Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 12 March 2008 09:55The Marion County Commission Monday heard complaints from a half-dozen Marion County Lake residents on the possibility of being shut out of public use of the Marion County Lake Hall that the commissioners said were based on “misinformation.”
The complaints were based on Jim Whitwell’s plans to open a cafe—under a $50-a-day plus 3 percent of gross receipts lease from the county—in the south kitchen of the Lake Hall. The north kitchen would still be reserved for public use, and...
Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 12 March 2008 09:53A compromise for residents and truck drivers was offered Monday by the Marion City Council while it attempts to negotiate with Union Pacific Railroad for reopening the Jex Addition crossing.
The truck drivers have been going down Grant Street to the protest of residents, particularly with small children in the residential area, to private parking offered by Daryl Brewer.
Councilor Gene Winkler made the announcement after 45 minutes of executive session with City Attorney Dan Baldwin.
Winkler said the city would point out to Union Pacific that it closed the crossing previously used by the trucks without any notification to the city.
He said the city would pay losses of truck parking fees to Brewer for 90 days with further review every...
Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 05 March 2008 14:54With rising fuel prices, the Marion County Commission Friday, Feb. 29, selected bids for what Commission Chairman Bob Hein said was a record price for road and bridge fuels, $45,961.
It was under a circumstance that rarely occurs at any commission meeting, doing it this time for an end-of-the-month payday meeting.
The circumstance was Acting Road and Bridge Director John Summerville bringing in bids for both transport fuel bids and area fuel bids at the same time.
Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro took both bids, with Cardie Oil of Tampa coming in at $46,528. Still, Hein said, the bids taken separately were records with more than $3.10 paid average on 11,800 gallons of diesel, and $2.843 a gallon paid on 3,000 gallons of...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 05 March 2008 14:53Dennis Alexander, composer for Alfred Publishing Co. since 1986, will be at Tabor College March 8 to participate in two public recitals in which students he has been working with from this area will play pieces they have worked on through the year.
Alexander has been “adopted” by the students of the Newton Music Teachers Association. Throughout the school year the students have been working on his music and have been asking him questions via e-mail.
The teachers’ organization has also commissioned him to write a piece for them. During his appearance at Tabor, Alexander will premiere the commissioned piece, titled “Kansas: The Sunflower State.”
The piece highlights three different areas of the state: “We’re Off to...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 05 March 2008 14:51Kitchen aprons will be the focus of a presentation by Carolyn Stucky, a Mennonite farm wife and college instructor from rural Inman, at the “60+” Learning in Retirement Program, March 10.
Stucky will exhibit several aprons from her extensive collection and describe how their changing designs and fabrics reflect the changing roles of women in the home and society.
Her presentation, titled “Aprons: Blest be the Ties,” will beginat 10 a.m. Monday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College.
Stucky, whose collection of nearly 200 aprons dating from the late 1800s to the present, said each one represents how, over the decades, the roles of women have changed.
“Women’s aprons not only provide a direct tie to our...
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