Hazen Star News

June 3, 2010

The price of freedom

Col. James Unterseher’s words, taken from Abraham Lincoln’s famed “Gettysburg Address,” rang throughout the room:

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“It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right. I hope you had the time of your life.” - Billie Jo Armstrong, Green Day They’re the lyrics to Green Day’s hit tune “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” and they’re sure to strike a nostalgic chord within each and every graduating senior as it’s sung at Hazen High School’s 2010 graduation, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at HHS gym.

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In our ever-busy lives, we sometimes forget to take a moment and give thanks to and honor those whom we owe our freedom. Take that moment Monday, when area communities will each be holding their respective Memorial Day Services Monday.

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The Mercer County Peace Officers Association is sponsoring the fourth Annual Cops and Kids Fishing Derby from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at Harmony Lake, six miles north of Hazen, for children 12 and younger. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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There is still much work to be done – but one small, necessary part of the process to bring a second hotel to Hazen has been completed.

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The 2009-2010 Hazen Concert Series concert season came to a fantastic end with a performance by the Harry James Orchestra April 27 at the Hazen High School Theater. Though if you missed it, not to fret: The 2010-2011 Hazen Concert Series lineup is all ready to go.

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A man was arrested after firing a gun during an altercation Sunday at the Lewis and Clark RV Park in Hazen. According to a report from the Hazen Police Department, reports of shots fired at the RV park were made just before 6 p.m. Sunday. Kelly Heck, 39, Regan, was arrested without event in connection with the shooting, and the police retrieved a loaded Glock .45-caliber pistol as well as spent .45-cal. casings found on the ground at the scene.

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The parking lot at the new Krause’s Super Valu has 155 parking spots. That capacity was stretched to the absolute limit during the grocery store’s open house and ribbon-cutting ceremonies last week at the store’s new location in west Hazen.

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A public hearing to collect the public’s comments on Mercer County’s potential switch to Central time will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14 at Hazen City Hall in Hazen.

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With mail-in election ballots being sent out, now is the time for Mercer County voters to educate themselves on the candidates who are running for various offices throughout the county. In a series of stories providing background on those candidates, below are profiles of candidates vying for president of the Hazen City Commission, as well as candidates hoping to be seated on the Stanton City Council.

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