Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:24
Firefighters from Marion and Hillsboro responded to a blaze at one of Marion’s oldest restaurants, Big Scoop, 616 E. Main St., at 2:25 a.m. Monday, said Fire Chief Mike Regnier. Flames could be seen shooting out from the roof, he said, but by 4:45 a.m. the fire was extinguished. Crews were called to the scene after a passerby saw the fire and called 911. “There was damage, but structurally, the building is in tact,” Regnier said. “The main concentration of the fire was toward the back of the restaurant.” The fire marshal from Topeka evaluated the situation Monday afternoon, but Regnier said he won’t receive a written report until later this month. For now, the cause is undetermined and the investigation is...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:12The Harvey House Museum in Florence is hoping to spark new enthusiasm and interest in one of its most historic buildings by offering a free meal as a way to attract involvement from Marion County residents.
Phoebe Janzen, treasurer of the Florence Historical Society, said the museum needs younger involvement and the hope is the free four-course meal will help.
The first of three dinners was Saturday and for those attending the event, the meal was served in true Fred Harvey style fashion, she said.
“Fred Harvey style meant top notch service with the best food possible,” she said.
Janzen said Fred Harvey had everything down to a science.
“The cup code was something that enabled the “Harvey Girls” to get drinks to everyone...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:11The Hillsboro City Council approved at its Feb. 19 meeting the final plat for an addition to the Carriage Hills subdivision.
The Carriage Hills South Addition is designed with 26 lots, including three for duplexes.
The council unanimously approved the plat upon the recommendation of the city’s Planning Commission, which had approved the project with three minor code-related adjustments to the plans.
Local developer Darrell Driggers, co-owner of Container Services Inc. in Hillsboro and a resident of Carriage Hills, called the addition his “retirement project,” but said dirt work should begin this spring.
“It’s exciting to see something new coming in,” Mayor Delores Dalke said of the project.
Councilor Marlene Fast added...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:41After a three-year absence, the Harvey County Biz Expo is back. The day-long small-business energizer is coming to Newton Thursday, Feb. 28, this time at the new Meridian Center.
And Marion County businesses are invited to participate.
Billed as “south central Kansas’s premiere business-to-business event,” the intent of the Biz Expo is to bring business owners, managers and team members together to receive the tools they need to make their enterprise survive and prosper in a challenging economy.
Free to participants, the Biz Expo is supported by the Newton Chamber of Commerce and underwritten by the Meridian Center and the Buyer’s Edge of South Central Kansas.
The investment of time—whether for half a day or the entire...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:49
Hillsboro Farmers' Market is encouraging those interested in growing for market to attend the Central Kansas Market Vegetable Growers Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, Wichita.
This year's workshop features a variety of successful fruit and vegetable producers as well as updates from Kansas State's fruit and vegetable research program.
Hillsboro Farmers' Market is also offering partial scholarships for the workshop to those who sell at the Hillsboro market.
For more information call Joni Calam at 620-947-0270. Early registration ends this Friday, Feb. 8.
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