Category: County Wide News

Blown Away
Blown Away

Blown Away

FallenTreeP6062184.JPG Click image to enlarge. Mike Duerksen of the Hillsboro city crew begins cutting up a major tree limb that fell Wednesday afternoon onto the roof of the east shelterhouse in Memorial Park. Gusts that registered between 50 and 60 mph buffeted the area Wednesday and much of Thursday. Many yards were littered with leaves and small branches but few […]

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County-wide recycling on the horizon, Schmidt says
County-wide recycling on the horizon, Schmidt says

County-wide recycling on the horizon, Schmidt says

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Rollin Schmidt expects Marion County to have a recycling program available to all residents in the next few years. Any community in the future may be sorry it doesn?t have a landfill, he said, to get in on the income that can be mined from it. The county may want to open the remaining 160 acres at the old landfill some day to get in on future commercial advantages.

Rollin Schmidt believes Marion County will have county-wide recycling of solid waste materials within the next few years, and perhaps very soon.

Schmidt, who is director of the county?s solid-waste transfer station, household hazardous waste and noxious weed departments, said he is already working on a grant with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It would provide the county with the ability to buy recycling trailers for receiving waste in the different communities, a truck to pull them around, and a baler for cardboard that could also bundle aluminum and plastics.

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Goessel council hears offer to mow lawn

City Clerk Anita Goertzen informed the Goessel City Council at its May 21 meeting that resident Jimmy McGuire and his son had offered to mow the Cedar Street cemetery, across the street from the city building.

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Marion council moves on street projects

The Marion City Council Monday approved proceeding with development of a contract with the engineering firm of Kirkham-Michael that could begin somewhere close to a million dollars of street construction.

The projects probably will include Eisenhower, North Cedar and petitioned-for projects, perhaps three of them.

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Wedding-dress exhibit opens at Mennonite Heritage Museum

A new exhibit at the Menno?nite Heritage Museum in Goessel features wedding dresses. Eight dresses are displayed, the oldest worn in 1900 and the ?newest? in 1956.

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Commissioners consider forming public building commission

The Marion County Commis?sion Monday spoke by tele-conference with bond represen?t?atives, while examining papers the same consultants sent for creating a county public-building commission to build a jail.

Commissioners estimated the jail, or community corrections center, would be built after perhaps winning public approval to finance bonds in the general election of November 2008. Law Kingdon Inc. of Wichita is working on plans for a facility.

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Riesen grateful for long path to Eagle Scout rank
Riesen grateful for long path to Eagle Scout rank

Riesen grateful for long path to Eagle Scout rank

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Travis Riesen: ?As a young child, it?s more of an organization that does a lot of fun activities,? he added. ?But when you?re older you see how all of these activities really help you.?Don ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

 

Travis Riesen experienced two graduation ceremonies of sorts this weekend.

On Sunday he walked across the stage in Brown Gymnasium to receive his diploma as a Hillsboro High School graduate.

A day earlier, during a smaller but equally festive gathering at Trinity Mennonite Church, Riesen received his formal ?diploma? as an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts organization.

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Bond election meeting set for Durham

The USD 410 Board of Education has established an additional informational meeting for the public prior to the June 5 $6.625 million bond election. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the senior center in Durham. The meeting is expected to last about an hour.

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County concerned about impact of high gas prices on budget

The Marion County Commis?sion was only five minutes into a budget cycle discussion Monday when Commissioner Bob Hein brought up that it?s going to be ?hard to figure? fuel expenses in the foreseeable future, especially for the road and bridge department.

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Digging for a gym and pool
Digging for a gym and pool

Digging for a gym and pool

USD408GroundbreakBd1571.jpg Click image to enlarge. With a backdrop of excited elementary school students looking on, members of the Unified School District 408 Board of Education broke ground Thursday morning for the new gymnasium and indoor swimming it will construct as part of a larger, $8 million building program. Hutton Construction of Wichita is the general contractor. Pictured from left are […]

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