Articles By: Patty Decker

County discusses transfer station

The Marion County Transfer station and recycling program were discussed during the commission meeting Monday with the approval of a change order to the original contract of $297,002 to the new contract price of $317,592 based on an adjustment of $24,060 when excavation was needed. “The building is expected to go up sometime this week,” said Bud Druse, director of […]

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Marion Council talks about city-wide security cameras

The Marion City Council had a discussion about city-wide security cameras, a signage request by Marion High School FFA, and other topics in their March 25 meeting. Police Chief Clinton Jeffrey talked about the possibility of installing city-wide security cameras placed strategically over town. Jeffrey said the cameras could help with investigations and other illegal activities when the police wouldn’t […]

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New EMS shirts approved by the Marion County Commission

New EMS shirts approved by the Marion County Commission

Travis Parmley, EMS Director, holds up a blue and white polo shirt that will be the newest addition to the service. Patty Decker / Free Press The Marion County Commission approved the EMS department’s request for new uniform shirts at a cost of $26 each at its meeting Monday. Travis Parmley, EMS director, said the blue and white polo shirt […]

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Marion council hears concerns over cell tower

Concerns regarding a proposed cell tower dominated the Marion City Council meeting March 25 in the lower level conference center of city hall. Autumn Hansen, a Marion resident, who lives in the vicinity of the proposed cell tower, talked to the council about the public health and safety concerns, the vague legal description stating it’s a “wireless communications facility,” the […]

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County talks moving to KDOT rock for rural roads

The Marion County Commission talked about rock on its roads, information received from KDOT regarding rock testing, and voted on a respective policy at its meeting March 25. Commissioner Dianne Novak said she contacted KDOT and was told the state does testing of rock at no cost, and while she admitted it’s only one piece of many pieces dealing with […]

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City of Hillsboro talks street improvements

The Hillsboro City Council talked about a street project that could be an opportunity for community involvement at its March 6 meeting. In addition to the area which could require volunteers, said Larry Paine, city administrator, the other streets included are the waterline streets at First Street from Adams to the alley east of Wilson and from Wilson Street from […]

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County commission discusses wind energy, need for research

After the Marion County Commission recessed from its meeting at the Marion City Building, it returned to the courthouse to continue with the remaining agenda items. The discussion also continued about the wind turbine project being proposed by Expedition Wind Project, based in Wayzata, Minn., with Pat Pelstring representing the group. With a smaller contingency of people, either for or […]

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Marion Co. unveils new employee pay plan

A proposed pay plan, based largely on experience and performance could take effect in July, according to information presented at the Feb. 28 meeting of the Marion County Commission. Tina Spencer, county clerk, who fills in as the human resources officer, said this pay plan is designed for the top performers. “Your better performers,” she said, “will move up quicker […]

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Students awarded for ‘Dig Deeper’ posters

Students awarded for ‘Dig Deeper’ posters

ABOVE LEFT: Elle Guetterman, a first grader at Marion Elementary School, was the first place poster contest. As part of the ceremony, she, and the second and third place winners, hold up a conservation T-shirt during the 73rd annual meeting and dinner of the Marion County Conservation District on Feb. 23 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. ABOVE CENTER: Second place poster […]

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Conservation awards given to Svitak, Peabody United Methodist Church

Conservation awards given to Svitak, Peabody United Methodist Church

Greg Bowers, board chairman, left, presented Damien Svitak the Conservation District Service Award. “The fun part of being on the board is getting to know many of the men and women for conservation,” Bowers said. “We would like to present an award to one of our members who wasn’t able to serve any longer, and to let him know we […]

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