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Caring about senior care
Caring about senior care

Caring about senior care

Dismal day doesn?t diminish nursing home celebration Fifth-graders from Hillsboro Elementary School braved 50-degree temperatures and a light mist Monday morning to participate in a balloon launch at Salem Home in Hillsboro to mark ?National Nursing Home Week.? Some 200 balloons were released into the air and eventually sailed from sight in the cool breeze. This also happens to be […]

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Day with Court was supreme for district judge
Day with Court was supreme for district judge

Day with Court was supreme for district judge

After one day of sitting on the Kansas Supreme Court, Michael Powers says he hasn?t changed his career aspirations just yet.

?Truly, I do like what I do,? said the Marion resident who is chief justice of the 8th Judicial District. ?I like the interaction at the trial-court level with the people. I hope that I do a good job there, and that?s what I try to do. I think that?s probably my niche.?

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First Farmers Market boasts of bounty
First Farmers Market boasts of bounty

First Farmers Market boasts of bounty

Cooler temperatures make all the difference when it comes to harvesting early spring vegetables, which was evident Thursday at the first Hillsboro Farmers Market of the season.

Now in its fifth year, organizers of the Farmers Market said they were pleased with how many vendors and buyers attended the first night of the season.

As for the abundance of produce available, Joni Calam, one of the initial organizers said, she was thrilled.

?It?s one of the market?s best years for produce on the first night,? she said, ?and we also have new vendors.?

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Ramona rift draws media exposure

A political rift in the small Marion County community of Ramona became front-page news in a regional newspaper last week after word was spread that some residents had filed a petition to recall the mayor.

An extensive story on the petition to recall Mayor Pat Wick, as well as the issues surrounding the action, appeared on the front page of the Saturday issue of the Salina Journal.

Word about the recall petition, including its content, came to the Free Press last week by anonymous e-mail.

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City hopes change in plan will reduce Main Street exposure
City hopes change in plan will reduce Main Street exposure

City hopes change in plan will reduce Main Street exposure

Hillsboro City Administra?tor Larry Paine expressed hope at the May 4 meeting of the city council that wear and tear on Main Street due to use by heavy grain trucks could be minimized during the upcoming wheat harvest season.

All traffic will be routed around two-plus blocks of North Ash, from First Street north, while that section of street is renovated, which could take around two months.

North Ash is the most direct approach to the Cooperative Grain & Supply elevator for producers north of town.

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Picked by ?Pickers?
Picked by ?Pickers?

Picked by ?Pickers?

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, stars of ?American Pickers,? were invited to Marion by two local pickers who own Bearly Makin? It Antiques.

Marion Ogden, 63, known to friends as ?Oggie,? and Dennis Maggard, 61, are in the same business of collecting old relics, but just on a smaller scale.

While Fritz and Wolfe travel from coast to coast, Ogden and Maggard limit their travels to Kansas and to a three- to five-state radius.

At many of their stops, though, Wolfe and Fritz can usually find a lot of things to buy.

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Powers pinch hits on State Supreme Court
Powers pinch hits on State Supreme Court

Powers pinch hits on State Supreme Court

Michael F. Powers, chief judge of the 8th Judicial District, sat with the Kansas Supreme Court Monday to hear appeals in five matters on the Court?s docket.

The Supreme Court appointed Powers to join them in place of Chief Justice Robert E. Davis, who will be on medical leave.

Powers is completing his 19th year as a district judge. He has been chief judge of the 8th Judicial District, which includes Dickinson, Geary, Marion and Morris counties, since 1994.

He was scheduled to hear oral arguments in two civil cases, two criminal cases and a driver?s license suspension appeal Monday, then participate in the high court deliberations and opinion drafting.

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Ash St. project  likely to begin next week
Ash St. project likely to begin next week

Ash St. project likely to begin next week

Hillsboro residents and visitors who exit and enter the city on Ash Street should prepare for a couple months of inconvenience as renovation begins next week on a section of the city?s main entry point off of U.S. Highway 56.

North Ash Street from just south of Orchard Drive to just south of First Street will be closed to traffic during the project, which is contracted to be completed in 40 working days.

The good news, according to City Administrator Larry Paine, is that once the project is completed, North Ash will be much more vehicle-friendly.

?It will be a much smoother street than it currently is,? he said.

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New entrance is home?s next ?coming of age? project
New entrance is home?s next ?coming of age? project

New entrance is home?s next ?coming of age? project

Salem Home is taking another big step in its resolve to be a top-flight, free-standing nursing home with the announcement that it intends to build a new front entrance for its facility at 704 S. Ash in Hills?boro.

The total project, which includes the installation of energy-efficient windows and state-mandated fire-protection water sprinklers throughout the facility, is estimated to cost $600,000.

Kelly Schlehuber, administrator, said the project will be funded with a loan and some grant money from the Rural Development Administration. The home intends to launch a community-wide fundraising campaign in June to pay off the loan.

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A fun family fling at Florence
A fun family fling at Florence

A fun family fling at Florence

Natalie Sigel of Marion watches as Little Bit the Clown makes a balloon animal for her during the Spring Fling on Sunday in the Florence gymnasium on Dean Street. Mellissa Swarm of Florence paints Bethany Grimmitt?s cheek. Cheryl Steward of Florence is standing in the background. ?This is the second year I was invited to paint faces,? Swarm said, ?and […]

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