Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 July 2008 14:33
The Marion County Emergency Food Bank reported that its shelves are emptier than usual, thanks to increased demand for goods and a drop in donations. The food bank has assisted 75 families so far this year, according to Janet Bryant, coordinator. She said the situation is a result of a poor area economy.
Neighborhoods around Hillsboro have been meeting for block parties as part of a plan promoted by Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce to see such gatherings organized in 55 residential areas of town during July.
The Hillsboro City Council passed an ordinance officially ending the 22-day water emergency in the city caused by a blue-green algae bloom at Marion Reservoir, the city’s source for raw water.
Tabor College filled five faculty openings in recent days: Rusty Allen was promoted to director of admissions after two years in the department; Pauline Buller was appointed administrative assistant to the vice president of academic affairs; Adam Wathen was appointed director of library services; Holly Swartzendruber will be assistant professor of vocal music; and Pamela Woodman will be a psychology instructor.
Marion County property tax valuation for 2003 has increased by more than $650,000 from the previous year. Most of the gain appears to be in residential housing, according to County Clerk Carol Maggard.
The wheat harvest for 2003 will go down in the record books as the second largest in history locally, according to managers of area cooperatives. Only the harvest of 1997 yielded better. In 2003, county elevators were reporting 50-bushel averages.
The Hillsboro American Legion team tied with Nickerson and McPherson for the best record at 3-1, but was awarded third via tie-breaker rules at the McPherson American Legion Tournament over the July 4 weekend.
Hillsboro will host the 24-team 10 & under Hap Dumont state baseball tournament this weekend. The five-day event begins July 12.