Category: Breaking News

DEATH: Allen W. Pankratz

Allen W. Pankratz, 94, died March 31, 2020, at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro. Due to COVID-19 family will have a Celebration of Life service when it is safe for the community to gather. Memorials to Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. He was born Dec. 14, 1925, in rural […]

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Third positive COVID-19 case in Marion County

The third positive case COVID-19has been announced in Marion County by the Marion County Health Department. The case involves a female between the ages of 55-64. The Marion County Health Department is identifying and contacting those individuals whom were exposed. Close contact is defined as being within six feet for 10 minutes or longer. The Marion County Health Department will […]

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First positive case of COVID-19 identified in Marion County

Until this afternoon, Marion County has remained one of the last few counties to have a positive case of COVID-19. At 3:42 p.m.  today, the Marion County Health Department sent out a press release announcing the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Marion County. Testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Laboratories identified the positive case. […]

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Marion County Lake closed to non-county residents

The Board of County Commissioners met on Tuesday, March 31. After speaking with Marion County Health Department Health Administrator and County Attorney Brad Jantz, the commissioners voted unanimously on the following regarding the Marion County Lake. 1. The Marion County Lake will be closed to all out of county residents. 2. Out of County Residents whose own properties on Marion […]

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Voluntary reduction in burning suggested

KDHE and KDA recommend voluntary reduction in burning  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently impacting all states, including Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Agriculture strongly encourage all landowners and managers to voluntarily reduce the number of acres that they intend to burn this spring.  “With the potential for this pandemic overwhelming […]

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Tabor College moves to online instruction for rest of semester

Press release from Tabor 3/24/20: TABOR COLLEGE MOVES TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION FOR REMAINDER OF THE SPRING SEMESTER In response to the events that unfolded over the weekend related to the national health crisis, as well as the Marion County Department of Health directive yesterday, decisions have been reached concerning ongoing operations. For the common good of our Hillsboro community, the […]

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Small Business Administration Assistance available

Federal Disaster Declaration for Kansas Approved. SBA Assistance Available! The Kansas Emergency Declaration for the COVID-19 crisis was approved by the federal government. Business owners can now apply for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan online in the Disaster Loan Application Portal at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. We encourage all businesses to review the following application filing requirements in order to expedite the […]

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Junior reporters needed in Marion County!

Marion County Health Department issues a new Public Health Order effective tomorrow morning

Marion County Emergency Public Health Order 20200323 REFERENCE: KSA 65-119 and KSA 65-129b ORDER: WHEREAS the Local Health Officer is authorized and required, pursuant to KSA 65-119 and KSA 65-129b to immediately exercise and maintain supervision over known or suspected cases of any infectious or contagious disease during its continuance, and to issue orders seeing that all such cases are […]

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Kansas National Guard offers assistance

KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD SUPPORTS STATE EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID-19 VIRUS The current global situation involving the COVID-19 virus is at the forefront of the news, and the Kansas National Guard is doing its part to support the communities of Kansas. “The National Guard is a unique military component with both a state and federal mission,” Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the […]

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