Articles By: Patty Decker

Burns burglaries prompt sheriff’s advisory

The Marion County Sheriff?s office is investigating two residential burglaries that occurred in Burns sometime before 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. According to Sheriff Rob Craft, the two incidents were similar in nature. ?Between the two homes, about $550 was taken?$450 at one and likely $80 at the other?along with various checks, personal identification and a couple of cameras in […]

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‘Redneck’ celebration strong in Ramona on Fourth of July

‘Redneck’ celebration strong in Ramona on Fourth of July

Janine Mattoon of Rocking Horse Ranch in Dwight, claps to the music, ?Thank God I?m A Country Boy? during the Redneck in Ramona parade Thursday. Mattoon, along with several of her students, took first place in the parade?s general category. Patty Decker / Free Press Where else could someone see horses wearing blue jeans and goats chewing tobacco? Those were […]

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Holter brings experience to eco-devo job

Holter brings experience to eco-devo job

Roger Holter Roger Holter, the new economic development director in Marion, plans to keep one finger on the pulse of the community while looking at ways to enhance its economic vitality. ?The message we want to get out is that Marion and Marion County are wide open for business,? Holter said. Prior to accepting the job in Marion, Holter?s career […]

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County gearing up for July 4 celebrations

County gearing up for July 4 celebrations

fireworks Several communities in Marion County are having Fourth of July celebrations, but others are opting to forego activities. In either case, most communities have scheduled dates and times to buy and set off fireworks for the enjoyment of family and friends. Hillsboro Fireworks are being sold within the city limits, but Hillsboro officials are not planning any structured events […]

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Getting defensive about driving

One of my favorite lines in Dustin Hoffman?s movie, ?Rainman,? was, ?I?m an excellent driver.? In the movie, though, Hoffman was not an experienced driver like I am, or so I thought. Let me explain. Several years ago, our son Joey took driver?s education. He was taught the rules of the road behind the wheel and in the classroom. It […]

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Marion council considers options for marketing vacant building

The Marion City Council agreed at its June 24 meeting to give its new economic development director leeway in marketing the vacant property at 828 N. Roosevelt St. Roger Holter said he wanted to list the property on the Location One site for national marketing. He also is considering a state site that would provide exposure for committees selecting sites […]

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ELECTION: Voters overwhelmingly approve Goessel School District improvements

More than 90 percent of voters in the Goessel School District were in favor of a $3.3 million bond issue for school improvements, according to preliminary results from Tuesday?s city/school general election. The final vote was 337 in favor with 29 opposed. In other contested races the following unofficial results included: ? Mayor of Peabody saw incumbent Larry K. Larsen […]

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MARION COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS, Nov. 6

The Marion County Nov. 6 general election results are as follows. These totals are unofficial until after the commissioners canvass the votes Monday, Nov. 12. COUNTY RACES County Commissioner District 2 ? Daniel Holub (R), 1048 ? Gary D. Lewis (Ind), 781 County Commissioner District 3 ? Randy S. Dallke (R), 1,275 County Clerk ? Tina D. Spencer (R), 4,579 […]

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PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS: Heitschmidt, Dieter win in Marion City Council race

The April 3 local election in Marion County had only one contested race with five candidates vying for two city council seats in Marion. Taking the top two spots were Todd Heitschmidt with 175 votes and Jerry Dieter with 140 votes, edging incumbent Steven Smith, who received 119 votes. The other two candidates, Richard Varenhorst and Lee Vogel, received 106 […]

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