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Council OKs abatement for Industries

After a public hearing that did not elicit comments from the general public, the Hillsboro City Council approved an ordinance at its Aug. 21 meeting that would grant 10 years of property-tax abatement for an expansion project initiated by a local trailer manufacturer.

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At your service…Tabor’s ‘First Lady’ lends a hand to new students
At your service…Tabor’s ‘First Lady’ lends a hand to new students

At your service…Tabor’s ‘First Lady’ lends a hand to new students

TCelainenikkel.jpg Phyllis Richert photo. Click image to enlarge Elaine Nikkel, whose husband Larry is president of Tabor College, volunteered her services amid the rainy Friday weather to help a new freshman move her belongings into her dorm room. Freshmen students and their parents participated in various orientation activities over the weekend in preparation for their first year of college. Classes […]

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Sale of concrete boots gives Florence park project a kickstart
Sale of concrete boots gives Florence park project a kickstart

Sale of concrete boots gives Florence park project a kickstart

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Members of the Florence PRIDE Committee gather around three samples of the 80-pound concrete boots they are selling to raise money to renovate Veteran?s Park. ?When you?re going to do a project that big, you?re going to need funds,? said committee chair Sue Klassen (standing, far right). ?That?s where the boot project came in.? Click image to enlarge
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The re-bar sign, now marking the entrance to Veterans? Park, will be replaced with a new one. The numerous changes planned for the park are projected to cost $41,000. The eagle and flag painted on an adjacent building adds to the park?s patriotic theme. Malinda Just / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

Lugging nearly 80 pounds of solid concrete in the form of a cowboy boot, Sue Klassen was full of PRIDE as she displayed the boots on a table in the Florence ambulance building.

Klassen, chair of Florence PRIDE since October 2003, said the organization is selling the concrete boots, painted or unpainted, as a fund-raiser for the renovation of the downtown Veteran?s Park.

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New Super has come so far, and yet so close
New Super has come so far, and yet so close

New Super has come so far, and yet so close

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Jerri Kemble was a principal in the Chap?man school district before becoming Centre?s new superintendent, but she has lived in nearby Herington for almost all of her life. Kemble is one of only 39 women currently serving as superintendent of one of the 296 school districts in Kansas. Click image to enlarge

Jerri Kemble has risen to the top of her professional field, and even broken a barrier of sorts along the way?all without leaving the supportive confines of her extended backyard.

The new superintendent for the Centre school district has called neighboring Herington ?home? all of her life.

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‘Thanks’ on Tanks- a highway reminder
‘Thanks’ on Tanks- a highway reminder

‘Thanks’ on Tanks- a highway reminder

APIClementCloseP8162550.jpg APIClementP8162555.jpg B.J. Clement (top photo), a member of the API Producers Inc. elevator team in Durham, takes a break from affixing a U.S. flag decal near the top of one of the company?s newly painted fuel storage tanks along Kansas Highway 15. Clement said he and coworker Tim Svobda, shown in the left photo operating the hydraulic lift for […]

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Prairie Wranglers to perform at Florence event
Prairie Wranglers to perform at Florence event

Prairie Wranglers to perform at Florence event

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Prairie Wranglers members Orin Friesen, Jim Farrell and Stu Stuart are scheduled to perform during the Florence Labor Day weekend. The downtown concert is planned for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. Courtesy photo. Click image to enlarge

The Prairie Rose Wranglers, now known as the Prairie Wranglers, will be the featured entertainment in Florence Sunday, Sept. 2, during the Labor Day celebration.

The group is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. downtown. A $4 Florence Labor Day button is required for admission; lawn chairs are recommended.

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City water issue should clear up, supervisor says

Hillsboro residents who have encountered incidences of discolored city water over the past few months should be in the clear again, according to the city?s chief water manager.

Morgan Marler, water-treatment plant supervisor, said she is hopeful the issues that have contributed to a yellowish hue to the water have been corrected.

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Retired couple finds a way to scratch their itch to travel
Retired couple finds a way to scratch their itch to travel

Retired couple finds a way to scratch their itch to travel

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Joan and Jerry Jost, who live on West B Street in Hillsboro, were preparing Friday evening to drive these two new nine-passenger buses to Dallas over the weekend. The buses will be repainted and customized for use by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).Don Ratzlaff / Free Press . Click image to enlarge.

 

A little more than a year ago, Joan and Jerry Jost looked to their retirement years with a desire to travel around the United States, but didn?t feel they had the financial means to do it.

Since then, the Hillsboro couple, whether together or on their own, have taken more than 30 trips and logged more than 60,000 miles along U.S. highways.

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New administrator initiates door-to-door contacts
New administrator initiates door-to-door contacts

New administrator initiates door-to-door contacts

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Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine pauses by one of the the downtown signposts directing visitors to Main Street businesses. Paine says he has been looking up business owners since coming on board July 23 in an effort to get a better feel for the local business
climate and to build a positive working relationship between business and city government. Don Ratzlaff. Free Press. Click image to enlarge

Larry Paine has hit the ground running since he officially began work July 23 as Hillsboro?s new city administrator. And one of the first places he has been running to is the office door of local businesses.

As part of his self-imposed orientation regime, Paine has made meeting business owners a priority during these first days. He plans to contact every business and industry owner within the next few weeks.

?It?s nice to get out and talk to people in the community so they know, ?Who is this person the city council hired??? said Paine, who came to Hillsboro from a similar role at Concordia.

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School board undecided on central facility

The Board of Education for Unified School District 410 received the green light to authorize ?the offering for sale of general obligation bonds? for three of the four facility improvement projects approved in the bond election.

Superintendent Doug Huxman reported that an agreement had been reached between litigation parties so that bonds for $4.605 million?the ?non-Tabor portion? of the election?can be sold.

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