Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:35Weather can have both negative and positive effects for grain marketing just as it does for grain production.
Drought-inhibited water depth for navigation on the Mississippi River may cause higher fertilizer costs and more expensive grain shipping, but that could be offset with even stronger prices for soybeans.
Chad Arnold, agronomist for Cooperative Grain & Supply based in Hillsboro, said low rainfall on the Mississippi River basin is causing “a lot of problems” as navigable water...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:24The Marion City Council agreed at its Dec. 10 meeting not to accept bids for the city-owned Arlie’s Paint Body &?Glass building and land for under $200,000.
The unanimous decision came after Mayor Mary Olson asked City Administrator Doug Kjellin of he had anything new to report on the property.
“Nothing is on the (Dec. 10) agenda,” Kjellin said, adding that perhaps Barry Linnens, president and owner of Cottonwood Valley State Bank, who was present at the meeting, would like to talk about it.
Kjellin said, “We still have an offer on the table (of $130,000 in cash and no financing). If we can’t come to an agreement on the lease purchase or outright cash purchase of the building agreement then (Linnens) will be under a time...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:44The U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with a plan to reduce hours at some 13,000 offices to include Cedar Point and other facilities in Kansas, according to information presented Wednesday at a public meeting in Cedar Point.
As a result of the Post Office Structure Plan or POStPlan, Mike Monnington, manager of post office operations for the Kansas Central Plains, said Cedar Point’s facility is going from seven hours a day to four.
The change is expected to happen in the latter part of January.
A handful of people learned about the decision at the meeting in Cedar Point’s old school gymnasium.
“I like to describe the post office as being similar to a coop (both are not-for-profit businesses),” Monnington told the...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:20The Hillsboro Community Hospital Auxiliary raised $500 last month at its Bake & Book Sale with proceeds going toward the purchase of a portable ultra sound, said Velma Hadley, auxiliary volunteer co-chair.
“The portable ultra sound will be for use in the emergency room and hospital,” she said.
Now in its fifth year as an auxiliary, the group provided Amy Bartel of Hillsboro with a scholarship last year.
The organization will have another fundraising event in mid-February for a second scholarship, Hadley said.
The auxiliary is also hoping to raise money by selling books in the north end of the waiting area lobby.
“We have a bookcase filled with a variety of books to include Christian, medical, children’s and more,”...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:19Marion County commissioners met Friday, Nov. 30, in a $1,666,256 payday session.
County Clerk Carol Maggard reported unusually high sales tax collection for September, collected by the state in October, and paid to the county in November, of $61,137 regular sales tax and $54,219 for payment and reserve for jail bond payment.
This brought the total regular sales tax collected for the first 11 months of 2012 to $606,860, not far from the $645,561 reported in all 12 months for 2011.
According to Maggard’s report for the past decade, the first time sales tax collections ever exceeded $600,000 was in 2009 at $600,165.
Following executive sessions with Maggard, the commissioners approved giving all 102 county full-time employees each a...
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