Category: County Wide News

Rain, rain go away…
Rain, rain go away…

Rain, rain go away…

AIPPuddleP9152970.jpg A$CFoodBoothP9152958.jpg The weather was the most memorable attraction at Saturday?s art fairs in Marion and Hillsboro?although a lot of memories won?t be positive ones. In the top photo, Art in the Park guests navigate sidewalk lakes to find some interesting crafts. At bottom,? Marlin Janzen, Gordon Mohn and Todd Vogt (from left) struggle to put up a canopy over […]

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Marion County Learning Center starts new season with new staff
Marion County Learning Center starts new season with new staff

Marion County Learning Center starts new season with new staff

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Byron ?Barney? McCarty (left) offers some computer suggestions to Lucas Hoskinson, a student at the Marion County Learning Center. McCarty and Renee Gilkey began working as instructional aides at the center in mid-August. The deadline for signing up for the current enrollment cycle is today, Sept. 19. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

The Marion County Learning Center is starting a new cycle of nontraditional educational opportunities with two new part-time staff persons.

The primary purpose of the center is to help residents earn credits toward a high school diploma. The program assists students who are of traditional high school age as well as adults who are older.

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Sheriff?s department preparing for Jack?s retirement from duty

Sheriff Lee Becker told the Marion County Commission Monday he has a female officer named Jack that may soon be laid off for early retirement. But even in retirement, Becker said, Jack might be used a time or two to assist her successor.

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Citizens voice concerns about road and bridge issues

Members of the public brought issues before the Marion County Commission Monday that commissioners attributed primarily to poor communications on the part of the road and bridge department personnel.

The commissioners apologized to both sets of patrons involved, and promised corrections.

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Florence council hears report on old school buildings

The Florence City Council heard from Bobbie Strait of the Marion County Health Department at their Sept. 4 meeting about the process of appointing someone as the city inspector for building-code violations under the new zoning ordinance.

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Marion council OKs downtown Christmas parade for Nov. 25

Melissa Parmley received approval from the Marion City Council Monday for a Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Nov. 25 between First and Fifth streets on Main.

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County pursuing jail costs

The Marion County Com?mission, at its Friday payday meeting, pushed ahead with planning for a new jail or community corrections center while asking Tony Rangel, architect for Law Kingdon in Wichita, to get specific with the costs of each step.

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County peace officers association receives $1,500 donation
County peace officers association receives $1,500 donation

County peace officers association receives $1,500 donation

MCPOAgrantP8260006.jpg Duane McCarty (far left) and Jessey Hiebert (far right), representing the Marion County Peace Officers Association, accept a check for $1,500 from Sandy Holub and Ruth Faulk, representing Golden Living Center of Marion, on Monday, Aug. 24. The contribution was made by Golden Living Center USA, the parent company of Golden Living Center of Marion. The grant is the […]

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Stream train to pass through Marion

An authentic special steam train with an ambassador locomotive will pass through Marion?s Main Street Railroad crossing at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. The train will be carrying 51 U.S. soldiers who have been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. The locomotive was built in the 1940s and will stop for 30-minutes for the public to view.

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Rhodes named county roads director

The Marion County Com?mission Monday announced filling the two top road and bridge positions by Marion County residents.

The top position of public works director was offered to and accepted by Martin Rhodes of Hillsboro, who will begin on the job Sept. 10.

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