Articles By: Hillsboro Free Press

Leiker appointed first TC adult, grad studies dean
Leiker appointed first TC adult, grad studies dean

Leiker appointed first TC adult, grad studies dean

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Tona Leiker.

Tona Leiker has been appointed as the inaugural dean of Tabor College School of Adult and Graduate Studies, according to Lawrence Ressler, vice president of academics and student development.

?Tona brings many elements critical for success as the first dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies Education,?

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County plans to crack down on individual polluters

Individual polluters?whether they dump trash along roadsides, throw
away tires in county ditches, run a straight-pipe for sewage to a ditch
or stream, or park salvage vehicles on county right-of-way?finally have
the Marion County Commission fed up with them.

The commissioners decided Monday to have the county attorney write
some enforcement tools ?with teeth in them? that could stick individual
violators with fines starting as high $1,500.

The commissioners not only want the fines hefty, they said, but they
also want them to stick. Commissioner Bob Hein said county government
will need to approach them with the attitude that there is no backing
off.

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Florence council plans to check city infrastructure

The Florence City Council worked on creating a plan for infrastructure evaluation at its June 4 meeting.

Councilor Randy Mills offered to volunteer his time, equipment and fuel to help clean storm drains and inspect culverts. Local contractors will be used when additional help is needed.

Mills also mentioned that several water valves have had to be dug out recently because they were filled with dirt. He suggested that other valves be located, checked and dug out if necessary in case an emergency might lead to their immediate use.

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Bundling up for a hot time at Threshing Days
Bundling up for a hot time at Threshing Days

Bundling up for a hot time at Threshing Days

GoesselWheatBinding.jpg Click image to enlarge. Russ Hamm and Brenden Nafziger were binding wheat at the Goessel Engine Club grounds Saturday. With weather conditions making for a thin crop to harvest, they hope to get a couple bundle racks full for the Goessel Threshing Days. This year?s festival will be Aug. 3-5.

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Tabor to start community chorale

The Tabor College Music Department plans to launch a Tabor College Community Chorale this fall.

Tabor students, campus faculty and staff, and interested Hillsboro and Marion County residents will form the group.

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Recognized for service
Recognized for service

Recognized for service

USD410Service.jpg Click image to enlarge. During the USD 410 Board of Education?s Monday meeting, five staff members were honored for their service to the district and in the field of education. (Free Press photos by Aleen Ratzlaff)

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Uncertainty permeates post lawsuit board meeting

With a pending lawsuit over the bond election and the imminent transition of leadership, an aura of uncertainty seemed to permeate Monday evening?s meeting for Unified School District 410?s Board of Educa?tion.

The board voted to issue an 11-month contract to Doug Huxman to serve as superintendent beginning Aug. 1.

Because Superintendent Gordon Mohn will retire effective June 30, the board also approved a one-month contract for Dale Honeck in that capacity.

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Bond passes, lawsuit follows Part II- Suit challenges joint ownership regarding Tabor partnership

Attorneys acting on behalf of a Unified School District 410 patron from rural Hillsboro have filed a lawsuit to prevent the sale of bonds that was approved by voters in the June 5 election.

The suit, filed on behalf of Raymond Brandt, contends that the district?s intention to become joint owners of property with Tabor College is not authorized by Kansas law.

The suit was filed Monday, June 4, in the Eighth Judicial District Court in an effort to get the district?s bond attorneys to call off the election, according to Brandt.

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Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin
Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin

Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin

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Although the lawsuit filed by a patron last week to prevent the sale of bonds throws a wrinkle into the process, Unified School District 410 will be taking the next steps in the coming weeks to move its capital-improvement project closer to reality.

Voters approved the district?s request to sell $6.625 million in bonds to finance the four-phase project by a vote of 465-404 in a special election last Tuesday held at two polling locations in Hillsboro.

At the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus, voters from Hillsboro?s East Ward and five rural townships east of town approved the project 240-155.

But at Hillsboro City Hall, voters from Hillsboro?s West Ward, the cities of Lehigh and Durham and the western rural townships voted 200 in favor of the project and 240 against.

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Huxman hired as 410?s interim superintendent

Douglas K. Huxman has accepted a contract from Unified School District 410 to be interim superintendent for the upcoming school year.

Officially, Huxman?s contract begins Aug. 1. He will succeed Gordon Mohn, who has accepted a special-education position in the McPherson school district.

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