Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 15 September 2009 13:17No legal decisions about whether Marion County can impose a per-household tax to fund a new jail, 911 dispatch and emergency management facility were available when the Marion County Public Safety and Law Enforcement Center Committee met Wednesday.
The citizens’ committee, appointed by the county commission, also talked about setting dates for jail tours, town meetings and taking the issue to the voters.
Danny Flynn, committee chair, offered sketchy progress, saying Marion County Attorney...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 15 September 2009 13:16The fire truck was a popular stop during Big Truck Night as children flocked to see the fire equipment, receive a junior firefighter sticker and meet Hillsboro’s fire chief, Ben Steketee, and others in the department. It was estimated that between 220 and 275 children and parents attended.
Now in its sixth year, Big Truck Night captivated the curiosity of area children who climbed in, over and through vehicles parked at the Hillsboro Police Department lot Thursday night.
“We were very pleased with the attendance,” said Lori Soo Hoo, director of Marion County Parents as Teachers.
“Each year, we hope we can grow in numbers, trucks and community resources.”
Big Truck Night, Soo Hoo said, started...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 08 September 2009 13:35Michael and Sue Wadkins and Mike Boese pose behind “Big Bully,” the largest of the large pumpkins currently growing in the garden between their two houses on South Main. Based on measurements, Boese estimates the giant gourd to weigh around 135 pounds.
Almost anyone can grow pumpkins in their home garden. But it takes a bit of a fanatic to grow them really big.
For Mike Boese, 217 S. Main, size matters—a lot. He’s got several pumpkins in the 70-pound range and one pushing 135 pounds in the plot next to his house.
Boese has his mind set on growing a 1,000-pounder.
And he’s developed the work ethic to get there. Growing big pumpkins requires much more effort than sticking a seed in the ground...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 08 September 2009 13:32Eileen Butler stands beside the year-round Christmas tree in her Hillsboro home. The decorations are changed to follow seasonal themes. With the start of school, classroom supplies is the current motif.
For one Hillsboro woman, taking down the Christmas tree is no longer on her “to do” list.
Eileen Butler, who lives at 414 N. Adams, said passersby will see her outside and ask her why she still has her Christmas tree up.
“From the outside,” she said, “it’s hard to see the decorations through the front window, but once I explain what is on the tree and how it has seasonal decorations, that helps.”
Butler said she got the idea after reading an article about keeping up a Christmas tree all...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 September 2009 13:29
A soup-and-pie supper is being planned for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Hillsboro Scout House as a fundraiser to help meet ongoing medical expenses for Thane Hurst, a Hillsboro High School student who underwent two surgeries for a spinal tumor this summer.
The menu includes chili or chicken-noodle soup, homemade bread, pie and a drink. The meal is available as dine-in or carry-out.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a financial services membership organization, will donate up to $2,000 on a 2-to-1 match on local donations.
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