Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:10The Marion City Planning Commission will recommend the Marion City Council approve a $5.4 million preliminary and final plat for the construction of 14 senior housing units, along with the renovation of September II Apartments.
After more than 90 minutes of discussion April 24, the commission unanimously agreed to the project with four exceptions.
The first involves right-of-way. According to Chad Gormley, commission chair, one concession is to allow 45 feet with an additional 9 feet for...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:09More than 275 works of art made by almost 100 high school students highlighted the Central Kansas League Art Festival at McPherson College April 25.
Each school was allowed only 10 student participants. In addition, artwork brought to show can only be from those students. Each school could bring a total of 30 pieces of artwork, an average of three per individual.
Hillsboro was represented by nine students: sophomores Abigail Shope and Erin Wiebe, junior Meghan Leihy and seniors Katie Kliewer, Amy Bartel, Courtney Weber, Meredith Lamkin, Katie Prichard and Lexie Kruse.
The festival was a whirlwind of activity, as high school students’ work from around the area was displayed, judged and taken down in less than a day.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:01Laying a sod lawn at the Schaeffler House Museum in Hillsboro may make it unnecessary to relocate the Hillsboro Farmers Market this season.
City Administrator Larry Paine raised that possibility during the Hillsboro City Council April 3 meeting.
At the council’s March 30 meeting, Mary Regier, chair of the museum advisory board, had presented the board’s recommendation during the time designated for public comments to move the market to a different location this season to protect the new lawn.
Regier used the time for public comments at the April 3 meeting to inquire what the council thought about the board’s recommendation.
That’s when Paine suggested the option of laying sod rather than planting grass seed. He said he and...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:21Following a series of surveys and focus groups with middle schoolers, high schoolers and Tabor College students, leaders working with Hillsboro’s Youth Engagement and Entrepreneurship Initiative feel they have a much better idea of what young people think about living in the community.
Some 200 students from the local middle school and high school and 100 students from Tabor College were asked for their input earlier this year.
Leon Atwell, representing Advancing Rural Prosperity Inc., and Craig Schroeder, representing the Center for Entrepreneurship, presented the results to the 18 city and community representatives attending the March 27 mini-retreat.
A written report summarizing the survey results from...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 08 December 2009 19:42Owners and proprietors of the three motels in Marion County have some concerns about the announcement last week that the Kansas Department of Agriculture will temporarily suspend lodging inspections because of state budget cuts.
Frances Walls said she and husband Ed steadfastly maintain high standards as managers of the Country Inn in Hillsboro, but that might not be the case at every motel in the state.
“My concern would be if you have someone unscrupulous running a motel that would say if (inspectors are) not coming then it doesn’t matter,” Walls said.
“Hopefully, people are not like that,” she added. “I hope it doesn’t have a negative effect on the hotel industry. Hopefully, everyone will feel like I do.”
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