5 years ago (week of Aug. 20)

The Main Street renovation project in Hillsboro is entering its final stage with the laying of asphalt and wiring of street lights expected to be completed by the end of the week. A city-wide celebration is planned for Sept. 4.

The eight-member 2003 class of Leadership Marion County is anticipating its graduation Aug. 25. Members of the class are Carolyn Koehn, Roger O?Neal, Michel Soyez, Jim Elliott, Megan Kilgore, Gina Edwards, Sarah Cope and Tina Novak.

Two Marion High School sophomores, Braden Suffield and Clinton Jeffrey, are participating in a fledgling cadet program under the tutelage of Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker. Both youth have expressed interest in entering the law-enforcement field as a career. The program is intended to give them opportunities to observe law-enforcement officers on the job and assist in some tasks.

The annual Labor Day fireworks show will proceed after all, thanks to an effort by DuWayne Suffield to collect contributions from Marion merchants after the Marion County Commission had removed the annual event from the budget because of financial deficits.

Gerald Kelsey, county road and bridge director, expressed his concern to the commissioners that some youth are exhibiting almost homicidal vandalism behavior. Apparently the young people are using four-wheel drive vehicles to knock down three to four stop signs each week.

The Marion City Commission signed a loan agreement for $800,000 with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to complete upgrading the water plant and bring it into compliance with KDHE regulations.

The Goessel City Council set Sept. 13 as the date for an open house at its newly completed water plant.

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