Articles By: Patty Decker

Marion council expands incentive program for property improvements

The Marion City Council approved a resolution Aug. 19 providing an incentive program for sidewalk repair or replacement for both residential and commercial properties. The program is part of the city?s Neighborhood Revitalization Act. The city will reimburse only the cost of concrete up to $500 on a first-come, first-served basis, said Roger Holter, economic development director. All other costs […]

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Delayed gratification

Delayed gratification

Gladys Janzen gets a hug from Chris Sprowls, president of the Marion-Florence Board of Education, after receiving a diploma recognizing her as an honorary graduate of Marion High School. The diploma, presented Saturday on Janzen?s 98th birthday, addressed on of her biggest regrets in life: Not being allowed to complete a high school education because of family needs. When Gladys […]

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Marion reviews funding options

The Marion City Council directed its city administrator and clerk to look at possible projects using one of two grants at its July 22 meeting. The decision was prompted by the council after City Clerk Angela Lange explained to the council that she and City Administrator Doug Kjellin met with Rose Mary Saunders of Ranson Financial Consultants, and Dan Hall […]

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Summer readers hear of exotic animals

Summer readers hear of exotic animals

Errin Stiles of Tanganyika Wildlife Park holds up Sophie, the park?s albino ferret. A bearded dragon lizard, an albino ferret, a tortoise, an armadillo and a cockroach made guest appearances in Hillsboro as part of the library?s summer reading program. Representatives from the Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Wichita showcased the small animals July 17 in the Hillsboro Elementary School Community […]

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One way to refresh during Dog Days of Summer

One way to refresh during Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer For a 1-year-old Husky named Myah, the Dog Days of Summer might be in full swing. Thanks to her owners, she found a way to beat the sultry temperatures at the car wash. Kameron Litke, his sister Sydnie, and their mother, Suzzane Litke, gave Myah a shower of sorts at the car wash in Hillsboro at […]

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Volunteers step up to save local Relay For Life

A handful of volunteers are breathing new life into Marion County?s Relay for Life event set for Aug. 24, but help is still needed in filling other key positions. Melissa Easterberg, community manager with the American Cancer Society in Wichita, said she was happy with the turnout at a recent meeting that was the linchpin as to whether Marion County […]

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Marion council leases city land for NRCS cover crops

The Marion City Council approved at its July 8 meeting a proposal by the local NRCS field office to provide a parcel of land in the industrial park for planting cover crops. Through a memorandum of understanding, the city and NRCS, formerly known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, agreed to use the parcel directly north of Spur Ridge Vet […]

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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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