Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:15
The communication tower at the Marion County Jail is up and functional after getting final approval in mid-November from the city’s planning commission.
Marion County Sheriff Robb Craft said the 43-foot tower was installed Nov. 26 and 27 behind the jail on the south side of the building.
“The tower itself is 40 feet high from the ground to the top,” he said, “and the highest mounted antenna extends an additional 3 feet, making it 43 feet high from the tip of that antenna to the ground.”
The city’s conditional-use permit allows a 45-foot maximum height, he said.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:15
Hillsboro senior Tena Loewen drives for a basket Thursday against Inman in the second round of the Moundridge Preseason Tournament. It was a busy tournament week for all of the high schools in the Free Press distribution area, with teams squeezing in three
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 04 December 2012 18:01
Jessi Dalke of Hillsboro works for a takedown of Logan Holtz of the Southeast of Saline Wrestling Club during the 14th annual Hillsboro Takedown Tournament Saturday at Hillsboro High School. Jessi, one of 30 members of the Hillsboro Wrestling Club but one of very few girls to compete in the tournament,
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 04 December 2012 17:48
The chief executive officers of the two critical access hospitals in Marion County see the possible 2 percent across-the-board sequestration cut in Medicare spending starting Jan. 1 as a financial hit, but not a knockout punch.
The cut could still be negated by Congress, but Washington’s recent track record for gridlock doesn’t leave local administrators hopeful.
“We saw this coming so we budgeted the decrease into our budget,” said Jeremy Armstrong, CEO at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, where the cut would reduce revenue by $56,000 for the year.
“If we don’t hit budget—if our volumes don’t stay like we expect—we could potentially down the road have to make some changes,” he added. “But right now, if we hit the budget and volumes that we’re expecting, we should be OK.”
At Hillsboro Community Hospital, the 2 percent cut would mean a revenue reduction of about $67,000, according to CEO Marion Regier.
That loss in itself wouldn’t be devastating, she said. But if other Medicare cuts come to pass—such as the elimination of full reimbursement for unpaid patient debt ($30,000 per year) and a reduction in the percentage of reimbursement for allowable costs to treat Medicare patients ($38,000)—the impact would be keenly felt.
“All those cuts, if they were to come into play, would be about $132,000 per year, which is significant,” Regier said. “We ended last fiscal year with a gain. This would basically eliminate that.
“It puts you pretty much at break-even, and there goes your cash for expansion, capital purchases and that kind of thing.”
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 04 December 2012 17:58
Citing a reduction in workload and continued loss of revenue, the U.S. Postal Service announced late last week that it plans to meet with residents of Lehigh to consider four options regarding the future of its post office.
In addition to the meeting scheduled in Lehigh for 6 p.m. Jan. 8, USPS officials will be talking to Cedar Point residents Thursday to review what’s next for their facility, too.
According to Sharon Predoehl, POST Plan coordinator in Omaha, Neb., about 13,000 locations nationwide are being reviewed in an effort to save more than half a billion dollars.
“The postal service has established a review process for certain post offices known as the POST Plan,” she said.
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