Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 09 March 2010 19:29Nearly 40 community leaders in business, education and city government gathered Friday for a day-long conversation about the future and economic development of Hillsboro.
Billed as the Hillsboro Economic Development Strategy Summit, participants heard presentations on four topics—entrepreneurship, wealth retention, youth attraction and community leadership—then formed breakout groups on each of the topics.
The four groups returned for one last plenary session with ideas for...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 09 March 2010 19:28A routine fire department exercise last week uncovered a problem that could have serious consequences in an emergency: houses and businesses in Hillsboro without visible address numbers.
“There are a lot places that don’t have an address posted on their building,” said Ben Steketee, the city’s fire chief and code-enforcement officer. “Commercial and residential are required to have their address posted.”
Steketee said city code requires that address numbers be visible from the street. Violators would not be fined, he said, but it is a risk to inhabitants in an emergency situation.
“You might think, ‘The postman knows where I’m located,’ and that’s great,” he said. “But when you call the ambulance or the fire...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 09 March 2010 19:24
The 2010 U.S. Census materials are expected to arrive in residential mailboxes March 15, according to Delores Dalke, Hillsboro mayor.
She urged all residents to fill out the questionnaire, which includes 10 basic questions, and mail it back as soon as possible.
“The results of the census determine funding for Marion County when it comes to programs and projects that support our communities,” she said. “We really need an accurate count.”
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 02 March 2010 19:29The deeper the budget crisis, the bigger the turnout.
Judging from attendance last year and this year, that seems to be the formula for enticing local voters to attend a legislative coffee with their state legislators.
Following a memorably high turnout of about 45 people a year ago, around 60 crowded into the east meeting room of Hillsboro’s city hall early Saturday morning to hear reports from Rep. Bob Brookens and Sen. Jim Barnett.
The news wasn’t good.
Brookens opened the session with word that unofficial figures for the state’s revenue in February fell below predicted estimates by about $70 million.
That means, he said, the current 2010 budget will be underfunded by about $100 million, and that revenue for the 2011...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 02 March 2010 19:27When it comes to creating beauty from a piece of wood, the possibilities are endless for Bessie Bass, 93, of Marion, who has spent more than 80 years perfecting her talent.
Local people might know her best for the hundreds of wooden calendars she has made, using interchangeable numbered days of the week and reminders of special dates.
“I have sold so many,” Bass said, “but I cannot remember the exact number.”
Her calendars are on walls or businesses as close as Hillsboro and Marion to as far away as Hawaii, Spain and Canada.
Bass hand-painted each day of the week, adding separate blocks for notable days of the month, such as time changes, Groundhog Day and the first day of winter.
“I also made wooden boxes to store the...
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