Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:28
Now in its fourth season, Marion City Library’s Flower in the Flint Hills Garden Tour is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, with three locations in town and one at the county lake.
Those places include 115 N. Elm St., 201 N. Coble, 412 S. Thorp and 48 Lakeshore Drive.
In addition to touring the garden spots, Janet Marler, library director, is inviting everyone to stop by the facility for refreshments and a tour.
History at 115 N. Elm St.
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:26
Change was one cycling race away for Hillsboro resident Noah Collins.
An avid road cyclist since high school, Collins participated in the SPECS Wichita Riverfest Criterium Race June 2—his first road race—as a way to help reach his goal of taking part in two cycling races this season.
In the end, it turned into an unexpected opportunity to race with a team.
Collins won the bonus lap and placed second in the 1.2 mile Category 5 criterium race—categories range from 5 to 1 with 5 being the lowest and 1 being semi-professional or professional, he said.
“I didn’t even know how I was going to do,” he said. “I was so nervous because when I’m training alone, you don’t really have anything relative to you, you don’t really know how good you are until you actually get out there and race.”
His accomplishment was noticed.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:09
Chingawassa Days had some special moments this past weekend, ranging from an engagement announcement to making one young girl’s dream come true.
Weather also played a big part Saturday night when the rock band FireHouse cancelled its performance.
Chingawassa Chairman Mike Powers talked about the festival and how decisions were made, including Saturday’s entertainment.
“If we could have had the band sit tight,” he said, “I think we could have had the concert start at 10 p.m. or so.”
Although Powers said the committee thought the rain was going to stop, they didn’t know for sure.
The committee didn’t blame the band.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:21
With the participation of multiple partners, Hillsboro and Tabor College students are one huge step closer to having a place downtown to socialize and spend free time.
And the community as a whole will have a “new” facility for bowling.
Last month, the Hillsboro Development Corp. purchased the Trail Lanes Bowling Center from Betty Funk, concluding 52 years of family ownership.
The purchase was made possible with financial participation from three key sources, according to Clint Seibel, executive director of HDC and the city’s economic development director.
“An anonymous donor offered a significant amount of money to purchase Trail Lanes, providing it would include a youth center,” Seibel said.
A total of $130,000 was contributed to the project through the Hillsboro Community Foundation by several contributors, the majority of which came from the anonymous donor.
In addition, Hillsboro Development Corp. will fund a loan to assist in the purchase and remodel from the E-Community loan fund, according to Seibel.
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:14
Today’s technology has changed the way 21st century farmers and ranchers stay informed and manage their operations.
“Anybody my age and younger probably doesn’t read newspapers or watch the news,” said Derek Klingenberg, 34, of rural Peabody. “I get it all on Twitter.”
Klingenberg tweets about the family business, Klingenberg Farms Inc., which also includes father Vernon and brothers Grant and Brett, who pastors a small Mennonite church in Beatrice, Neb.
Klingenberg also maintains an online presence with a farm blog as well as Facebook and YouTube homepages where he makes frequent photo and video posts.
The family homestead was first established by grandfather Willie Klingenberg, an immigrant from West Prussia, in the 1930s. Now Grant lives on the family home place while Derek and their father live nearby.
“The job of 21st century farmers is to feed the world food and knowledge,” Klingenberg said about his chosen vocation.
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