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Blessed Christmas

Blessed Christmas

‘Night In the Barn’ again portrays the reason for the season<p><p>Members of the Tabor Mennonite Youth Fellowship put on the annual “Night in the Barn” event Saturday and Sunday evening at the farm of Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen between Goessel and Hillsboro. Prior to the arrival of their first guests, the actors for the living nativity posed for a […]

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Penchant for Percherons

Penchant for Percherons

Family tradition brings joy to children, especially at Christmas For more than 20 years, the Penner family in Hillsboro has brought joy to area children by offering horse and carriage rides during the Christmas season. Gary and Terri Penner said they can’t remember how the tradition of carriage rides started, but Gary’s father, Lynn, had Percherons in the early 1980s. […]

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Many road miles, too few people add to roads issue

• Tax revenues are insufficient for solution. Recent slow rains and melting snows have revealed the weakness of road infrastructure in Marion County. County residents, upset with the situation, have been calling county commissioners for an explanation. Marion County Commis­sioner Dan Holub said a significant issue is that a declining population is making increasingly harder to generate sufficient tax revenue […]

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Hillsboro council agrees to create utility reserves

•Decision is first step toward official plan Hillsboro City Council members took the first step toward developing a cash reserve policy for the city’s four utilities by agreeing unanimously at the Dec. 16 meeting that having such a policy is important. Hearing the council’s direction on that specific question was all City Admin­i­­­strator Larry Paine asked for when he reopened […]

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Heartland Foods to close Dec. 31

Less than a year after acquiring the former Vogts HomeTown Market in Hillsboro, Heartland Foods will be closing its doors at the end of the calendar year. “We are closing Dec. 31 at end of day if not sooner,” said Paul Barnes, store manager and an ownership partner in the Heart­land Foods corporation, in reply to an email inquiry by […]

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Marion County sees first snowfall of the winter

Marion County sees first snowfall of the winter

The first snow of the winter season, about 4 to 5 inches deep, prompted Ella Unger, 22 months old, to help her father, Matt (kneeling), and uncle Andy Thursday afternoon build a snowman near the intersection of D and Adams streets in Hillsboro. Excited to contribute, Ella patted handfuls of snow on her snowman’s midsection. Earlier, Ella’s mother, Erika, and […]

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Dressing for impact

Dressing for impact

• Hillsboro women wearing dresses to raise awareness of women in slavery Today, nearly 30 million people worldwide are trapped in various forms of slavery. So a group of women in Hillsboro are fighting for the dignity and freedom of women worldwide by making one simple fashion choice: wearing a dress each day in December. Standing together in solidarity: (from […]

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Commissioned for officer training

Commissioned for officer training

Louis Holt, a 2010 graduate of Marion High School and an Eagle Scout, is pictured wearing his white uniform hat and gloves and holding the sword given to him by his parents, Terry and Ann Holt, during his commissioning ceremony for officer training Saturday even­ing at the Marion Community Center. About 100 people were in attendance. Holt will be heading […]

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Residents resist permit for HES farm project

• Planning Commission tables issue for a month The initiative to develop a school farm behind Hills­boro High School met with strong resistance from several residents and landowners from the neighborhood during a meeting of the Hills­boro Planning Commis­sion Thursday night. Around 20 people, plus commission members, crowded into the city council meeting room either to present the project, object […]

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Dollar General looking to open a store in Marion

The Marion City Council learned at its Dec. 8 meeting that a national retailer is interested in building at the Batt Industrial Park. According to Terry Jones, the city’s economic development director, the retail store is Dollar General, which would locate off U.S. Highway 56 on a corner lot. “The agreement is straightforward and the timeline is 120 days (more, […]

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