Category: County Wide News

County to provide flu shots during October

The Marion County Health Department will offer clinics around the county for administering free flu shots during October. The clinics actually began Sept. 20 at the department’s 504 S. Roosevelt location in Marion for county employees and the general public. Following are the projected dates, times and target audiences for additional clinics: • Oct. 3: Employees of the for Marion […]

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Kyle Epp places third at national pedal pull

Kyle Epp places third at national pedal pull

Kyle Epp Kyle Epp and Charlotte Silhan, both of Hillsboro, competed Saturday in the 4-year-old-division of the National Pedal Pull Competition at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. Charlotte finished mid-pack or a little better among the girls, while Kyle earned the third-place trophy among the boys. Each group had 30 or more competitors. Charlotte Silhan and Kyle Epp Both […]

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Goessel council reviews emergency water plan

The Goessel City Council discussed an emergency water plan for the city during its Sept. 19 meeting. The document, prepared by City Clerk Jennifer White­head, is a detailed plan that lists “chain of command” and responsibilities in case of a water emergency. It lists contact information for city employees, mayor, fire department, first responders, police department and city council, as […]

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Hillsboro council considers long list of city projects

If you think your honey-do list at home looks intimidating and expensive, you should see the list the city council reviewed for Hills­boro during its Sept. 6 meeting. City Administrator Larry Paine walked the council through a master list of 112 capital improvement projects “that need our attention over the next few years.” His list of 38 street projects by […]

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Dalke challenges candidates to be ‘considerate and cautious’ when conversing with county employees

Marion County Commission Chairman Randy Dallke Monday asked candidates running for election to commissioner positions in November to be more considerate and cautious in how they attempt to talk to county department heads. Dallke said some department heads feel they are being put in jeopardy by being asked to criticize commissioners they are working for, while other persons might be […]

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Barker appointed to state commission

Rep. John Barker (R-Abilene) has been appointed to the Kansas Sentencing Commission. Barker will replace Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee) on the commission. Rubin vacated the position earlier this year. “Rep. Barker is a strong and respected leader in his community and in the House of Representatives,” said Ray Merrick, House speaker. “His vast experience in criminal law and sentencing from […]

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Former USD 410 advocate pleads guilty to firearms charge

A Newton woman pleaded guilty Thursday to concealing from authorities that a convicted felon unlawfully possessed firearms that he later used in a shooting incident at Excel Industries, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. Sarah T. Hopkins, 28, pleaded guilty to failing to report to authorities that convicted felon Cedric Ford unlawfully possessed a firearm. In her plea, Hopkins admitted […]

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State roads exceed standards

Kansas roads exceeded performance targets for both interstate and non-interstate miles in fiscal year 2016, according to Richard Carl­son, interim director of the Kansas Department of Transportation Interstate miles earning the rank of “good” hit 96.7 percent, far exceeding the 85 percent performance target; non-interstate miles hit 91.7 percent, also passing the category target of 80 percent. “Over the years, […]

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Florence woman injured in accident

A Florence woman was injured Thursday morning when the vehicle she was driving was sideswiped by another on I-35 in Johnson County. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Carrie Ann Pataska, 45, Florence, was driving a 2006 Ford van north on I-35 at about 7 a.m. Meanwhile, John Arthur Turpin, 28, Gardner, was driving a 2004 Toyota Avalon, also north […]

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County to provide funds for eco-devo committee work

The Marion County Board of Commissioners is going to help the new county Economic Develop­ment Committee with $30 to $50 in pay for a records keeper and perhaps with $4,000 to $8,000 in legal fees to recruit new businesses. The committee has chosen Elissa Dodd of Marion as record-keeper. Chris Hernandez, committee chair, told the commissioners at the Aug. 31 […]

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