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Fire ravages Marion home

Fire ravages Marion home

One of the oldest houses in Marion has been damaged by a fire that hit last week. Patty Decker/Free Press One of Marion’s oldest homes, which played a big part in the city’s historical past, caught fire Monday, Sept. 3. Fire chief Mike Regnier said the fire, reported at about 9:30 p.m., caused extensive damage to the attic and roof […]

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Beneke loses in court, must move silage

Beneke loses in court, must move silage

A ‘Keep Out’ sign is now located outside Mike Beneke’s property where the silage is located on the edge of Marion. Patty Decker Mike Beneke, owner of Double B Cattle, east of Lincolnville, and owner of property in the city of Marion, has less than 10 days to remove about 8 million pounds of silage with city limits. Beneke was […]

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Retired Marion teacher receives award

Retired Marion teacher receives award

Mike Connell was recently acknowledged for his 35 years of serving as a band director in the State of Kansas. He received the Outstanding Bandmaster 2018 award from the Kansas Bandmasters Association on July 20. The Outstanding Bandmaster award is presented annually by KBA to Kansas band directors who have distinguished themselves through their musical accomplishments, service to bands and […]

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Hillsboro officials meet about options for internet

A meeting was held on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Hillsboro City Hall in the council room. The meeting was required to be open, since at least two members of the Hillsboro City Council were in attendance. Many were unaware of the meeting due to it being advertised only once on Aug. 23 on the City of Hillsboro […]

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Beneke resigns from MCCEDC

Mike Beneke, who was appointed by Marion County Commissioner Randy Dallke to serve on the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp, resigned effective Aug. 28. The note from Beneke had few words and simply stated: “I resign Aug. 28. “It’s been a pleasure and experience,” Beneke said, “and we have had our ups and downs. “(The group’s) hope was that […]

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Marion Co. EMS Director resigns again

Marion Co. EMS Director resigns again

The Marion County Commission accepted the resignation of EMS director Ed Debesis and unanimously approved having a special question on the Nov. 6 ballot during its meeting at its Aug. 30 meeting. “I am resigning my position as EMS director effective Sept. 20,” Debesis said. “I’ve accepted a position elsewhere.” Commissioner Randy Dallke said, “thank you,” to Debesis. “I won’t […]

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Silage causes consternation with City of Marion

Silage causes consternation with City of Marion

A pile of silage is shown above. The City of Marion contends it is blurring the lines between ag and populated areas. Patty Decker / Free Press Mike Beneke, who owns Double B, a cattle business east of Lincolnville, is wanting his day in court. The reason is because Marion city officials allege Beneke is blurring the boundary line between […]

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Crowds come out for the  Hillsboro Elementary Carnival

Crowds come out for the Hillsboro Elementary Carnival

New kindergarten teacher Michelle Ediger checks Jacob Breugem’s wristband so he can play frisbee. All proceeds from the wristbands and concession stands go toward various expenses at Hillsboro Elementary school. Austyn Driggers aims to dunk Autumn Hardey, counselor at HES. The most popular target was PE teacher Mike Jilka. Khloe Defiesta knocked him in and declared it the highlight of […]

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Goessel passes sewer increase ordinance

The Goessel city council met on August 20 and passed ordinance number 280, which sets new wastewater charges, raising them by $5.00. The increase will take effect on October 1. The council was reminded that the current raise in rates is still not enough for the grant that the city is receiving; rates will have to be raised again. The […]

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Elgin hosts successful beer, music event

Elgin hosts successful beer, music event

Ian and Shayna Smith of Three Rings Brewery in McPherson explain the different types of beer they offer to event attendees. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press The Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion hosted the Craft Beer and Live Music event this past Saturday night. Over 125 came to enjoy samplings of local breweries held in a large, open room […]

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