Articles By: Patty Decker

County cancels mail ballot election for project

The Marion County Commissioners voted to cancel the mail ballot election using the 0.5 percent sales tax for building a $4.6 million transfer station at its meeting Feb. 5. Based on that decision, no informational meetings are scheduled nor will the county be considering flyers about the proposed project and financing. Commissioner Randy Dallke asked the other commissioners if they […]

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Police warn of the dangers playing ‘tag’ with vehicles

No one wins when young drivers allegedly play a game of cat-and-mouse, or car tag, and end up with one vehicle crashing into the back end of another, pushing it into a tree. Hillsboro Police Officer John Huebert said the accident was reported at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the corner of Grand and Date streets. “Car tag […]

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ALDENE MARTENS, 88

Aldene Martens, 88, died Feb. 6 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wich­ita. The service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. […]

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Leaders reveal surprising jobs

It’s been a lot of fun finding out about some of the people in our community, and what kind of jobs they had before settling in to a career. When it comes to unique jobs, I think the “blue hamster” that Marty Fredrickson, Marion City’s street director and building inspector, talked about rates high on the list. Fredrickson said he […]

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Funding for county eco-devo work sparks debate

Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. board member Mike Beneke spoke to the commission in a special meeting Jan. 31 about allowing the group to have its total allocation of $165,000, minus $41,250 already paid in January. After some debate, the commission voted 2-1 in favor of providing three-quarters of the $165,000 at the end of February with the final […]

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County preparing mail ballots for tax decision

In about a month, Marion County residents will vote on a half-cent sales tax, which, if approved, will be used to build a new transfer station at a cost of $4.670 million. The commission, said Tina Spencer, county clerk, opted for a mail ballot election, which means every registered voter in Marion County will be mailed a ballot. “Ballots can […]

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Commissioners vote for new transfer station

After months of debating on whether to repair the existing Marion County Transfer Station or build a new, larger facility, the commissioners chose to do the latter. The proposed cost can’t exceed $4.67 million being imposed with one-half percent sales tax by a special election question on March 20, according to Resolution 2018-03. As part of the decision, the commissioners […]

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‘First Impression’ aims to raise good vibes

As the community looks back on 2017, it might be a good idea to revisit what kind of impression was made when two unannounced visitors came as part of K-State University’s “First Impression” program. It could even be a good way to start 2018 and consider some New Year resolutions as a town. Anthony Roy, economic development director, said two […]

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BCC to offer drones program in fall

BCC to offer drones program in fall

New program is possible with a partnership with Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina. Starting in the fall of 2018, students at Butler Community College can learn to fly a drone thanks to a partnership between the college and Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina. According to Amy Kjel­lin, director of the Flint Hills sites, BCC and K-State have an articulation agreement […]

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DEATH: Robert M. “Bob” Hanes, 85

Robert M. “Bob” Hanes, 85, retired from Santa Fe Railroad in 1988, after more than 35 years of employment, died Jan. 19 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence. Memorials may be made to the Harvey House in Florence and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, […]

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