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It’s a growing thing at Goessel

It’s a growing thing at Goessel

Goessel second graders proudly exhibit produce from their school garden. This year they have harvested more than 125 pounds of sweet potatoes alone. Goessel Grade School students are really digging at least one of their weekly activities, and lately have been reaping the rewards of their effort for the benefit of the whole school. This fall, students are harvesting sweet […]

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Foundation sets $2 million goal

Foundation sets $2 million goal

This mailer features the automotive theme of the “10 and 2: Driving Into the Future” fundraising campaign launched by the Hillsboro Community Foundation. The board of directors of Hillsboro Com­munity Foundation is launching a fall fundraising campaign with the goal of celebrating its 10th year of operation by increasing total endowment funds to $2 million. With just over $1.61 million […]

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Hillsboro teams feted for 1990s’ streak of 41 wins

Hillsboro teams feted for 1990s’ streak of 41 wins

Members of the 1997-98 state championship team: back row (from left), coach Darrel Kohlman, Scott Brubacher, Ryan Bina, Joe Woods, Micah Ratzlaff, head coach Darrel Knoll, Nathan Funk, Derrick Funk, Tyson Ratzlaff, C.J. Hill, coach Dustin McEwen; front row, manager Jason Terrel, manager Vance Frick, Jesse Hamm, Chad Duerksen, David Enns, Grant Brubacher, manager Michael Hagen, manager Tim Hein. It’s […]

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Big trucks, big fun

Big trucks, big fun

While some children explored the big trucks, these youngsters simply got a kick playing in a stock tank containing plastic balls. More than 400 people attended this year’s “Big Truck Night” Thursday at the Hillsboro Elementary School. Lori Soo Hoo, director of Marion County Parents as Teachers, said the turnout represented about 119 family units, which was a higher turnout […]

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Wal-Mart makes it official

The corporate announcement Thurs­day morning that Wal-Mart plans to build a Neigh­bor­hood Market in Hillsboro has generated continuing conversation via traditional and social media. The 12,000-foot store, to be located at 605 Orchard Drive in Hillsboro Heights, is expected to open in spring 2015. “The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Hillsboro will provide residents with a convenient option for their […]

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S&P upgrades city’s bond rating to ‘A’

Standard & Poor’s Finan­cial Services, a company that publishes financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds, notified the city of Hillsboro last week that it has upgraded its bond rating from an A- to an “A with a stable outlook.” A city’s bond rating affects the interest rate it must pay when it takes out bonds for capital improvement […]

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Hillsboro, Marion gearing up for Saturday art fairs

Arts & Crafts Fair organizers expect 80 new vendors this year by Don Ratzlaff The Free Press Organizers of the 45th Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair are planning for another successful event this Saturday. Even so, at least one factor is beyond their control: the weather. Penni Schroeder, fair director, said last week the long-range forecast calls for a 40 […]

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Wal-Mart announces plans to build store in Hillsboro

Hillsboro’s “mystery business” is no longer a mystery. Wal-Mart announced plans today for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at 605 Orchard Drive. It is expected to open in spring 2015. The new store will offer customers convenient access to fresh and affordable grocery products and pharmacy services, according to a corporate spokesperson. “We are pleased that a company of Wal-Mart’s stature […]

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Finding  Father

Finding Father

A devoted teacher, Ernest Hiebert died trying to save two of his drowning students during a swimming outing 72 years ago this week. People who lived through the trauma of those times have called it “the saddest day in Hillsboro history.” During an otherwise routine school outing at a popular swimming hole near Marion, a beloved Hillsboro teacher and principal […]

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Crash claims two women near Hillsboro

A Topeka woman, formerly of Marion, died in a crash Thursday morning, and a Marion woman, who was critically injured, died two days later, as a result of a two-vehicle collision at the junction of Ash Street and U.S. Highway 56 at Hillsboro. The driver, Joyce A. Smith, 82, died at the scene, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Smith’s […]

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