Articles By: Patty Decker

County employees can’t have it both ways

The Marion County Commission is looking at a pay plan for employees, but before making any decisions, it would be in the best interest of the taxpayer to study this compensation package closely. And, as taxpayers, it would be in everyone’s best interest to ask questions. In my opinion, there are some very nice people who are county employees, some […]

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Wind farm project traffic making roads unpassable

Wind farm project traffic making roads unpassable

One of the roads being traveled heavily by the trucks bringing equipment for the wind farm above. Many of these roads are becoming basically untravelable. Patty Decker/Special to the Free Press With the wind farm project nearly complete, Jon Halbgewachs, senior vice-president at Kirkham Michael Engineereing in Ellsworth, spoke with Marion County Commissioners Monday about roads near the construction areas. […]

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Breaking down the five member commission question on the ballot

Breaking down the five member commission question on the ballot

Time is running out for voters to decide if they want to expand the board of commissioners from three to five positions when they go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6. Even though the Marion County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to bring the question to a vote, the plans remain undecided. However, should the pro­position pass, the county has […]

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First hearing set for Marion Co. embezzlement

A preliminary hearing is planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the District Court of Marion County on the alleged embezzlement by the former Marion County Economic Development director Tina Huffman, 68. The complaint was filed Oct. 4 in the District Court of Marion County by Courtney Boehm, county attorney. In an affidavit filed by the district court, Marion […]

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Commission debates five member group

The Marion County Commission debated on the issue of five members as opposed to three members, but this time Marion city officials also attended the Monday, Oct. 22 meeting. In addition, the commission discussed the 5th annual Marion County Health Fair from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Mayor Todd Heitschmidt and city administrator Roger Holter provided some options related to […]

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Five member commission to be on ballot

by Patty Decker The Free Press In less than three weeks, Marion County voters will determine if the commission should be expanded from three members to five when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. Initially, Commission chairwoman Dianne Novak was circulating a petition, but early in September, Tina Spencer, county clerk, said a resolution could suffice if the […]

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Creating bonds and losing touch apart of life

Whenever I hear an old song, or see somebody who looks similar to a friend I once knew, I begin reminiscing about other people who I’ve lost touch with, and who meant so much to me at different stages of my life. When I was growing up, my parents didn’t stay in one place too long. Born in Atchison, we […]

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Eye sore home addressed by Hillsboro Council

Hillsboro resident Kevin Bartel, 108 N. Cedar, spoke to the Hillsboro City Council Tuesday about a house in his area of town. “I was wanting to find out the status of what our neighborhood calls the Hein house on the corner of Cedar and Grand,” he said. “We are also wanting to know what we can expect to see in […]

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Huffman charged with embezzlement

Huffman charged with embezzlement

Former Marion County economic development director Teresa Lynn Huffman, 68, was arrested late in the morning on Monday, Oct. 8., and charged with allegedly embezzling about $47,000. The complaint was filed Oct. 4 in the Marion County District Court by Courtney D. Boehm, county attorney, alleging that on or about May 1, 2018, Huffman misused public funds not authorized by […]

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County hears from cities about roads

City officials from Marion, Peabody, Goessel and Burns attended Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting to talk about the connecting links fund related to roads and bridges. Roger Holter, Marion city administrator, posed a question to the commission about how the various governmental entities can team up and maintain 980 square miles of roadways and connecting links. “So I guess I […]

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