Category: County Wide News

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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Magical Saturday evening at Florence Labor Day Celebration

Magical Saturday evening at Florence Labor Day Celebration

More than 100 people attended the Glenda and Mike’s Mysteries and Wonder Show Saturday during the Florence Labor Day Celebration. Paul Wikoff of Florence (left), an exterminator by trade, volunteered to be Mike’s live ventriloquist. As part of the performance, Wikoff was dancing and singing to the song, “I’m a Little Teapot.” A lot of children were also asked to […]

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County receives use of unmanned aerial system

The Property Drone Consortium and emergency managers for Marion County have announced a public-private partnership under which the consortium will provide the county with an unmanned aerial system, sensor and resources. The county plans to deploy the system in the event of catastrophic events to support its emergency management and response efforts. “In exchange for providing Marion County with resources, […]

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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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