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Foundation reports major gifts for community?s benefit
Foundation reports major gifts for community?s benefit

Foundation reports major gifts for community?s benefit

Leaders of the Hillsboro Community Foundation led a celebration of past, present and anticipated activity during a community-wide appreciation dinner Tues?day, Nov. 9, at the Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church Activity Center.

Key announcements included receipt of a bequest exceeding $350,000 from the estate of Hills?boro resident Marga Ebel, a matching-fund grant of up to $300,000 from the Kansas Health Foundation and the appointment of HFC?s first staff person.

The financial developments, which included a fundraising campaign to take full advantage of the KHF matching grant, could push the combined assets of HCF to well over $1 million within six years, according to Keith Harder, chairman of the HCF board.

?We had about $250,000 in our Impact Fund, and with what we?ve already received from the Ebel estate and the Kansas Health Foundation, we now have about $600,000 under the foundation umbrella,? Harder said.

?If we receive the additional matching requirement and the rest of the Kansas Health Foundation grant, it will be in excess of $1 million.?

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Local benefactor lived modestly
Local benefactor lived modestly

Local benefactor lived modestly

Relatively few people knew Marga Ebel during the years she lived in the community, but her estate gift of $350,000 to the Hillsboro Com?munity Founda?tion will do a lot of good for local children in the years to come.

Delores Dalke, mayor of Hills?boro and Ebel?s friend and power of attorney in her later years, said her story is a classic example of surprising charitable impact: An elderly person with a spartan lifestyle and low profile who leaves behind a sizeable financial gift to benefit a good cause.

?A lot of people didn?t even know her,? Dalke said of Ebel. ?I had no idea, when her life was all over, that she would make such a splash here in the community.?

Ebel?s posthumous impact would have been hard to predict. She was born in Nebraska as the only child of Otto and Lydia Ebel, immigrants from Ger?many. The family eventually returned to the homeland, where the father ran a candy factory.

?Marga had a great childhood in Germany, going to school and in later years she loved to tell about the parties and other events she attended,? Dalke said.

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Toy Run delivers gifts for the kids
Toy Run delivers gifts for the kids

Toy Run delivers gifts for the kids

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Hundreds of leather-clad motorcyclists carrying stuffed animals, games and other toys were greeted with smiles and waves from Hillsboro bystanders during the 17th annual Marion County Toy Run Saturday.

About 120 motorcycles roared down Main Street, stopping first at Hillsboro State Bank to drop off toys before heading on to the annual auction and chili feed at American Legion Post 366.

?We had a wonderful turnout (at the bank),? said Shelley Rooker, who coordinated the drive at HSB and served as clerk at the auction.

Organizers said they were also pleased with the number of supporters attending the auction.

?The riders spend their own money to buy the toys,? Rooker said.

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Election draws voters across county
Election draws voters across county

Election draws voters across county

Marion County voters were out in full force for last Tuesday?s general election with 60 percent of residents casting ballots in either Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody, Goessel, Burns, Tampa, Florence or Lincolnville.

Of the 7,658 registered voters, 4,512 ballots were counted.

?It was a very good turnout for a gubernatorial year,? said Carol Maggard, county clerk.

Election officer Rhonda Toal agreed, adding that the only higher percentage in recent years was in 2008 with 76 percent of voters going to the polls in the presidential election.

The high number of voters also left little doubt as to who and what political party they wanted in the various offices.

One of the most watched races in Marion County was for state senator in the 17th District with Republican Jeff Long?bine, appointed in October to the seat held formerly by Jim Barnett, being challenged by Democrat Jerry Karr of Emporia.

Longbine received 70 percent of the vote in Marion County to easily defeat Karr. Ballots cast for Longbine were 2,468 to Karr?s 1,073.

The total across the 17th District had Longbine with 9,929 votes and Karr with 7,385. Karr carried Lyon County with 4,632 votes to Longbine?s 3,882. The district covers parts of Green?wood, Coffey, Chase, Marion, Morris and Osage counties.

In the race for U.S. Senator, Republican Rep. Jerry Moran of Hays easily defeated his opponents in Marion County with 3,832 votes. Democratic challenger Lisa Johnston, a college administrator, received 565 votes with Joseph K. Bellis, independent candidate, capturing 37 votes and Libertarian Michael Dann receiving 54 votes.

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Groups rally to give woman mobility
Groups rally to give woman mobility

Groups rally to give woman mobility

Tammy Chizek, 50, a resident of Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, was diagnosed with multiple schlerosis at 33. Because her disease is advancing, she needs a $14,000 electric wheelchair to assist in her mobility.

Prior to being diagnosed with the disease, Chizek said she would have symptoms that would come and go. Sometimes there would be numbness on her left side and the next time on her right side.

It was Dec. 21, 1993, she said, when she had an MRI done to determine what was wrong.

?I couldn?t wait through the holidays to know what was wrong with me,? she said.

When she found out the results, she had no idea what the disease was.

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Holub favors probe of campaign gifts
Holub favors probe of campaign gifts

Holub favors probe of campaign gifts

Marion County Commis?sioner Dan Holub said Friday he will press for the Kansas Secretary of State to investigate legislative campaign contributions on behalf of the six counties involved in trying to halt a 10-year Kansas tax exemption for TransCanada Keystone Pipeline.

Holub said he also will push for the six counties to get a court injunction to halt the exemption if they aren?t successful in stopping it in the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals.

He added that he will push for the investigation into campaign contributions even if repeal of the tax exemption is granted.

Responding to questions at a Marion County Commission election canvass meeting, Holub said he isn?t making accusations against anyone. But, he said, he can?t understand why none of the legislators that county commissioners had asked for information or help over the last year ever responded, except for Rep. Bob Brookens.

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Impact grants help stock shelves
Impact grants help stock shelves

Impact grants help stock shelves

Main Street Ministries would have a difficult time keeping its food bank stocked for people needing assistance without help from the Hillsboro Community Foundation Area Impact Fund grant, says Dale Nuss, MSM board chairman.

For the third year, Main Street is applying for a grant, which provides money for charitable organizations in Hillsboro and surrounding communities.

?During the fall, the Boy Scouts, churches and hospital have food drives that help keep food on the shelves,? Nuss said.

By the first of January, he added, the food bank is nearly depleted.

?Dry goods are used continually, and we have an ongoing need for meat, which is expensive,? Nuss said.

MSM residents?or sojourners, as staff members refer to the single mothers and their child?ren?are provided with meat one night a week from the food bank, according to Nuss.

The food bank also is available for other area residents who need help.

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Fan-tastic time for students at state
Fan-tastic time for students at state

Fan-tastic time for students at state

The Hillsboro High School student section cheers a big point by their volleyball team during the Class 3A state tournament Friday at the Bicentennial Center in Salina. The Trojans celebrated a first-round win in pool play over Cherokee Southeast (left photo) then ended their season with losses to Atchison County Community and Osage City.

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Ghouls & grins
Ghouls & grins

Ghouls & grins

A pair of otherwise unidentified odd fellows wait their turn for candy… or mischief.

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County, Keystone settle on damages

Marion County commissioners reached a $431,043 settlement for road repair Friday with TransCanada Keystone Pipeline. The payments were for damage caused by the company?s heavy trucks and equipment during construction this year of the oil sand slurry pipeline from Canada to a refinery at Cushing, Okla. Bill Smock, Keystone project manager, told the commissioners that his company was prepared to […]

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