Category: County Wide News

Remains of Chaplain Emil Kapaun could come home

Remains of Chaplain Emil Kapaun could come home

Father Emil Kapaun, who was born in Marion County, was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Korean War. His remains have not been recovered. Catholic Diocese of Wichita The recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jung Un included an agreement to return the remains of American soldiers still missing from the Korean War. That caught […]

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Goessel council sets fireworks times, passes dog ordinance

by Cynthia Goerzen The Free Press The Goessel City Council decided at its June 18 meeting on times and days that fireworks will be allowed within the city limits. Fireworks will be allowed on the following days: 8 a.m to 10 p.m., Sunday and Monday, July 1-2; 8 a.m. to midnight Tuesday, July 3. and 8 a.m to 11 p.m […]

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Goessel school board approves supplemental contracts

by Cynthia Goerzen The Free Press The Goessel school board approved supplemental contracts during its June 11 meeting The following contracts were approved: Activities director, Brian Lightner; band, Scott Taylor; choir and high school musical, Braden Unruh; high school musical assistants, Heath Goertzen and Ryan Goertzen; cheerleader sponsor, Gretchen Schrag (and Alicia Oard if needed); concessions, Ryan Hoopes. Elementary SIT […]

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Marion City Council frustrated by KPTS ad deal

Kansas public television is not the place to go to learn about the city of Marion. But that isn’t for a lack of trying. Last year, the city of Marion paid $920 to Wichita-based public broadcasting television station, KPTS, to air a 30-second promotional advertisement 36 times over the course of 12 months. The 12 months came and went; not […]

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Hillsboro council OKs financial agreement for streets

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil approved at its June 5 meeting a financial services agreement with Piper Jaffray as the city prepares to begin street projects this summer. One of the major project is to replace Wilson Street once the city replaces the old waterlines in that residential area. The city will be using the state’s revolving loan fund to cover […]

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KHP urges highway caution as harvest begins

It’s a busy time for farmers in Kansas, with harvest underway, and hay season in full swing. The Kansas Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to use more caution and patience when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines and other implements. “As the busy farming season is underway, each traveler in Kansas needs to be more aware of increased farm implement […]

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Florence council battling water-supply challenges

Time is ticking away on a 99-year water lease that was ratified in 1920 between the city of Florence, and initially another family, who in 1960 sold to the DeForest family with the lease continuing at $500 annually. Due to expire in May 2019, the Florence City Council at its June 4 meeting decided as part of its negotiations with […]

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Commissioner consider more ATV use county lake

by Ray Strunk The Free Press Marion County residents may soon be able to take their ATVs to the lake. Isaac Hett, director of the county’s parks and lake department, informed Marion County commissioners Monday that his department has discussed allowing full use of all-terrain vehicles on Marion County Lake roads. “It’s something we’ve been talking about,” Hett said. Currently, […]

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Marion council takes action on long-term projects

The city of Marion took steps Monday to move forward on two long-term projects. First, the city approved a bid to officially begin its downtown revitalization project, five years after the process began. Then, the city accepted two grants from the Kansas Department of Transporta­tion for upgrades to the city’s airport. This process began three years ago. Each were unanimously […]

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Goessel City Council makes annual office appointments

The Goessel City Coun­cil made annual appointments at its May 21 meeting. The appointments were Jennifer Whitehead, city clerk and court clerk; Greg Nickel, municipal judge; Josh Boehm, city attorney; and Patsy Schmidt, treasurer. There are no changes in these positions. The Citizens State Bank is the official depository. The council appointed Miriam Freeman and Kir­sten Solberg to the library […]

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