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Local woman named state?s ?Outstanding Older Worker?
Local woman named state?s ?Outstanding Older Worker?

Local woman named state?s ?Outstanding Older Worker?

Even with her 83rd birthday looming next month, Verla Redger doesn?t have much patience with the idea of retiring anytime soon as a dietary aide at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

?My goodness, I don?t want to retire yet?I need to do something,? Redger said. ?Nobody should retire at 65 because that?s too young, I think anyway.?

It?s that kind of spunk and work ethic that has made Redger the winner of the Outstanding Older Worker Award for 2010.

She will receive the award Thursday morning at the 14th annual Kansas Older Workers and Employers Award ceremony in Topeka. It?s part of the KansasWorks program under the Department of Commerce.

?She is a marvelous person and worker,? said Bob Sprowls, who nominated Redger for the award as her supervisor at Parkside.

?As far as I know I don?t think she has ever missed a day without putting it first in the schedule when she needs a day off,? he said. ?She?s here all the time, she?s dependable, she?s the life of the kitchen.

?She?s our cheerleader.?

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Fire marshal will reverse jail opinion

The State Fire Marshal?s Office has decided to reverse its opinion to limit the Marion County Jail to four prisoners and to require a 24-hour fire watch.

The decision came following talks by phone with County Attorney Susan Robson and the county?s consulting architect, Tony Rangel of Law Kingdon, Wichita.

Instead, Robson said Thurs?day during a special session of the Marion County Commission, SFMO will allow 120 square feet per person on the second floor of the jail building. This translates into a total of 20 persons, including around 16-plus prisoners plus county personnel such as dispatchers.

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City to delay decision on funding move

The Hillsboro City Council opted at its Sept. 21 meeting to wait until after the first of the year to decide what direction to go for funding the city?s economic-development staff position into the future.

The council had voted Aug. 17 to cover the city?s portion (86.83 percent) of the $63,954 salary-and-benefits package for the director position in 2011 with transfers from the electrical utility.

Councilor Shelby Dirks, who was not able to attend the Aug. 27 meeting, strongly challenged the council?s decision at the end of the council?s Sept. 7 meeting.

Dirks said the position should be funded with a mill-levy increase designated for the city?s industrial fund via a ballot initiative.

Dirks?s preference was voiced in absentia at the Aug. 27 meeting by Mayor Delores Dalke.

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Out of the bottle
Out of the bottle

Out of the bottle

Container Service Inc. has experienced steady growth since its start in 1991, but the success of the Hillsboro company has been bottled up, so to speak, in regard to public awareness.

?I think most people have no idea what goes on here,? co-owner and executive vice president for sales and marketing Darrell Driggers said of the stock and custom plastic bottle business located in the Hillsboro Industrial Park.

To enter the company?s 74,000-square-foot facility, which includes a warehouse the length of a football field, is to enter a surreal world of around 35 workers with hairnets hustling through thousands of plastic bottles each hour in multiple forms and sizes.

In the container industry, CSI is known as a ?custom blow molder? because workers take test-tube-looking plastic preforms and run them through sophisticated machines that use heat and air pressure to ?blow? the preforms into the desired shape and thickness.

CSI?s most well-known product are the honey-bear bottles created primarily for its local neighbor, Golden Heritage Foods, one of the nation?s leading honey processors.

But the customer list also includes companies that sell automotive, floor care, household chemical, animal-health pharmaceutical and even black powder products.

Within the past year, CSI has added perhaps its most widely known client, Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing, which will translate into multi-million units annually.

A place to start

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Hot time for arts & crafts
Hot time for arts & crafts

Hot time for arts & crafts

Except for a some heat-related challenges, officials report Saturday?s 41st annual Arts & Crafts Fair was a good one for participants and most exhibitors.

Law enforcement estimated the total crowd at close to 50,000 people, based on the parking situation at designated lots and elsewhere around the downtown area.

?They started coming in maybe a little later than normal,? Police Chief Dan Kinning said. ?It was 8:30 or 9 (a.m.) before they really started hitting us. We had to start doing traffic about 8:30.?

Kinning said the open lawn area south of the former AMPI building usually accommodates only 10 to 15 cars when other lots are full. This year, that area was parked full.

?I know all the other parking lots were fairly well filled up,? he said. ?They were parking on Ash Street (all the way) to Alco and on Third Street all the way down to Madison,? he said.

?From probably about 10 in the morning until 1 (p.m.), the crowd was so thick that we (officers) had to stand on the outside and just watch.?

Most exhibitors reported solid sales, officials said, although totals won?t be known for several days yet.

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County moving toward legal action on jail

The Marion County Com?mission decided Monday it is ready to talk to County Attorney Susan Robson about filing for a court injunction to halt directives from the State Fire Marshal?s Office concerning the county jail.

Sheriff Rob Craft said a memo he shared with Tony Rangel, consulting architect from the Wichita firm of Law Kingdon, makes it obvious that the SFMO has no interest in working with the county to find alternate solutions to its directives stemming from an inspection earlier this summer.

Craft said SFMO says the jail can only house four prisoners when the jail population often ranges from 10 to 14 inmates. He told the commissioners that before the county gets in the position of paying $1,000 daily fines to SMFO, he needs to arrange with another county to transport prisoners there.

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Businesses step up to save newspaper at Hillsboro High

USD 410 patrons will continue to read the Hillsboro High School student newspaper within the pages of the Hillsboro Free Press, thanks to the efforts of two Hillsboro businessmen.

Funding for the Oracle was eliminated for the 2010-11 school year as part of USD 410 budget cuts. But thanks to Joel Klaassen, Free Press publisher, and Lyle Ediger, Midway Motors general sales manager, the Oracle lives on.

?When I found out the school wasn?t sponsoring the Oracle, I thought we couldn?t have that,? Klaassen said.

Said Ediger: ?Basically what happened was I heard through the grapevine that the school couldn?t sponsor (the Oracle) anymore. So I talked to Joel and I said, ?Well, what would happen if I sponsored it so the kids could still have this???

Klaassen and Ediger saw this as a chance to help support the school.

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Olde Towne reopens with new owner and interior facelift
Olde Towne reopens with new owner and interior facelift

Olde Towne reopens with new owner and interior facelift

A Hillsboro dining institution, combined with the determination and energy of a veteran Marion County restauranteur, will come to full expression today with the grand re-opening of Olde Town Restaurant and Bakery.

Owner Brenda McGinness will open the doors at 3 p.m. to a thoroughly remodeled business that combines full-service dining seven days a week with her Brenda?s Bloomers Flowers & Gifts business in the historic 1887 building at 126 N. Main.

?I just believe this is what God wants me to do and I have to do it,? McGinness said about the project. ?This is a gift he?s given me to do, and I just want to spread that around and love people.?

Though divinely inspired, opening for business has taken 10 months and a ton of human energy.

?This is easily the biggest project I?ve done,? McGinness said. ?I started with little and have progressively grown. This is the biggie.?

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Organizers expect 20,000 visitors

Art in the Park organizers are predicting more than 20,000 visitors and nearly 150 exhibitors will converge Saturday for the 32nd annual fair in Marion?s Central Park.

The show is sponsored by the Marion Chamber of Commerce, with many favorite crafters returning. They showcase limestone and metal art, soups, candles, baskets, clothing, jewelry, photography and more, said Judy Christiansen, committee chair.

?We will also have a lot of new vendors too,? she said. ?One of the exhibitors has unique handmade jewelry and a couple others will have salsa and homemade jams.?

Another new component to this year?s event will be Wiscon?sin cheese, she said.

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Volunteers may hit a new high

With as many local volunteers as the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Association recruits each year for the annual fair, this year may involve even more. Renee Gillkey, fair director, said between 150 and 200 volunteers have signed up?and that doesn?t even include the volunteers who will help as local food vendors. ?We have more community involvement this year than we?ve […]

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