Category: County Wide News

Bridge construction dominates county meeting

Deteriorating county bridges and what to do about them continues to be a major discussion for the Marion County Commission. After discussions Monday with area farmers who must cross the bridge for field work at Goldenrod over the Cottonwood River, the three commissioners decided they must take more time to discuss bridge concerns before taking action. Commissioner Dan Holub said […]

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Goessel City Council talks water issue with the public

Goessel City Council met on July 18 and heard a report by speaker phone from Stephen Connelly, the city’s auditor. Connelly commended city clerk Jennifer Whitehead for her work. “(She) did a great job,” he told the council. “The city is doing very well financially.” The city’s fiscal year expenditures of $515,976 had all been covered with receipts to the […]

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County facing bridge issue caused by river erosion

The Marion County Board of Commissioners began its regular Monday meeting with the observation that erosion is leaving a washout hole under the west end of the South Cottonwood River bridge on 190th east of Nighthawk. Bruce Boettcher, with the engineering firm BG Con­sultants, said the hole is continuing to grow to the extent that it might require the county […]

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County lake replaces reservoir on algae list

Marion County’s two public lakes experienced a reversal of fortune in regard to blue-green algae issues last week. The July 7 weekly report from the Kansas Depart­ment of Health and Environ­ment listed Marion County Lake on “warning” status for the first time this summer for high levels of toxic blue-green algae. Meanwhile, Marion Reservoir, which has been listed frequently on […]

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County fair to offer new opportunities to participate

County fair to offer new opportunities to participate

Kandy Prieb shows her calf-roping form during the Kraft Rodeo at the 2015 Marion County Fair. The rodeo is one of several events that encourages local participants to sign up. This year’s fair is July 27-31. The 86th edition of the Marion County Fair offers more opportunities to be a participant, not just a spectator, when it arrives July 27-31 […]

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Commissioners temporarily award bid for courthouse window project

Gerken Environmental of Springfield, Mo., was tentatively awarded the bid Monday to restore the historically approved county courthouse windows at $425,000 plus other expenses that might arise. Before the Marion County Board of Commis­sioners made the decision final, Chairman Randy Dallke asked overseeing contractor Treanor Architects of Topeka, represented by Ian Pitts, to check the Gerken’s credentials and history. Dallke […]

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KDHE downgrades algae status at Marion Reservoir

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment downgraded its blue-green algae alert for Marion Reservoir from “warning” to “watch” on June 23. Both alerts mean hazardous conditions may exist. A “watch” means water activities such as boating and fishing are safe; however, use caution when in contact with lake water and wash with clean water afterward. A public health “warning” […]

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About 150 people attend Marion Garden Tour

About 150 people attend Marion Garden Tour

GardenTourHettWiderAngle795 Wayne Baldwin of Benton visits outside Eldon Hett’s rock shed during Saturday’s seventh annual Marion Garden Tour. Director Janet Mar­ler at the Marion City Library said about 150 people attended, which was a “good turnout.” Marler said there were people from Goessel, Hillsboro, Wichita, Sedgwick and one of the out-of-town couples came all seven years. “Each house had two […]

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Bluegrass festival at Marion County Lake enjoys record year

Bluegrass festival at Marion County Lake enjoys record year

The Fun Girls, a Wichita-based band, open the evening session of the ninth annual Bluegrass at the Lake event at Marion County Park & Lake June 18. The event enjoyed a record-breaking year, according to Steve Hudson, park and lake director. “More than 150 people attended the battle of the bands in the afternoon,” he said. “Although attendance went down […]

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Seven named to economic group

Seven members were named Monday by the Marion County Board of Commissioners to serve as voting participants of a new economic development committee that will attempt to define and attract new businesses to the county. The commissioners and Chris Hernandez, who chaired an opening exploratory meeting, joined in saying they don’t want to discourage the many enthused participants who came […]

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