Hazen Star News

Somewhere in the corner of the Hazen City Commission meeting room Monday evening, Mother Nature was snickering. And after dumping nearly 10 inches of wet, heavy snow on Hazen two weeks ago, Hazen city street crews have been left to deal with the aftermath. Disobedience of Hazen parking ordinances has been making the street crews' job difficult, Hazen City Foreman George Quast said.

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It seems unimaginable that as recently as Labor Day, in the midst of a presidential campaign, this nation's top economists were struggling to determine if our nation's economic downturn was in fact, a recession. Now, just two months removed from the end of summer, Americans find themselves surrounded by news of doom, with an economy thundering down a financial abyss that appears to have no bottom.

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November 13, 2008

Hazen city measures fail

After Mercer County General Election results were delayed until after Wednesday's sunrise, final vote tallies were compiled for Hazen city Measure Nos. 1 and 2.

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After Mercer County General Election results were delayed until after Wednesday's sunrise, final vote tallies for Mercer County were compiled.

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November 13, 2008

When the snow falls ...

Area blasted with season's first winter weather By Chris Gessele Last Thursday, Hazen was smack in the middle of a blizzard warning, and on the cold end of the first adverse weather conditions of this young winter season. Several parts of Mercer County reported nearly 10 inches of snow - the most snow accumulation in one shot the area has seen in a recent memory. Because the snow came with lots and lots of wind, the weather's effects - but immediate and long-term - were felt in Hazen and throughout the area.

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Hazen city Measure Nos. 1 and 2 fail By Chris Gessele As the Mercer County General Election results slowly emerged, two ballot issues were of primary focus among Hazenites: City Measure Nos. 1 and 2. On those, Hazen residents voted "Not quite" and "We're not sold." City Measure No. 1 Hazen city Measure No. 1 would have allowed the Hazen City Commission to levy up to 5 mills on real property within Hazen to establish a permanent fire reserve fund for the purchase of equipment. Because it involved a mill levy increase, the issue needed 60 percent in favor to pass.

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Those willing to build a natural gas pipeline through Mercer County are ready to move forward. Hazen and Beulah's decision-makers aren't quite yet sold.

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Barack Obama makes history While the nation was electing a new president, and the state re-electing their governor, the folks in Mercer County will have to wait to learn the impact their votes played in Tuesday night's election.

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It all comes down to Tuesday. Tuesday, Nov. 4, votes will be cast at polls across the nation. In Mercer County, voters will hit the polls and mail-in ballots will be tallied for the 2008 General Election.

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