Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 August 2008 13:37
Several residents from Floral Drive expressed their displeasure at an Aug. 5 public hearing about being included in a proposed benefit district that will pay for improvements that are intended address flooding problems in their neighborhood after heavy rains.
The hearing was part of the agenda for the regular city council meeting.
The flooding problems have been caused by an inadequate drainage plan in the West Winds development that lies to the immediate west of the Floral properties.
The public hearing was to receive comments for one component of the city’s plan to address the problem: to construct curb and guttering, a road base and asphalt top starting at Hickory Street, beginning just south of the intersection with West A Street, and continue along West B Street to Floral.
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 12 August 2008 13:35
Kelsey Unruh: Back home after a weekend tryout with “American Idol” in Kansas City.
Since its debut in 2002, “American Idol” has become one of the most popular reality television shows in the country.
The program narrows down the best singers in the country through a series of auditions, performance critiques and national votes to find a winner.
When auditions for the show’s eighth season came to Kansas City, Mo., last week, a 2008 Hillsboro High School graduate was among the throng of people attempting to make a mark in the recording industry.
Meet Kelsey Unruh.
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 05 August 2008 13:47
By itself, the Zebra mussel is small and harmless. But the tiny crustacean, believed to have come to U.S. shores from the Black and Caspian seas in Europe and Asia, reproduces quickly and in enormous numbers.
The first infestation of zebra mussels in Marion Reservoir was discovered last week by a fishing angler who saw one attached to a stone in the water, according to a state worker.
Matt Farmer, wildlife biology technician for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, whose office is located at the reservoir’s broken bridge area, said the mussels are a foreign introduction that originated in the Black and Caspian Seas between Europe and Asia.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 05 August 2008 13:43
Temperatures in the three-digit range didn’t keep fans of antique steam engines and classic tractors from the Goessel Country Threshing Days this weekend. Young and old alike lined Goessel’s Main Street to watch the annual parade Saturday morning. A variety of the old-time tractors, such as those in the top photo, were the featured attraction, but the Goessel High band emergency vehicles, classic cars, horses and lots of candy held onlookers’ attention as the mercury climbed. Drawing a good response was Captain Goessel (bottom photo), embodied this year by Randolph Schmidt, one of the founders of the Threshing Days tradition as well as the Mennonite Heritage Museum.
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 05 August 2008 13:39
The Marion County Commission, at its July 31 payday meeting, discussed raising the mill levy for the 2009 by four mills, with most of it going to the road and bridge department. Budget cuts in other departments would also be channeled to road and bridge.
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