Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 13 July 2010 17:24The Hillsboro City Council went off agenda at the end of its July 6 meeting to authorize Fire Chief Ben Steketee to sign a contract that would make his volunteer department a primary rescue responder for Marion County.
As the meeting was about to adjourn, Councilor Byron McCarty voiced his support for the contract between the Hillsboro Fire Department and Marion County Emergency Medical Services, calling it “a matter of public safety.”
With other council members indicating their...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 13 July 2010 17:23Tammy Chizek, a resident of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, has multiple sclerosis, and because her disease is advancing, she needs another type of electric wheelchair to assist in her mobility.
DeVona Roble, a licensed occupational therapist in Hillsboro and one of the fundraising organizers, said without this new wheelchair, Chizek’s safety is being jeopardized on a daily basis.
“(Tammy), who is in her 50s, does not have the postural support she needs, which requires a more expensive wheelchair,” Roble said.
She also offered an example of how Chizek’s postural deformity affects even the simplest of tasks.
“While brushing her teeth,” Roble said, “she was using her arms to support her, but she fell forward with her head...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 13 July 2010 17:13The Hillsboro City Council formally approved at its July 6 meeting a mid-stream change in the renovation design for North Ash Street.
As discussed at its June 29 work session, the council approved a change order that would remove all of the old concrete in the three-block area and replace it with new concrete.
The original plan called for replacing only the worst of the old concrete with new, and then applying an asphalt overlay over the remaining sections of old concrete.
But a federal inspector on the scene late last month questioned the durability of applying the overlay on old concrete, according to City Administrator Larry Paine.
The inspector recommended that all of the old concrete be removed and then replaced either with...
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 06 July 2010 17:46During May through September, the front yard of the historic William F. Schaeffler House transforms itself into the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market, where patrons meander among vendors who sell such items as fresh produce, baked goods, grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and potted plants.
“We love to see the community come together every Thursday evening and visit over supper, which has been provided as a fundraiser by some local group or organization,” said Joni Calam, who founded the market with her sister, Sheryl Lehr, in 2006.
This season features new market vendors along with those from past years who display their goods from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the northwest corner of Grand and Jefferson.
“Our vendors have done a...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 06 July 2010 17:45Several new laws went into effect for Kansas drivers last week, and two laws that were effective last July with a one-year warning period become enforceable with a citation, according to the Kansas High Patrol.
Kansas’ new primary seat-belt law has been effective since June 10. Beginning June 30, drivers and passengers could be cited for violation of the law.
This law changes Kansas’ seat-belt requirements from a secondary violation to a primary violation, making it possible for law enforcement officers to conduct a traffic stop if the driver or front seat passenger is not wearing their seat belt.
A requirement has been added requiring adult passengers in the rear seats of a vehicle to wear their seat belts.
Effective June 30...
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