Articles By: Patty Decker

Former economic development director pleads guilty to misuse of public funds

The former Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman waived her right to a formal arraignment and plead guilty to one count of misuse of public funds in the amount of $48,671 in district court on Dec. 12. The penalty, according to information presented in the journal entry of arraignment and conviction, stated that the penalty for a guilty plea […]

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Project underway

Project underway

Brent Dunagan, foreground, Randy Brazil, middle, and Brazil’s wife, Carolyn, watched as the old Quick Shop, owned by Tom Plett, was razed. The Dunagans and Brazils plan to use the open space as a community gathering location with more space for “The Igloo,” having food trucks available and possibly even having a farmer’s market on Saturdays in the summer. The […]

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MCCEDC calls it quits following recent meeting

The Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. unani­mously voted to dissolve at its Dec. 11 meeting. The only at-large member of the organization, Darin Neufeld, said: “It’s not for lack of hard work from those who came before us or lack of effort from those currently here or for those who have served.” The handwriting seemed to be on the […]

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A budding business

A budding business

Kathy Goering, owner of Kathy’s Floral Designs, 107 E. Grand Ave., Hillsboro, had a special ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 6 sponsored by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. For more information, stop by or call her at 620-877-4299. Kevin Hower/Free Press A new flower shop opened Dec. 6 in Hillsboro, and owner Kathy Goering said she’s committed to creating unique arrangements […]

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County could bring in admin

At its Dec. 10 meeting, the Marion County Commission approved hiring a county administrator, made strides with the five-member district map and accepted a bid for the first phase of the transfer station renovations. Commission chairwoman Dianne Novak proposed a county administrator after talking to consti­tuents and others throughout the county. “It is absolutely necessary to take the initiative to […]

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Property still topic of discussion for Hillsboro Council

The Hillsboro City Council discussed the property at 312 W. Grand Ave., and a request was made for a two-week delay because legal counsel for the owners couldn’t attend the Dec. 3 meeting. City administrator Larry Paine said the property has not been brought back to the condition outlined by Ben Steketee, code enforcement officer, and Josh Boehm, city attorney. […]

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It would be nice to bring back civility

When one of our long-time commissioners told a fellow commissioner during a public session to “shut up,” it was not only unacceptable, but it left me wondering what has happened to us. In fairness, it’s not just a Marion County problem, but rather it’s a problem throughout the country. Yet this type of bitterness, mean-spirit and lack of respect for […]

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Roads discussion dominates County Commission talk

A report about county roads took center stage at the Marion County Commission meeting Monday. Commissioner Kent Becker requested that Jesse Hamm, Road and Bridge superintendent, review the road report by Norm Bowers, local road engineer for the Kansas Association of Counties. “I would like to see policy-wise if this is something (the road and bridge department) can work with […]

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County tax sale puts few properties up

The Marion County Commissioners reviewed property getting ready to be sold at the next tax sale in mid-December at its meeting Nov. 19. County clerk Tina Spen­cer talked about the sale to include two areas in Florence, one on the east side of Main, and the other where the former Florence High School stood. Other properties scheduled for the tax […]

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Hillsboro employees celebrate 30-plus years of service to city

Hillsboro employees celebrate 30-plus years of service to city

Tom Richards, water department employee, looks on as Glenda Stoppel, deputy city clerk, smiles at receiving a gift and recognition for 35 years of service with the city of Hillsboro. Richards had 10 years of service, and Mike Duerksen, superintendent of electric and sewer department, not pictured, also was honored for 30 years service. Patty Decker / Free Press Three […]

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