Category: Special Focus Sections

Important items to gather for your tax preparer

For many working Americans, April 15 is synonymous with taxes. But taxpayers may be happy to learn that they have two extra days to file their returns in 2018. That’s because this year April 15 falls on a Sunday, and April 16 is Emancipation Day, when the District of Columbia celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the District of Columbia Compensated […]

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How the tax reform plan could affect you

With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February 2018. This tax reform affects virtually everyone; however, families, homeowners, residents of […]

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Practical and fun tips for using your tax refund

It’s that time of year again when you may find a little bit of extra money in your pocket, thanks to your annual tax refund. There are plenty of practical ways to spend it, such as putting it toward paying off credit cards, loan payments or even starting a college fund, but there is always something tempting about taking that […]

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New superintendent leads USD 408 into the future

New superintendent leads USD 408 into the future

USD 408 Superintendent Aaron Homburg is in his eighth month on the job, succeeding Lee Leiker, who had served in the role for 13 years before he retired. Homburg said of the transition, “People in the community have been very positive, and willing to help (when and where needed).” Former USD 408 superintendent Lee Leiker lived up to his promise […]

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Marion sharpens city’s stewardship in 2017

Marion sharpens city’s stewardship in 2017

Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt (left) and City Administrator Roger Holter review maps of the City of Marion. Holter said city projects must be balanced: “It can’t be all development toward tax-exempt entities because ultimately development where none of it hits the tax roll just creates infrastructure to be paid for by citizens/”.<p> Marion City Administra­tor Roger Holter said that in […]

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BCC-Marion sees record year for local MHS students

BCC-Marion sees record year for local MHS students

Amy Kjellin, director of the Flint Hills site in Marion, says the Butler Community College satelite is meeting a local need. The 28 Marion High School seniors who took classes in the Class of 2017 earned 688 credit hours in the dual credit program at MHS. “It would be very reasonable to estimate a savings of more than $160,000 in […]

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Business Profiles

We thank the businesses of Marion that took the time to share their profiles with us in this publication. You are the lifeblood of the community. AMPRIDE Address: 1225 E. Main Phone: 620-382-3269 Website: cgsmc.com Year opened: In June 1999 Cooperative Grain & Supply purchased this location. About us: We offer gasolines, diesels, snacks, fountain drinks, food service, gift cards, milk, […]

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Sell or stay, home improvements like these pay off in the long run

Homeowners undertake home improvements for two basic reasons: to please themselves or to please others who may one day buy their home. Some types of improvements are for the sake of a speedier sale, such as planting a row of shrubs between your backyard and a busy street behind your home. Others are for your own enjoyment, like painting your […]

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Four things you can do to support heart health

On the path to good health, it pays to follow your heart—literally. A healthy heart is essential to supporting good overall health, yet many people ignore the warning signs that their heart is not as healthy as it could be. A 2017 survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, conducted by Harris Poll, found that nearly three in 10 […]

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Hillsboro: 2017 was a year for completion

Hillsboro: 2017 was a year for completion

Hillsboro citizens gathered May 4 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new facility for Hillsboro Community Hospital. Five and a half years after the ground-breaking, HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc. completed construction on the $11.4 million facility along U.S. Highway 56. Several significant construction projects that were years in the making came to completion in Hillsboro during 2017. “I think […]

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