Written by Michelle Avis Wednesday, 29 August 2007 10:31The Florence City Council discussed at its Aug. 20 meeting recent findings by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Cottonwood River dike.
Maintenance issues, such as mowing, brought up in the report will be addressed.
Leonard Ellis, manager of the city-owned tree farm, had been told by previous inspectors that the tree farm was located appropriately. But the new inspector has asked that one row of trees be moved.
Ellis and the council will each write letters to the Corps of...
Written by Cynthia Goerzen Wednesday, 29 August 2007 10:29Larry K. Voth, chairman of the Threshing Days Committee, attended the Aug. 20 Goessel City Council meeting to review Country Threshing Days, which occurred Aug. 3-4.
Voth expressed gratitude to the event’s sponsoring organizations, the Mennonite Heritage Museum and the Wheat Heritage Engine and Threshing Co., for their assistance.
He said such an event takes the effort of many people working together.
“There was a lot that went on behind the scenes,” he said.
Voth commended the work of the Goessel Police Department and Chief Joe Base for overnight security and “everything else they did.”
Voth said it had been reassuring to see the police making their rounds after the show closed for the night.
Voth also commended Karen...
Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 22 August 2007 06:03With only seven patrons attending the 2008 budget hearing on Monday, the Marion County Commission approved the new budget that included no mill-levy increase.
Scot Loyd, county auditor, said a $170,000 valuation rise had made it unnecessary to consider a mill levy increase beyond the 59 mills.
Loyd noted that the commission had been “helped tremendously” in keeping costs down by a bid coming in for resurfacing Sunflower Road at $793,000 instead of an expected $1.1 to $1.2 million anticipated cost, a savings of $300,000.
Commission Chairman Randy Dallke said everything had been done “to squeeze the thing around” to keep taxes down.
Lester Kaiser of the County Fire Chief’s Association said proceeds from this year’s Labor...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 22 August 2007 06:01Florence Labor Day Celebration will feature a street dance Sept. 1, from 9 p.m. until midnight on Main Street.
Music will be provided by “Justus,” a classic country and rock band that originated in 1990. After five years together, members took some time off then reunited in 2007.
Members of the band are Allen Makovec and son Caleb of Goessel, Bob Griffis from Manhattan, and Duane McCarty from Marion.
Each musician sings to add a variety of voices and styles. Band members have more than 30 years of band experience. Admission requires a $4 button.
McClain’s Kids’ Ranch Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’ will be featured again during the Florence Labor Day Celebration.
The event will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 in the grass lots in the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 22 August 2007 05:51Congressman Jerry Moran today announced Aug. 8 that Marion County Fire District No. 7 has been awarded two grants by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Tampa firefighters were given $11,605 to acquire new bunker gear and $131,100 to purchase a new 3,000-gallon tanker truck.
“Many rural fire departments rely on these grants to purchase the equipment they need to keep our communities safe,” Moran said. “This will allow firefighters in Marion County to continue protecting area residents.”
Assistance was applied for through the DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Grants are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards.
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