Tampa welcomes

visit from Santa

Santa Claus will visit Tampa at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Tampa Senior Center.

Sponsored by the Tampa Lion’s Club, the holiday event will include refreshments served by the Tampa Community Association.

Adults are welcome to view the decorated Christmas trees at the Senior Center, and the public is invited.

HES classes present

musical Dec. 18

The third and fourth grade classes at Hillsboro Elementary School will present the musical program “Paint the Town December” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, in the Hillsboro High School auditorium.

The program will be directed by Shirley Baltzer, vocal-music instructor.

The public is invited.

Holy Transfiguration

celebrates liturgy

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church of Hillsboro will celebrate its Christmas Eve divine liturgy beginning with Orthros at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 116 N. Washington.

The public is invited.

HHS FFA to hold

food drive/raffle

The Hillsboro High School FFA will hold a food drive and raffle during the HHS basketball game with Smoky Valley on Friday, Dec. 19.

Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or make a $1 donation for a chance to win homemade desserts or fruit and meat assortments.

The drawing will be held at halftime during the boy’s varsity game, and all proceeds will be donated to Main Street Ministries.

Christmas parade

Dec. 20 in Hillsboro

The Hillsboro Christmas Parade has been re-scheduled and will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, starting at the Hillsboro Senior Center on North Main.

Young and old alike are invited to visit with Santa, enjoy the music of choirs and marching bands and see decorated floats. First-ever grand marshals will lead the city’s official parade.

The event is sponsored by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 947-3506.

First-half taxes due

at county treasurer

The Marion County Treasurer’s Office reminds property owners that first-half property taxes are due by December 22.

Visit the office at its Website www.marioncoks.net.

Hillsboro Post Office

sets holiday hours


Hillsboro Post Office announces holiday hours as follows: During the day, on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve,, hours of operation will be 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Dec. 24. and Dec. 31.

Trash pick-up days

on holiday schedule

The city of Hillsboro reminds residents of changes in the trash pick-up during the Christmas holiday as follows:

n Wednesday, Dec. 24-trash pick up will be from 8 a.m. to noon.

n Thursday, Dec. 25-trash will not be picked up.

n Friday, Dec. 26-Thursday’s trash will be picked up.

The city also announces that city offices will close at noon, Dec. 24 and remain closed Thursday, Dec. 25.

County offices

closed Dec. 24, 25

All Marion County offices, including the transfer station, will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday by the order of the Marion County Commission.

Tabor announces

holiday hours

Tabor College announces holiday hours as follows:

n The Tabor College campus will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 1

n The Tabor Library and Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies will be closed Monday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Jan. 2.

The Campus Recreation Center will be closed from Friday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 4.

GHS musicians

to offer concert

The Goessel High School Music Department will present its GHS Christmas Concert at 7 p.m., Monday, December 22, in the GHS auditorium.

Under the direction of Bud Meisel, the 50-member GHS Bluebird Band will perform five selections, such as Philip Sparke’s arrangement of “Mary’s Boy Child,” “In the Christmas Mood,” “Beautiful Savior,” and Manheim Steamroller’s “Away In A Manger.”

Following the band’s performance, the 72-member Concert Choir will perform under the direction of Greg Bontrager. The choir will offer a variety of Christmas music arrangements, such as “Maringa Krismes,” “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Mendelssohn’s “For God Commanded Angels to Watch over You,” and “Jamaican Noel.”

The Elbiata Singers will also be featured in the concert.

At the closing of the concert, the community will be invited to join the choir on stage for the “Hallelujah Chorus”.

GES students offer

programs Dec. 18

The students of Goessel Elementary School will present their Christmas program at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, in the GES gymnasium.

Students in kindergarten through third grade will be under the direction of Marcia Brubaker and student-teacher Marcia Bricker. The children will offer songs from “Sing a Happy Holiday” by Ed Harris. Third-grade students will be featured as narrators, soloists and in vocal ensembles.

Choir students in grades four through six and the fourth-grade recorder ensemble will be led by Greg Bontrager and Bricker. The choir will present Christmas choral pieces, such as “Festival Sanctus” and “Dashing Through the Snow,” both arranged by John Leavitt.

Playing a variety of musical instruments will be Tyler Dickerson, Evan Hiebert, Laird Goertzen, Kristen Hoffman, Michelle Unruh, Sierra Dirksen, Justine Plenert, Lindsey Wedel and Aspen Frey.

The audience will be asked to participate in singing “O’ Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night.”

Marion County EMS postpones class

Marion County Emergency Medical Service announces that the EMT class scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 6, has been postponed.

A new beginning date has not been determined. All interested in participating are asked to watch for a future announcement in the Free Press concerning the new date in 2004.

Class schedules, cost and requirements will remain the same for the re-scheduled class. JoAnn Knak, retired Marion County EMS director, has agreed to instruct the next class when a date has been determined.

For more information, call the ambulance office at 620-382-3271.

Senator Barnett

seeking second term

Senator Jim Barnett of Emporia has announced his intention to seek a second term in the Kansas Senate.

Barnett represents the 17th District, including parts of Marion County. As he looks to his future in the legislature, he outlines health-care costs and coverage for the uninsured as two of his priorities.

“I think these are two areas where we can truly begin making a difference for Kansans,” Barnett said.

In addition to serving in the senate, Barnett maintains a full-time practice with Internal Medicine Associates in the Emporia area.

County offers new

toll-free numbers

Beginning Jan.1, Marion County toll-free numbers will be as follows:

n Courthouse-800-305-8851

n Road & Bridge office-800-305-8850

n Road & Bridge Shop-800-305-8849

n Health Department-800-305-8848

n Road & Weather conditions-866-STORMCK (866-786-7625). The local number is 620-382-5652.

County residents are asked to use local phone numbers whenever possible.

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