Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:35A proper Thanksgiving probably requires introspection in almost every compartment of our lives, from the intensely personal to the broadly theoretical. I’ve been thinking lately about the communities in which we live. Is there anything about them for which we can be grateful? I’d say there is, if we take the time to look for it.
Each person will need to consider his or her own hometown, but during my years with the Free Press I’ve probably encountered the character of my community...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 14 May 2008 10:07Jail project needs some middle ground
The cost estimates for the Marion County jail project were reported at last week’s Marion County Commission meeting. The two options presented seem to be the two extreme possibilities with no middle ground proposals.
Why not a new 20- to 24-bed facility that would cover the 25-year county prisoner census projection given by the “jail expert” at the last public meeting on the jail project?
How about taking a look at the empty lumberyard building property across from the courthouse square as a possibility for renovation into a jail?
In these times of high prices, tight county budgets and taxpayer fatigue there is a need to be creative, innovative and thrifty in the solutions to county...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 03 March 2009 13:40Five years ago
n Hillsboro’s New Year’s baby finally arrived Feb. 28. Taygen Marie O’Hara was born around 11 p.m. to Tawny and Wes O’Hara of Canton.
n The steering committee for Marion’s Chingawassa Days announced it has booked the Little River Band as its headline act June 5 during the annual festival in Central Park.
n John Fast was hired as the next superintendent for Goessel schools, succeeding Chet Roberts, who resigned. Fast has been principal for kindergarten through eighth-grade at Goessel.
n State qualifiers from Hillsboro, Marion and Goessel discovered again how tough the competition is at the Class 3-2-1A wrestling tournament in Hays. The six wrestlers combined for three wins in 15 matches. Daniel Yoder of...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 03 November 2009 13:37The Great Pumpkin Race is history. I saw first-hand what 111 runners, joggers and walkers look like at the starting line. Within a few seconds I saw where I was going to finish—at the back of the pack.
It was half-again farther than I am used to walking, but I was making record time because I caught up with Tom Plett, who was going at a fast clip. We even jogged a few times just to give the old muscles a change of pace.
At the end I felt like I was in the Olympics and took off running for the finish line. To put things in perspective, the winner finished in about a third of my time. And it is no surprise that his last name is Yoder.
I hope this can become an annual event. Those I spoke with thought it was terrific.
A few years...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 17 November 2009 13:55USD 410 is among a growing number of Kansas school districts to have joined the Schools for Fair Funding coalition, which is gearing up for a legal battle against state legislators because of cuts to education funding that could leave schools short on money for years to come.
Superintendent Steve Noble told the board Oct. 12 when it decided to join that the coalition intends to seek litigation against the state to require it to fund education “according to the law.” In January 2005, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature had violated the law in its formula to determine funding for school districts. That decision required the Legislature to increase funding levels for Kansas schools.
More than half of the state’s...
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