Written by Bill Bishop & Roberto Gallardo Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:15Marion County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees.
In 1970, 7.8 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Marion County. By 2010, 19.5 percent of adults here had completed college.
The percentage of adults with college degrees in Marion County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate here...
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:27The Canton-Galva, Centre, Goessel and Hillsboro school districts have 12 new faculty working with students as classes begin this fall.
They join the 14 new teachers at Marion-Florence, Peabody-Burns and the Marion County Special Education Cooperative who were highlighted in the Aug. 15 issue of the Free Press.
USD 419, Canton-Galva
• Tim Blankenship will be teaching science for students in the seventh through ninth grades. Last year he taught similar classes at Chetopa middle and high schools and has 17 years of teaching...
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:26Unified School District 410 Board of Education unanimously approved a mill increase of 1.177 for the 2012-13 budget at its Aug. 13 meeting.
The board made its decision after discussing Superintendent Steve Noble’s recommendation of a 2.138 mill increase from the previous fiscal year.
Noble said he based his recommendation on the negative impact on the district’s capital outlay funds caused by reductions in base state aid per pupil over past years.
Board president Eddie Weber questioned whether the mill increase was necessary.
“I lean toward the status quo (of not raising the mill levy),” Weber said, knowing many people have faced financial challenges.
Agreeing with Weber, board member Deb Geis said, “Farmers aren’t...
Written by Cynthia Goerzen Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:26Cindy Wiens, chair of the Goessel Community Foundation, told the Goessel school board at its Aug. 13 meeting how donors can fulfill their charitable wishes and benefit the community.
Wiens, an attorney with expertise in estates and trusts, said wealth in the past stayed in a community after the last parent died, but that does not happen as much any more.
“Now, once the wealth leaves, it won’t come back,” she said, especially if no other family members continue to live in the community.
Through the new Goessel Community Foundation, she said, residents can leave a legacy in the community.
Wiens was accompanied by fellow board members Myron Schmidt, Anita Goertzen, Peggy Jay, Patsy Dirksen, Linda Peters, Karen Dalke and John...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:24For nearly three decades, Bradley Vogel has drawn upon the music of other composers to showcase the talents of his choral groups.
Now, with the recent release of his first original piece, the Tabor College professor of choral music has something unique to offer his fellow directors.
The title, “Cantate Domino, Canticum Novum,” may not roll off the tongue of the average music fan, but Vogel is hoping the Latin setting of Psalm 96 should appeal to directors, choral groups and audiences through its English title, “Sing to the Lord a New Song.”
“It’s exciting,” Vogel said about Imagine Music Publishings’ decision to produce the piece.
“Cantate Domino, Canticum Novum” made its public debut as a published piece...
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