ticking away on a 99-year water lease that was ratified in 1920 between the city of Florence, and initially another family, who in 1960 sold to the DeForest family with the lease continuing at $500 annually. Due to expire in May 2019, the Florence City Council at its June 4 meeting decided as part of its negotiations with […]

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Gossip can beat people down

Life is a journey with small and large potholes that can be easy or hard to navigate. But in the final analysis, and for purposes of this column, I would like to put it in terms of “gossip.” Engaging in gossip can be a good thing. In fact, researchers suggest it was the way people in groups learned to communicate […]

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Water break damages Florence gymnasium

Water break damages Florence gymnasium

This photo shows the extent of the buckling of the gymnasium floor following an extended waterline burst that occurred between May 4 and the evening of May 16 The Florence City Council dropped a bombshell at its meeting May 21 with news that the high school gymnasium sustained serious water damage sometime between May 4, and prior to the evening […]

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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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