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.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:47
The Tabor College football team, student body, faculty, staff, coaches and community are mourning the loss of a teammate, classmate and friend.
Brandon Brown, 26, a junior transfer student from Sacramento, Calif., died Saturday evening from injuries suffered in an altercation that occurred during the early hours of Sept. 16 in McPherson.
In a statement from the college late Saturday, President Jules Glanzer said the Tabor community wished to extend sympathies to Brown’s immediate family and many friends during this time of tragedy and loss.
Glanzer called for students and the college community to be unified during this difficult period.
“We gather as one campus to grieve together, support each other with prayer and love, and seek the comfort of the living Christ,” he said.
Counseling services were made available to students through the Tabor College student life office.
A memorial service for Brown was planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The service was planned with the college community in mind, but was to be open to the public.
A Brandon Brown Relief Fund has been established with Emprise Bank at Hillsboro to assist family members with travel and medical expenses.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:11
A Tabor College student was on life supports at a Wichita hospital Monday as a result of injuries received in an altercation that occurred sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning in McPherson.
Brandon Brown, 26, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., who transferred to Tabor this fall, was transported to McPherson Hospital, then airlifted to Via Christi-St. Francis in critical condition.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:08
That’s the theory of Police Chief Dan Kinning, who estimated the crowd from 40,000 to 45,000 people judging by the number of cars scrambling for parking spaces around town.
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