Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:15
This festive tree ornament symbolizes the preparation families have pursued for this Christmas season. The actual holiday falls on a Tuesday for the first time since 2007. Bargain hunters and procrastinators can check out the Free Press Gift Guide on pages 6A and
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:15
As 2012 comes to a close, Dan Holub, Marion County Commission chairman, is focusing his attention on state-approved tax exemptions and how those exemptions will affect local taxpayers.
For one, a 2006 tax exemption given to businesses for certain personal property items, such as store furnishings, Holub said in a recent interview. The second is the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline and a 10-year exemption on the pipeline itself.
“Every time a large tax exemption is granted, the lost revenue is made up mostly by an increase in property taxes,” Holub said.
“Consequently, the tax exemption in 2006, coupled with the Keystone Pipeline exemption, has cost Marion County $2 million in revenue annually at our current mill levy.”
In reference to the Keystone Pipeline, Holub said he thinks the Kansas Legislature didn’t take into consideration multiple factors before agreeing to exempt the pipeline from taxes for the first 10 years.
“(State legislators) didn’t look ahead—past what was on their desk that day,” he said, “but the ramifications will now affect everyone.”
Holub said the 10-year exemption on TransCanada Keystone Pipeline continues to bother him.
“We are supposed to be getting the pipeline money (for the county budget) in 10 years,” he said, “but it started bugging me on how the pipeline will be taxed.”
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:14
Krista Priest, who lives in Hillsboro but works in Wichita as a librarian at Beech Elementary School, received the Good Apple Award recently from Wichita Public Schools.
“I was very surprised,” she said. “I didn’t know I was nominated for it until I got an e-mail one day from my principal saying I won.”
Winning this prestigious award, she said, was an honor because it requires a nomination of your peers.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 18 December 2012 14:03
Even before she graduated from Hillsboro High School, Donna Dalke was working as an office secretary there.
Technically, she was a student aide. But her two years assisting the full-time secretary, Noreen Hein, set the course for a professional career that will end this month, nearly 45 years later.
Dalke is retiring after 34 years as a full-time secretary with Unified School District 410, including the last 22 at Hillsboro High.
After graduating in 1966, Dalke took secretarial courses at Tabor College for a year before accepting a job with the district in 1967.
“I always enjoyed secretary work,” Dalke said about her decision. “Back then it seemed like a female was either a teacher or a secretary or a nurse—and I wasn’t interested in the other two.”
Even today, Dalke suspects her mentor may have played a role in the hiring.
“Mrs. Hein, by then, was working in the central office,” Dalke said. “Maybe she pulled for me somewhat, I?don’t know for sure. But she was very influential in getting me interested in working in the school office.”
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:13
It’s an occurrence that can happen only once every century, and perhaps even less often for a newspaper.
The Free Press publication date this week happens to be Dec. 12, 2012—or 12.12.12 in numerical shorthand.
Struck by the opportunity, our staff discussed ways to mark the occasion and finally settled on this idea: Let’s ask the 12-year-olds at Hillsboro Middle School to respond to a probing question: “What do you think you will be doing 12 years from now?”
With a length limit of three sentences, here are the aspirations of those who chose to respond. When their dreams come true in 2024, remember: You read it here first.
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