Letters

Support our fair and new carnival

Question: Where can you go to experience the excitement and joyful screams of young people riding carnival rides?

Answer: The Marion County Fair.

Beginning Wednesday, July 23, through Saturday, July 26, the Marion County Fair will have a carnival. Fun Time Shows has committed to provide a collection of carnival rides and games for the young and young at heart to enjoy.

The Marion County Fair Board is extremely excited about this new development and optimistic that it will provide additional entertainment for families.

Remember the days when you were a kid?the excitement of the fair, the smell of popcorn and cotton candy, sounds of children laughing, walking through the livestock barns, seeing the exhibits, the hum of the Ferris wheel and the carnival lights late into the night?

Those days are still here, but we need your support to allow youngsters of today to build memories for tomorrow. Come to the Marion County Fair and keep the memories of tomorrow alive today.

Advance carnival tickets can be purchased at local businesses and banking institutions. Please visit our website: marioncountyfairks.org for ticket locations.

We look forward to having you and your family join us for some ?Farmer Style? fun at the Marion County Fair in Hillsboro.

Kelli Savage, fair director

Marion County Fair Association

LOB vote will help strengthen schools

Recently, USD 410 voters approved the board of education?s resolution to increase the local option budget. The LOB is a supplemental budget that provides additional dollars for the day to day operations of our schools including teachers, principals, and support staff.

The school also uses the LOB fund for school supplies, curriculum, technology and maintenance on our facilities. In essence, the LOB is critical to our ability to offer a great education to our kids.

Over the past several years, state funding for our schools has been greatly reduced in areas that have a direct impact on our students. Base State Aid Per Pupil (BSAPP) is the primary source for funding schools through the general fund.

When that source is significantly reduced, schools are forced to rely on other local funding sources like the LOB. Your approval of the LOB vote will result in $153,000 of projected additional revenue.

This additional revenue is dependent on several factors outside of our control, such as student enrollment numbers and valuation of property within USD 410. While these additional dollars won?t fully offset the loss in state funding, it is a big help to the district.

USD 410 continues to be an outstanding school system because our folks care about a quality education. We still believe that a good education not only provides great opportunities for our kids, but sustains and enhances our great community, state and nation.

Thanks for giving blood July 26

Thank-you everyone who participated in the Red Cross blood drive July 26. There were 49 people who came in to share their blood at Trinity Mennonite Church. There is always a need for donors to give as hospital patients rely on us?and we delivered.

We encourage others who haven?t been regular donors, or have never given, to consider coming to the next drive from 1-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the United Metho?dist Church.

Our thanks to all of the volunteers who helped with the drive in any way.

Gladys Funk, Shirley Kasper

Blood drive co-chairs

Hillsboro