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Post Office Hours Adjusted In Beattie & Washington County

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Postal officials last week hosted a public meeting in Beattie proposing a reduction of 12.5 hours each week in office hours. New hours proposed will be Monday – Friday 8:30 – 12:30, and Saturdays 8:30 – 9:30. The meeting followed surveys mailed to patrons. Only 82 of 207 surveys were returned, with a majority preferring adjusted hours, versus options of ... Read More »

Union Pacific Depot Brainstorming Session Held

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Some 25 area residents attended a brainstorming session to share ideas for use of, renovation of, and funding of improvements to the former Union Pacific Depot in Marysville. The city is in the process of closing on purchase of the three block area north of Carolina to Calhoun on Hedrix Avenue, and will then in turn sell the depot and ... Read More »

Detour Alternatives Discussed Regarding US 77 Bridge Replacement

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Alternatives to a proposed 30 mile detour for up to six months on US Highway 77 a mile north of the Marshall County line are being considered. County Commissioners Monday viewed the site, meeting with some 20 residents. A petition requesting a shoofly is posted at area convenience stores, public works, and the County Courthouse. Work is set to begin ... Read More »

Marysville City Council Meeting Notes

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Marysville City Council met Monday. A motion to reduce the time City Attorney John McNish would attend council meetings proposed by Vicky Gross was defeated with the mayor breaking a 3-3 tie vote. A subsequent motion to require McNish attend all meetings then passed on a 4-2 vote, with Gross and Carla Grund voting no, citing unnecessary expense. Council took ... Read More »

Ricky Hu Runner Up In Kansas State Spelling Bee

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A Marysville boy, Ricky Hu, was runner up in the Kansas State Spelling Bee, held Saturday in Topeka. The field was narrowed to two spellers in round 20, when Hu misspelled passel. Defined as a large number or group, passel is P-A-S-S-E-L. He had spelled pastle. Ricky Hu is a 6th grade student at Marysville Elementary. Ethan Perrins, an 8th ... Read More »

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 »