Articles By: Patty Decker

Toy Run fun

Toy Run fun

Kim Abrahams, one of the organizers of the Marion County Toy Run, looks over the toys that were collected at Hillsboro State Bank from those who rode their motorcycles and classic cars from Marion to Hillsboro on Saturday. Spectators at this year’s 24th annual Marion County Toy Run saw 148 motorcycles and 16 classic cars Saturday rumbling down the main […]

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ELECTION RESULTS: Voters decide winners in Hillsboro, Peabody, Ramona, Florence and Goessel contested races

Results from Tuesday’s local elections in Marion County saw a 30 percent voter turnout based on 7,840 eligible voters with 2,357 casting ballots, according to Tina Spencer, election officer. Voters decided on school board and city council members, improvement and drainage districts and two special questions. “A 30 percent voter turnout is good for city and school elections, which usually […]

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Commissioners have mixed views about administrator role

Voters in Marion County will decide whe­ther to hire a county administrator who will over­see many administrative and operational issues, primarily being done now by the county clerk’s office. Because an administrator has no authority over elected officials, one challenge present in every county that has an administrator is enforcing policies and pro­cedures while gaining cooperation from those elected to […]

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Let the world know the real you

Halloween will be over by the time everyone reads this column, and for some, it will be another year before dressing in a disguise. But some people never take a mask off. Fanny Brice, an actress in the early 1900s, was quoted as saying: “Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because […]

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Marion council passes land bank ordinance Oct. 23

The Marion City Council established a land bank with the adoption of ordinance 1424 at its meeting Oct. 23. City Administrator Roger Holter said a land bank is a separate entity focused on converting vacant, abandoned and tax delinquent properties into productive use. “The goal of the City of Marion Land Bank is to return tax delinquent property to productive […]

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FOOTPRINTS TO THE PAST

FOOTPRINTS TO THE PAST

Hillsboro Community Hospital employees Kathy Ehrlich, records manager, standing, looks at one of the old documents Lillian Bookless, social services designee and transcriptionist, reviews. The two women are wanting to match the rightful parents with the unofficial copy of the birth certificate and footprints. When the Hillsboro hospital at 701 S. Main St., moved to the new facility at 101 […]

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Commissioners may have met against the law

Because two Marion County commissioners and the county’s transfer station director visited an area transfer station, questions were raised at Monday’s county commission meeting whether that event violated Kansas open meeting laws. The reason the event could be construed as a violation is because neither the press nor the public were notified prior to the “meeting.” Commission chairman Randy Dallke […]

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Marion council takes action on properties

The Marion City Council is planning to raze the structure at 714 Sherman if the owner is able to meet the deadline by transferring the deed to the city by noon Oct. 23. Councilor Melissa Mermis voted against the first motion, which passed by a 4-1 majority of the council to demolish the property once the city had control of […]

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Colleagues recollect a ‘Winkler in Time’

Colleagues recollect a ‘Winkler in Time’

The year was 1962. John F. Kennedy was the 35th U.S. president, Wal-Mart opened its first store, Johnny Carson took over as “The Tonight Show” host, and locally, Doris Winkler of Marion, accepted her first full-time job. But what Winkler couldn’t have known when hired as a secretary with the Marion County Research and Extension office, was that it would […]

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County reviews plans for wind turbine project

Marion County commissioners could soon be looking at wind turbines going up in the northern third of the county when Tradewind Energy starts building. Known as the Diamond Vista Wind Project, multiple landowners are invited to a public hearing to consider a conditional-use permit hearing set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Marion Community Center ballroom, 203 N. Third […]

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