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Neighbors in deed to friends in need

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In less than three months, Army Sgt. Ryan Newell, 25, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan, will be handed the keys to his family?s new 2,700 square-foot home in Marion.

?I haven?t been able to process all of this,? he said. ?Friday morning, there was only a slab of concrete.?

The project started more than five months ago, though, when Newell applied for a home through ?Homes for Our Troops? after losing both legs from an Improvised Explosive Device or IED in January 2009.

?Community Conversation? fosters civil exchange

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Most of the 100 chairs were filled Thursday evening at the ?Community Conversation? with Unified School District 410?s Board of Education and its superintendent at the Gordon Mohn Community Center at Hillsboro Elementary School.

At the public meeting, USD 410 patrons asked questions and gave feedback regarding cuts under consideration to cover a $300,000 budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Found funds end MCSEC budget crisis for now

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Instead of more than a $1 million deficit at the end of this year, the Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board is looking at a cash carryover of more than $325,000, according to information presented at a special meeting Thursday in Hills?boro.

Based on information that the co-op would be more than $1 million in the red, MCSEC board members were considering selling its building in Marion and cutting more than $700,000 in salaries for the 2010-11 school year.

Provisional ballots tip Marion race at the end

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A Marion City Council race that was too close to call during last week?s initial election tally ended Monday with Jerry Kline defeating Richard Varenhorst by three votes for one of the two available seats.

Seven provisional ballots all with votes for Kline sealed his victory after Marion County commissioners canvassed votes Monday prior to their regular meeting.

None of the other races in Marion were affected by the provisional ballots, other than vote totals.

Hillsboro council OKs training plan

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The Hillsboro City Council voted at its April 6 meeting to hire a professional consultant to lead a training seminar for volunteer members of city boards.

By a 3-1 vote, the council approved the hiring of Mike Conduff, author of the book ?The On Target Board Member? and president and chief executive officer of the Elim Group in Denton, Texas, to lead the seminar, which is still to be arranged.