Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:25When Ryan Chalmers, 24, arrived in Newton on Saturday, it marked the 35th day of his 71-day journey across America in his racing wheelchair.
Although Chalmers planned to continue through Marion County on Saturday, Torey Hett of Marion asked if he might consider staying until Sunday morning and take part in the Challenge Games at Derby.
Like Hett, Chalmers also was born with spina bifida, which is an incomplete closure of the spinal column, and means they do not have complete use of their...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:24It appears one Hillsboro High School student-athlete will have a senior basketball season after all, thanks to an innovative surgical procedure to restore his dying knee.
“I feel my senior year will be great, and I’ll be ready to go because I have time to prepare for it,” said Christian Ratzlaff, who was forced to sit out his junior season this winter. “After that, I’d love to keep playing. It’s nice that I have that option now.”
As recently as a couple of months ago, that prospect seemed unlikely. Not only was Christian’s high school athletic career in jeopardy, but he was facing the possibility of a future without pursuing the physical activities he loves—and even worse.
“They were telling us he would be hoping...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:22Ed and Connie Riffel, residents at Marion County Park and Lake, have spent the last few months repairing and repainting street signs around the lake even before too many people noticed.
“I don’t really like recognition,” Ed Riffel said about volunteering his time. “It gave me something to do this winter and it was an improvement and showed pride in our lake.”
The couple moved to the lake at the end of August last year.
“We moved from Newton and bought this house,” pointing to their retirement home on Lakeshore Drive.
The entire process in completing a sign took Riffel and his wife about four or five days.
“I would take the sign down, then would use a wire brush, a drill and clean it up. I might use some...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 May 2013 13:57
Hillsboro’s Evan Ollenburger tees off at Hole No. 5 on the Hillsboro Municipal Course during Friday’s Marion County Invitational tournament co-hosted with Marion.Even though the sun was out, Ollenburger and his fellow golfers endured an unspring-like cold wind for much of the day—which has became a common theme during April and into May. For tournament results, see Sports, starting on Page 6A.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 07 May 2013 13:56Graduation time has arrived for high school seniors in Marion County. Commencement ceremonies begin this weekend in Marion and next week at Hillsboro, Canton-Galva, Centre and Peabody-Burns.
Marion High School’s 58 graduates are considered one of the larger classes walking to “Pomp and Circumstance,” according to school officials.
Baccalaureate is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, with the commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Marion Sports and Aquatic Center.
Elizabeth Goentzel and Ryan Nelson are this year’s valedictorians. Isaac Baldwin is the salutatorian.
All three students will address the graduates.
This year’s colors at MHS are orange and white.
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