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Marion Co. employees unhappy, study shows

Marion County employees are not happy with their jobs, according to a recent study. Dianne Novak, chair of the Marion County Commission, questions the validity of the study, something that cost the county $17,997 to put together. The county commission contracted an Illinois-based consulting company, McGrath Human Resources Group, to conduct a workplace study earlier this year. Malayna Halvorson Maes […]

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Budget discussions continue for the county commission

After more than two hours of discussion about Marion County’s 2019 fiscal year budget, the Marion County Commission came to one consensus during its weekly meeting on Monday. They needed more time. Each of the county’s three commissioners—chair Dianne Novak, Randy Dallke and Kent Becker—had different approaches and priorities for the budget. The one thing each of them ultimately agreed […]

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Schaeffler House seeing progress

Schaeffler House seeing progress

Justin Dyck, left, and Steve Dyck take a break and look over some of the work taking place at the Schaeffler House in Hillsboro. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press One of the oldest houses in Hillsboro has been getting a facelift the past few weeks. The William F. and Ida G. Schaeffler House, built in 1909, has had extensive […]

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Exotic visit for Marion County

Exotic visit for Marion County

Sully, a 6-year-old camel owned by Robert and Ashley Olmstead of Goddard, paid a visit to Salem Home residents and visitors on Friday. Robert, lead zookeeper at Tanganyika Wildlife Park at Goddard, said camels can run about 40 mph. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press It’s rare for an exotic animal to make an appearance in Hillsboro, but on Friday, July […]

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Transparency issues continue for county commission

The Marion County Commission’s conflict over potential improper use of an executive session earlier this month was not the first time the current commission has had a run-in with Kansas laws regarding public meetings. In April, two of the three commissioners attended what the other commissioner, Dianne Novak, refers to as a “secret meeting” with a potential candidate for director […]

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Marion council ends support for MCCEDC

The city of Marion will no longer be financially supporting the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. The Marion City Council unanimously voted to end its financial contribution to MCCEDC during its weekly meeting Monday evening. Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt cited “double taxation” as the primary reason for pulling the financial support. Marion County more than doubled its financial investment […]

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Florence looking for solutions for costly purchases

Florence looking for solutions for costly purchases

Florence residents inquired about a dilapidated hot tub filled with trash on Fifth Street near the downtown area at the July 2 council meeting. The family who left the hot tub on the street said they expected the one-man operated garbage truck to remove it, which wasn't possible based on the size of the truck. As of late last week, […]

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County executive session raises questions

Questions surround an executive session during a Marion County Commission meeting last week. The Marion County Commission entered executive session during a special meeting on Friday to discuss bids for the county’s information technology services. Dianne Novak, chair of the county commission, has expressed concerns that the commission violated provisions of the Kansas Open Meetings Act “I was quite frankly […]

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Hillsboro council still has cuts to make to budget

The Hillsboro City Council spent almost one hour reviewing the preliminary budget for 2019 at its meeting July 3. Larry Paine, city administrator, said when the initial data was put into the 2019 revenues and expenses, it showed $345,000 more in expenses than revenue, which needs to be dealt with. During the next two council sessions, the budget will continue […]

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64 AMAZING DEEDS

64 AMAZING DEEDS

In her basement, Lana Hauschel stitches patterns on the quilts using a sewing machine attached to a metal frame. Initially Hauschel planned to finish 86 quilts by her July 4 deadline. But because the machine nicked a pin while she was stitching No. 65, she decided to stop with No. 64. “If timing is off a millisecond, it skips stitches,” […]

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