Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 02 October 2012 13:51
Casey Case, parade chairman, said Marion High School classes from 1947 to 2007, in five-year increments, were there.
“What made me happy was we have used class reunions as the way to tie in to Old Settlers’ Day and there were 13 class reunions total,” he said.
“That is where I set my bar as far as a successful (Old) Settlers’ Day.”
Monetary prizes were given to the top three parade entries in three different categories, he said. Those included high school class floats, church and open categories.
The winning high school float went to the freshman class using the Old Settlers’ Day theme of “Marion City Library — Opening Books and Minds for 100 Years,” Case said. To illustrate the theme, the freshmen had a train engine pulling two cars as students onboard read books.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:45
Around 106 families, representing 159 adults and 229 children, participated in the ninth annual Big Truck Night Thursday at Hillsboro Elementary School, according to organizers. In the past couple of years, the event has been a joint effort supported by the agencies and services within the Marion County Early Childhood Task Force. Big Truck Night provides a fun family learning environment filled with truck exploration, developmentally appropriate outdoor play experiences, social connections and exposure to community resources.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:51
Enrollment growth at Tabor College set a new record for the fifth consecutive year with 768 students enrolled at the Hillsboro and Wichita campuses.
Both campuses experienced growth for the 2012 school year. The Hillsboro campus has 613 students taking classes and Tabor College Wichita has 155 students enrolled, including graduate and undergraduate students.
TCW has experienced a 27 percent increase from the 2011 enrollment, according to registrar Deanne Duerksen, who released the figures following the 20th day of classes.
This is the largest enrollment for the Marion County campus and the Wichita campus in history. The next highest enrollment benchmark for the Hillsboro campus was set in 1974. According to Duerksen, the overall head count is up nearly 5 percent from 2011.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:51
About 40 people gathered about a mile west of Durham Sunday afternoon for the dedication of what is believed to be the nation’s first “family of signs” project marking the Santa Fe National Historical Trail across an entire county.
Meeting at the Cottonwood Crossing site along 290th, the gathering heard about the project from host Steven Schmidt, president of the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, leaders of the national SFTA organization and representatives from the National Park Service.
Aaron Mahr, superintendent of the National Historic Trails program, which is administered by the National Park Service, said the sign project has made the Cottonwood Crossing site “the premiere site on the trail.”
The project, in the works locally since 2003, includes:
• crossing signs that mark locations where the Santa Fe Trail intersects with current country roads;
• local tour route signs designating a driving tour across Marion County that takes travelers to 20 sites of historic interest related to the trail.
• site identification signs identifying two interpretative displays along the trail: the Cottonwood Crossing site near Durham and the Lost Spring station 2.5 miles west of the Lost Springs community.
• a historic site name sign located along U.S. Highway 56 on the Marion/McPherson county line adjacent to the stone marker commemorating the Santa Fe and Chisholm trails.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:50
Six Hillsboro businesses have received low-interest loans over the past three years as a result of the city’s partnership with NetWork Kansas’s E-Community program.
Clint Seibel, economic development director, reported on the city’s involvement in the program as part of the city council’s Sept. 18 agenda.
Seibel said the loan program, intended to encourage business start-ups and expansions, provides additional funding beyond loans arranged with primary lenders.
Each applicant is required to fill out a business plan, and provide employment projections, resumes and references, cash-flow projections, financial reports and a list of assets and liabilities.
The six businesses to receive loans were Jostrux Upholstery and Graphics, Lalouette Law Office, Shred KS, Olde Towne Restaurant, Kessler’s Kreations and Tangles Hair Salon.
Seibel said some of the loans have been repaid already. He also said the loans are no guarantee of success and longevity. One of the six business has since closed and another one was bought out.
Seibel said loans to three more businesses are in the works.
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