Articles By: Patty Decker

Flu vaccines stir debate during commission

The Marion County Commission approved flu shots for both full and part-time employees, received construction plans for the transfer station by Kaw Valley Engineering and heard about courthouse security at its meeting Sept. 9. Diedre Serene, the county health department administrator, discussed a flu shot proposal for county employees that would be different than in previous years when the county […]

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It’s about the journey not the destination

My parents used to talk about the importance of remembering not to shoot the messenger before hearing the message. In my 60-plus years of life experiences, nine out of 10 times, I try to remember how important it is to listen to others whether I like them or not. Chances are they may not have anything I want to hear […]

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Civil suit dismissed, fight not over with wind farm

Proponents of a wind farm project in the south-central part of Marion County received a favorable nod from the district court on its motion to dismiss a civil suit filed in mid-May. Patrick Pelstring, president of Expedition Wind LLC, said the company, and the more than 100 landowners involved in the project, were pleased with the ruling on Aug 23 […]

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Commission discusses court safety

The Marion County Commission discussed what security measures can be taken to keep people safe in the courtroom and throughout the courthouse at its Monday, Aug. 26 meeting. Commission chairman Kent Becker asked that the issue of security be added to the agenda because he believes the board needs to provide a safe environment in the courtroom and courthouse. Sheriff […]

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Commission discusses road conditions on wind farm project

Commission discusses road conditions on wind farm project

340th from Bison to Chisholm. One of the many roads the Marion County Commission discussed in their meeting. Patty Decker / Free Press The Marion County Commission took action at its meeting on Aug 19 in order to get the attention of the contractor responsible for road maintenance and repairs on the Diamond Vista wind farm project. By a unanimous […]

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Commission hears about new housing services for Marion County residents

The Marion County Commission heard good news from officials with the South Central Kansas Economic Development District talking about a new program that will benefit residents at the Aug. 12 meeting. Steven Wilkinson, executive director of SCKEDD, introduced Bill Lampe, program director, who talked about a weatherization program aimed at improving homes in Marion County. “Marion County has been underserved […]

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Marion County proposes a flat budget, mill levy

The Marion County Commission will not raise or lower the mill levy from the previous year, and on Aug 7, the proposed budget for 2020 will be available for the public to review. The public hearing is planned for Aug 19. Citizens of the county are encouraged to voice concerns or make comments at that time prior to the commission […]

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Court battle continues for proposed wind farm

Fifteen Marion County landowners are continuing their fight against Expedition Wind, by asking the court not to grant a motion to dismiss the civil action lawsuit filed in mid-May. The lawsuit, according to the legal document filed July 26, stated that it’s too early to dismiss because the expected findings, which will come from discovery, have yet to be entered […]

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Florence Lodge turns into hot spot for breakfast

Florence Lodge turns into hot spot for breakfast

Les Allison, member of the Masonic Lodge 114, Florence, preps Sunday’s breakfast, which is served on the third Sunday of each month between the months of April through October. The meal is served from 7 a.m. until about 1 p.m. The next breakfast is planned for Aug 18, and everyone is welcome to enjoy good food, good friends and good […]

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Commissioners send sales tax question to the county voters

By a vote of 2-1, the Marion County commissioners will have voters decide if using sales tax to finance the transfer station project is the way to go during the July 29 meeting. Commission chairman Kent Becker cast the dissenting vote, opting instead for a lease/purchase agreement. The discussion was prompted by Scott Loyd with Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd, […]

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