Rain is critical component for 2007 crops prospects

 You can make the case that things don?t look too bad for crops in Marion County this year, but all questions are overshadowed by the top issue that has dominated local farming throughout this decade?we need rain and we need it badly.

Marion County Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said top soil moisture is close to adequate now, ?But we just don?t have much subsoil moisture yet. A lot of the snow we got ran off, the ground was so frozen. We didn?t get all of that moisture because it couldn?t penetrate, didn?t infiltrate. It helped. A little of it went into ponds, which we really needed.

Marion council hears truck lot proposal

Darryl Brewer, representing D&L Enterprises, offered Monday at a Marion City Council meeting to upgrade seven acres he owns in southwest Marion for semi-truck parking if the city would share in 300 tons of rock needed at an estimated $7 a ton.

Florence insurance premium down by $2,000

Members of the Florence City Council were told at their March 5 meeting that the premium for the city insurance policy will be $2,000 less than it was a year ago.

The city agent, Bill Hend?ricks, presented the council with spreadsheets detailing current insurance coverage.

County continues effort to address salvage-yard complaints

The Marion County Commission Monday continued its push to clean up salvage yards, this time meeting with yard operator Danny King of Peabody and Zoning Director Bobbi Strait to see if King will be given a conditional-use permit to continue his business where it has been for years.

The commission focus on yards began with complaints that yard owners had vehicles parked on and spilling over onto county roads’ rights-of-way.


Trojans prove the adage:  aggressive defense wins state championships

It was a march to glory that Civil War general William T. Sherman would have loved.

On the way to winning the Class 3A title last week for the first time in 11 years, the Hillsboro High girls used an uncommon confidence and defensive fury to torch the opposition with an average victory margin of 20 points a game.

Ratzlaff to lead TC men?s basketball next season

After 25 years as head men’s basketball coach at Tabor College, Don Brubacher will step down and allow his former player and assistant coach Micah Ratzlaff to take over the program reins.

“Becoming a head coach at the collegiate level has always been a career goal of mine,” Ratzlaff said.

Bluebirds fly fourth at 1A state tourney

Goessel opened the game with a 3-pointer by Travis Buller, and the teams see-sawed back and forth, ending the first quarter 11-10 in Goessel’s favor.

The Bluebirds outscored the Eagles 16-9 in the second quarter. They put on a 7-1 run in the last minute, capped by Jordan Voth’s 3-pointer to pull out to a comfortable eight-point lead by halftime, 27-19.

Olpe’s 6-feet, 4-inch junior, Seth Pargman, drew his third foul and grabbed some bench time, making him ineffective in scoring the first half.