Category: County Wide News

Marion’s Art in the Park

Marion’s Art in the Park

Judy Christensen, right, is co-organizer of Marion’s annual Art in the Park, which is held in conjunction Saturday with Hillsboro’s Arts and Crafts Fair. Left is Nancy Rodriguez, a member of the Society of Decorative Painters, a group Christensen has been with for 45 years. “It was another good year,” said Christensen about the Marion event. She said vendors were […]

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Goessel invited to join ‘Drive 4 UR School’ event

The USD 411-Goessel board of education heard at its Sept. 11 meeting an invitation from Hillsboro Ford to participate in the next “Drive 4 UR School” event scheduled for Satur­day, Sept. 23. Superintendent John Fast told the board Hills­boro Ford is planning the event as a fundraiser for schools in the area. According to information from Terry Hagen of Hills­boro […]

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Commissioners questioned on radio assistance

Marion County Commissioners, at their Sept. 11 meeting, heard from Lester Kaiser, District 5 fire chief, who questioned why money can’t be used on the new 800 MHz radios needed by emergency responders. “I have got people screaming because we are having to scrimp and save (for the radios),” he said. “And some of my people have asked if the […]

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Commissioners consider full-time IT employee

The Marion County Commission at its Aug. 28 meeting continued discussing the pros and cons of having a full-time IT person on-site as opposed to calling only when problems arise or new equipment is installed. Lloyd Davies, owner of Great Plains Computer & Networking in Marion, said a month prior that he does more of an “à la carte” technology […]

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West Nile virus mosquitoes reported

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting West Nile virus positive mosquitoes in all four counties where mosquito surveillance is performed, including Sedgwick, Shawnee, Reno and Johnson counties. West Nile virus can be spread to people through bites from infected Culex species mosquitoes, but it is not contagious from person to person. Although West Nile virus has been […]

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Goessel council takes first steps toward sewer project

The Goessel City Council took steps at its Aug. 21 to move ahead with a much needed sewer project. Mayor Dave Schrag, City Clerk Jennifer Whitehead, and Public Works Director Karen Dalke had attended a Kansas Inter-agency Advi­sory Committee meeting in Topeka, along with Rose Mary Saunders of Ranson Financial Group and Brian Foster, an engineer with BG Consultants of […]

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Marion city, county debate reports about recycling trends

Marion City Administrator Roger Holter discussed whether recycling was actually dropping off after information suggesting it was during the Aug. 14 council meeting. Bud Druse, director of the Marion Count­y recycling program, first presented the information to the county commissioners earlier that day, but later spoke to Holter. “A resident reported that the city’s weight is down a lot,” Druse […]

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Florence lodge will host fundraiser breakfast Sunday

Florence lodge will host fundraiser breakfast Sunday

Les Allison (left), of Advance Lodge 114, presents a check for $2,000 to Ron Traxson, superintendent of Peabody-Burns schools for a new playground at the elementary school. Also pictured are Beth Peters of the Peabody Recreation Com­mis­sion, Michelle Gossen, a Peabody-Burns preschool teacher, and Tom Grimwood of Advance Lodge 114. Advance Lodge 114 of Florence will host its Third Sunday […]

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County commissioners debate

readiness of 2018 budget plan

Marion County Commissioner Dianne Novak at the Aug. 14 meeting asked fellow commissioners Kent Becker and chairman Randy Dallke to review spreadsheets she compiled using 2018 budget numbers compared with other counties. “If I were a business wanting to expand into another county, I would think Marion would be one of the last ones I would consider,” Novak said. She […]

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LIEAP offers financial help for summer utility bills

Kansans with low income will have a little extra help paying their utility bills this summer, thanks to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). “The hot summer months can be especially difficult for Kansans who face the dilemma of whether to turn on the air conditioner and face a high electricity bill or pay for other necessary expenses,” said […]

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