Category: County Wide News

County votes to form ‘road study committee’

Marion County commissioners addressed the ongoing concerns for county roads at their regular Mon­day meeting. County residents Linda Peters and Max Hayden, former county appraiser, asked the commissioners to give their support in creating a “fact-finding” road committee. Peters said she views the committee’s role as gathering information that can help decide priorities for maintaining the roads. That fact finding, […]

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Local lakes switch places on blue-green algae alerts

For a change of pace, Marion County Lake is under a blue-green algae “warning” while Marion Reservoir has been downgraded to a “watch” following consecutive seven weeks on the more severe list. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, issued a public health warning July 13 for five lakes […]

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Marion city seeking grant for water-line project

Marion City Council is moving forward on a federal grant application for a water-line replacement project. If approved it would mean a grant of $1.177 million, according to information at the July 3 meeting. Darin Neufeld, city engineer with EBH & Associates, described the USDA Rural Development grant and the scope of the project. The line replacement proposal would address […]

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Two die in one-vehicle accident

Two people were killed in a one-vehicle accident at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, in the 100 block of Timber Road, close to the Marion-Butler county line. Caleb Neal, 22, of Waxahachie, Texas, and Kameron Wiebe, 21, of Whitewater, were on the way to their cousin’s wedding, according to Marion County Sgt. Michael Ottensmeier. “Neal was the driver and […]

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County lake upgraded to ‘watch’ while reservoir remains under ‘warning’ for algae

Marion County Lake was upgraded July 7 to a “watch” for harmful algal blooms while Marion Reservoir remains under a “warning” as determined by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism. If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing […]

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Jena Terrell: From fair fan to fair manager

Jena Terrell: From fair fan to fair manager

“I’ve enjoyed just getting to know the different businesses in our county. I didn’t realize all the connections and all the small and big businesses that go into putting (the fair) together. We wouldn’t have any fair if it wasn’t for sponsors.” Jena Terrell carries fond memories of the Marion County Fair during the years she lived in Hillsboro, from […]

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Commissioners reconsider Neighborhood Revitalization Program

Marion County commissioners talked about discontinuing part or all of its Neighborhood Revitalization Program at the June 30 payday meeting, but no decisions were made. Commission Chair Randy Dallke said when the program was set up, it was to encourage businesses and people outside to move here. “But that hasn’t happened,” Dallke said. “We have more than 300 properties in […]

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Lost Springs council reviews speed limit

The Lost Springs City Council discussed the speed of local traffic in town, and its potential threat to children and pets, during the June 14 meeting. In attendance were Troy Madron Sr, Joyce Buckland-Rohloff, Jessica Moenning, John Zeiner, Frank Wirtz, with no visitors. The speed limit in Lost Springs is 30 mph. Since this spring, seven pet dogs have been […]

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County lake under ‘watch,’ reservoir a ‘warning’

Marion County Lake was upgraded last Thursday to a “watch” for harmful algal blooms while Marion Reservoir remains under a “warning” as determined by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism. If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing […]

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Patron asks commissioners to try alternate roads plan

The Marion County Commission was asked at its meeting June 26 to look at alternative ways to maintain the county roads. Linda Peters, a resident of the county for 44 years, and husband Van, are owners of land in Liberty and Menno townships. “Much discussion about roads continues to plague our county, whether it’s been through large coun­ty meetings or […]

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