Category: News

MCCEDC director search raises procedure questions

by Patty Decker The Free Press When Marion County Board of Commissioners chairwoman Dianne Novak requested the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. be discussed at the April 30 meeting, she stirred up a hornet’s nest. Prompted by that agenda item, and Novak’s concern for restructuring the group, Anthony Roy, MCCEDC interim director, said the group was moving forward, but […]

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Giving it the ol’ Goessel go-power

Giving it the ol’ Goessel go-power

Goessel 4×400 runner Jordan Griffin (foreground) takes the relay baton from teammate Kale Funk during the James Thomas Invitational Joel Wiens Stadium Friday in Hillsboro. The Bluebird relay placed ninth out of 11 teams competing in the event. In all, the meet drew 15 girls’ teams and 14 boys’ teams. Joining Goessel and Hillsboro were area teams Canton-Galva and Peabody-Burns. […]

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Centre duo places fourth at state contest

Centre duo places fourth at state contest

Cole Srajer (left) and Max Svoboda, shown here after winning the Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in March, received $2,000 for their business pitch at the state contest April 27 in Manhattan. Centre High School’s Cole Srajer and Max Svoboda, winners of the Marion County Youth Entrepre­neurial Challenge in March, were awarded $2,000 for their business pitch at the state […]

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Commissioners discuss direction for MCCEDC

Marion County Board of Commissioners discussed changing the direction of its Community Economic Development Corp. during Monday’s meeting. Chairwoman Dianne Novak said in the last two years volunteers have worked, she’s been hearing from citizens and constituents asking a lot of questions about the results that the county is getting from MCCEDC. “Since we have almost doubled our existing investment […]

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Goessel foundation awards $3,420 in community grants

Goessel foundation awards $3,420 in community grants

GCF Board members flank Rachel and Duane Goossen (middle) at the April 21 recognition dinner. Pictured are (from left) Dwight Flaming, John Fast, Peggy Jay, Rachel Goossen, Duane Goossen, Elaine Unruh, Myron Schmidt, James Voth and Carol Duerksen. The goal of the board is to raise an additional $75,000 by Dec. 31, 2020. The Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of […]

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

A reported crowd of 30-40 onlookers gathered below the spillway at Marion Reservoir on Sunday to watch workers drain the spillway area. Tory Hett, with the Corps of Engineers at Marion Reservoir, said workers were cleaning out the spillway in order for an inspection to be done. Officials said it’s been around 20 years have passed since the spillway area […]

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Commissioners hear requests for purchases

The Marion County Board of Commissioners heard from six of its departments, some providing updates on recent activities, while others needing approval to purchase items of necessity at the April 23 meeting. Marion County Park and Lake Superintendent Isaac Hett spoke with commissioners about work needing to be done to replace the overhead wiring to the stage. “We received a […]

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Grant needed for Schaeffler House repair

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil accepted a bid to address structural “emergencies” at the Schaeffler House Museum during its April 17 meeting. At a previous meeting, Steve Fast, museums director, reported the city had been awarded a grant to restore the Schaeffler House foundation. At this meeting, Fast said ground movement has caused the foundations to be out of plumb, with […]

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Kobach held in contempt of court for blocking voters

by Dan Margolies Kansas News Service A federal judge has held Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt for failing to fully register and notify eligible voters he’d blocked. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach failed to get standard postcards sent out to those would-be voters confirming their registrations and failed to update the County Election Manual used […]

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It’s time to claim spring

It’s time to claim spring

Local high schools have had a hit-and-miss affair with the spring sports season as the Kansas weather changes from warm to cold in recent days. April 10 proved to be a good day to start the track and field season as Marion hosted a Central Kansas League Track meet. Pictured at the far left is Hillsboro freshman Carson Linnens show­ing […]

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