Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:40
A group of about five residents living in the 100 block of South Washington and Lincoln streets asked the Hillsboro Council during its March 5 to change its snow-removal procedures.
The residents also asked the council to prohibit the use of fireworks in residential areas.
Joan Jost, spokesperson for the group, said the recent heavy snowfall had prevented residents from using their vehicles for up to three days because the alley between the two streets was not cleared.
She also said the high snow ridge that formed along the east curb of Washington when the street was cleared had made it difficult for visitors to park in front of the apartments that face the street.
Jost said the city should be required to clear alleys when they are the only access residents have to the street.
“We feel it’s the city’s job to do this for us,” Jost said.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:41
Hillsboro Elementary School fifth-grader Callie Arnold, shown here with principal Evan Yoder (left) and teacher Rod Just, won first place in the Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest. She is the first HES student to win the state contest, according to Just.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:15
The Hillsboro High School outlasted fellow Central Kansas League school Haven, 43-32, in the championship game of the Class 3A sub-state tournament Saturday to earn a fifth consecutive trip to the state tournament in the Hutchinson Sports Arena this week. The Trojans, seeded No. 1 at sub-state, will be the No. 4 team at state when they open play tonight (Wednesday) against No. 5 seeded Holcomb. Pictured above are: front row (from left), Tara Proffitt, Danae Bina, Addie Lackey, Alex Ratzlaff and Allison Weber; back row, Maddi Duerksen, Maci Schlehuber, coach Nathan Hiebert, Christina Morris, Erin Winter, Tena Loewen, Darcy Heinrichs, Kennedy Lucero and assistant coach Dennis Boldt. The Centre High Schools girls earned a state berth as well, and will play St. John-Hudson today in the first round of the Class 1A-Division 1 tournament at 4:45 p.m. in White Auditorium in Emporia. See Sports for more sub-state coverage.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:14
The threat of a bomb scheduled to explode Friday, March 1, at USD 398 Peabody-Burns High School prompted action by school personnel and law enforcement officials at the local, county and state level.
Superintendent Ron Traxson said Monday a student at Peabody-Burns High School has been identified in connection with writing the bomb threat on a bathroom stall Feb. 14 identifying the afternoon of March 1 as the date and time the bomb would explode.
“Supposedly the person would blow up the building,” he said, “which is a tall order, but we live in a time that we have to take very serious steps.”
Those steps, Traxson said, included identifying the student responsible, which took two full days reviewing surveillance, interviewing other students and looking at all the facts.
Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft and Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke also conducted interviews, handwriting comparisons and other means to determine who was responsible.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:13
Phoebe Janzen of Florence won second place recently for her snapshot of three young screech owls and their mother, titled “Shhhh! Don’t Wake Mama!”
Competing against hundreds of other photographers in the Wichita Eagle’s 12th annual Great Outdoors Photo Contest, Janzen said she was surprised her photo was among the top 15 selected.
“I have my camera with me just about all of the time in case there is a unique photo opportunity,” she said.
“My poor husband (Steve) knows that sometimes it takes us twice as long to get from one place to the other because we need to stop to take a picture.”
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