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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
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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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Residents voice concerns about rain drainage

Concerns about water drain?age problems in residential yards after significant rainfall continued to gather at Hillsboro City Council meetings like…well, water in residential yards after significant rainfall.

Nine residents from the west side of South Wilson Street met with the council during its Aug. 7 meeting to express their frustration with inadequate drainage in their backyards.

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Hillsboro foursome soars at national technology contest
Hillsboro foursome soars at national technology contest

Hillsboro foursome soars at national technology contest

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Members of the Hillsboro High School TSA team that competed at the national TSA conference in Nashville this summer pose with the three trophies commemorating their top-10 finishes, and with the two model planes and bridge they entered. From left are Lonnie Benda, Isaac Leihy, Evan Just and Neil Kaiser. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

Preparation pays off.

That?s the lesson Hillsboro High School technology instructor Creigh Bell thinks enabled four of his students to come home with three trophies from 29th annual National Technol?ogy Student Association Confer?ence in Nashville in late June.

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County hires new director for EMS

After a 30-minute executive session on personnel, Marion County Commission chairman Randy Dallke announced the hiring of Steve Smith as the county?s director of Emergency Medical Services, effective Aug. 27.

Dallke said Smith begins with a salary of $31,000, and, following an evaluation after the first six months, will receive a $1,000 raise.

In the meantime, Gene Winkler is serving as interim director.

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Threshing good times
Threshing good times

Threshing good times

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Quilters piece together blankets of gratitude for wounded
Quilters piece together blankets of gratitude for wounded

Quilters piece together blankets of gratitude for wounded

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Mary Lancaster and Paula Perry display the quilt they made as part of Country Stitchers Quilting Guild?s service project, Quilts of Valor. Sheila Nuss and Jan Meisinger also worked on the quilt.
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This is the note that is stitched into every Quilt of Valor made by the Country Stitchers Guild.

The hands of Country Stitchers quilters have been busy piecing and stitching quilts for U.S. military personnel wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"I know of at least eight (quilts), but that doesn't mean that there aren't more," said member Paula Perry about the number made by members of Marion County?s quilting guild. "I've heard of people saying they're going to make one or they're working on one."

Making those quilts has been Country Stitchers? service project this past year, Perry said.

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