Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 23 November 2010 15:20Marion City Library is sponsoring its annual Christmas Home Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, featuring four local homes, a church and then the library for refreshments.
In keeping with the theme, “Candy Cane Christmas,” the library will use red and white decorations, candy canes and have a small village on display, said to Janet Marler, director.
“We will also have recipes available for some of the refreshments served,” she said. “(The library) is always a wonderful...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 16 November 2010 17:09
With co-worker Jason Plett assisting below, Todd Helmer of the city of Hillsboro electric department, prepares to put up the first of more than 50 holiday wreaths and garland on Main Street and Grand Avenue lamp poles Monday. In addition to Helmer, Randy Jantz and Mike Duerksen were also involved with the decorations. Last week, city crews replaced and strung festive lights across business rooftops. According to city officials, the lights will be lit Friday, Nov. 26.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:59Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine received a prestigious award Thursday from the Kansas City/County Management Association during the organization’s annual meeting in Garden City.
Paine was named the 2010 winner of the Buford M. Watson Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management.
Watson was a former city manager in Lawrence and at one time was president of the International City/County Management Association.
Paine said he was surprised when his name was announced.
“It was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding,’” he said. “A lot of the previous managers have come from larger communities that have assistant managers, and the assistant managers are usually the ones who are writing the nominations.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:57The diagnosis of the first flu cases in Kansas last week should serve as a reminder that it’s high time to get vaccinated for the 2010-11 flu season.
At least, that’s what Diedre Serene, Marion County public health nurse, is hoping.
To this point, the number of flu shots administered through the department is well below the number from 2009—or even a normal year, for that matter.
That trend holds true beyond her department.
“I’ve been talking to the physicians’ offices, and they haven’t given the vaccinations that they have in the past,” Serene said.
The current situation is significantly different from a year ago, when several factors combined to create the perfect storm for flu-shot...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 16 November 2010 16:55Before coming to Hillsboro and Tabor College in 1978, Mike Furches had experienced the dark side of life—gangs, drugs, poverty, homelessness, the occult and abuse.
Since graduating from Tabor in 1985, his experiences have ranged from working with some of the top bands in America, to being an authority on mental illnesses rehabilitation.
He became a pastor some 15 years ago and currently leads Mosaic Church, an inner-city congregation in Wichita with an extensive outreach ministry to the arts community and the poor, especially the homeless.
Furches has been read by millions of people via his regular online contributions to The Virtual Pew, a ministry recognized as one of the first online churches, as well as Hollywood Jesus and...
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