Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:05Did you notice the influx of children and bandana-wearing young people in Hillsboro?
Last week 340 counselors and campers converged on the Tabor College campus for the Mennonite Brethren junior camp.
“Junior camp has been something from our Southern District Conference for awhile,” said camp co-director Russ Claassen. “When I was a kid, I went to a camp; at that point it was out at Quaker Haven.
“I had a good time out there, kind of an assurance of salvation experience. So from...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:58Three Marion County youth recently received scholarship from Marion County Quail Forever. In the top photo, Alicen Whitaker, daughter of Cathy and Neal Whitaker, receives a check for $250 from Quail Forever president Allan Richmond as Ty Waner (far left), vice president, and Bill Shirley (far right), past president, stand by. Alicen is studying to be a physical therapist. Cole Svoboda (lower left photo), son of Sandra and A.J. Svoboda, accepts a check for $1,000; he is studying wildlife and outdoor enterprise management. Jared Vondenkamp (lower right photo), son of Lisa and Mike Vondenkamp, accepts a check for $250 and is studying to become a pipeline welder. The recipients and their families were treated to dinner by Quail Forever and...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:57The Marion County Jail was at the forefront of discussion at Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting, including an emergency transmission tower and street renovation in front of the jail.
The commissioners were told that some of the neighbors don’t want a nearly 100-foot emergency transmission tower at the new jail site.
Despite the resistance, Emergency Management Director Dan D’Albini said he still thinks the tower, with a wind resistance rating to withstand 200-mile-an-hour winds, is the best way to go.
The radio tower on the old jail has to be abandoned for emergency communications, with its climate control indoor needs, to locate in the new jail, he said.
D’Albini said the tower also needs the height for signals to...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:56The only challenged race in Marion County will be for Dan Holub’s commission seat in District 2, according to election clerk Rhonda Toal.
Gary Lewis has filed for the seat as an independent candidate, but his name won’t be on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot because of his unaffiliated filing, Toal said. Lewis’ name will be on the general election ballot in November.
Holub is seeking a third four-year term as county commissioner in District 2, having served almost eight years in that position.
“There are virtually no opposed races in the county this year, and I think a single name on a ballot is shameful. Mr. Lewis obviously has some misgivings about my performance as a commissioner, but I’m sure it’s nothing...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:27If you’ve been wanting better roads in Marion County, then you may get your wish.
Road maintenance may have moved further into a new era of improvement Monday with Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford’s introduction of proposed road improvements through 2015 to the Marion County Commission.
“If we keep up on a three-year cycle,” Crawford said, “we will save money doing it.”
Crawford has previously said in meetings that starting with a good surface and then keeping up with resurfacing is the way to go.
He listed projects for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In 2013 he proposed an estimated $713,926.90 expenditure chip seal surfacing for 4.3 miles west of Durham on 290th to Diamond, 14.4 miles of the Durham-Lincolnville Road on...
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