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...
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...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 14 September 2010 16:42Gallery 101 of the Flint Hills is a new, locally owned business opening in Marion and making its debut Saturday in conjunction with Art in the Park.
Owner and artist Jan Davis, along with help from her family, will be one of the newest vendors at the park and also open for business at 106 E. Main St.
A retired art teacher with the Marion school district, Davis said her gallery will have an eclectic range of various media to include painting, photography, drawing, pottery, sculpture and echo-making in many styles and subjects.
Along with paintings, pottery and sculpture, Davis also has hand-painted protein-dye silk scarves by a Kansas City artist, whose aunt is a teacher in Marion.
“The gallery is dedicated to showcasing the many...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 14 September 2010 16:40An otherwise routine Hillsboro City Council meeting Sept. 7 ended with one council member chastising his fellow members and the city administrator regarding a proposal for funding the city’s economic-development position.
Following the completion of the meeting agenda, Councilor Shelby Dirks said in a prepared statement that he was “very disappointed” that the council approved a funding agreement at its Aug. 17 meeting that would transfer funds from the electricity utility to subsidize the salary of the city’s full-time economic director.
Dirks was not able to attend the Aug. 17 meeting.
The agreement, made in partnership with Hillsboro Development Corp./Hillsboro Ventures Inc., calls for the city to provide 86.83 percent...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 September 2010 12:59Kids celebrate their creative side.
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Creativity was the theme of Sunday’s Labor Day Celebration with chalk art and an art contest for children.
The winner in the sidewalk chalk art was Jayne Timm, 8. She received a blue ribbon and $3 for a drawing of herself and her horse riding in the Monday Labor Day parade.
The Youth Creating Art Together contest drew 15 participants with 10 receiving prizes. “It was a big challenge for the kids having to study the paintings with tape and rocks holding things down because of the strong winds,” said Lydia Gates, YCAT coordinator. Gates said three of the winners did not write down their last names, but she still wanted to acknowledge...
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