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E-cigarettes on the rise among teens, adults

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control reports use of e-cigarettes has risen sharply among teens and adults in the United States in recent years. The National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the CDC reports a significant increase of “current”—defined as at least once in the past 30 days—e-cigarette use by both high school and middle school students. In […]

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County food bank adds ‘recipe’ idea to stretch budgets

County food bank adds ‘recipe’ idea to stretch budgets

Marion County Food Bank and Resource Center volunteers from left to right included Janell Holter, Jackie Volbrecht (middle), Tena Lundgren and Kathy Henderson, along with two others, helping to serve Italian lentil soup and bread. Every other Thursday a new recipe will be offered to sample. The ingredients and recipes are free to its neighbors. The Marion County Food Bank […]

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Rosie the people-loving parrot craves attention

Rosie the people-loving parrot craves attention

Lesha Koch of the Hillsboro Animal Clinic shares a cup of coffee with Rosie, an affectionate eclectus parrot, which is native to the Solomon Islands. Koch and Rosie have been common companions for the past two years. Animal patients, and the people who love them, can always count on warm greetings at Hills­boro An­i­­mal Cli­nic. But sometimes that welcome will […]

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County issues open letter to Rep. John Barker

Open letter to: Rep. John Barker State Capitol, Topeka Marion County stands in strong opposition to the tax lid enacted during the 2015 session. This legislation was never presented as a bill during the regular session, and never received a public hearing. The concept was added as a floor amendment to the tax bill in the final days of the […]

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January income tax revenue higher than one year ago

Kansas collected $8.2 million more than expected in individual income tax receipts for January—$18.7 million more than what was collected during the same month in 2014. Corporate income and sales tax receipts fell below expectations by $8.2 million and $3.9 million, respectively, pulling the monthly total in Kansas Department of Revenue Tax Collections to $6.8 million less than estimates. “We […]

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City projects far exceed Wal-Mart stay

City projects far exceed Wal-Mart stay

A worker with Hett Construction of Marion prepares for pouring concrete for the turn-lane project at U.S. Highway 56 and Adams Street Mayor Delores Dalke realizes most residents likely will remember 2015 for the arrival and departure of a Wal-Mart grocery store—all in the span of nine months. “I think what we have to do is to look at what […]

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USD 410 leads the way for project-based learning

USD 410 leads the way for project-based learning

Jonathan Hinerman, a Hillsboro High School sophomore at the time, prepares his robot for competition at the VEX Robotics event hosted by HHS in March 2015. Robotics is one example of the hands-on learning that has taken center stage in USD 410. Unified School District 410 achieved a lot during the 2015 calendar year, according to Superin­tendent Steve Noble, despite […]

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Achievements, challenges grow at TC

Achievements, challenges grow at TC

Tabor College President Jules Glanzer takes his turn guiding the antique plow during the ceremonial groundbreaking May 2 for the $13 million Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The event drew around 300 people. Tabor College President Jules Glanzer characterized 2015 as a year with numerous significant internal achievements, but also a growing number of external threats. One of the […]

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Affordable housing project begins in Hillsboro

Affordable housing project begins in Hillsboro

Vintage Construction LLC is the general contractor on the housing project in Hillsboro. Four buildings, which have twin homes in each structure are located on Third and Lincoln, Ash and Cedar streets. The photo shows early excavation for the four buildings at Third and Lincoln streets. Six new twin homes to accommodate 12 families will open by late summer in […]

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Six simple suggestions for living happier in 2016

Saving money and staying fit are traditional New Year’s resolutions, but overly packed schedules and the materialistic focus of modern life are inspiring a new goal for many people: to live happier in 2016 and beyond. “To make 2016 the happiest year ever, think about how you rest, eat and move,” said Matt Johnson, health and performance expert and president […]

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