Articles By: Patty Decker

New business expands on products and ideas

New business expands on products and ideas

Micki Watson, owner of the Wooly Red Hen, is building on the Hillsboro business formely known as Mary?s Mats & More, which she acquired from Mary Lancaster. The Wooly Red Hen, located at 107 E. Grand in downtown Hillsboro, may be small, but has a wide variety of products and ideas. Owner Micki Watson has operated home businesses through the […]

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New county appraiser brings experience to job

New county appraiser brings experience to job

Marion County Appraiser Ray Cook settles into his new office and new position Friday. In addition, he encourages residents to call or stop by with questions about their appraisals. Ray Cook accepted the position as Marion County?s new appraiser Dec. 18, succeeding Cindy Magill, who resigned Aug. 16. Cook said he sees his job as setting standards for fair and […]

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A year to remember…or not

It?s 2014, but I?m not quite ready to wave goodbye to 2013 just yet. As one year ends and the next begins, it seems like my days get lumped together. Little time is left to fully enjoy my family, my personal beliefs and all that is important in our community, state, nation and the world. The most important resolutions will […]

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IRS sets Jan. 31 as first day of tax filing season

IRS sets Jan. 31 as first day of tax filing season

The IRS cautions that it will not process any tax returns before Jan. 31, so there is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date. The Internal Revenue Service has announced plans to open the 2014 filing season Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive refunds. The new […]

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Holter named permanent administrator

Holter named permanent administrator

Roger Holter, shown here participating in a Marion City Council meeting, was named the permanent replacement for former City Administrator Doug Kjellin, who resigned several weeks ago. Holter has been the acting administrator during the interim. Roger Holter accepted the Marion City Council?s recommendation as the new city administrator, replacing Doug Kjellin. The action came during a special meeting earlier […]

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Mueller leaves a strong legacy for county board

Mueller leaves a strong legacy for county board

David Mueller has stepped down from the county?s Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission after 12 years. Commissioner Dan Holub says of Mueller: ?He epitomizes the statement, ?One person can make a difference." Some of the most important people in any community are those who volunteer to serve on boards for the best interest of the public. One such […]

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Icy spot causes consecutive accidents on 190th

Icy spot causes consecutive accidents on 190th

The USD 411 Suburban shows some of the damage it sustained during the Friday morning accident on 190th between Hillsboro and Marion. Two separate one-vehicle accidents happened at about the same time and the sample place early Friday morning. Both vehicles hit a patch of icy road on 190th midway between Hillsboro and Marion, sending four people to the hospital. […]

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Hospital looks for physician to fill staff vacancy

Following Shauna Kern?s announcement, that as a doctor of osteopathic medicine, she would be leaving the Hillsboro Clinic, the search for a new doctor began right away, according to hospital officials. Kern was the only physician at the clinic, but Marion Regier, chief executive officer at Hillsboro Community Hospital, said plans are in place to recruit another full-time doctor. ?If […]

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Close calls lead to healthier plan for the family

Close calls lead to healthier plan for the family

Viktoria Bichet (left) gives her mother Lana a hug of affirmation for the health-improvement decisions the family has made over the past year. Both Lana and husband Stewart survived near-death situations caused by poor lifestyle choices made over many years. Stewart and Lana Bichet of Hillsboro had their share of medical emergencies in 2013. But as the year comes to […]

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Tunnel of Lights draws more than 1,000

Tunnel of Lights draws more than 1,000

Deer, geese, swans and ducks are only a few of the many scenes illustrated in lights at the Marion County Park and Lake this holiday season. For almost a decade, the Christmas Tunnel of Lights, which has become a tradition at Marion County Park and Lake, continues to grow and improve. Richard Schwartz, one of the original organizers, said he […]

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