Category: County Wide News

Commissioners consider full-time IT employee

The Marion County Commission at its Aug. 28 meeting continued discussing the pros and cons of having a full-time IT person on-site as opposed to calling only when problems arise or new equipment is installed. Lloyd Davies, owner of Great Plains Computer & Networking in Marion, said a month prior that he does more of an “à la carte” technology […]

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West Nile virus mosquitoes reported

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting West Nile virus positive mosquitoes in all four counties where mosquito surveillance is performed, including Sedgwick, Shawnee, Reno and Johnson counties. West Nile virus can be spread to people through bites from infected Culex species mosquitoes, but it is not contagious from person to person. Although West Nile virus has been […]

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Goessel council takes first steps toward sewer project

The Goessel City Council took steps at its Aug. 21 to move ahead with a much needed sewer project. Mayor Dave Schrag, City Clerk Jennifer Whitehead, and Public Works Director Karen Dalke had attended a Kansas Inter-agency Advi­sory Committee meeting in Topeka, along with Rose Mary Saunders of Ranson Financial Group and Brian Foster, an engineer with BG Consultants of […]

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Marion city, county debate reports about recycling trends

Marion City Administrator Roger Holter discussed whether recycling was actually dropping off after information suggesting it was during the Aug. 14 council meeting. Bud Druse, director of the Marion Count­y recycling program, first presented the information to the county commissioners earlier that day, but later spoke to Holter. “A resident reported that the city’s weight is down a lot,” Druse […]

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Florence lodge will host fundraiser breakfast Sunday

Florence lodge will host fundraiser breakfast Sunday

Les Allison (left), of Advance Lodge 114, presents a check for $2,000 to Ron Traxson, superintendent of Peabody-Burns schools for a new playground at the elementary school. Also pictured are Beth Peters of the Peabody Recreation Com­mis­sion, Michelle Gossen, a Peabody-Burns preschool teacher, and Tom Grimwood of Advance Lodge 114. Advance Lodge 114 of Florence will host its Third Sunday […]

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County commissioners debate

readiness of 2018 budget plan

Marion County Commissioner Dianne Novak at the Aug. 14 meeting asked fellow commissioners Kent Becker and chairman Randy Dallke to review spreadsheets she compiled using 2018 budget numbers compared with other counties. “If I were a business wanting to expand into another county, I would think Marion would be one of the last ones I would consider,” Novak said. She […]

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LIEAP offers financial help for summer utility bills

Kansans with low income will have a little extra help paying their utility bills this summer, thanks to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). “The hot summer months can be especially difficult for Kansans who face the dilemma of whether to turn on the air conditioner and face a high electricity bill or pay for other necessary expenses,” said […]

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Food commodities arriving Aug. 16

Government surplus commodities will arrive at senior centers in Marion County on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Each site will distribute commodities according to its own schedule and may not distribute on the same day. Lehigh residents should pick up commodities at Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro. If there are no commodities left at your site, call the Marion County Department on […]

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Hillsboro again delays MCCEDC funding decision

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil, at its Aug. 1 meeting, once again put off a decision regarding the city’s involvement in the new countywide economic development initiative. The meeting began with a public hearing for the 2018 budget, but it generated no public comments. Once the council meeting resumed, discussion focused on the 5.673 mill increase that would be required to […]

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Commissioners hear details about road accident

Marion County commis­sioners heard from Jesse Hamm, Road and Bridge superintendent, about an accident he and Jesse Smith were involved in Friday at Indigo and 160th Road when another motorist fell asleep. “The truck was our hand-patching truck and was struck in the rear,” he said. “Insurance will be sending out an adjuster, but it’s probably totaled.” Hamm said he […]

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