Articles By: Patty Decker

Commissioners hear requests for purchases

The Marion County Board of Commissioners heard from six of its departments, some providing updates on recent activities, while others needing approval to purchase items of necessity at the April 23 meeting. Marion County Park and Lake Superintendent Isaac Hett spoke with commissioners about work needing to be done to replace the overhead wiring to the stage. “We received a […]

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DEATH: John F. Wiebe, 84

John F. Wiebe, 84, died Monday, April 23, at Hills­boro Community Hospital, Hillsboro. The service is at 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Burial is at 10 a.m. Friday at Springfield Cemetery in rural Hillsboro. Visitation with family is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. He was born Feb. 19, […]

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County approves pay plan study for $18,000 fee

The Marion County Board of Commissioned approved its Monday meeting spending about $18,000 to have a pay plan study done by McGrath Consulting Group Inc. of Wonder Lake, Ill, In addition, director Keith Beatty, Kaw Valley Engineering, continued the discussion regarding a design proposal for the Marion County transfer station at its current location at a cost of $1.4 million […]

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Male arrested for alleged plot

A 20-year-old Hillsboro man was arrested April 14 after allegedly plotting to burglarize the home of Ron Herbel, a Hillsboro man, and then allegedly kidnap him. But when his accomplice, identified as Alex­an­der Barlow, supposedly changed his mind, Pat­ric G. Patterson, purported to have struck him, and threatened to kill him if he told anyone, said Police Chief Dan Kinning. […]

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Marion council discusses future power options

The Marion City Council discussed the possibilities associated with distributive generations for the future, typically linked with renewable-energy technologies to include solar energy and wind power. City Administrator Roger Holter said he’s had discussions with Clayton Garnicka, electrical supervisor, and Councilor and Acting Vice-Mayor John Wheeler about changes happening with cars on home-charging systems. “Even with a 90 amp charger, […]

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County opts to retain insurance provider

County opts to retain insurance provider

About 20 county employees sat in during Monday’s Marion Coun­­ty Commission meet­ing to hear how the commissioners would come up with a “fair and equitable” way to handle the single and family insurance plans. County Clerk Tina Spencer said there are 90 single employees using the insurance and 17 families using the family plan. “The difference between the options is […]

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County to agrees to hire another EMS person

After a 10-minute executive session for personnel matters, the Marion County Commission started asking EMS director Ed Debesis questions about his request for two more employees at Friday’s payday meeting. Commissioner Randy Dallke said the county is still building the service defending Debesis’ request for two more people. The vote was 2-1 in favor of adding one EMS employee this […]

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Marion council approves insurance renewal

The Marion City Council approved the proposed EMC Insurance renewal presented at its meeting March 26 with a 2.6 percent increase based on the inclusion of a new trash truck and police vehicle. City administrator Roger Holter said the new premium is about $5,000 more, but reflects the new vehicles in the proposal for a total premium estimate of about […]

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Stranger things at county

Recent Marion Coun­ty Board of Commissioners meetings have been bitterly divisive at times, paralyzed with respect to meeting amicably on issues, and stalemated at almost every turn. Two weeks ago when Commissioner Kent Becker was absent, it seemed that Commissioner Randy Dallke set out to prove a point that he could make Chairwoman Dianne Novak ineffective by not seconding any […]

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DEATH: Arlo D. Schmidt, 87

Arlo D. Schmidt, 87, a farmer, died March 27 at Bethesda Home, Goessel. A graveside service is at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31, at Alexanderwohl Cemetery with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m., at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, 1304 Kansas Highway 15, Goessel. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 30, at Be­thesda Home Chapel, Goes­sel. […]

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