Category: Local News

Peabody, county prepare for Fourth of July celebrations

One of the largest July 4 celebrations in Marion County is located in Peabody, and this year marks the 96th annual celebration. “The Peabody celebration is coming up and there are lots of activities that will be happening,” said Linda Martinez and Rachel Gfeller, who compiled the July 4 celebration list. The following events include: • a dance featuring the […]

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Hillsboro council adopts sidewalk plan

Imagine having access to an 8-foot-wide lighted sidewalk along the former railroad bed from Main Street to Industrial Road, then north to the new hospital location. The Hillsboro City Coun­cil liked that idea, plus ideas for additional sidewalk projects, that members approved at their June 20 meeting a resolution declaring the city’s eligibility to apply to the Kansas Depart­ment of […]

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County lake joins reservoir on algae warning list

Marion County Lake joined Marion Reservoir and three other Kansas lakes that were included in a public warning about harmful algal bloom. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism issues the notice June 15. The other three other lakes are: Keith Sebelius Reservoir in Norton County; Kirwin Lake in […]

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Lost Springs council reviews insurance policy

The Lost Springs City Council met May 10 with all members present. At the previous meeting, the council decided unanimously to change the meeting day from the second Monday of the month, to the second Wednesday of the month. The meeting time of 7 p.m. remains the same. The council discussed the city’s insurance policy. Councilor Joe Zinn had reviewed […]

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Marion council reviews debt-service situation during budget discussion

The Marion City Council reviewed debt service as part of its budget discussion at the June 5 meeting. City Administrator Roger Holter said the debt carried for 2017 was about $550,000; of that, obligation bonds accounted for $450,000 and the rest was Kansas Power Pool debt, which should be retired in 2024. The final debt service payment on obligation bonds […]

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Hillsboro museum plans trunk exhibit

Hillsboro Museums is sponsoring an exhibit of immigrant and traveling trunks starting at 10 a.m. July 1 the visitors center located on South Memorial Drive and West D Street. “As immigrants prepared to leave their homes in the Old World and move to the New in the 1870s, they carefully packed a trunk with their most important possessions,” said Steve […]

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Marion Garden Tour will feature five rural gardens

Marion Garden Tour will feature five rural gardens

One of the tour stops is the garden at Dan and Rhonda rural residence. Their country garden favorites include lilacs; Rose of Sharon; mint, of which Rhonda Holub said she cultivates three varieties; and peonies. hop will be featured on the eighth annual Marion Garden Tour from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Janet Marler, Marion City Library […]

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Reservoir reopens, but with blue-green algae ‘warning’

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, has reopened Marion Reservoir, but the reservoir remains under a warning because of a harmful algal bloom. Blue-green algae scum might have accumulated along the lake shore or at camp sites, which may remain closed […]

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Goessel considers sewer upgrades

The Goessel City Council spent an hour and a half discussing sewer upgrades with Brian Foster of Manhattan during its May 15 meeting. Foster, an engineer with BG Consultants and a principal owner of the business, talked about various types of grants and loans that are available for sewer projects and the various requirements, such as raising water and sewer […]

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Community will miss grocer’s upbeat attitude

Community will miss grocer’s upbeat attitude

Joel Klaassen, founder of the Hillsboro Free Press, called Ray Franz a big man with a big heart. Ray Franz of Hillsboro was able to inspire family, friends, former employees, church youth and others to do their best, and in a positive manner. During his lifetime, Franz played a significant role in the Hillsboro business community as co-owner of Paul […]

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