Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:21Hillsboro Community Foundation presented grant checks totaling a record $16,300 Feb. 12 to 11 area public-service organizations and causes.
The presentation occurred during halftime of the Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball game against Halstead.
This was the first year grants were awarded through the Kansas Health Foundation Fund, which was established about three years ago and has grown through annual contributions to the required $150,000.
The other nine grants came...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:41She correctly spelled “incoherently” in the final round, but the word certainly didn’t reflect her performance at this year’s Marion County Spelling Bee.
Laser-focused from start to finish, Hillsboro eighth-grader Mesa Merrell outlasted 19 other competitors from the five county school districts Wednesday to claim the 2013 title without even a hint of doubt.
“I tried my hardest, and I put as much thought as I could into each word,” Mesa said. “And I worked really hard last...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:40Keeping the fun alive at the annual Chingawassa Days in Marion is a primary goal for organizers and, this year, is shaping up to be no different.
The headliner act on Saturday, June 8, is FireHouse, an American hard-rock band from the early 1990s, according to Lisa Vondenkamp, committee secretary.
“We have a signed contract with the group,” she said, but as of press time, Friday night’s band was undisclosed.
“What we are aiming for is a country band on Friday,” Vondenkamp...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:39
The Goessel Scholars Bowl team captured third place Saturday at the Class 1A Division I state tournament at Flinthills High School. The team collected four wins and one loss in the preliminary rounds, propelling them to the finals.The team then posted a 3-2 record in the championship rounds. The tiebreaker system awarded Goessel the third-place trophy. Coach Wes Schmidt-Tieszen and assistant coach Gina Bergen provided mentoring on Saturday and all season. Pictured above (from left)...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:39Despite a weak national economy and the ongoing fiscal challenges facing small rural communities, Hillsboro is holding its own—and maybe gaining.
That was the assessment of Clint Seibel, the city’s economic development director, when he updated the city council on five key indicators of the town’s economic health during the council’s Feb. 4 meeting.
“I think this town can be real pleased as to where it’s going right now,” Seibel said.
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