Articles By: Patty Decker

One cup at a time

One cup at a time

Eight-year-old Sadie Lange hands Roman Hofer of Marion a glass of lemonade during her fundraising event Sept. 14 benefiting families in Orissa, India, by providing piped-in water to their homes. Standing next to Sadie is Rebecca Hofer and the couple?s son, Isaiah. Sadie made more than $600 at her lemonade stand. Turning lemons into lemonade is one thing, but turning […]

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Organizers deem Art in the Park ?a huge success?

Organizers deem Art in the Park ?a huge success?

Debbie Waggoner of Hutchinson created interest with her spinning wheel at Marion?s Art in the Park. Waggoner describes herself as a dyer, knitter and spinner. Marion?s 35th annual Art in the Park Saturday was considered another huge success by organizers as thousands of people converged in Central Park. Judy Christiansen, one of two coordinators, said they were fortunate about many […]

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Marion council rejects oridnance about grass clippings

The Marion City Council rejected at its meeting Sept. 16 a proposed ordinance that, if passed, would have made it unlawful for anyone to clog storm sewer drains with any kind of debris, including grass, leaves and more. Prompted by the council to research the issue about a month ago, and following the signficant rainfall in July, City Administrator Doug […]

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Marion street project should be done for festivals

Marion street project should be done for festivals

Dust was flying on Marion?s Main Street late last week as workers hustle to complete overlay project in time for Art in the Park on Saturday. In less than a week, a portion of Main Street in Marion is expected to have a new, smoother blacktop road thanks to a state resurfacing program known as KLINK. City Administrator Doug Kjellin […]

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Spoons likely hit at Marion?s Art in the Park

Spoons will be one of the more popular items when visitors attend this year?s Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Central Park in Marion. Judy Christiansen, one of the organizers, said there?s always a lot of jewelry vendors, but the round eating utensil has more than just one use, as crafters have discovered. ?Visitors […]

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KJELLIN RESIGNS as Marion city administrator

Marion City Administrator Doug Kjellin submitted his resignation to the council on Sept. 11 stating his last day would be Wednesday, Sept. 25. In the letter, Kjellin stated his reason for leaving was to pursue private business opportunities. The council is expected to act on the matter at its regular meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in council chambers. […]

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Library expansion begins at Marion

Library expansion begins at Marion

Workers with Hett Construction smooth the concrete floor for the addition to the Marion Public Library. The project, funded without taxpayer dollars, will add 1,200 square feet for ?programs, events, meetings and classes with a small kitchen and bathroom,? according to Janet Marler, library director. As work continues on the Marion City Library addition, the public?s help is requested in […]

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Marion council hears from ‘the toilet guy’

The Marion City Council heard from a resident Monday about an unusual yard fountain facing Main Street on the westside of town. Steve Unruh, who spoke during the public forum portion of the meeting, said he wasn?t trying to make a statement other than he likes pink toilets. ?For those of you who already know me, I am the toilet […]

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Welding school receives new spark of energy

Welding school receives new spark of energy

The makeshift nature of the welding school sign at the corner of Ash and Third streets in Hillsboro reflects the recent management transition from Butler Community College to Hutchinson Community College. The city-owned former AMPI building, home for the school, is in the background. Hutchinson Community College recently recognized the Hillsboro Welding Center as one of its south central Kansas […]

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Florence Labor Day Celebration salutes fire department for 125 years of service

Florence Labor Day Celebration salutes fire department for 125 years of service

Steve Hett drives in Mon?day?s parade one of the old fire trucks that was used by the Florence Fire Depart?ment a couple of generations ago. The 76th annual Labor Day Celebration in Florence on Saturday, Sunday and Monday also marked the 125th year of its volunteer fire department. Trayce Warner, one of the planning committee members, said this year?s theme, […]

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