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Mail it back: Mayor says census cooperation benefits everyone

The mayor of Marion County?s largest town is urging households throughout the county to fill out and return their 2010 U.S. Census forms by the end of the month.

Delores Dalke, active in Hillsboro city government for more than 25 years, said mailing back the questionnaire in a timely manner will make a difference for every resident in the county, not just in Hillsboro.

?It helps the city of Hillsboro and also Marion County when it comes to getting grants and loans from either state or federal sources,? she said. ?They always do them based on your population.

?The reason for filling out your census is that we get everybody counted.?

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Leadership Marion County class meets in Peabody
Leadership Marion County class meets in Peabody

Leadership Marion County class meets in Peabody

Members of the 2010 Leadership Marion County class met Thursday at The Hub in Peabody. This year?s class members include (from left) David Scott, administrator, Legacy Park in Peabody; Tish Keesling, city clerk, Lost Springs; Angie Schwerdtfeger, Tri-County Telephone, and Connie Omstead, retired from Marion County Special Education Cooperative. The leadership program offers participants a chance to see how local, […]

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Marion hoops mania starts at state
Marion hoops mania starts at state

Marion hoops mania starts at state

The Marion community sent off its high school Warrior girls? basketball team to the Class 3A state championship game Saturday in Hutchinson with a motorcade escort down Main Street. It was the first time an MHS girls? team was playing for a state basketball title, and its first trip to state since 1992.

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Marion City Council asks AG to check allegation about mayor
Marion City Council asks AG to check allegation about mayor

Marion City Council asks AG to check allegation about mayor

A special meeting of the Marion City Council was called Friday morning to initiate an investigation into allegations of criminal misconduct by Marion Mayor Mary Olson.

According to a source outside of the meeting, the allegation concerns K.S.A. 21-4005, which addresses ?maliciously circulating false rumors? about a local business ?with intent to injure? its ?financial standing or reputation.?

City Attorney Dan Baldwin said the action was prompted by information he became aware of involving Olson and Brad and Anita Seacat, owners of Seacat Do it Best, a building supply business in Marion.

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State action will determine depth of school budget cuts
State action will determine depth of school budget cuts

State action will determine depth of school budget cuts

Like most school districts across the state, Unified School District 410 is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst with the likelihood of another reduction in state aid for the 2010-11 school year.

At last Monday?s school board meeting, superintendent Steve Noble released a list of cuts that could be made if the district faces its worst-case scenario of a $475,000 reduction from the current year?s budget.

The list of cuts totaled $360,300, including the elimination of five high school sports programs?softball, baseball, golf, girls? tennis and boys? tennis?as well as middle school wrestling.

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Five HHS athletic programs considered for elimination
Five HHS athletic programs considered for elimination

Five HHS athletic programs considered for elimination

Superintendent Steve Noble said he?s not personally in favor of eliminating athletic programs from the USD 410 program, but he defends the appropriateness of considering the move in challenging financial times.

?We said at the start that everything is on the table,? Noble said of the process undertaken to identify more than $360,000 in potential cuts. ?The leadership team said it?s time we put sports on the table, and I applaud them for that.?

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Hillsboro and Marion girls claim sub-state championships and a trip to state
Hillsboro and Marion girls claim sub-state championships and a trip to state

Hillsboro and Marion girls claim sub-state championships and a trip to state

Sub-state champs at Sterling

The Hillsboro Trojans huddle behind their championship plaque after defeating Remington, 35-21, in the title game Saturday. It will be the second straight state appearance at Hutchinson in three years under coach Nathan Hiebert, and the 14th trip for HHS since high school girls? basketball was revitalized in Kansas in 1971-72. The Trojans (18-5) will play Garden Plain (18-5) at 8:15 p.m. Thursday. See Sports for tournament details.

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Summit probes Hillsboro?s economic future
Summit probes Hillsboro?s economic future

Summit probes Hillsboro?s economic future

Nearly 40 community leaders in business, education and city government gathered Friday for a day-long conversation about the future and economic development of Hillsboro.

Billed as the Hillsboro Economic Development Strategy Summit, participants heard presentations on four topics?entrepreneurship, wealth retention, youth attraction and community leadership?then formed breakout groups on each of the topics.

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Missing house number could slow response in crisis event

A routine fire department exercise last week uncovered a problem that could have serious consequences in an emergency: houses and businesses in Hillsboro without visible address numbers.

?There are a lot places that don?t have an address posted on their building,? said Ben Steketee, the city?s fire chief and code-enforcement officer. ?Commercial and residential are required to have their address posted.?

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2010 Census surveys should arrive March 15

The 2010 U.S. Census materials are expected to arrive in residential mailboxes March 15, according to Delores Dalke, Hillsboro mayor. She urged all residents to fill out the questionnaire, which includes 10 basic questions, and mail it back as soon as possible. ?The results of the census determine funding for Marion County when it comes to programs and projects that […]

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