Written by Dick Varenhorst Tuesday, 31 August 2010 16:26September reminds people of many different things: like school starting, football, fall weather, Labor Day weekends and other memories.
For me, two Septembers stick out in my mind. The most important was when my son was born and the second was the September I enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Now, my sons’ birth is an interesting story, but this time I think I’ll tell you about my first week in the Army.
In 1964, I had been in college for over two years nonstop—summer, winter, spring...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 24 August 2010 16:09Hillsboro City Administrator Larry paine reported last Wednesday that a pilot test using cutting-edge technology to reduce odors at the city’s new wastewater lagoons is now showing encouraging results.
The project was described in the Aug. 18 issue of the Free Press.
The experimental equipment creates ozone from the air and injects it into the sewer line to increase the levels of dissolved oxygen, which turns odor-producing anaerobic bacteria into odor-eating aerobic bacteria.
Last week the dissolved oxygen reading improved from an initial reading of 0.4 milligrams per liter to a reading of 1.76 per liter on Wednesday. A “good reading” is 2.0 milligrams or higher, Paine said.
“What we did was recalculate the amount of ozone...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 17 August 2010 18:57Editor’s note: The following article appeared in the August issue of Tele-Talk Newsletter, a publication of Tri-County Telephone Association Inc. TCT is based in Council Grove and serves customers in northern Marion County. We felt this message is important for all Internet users in Marion County. For contact information regarding elected leaders, see our “How to contact” feature at the bottom of this page.
What would happen if the federal government decided that city roads, bridges and infrastructure should be better constructed and more efficient than the roads in rural America?
What if policymakers determined that urban consumers should be able to get where they are going and get what they need faster than rural...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 17 August 2010 18:52Hillsboro’s missing political signs resurfaced Thursday, but it’s still a mystery as to how or who took them.
More than 350 political signs were dropped off between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday when Pat Kinning, the police chief’s wife, spotted them 10 feet from the front door of their home in Hillsboro.
The signs, which disappeared all over town on election morning (Aug. 3), were returned practically to the Kinning’s doorstep and were separated, grouped and neatly bundled according to the name of each politician, said Police Chief Dan Kinning.
“I don’t believe the signs were taken in the spirit of theft,” Kinning said Thursday afternoon. “I think those responsible didn’t realize the consequences of what...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 10 August 2010 15:46Many Hillsboro residents woke up election morning (Aug. 3) to discover their political yard signs were gone.
Although sign theft is nothing new as election campaigns draw to a close, what makes this recent incident unusual, said Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning, is that no particular candidate was singled out.
“(The offenders) stole them all,” he said.
The absence of signs was first noticed by Assistant Police Chief Jessey Hiebert around 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Kinning was hesitant to guess how many signs were taken, but with so many contested races in the primary, it was probably in the hundreds.
The city of Hillsboro wasn’t the only place signs were taken.
One couple living north of town on Kansas Highway 15 said signs were...
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