Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 08 June 2010 14:41The oasis of stop-gap support has dried up for families who come to Community In Schools of Marion County in dire need of money to pay bills for basic living expenses.
Linda Ogden, CIS director, said she had four contacts in a single day last week from families facing financial shortages for such things as utilities, rent and other essentials.
“We average three calls a week, but we are out of money,” Ogden said.
In recent years, CIS has facilitated a partnership with area churches and...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 08 June 2010 14:38Hillsboro residents will have an additional day to legally shoot fireworks in town during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The Hillsboro City Council agreed to a request from Charles Rempel, a local fireworks distributor, to add July 5 to the days prescribed for shooting fireworks in Ordinance 1130, which states the cutoff as midnight July 4.
Rempel said he was suggesting the change since July 5, a Monday, will be the legal working holiday for Independence Day this year.
The council agreed to the extension, but set 11 p.m. as the cutoff time that evening—although Police Chief Dan Kinning said the earlier hour wouldn’t make a practical difference in the number of complaint calls he and his officers would have to respond...
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 08 June 2010 07:37Take a leisurely stroll through the office hallway of 105 S. Main in Hillsboro and view the variety of oil paintings displayed on the wall, all the work of novices.
The artists are students of Katherine DeFilipis, who operates the Palette of Dreams Gallery, where she’s teaches both older and younger students to paint.
“I rent that little space,” DeFilipis said about her studio located in Suite B. “I have that whole wall where I can hang my paintings so people can just come in and look.”
DeFilipis, general manager of The Lumberyard in Hillsboro, opened Palette of Dreams and started her painting classes about four months ago. Even if students have no drawing or painting experience, she promises in four sessions they will...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 01 June 2010 19:29More than 100 people attended this year’s Memorial Day service in Hillsboro, sponsored Monday by the American Legion at Memorial Park.
Following torrential rains and lightning Sunday night, the weather couldn’t have been better for the annual event.
In his remarks, Master Sgt. (Ret.) Roger Sinclair of Hillsboro thanked those attending.
“It is heartwarming to see the support this community shows to its veterans on Memorial Day,” he said.
Citing similarities and differences, Sinclair spoke about the gifted area athletes and what a busy weekend it was with baseball and softball state tournaments.
“As a community, we routinely recognize them (athletes) and honor them for their accomplishments,” he said. “We spend our...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 01 June 2010 19:26When Gov. Mark Parkinson signed HB 2130 last week, drivers in the state were put on notice that the state is serious about the Kansas Department of Transportation slogan, “Click it or ticket.”
The House bill amended the state’s seat belt law requiring all drivers and front-seat passengers to buckle up.
Law enforcement officers in Kansas will now be able to stop and ticket drivers and front-seat passengers who are not wearing safety belts even if the officers do not observe another traffic violation.
Kansas is the 31st state to enact a primary seat-belt law. The law goes into effect June 10. From that day until June 30, law enforcement will be giving warnings; beginning June 30, they will be issuing fines, according to...
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