Articles By: Patty Decker

Family donates pet respirator to local fire dept.

Marion firefighters will now have a better chance of rescuing animals suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation, and revived with oxygen, thanks to Cristi Soyez of Cedar Point. “I have a tendency to buy my grandkids something at Valentines Day, and I tend to go crazy (on what I get them),” she said. “But, this year, I decided to […]

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County hears new option for solid waste problem

The Marion County commissioners continued exploring options at its March 5 meeting for managing a solid waste facility with the latest proposal presented by Rocky Hett of Marion. “Even with (building) a new transfer station, we are still spending $250,000 a year in tipping fees to Butler County,” Hett said. “But, if we had our own landfill—small, and just for […]

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Contempt prior to investigation

vHere’s one of my all-time favorite quotes: “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” I particularly like this quote because it keeps me open-minded, honest and willing to see every person, situation and […]

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New superintendent leads USD 408 into the future

New superintendent leads USD 408 into the future

USD 408 Superintendent Aaron Homburg is in his eighth month on the job, succeeding Lee Leiker, who had served in the role for 13 years before he retired. Homburg said of the transition, “People in the community have been very positive, and willing to help (when and where needed).” Former USD 408 superintendent Lee Leiker lived up to his promise […]

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Marion sharpens city’s stewardship in 2017

Marion sharpens city’s stewardship in 2017

Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt (left) and City Administrator Roger Holter review maps of the City of Marion. Holter said city projects must be balanced: “It can’t be all development toward tax-exempt entities because ultimately development where none of it hits the tax roll just creates infrastructure to be paid for by citizens/”.<p> Marion City Administra­tor Roger Holter said that in […]

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BCC-Marion sees record year for local MHS students

BCC-Marion sees record year for local MHS students

Amy Kjellin, director of the Flint Hills site in Marion, says the Butler Community College satelite is meeting a local need. The 28 Marion High School seniors who took classes in the Class of 2017 earned 688 credit hours in the dual credit program at MHS. “It would be very reasonable to estimate a savings of more than $160,000 in […]

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Tampa latest town to launch community foundation

Tampa latest town to launch community foundation

Tampa State Bank presented a check for $7,500 to the Tampa Community Foundation. Members of the TCF board from the left are: Francis Jirak, David Mueller, Julie Kerbs and Chris Costello (Carla Hajek not pictured). Presenting the check on behalf of Tampa State Bank are from left: Mickey Lundy, Bill Lundy and Emily Costello Kannady. One of the newest foundations […]

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HHS alum highlights his son’s super traits

HHS alum highlights his son’s super traits

Chip Reece answers a question posed to him by Zaylee Werth, a sixth grade member of the Hillsboro Middle School Council. Chip Reece, a 1999 graduate of Hillsboro High School, spoke to middle students during an “Book Talk” Feb. 9 in the school’s auditorium. Janet Whisenhunt, director of the Wiebe Media Center, said Reece started his career right in this […]

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HHS student launches photography business

HHS student launches photography business

This photo of Jessi Dalke serves as a photographic “self-portrait,” and is an example of her professional skills. “I think it’s just hard advertising myself,” she said. Jessi Dalke, a freshman at Hillsboro High School, started a business in photography after encouragement from family, friends and her teacher, Nathan Hiebert. “I’m not sure if I would have started my own […]

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County entertains more ideas for transfer station

The Marion County Commission is inundated with ideas of how to handle its solid waste issues with yet another option presenting itself at the Feb. 12 meeting. Jack P. Chappelle, a professional engineer with Engineering Solutions & Design Inc. of Overland Park, provided information on direct hauling trash as an alternative to building a new transfer station. Chappelle, and the […]

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