Category: County Wide News

County towns keep tabs on mosquitoes

County towns keep tabs on mosquitoes

Mosquito season isn’t quite over in Kansas, and for cities in Marion County, efforts to control these pesky insects will continue until probably the first frost. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports the mosquito season started in early April when the temperatures were at a consistent 50 degrees, and as the weather begins to cool, activity will decrease. Larry […]

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County receives S25,000 grant to battle underage drinking

The Marion County Sub­stance Abuse Prevention Coalition was one of 17 organizations around the state to receive a grant last week from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The local grant was for $25,000; the 17 grants totaled $580,000 for the Kansas Prevention Collaborative Community Initiative. “The award to the Coalition is $25,000 for the next 10 months […]

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County tax levy to jump 7 mills

Marion County commissioners approved a 5-mill budget increase for 2017, plus a 2-mill assessed valuation increase. One mill is now valued at $125,216. Budget consultant Scott Loyd said Monday at the opening budget hearing before the regular commission meeting that the situation makes it “one of the more challenging” situations he has seen in 33 years of county budget hearings […]

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Goessel council

sets cleanup dates

The Goessel City Council designated Saturday, Oct. 1, as the fall city-wide garage sale date during its Aug. 15 meeting. The following Saturday, Oct. 8, was designated as the fall citywide clean-up day. The council made plans to have a Dumpster available in the city building parking lot Oct. 8 for city residents to use. City Clerk Jennifer White­­head said […]

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County clear Florence kids to recreate near old school

County clear Florence kids to recreate near old school

The project to replace windows at the Marion County Courthouse was well underway last week with scaffolding covering the entire back side of the structure. Florence kids will be able to continue to use what was once the high school home economics building as a church-sanctioned recreation building. Marion County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to put up chain-link fencing, […]

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Still no breaks in cattle theft case

Nearly two weeks after the incident, Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft said there’s nothing new to report on the eight head of cattle sto­len from Cody Schafer’s property near Durham. Craft said his office and the Kansas Attorney General’s office have no intention of sitting idly by with­out exhausting all possible leads. “The case is being investigated by this office […]

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County tax levy to increase by 5 mills

The Marion County Board of Commissioners Monday raised the 2017 tax levy by five mills in a 3-0 vote after years of resisting increases based on county valuation. Even at that, budget preparer Scot Loyd put part of the ambulance budget over into a cash fund so the county still has access to it while increases in ambulance service are […]

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Marion tax levy to decrease slightly

The Marion City Council at its Aug. 1 meeting adopted the 2017 budget with a mill levy of 71.025 compared to 2016 at 71.152, but the dollar amount in 2017 is slightly higher at $713,214 compared to $710,000 in 2016. City Administrator Roger Holter said the higher dollar amount is tied to an increase in property valuation. He said each […]

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Citizens show support for law enforcement officers

Marion Coun­ty citizens are showing support for local law enforcement officials in the aftermath of attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The most recent expression of gratitude came from Robert and Maggie Ni­chols of Marion who served breakfast to about 30 people, said Sheriff Rob Craft. In addition to the sheriff’s office, police from the Marion, Hillsboro and […]

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Marion City Council OKs slight mill-levy reduction

The Marion City Council approved a slight mill-levy reduction for the proposed 2017 budget at its July 18 meeting. The public budget was set for Monday, Aug. 1. City Administrator Roger Holter said the mill levy for the 2016 budget was 71.152; the mill levy proposed for 2017 is 71.025. “This was achieved by spending reductions in the police, pool […]

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