Articles By: Patty Decker

‘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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BCC to offer drones program in fall

BCC to offer drones program in fall

New program is possible with a partnership with Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina. Starting in the fall of 2018, students at Butler Community College can learn to fly a drone thanks to a partnership between the college and Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina. According to Amy Kjel­lin, director of the Flint Hills sites, BCC and K-State have an articulation agreement […]

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DEATH: Robert M. “Bob” Hanes, 85

Robert M. “Bob” Hanes, 85, retired from Santa Fe Railroad in 1988, after more than 35 years of employment, died Jan. 19 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence. Memorials may be made to the Harvey House in Florence and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, […]

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Commissioners discuss solutions for transfer station

Commissioners discuss solutions for transfer station

The aerial photograph was provided by BG Consultants and shows the proposed property for building the new transfer station, which is directly north of the existing facility. The commissioners were expected to discuss the land purchase in more detail at their Jan. 16 meeting. The Marion County Commission continued discussions with BG Consultants Jan. 11 about a new transfer station […]

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DEATH: Jack Regier, 86

Jack Regier, 86, a farm­er, died Jan. 16, 2018 at Hills­boro Community Hospital. The service is at 11 a.m. Jan. 19, at Hillsboro Menno­nite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. Memorials may be made to Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266, Hills­boro, KS 67063. Online condolences may be made to the family […]

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DEATH: Hilda Seifert, 94

Hilda Seifert, 94, died Jan. 11 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. A memorial service is at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 22, at Strassburg Baptist Church, 2249 Pawnee Road, Marion. She was cremated. Memorials may be made in Hilda Seifert’s name to Good Shepherd Hospice or Strassburg Baptist Church and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box […]

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DEATH: Larry Lynn “Bean” Flores, 66

Larry Lynn “Bean” Flores, 66, died Jan. 9 at his home in Newton. The family is having a private service. He was born Dec. 19, 1951, to Tony Basil and Angela (Espita) Flores at Newton, Memorials may be made to the Larry “Bean” Flores Funeral Fund to help pay for funeral expenses and may be sent in care of Petersen […]

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DEATH: James J. Spexarth, 88

James J. Spexarth, 88, a retired Catholic priest, who served in Florence and Burns, died Jan. 8 at Mid­land Hospice in Topeka. No services are planned. He was born Feb. 17, 1929, to Ben J. and Katie (Doffing) Spexarth at Colwich. Zeiner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Novak succeeds Dallke as commission chair

After a two-year stint as chairman of the Marion County Commission, Randy Dallke relinquished this seat to Dianne Novak during the first meeting of the new year on Jan. 8. By a unanimous vote, No­vak will be chairwoman, and Commissioner Kent Becker will serve as the vice-chairman. Dallke said: “It’s been a privilege sitting here two years in a row […]

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Officer cleared in shooting death of Lehigh man

An unidentified Marion police officer was cleared of any criminal charges after using deadly force on a 50-year-old Lehigh man almost six months after the June 20 incident. Robb R. Stewart was shot five times with a Marion Police Department issue DPMS Panther Arms AR-15 .223 caliber rifle, stated Courtney Boehm, Marion County attorney in a Jan. 5 press release. […]

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