Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 18 May 2010 19:32When the school year officially ends Thursday for Centre Unified School District 397, so will an era for all of Marion County.
The doors of the building in Lost Spring that houses Centre Elementary School will be locked for the final time as a classroom facility. It will mark the first time since the building was constructed in 1925 that the voices of children and teachers will not echo through its hallways when fall rolls around.
The closure also will complete the slow but sure death...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 18 May 2010 19:29
Hillsboro High School principal Max Heinrichs goes over a few last minute reminders while the HHS Class of 2010 prepares for its commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon in Robert C. Brown Gymnasium. This year’s valedictorian was Nathan Vogel (bottom photo), who shared the insights of the late college basketball coach Jim Valvano as the crux of his address to the crowd. Candace Weinbrenner was the salutatorian and Daniel Kunantaev, Jared King and Taylor Hagen teamed were the senior speakers chosen by their classmates to share their humor and wisdom.
Written by Elissa Richert Tuesday, 18 May 2010 19:28For many years, parents, alumni, educators and students have crowded into the Tabor College gym to sweat out the graduation ceremonies.
Not this year.
The ceremonies will take place outdoors for the first time in 47 years at the new Joel H. Wiens Stadium, completed last fall. They will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Commencement exercises have been in Tabor’s gym since 1963.
“It’s definitely a change and it will cause a lot of adapting,” said Roxanne Stauffer, senior class president.
A larger graduating class this year prompted the graduation planning committee to look for a change of venue.
“We’ve been so crowded in the gym, and it’s also so hot in there with so many people,” said DJ Freeman, assistant to the...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 18 May 2010 19:27Not many couples get to say they’ve been married 70 years, or that they shared their special day in a double-wedding ceremony. But for Irvin and Muriel (West) Christiansen of Durham, those are fond memories.
Each year on May 25, the Christiansens can relive what they call the happiest day of their lives as they reminisce with family and friends about how it all started and the years since.
Irvin, who was born and raised in Durham, was in the truck-hauling business when he would see Muriel at the local restaurant or grade school where she taught.
“I liked the looks of her,” he said, “but I didn’t have enough nerve to ask her for a date.”
Unbeknown to Irvin, Muriel was also attracted to him.
“I knew he was around,” she...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 May 2010 18:45
Dismal day doesn’t diminish nursing home celebration
Fifth-graders from Hillsboro Elementary School braved 50-degree temperatures and a light mist Monday morning to participate in a balloon launch at Salem Home in Hillsboro to mark “National Nursing Home Week.” Some 200 balloons were released into the air and eventually sailed from sight in the cool breeze. This also happens to be “National Hospital Week.” See how Hillsboro Community Hospital is inviting the public to celebrate with them in this week’s Health & Fitness Focus on Page 6A.
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