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On a roll: Florence Labor Day event a winner
On a roll: Florence Labor Day event a winner

On a roll: Florence Labor Day event a winner

Kids celebrate their creative side.

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Creativity was the theme of Sunday?s Labor Day Celebration with chalk art and an art contest for children.

The winner in the sidewalk chalk art was Jayne Timm, 8. She received a blue ribbon and $3 for a drawing of herself and her horse riding in the Monday Labor Day parade.

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Weibert on Rimington watch list
Weibert on Rimington watch list

Weibert on Rimington watch list

Kansas State University senior center Wade Weibert may be receiving some national recognition, but the 2006 Hillsboro High School graduate is still overwhelmed simply by running onto the field at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan

?That feeling is extremely hard to verbalize,? Weibert said. ?It takes the breathe out of your chest. You feel absolute pressure on your chest.

?All in a matter of 10 seconds you feel every emotion possible.?

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Brookens to try for fee legislation
Brookens to try for fee legislation

Brookens to try for fee legislation

State Rep. Bob Brookens promised the Marion County Commission Tuesday, Aug. 31, that he would try to get legislation passed for a state statute enabling Marion County to charge a per-taxing-unit fee or assessment to build a jail. Asked by commissioners if it would be possible to have legislation passed in time for a jail bond question to be put […]

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City aims to educate property owners about ‘nuisance’ weeds
City aims to educate property owners about ‘nuisance’ weeds

City aims to educate property owners about ‘nuisance’ weeds

Once a family agrees upon house rules, each member has an obligation to abide by those rules if the family hopes to function harmoniously. As Hillsboro?s code enforcement officer, Ben Steketee says his No. 1 task is to inform the local family of citizens about the house rules it has established. Particularly he?s concerned about nuisances that can affect public […]

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Producers gather to hear about technology?s impact on corn and soybeans
Producers gather to hear about technology?s impact on corn and soybeans

Producers gather to hear about technology?s impact on corn and soybeans

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Passersby on U.S. Highway 56 may have wondered about the long line of pickup trucks on both shoulders of the roadway about a mile east of Hillsboro last Tuesday evening.

Around 80 area farmers had gathered to observe test plots and learn about cutting-edge technology for growing corn and soybeans.

The event was the first ?Fall Field Day? sponsored by Coopera?tive Grain & Supply on the 40-acre plot the business has developed over the past several months.

Representatives from four seed companies were on hand to explain the impact of genetics and application technology on the rows of corn and grain growing on the site.

All four companies?Mon?santo, Stine Seed Co., Cropland Genetics and Phillips Seed?market their seed through CG&S, according to Kevin Suderman, the cooperative?s crop specialist and event organizer.

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Richards enjoys addressing county health issues
Richards enjoys addressing county health issues

Richards enjoys addressing county health issues

Tonya Richards likes best to do the things that improve the health and quality of life for people in Marion County in her job as the county sanitarian, also known as the director of environmental health.

She said she enjoys helping people develop a sanitary well water system, for instance, or develop an adequate sewage lagoon to replace the old straight pipe running down to the creek or out to a field.

That?s not all Richards likes. She?s also a county planning and zoning director who enjoys the dedication and fellowship she finds with the nine persons on the Marion County Planning Commission.

The nine are all volunteers appointed by the county commissioners, three from each commission district.

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Advisory group gives final recommendations on new jail
Advisory group gives final recommendations on new jail

Advisory group gives final recommendations on new jail

The advisory group appointed to come up with proposals regarding the jail in Marion County gave its final recommendations to the commissioners Aug. 25 in Hillsboro.

After 16 months, the Marion County Public Safety and Law Enforcement Center Committee members unanimously agreed to disband, noting they had done what the commissioners had asked of them.

Reviewing what the group accomplished, Mike Kleiber, committee chairman, summarized the ideas discussed and accepted by a majority of members.

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Freshmen begin with Service 101
Freshmen begin with Service 101

Freshmen begin with Service 101

These Tabor College freshmen spent a portion of their Monday pulling weeds at the Hillsboro Elementary School playground as part of the college?s freshman orientation tradiition. Students were divided among 12 projects, all in Marion County. This year, the class numbers more than 155 students, according to the registrar?s office.

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Reward offered following cattle shooting

Cattle producers in Marion County are banding together to offer a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting six pregnant dairy heifers with a shotgun the weekend of Aug. 13-14.

The incident occurred either Friday or Saturday in a pasture in Durham Park Township, according to Lloyd Klassen of Klassen Dairy, owner of the animals.

All six of the animals survived the shooting; three were transported to a veterinary hospital at Kansas State Uni?versity. Klassen said the unborn calves are expected to survive as well.

One of the animals was worth between $4,000 and $5,000, Klassen said, and the rest were valued in the $2,000 range.

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Another influx of students pushes college?s capacity
Another influx of students pushes college?s capacity

Another influx of students pushes college?s capacity

If Tabor College has to encounter an enrollment challenge, this is the one to have.

For the third year in a row, the Hillsboro-based private college seems headed for a record number of students. This time, though, the turnout on the local campus is pushing the school?s capacity to house them.

?More students is better than fewer students,? said Eric Codding, vice president of student life.

Official counts are still being calculated, but Codding said the number of students in on-campus housing has increased from 449 in 2009?s record-setting year to 484 this fall. The number does not include students in off-campus housing.

Last fall?s overall record totaled 640 students, which included graduate and undergraduate students at the School of Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita. Tabor had 521 full-time students attending at Hillsboro.

?Everything I?ve seen would suggest (a new record),? Codding said.

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