Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:10
Most small-business owners favor customer loyalty over public recognition. But a little a recognition doesn’t hurt, either.
Marie Kessler, owner of Kessler Kreations in Hillsboro, recently received the 2013 “Existing Business of the Year” award from Kansas Small Business Development Services, a program of the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Kessler received the award March 12 in Topeka.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:12
The family that reads together has fun together.
At least that’s the premise behind Family Reading Night, the annual event that drew about 217 students and nearly 200 of their family members to Hillsboro Elementary School Tuesday evening, March 12.
“We just want the kids to see that reading can be fun, and that its important for whatever career they’re going to go into,” said Sandy Arnold, who coordinates the event as the district’s lead librarian.
With “Spring Fever” an appropriate theme the week before spring break, students and family members rotated through six 15-minute stations.
One featured a skit on “Spring Cleaning” featuring three HES teachers and the school counselor as the actors. It was based on the “Amelia Bedelia” book series introduced by author Peggy Parish in 1963.
Three stations featured videos that involved around 30 fifth-graders as cast members. Two of the stations were based on books, “What Teachers Do (After You Leave School)” by Anne Bowen, and “The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish” by Neil Gaiman.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:33
The Hillsboro Trojans finished the 2012-13 basketball season with a 23-3 record and a third-place finish at the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson this weekend. Posing with their hardware are, front row (from left) Tara Proffitt, Danae Bina, Addie Lackey, Allison Weber, Kennedy Lucero; back row, assistant coach Dennis Boldt, Maddi Duerksen, Maci Schlehuber, Tena Loewen, Christina Morris, Erin Winter, Alex Ratzlaff, Darcy Heinrichs and coach Nathan Hiebert.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:12
The two legislators representing the Hillsboro area expressed doubt about the effectiveness of the governor’s taxation plan during the legislative coffee hosted Saturday by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.
About 10 people showed up at the Scout House in Memorial Park to hear what Sen. Jay Emler (R-Lindsborg) and Rep. Don Schroeder (R-Hesston) had to say.
For both men, this was their first legislative coffee in Hillsboro since the redistricting process changed the boundaries of their respective districts.
Emler has represented the western edge of Marion County, and for a time Hillsboro, in the past, but now represents all of Marion County as part of the 35th District.
Bob Brookens of Marion had been representing all of Marion County in the Kansas House as part of the 70th District. Following redistricting, Schroeder received Hillsboro and essentially southern Marion County as part of the 74th District.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:39
Think of David Radcliff as a transportation director calling out to rush-hour drivers to find a better, safer way home by choosing a path that resists the natural flow of traffic.
For a lot of people, the invitation is hard to comprehend, if not nonsensical.
But that’s essentially Radcliff’s job as director of New Community Project, an Arizona-based organization that seeks to promote peace through justice, care for creation and experiential learning.
Radcliff brought his message to the Tabor College campus last Wednesday through classroom presentations and informal interaction with faculty and students.
“I’m trying to convey the importance of the time we’re living in,” Radcliff said. “There are many challenges we face, and I want to show that all these things are interconnected issues—from women, to the environment, to economics, to education, to water quality.
“All of that is related to human well-being and the health of it.”
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