Articles By: Patty Decker

Tampa latest town to launch community foundation

Tampa latest town to launch community foundation

Tampa State Bank presented a check for $7,500 to the Tampa Community Foundation. Members of the TCF board from the left are: Francis Jirak, David Mueller, Julie Kerbs and Chris Costello (Carla Hajek not pictured). Presenting the check on behalf of Tampa State Bank are from left: Mickey Lundy, Bill Lundy and Emily Costello Kannady. One of the newest foundations […]

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HHS alum highlights his son’s super traits

HHS alum highlights his son’s super traits

Chip Reece answers a question posed to him by Zaylee Werth, a sixth grade member of the Hillsboro Middle School Council. Chip Reece, a 1999 graduate of Hillsboro High School, spoke to middle students during an “Book Talk” Feb. 9 in the school’s auditorium. Janet Whisenhunt, director of the Wiebe Media Center, said Reece started his career right in this […]

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HHS student launches photography business

HHS student launches photography business

This photo of Jessi Dalke serves as a photographic “self-portrait,” and is an example of her professional skills. “I think it’s just hard advertising myself,” she said. Jessi Dalke, a freshman at Hillsboro High School, started a business in photography after encouragement from family, friends and her teacher, Nathan Hiebert. “I’m not sure if I would have started my own […]

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County entertains more ideas for transfer station

The Marion County Commission is inundated with ideas of how to handle its solid waste issues with yet another option presenting itself at the Feb. 12 meeting. Jack P. Chappelle, a professional engineer with Engineering Solutions & Design Inc. of Overland Park, provided information on direct hauling trash as an alternative to building a new transfer station. Chappelle, and the […]

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County cancels mail ballot election for project

The Marion County Commissioners voted to cancel the mail ballot election using the 0.5 percent sales tax for building a $4.6 million transfer station at its meeting Feb. 5. Based on that decision, no informational meetings are scheduled nor will the county be considering flyers about the proposed project and financing. Commissioner Randy Dallke asked the other commissioners if they […]

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Police warn of the dangers playing ‘tag’ with vehicles

No one wins when young drivers allegedly play a game of cat-and-mouse, or car tag, and end up with one vehicle crashing into the back end of another, pushing it into a tree. Hillsboro Police Officer John Huebert said the accident was reported at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the corner of Grand and Date streets. “Car tag […]

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ALDENE MARTENS, 88

Aldene Martens, 88, died Feb. 6 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wich­ita. The service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church and sent in care of Jost Funeral Home, P.O. […]

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Leaders reveal surprising jobs

It’s been a lot of fun finding out about some of the people in our community, and what kind of jobs they had before settling in to a career. When it comes to unique jobs, I think the “blue hamster” that Marty Fredrickson, Marion City’s street director and building inspector, talked about rates high on the list. Fredrickson said he […]

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Funding for county eco-devo work sparks debate

Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. board member Mike Beneke spoke to the commission in a special meeting Jan. 31 about allowing the group to have its total allocation of $165,000, minus $41,250 already paid in January. After some debate, the commission voted 2-1 in favor of providing three-quarters of the $165,000 at the end of February with the final […]

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County preparing mail ballots for tax decision

In about a month, Marion County residents will vote on a half-cent sales tax, which, if approved, will be used to build a new transfer station at a cost of $4.670 million. The commission, said Tina Spencer, county clerk, opted for a mail ballot election, which means every registered voter in Marion County will be mailed a ballot. “Ballots can […]

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