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Onaga Hospital Announces Expansion Plans

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The Onaga Hospital has announced plans to expand, with two current buildings to be combined into a single facility. The nearly $18 million dollar project will include expansion of the 1971 hospital building, and demolishing a separate building built in 1957. Onaga received funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture through U.S.D.A. Rural Development for the project. Groundbreaking is set ... Read More »

Machine Shed & Barn Destroyed By Fire

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A machine shed and hay barn south of the Beatrice Country Club were destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon. Firemen were called out around 2:45 p.m. to south First Road. It is not known what started the fire. Read More »

MHS Principal Announces Resignation; Joins 2 Other Administrators Leaving USD 364

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Marysville High School Principal Sheri Harmer turned in her resignation last week, effective end of the school year. The USD 364 School Board had recently named Harmer Jr./Sr. High Principal for next year, as the positions were combined. She had served five years as Principal, as well as a teacher and administrator in the district for 27 years. Harmer joins ... Read More »

Taxing Authority Of Extension Districts In Question

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A number of local groups and individuals testified recently against a senate bill which would remove the taxing authority of the extension district elected representatives, and transfer that authority to the county commissioners of each of the counties which are a subset of the extension district. Opponents fear this will damage the extension district arrangements, and services provided. Washington, Clay, ... Read More »

Proposed Bill Would Require Transmission Lines Be Reviewed

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State Representative Sharon Schwarz of Washington recently testified for a bill that would require power transmission line projects to undergo a review by the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority before proceeding to the Kansas Corporation Commission. The proposed legislation was prompted by the K.C.C. granting a Certificate of Convenience to Clean Line Energy, which plans to build an electric transmission line ... Read More »

Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

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Marysville City Council met Monday. Robert Woodard requested, and received approval for a sewer line extension to a second 6,000 square foot building that he is proposing just west of his current building in the city industrial park. Council agreed to the waiver from standard practice of requiring another line, noting that due to the location it would be very ... Read More »

USD 364 Board Meets; Lord Announces Resignation After 41 Years

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Marysville USD 364 School Board adopted the 2014-15 school calendar at the February board meeting. Classes begin August 13, and dismiss May 22. Rachel Massoth was introduced. She began in January as Jr./Sr. High Vocal Music Teacher. A motion was passed opposing proposed changes by the Kansas Legislature regarding election dates for city and school board members. A number of ... Read More »

R.P.M. Access Reports Theft & Burglary Incidents Near Beattie

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An incident of theft and another of burglary have been reported in recent weeks by R.P.M. Access, which is involved with construction of the wind farm near Beattie. Over a weekend earlier this month, a welder and power tools were taken from a work trailer after chains on the door were cut. More recently, a tractor on site was used ... Read More »

Gage County Board of Supervisors To Meet In Committee Before Board Meetings

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Gage County Board of Supervisors will begin meeting as a committee of the whole before regular board meetings. The adjusted schedule will be in effect March and April, then reevaluated. Currently three member committees meet; the change allows all seven board members to keep current on all issues, although no decisions will be finalized while in committee. The meetings will ... Read More »

Landoll Corporation Wins Prestigious Ad Astra Award

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Landoll Corporation of Marysville was presented the prestigious Ad Astra Award by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at the Kansas Chamber of Commerce annual banquet in Topeka Tuesday evening. Founder Don Landoll was on hand with family and employees noting the firms’ growth over the past fifty years from a small welding shop to a manufacturer with nearly 1,000 employees today. ... Read More »