Category: Real Estate Focus

Historic building repurposed as events center

Historic building repurposed as events center

The 1887 Olde Towne Building is now available to rent for public private functions. The building?s owner, Gary Reimann of McPherson, is working in cooperation with local business woman Marie Kessler, who is overseeing scheduling and other arrangements. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Olde Towne, one of the more historic buildings in Hillsboro downtown business district, is getting a new […]

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Upset property owner gets little solace from council

The owner of one of the four properties that prompted a Jan. 6 public hearing to address dilapidated or out-of-code structures appeared before the Hills?boro City Council during its Nov. 18 meeting. Kevin Tidwell, owner and resident at 206 W. B St., repeated a claim he made at the Aug. 5 meeting that he keeps ?getting harassment from the city? […]

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Flood levees lead to costly project to redraw maps

Flood levees lead to costly project to redraw maps

The levee at Marion was built in the mid-1960s as a response in part to the flood of 1951.?It begins on the north side of Marion and ends up in the natural geographics of what Marion residents call ?the hill.? Without proper levee certification and accreditation by two federal agencies, the cities of Marion and Florence would have federal maps […]

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Couple finding that a ?tiny house? is a good fit

Couple finding that a ?tiny house? is a good fit

Kyle and Danae Schmidt pose in front of the tiny house dream home they have been building in Hillsboro. Once complete, the couple plan to live comfortable in the 200-square-foot structure that includes two lofts. (Zac Remboldt photo) Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it?s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in […]

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Marion electric customers can expect increase

Residential and business customers in Marion will see higher electric rates when they get their bills May 1, based on action taken March 24 by the Marion City Council. City Administrator Roger Holter said the rate increase ties to consumer consumption. ?We track from March 15 to April 15 with the amount used during that period sent out on May […]

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Winterizing can increase value and efficiency of your house

Cold winds and temperatures might have snuck up on some people this year before they could take appropriate measures to winterize their homes. Making small adjustments in the home can lead to energy savings and lower utility bills through the winter months, according to Bruce Snead, director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University. Finding a balance between being comfortable […]

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Property areas identified for reinspection effort

Property areas identified for reinspection effort

?Chances are pretty good the value of that house is going to be more than $50,000 in two years. Are you going to sell it for the same $50,000 you bought it for? More than likely, it will go up based on the market.? ?Ray Cook, Marion County appraiser The Marion County Appraiser?s office is required by state law to […]

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Mueller leaves a strong legacy for county board

Mueller leaves a strong legacy for county board

David Mueller has stepped down from the county?s Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission after 12 years. Commissioner Dan Holub says of Mueller: ?He epitomizes the statement, ?One person can make a difference." Some of the most important people in any community are those who volunteer to serve on boards for the best interest of the public. One such […]

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Couple reviving place for ?rest and meeting and beauty?
Couple reviving place for ?rest and meeting and beauty?

Couple reviving place for ?rest and meeting and beauty?

JanzenHosue JanzenHouseDiningArea920 It?s the feel that convinced both Jim and Susan Jantzen to purchase their house in Hills?boro and commit to the time and work that will be needed to restore its former dignity and distinction. ?It?s something you walk into and you know it,? Jim said. ?It?s the way the space is used, the windows and how the light […]

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Lease rates for Flint Hills grazing reach historic high
Lease rates for Flint Hills grazing reach historic high

Lease rates for Flint Hills grazing reach historic high

BluestemMapBW Flint Hills pasture lease rates are higher than they have ever been. Well, certainly the highest on record, according to the Blue?stem Pasture Release: 2013, issued May 7 by Kansas Agricul?tural Statistics at the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Dale Rodman, KDA secretary, said funding has not been available for the past three years to complete the survey of leasing […]

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