Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 18 July 2007 07:32
On the eve of its 30th anniversary, a Hillsboro business that has done so much good over the years has never done better than it is right now.
Since its founding in July 1977, The Et Cetera Shop has been collecting and reselling used clothing and other items to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee, an international relief and development agency jointly sponsored by various Mennonite denominations across North America.
In recent years, the store’s board of directors, comprised of appointed representatives from six area Mennonite congregations, has added Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro as a recipient of its proceeds to the tune of $2,000 to $2,500 a year.
Written by Jerry Engler Thursday, 05 July 2007 04:12
Four of the most experienced road and bridge employees were given pay raises during Friday’s payday meeting by the Marion County Board of Commissioners to compensate them for service as an interim advisory group to the commissioners.
The foursome also will act as public liaisons until a new road and bridge director is named to succeed the departing Jim Herzet. In the absence of a director, residents having road issues will need to contact one of the four advisers, Commissioner Dan Holub said.
The four are Dennis Maggard, Tom Holub, Bev Cooper and Gary Williams.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 26 June 2007 15:26
Few of the countless heroes who have gone to war to fight for American independence and freedom receive a reward adequate for their selfless service.
Fifty-five years ago, Marion native Donald D. Dunn may have came as close as any U.S. military veteran has to receiving proper compensation when he and his family were selected as the winners of a $50,000 farm set up in the Columbia River basin of Washington following a nationwide search conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The contest to find “the most deserving World War II veteran with a farm background” was the idea of the Columbia-basin residents to celebrate the irrigation of 67,000 acres of semi-arid land through the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 26 June 2007 15:29
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Like most Marion County farmers who started cutting wheat toward the end of last week, Cal Jost was making rapid progress Monday afternoon on this field a mile east of Hillsboro. Modern machines help speed the harvest along, but low bushel yields as the result of hard freezes in late spring has kept yields significantly lower than normal. “I’ve heard from five bushels (per acre) and there might have been some 30-bushel—but 15 to 20 has been about the average,” said Dick Tippin, grain coordinator at Cooperative Grain & Supply in Hillsboro. “Nobody’s bragging about anything.” He said the test weight has been averaging 55 pounds and the moisture has been fairly dry at 13. Tippin estimated that by Monday afternoon the harvest was already 25 to 30 percent complete.
Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 20 June 2007 01:56
| Mike Harber waves from inside his personal sound stage—the rear of a bandwagon he drives for the Kelly Miller Circus of Hugo, Okla. The Hillsboro resident began a tour of the eastern United States in March and will continue it through October.
When most people think of the circus, they picture elephants and ringmasters and clowns and a maybe a few trapeze artists swinging through the air.
But if you stop to imagine the sounds of a circus, it’s only a matter of time until the steady, deep roll of drums starts to echo in your mind.
Enter Hillsboro resident Michael Harber, who, at age 54, temporarily left town to become music director for the Kelly Miller Circus.
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