Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:12The two legislators representing the Hillsboro area expressed doubt about the effectiveness of the governor’s taxation plan during the legislative coffee hosted Saturday by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.
About 10 people showed up at the Scout House in Memorial Park to hear what Sen. Jay Emler (R-Lindsborg) and Rep. Don Schroeder (R-Hesston) had to say.
For both men, this was their first legislative coffee in Hillsboro since the redistricting process changed the boundaries of...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:34Marion County Commissioner Roger Fleming challenged the Hillsboro City Council during its Feb. 19 meeting to consider an idea for implementing single-stream recycling.
Fleming, a Hillsboro resident, shared the idea during the public-comment portion of the council meeting.
“I want to commend the city of Hillsboro for taking the initiative years ago to start recycling,” he said at the start. “I felt like (the city has) been a leader in recycling. However, we haven’t been a leader in taking it to the next level of single stream.”
Currently, local residents must sort their acceptable materials, then drop them off at a volunteer-run recycling center that is open two half-days a week.
Fleming said a curbside, single-stream...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:33With his second month in the position nearly completed, Shane Marler has been hard at work as the new city administrator and clerk for Peabody.
The Peabody City Council appointed Marler to the job after Mac Manning Jr. retired from the position at the end of December.
Marler’s first day was Jan. 2. Since then, he’s worked on long- and short-term goals, pulling from his experience, but also asking a lot of questions.
“Addressing our infrastructure is key,” Marler said about the city’s primary long-term goal. “We need to minimize unnecessary costs so we can maximize our dollars and reinvest in ourselves to increase our longevity (as a community).”
Marler said the revenue generated by the local mill levy...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:27Residents and towns across Marion County dug themselves out of the first snowstorm of the season last week.
Snow began falling Wednesday and picked up intensity through the night and into the early morning hours. Estimates ranged from 8 to 12 inches.
It was the largest snowfall since mid-February 2011, when around 20 inches blanketed the area.
County school districts canceled classes Thursday, and many community activities were canceled or postponed.
Some melting occurred under sunny skies over the weekend—just in time for predictions of a second significant snowstorm for this week. Snow did begin falling late Monday morning; forecasters were predicting up to 12 more inches, but with winds up to 50 to 60 mph.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:27Girl Scout Troops in Marion County are taking part in “Cookies Now!,” a new plan for selling cookies.
Cookies Now! means no more taking orders, having customers wait for weeks before the Girl Scouts return for delivery and collecting money,” a spokesperson said.
Pam Loewen, one of three leaders with the Brownie and Junior Troop in Hillsboro, supervised Girl Scouts on Saturday at Ampride on D Street. The other leaders are Brenda Bernhardt and Joy Dalke.
“We will also be here next Saturday,” she said. “So if someone missed (buying cookies), they can come back then.”
Karley Loewen and Kaylee Lopez, two Girl Scouts selling cookies during one of the shifts at Ampride, said they like this new way.
“Instead of going out in...
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