Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 30 November 2010 16:23Hillsboro Community Hospital, owned and operated by HMC/CAH Consolidated In, will be breaking ground on a new hospital facility at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.
The new facility will be located at 103 Industrial Road, which is 1.1 miles from the current facility. The funding for the new hospital has been secured with the assistance of the USDA and the Bank of Hays.
Mike Ryan, the hospital’s chief executive officer said, “Many rural areas in Kansas and across the country are not as fortunate...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 30 November 2010 16:22Just when it seemed like budget constraints were going to keep the Hillsboro High School FFA from going to the national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., the group was notified it was selected as the winner of a $2,500 donation through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities project.
In the program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers in rural counties in 38 states across the country could sign up for the chance to win $2,500 to donate to their favorite nonprofit.
Hillsboro farming couple Warren and Anita Unruh, alumni of the high school, were drawn as the winners for Marion County. They designated the $2,500 donation to the Hillsboro FFA chapter.
As a bonus, the group got to tour Monsanto’s research and development...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 November 2010 15:29When Leann Funk and her extended family sit down to Thanksgiving dinner this week, the newest member of the clan likely will want rice instead of the traditional mashed potatoes.
After waiting and praying so long for his arrival, family members won’t mind in the least. Six-year-old Wenxi Daniel Funk has found his seat at the table as Leann’s adopted son.
Mother and son arrived from China for the first time earlier this month. All it took for it to happen were six years and a bushel of miracles.
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The first miracle may be that Wenxi (pronounced wun-see) has survived at all. Born with spina bifida in the hill country of northern China, Wenxi was fortunate to have a special biological mother. She could have discarded...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 November 2010 15:28A Hillsboro historical treasure is back in print, and no one is happier than the man who wrote and published it 25 years ago.
When Raymond Wiebe released “Hillsboro, Kansas: The City on the Prairie” on the heels of the city’s 1984 centennial celebration, his supply of 300 hard-cover copies and 770 soft-cover copies were all but sold out within 21?2 years.
The 190-page chronicle of the city’s founding and first 100 years was sponsored by the Hillsboro Centennial Commission and Centennial Publication Committee, but Wiebe produced it with his own funds. He didn’t think he could afford a second printing.
“I’m pleased and humbled that somebody thought it was worth doing,” Wiebe said.
The reprint of the book was...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 23 November 2010 15:27For one Hillsboro family, finding their lost dog was as much a nightmare as when they first discovered her missing.
Even though Lacey, a 7-year-old Golden Retriever, has since been found and identified by her owners, Brad and Jane Wiens, rural Hillsboro, they still cannot bring her home. In fact, they may never be able to.
Not only is Lacey a good farm dog, Jane Wiens said, but when she went missing in mid-September, her son, Sheldon, 17, was heartbroken.
“We did everything we could think of to find her,” she said.
The police, area veterinarians, neighbors and Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton were all contacted during the search.
When she first called the Newton shelter, Wiens was told that a dog was picked up in North...
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