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Seat Belt may have torn in teens’ fatal accident

Marion County Sheriff Lee Becker said that Clarissa Torronez, 17, of Peabody apparently did all she could as a skillful driver to regain control of her car in a one-car accident Sunday, May 18, in which her sister, Kylie, 15, died.

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Support builds for train stop in Peabody

Joining the Marion County Board of Commissioners and the Marion City Council, the Hillsboro City Council passed a resolution last week throwing its support behind Peabody?s pursuit of establishing a passenger station along a rail route being proposed by the Northern Flyer Alliance.

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Small town a big stop for this Railroad
Small town a big stop for this Railroad

Small town a big stop for this Railroad

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Grand Funk Railroad will be pulling into Marion for a concert on June 7. The current band members are (from left) Bruce Kulick, Mel Schacher, Don Brewer, Max Carl and Tim Cashion. Schacher and Brewer are original members.

To the people of Marion,?Be ready to smile, and be ready to sweat,? said Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer. ?We?re coming to your town.?

Brewer said he meant every word of the last part of the quote, which comes from a line in Grand Funk?s multi-million selling hit, ?We?re An American Band.?

That?s because, he said, he loves festivals and the people who come to them??the kids, the parents, the grandparents, just everybody.

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Nine valedictorians speak to quality, not just quantity
Nine valedictorians speak to quality, not just quantity

Nine valedictorians speak to quality, not just quantity

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Mathew Brown offers one of three valedictorian addresses at Sunday?s commencement. Eight fellow valedictorians look on: (from left) Ben Bebermeyer, Lauren Just, Jessica Klose, Amber Loewen, Meghan Jost, Anna Woelk, Jandi Nikkel and Grant Schneider. Phyllis Richert photo.

What does it mean when 13 of the 63 members of a high school graduating classes carry the title of either valedictorian or salutatorian?

It simply means the class, collectively, was one of the highest academic achieving classes in school history, according to Hillsboro High School principal Dale Honeck.

A record nine seniors in the 2008 class at Hillsboro High Schools were honored as valedictorians during commencement on Sunday, for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during their high school careers.

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Competive drive leads to ‘Loser’ victory
Competive drive leads to ‘Loser’ victory

Competive drive leads to ‘Loser’ victory

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Stan Williams uses on old belt to demonstrate how his waistline shrank during the ?Biggest Loser? contest. Williams claimed first place when he dropped 36 percent of his body weight during the first four months of 2008.

Stan Williams admits he is competitive in anything he sets his mind to.

The drag-racing hobbyist from Marion applied his iron will to his bulging waistline and came away the big winner in the county-wide ?Biggest Loser? contest, which ended the first week of May.

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Hard work turned losers into winners

?Amazing? is how Jeanne Rziha describes the impact of this spring?s ?Biggest Loser? weight-loss contest she spearheaded.

?I was amazed by how much people lost,? said Rziha, wellness coordinator at Greenhaw Phar?macy, Hills?boro.

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Big-name band tradition began with luck
Big-name band tradition began with luck

Big-name band tradition began with luck

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Keith Burns and Aubrey Collins of Trick Poney perform at the 2007 featured concert, continuing a tradition of big-name bands at Chingawassa Days. These year?s act will be Grand Funk Railroad.

Mike Powers heard disc jockey Clark Sanders of the Golden Oldies Rock 98.5 station wonder, a few years ago, how a small town like Marion could attract a big-name band like Three Dog Night for Chinga?wassa Days when larger cities couldn?t.

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Jules Glanzer inaugurated as Tabor College’s 13th President
Jules Glanzer inaugurated as Tabor College’s 13th President

Jules Glanzer inaugurated as Tabor College’s 13th President

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TOP: Jules Glanzer (right), 13th president of Tabor College, receives
words of wisdom from his predecessor, Larry Nikkel, as well as previous
presidents (left from Nikkel) H. David Brandt and Vernon Janzen.

BOTTOM LEFT:
Richard Cantwell conducts the Tabor College
Symphonic. Band at the inauguration
ceremony. BOTTOM RIGHT: Futurist and author Leonard Sweet
delivers the keynote address. In it, Sweet presented Glanzer with a
variety of spiritually symbolic gifts to enlighten his presidential
trek, including a copy of the children?s book, ?Dr. Seuss's ABC: An
Amazing Alphabet Book.?

Affirmed by three former presidents and encouraged by a futuristic Christian author, mentor and friend, Jules Glanzer was inaugurated Friday evening as the 13th president of Tabor College.

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City sells lots to two developers

The Hillsboro City Council approved contracts of the sale of city-owned commercial property to two separate developers during a special meeting Monday.

Three lots were sold in the newly platted Hillsboro Business Park to JKC, LLC. The property reportedly will be used by Mid?way Motors of McPherson to build a new a automobile dealership. Midway Motors recently acquired Irv Schroeder Country Motors in Hillsboro.

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Math prof has pushed students to strive for elegance
Math prof has pushed students to strive for elegance

Math prof has pushed students to strive for elegance

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Frank Brenneman enjoys his final days in his office in the Mary J. Regier Building. Brenneman is completing his 33rd and final year as mathematics instructor at Tabor College. He has been largely responsible for the establishing a strong reputation for the department. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Frank Brenneman speaks about his passion for mathematics as if it were poetry.

?It?s a very artistic thing,? said the longtime professor of mathematical sciences at Tabor College. ?It?s not only wanting to get it proved, you want to polish that proof. You want it to be elegant.?

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