Category: County Wide News

Florence Labor Day cook-off will be joint effort

This year?s Florence Labor Day BBQ Cook-off will feature a new twist: a combined competi?tion with the ?Smokin Behind the Barn? contest in Winfield.

Combing for the first ?Route 77 Championship,? the top four teams will divide $1,400 in prize money.

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Relay for Life breaks last year?s fund-raising record
Relay for Life breaks last year?s fund-raising record

Relay for Life breaks last year?s fund-raising record

RelayForLifeP7202413.jpg Click image to enlarge Luke Siebert, Sharon Andres, Dawn Luna and Marg Sandwell (from left) carried the banner the that led the parade of cancer survivors at the start of the Marion County Relay for Life. The annual event, which began at 7 p.m. Friday at the Tabor College track and ended at 7 a.m. Saturday, raised an estimated […]

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Dickerson to head Goessel public works

The Goessel City Council held special meetings on June 25, June 27, and June 28 for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the director of public works position and making a decision.

As a result, Karen Dickerson was hired for the job and attended the regularly scheduled July 16 meeting.

Dale Wiens, president of the Goessel Recreation Commission, attended the regular meeting to discuss baseball field parking with the council. He said all K-12 baseball practices and games will be played at the city ball parks next summer.

Games for younger children were still held at the elementary school baseball diamond this summer.

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Larsen resigns as EMS chief

Emergency Medical Services Director Larry Larsen resigned his position Monday at the Marion County Commission meeting , he said ?due to personal conflicts.?

Larsen became EMS director in February, succeeding Darryl Thiesen.

Larsen announced the resignation himself after a 10-minute executive session with Commissioners Bob Hein and Dan Holub, Commission Chairman Randy Dallke was absent.

Neither Larsen nor the commissioners had any further comment. The ambulance department was troubled for several years with uncollected ambulance billings, but with efforts made during the terms of Thiesen and Larsen, the commissioners had considered the department up-to-date in financial accountability.

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Marion kids celebrate reading and five years at the depot
Marion kids celebrate reading and five years at the depot

Marion kids celebrate reading and five years at the depot

MarionLibraryP1010006.jpg Photo by Elaine Ewert / Free Press. Click image to enlarge     Participants circle the Marion Public Library as part of the celebration marking five years of service in the former railroad depot. Creating the circle of supporters was intended to demonstrate how community friends have had helping hands and have embraced the library, according to librarian Janet […]

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Farmers, others who plan to burn may need to apply

Setting fires may require more paperwork some day following Monday?s discussion at the Marion County Commission meeting.

Farmers, or other persons, who want to burn crop residue or pasture under Marion County?s burning regulations may find in the future they still are able to do so by notifying the county.

But if they want to set a brush fire, they may find an application is necessary, and that someone from the county may come by to look at the burn pile.

Bobbi Strait, planning, zoning and environmental health director, and Michele Abbott-Becker, communications and emergency management director, told commissioners that Marion County?s burn regulations aren?t specific enough to meet state and federal rules developed under continuing efforts to protect air quality.

?It will be OK to burn brush,? Strait said, ?but we?ll want to make sure they don?t have half of an old barn under it.?

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Florence OKs purchase of USD 408 buildings

At its July 2 meeting, the Florence City Council voted to purchase the buildings being offered by Unified School District 408.

Although the purchase price was one dollar, councilors have talked at length during several recent meetings about whether to accept the buildings.

Councilors were concerned with maintenance and the possibility of having to sell the building if the buildings become vacant in the future.

However, the building is currently a source of income because of the lease to OASIS, a program of the Marion County Special Education Cooperative.

Also, city events could be held in the building when they don?t conflict with the current tenant?s schedule.

Other buildings in town have sold for a reasonable amount even at auction, such as the former nursing home that was auctioned for $30,000.

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County official exploring raw-sewage violation on Burns property

Environmental health director Bobbi Strait reviewed several sanitation issues for Marion County commissioners at their Monday meeting.

In addition to the reservoir situation (see story, Page 1), Strait said she was acting on complaints she received regarding sewage on a property in Burns.

?There?s a huge amount of (sewage) water? all the way to the alley and draining to the property next door, she said.

A woman with children lives on the property; the children are staying with a relative because of the unsafe conditions, she said.

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Drivers now ticketed for not moving over for maintenance and emergency vehicles

The warning period is over. As of July 1, drivers cited for failure to move over for highway maintenance vehicles working along Kansas roadways will be fined. Drivers who fail to comply with the updated move-over law passed by the 2006 Legislature face a fine of up to $90 plus court costs, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Fines […]

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Marion council hires Josh Whitwell as police chief

Mayor Mary Olson announced the appointment of Josh Whitwell as the city?s police chief during Monday?s Marion City Council meeting.

The announcement came after the commissioners took action following a 20-minute meeting in executive session.

Olson and the city councilors plan to meet with Whitwell to negotiate salary, probably later this week.

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