Articles By: Patty Decker

Hillsboro to see recycling options in the near future

The Hillsboro City Council learned at its meeting on Feb. 5 that recycling operations are anticipated to begin sometime in mid-March. Dale Dalke, street supervisor, who is overseeing the recycling project, said the new sanitation truck, which will accommodate both trash and recyclables, is nearly completed for March. Mike Younger with EBH Engineering, provided an update on the water project. […]

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Second wind farm could be coming to Marion Co.

As the wind farm project to the north nears completion, a second wind farm to the south is gaining momentum, and could reasonably get underway in the fall, according to information presented at the Marion County Commission meeting on Monday. The wind farm to the south was initially started up by Rex and Carol Savage of Florence about a decade […]

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Rock talk dominates commission conversation

The Marion County Commission was between a rock and a hard place in looking at one part of its road problems during Monday’s meeting. Jokes aside, commissioner Dianne Novak spoke with Warren Harshman, Sam Harshman and Frank Rocker, who represent Harshman Construction, which was paid $500,000. “In a recent report,” Novak said, “some of the rock (from Harshman’s) doesn’t meet […]

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Marion County roads are in dire shape, force action by commission

Marion County roads are in dire shape, force action by commission

The majority of Marion County’s township roads are in dire need of maintenance, according to farmers, commissioners and current and former supervisors. One example is the road pictured, which is supposed to be a “rock road” but has no rock, leaving it slippery, sludgy and nearly impossible to maneuver without a four-wheel drive vehicle when it rains, snows and then […]

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Disc golf could be heading to Hillsboro

A disc golf course could be in Hillsboro’s future if organizers can get the necessary funding, according to information presented at the city council meeting Jan. 22. Hillsboro Mayor Lou Thurston asked Jerry Schwilling, who along with Doug Sisk, recreation director, hope to launch the project. Schwilling said: “I am a disc golfer, and when we moved here last summer, […]

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Singing a new song this year

Most of us, I suspect, have our own long history of failed New Year’s resolutions. At the beginning of each new year many people, including me, start out with the sincere intention of ending a bad habit and setting out to living life as we should. Then after a day, week, or even a month, it’s back to the old […]

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Candidates for special election picked at caucus

Candidates for special election picked at caucus

Earlier in January, Gov. Jeff Colyer announced the special election to fill the vacancies created by the increase in the Marion County Commission from three to five members would be Nov. 5. In addition, both the Marion County Republican and Democratic parties would need to hold a convention between Jan. 19 and Jan. 28. Adhering to the convention dates, both […]

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Fake bills spent within Marion County businesses

Fake bills spent within Marion County businesses

City police in Hillsboro and Marion are alerting businesses, and the public, to be extra careful when accepting fake $50 or $20 bills. Marion Police Chief Clinton Jeffrey said officers spoke with someone who unknowingly accepted a counterfeit $50-bill in the 1200 block of East Main Street. “A suspect has been identified,” he said, “and the case is under investigation. […]

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Commission swears in Becker, discusses wind farm, rock

The Marion County Commission’s reorganization meeting included a reception and swearing-in ceremony for commissioner Kent Becker, taking over as the new chairman at the Jan. 14 regular meeting. In addition to hearing quarterly reports from emergency management director Randy Frank and Sheriff Rob Craft, Jesse Hamm, road and bridge supervisor, spoke about an individual wanting reclaimed rock from the wind […]

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Protests higher due to terrible road conditions

For taxpayers in the western part of Marion County, the message is “enough is enough” as far as rural roads are concerned as many made property tax payments under protest. Lisa Reeder, the county appraiser, addressed the commissioners Monday about one taxpayer who said, “she was literally his last resort.” “So far,” Reeder said, “there are 101 (taxpayers) paying under […]

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