Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 29 September 2009 13:08How many times have we said it? What’s good for Tabor College is good for Hillsboro and Marion County. So the announcement last week that the college had achieved record-high student enrollment for the second straight year is news worth celebrating. To put it in the crass perspective of the local business climate, one of the county’s leading employers has just achieved unprecedented production revenue. That doesn’t mean the college is rolling in money, given the challenges of generating...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 05 March 2008 14:43Truck drivers aren’t endangering kids
In regard to the article written about the Marion City Council meeting, principally the truck traffic issue, one comment was made about endangering children who play in that area.
The truck drivers that use that facility are respected community members. Most are loving involved parents and uncles. They are careful and attempt to be as considerate as they can. They are our friends and neighbors. They are out all week, sometimes two or three weeks, working hard so their families have a good income and that everyone in America can get the goods they need.
All they ask is for a safe place to park their trailers while they spend a few precious hours with their families. But to assume that...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 06 January 2009 13:37Ten years ago
n The first storm of 1999 brought ice and frigid temperatures across Marion County Jan. 2. Precipitation that fell Friday was officially “not measurable,” but the freezing mist played havoc with roads and highways.
n A half dozen people turned out for a public hearing in Hillsboro on whether to add fluoride to the city water supply. Following the hearing, which included resident opposition, the Hillsboro City Council tabled a vote until it received more information.
n An oversupply of hogs nationwide has driven market prices to 40- to 50-year lows, making it difficult for local producers to sustain their operations. One local farmer said he received a low of 11.5 cents per pound; he estimated he needs a price...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 08 September 2009 13:58The autumnal equinox is just around the corner so I figured it’s time to stand eggs on end again. We used to do this regularly on the first day of spring and fall.
Now Kevin, here at the Free Press, had to send a blog to me all about this egg-standing-on-end business that debunks the notion it has to be done on the equinox.
As a matter of fact, it can be done any time. It’s never easy to do. I have some tips to make it easier, but you won’t catch me trying this again.
Here is one of the photos I took after successfully setting up nine eggs on my mom’s kitchen counter probably 15 years ago or so. I was so proud.
The 40th Hillsboro Arts & Crafts festival is coming up soon. Sept. 19 as a matter of...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 22 September 2009 13:39The “Dedication Night” planned by USD 410 for the new Joel H. Wiens Stadium this Friday is a long-awaited event that some of us feared would never come to pass. When patrons of the school district passed a bond issue in early June 2007 to provide half of the funding to build the much-needed football and track-and-field facility in a 50-50 partnership with Tabor College, we thought the biggest hurdle had been cleared: Reasonable people could agree that it simply made sense for the two entities, one public and the other private, to join forces for a shared project rather than to build separate ones.
But one district patron felt otherwise and filed a lawsuit to block the project, claiming state law did not allow a school district to...
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