Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:47Two front-page stories about two car accidents. The outcomes are about as extreme as they can be. In one, a student at the local college dies in a one-car accident that seems to lack a clear cause. In the other, a carload of local residents walk away from a two-car, nearly head-on collision that could well have been catastrophic. Tragedy in one case, celebration in the other. Questions of “Why?” and “Why not?” abound in this mix of events. Clear answers may never surface, but surely...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 25 April 2007 09:36Remember well-being of all other children
Considering the recent events in Virginia, I am reminded of a true story about a woman who held high office in another state. She was a widow, raising handsome twin sons as a single mom.
This accomplished mother devoted her life to her boys, providing the best educational opportunities and a nurturing, safe home.
In the customary spring ritual of the boys’ senior year, they attended high school prom. As the young couples stood with classmates waiting to enter the dance, a carload of teen boys passed in the street nearby.
A gunshot erupted from the car window, not directly hitting any of the bystanders. However, the bullet ricocheted off the building and passed through the heads of...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 03 February 2009 14:00I appreciate the positive feedback I have received on my stimulus package for Marion County.
If all 5,500 households in our county would shift even $100 per month to a local purchase versus an out-of-county purchase now being made, it would mean an additional $500,000 injected into our local economy, which would benefit everyone who lives here. Double that and it’s $ 1 million.
Let’s give it a shot.
In the spirit of benefitting the local economy, the Free Press is introducing our Marion County Coupon Savings promotion, which will help make shopping here a very good thing.
Advertisers can qualify to run the coupons for free or at a reduced rate if certain threshholds are met with their regular advertising programs.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 17 February 2009 13:44
Soil conservation is an old idea that deserves renewed popularity in this age of ecological awareness. It’s never been more popular in our culture to be aware of our environment, protect our natural resources and hold forth for a green planet. It may be the new urban chic, but the rural chic has been doing it for decades by caring for the soil, the literal seedbed of life and renewable energy.
Soil conservation is the “perfect storm” of good-earthkeeping. It’s environmentally smart, it works, and it actually makes business sense. Once again we salute the many faithful land stewards in our area. You were “green” long before the concept took root. —DR
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 17 April 2007 14:07First variety night deemed a success
Since their was no news coverage of the Marion County Community Theatre Company Country-wide Variety Night, I wanted to let the public know it was a huge success.
The evening started with the sounds of The Greenhorns (who have Marion County connections through Goessel).
They are a country band consisting of the following members: Dan Carlson of Falun; Gregg Eichorn of McPherson; Jerry Jones of Lindsborg; K.D. “Smitty” Schmidt and Rollin Schmidt, both of Goessel.
Next was Marion High School senior Joel Zeiner, who is part of the MHS drum line and performed a solo on the drums.
MHS junior Cassie Legg presented a funny solo humorous performance titled “Laughing Wild.”
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