Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 14 September 2010 16:53With as many local volunteers as the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Association recruits each year for the annual fair, this year may involve even more.
Renee Gillkey, fair director, said between 150 and 200 volunteers have signed up—and that doesn’t even include the volunteers who will help as local food vendors.
“We have more community involvement this year than we’ve ever had in the past,” Gillkey said. “People are just completely willing to give their time.
“In past years...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 14 September 2010 16:51A familiar name with a familiar product will be making a familiar appearance at Saturday’s Hillsboro Arts & Craft Fair.
Lyndon Hett of Marion will bring his copper and metal art to the 41st annual fair for about the 15th time, he estimates.
“Hillsboro’s one of our better shows, and it’s one of the bigger shows,” he said.
The Hett name has been linked with copper art for years in Marion County, starting with Lyndon’s father, Ernest, whose trade was blacksmithing but became known in later years for the beautiful landscape scenes he created.
“My dad grew up in the Depression era,” Lyndon said. “They weren’t poor by any means, but you did for yourself in those days. If a part broke for a farmer, you fixed it or...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 14 September 2010 16:48Father Emil J. Kapaun, a priest and military chaplain from Pilsen who died in the Korean War, was named one of the 24 finalists in the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s “8 Wonders of Kansas People” contest.
The list was announced in Inman Sept. 8 by Marci Penner, the foundation’s co-founder and executive director.
The People contest, she said, is the last in a series organized by the foundation to educate Kansans and to inspire travel throughout the state.
“The list shows great diversity, from the gripping story of evolution at Haskell Indian Nations University, to the man Jack Kilby, who literally made the computer age possible.”
Father Kapaun was selected, Penner said, for his exemplary service and dedication while being...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 14 September 2010 16:44Jim Barnett, state senator for the 17th District, including most of Marion County, has announced he will resign his seat effective Oct. 1.
Barnett has served in the Kansas Senate for the past 10 years. Prior to that elected office, he served on the Emporia Board of Education for eight years.
Barnett had two years left on his current Senate term. He did not give a reason for his resignation.
Earlier this year he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination to the U.S. House of Represenatives from the First District, finishing second in a field of six candidates.
He was the Republican candidate for governor in 2006 but lost to the incumbent, Democrat Kathleen Sebelius.
Within 21 days, the Republican Central Committee for the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 14 September 2010 16:44The Hillsboro Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for funds to be distributed from the Hillsboro Area Impact Fund.
Organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) and who serve Hillsboro and surrounding communities may apply.
Application forms can be downloaded from hillsborofreepress.com or cityofhillsboro.net, or picked up from Jayson Hanschu at American Family Insurance at 104 E. First St, Suite A, Hillsboro. The deadline for submission is Nov. 16.
The Impact Fund is an unrestricted grant fund created by the generosity of individuals who have contributed to this endowment. Grants will not be limited to a particular issue or target population. Successful applications assist the...
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