Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

Eclectic items offered for sale at The Shops at Kessler’s

Three afternoons a week, plus every fourth Saturday, local and visiting shoppers can explore the diverse merchandise for sale at The Shops at Kessler’s in Hills­boro. “The Shops at Kessler’s has an eclectic mix of vintage, home decor, antiques, books, farm and garden, as well as Watkins products and more,” said Joni Calam, who manages the consignment booths at 112 […]

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Woman credits God for her century of life

Woman credits God for her century of life

Elfreda Fast will celebrate her 100th birthday with her children, family and friends Sunday afternoon at Park Villa, the assisted-living facility where she resides. e siblings—Janet van Houten of Rapid City, S.D., Dale and Ruth Fast of Chicago, and Lavon and Randy Sperling of Lincoln, Neb.—plan to attend their mother’s birthday celebration Sunday afternoon at Park Villa in Hillsboro. Elfreda […]

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410 board OKs HES discipline policies

USD 410 Board of Educa­tion approved the addition of discipline policies to the Hillsboro Elementary School Handbook at its regular meeting June 12. Prior to the vote, Evan Yoder, HES principal, explained his rationale for the changes. “(In the past), I didn’t have a whole lot about discipline in the handbook,” he said. “Clarifica-tion (of expectations) was needed.” He said […]

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Grafton finding her niche at St. Luke

Grafton finding her niche at St. Luke

In late December, nurse practitioner Tracy Grafton joined St. Luke Medical Clinic in Marion. “I wanted to be in a rural community where I really get to know my patients and I really could affect all those different aspects (of health care),” she said. irl, Tracy Grafton felt the tug toward a career in nursing. “I really had always grown […]

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Centre grad now practicing at St. Luke

Centre grad now practicing at St. Luke

Family physician Amanda Baxa joined St. Luke Medical Clinic in April. “I love taking care of people I know and being able to do better medicine by forming connections with patients,” she said about choosing to build a practice in Marion. With two months under her belt, St. Luke Medical Clinic’s most recent family physician to come on board finds […]

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USD 410 recognizes 2 retiring teachers

USD 410 recognizes 2 retiring teachers

USD 410 Superintendent Max Heinrichs presents USD 410 plaques to Len Coryea Two long-time teachers were recognized at USD 410 Board of Education’s regular meeting May 10. Len Coryea, who has taught for 31 years, and Terry Bebermeyer, who has taught 26, will retire at the end of this school year. As he handed each an award plaque, Superin­tendent Max […]

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410 board approves computer purchase

USD 410 Board of Educa­tion approved a $96,259 computer purchase as part of the district’s technology rotation and acquisition plan at its April 10 meeting. The purchase will include 51 laptops and 67 desktop computers from Twotrees Technology. Superintendent Max Heinrichs, along with technology director Brad Just, reported on the future option of adopting Chromebooks, lower-priced notebooks sold by Google […]

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USD 410 board approves contracts for administrators

USD 410 Board of Edu­ca­tion approved district administrator contracts for the 2018 fiscal year during its regular meeting Feb. 13. Following the board meeting in executive session, contracts were extended for two years for principal Evan Yoder for Hillsboro Elemen­tary School, principal Clint Corby for Hillsboro Middle High School and Lena Kleiner as executive director for TEEN. Contracts were extended […]

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USD 410 board approves annual financial audit

The USD 410 Board of Education approved the annual financial audit presented at its regular meeting Dec. 12. Darren Anderson of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd presented an overview of the report, including changes in expenditures and cash flow since last year’s audit. Anderson said that an increase in the amount of supplemental funds, referred by the state as “new […]

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USD 410 board hears deferred-maintenance report

USD 410 Board of Education met in special session Nov. 30 to hear recommendations from P1 Group Inc., a Lenexa company that recently conducted a facilities assessment for Hillsboro Elementary School and Hillsboro Middle/High School. The presentation, delivered by Dana Dunn, director of business development for K-12 facilities at P1 Group, focused primarily on deferred maintenance and construction needs of […]

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