Articles By: Patty Decker

Commission behavior questionable at March 19 meeting

The March 19 Marion County Commission meeting was anything but smooth sailing for the county treasurer and commission chair; both took potshots from the only other commissioner present. It didn’t get any better when a man during the public forum said he wasn’t going to obey burn bans, and the county’s Emergency Medical Services director surprised the commissioners by tendering […]

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Centre partners win third annualYouth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Centre partners win third annual

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Economic development directors Anthony Roy of Hillsboro and Randy Collett of Marion congratulate the winners of the third annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, partners Cole Srajer and Max Svoboda from Centre High School. Eight high school business teams competed in the third annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 6 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor […]

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Rewarding the soil keepers

Rewarding the soil keepers

More than 100 ranchers, landowners and people interested in protecting wildlife and the environment, attended the 71st annual meeting of the Marion County Conserva­tion District Feb. 24 at East­moor United Methodist Church in Marion. In addition to the annual poster contest, a new contest was added. Jackie Hett presents the first-place award in conservation photography to Karsen Kroupa. This was […]

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County issues burn ban as of March 12

County issues burn ban as of March 12

Marion County Emergency Management Director Randy Frank makes his case for a burn ban at the March 12 county commission meeting. Seated behind him is Peabody Fire Chief Mark Penner. The Marion County Commission issued a burn ban effective Monday, March 12, after hearing from Marion County Emergency Management director Randy Frank and Peabody Fire Chief Mark Penner. The proclamation […]

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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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