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Standing Tall

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With prosthesis leg in tow, Pete Richert displays the balance he?s developed during his physical therapy sessions at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Click image to enlarge.

Pete Richert isn't letting an amputated leg keep him from running after his dreams

Pete Richert may have lost a leg, but he hasn?t lost heart.

The Hillsboro native, whose left leg was amputated above the knee after a roadside-bomb incident Feb. 22 while serving in Iraq with fellow National Guards??men, continues his rehabilitation at Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas.

The former standout distance runner at Hillsboro High School and Tabor College is not only accepting the prospect of a future with a prosthetic leg, he?s making plans to return to running.

 

 

Drive will stay short for licensing services

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Marion County drivers will be able to renew their licenses at the county treasurer?s office in Marion for the foreseeable future.

Congressman Jerry Moran announced May 4 that county treasurers across the state will continue to process driver?s license renewals in the rural areas of Kansas.

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Bond financing plan calls for graduated mill increases

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Unified School District 410 board president Rod Koons (standing, left) and member Dale Klassen lead discussion Monday at the first informational meeting about the upcoming bond election. About 20 patrons attended the session about the $6.625 million proposal. Koons and Klassen reviewed aspects of the proposed facility changes and fielded questions from the audience. Projected costs, mill-levy increases, ongoing maintenance and the proposed partnership between the public school district and Tabor College, a private institution, were among concerns raised. Superintendent Gordon Mohn, who arrived toward the end of the meeting, and architect Ken Helmer of Howard & Helmer, also provided input. Mohn said the verbal agreements between Mohn and President Larry Nikkel are being formalized in light of both administrators leaving their positions. Koons said plans are to hire an interim superintendent who has construction experience to oversee the project if the bond election passes. Another meeting is planned for 7 p.m. May 15 in the high school technology classroom. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

The Unified School District 410 Board of Education is attempting to make its $6.625 million bond issue as palatable as it can for district taxpayers, officials say.

One piece of that strategy is to refinance the past several years of the bond that was issued in 1992 for the construction of Hillsboro Middle School, and then phase in the mill-levy increase over the 20-year life of the bond.

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Evasive AMPI fire causes limited damage

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Mike Duerksen follows fellow firefighter Murray Koop up the ladder and onto the roof of the former AMPI building Wednesday morning in what turned out to be a challenge to find the source of a fire within. Smoke was wafting from the small black area in the far upper left of the photo. It took firefighters from Hillsboro and Marion nearly two hours to find the room of origin. On the ground are Dave Lancaster (left) and Todd Helmer.
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Inspectors from the state fire marshall?s office have yet to determine the cause of a fire Wednesday at the former AMPI building that caused more frustration than actual damage.

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Passion drives recycling effort on TC campus

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Tabor College juniors Shelby Miller (left) and Liz Finch try to stay on top of their work as directors of the student-initiated recycling program on campus. ?It?s more work than we thought it would be,? Miller says. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

 

The official observance was last month, but a pair of environmentally conscious Tabor College students believe every day should be Earth Day?especially for people who call themselves Christians.

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District plans a new use for an old building

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This site concept shows where USD 410 would locate its work in the former AMPI building. Click image to enlarge.

Accommodating other proposed facility changes and saving taxpayer money are the key reasons the USD 410 Board of Education is looking to an old building as the new location for its central office and transportation and maintenance services, officials say.