Articles By: Patty Decker

Commissioners discuss solutions for transfer station

Commissioners discuss solutions for transfer station

The aerial photograph was provided by BG Consultants and shows the proposed property for building the new transfer station, which is directly north of the existing facility. The commissioners were expected to discuss the land purchase in more detail at their Jan. 16 meeting. The Marion County Commission continued discussions with BG Consultants Jan. 11 about a new transfer station […]

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DEATH: Jack Regier, 86

Jack Regier, 86, a farm­er, died Jan. 16, 2018 at Hills­boro Community Hospital. The service is at 11 a.m. Jan. 19, at Hillsboro Menno­nite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. Memorials may be made to Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 266, Hills­boro, KS 67063. Online condolences may be made to the family […]

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DEATH: Hilda Seifert, 94

Hilda Seifert, 94, died Jan. 11 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. A memorial service is at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 22, at Strassburg Baptist Church, 2249 Pawnee Road, Marion. She was cremated. Memorials may be made in Hilda Seifert’s name to Good Shepherd Hospice or Strassburg Baptist Church and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box […]

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DEATH: Larry Lynn “Bean” Flores, 66

Larry Lynn “Bean” Flores, 66, died Jan. 9 at his home in Newton. The family is having a private service. He was born Dec. 19, 1951, to Tony Basil and Angela (Espita) Flores at Newton, Memorials may be made to the Larry “Bean” Flores Funeral Fund to help pay for funeral expenses and may be sent in care of Petersen […]

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DEATH: James J. Spexarth, 88

James J. Spexarth, 88, a retired Catholic priest, who served in Florence and Burns, died Jan. 8 at Mid­land Hospice in Topeka. No services are planned. He was born Feb. 17, 1929, to Ben J. and Katie (Doffing) Spexarth at Colwich. Zeiner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Novak succeeds Dallke as commission chair

After a two-year stint as chairman of the Marion County Commission, Randy Dallke relinquished this seat to Dianne Novak during the first meeting of the new year on Jan. 8. By a unanimous vote, No­vak will be chairwoman, and Commissioner Kent Becker will serve as the vice-chairman. Dallke said: “It’s been a privilege sitting here two years in a row […]

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Officer cleared in shooting death of Lehigh man

An unidentified Marion police officer was cleared of any criminal charges after using deadly force on a 50-year-old Lehigh man almost six months after the June 20 incident. Robb R. Stewart was shot five times with a Marion Police Department issue DPMS Panther Arms AR-15 .223 caliber rifle, stated Courtney Boehm, Marion County attorney in a Jan. 5 press release. […]

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Local leaders recall first jobs

For those who may have missed my column last month, this article is a continuation in a two-part series on jobs—past and present. It also features some of our well-known Marion County per­sonalities. In the Dec. 6 article, Mar­ty Fred­rick­son, director of Marion City streets and also building inspector, said his boss genetically engineered a blue hamster. In this column, […]

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Marion’s Waving Santa returns for the season

Standing more than 6-feet tall, the “waving Santa Claus” is back after a 10-year hiatus, thanks to the efforts of Marty Fredrickson with the help of the city of Marion and Dave and Jackie Crofoot, local residents. Making his return this year at Marion City Library, the waving Santa, is a name synonymous with happy memories for people who saw […]

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Marion awarded $125,000 grant to build 5 homes

Marion awarded $125,000 grant to build 5 homes

Pictured is one of the 10 duplexes in the Victory Plaza housing project along Eisenhower Drive in Marion. The Victory Plaza duplexes were built for senior citizens and were low-income tested. The city of Marion was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation last week to build five new homes on the east side of Coble Street, […]

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