Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:41The lineup of headliner acts for this year’s Chingawassa Days was completed recently with the announcement that country singer Joe Nichols would be performing Friday, June 7.
Mike Powers, committee chair, said committee members are excited about the news.
“We are feeling like we may have scored on this one,” he said. “(Joe Nichols) is a very current act and has a new album coming out.”
With the new record being released soon, the timing of Nichols’ performance in Marion...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:37Centre schools’ second annual Blue Ribbon Ceremony took a musical turn Thursday afternoon, but the purpose remained the same: Giving students and faculty an opportunity to say thank-you to someone who has made a positive difference in their lives.
In the weeks preceding the ceremony, participants were asked to write a letter to their special person, along with an invitation to attend the celebration. About 450 people gathered in the gymnasium Thursday.
“An underlying goal is to hopefully build character by teaching students to think outside of themselves and show appreciation to another,” said Jerri Kemble, superintendent.
Headlining the celebration this year was Monte Selby, known as “education’s songwriter” for the...
Written by Patty Decker Friday, 29 March 2013 14:14The Alco Store in Hillsboro donated more than $20,000 worth of merchandise from its discontinued hardware department Wednesday to Main Street Ministries.
Store manager Penny Peterson said she was thrilled about giving the items to such a deserving organization.
“It is very exciting because I know there are going to be families here locally that will benefit so much from this,” she said.
Kimberly Swaney, MSM director since March 1, said the donation was like Christmas.
“We survive on donations from individuals, businesses and churches, and so this is very exciting for us,” she said. “We will definitely be able to put some of (the merchandise) to good use in our building.”
In addition, Swaney said she and the MSM board...
Written by Patty Decker Friday, 29 March 2013 14:13If the eyes are the window to the soul, then a smile is the front door. But for one 23-year-old Hillsboro woman, having a smile without teeth poses a serious problem to her health and self-esteem.
Alisha Bryant, who now lives at Main Street Ministries, said her parents weren’t particularly concerned about dental hygiene when she was a child.
“I didn’t learn how to brush my teeth or have regular dental appointments,” she said. “Ever since I can remember, I also had bad toothaches.”
In recent months, her teeth have affected her health more noticeably.
“I was more tired and I had frequent headaches,” she said. “I also had a hard time taking care of my kids—Isaac, 4, and Jayden, 3.”
Initially, Kimberly Swaney...
Written by Patty Decker Friday, 29 March 2013 14:12Marion County voters will be deciding on candidates to fill city and school positions April 2 in this year’s local elections.
In the Goessel school district, voters will vote on a $3.3 million bond issue requested for school improvements for the high school and grade school buildings.
Ten polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, for the general election.
According to Rhonda Toal, deputy county clerk/election clerk, the following are designated polling locations and include:
• Burns Community Center, 301 N. Washington: Burns City, Milton Township, Summit Township.
• Emmanuel Baptist Church, 229 N. Walnut, Marion: part of Centre South Township, Center North Township, Gale Township, Grant North Township...
Page 6 of 142