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Feds seek more proof for licenses

If you want to update the address on your Kansas driver?s license, you?ll need to bring valid proof or you?ll be going home empty handed.

?If there?s a change of address, be sure to bring documentation of where (you) live,? said Kathy Swan, driver?s license examiner in the Marion County treasurer?s office.

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As gas prices rise, transportation alternatives increase
As gas prices rise, transportation alternatives increase

As gas prices rise, transportation alternatives increase

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Ampride workers Jeanette Schaefer, Linda Cassidy and Lura Legg (from, left) are feeling some relief from the pumps at their convenience store in Hillsboro.

Scooters, lawn mowers, ATVs, bicycles, four-wheel pedaled vehicles?what else is coming?

You may see some unusual transportation going down the roads and streets these days in an effort to circumvent high gasoline prices.

Perhaps the Amish won?t be the only ones in the region driving horse and buggy. And then, there are always dog teams.

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Preparing for the same old grind
Preparing for the same old grind

Preparing for the same old grind

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County aims to get new jail funding on November ballot

Voters in Marion County will determine the fate of bond financing for a new Marion County law enforcement facility on the November election ballot?if the Board of Commis?sioners is able to proceed quickly enough on the decision it made Monday.

The commissioners decided to proceed with plans for a 72-bed corrections facility costing about $7 million, reaching that decision after a one-hour discussion that it would be most economically feasible over other plans it had considered over previous months.

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Tornado-alert plans vary across country
Tornado-alert plans vary across country

Tornado-alert plans vary across country

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Ninety tornadoes touched down in Kansas in a single week last month, and that has nearly everyone wondering where to go if a twister would approach their hometown.

The cities of Marion County all have tornado warning systems, but they aren?t consistent and also vary in what they offer.

As one woman in one smaller town said, ?The real system here is to run for your basement, and pray.?

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Lagoon project hardly glamorous, but still important
Lagoon project hardly glamorous, but still important

Lagoon project hardly glamorous, but still important

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Workers from Unruh Excavating, Moundridge, were moving dirt last month at the 40-acre project site east of Hillsboro. On this day they were laying the clay seal at the bottom of pond.

The size of the project is impressive, but the wastewater lagoon system, currently under construction east of Hillsboro, isn?t the kind of endeavor that rates highly on the civic-pride meter.

But that doesn?t mean it isn?t important.

?It?s not a glamorous deal, obviously,? said City Admini?strator Larry Paine. ?But it?s one of those things, in the course of a city, that you have to deal with.?

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On center stage
On center stage

On center stage

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Seat Belt may have torn in teens’ fatal accident

Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker said that Clarissa Torronez, 17, of Peabody apparently did all she could as a skillful driver to regain control of her car in a one-car accident Sunday, May 18, in which her sister, Kylie, 15, died.

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Support builds for train stop in Peabody

Joining the Marion County Board of Commissioners and the Marion City Council, the Hillsboro City Council passed a resolution last week throwing its support behind Peabody?s pursuit of establishing a passenger station along a rail route being proposed by the Northern Flyer Alliance.

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Small town a big stop for this Railroad
Small town a big stop for this Railroad

Small town a big stop for this Railroad

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Grand Funk Railroad will be pulling into Marion for a concert on June 7. The current band members are (from left) Bruce Kulick, Mel Schacher, Don Brewer, Max Carl and Tim Cashion. Schacher and Brewer are original members.

To the people of Marion,?Be ready to smile, and be ready to sweat,? said Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer. ?We?re coming to your town.?

Brewer said he meant every word of the last part of the quote, which comes from a line in Grand Funk?s multi-million selling hit, ?We?re An American Band.?

That?s because, he said, he loves festivals and the people who come to them??the kids, the parents, the grandparents, just everybody.

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