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Familiar face, new role
Familiar face, new role

Familiar face, new role

The new year will start off with a new city administrator in Marion.

Doug Kjellin, the city?s economic development director, was appointed to that position after David Mayfield announced plans to retire Dec. 31.

?I am very motivated,? Kjellin said about the city administrator?s job, ?and I am ready to serve the people of Marion.?

Challenges

?We don?t want to contemplate a continuing shrinking economy,? Kjellin said, ?but we better plan for the worst and hope for the best.?

With the 2012 budget workshops beginning in the spring, Kjellin, who was born and raised in Marion County, said it would help to have a crystal ball and see where the city will be.

Some questions he considers for the 2012 year include how best to allocate the city?s resources; what a comfortable debt structure might be; what would be the dollar amount to put away for a rainy day and addressing matters in a proactive manner to get the best value for expenditures.

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Groundbreaking at last / Ceremony marks start of hospital project
Groundbreaking at last / Ceremony marks start of hospital project

Groundbreaking at last / Ceremony marks start of hospital project

Around 90 people converged early Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 14, on the southwest corner of Industrial Road and U.S. High?way 56 to witness or participate in the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony for the new $10 million Hillsboro Community Hospital.

The facility is being constructed by its private-industry owner, HMC/CAH Consolidated, based in Kansas City.

Armed with hot coffee and cider in commemorative HCH mugs, participants braved a modest north wind and temperatures in the upper 20s to observe the symbolic start of construction of the 15-bed critical-access hospital.

Following the playing of the national anthem by the Hills?boro High School band and a prayer by Zion Lutheran Church pastor Brad Huebner, HCH Chief Executive Officer Mike Ryan greeted the small crowd and introduced special guests.

Among those offering comments were Larry Arthur, HMC/CAH president, State Rep. Bob Brookens and Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke.

Arthur said the new facility should enable the company to provide health-care services to the area for at least the next 30 years. He credited the community of Hillsboro and the staff of HCH for the making the groundbreaking possible after an extended delay to find funding through USDA Rural Develop?ment.

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Lit up for the season
Lit up for the season

Lit up for the season

The H.W. Lohrenz administration building on the Tabor Campus is a striking sight with the holiday lighting outlining the venerable building. The lights will shine through the holidays even though students completed finals las week Thursday. Classes will resume Jan. 4.

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New display combines light, sound
New display combines light, sound

New display combines light, sound

Hillsboro physician Randy Claassen has combined his interest in electronics with his enjoyment of Christmas music to create a synchronized light-and-music display at his rural home west of Hillsboro. The entire program is about nine minutes long and involves nearly 5,000 lights. ?I saw one in Wichita last year, and I thought, man, that would be cool,? Claassen said. ?Being […]

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Hillsboro TIF plan stirs tiff with school and county

USD 410 concerned with loss of tax revenue ? USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble came to last Tuesday?s Hillsboro City Council meeting to present questions from school board members about the impact the city-initiated tax increment finance district (TIF) would have on local schools. Noble received answers to his questions, but along the way discovered it was too late for […]

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Versch art display features football, mandolin and Santa
Versch art display features football, mandolin and Santa

Versch art display features football, mandolin and Santa

A unique collection of Christmas artwork is currently on display at Gallery 101 in Marion, said Jan Davis, owner. Using a variety of media, Jim Versch, a teacher at Marion High School, has been creating Christmas presents for his wife, Judy, using three themes: a Nebraska football, a mandolin and a Santa Claus. ?Judy likes college sports and particularly Nebraska,? […]

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Marion gearing for Westboro protest
Marion gearing for Westboro protest

Marion gearing for Westboro protest

Less than one week after misdemeanor charges were filed against a Marion man allegedly stalking Westboro Church members in Sedgwick County, the group has planned a protest at Marion?s Catholic church this Sunday.

The apparent motive for choosing the city of Marion as one of the group?s protest sites is the recent arrest Ryan J. Newell, 26, a severely injured military veteran, who was arrested for alleged crimes against the Topeka-based church led by Fred Phelps.

The church?s Web site stated, ?No wonder ther (sic) perverse veterans of Marion believe the proper reaction to Gospel preaching is violence. They?ve only ever been lied to about the Lord?s word from any pulpit in Marion, KS!?

Marion veteran arrested

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Kids wrestling tourney draws 200 hopefuls
Kids wrestling tourney draws 200 hopefuls

Kids wrestling tourney draws 200 hopefuls

? Under the watchful eye of the official, Travis King of Hillsboro works for a pin against his opponent, Hannah Kreutzer of Nickerson, during their first-round matchup in the Hillsboro Takedown Tournament Saturday at Robert C. Brown Gymnasium. Travis, wrestling in the 12 & under division, accomplished the pin moments later and finished with a 1-2 record. Below, Chance Shults […]

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Marion?s Mayfield to retire
Marion?s Mayfield to retire

Marion?s Mayfield to retire

Marion City Administrator David Mayfield, 62, is retiring Jan. 1 after serving more than eight years in that position.

Doug Kjellin, the city?s economic development director, will take over as interim administrator until the council decides whether to search for a permanent replacement or approve Kjellin for the job.

Kjellin, who returned to his home near Marion in July 2008, talked about Mayfield and his work as city administrator.

?David is a huge asset to this community,? he said. ?It is a thankless job.?

For Mayfield, the job presented a lot of challenges, but he said he always enjoyed his work.

?My philosophy is to surround myself with people smarter than me,? he said.

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Hillsboro couple remembers magazine photo spread that captured their family Christmas 65 years ago
Hillsboro couple remembers magazine photo spread that captured their family Christmas 65 years ago

Hillsboro couple remembers magazine photo spread that captured their family Christmas 65 years ago

Most people have Christmas memories from days gone by, but few would have those memories captured forever in the pages of a national magazine.

Anytime they choose, Myra Lee and Levern Love of Hills?boro can relive their extended family Christmas celebration 65 years ago in a photo spread featured in the Dec. 24, 1945, issue of Life magazine.

?It was a big event,? Myra Lee said about the local response in the small town of Neosho Rapids, near Emporia, when the magazine hit the newsstands.

The holiday gathering of James and Garland Irwin?s family included seven children, four grandchildren, two sons-in-law and an uncle.

Myra Lee, one of the Irwins? daughters, said Life was looking for a family that had several members coming home from the service in the days following the end of World War II.

For potential leads, Life had contacted William Allen White, legendary editor of the Emporia Gazette.

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