Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:18<p>When Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft talked about an active “fight club” in the county during the Interagency Team meeting Sept. 11, he didn’t think his remarks would get quite the attention they did from statewide media outlets.<p>The problem is that law enforcement officials say they have no idea how often or how serious these fights are—or even if the fighting is still going on in the county.
Craft said he has heard only a little about the grappling.
“What we have...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:33Larry Nikkel, dressed for outdoor work, admires the fall colors of a maple tree he and his team of local volunteers selected as part of the landscaping plan at the new Joel H. Wiens Stadium, which Tabor College will dedicate during homecoming activities on Saturday. The project’s equal partner, USD 410, held its dedication ceremony during high school homecoming Sept. 25.
If the new Joel H. Wiens Stadium is the crown jewel of athletic facilities in Hillsboro, the landscaping surrounding it may be the gold setting that makes it pop.
As Tabor College prepares for its dedication ceremony of the facility Saturday as part of homecoming activities, supporters may be surprised to learn that the masterminds...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:28Let’s say you’re unemployed with no health insurance and aren’t feeling well.
So, you call the ambulance service to get a health professional to come evaluate you, and maybe receive some minor care.
When the ambulance comes, you refuse to let the crew take you to a hospital because you don’t want to incur the cost. After all, free care was why you called them.
Or, suppose you’re involved in a traffic accident but don’t believe you’ve been hurt. You don’t want your insurance premium to increase, and you don’t want to pay for an ambulance to take you to a hospital.
So, you turn down the emergency medical technicians when they offer to transport you to the emergency room.
Both of these situations are what ambulance...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:26A group of participants at Sunday’s annual CROP Walk continue their trek around Marion County Lake. Organizers said it was a successful turnout with about 40 people raising $1,300 thus far.
For yet another year, Marion County residents have participated in a CROP—Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty—Hunger Walk to benefit local, national and international efforts to help the hungry.
Prior to the event on Sunday afternoon at Marion County Lake, participants gathered pledges from supporters.
According to Donna Kreutziger of Marion and Darlene Bartel of Hillsboro, both coordinators, this year’s event was successful.
“Hillsboro and Marion had totals of 37 walkers and raised $1,289...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:22The Marion County Board of Commissioners Wednesday, Sept. 30, instituted a county hiring freeze because of the bad economy.
The commissioners voted 3-0 that department heads no longer will be allowed to hire new employees automatically to replace persons who retire or quit without direct evaluation by the commissioners.
Commissioner Randy Dallke said the decision includes hiring “from the interior, the exterior and on-coming.”
Commission Chairman Dan Holub said with the economic outlook, “We need to tighten our belts big-time. We have to squeeze every dime we can. Maybe we won’t have to a year from now, but that’s the case now.
“We aren’t going to do lay-offs, and this is a way to avoid doing them. We need to look at...
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