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Goessel engine club powered by ?low-tech? ingenuity
Goessel engine club powered by ?low-tech? ingenuity

Goessel engine club powered by ?low-tech? ingenuity

James Wiens and Larry Voth have been involved in Goessel Country Threshing Days for so long that the farm tractors of their youth now qualify for exhibition.

The two men were on the show grounds again Sunday afternoon, enduring the August heat to prep some of those old-time engines for the 35th edition of Country Threshing Days this weekend.

Wiens was involved in local engine shows even before Threshing Days debuted as an annual event in 1976.

?I started years ago when it was a deal in Hillsboro at the county fair,? he said. ?We had a threshing show there.?

At the time?Wiens estimated the time frame as ?mid-?60s or earlier??he wasn?t old enough to have a driver?s license, so he drove a tractor to and from the event.

Then, in the early ?70s, the free engine show was bumped from the county-fair schedule by a tractor pull. The engine show disbanded, but interest antique engines continued informally among local enthusiasts.

When Goessel celebrated its centennial in 1974, those enthusiasts were asked to display some of their engines and to demonstrate the way wheat was threshed in decades past.

Wiens said that initial effort drew three antique tractors ?and the rest was small engines.? It was held on a few open lots near Bethesda Home.

?A lot has changed,? Wiens said with a smile.

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Sights, sounds of county fair fill the air
Sights, sounds of county fair fill the air

Sights, sounds of county fair fill the air

Interactive exhibits for kids, an apple-pie baking contest, a state-qualifying demolition derby and the return of an antique tractor pull are some of the fresh ingredients added to this year?s Marion County Fair planned for July 28-31 at the fairgrounds in Hillsboro.

With the theme ?Apple Pies & Family Ties,? the good times officially begin Wednesday with a parade through downtown Hillsboro starting at 6:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. the annual Van De Creek Pedal Pull kicks off for children, with the new apple-pie baking contest and silent auction under way from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Primary election features key races for Republicans
Primary election features key races for Republicans

Primary election features key races for Republicans

The primary election campaign season will end Tuesday as voters in Marion County and across Kansas go to the polls to select candidates either from the Republi?can or Democratic parties.

On the local scene, Republi?can voters will have the most decisions to make, including a spirited contest for the 70th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives between incumbent Bob Brookens of Marion and Cheryl Green of Rosalia.

In the First District of Marion County, incumbent Bob Hein and Roger Fleming, both of Hillsboro, are running for a seat on the county commission. This will be the first time Hein has been challenged for his seat since being appointed to the commission in 1996.

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Sheppard assumes role as MCSEC director
Sheppard assumes role as MCSEC director

Sheppard assumes role as MCSEC director

David Sheppard has chosen a professional path that differs from both his father and siblings. ?The background of my family?almost everyone is in medicine, except me,? said Sheppard, who took the helm July 1 as director of Marion County Special Education Cooperative. Sheppard, instead, has invested his career in the field of special education. ?I really do believe that all […]

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Health department offers range of services
Health department offers range of services

Health department offers range of services

Combining her skills in nursing and organization enables Diedre Serene to promote the well-being of others.

As director of the Marion County Health Department, Serene oversees health, safety and nutrition programs that are available to county residents.

?We?re here to help people help themselves,? Serene said about the overall goal for which she and her staff strive.

The health department?s professional staff includes a physician consultant, a licensed practical nurse, registered dietician, secretary, office manager, a Healthy Start home visitor and Serene as administrator and registered nurse.

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Carnival returns to the fair, parade route to change
Carnival returns to the fair, parade route to change

Carnival returns to the fair, parade route to change

It?s been four years since Marion County fairgoers were treated to a carnival, and up until last week, it appeared the dry spell might have continued again this year.

But because of logistics and complications in another community, Pride Amusements from Galena will be setting up in Hillsboro July 28 through July 31.

?This was not planned,? said Marion County Fair Manager Stephanie Richmond. ?(The carnival) just miraculously happened.?

Carnival owners Ed and Betty Bulingame, contacted Richmond and asked if the county was still looking for a carnival.

Richmond said the carnival was a lucky break for Marion County.

?It was an unfortunate situation for another community, but a fortunate one for us,? she said.

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July 24 tour will be a fundraiser for Marion City Library
July 24 tour will be a fundraiser for Marion City Library

July 24 tour will be a fundraiser for Marion City Library

?Flowers in the Flint Hills? is the first garden tour of its kind sponsored by the Marion City Library.

The tour, featuring six residential sanctuaries, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, with proceeds benefitting the library, said Janet Marler, librarian and planning committee member.

Some highlights include a turtle preserve, along with a unique balance of plants, trees and other eclectic combinations of wildlife and native flowers.

The six homes and gardeners on the tour include: Cheryl and Erick Brandsted, 130 Eastmoor Drive; Shirley Jo and Rocky Hett, 208 Hett Hollow; Teresa Huffman, 327 Elm St.; Janie and Thad Meierhoff, 402 S. Cedar; Marge and Mick Summervill, 1626 Turkey Creek and Peggi and Jim Wilson, 117 Lakeshore Drive.

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Hillsboro Fire Dept. gets OK for rescue work

The Hillsboro City Council went off agenda at the end of its July 6 meeting to authorize Fire Chief Ben Steketee to sign a contract that would make his volunteer department a primary rescue responder for Marion County.

As the meeting was about to adjourn, Councilor Byron McCarty voiced his support for the contract between the Hills?boro Fire Department and Marion County Emergency Medical Services, calling it ?a matter of public safety.?

With other council members indicating their agreement, McCarty made the recommendation to authorize Steketee to sign the agreement. Councilor Kevin Suderman seconded the recommendation and it passed 4-0 with minimal discussion preceding the vote.

The transaction took about a minute to complete.

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Funds sought to buy wheelchair

Tammy Chizek, a resident of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, has multiple sclerosis, and because her disease is advancing, she needs another type of electric wheelchair to assist in her mobility.

DeVona Roble, a licensed occupational therapist in Hillsboro and one of the fundraising organizers, said without this new wheelchair, Chizek?s safety is being jeopardized on a daily basis.

?(Tammy), who is in her 50s, does not have the postural support she needs, which requires a more expensive wheelchair,? Roble said.

She also offered an example of how Chizek?s postural deformity affects even the simplest of tasks.

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Hillsboro council approves Ash Street project change
Hillsboro council approves Ash Street project change

Hillsboro council approves Ash Street project change

The Hillsboro City Council formally approved at its July 6 meeting a mid-stream change in the renovation design for North Ash Street.

As discussed at its June 29 work session, the council approved a change order that would remove all of the old concrete in the three-block area and replace it with new concrete.

The original plan called for replacing only the worst of the old concrete with new, and then applying an asphalt overlay over the remaining sections of old concrete.

But a federal inspector on the scene late last month questioned the durability of applying the overlay on old concrete, according to City Administrator Larry Paine.

The inspector recommended that all of the old concrete be removed and then replaced either with full-depth concrete or full-depth asphalt.

The switch in plans will cost the city an additional $125,000 and will extend the project deadline for the contractor, APAC-Kansas, by 20 working days, according to Paine.

?Depending on weather, I think the project will be complete in three weeks,? he said. ?APAC wants the demolition of the existing concrete completed this week (ending July 9). The base will be replaced, then concrete will be started from Third Street.?

The project, as originally designed, was to have been paid for largely with stimulus funds via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The additional $125,000 for an all-concrete repair will be funded by the city through a temporary note that will be rolled over in 2011 into a larger general obligation bond for street improvements.

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