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Marshall County Burn Ban In Effect Immediately

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Due to extremely dry conditions the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshall County Emergency Preparedness Office have announced a county-wide burn ban effective immediately.  The ban will continue until further notice. Read More »

Pursuit Ends Near Wetmore

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A 30-mile pursuit Sunday ended just 8 miles north of Wetmore.  The pursuit travelled through rural Jackson and Nemaha Counties. Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse says Randall S. Rodvelt, a 43-year-old Circleville man, fled from officers as they responded to a domestic disturbance reported around 1:20 Sunday afternoon in Circleville.  According to reports Rodvelt allegedly battered a deputy.  Rodvelt allegedly ... Read More »

Candidates File For School Boards

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Several candidates have filed for election to school boards this week. Gary Stohs, who will complete his fourth term on the Diller-Odell Public Schools Board of Education, filed for re-election Thursday. Stuart Vitosh has also filed as a non-incumbent candidate for the Diller-Odell school board. At Southern Public Schools, Carmen McKeever filed for re-election to the six-member board. McKeever was ... Read More »

Recalled Wymore Councilman Files For County Seat

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Former Wymore City Council member Dan Hawkins filed for the District 6 Gage County Supervisor seat Friday afternoon.  Hawkins joins incumbent Supervisor Rex Adams and former Gage County Highway Superintendent Marlin Kliewer in vying for the seat. The District 6 seat represents Wymore, Blue Springs, Barneston, Liberty, Holmesville and Virginia.  Hawkins spent 16 years on the Wymore City Council prior ... Read More »

Frankfort Boys Memorial Highway Bill Moves Forward

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The proposed, “Frankfort Boys World War II Memorial Highway”, has moved one step closer to reality.  The memorial was the idea of former Frankfort area citizen and veteran Frank Benteman.  Benteman is a veteran of World War II.  Two of his brothers also served in Germany during the war.  Benteman testified before the Kansas House Transportation Committee Tuesday in support ... Read More »

USD #113 Schedules Special Board Meeting

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The Board of Education for USD #113 will be holding a special board meeting on Monday, January 30,  beginning at 7:00 PM in the Sabetha Middle School Auditorium.  A presentation will be made to include board requested financial and statistical information as it pertains to USD #113. The board has been working on a plan to ensure a strong academic ... Read More »

Trucking Quality Assurance Training Offered February 3rd

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        Livestock producers in Southeast Nebraska and Northeast Kansas needing to update or qualify for their Trucking Quality Assurance (TQA) can do so at the Gage County Extension Office Meeting Room on Friday, February 3, 2012 starting at 1:00 PM, training takes about a hour and a half followed by the exam.  The instructor will be Dr ... Read More »

Death Investigation in Odell

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The Gage County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of two people in Odell.  Deputies responded to 422 Maple Street in Odell in response to a death investigation.  Both Norma Vitosh age 82 and Richard Vitosh age 86 of Odell were found deceased in their garage.  A family member has called 911 after finding the pair.  Foul play is not ... Read More »

Gang-rape Victim Arrested

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The reported victim of a gang rape has been arrested for lying about the incident.  27-year-old Jennifer Valenta was arraigned Monday for charges of perjury, tampering with evidence, false reporting, prostitution and other charges.   In November of 2011, Valenta originally told authorities that Elliot Hawkins of Wymore offered to pay her $300 in exchange for sexual acts. According to ... Read More »

Marysville City Council Highlights

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Marysville City Council learned that construction of the 7th Street Corridor will continue on February 20th and the tentative completion date is May 14th.  The construction schedule will be subject to weather.   Union Pacific was granted permission to use the City Park for a 150th Anniversary Celebration.  Union Pacific will have several displays, exhibits, and hold a family day ... Read More »