Articles By: Ray Strunk

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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County raises transfer station fee $100

Marion County residents will soon be paying more to dump trash. Beginning next year, residents will be charged $100 per year to use the county transfer station for waste disposal. This is an increase of $19 annually per household, or $1.58 per month, from last year’s fee of $81. The Marion County Board of Commissioners, at their June 18 meeting, […]

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Marion City Council frustrated by KPTS ad deal

Kansas public television is not the place to go to learn about the city of Marion. But that isn’t for a lack of trying. Last year, the city of Marion paid $920 to Wichita-based public broadcasting television station, KPTS, to air a 30-second promotional advertisement 36 times over the course of 12 months. The 12 months came and went; not […]

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Commissioners discuss mental health needs

Less than half of Marion County residents who would benefit from mental health care are receiving treatment. That’s what Jessie Kaye, president and CEO of Prairie View Mental Health Center, told Marion County commissioners Monday. Kaye, who has worked with Prairie View for 13 years, said 20 percent of people in Kansas suffer from some form of mental illness. Prairie […]

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County to focus on fixing roads

Marion County roads need to be fixed. That was the consensus Thursday among the Marion County Board of Commis­sioners. “This is the No. 1 thing on everybody’s minds: the roads,” said Dianne Novak, chair of the board. “People are really on me about these roads.” The solution, Novak said, “is to provide more money so we can do the things […]

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Commissioner consider more ATV use county lake

by Ray Strunk The Free Press Marion County residents may soon be able to take their ATVs to the lake. Isaac Hett, director of the county’s parks and lake department, informed Marion County commissioners Monday that his department has discussed allowing full use of all-terrain vehicles on Marion County Lake roads. “It’s something we’ve been talking about,” Hett said. Currently, […]

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Marion council takes action on long-term projects

The city of Marion took steps Monday to move forward on two long-term projects. First, the city approved a bid to officially begin its downtown revitalization project, five years after the process began. Then, the city accepted two grants from the Kansas Department of Transporta­tion for upgrades to the city’s airport. This process began three years ago. Each were unanimously […]

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