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Merlin L. Ball, 93, a former resident of Blue Mound, Kan., and more recently of Osawatomie, Kan., passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. He was born March 10, 1921, at Blue Mound, Kan., the son of Forrest and Dora Price Ball.
He served his country during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps.
He married Mary Ann Atkisson in August of 1945. She preceded him in death Dec. 5, 2000.
Merlin was a farmer and rancher for most of his life. He worked for the Linn County Highway Department during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Upon retiring from Linn County, he returned to doing what he loved most – cowboying. He was able to continue into his mid 80s.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter; four brothers, Donovan, Irvin, Gerald and Lawrence; and three sisters, Wilma, Media and Velma.
He is survived by a son, Maurice Ball and wife Sherry of Paola, Kan.; and three daughters, Rebecca Goodman and husband Lowell of Ottawa, Kan., Regina Broyles and husband Dwayne of Blue Mound, Kan., and Jan Paulseen of Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Private inurnment will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Blue Mound. The family suggests contributions to the BHS Memorial Scholarship or Linn County Sharing Bucket. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com. Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

OBITUARIES

Merle A. Beckman ~ 10-05-1935 to 08-03-2022

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Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022 Merle A. Beckman, age 86, Mound  City, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. He was born in rural La Cygne, Kan., on Oct. 5, 1935, the son of Charles and Neeva (Neal) Beckman. He graduated from La Cygne Rural High School... [More]

Mary Jo Spencer ~ 11-13-1938 to 08-06-2022

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Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022 Mary Jo Spencer, age 83, of Mound City, Kan., passed away on Aug. 6, 2022, at Louisburg Healthcare, Louisburg, Kan. She was born Nov. 13, 1938, in Terrell, Texas, to James Downing and Claudie Flower. Mary Jo moved to Lubbock, Texas,... [More]

Larry Sumners ~ 08-16-1953 to 08-01-2022

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  Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022   Larry Sumners, age 68, of Centerville, Kan., passed away on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan. Laurence A. Sumners was born on Aug. 16, 1953, at McPherson,... [More]

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NEWS

STARS technical academy ribbon cutting Friday

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What was a dream a year ago has come to fruition with a ribbon cutting and open house scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. The Southeastern Technical Academy for Rural Students (STARS) is now a reality located in the former Cox Motor Company building at Laurel and 17th Streets... [More]

Staff, advisors excited for opportunities STARS Academy offers students

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With the ribbon cutting and open house of the new STARS Technical Academy in Pleasanton slated for Friday, Aug. 12, the staff and instructors at the school opened up recently about their roles and what the program means to them. Phil Mitchell, who will be teaching Construction... [More]

County real estate taxes still under state value

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After sending the Linn County Commissioners an email explaining county real estate compliance with state values, the commissioners visited with Linn County Appraiser Kathy Bridges Monday. After initial conversation on the 2021 final ratio study concerning commercial and residential... [More]

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SPORTS

Demo Derby starts off Linn County Fair and Rodeo week

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The Linn County Fair and Rodeo started this past week with the traditional demolition derby. There were two nights of demo derby action as team derby, modified and figure eight races took place on Aug. 5 while the compact, semi-modified and bone stock took place on the evening... [More]

Total Effect Softball ready for action

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Linn County has a new competitive softball team, Total Effect Softball, which will be based out of Mound City. Jayhawk-Linn head softball coach Kris Holt started the team and will be the head coach of Total Effect. Holt had multiple reasons on why he wanted to start a competitive... [More]

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