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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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KAC opinion states conflict of interest limited with candidate

According to a written opinion issued by a Kan­sas Associa­tion of Counties attorn­ey, Board of County Commissioners candidate Lori Lalouette Craw­ford would face only limited conflict-of-interest issues if she were to be elected to the position Nov. 4. Based on her write-in victory in last month’s primary election, Lalouette Craw­ford’s name will appear on the fall ballot as the Repub­li­can […]

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Council will ask dog owners to please dispose of pooch’s poo

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil decided at its Sept. 3 meeting to go with persuasion rather than legislation when it comes to inconsiderate behavior of local dog owners. The council was responding to a letter from a constituent asking the council to pass an ordinance that would require dog owners to pick up, and dispose of properly, the poop deposited by […]

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BLOWN AWAY

BLOWN AWAY

Old Water Tower A Sunday night storm brought significant rain and highwinds to much of Marion County. The rain—2.43 inches, according to the Hillsboro High School weather station—was welcomed, but winds caused damage in several communities, including bringing down whole trees in the city of Marion (above right). In Hillsboro, the wind blew off the steel roof of the 1926 […]

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