Category: County Wide News

Third wind farm hearing heard by county

The Marion County Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals had its third meeting Monday to consider recommending a conditional use permit to Expedition Natural Renewal Solutions. The first two meetings on June 3-4 provided ENRS officials time to discuss the reasons why a CUP should be granted, and also to provide those opposed the opportunity to state why it shouldn’t be […]

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Antique Engine and Tractor Show draws crowd in Lehigh over Memorial Day

Antique Engine and Tractor Show draws crowd in Lehigh over Memorial Day

Fred and Thurston Silhan showed off their newly restored Case that was the first one sold from Fred’s grandfather’s, Frank Svitak Sr., dealership in Pilsen which opened in 1936. The Annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show and parade was held in Lehigh on Memorial Day. In addition to the parade, the Lehigh Fire Department hosted a lunch. Hillsboro Mayor Lou […]

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St. Luke Living Center opens to public

St. Luke Living Center opens to public

The newly remodeled St. Luke Living Center has wide open spaces with beautiful flooring and tile all designed to create a warm environment for the residents. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press St. Luke Living Center in Marion has been around for well over 50 years, but the facility recently got a major make-over. On Friday, May 24, the center hosted an […]

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Marion County Democrats recap meeting

Marion County Democrats met on May 18 at the Florentine Masonic Center in Florence. County chair Eileen Sieger conducted the meeting. A Steering Committee report was given by Jackie Volbrecht. Eileen Sieger reported going to high school award nights to present certificates to the two winners of the Marion County Democrats Scholarship. The winners were Grace Major of Hillsboro and […]

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State issues watch status for Marion County Lake

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), has downgraded a public health warning to watch status for Marion County Lake. A watch means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of […]

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Roberts to be inducted into Rodeo Hall of Fame

Roberts to be inducted into Rodeo Hall of Fame

contributed photo Ken Roberts takes first place in a bull riding contest in 1966. “He had wild stories of hitchhiking and jumping on freight trains to get from rodeo to rodeo, emergency airplane landings, Hollywood and being a cowboy stuntman, riding bulls and wild horses,” says Shannan Hauser, granddaughter of the legendary Gerald Roberts of rodeo fame. “I grew up […]

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Goessel group gives grants

Goessel group gives grants

From left: Kristen Solberg, Susie Shipp, Chrystiana Miller, Bonnie Gaeddert, Pete Flaming, Kim Funk, Shelly Buller, and Matt Voth.) The Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, awarded seven community grants last month at a Recognition Dinner hosted by the Foundation Board. $900—Bethesda Home from the Goessel Senior Endowment to supplement expenses for the Friendship Meal Program. […]

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Goessel student to have art showcased at Bethel

Eight Bethel College seniors have work on display during the final weeks of the school year. The Senior Art Exhibit will be in the Regier Art Gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center through Commencement Sunday, May 19. Gallery hours are weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays, 2-4 p.m., with extended hours during commencement weekend, May 17-19. There is no admission charge. […]

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Heavy rains affect Marion County agriculture

Heavy rains affect Marion County agriculture

The water rose so high in Florence that it came up over the bridge. Drew Looper/Special to the Free Press Marion County received so much rain last week, that Governor Kelly issued a state of disaster emergency declaration for it and several other counties. Many residents had to find alternate routes as parts of Highway 50 and other areas became […]

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Gliding across Marion County

Gliding across Marion County

Rick Spitler, from Wichita, does power para gliding all over the state of Kansas, but on Saturday, he was in Marion County. Spitler and his family were camping at Marion Reservoir so he took the opportunity to head over to the Hillsboro airfield to take off in his power para glider. He sailed over to the reservoir where he found […]

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