Articles By: Patty Decker

Local leaders recall first jobs

For those who may have missed my column last month, this article is a continuation in a two-part series on jobs—past and present. It also features some of our well-known Marion County per­sonalities. In the Dec. 6 article, Mar­ty Fred­rick­son, director of Marion City streets and also building inspector, said his boss genetically engineered a blue hamster. In this column, […]

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Marion’s Waving Santa returns for the season

Standing more than 6-feet tall, the “waving Santa Claus” is back after a 10-year hiatus, thanks to the efforts of Marty Fredrickson with the help of the city of Marion and Dave and Jackie Crofoot, local residents. Making his return this year at Marion City Library, the waving Santa, is a name synonymous with happy memories for people who saw […]

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Marion awarded $125,000 grant to build 5 homes

Marion awarded $125,000 grant to build 5 homes

Pictured is one of the 10 duplexes in the Victory Plaza housing project along Eisenhower Drive in Marion. The Victory Plaza duplexes were built for senior citizens and were low-income tested. The city of Marion was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation last week to build five new homes on the east side of Coble Street, […]

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County roads under review

County roads under review

Members of the fact-finding committee nearly filled the county commission meeting room Monday. Chair Linda Peters (red jacket) said the group identified communication and road maintenance as key is Nearly every topic of discussion at Mon­­day’s Marion County Commission meeting dealt with roads, ranging from trucks hauling gravel and causing excessive dust to a maintenance agreement involving a wind farm. […]

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Montgomery Gentry to headline annual Chingawassa concert

Montgomery Gentry to headline annual Chingawassa concert

Montgomery Gentry is one of the biggest acts that has been recruited to the Marion summer celebration, according to Clayton Garnica, Chingawassa chairman. Even though winter is just around the corner, Chingawassa Days 2018 is heating up following the announcement that Montgomery Gentry is the headline act. Clayton Garnica, Chingawassa Committee chairman, said their board believes this show is one […]

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DEATH: Todd Allen Schroeder, 53

Todd Allen Schroder, 53, owner-operator truck driver, died Dec. 12 at South Lake, Texas. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, Hutchinson. A memorial service will be in January, but no specific date is planned as yet. He was cremated. Memorials may be made to Victory Junction, and sent in care of […]

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Commissioners discuss arrangement with engineering firm

Marion County commissioners discussed their road-maintenance agreement with Kirkham Michael Engineering representatives involving Trade­wind Energy at the Dec. 4 meeting. Nick Coil with Trade­wind Energy, Jesse Hamm, county road and bridge superintendent, and Emma Tajchman, planning and zoning director, were also present during the talks. Yost said: “The county selected us to have a full-time person onsite during the wind […]

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New 800-megahertz radios arriving in county

New 800-megahertz radios arriving in county

Hillsboro law enforcement officers (from left) Jessey Hiebert, Randy Brazil and Chief Dan Kinning open an early Christmass present: their UHF or 800-megahertz radio system. The Hillsboro Police Department is switching from its conventional VHF radio system to a UHF or 800-megahertz system, which soon will be standard equipment for all Marion County emergency personnel. Police Chief Dan Kinning said […]

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County, city of Marion review building options for new transfer station

The Marion County Board of Commissioners and the Marion City Council met Monday night to review building options available for a new transfer station, and gathering facts from each other to decide the best option overall. City Administrator Roger Holter said the city has lots available behind the county transfer station, 320 W. Santa Fe, Marion. Commissioner Dianne Novak said […]

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Options available to help address ferel cat problems

Marion County is not immune to the problem of feral cats, and for residents willing to step up and be part of the solution, help is available. Unfortunately, much of the mess that’s led to the feral cat problem here and elsewhere was created by uncaring owners dumping these little animals on the streets. The number of feral cats, also […]

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