Articles By: Ray Strunk

Marion County primary votes certified: Governor race continues to narrow

Polls closed last week but the Republican candidate for Governor is still up for grabs, and the race is only getting closer. Coming into this week, 110 votes separated Secretary of State Kris Kobach from Governor Jeff Colyer in a contentious gubernatorial primary race. This is a lead of less than a tenth of a percent across the state for […]

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Marion council passes 2019 budget with no tax increase

Taxes will remain the same for Marion County residents. With no discussion from the public or amongst council members, the Marion City Council unanimously approved its 2019 budget during a short council meeting Monday afternoon. The budget won’t have much of an effect on residents as the tax rate will remain the same from the previous fiscal year. The property […]

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Marion Co. employees unhappy, study shows

Marion County employees are not happy with their jobs, according to a recent study. Dianne Novak, chair of the Marion County Commission, questions the validity of the study, something that cost the county $17,997 to put together. The county commission contracted an Illinois-based consulting company, McGrath Human Resources Group, to conduct a workplace study earlier this year. Malayna Halvorson Maes […]

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Budget discussions continue for the county commission

After more than two hours of discussion about Marion County’s 2019 fiscal year budget, the Marion County Commission came to one consensus during its weekly meeting on Monday. They needed more time. Each of the county’s three commissioners—chair Dianne Novak, Randy Dallke and Kent Becker—had different approaches and priorities for the budget. The one thing each of them ultimately agreed […]

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Transparency issues continue for county commission

The Marion County Commission’s conflict over potential improper use of an executive session earlier this month was not the first time the current commission has had a run-in with Kansas laws regarding public meetings. In April, two of the three commissioners attended what the other commissioner, Dianne Novak, refers to as a “secret meeting” with a potential candidate for director […]

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Marion council ends support for MCCEDC

The city of Marion will no longer be financially supporting the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. The Marion City Council unanimously voted to end its financial contribution to MCCEDC during its weekly meeting Monday evening. Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt cited “double taxation” as the primary reason for pulling the financial support. Marion County more than doubled its financial investment […]

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Bridge closure could lead to long detour

Bridge closure could lead to long detour

Those driving from Newton to Peabody can soon expect the length of their trip to be more than tripled. That is, if they take the state’s recommended detour. The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it will be making repairs over the next two months to Bridge 58, a bridge on Highway 50 that spans I-135 in Harvey County. […]

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County schools to see funding increases in fall

It’s back to “business as usual” for Marion County schools after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that school funding across the state was once again inadequate. “We are in a position that we could surely use more funding,” Max Heinrichs, superintendent of the Hillsboro School District, said. “We can’t necessarily do things exactly how we want to.” The high court […]

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National photographer has a strong local perspective

National photographer has a strong local perspective

Gavin Peters For Gavin Peters, everything is about perspective. Whether he’s looking for the perfect angle to capture the grease dripping from a hamburger or connecting with potential clients across the country, Peters relies on his unique perspective to succeed. “I always try to connect with everyone I meet,” Peters said. “You can find salt of the Earth people anywhere.” […]

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Schools may lose county medical programs

Students at Marion County public schools may not be getting ear and eye exams next school year. The nurse who previously administered the services across the county resigned and the districts have had trouble filling the vacancy. If the position isn’t filled, the services will come to an end. Four area superintendents—representing Goessel, Hillsboro, Marion and Peabody-Burns—along with Diedre Serene […]

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