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Three towns plan for April 6 local elections

In less than one week, voters in Hillsboro, Burns and the city of Marion will cast ballots for city council positions.

The spring general election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in three polling locations.

Hillsboro voters in Wards I and II will both go to Hillsboro City Hall, 118 E. Grand Ave., but they will vote on separate ballots, said Rhonda Toal, election clerk.

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Marion councilor questions validity of special meeting

Marion City Council member Bill Holdeman said during the March 22 regular meeting that he wanted an explanation about why a special meeting was called March 12 alleging misconduct on the part of Mayor Mary Olson.

The allegation concerned K.S.A. 21-4005, which addresses ?maliciously circulating false rumors? about a local business ?with intent to injure? its ?financial standing or reputation.?

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She believes small things can make a difference for others
She believes small things can make a difference for others

She believes small things can make a difference for others

One aluminum tab might not seem like much, but for one Hillsboro woman, each tab contributes toward supporting families with a place to stay when their loved ones need lengthy hospital care.

Eileen Butler, a retired Hillsboro Elementary School teacher, has become passionate about collecting the tabs for the Wichita Ronald McDonald House, and her enthusiasm is catching on around the community.

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Last blast of winter
Last blast of winter

Last blast of winter

Ice is here today, gone tomorrow The Mennonite Settlement Museum in Hillsboro (above) was frosted Saturday as Mother Nature christened the first official day of spring with a glaze of ice and an inch or two of snow Friday night and into Saturday. The photo at left illustrates the juxtaposition of winter and spring as snow encases a crocus plant, […]

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Hillsboro council considers training for volunteer board members

Hillsboro City Council members expressed interest at their March 16 meeting in providing training for volunteers serving on city boards, but asked for more time to consider the form and expense of it.

City Administrator Larry Paine had proposed hiring a professional consultant to lead a seminar on boardsmanship, perhaps on a Saturday.

The consultant, Mike Conduff, is president and chief executive officer of The Elim Group, based in Denton, Texas. Paine indicated he had distributed Conduff?s book, ?The On Target Board Member,? as a resource for council members.

Paine presented a proposal from The Elim Group, indicating his interest in hiring Conduff for a one-day seminar, plus a year of e-mail or phone coaching with city officials. The cost of the seminar was projected at $2,750 and the cost of coaching was $750.

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Commissioners irked by county tax break for new Hillsboro hospital

The financial burden of the county?s revitalization plan for tax abatement hit home with the Marion County Commis?sion Monday with the realization that a large improvement proposed for Hillsboro most likely will come under the county?s plan rather than Hillsboro?s.

The heads-up for the tax money twist was given by Appraiser Cindy Magill, who told commissioners she had been contacted by a person representing Hillsboro?s new hospital regarding filing for tax relief under the revitalization plan.

Magill said Hillsboro?s latest city revitalization plan adopted in 2008 probably doesn?t include the hospital?s location, which is outside the city limits.

Commissioner Dan Holub said that although new development in the county is sought under the plan, he found it disturbing that the county could ?lose? that much tax money to benefit Hillsboro when the city didn?t sign on to the county plan when other county communities did.

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Mail it back: Mayor says census cooperation benefits everyone

The mayor of Marion County?s largest town is urging households throughout the county to fill out and return their 2010 U.S. Census forms by the end of the month.

Delores Dalke, active in Hillsboro city government for more than 25 years, said mailing back the questionnaire in a timely manner will make a difference for every resident in the county, not just in Hillsboro.

?It helps the city of Hillsboro and also Marion County when it comes to getting grants and loans from either state or federal sources,? she said. ?They always do them based on your population.

?The reason for filling out your census is that we get everybody counted.?

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Leadership Marion County class meets in Peabody
Leadership Marion County class meets in Peabody

Leadership Marion County class meets in Peabody

Members of the 2010 Leadership Marion County class met Thursday at The Hub in Peabody. This year?s class members include (from left) David Scott, administrator, Legacy Park in Peabody; Tish Keesling, city clerk, Lost Springs; Angie Schwerdtfeger, Tri-County Telephone, and Connie Omstead, retired from Marion County Special Education Cooperative. The leadership program offers participants a chance to see how local, […]

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Marion hoops mania starts at state
Marion hoops mania starts at state

Marion hoops mania starts at state

The Marion community sent off its high school Warrior girls? basketball team to the Class 3A state championship game Saturday in Hutchinson with a motorcade escort down Main Street. It was the first time an MHS girls? team was playing for a state basketball title, and its first trip to state since 1992.

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Marion City Council asks AG to check allegation about mayor
Marion City Council asks AG to check allegation about mayor

Marion City Council asks AG to check allegation about mayor

A special meeting of the Marion City Council was called Friday morning to initiate an investigation into allegations of criminal misconduct by Marion Mayor Mary Olson.

According to a source outside of the meeting, the allegation concerns K.S.A. 21-4005, which addresses ?maliciously circulating false rumors? about a local business ?with intent to injure? its ?financial standing or reputation.?

City Attorney Dan Baldwin said the action was prompted by information he became aware of involving Olson and Brad and Anita Seacat, owners of Seacat Do it Best, a building supply business in Marion.

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