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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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Top turnout in trying times
Top turnout in trying times

Top turnout in trying times

The deeper the budget crisis, the bigger the turnout.

Judging from attendance last year and this year, that seems to be the formula for enticing local voters to attend a legislative coffee with their state legislators.

Following a memorably high turnout of about 45 people a year ago, around 60 crowded into the east meeting room of Hillsboro?s city hall early Saturday morning to hear reports from Rep. Bob Brookens and Sen. Jim Barnett.

The news wasn?t good.

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Her wonderful way with wood
Her wonderful way with wood

Her wonderful way with wood

When it comes to creating beauty from a piece of wood, the possibilities are endless for Bessie Bass, 93, of Marion, who has spent more than 80 years perfecting her talent.

Local people might know her best for the hundreds of wooden calendars she has made, using interchangeable numbered days of the week and reminders of special dates.

?I have sold so many,? Bass said, ?but I cannot remember the exact number.?

Her calendars are on walls or businesses as close as Hillsboro and Marion to as far away as Hawaii, Spain and Canada.

Bass hand-painted each day of the week, adding separate blocks for notable days of the month, such as time changes, Groundhog Day and the first day of winter.

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Fire claims another house in Lehigh
Fire claims another house in Lehigh

Fire claims another house in Lehigh

Fire destroyed a two-story home at 201 S. Prospect in Lehigh early Tuesday morning, Feb. 23. But the owners, Vance and Chelsea Hill, their three children and family pets escaped unharmed.

?I woke up coughing,? Vance Hill said, ?and the smoke in the bedroom was thick.?

Hill said he, Chelsea and their children, Dylan, 13, Hanna, 10, and Justin, 9, ran from the house to safety.

Chelsea Hill said that once they were all out of the house, she thought there might be enough time to grab some clean clothing near the door, but in that short moment, the flames made it impossible to even try.

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Holub calls for town meeting this evening
Holub calls for town meeting this evening

Holub calls for town meeting this evening

A new county jail, concern about the tax exemption for the Trans?Canada Keystone Pipeline and the cost of maintaining roads could be among the issues discussed at a town hall meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Marion City Hall basement, 208 E. Sante Fe.

Dan Holub, Marion County commissioner, has held a town hall meeting for the past four years as a way to give constituents a chance to ask questions.

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Regional Wrestling Wars: Twists of fate
Regional Wrestling Wars: Twists of fate

Regional Wrestling Wars: Twists of fate

Fortunes took a variety of turns at the Class 3-2-1A regional wrestling tournament in Marion on Friday and Saturday. In the top photo, Hillsboro?s Aaron Bina turns his opponent?s world upside-down in their consolation-finals match. Below, Marion?s Colton Johnson (in red) does a similar number on one of his foes. Both Bina and Johnson qualified for the state wrestling tournament […]

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Ice storm results in 2-fatality accident

A Goddard couple died Saturday, Feb. 20, when their car skidded sideways into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 56 near Marion.

On Monday, Marion County Undersheriff Dave Huntley said Diane Brown, 57, and her passenger, Kenneth Brown, 61, were westbound?at the 300 mile marker?when their 2005 Chevy Impala lost control on the ice-covered bridge near Marion.

As the Impala slid sideways across the bridge, Huntley said, it was hit by an eastbound semi-truck owned by RDG Trucking and driven by Johnny Johnson, 37, of Emporia.

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Hillsboro council to reconsider atrazine arguments

The Hillsboro City Council will be reviewing the arguments that led to its decision last March to join with other cities in a class-action suit against the makers of atrazine, a commonly used agricultural herbicide in the United States.

City Administrator Larry Paine said at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Hillsboro City Council that an executive session based on ?lawyer/client privilege? is planned for council members March 23.

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Legislators to make two stops in county Feb. 27
Legislators to make two stops in county Feb. 27

Legislators to make two stops in county Feb. 27

Kansas Sen. Jim Barnett of Emporia and Rep. Robert Brookens of Marion will be at the Hillsboro City Building, 118 E. Grand, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, for a legislative coffee. Following that session, the elected legislators will be at Zimmerman?s coffee shop, 125 E, Main in Marion at 10 a.m. ?Come meet your legislators, have your concerns addressed, […]

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