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 said.
Chris Meierhoff, who has been on the committee for eight years, said his brother-in-law, Todd Carter of El?Dorado, saw FireHouse a couple of times in concert.
“That is where I came up with the idea of approaching the committee about seeing if they...
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) are Schmidt-Tieszen, Jo Hoffman, Mark Schmidt, Ben Wiens, Heath Goertzen, Bjorn Schumann, David Hesse and Bergen.
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.
Using a PowerPoint presentation, Seibel showed the council how 2012 compared to previous years starting with 2006, when Tabor College students Josh Elliott and Rob Moore helped Seibel developed a “baseline” for the city’s economic well-being.
The presentation covered five...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:38
Montana Percell and Jacob Harper, Marion High School’s winter homecoming queen and king, exit the gym floor in good cheer following the crowning ceremony prior to the boys’ basketball game Friday.The student body also nominated Jenevieve Corona and Whitney Christensen for queen and Jordan Hett and Ryan Nelson for king. To find out about the results of the night’s basketball games against Bennington, see Sports starting on Page 6A.
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