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Pulling together into the future

Pulling together into the future

A group of volunteers pull the antique plow through Tabor Park to break ground for the Shari Flaming Fine Arts Center. In the driver’s seat is Chuck Flaming, who donated the lead gift of $2 million for the facility to be named after his wife, Shari. Numerous furrows were plowed until everyone who wanted to got a chance to participate. […]

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USD 410 patrons approve LOB ballot initiative

By a significant majority, patrons of Unified School District 410 authorized their board of education last week to keep the property-tax authority for the district’s local option budget at 33 percent. The results of the mail-in ballot vote were 613 in favor of keeping LOB authority at 33 percent, and 377 in opposition, a margin just under 2-1 (62 percent). […]

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Health dept. issues rabies alert for county

• Three positive cases reported since March. With three positive cases of rabies reported in Marion County since March, the county health department issued an alert Satur­day that residents be aware of the situation. The rabies cases included a skunk and two calves, according to Diedre Serene, administrator. Rabies is a fatal viral disease in people and animals, according to […]

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Church organizing food program for kids

• Financial support key for summer launch. Trinity Mennonite Church has decided that feeding the hungry should begin with the children living in the Hillsboro area this summer. The congregation has taken on the goal of organizing a community-wide “Summer Food 4 Kids” program from May 25 through Aug. 14. “There are over 200 children in the Hillsboro school district […]

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Jantzen speaks on ‘Mennonite Soldiers’ at CMBS annual dinner

Jantzen speaks on ‘Mennonite Soldiers’ at CMBS annual dinner

Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history at Bethel College presents his speech, “Mennonite Soldiers: Tracking Menno­nite Identity Across Four Centuries in Poland, Prussia and Russia through the Lens of Military Service Exemp­tions.” Jantzen was the featured speaker at the Center for Mennonite Breth­ren Studies annual spring dinner meeting Saturday on the Tabor College campus. Jantzen drew from his extensive research […]

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

One litter bit at a time, or by planting trees for the future Maggie Schroeder and children Emma, Brody and Mallory (from left) comb the banks of the spillway in search of litter. Free Press For Goessel resident Maggie Schroeder and her three children, Cleanup Day at Marion Reservoir is a family affair. Schroeder was participating for the 11th time […]

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Tabor to break ground Saturday for fine arts center

Tabor to break ground Saturday for fine arts center

This is an artist’s rendition of the proposed Shari Flaming Center for the Performing Arts that Tabor College will begin building this summer. The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Tabor Park. The expected cost of the building will be between $12 million to $13 million. Tabor College graphic • Site prep begins […]

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Sticking point

Sticking point

Teens remind adults about the legal penalty for providing alcohol to minors. Centre SADD member Nellie Kassebaum (orange shirt) takes a sticker from Cole Srajer while Allison Basore (purple jacket) applies one to a six-pack in Carlson’s Grocery at Marion. They were participating in the annual “Sticker Shock” project, which aims to remind adults that supplying alcohol to minors could […]

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Riedy aims to make life better as county FCS agent

Riedy aims to make life better as county FCS agent

• Being a partner with residents is her goal. Renae Riedy began working in October as the Marion County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. “I chose this field because I like to help people and share what I have learned to hopefully make their lives a little better, easier or safer,” she said. Patty Decker / Free Press Helping […]

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Three districts aim to increase LOB authority

• Patrons will decide issue by mail-in ballot. Three school districts in Marion County have requested special mail-ballot elections to raise their local option budget. A local option budget is funding that is raised by local property taxes for school districts. The idea behind local option budgets is to give districts and voters some local control over school funding. Unified […]

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