Written by Joel Klaassen Thursday, 27 December 2007 05:58Year end is fast closing in on us and I have to say it has been a good one for the most part. Life can always be better, but it sure can be a lot worse.
At this time we reflect on the past and look to the future. Year 2008 promises to be busy and exciting and maybe a little scary, too.
I have five out-of-state trips planned for the first four months—four business and one pleasure. Tabor College will celebrate its centennial in 2008. The Hillsboro High School annual all-class reunion is set for May 24. The Free Press will complete 10 years in August. I have a grandson who will be 10 years old. I am eligible to retire and collect Social Security, but won’t. A county-wide vote is planned to determine if the citizenry want to make our...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 18 December 2007 19:38We who live in the city limits of Hillsboro and Marion have a lot to be thankful for in regard to the power outages that began in this area following the ice storms of last week.
Marion had about an hour of no power and Hillsboro had about nine hours of darkness after the power went out at 5 p.m. Although I personally only had about three hours without power because I went to bed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. When I woke up at 4 a.m. the next day, the power was back on.
We who live in the city limits of Hillsboro and Marion have a lot to be thankful for in regard to the power outages that began in this area following the ice storms of last week.
Marion had about an hour of no power and Hillsboro had about nine hours of darkness after the power...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:49If you’d like to make someone’s Christmas a little brighter this year, there are options available to you.
Both Emprise Bank and Hillsboro State Bank have giving trees for all ages. As of Monday morning there were still unfilled requests at Hillsboro State and Emprise was taking names if more requests came in.
Main Street Ministries also has needs you can help fill now, as well as any time of the year.
If you’re in the giving spirit you can find options everywhere if you take the time to seek them out.
The 24-hour sidewalk snow-clearing edict from the Hillsboro City Council seems to be working. Everyone was out in full force clearing off the ice, sleet and snow from this past weekend’s wintry mix.
The question was...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 05 December 2007 14:41I didn’t root for Missouri once during the Big 12 title game on Saturday night.
Since whom I cheered for had absolutely nothing to do with the outcome, it made no sense to cheer for Mizzou. That a Missouri victory helped KU’s chances for a better bowl invitation had nothing to do with anything.
It does show there is very little room at the top. When the stakes are high, whatever happened before is meaningless.
It is always great to have son Dan home for a few days. It is also fun to have his buddies over for a meal and hear about the shenanigans they pulled when they were just out of high school and sowing their oats.
I’m jealous I didn’t think of some of the stuff they did.
When the state switched from four to eight...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 28 November 2007 01:37I’m still fuming about this past Saturday night’s football game at Arrowhead Stadium. And it’s not because my Jayhawks lost the game. It’s because of the greed that has crept into college sports.
I do pin this loss directly on the backs of the KU administration. What is home-field advantage for if you don’t use it to your advantage?
No amount of money could replace the good that could have come with a win. And it would have been more likely in Lawrence, where the entire stadium would have been partisan except for a few Tiger fans who would have been located in the far ends of the stadium and wouldn’t have had much effect.
Would you trade a better opportunity for 12-0 and No. 1 in the country for a few million bucks? Not...
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