Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:42Tampa’s downtown business facade at is appears now (top) and how it looked when reconstruction was under way in March 2011 (bottom). “I thought there was an opportunity that if there was a building, businesses would come—and it has happened,” says David Mueller, who has been a leading player in the renewal project.
Two years ago, a group of Tampa residents started talking about ways to save their Main Street. Those discussions led to the opening of a community grocery...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:25Lu Janzen announced last week that she will be concluding 41 years with Parkside Homes Inc., effective within 90 days or by the end of the calendar year.
Janzen, currently working as chief executive officer and president, published her decision to retire in an open letter to residents, board members, staff and colleagues. She cited health issues as a factor in her decision.
“My heart and my head are in conflict over this decision, but I know that I have to listen to my head this time,” she said. “There are some projects that won’t be finished before I leave, so I will cheer you on from the sidelines.”
Janzen began working at Parkside in 1970 as an accountant. Five years later, the board hired her as the next administrator...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:24Lauren Geis (holding check) and Lisa Geis of Hillsboro, representing the Marion County 4-H Development Fund, accept a donation of $3,622 from Lyman Adams, general manager of Cooperative Grain & Supply. Also participating was the Land O’Lakes Foundation, which matched CG&S dollar for dollar. The development fund is an endowment for county 4-H clubs; it is used for scholarships for 4-H campers and a college scholarship for a senior high school 4-H member each year. The most recent scholarship recipient was Zachary Goodwin of the Peabody Achievers, who received $500 to apply toward his education at Kansas State University. This is the ninth year CG&S has participated in the Land O’Lakes matching-fund program and the sixth...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:23
Intermediate and senior 4-H photography judging teams from Marion County competed at the Kansas State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 9. The senior team placed eighth overall with Carrie Carlson placing 11th individually and Jacob Dailey placing 12th. Members of the senior team were (back row, from left) Reece Berens (with glasses), Lauren McLinden, Jacob Dailey and Carrie Carlson. The intermediate team placed 24th overall. Members of the team are (front row, from left) Ethan Dailey, Logan Oborny, Anna Lubbers and Addie Berens.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:40Between 5,000 and 10,000 people attended the 34rd annual Art in the Park and Craft Show Saturday in downtown Marion.
“I know the numbers were in the thousands,” said Judy Christiansen, chairman.
About 120 vendors from Kansas, Oklahoma, California, Missouri, Texas and Colorado came to sell anything from limestone and metal art to soaps, candles, jewelry, clothing, furniture and photography.
“The vendors told me the crowds stayed good all day long,” she said, “and the rain didn’t seem to bother most of them.”
With temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s, many visitors said they would rather have it cooler than too hot.
Christiansen said another thing she likes to do each year is visit the vendors to find out how they...
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