Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:46The Marion County Commission promised Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford Monday help in getting through a budget continuously threatened by depletion from higher fuel costs.
But in a county with a small population, the commissioners acknowledged that the best-laid plans often don’t fit budget shortfalls.
Crawford said his crew is busy rebuilding 120th Road off Nighthawk Road in the southern part of the county.
But, he said, his crew also is challenged by demands such as one near...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:45Whether it’s helping a one-ounce baby bunny with a bacterial infection or working on a one-ton bull in the field, it’s all part of the job for Cade Moses, doctor of veterinary medicine.
As a general practice veterinarian, Moses accepted his first position following graduation June 3 with Brendan Kraus, DVM and owner of Spur Ridge Vet Hospital.
“I enjoy what I do,” Moses said, “and enjoy getting to see all the different animals I work with because they all have their own personalities.”
In addition to his “patients,” Moses said, he likes the interaction with people he meets.
“Animals can’t voice their concerns or problems, so if they’re sick, it’s important to have a relationship with the person trusting me...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:45The Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show at Hillsboro’s Memorial Park Saturday celebrated another year of American car culture.
In addition to raising $3,000 for the annual Marion County Toy Run, the event offered visitors a chance to stroll down memory lane, according to Dan Kinning, media relations officer.
In the show’s 15th year, 51 cars were registered, which was down slightly from 2012. But the show had a good mix of cars, ranging from the late 1920s to early 2001.
Another highlight of this year’s show, according to Kinning, was the presence of a 1967 Pontiac GTO.
“Even though there are still a lot of them around, we don’t see many GTOs in shows like we used to,” Kinning said. “I know of only two...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:39Even though the premium will increase by 181⁄2 percent, City Administrator Larry Paine told the Hillsboro City Council at its June 4 meeting that the city got a comparatively “good rate” for its employee health insurance plan for 2014.
After reviewing packages from three other companies, Paine said he notified Midwest Public Risk that the city would be renewing its current policy even though the premium will cost about $45,400 more than it did last year.
The total premium for the coming term will be $290,729, compared to $245,340 for the current policy.
Premiums for the other companies came in as follows: $392,204 from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which is almost 60 percent higher than the city is currently paying; $376,820 from...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:39Marion County commissioners accepted the resignation Monday of Dan D’Albini as Emergency Management director, effective June 30.
The commissioners made no other decision regarding the position, but in later business with Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene, they briefly touched on how her responsibilities overlapped with D’Albini’s.
Commissioners also authorized Serene’s purchase of a $3,000 trailer from Trailers ‘N’ More of Wichita. The trailer would be used for dispensing medications in mass emergency situations, as well as for storage.
Alternative bids for trailers were for more than $3,400 and up to $5,957 from Jost Fabrication at Hillsboro and Kansas Underground Trailers of Wichita.
Serene said the...
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