Vol. 111 , No. 45
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Hillsboro, KS 67063
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Disaster assistance loan services coming to county
A Small Business Administration disaster loan outreach center will operate at the civic center in Hillsboro 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Aug. 15. The federal agency has low-interest disaster loans available to Marion County residents who suffered flood losses between June 22 and July 6.
Transfer station tax question to go on ballot
County commissioners spent nearly six hours Monday trying to prepare a 2020 budget but still didn’t make final decisions despite a looming deadline. However, commissioners decided to put a sales tax question on the ballot as a way to fund a new transfer station.
County ranks third in state
Marion County residents are the third best budgeters in Kansas, according to a report released this month by financial website Smartasset.com That distinction doesn’t mean the county’s economy is third-best in the state, it signifies that its residents are effective at being frugal, said Chris Hernandez, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Marion.
Farmers get relief from low prices
Several farmers who were reluctant to be named were hesitant to express relief over impending payments to producers from the federal government for support during trade disputes. The United States Department of Agriculture has allocated $16 billion in aid to support the ag industry.
Schroeder Barn was a wedding gift
Gates will open at noon Friday for the annual Country Threshing Days on the campus of Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel. Activities will continue through Sunday, culminating in a 2 p.m. guided tour of the historic Schroeder Barn.
County among state's worst for violent crime
New data released last week by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation list Marion County among the top quarter of Kansas counties for violent crime. The county’s 3.1 violent crimes per 1,000 residents in 2018 contributed to a rate higher than that in all but two surrounding counties, Harvey and Saline.
Flood victims question value of loans
Low-interest loans soon may be available for Marion County businesses, homeowners, and renters impacted by flooding June 22 through July 6, but Harry Rhodes is unsure if it will be worth applying. He said he would be interested in applying if the decision-making process will be quick, but not if the process will take months.
Judge reappointed to computerization panel
Chief Judge Michael Powers of Marion has been reappointed to a one-year term on a panel overseeing implementation of a online system to manage all cases in Kansas district and appellate courts. Powers, who presides over the 8th Judicial District, including Dickinson, Geary, Marion, and Morris counties, is one of 13 members of the eCourt Steering Committee, appointed by the state supreme court.
Farmers' Market Meals
A variety of meals will be served for the month of August at the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market. Aug. 1 will be hamburgers and hot dogs by Hillsboro Lions Club.
Developmental screening in Hillsboro
Free developmental screening will be available 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13 for children through 5 years old in Hillsboro. Screening will include motor, cognitive, speech/language, social/emotional, and vision/hearing testing. Tests usually take an hour and can be scheduled by calling (620)382-2858.
Band performs at fair parade
Hillsboro High School and community members came together for the 2019 Marion County Fair Parade, performing under a joint banner. Performers from the high school band included Noah Bartel, Rylie Daniels, Malorie Hein, and Thelma Wilson. Participants from the community included Paul Epp, Steve Hanneman, Randy Stepanek, Gregg Walker, and Joey Walter.
Fair through the eyes of a vendor
Bob McPhail has seen his share of Kansas county fairs over the years, and says Marion County Fair is one that keeps chugging along. “For county fairs, it’s probably one of the better ones,” he said. “The only thing is trying to get some other rides, and some of the scheduling. The fair boards always change, so that makes it a little difficult.”
A memorial service for Roger Frans, 73, who died July 20 at his home in Marion, has been scheduled for 5 to 7 tonight at Historic Elgin Hotel, Marion. A full “In Memoriam” notice appeared last week.
Judith Ann Wetzel
County jail arrests and bookings
Police incident reports
Teacher makes English interesting
Sherri Hudson was surprised when Centre High School’s class of 2019 chose her as their commencement speaker, but class president Xavier Espinoza said their decision reflected the help the English teacher has been to her students. “She always added to our conversations no matter what we talked about,” he said. “We sometimes got off track, but she joined in the conversation.”
Schools announce upcoming events
Finding right fit important for schools, teachers
While education is a priority, finding a good teacher can be difficult, said Danielle Medina, Marion High School’s first-year counselor. “Education is hard to fill because there are so many expectations, guidelines, and rules to follow,” she said.
Tabor alumnae to serve on reform board
Tabor alumnae Sylvia Penner last week was named one of two appointees to Governor Laura Kelly’s Criminal Justice Reform Commission. She will fill the position of the criminal defense attorney appointment.
Tabor grad re-elected chairman of board
Tabor College graduate Kelly Arnold was re-elected chairman last week of the trustees of Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Arnold, a McPherson native and Hillsboro State Bank director, is county clerk for Sedgwick County.
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