Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:27
Willy Wonka (played by Daniel Nelson) reacts as Veruca (Daniele Melton) sings at the top of her voice that she wants the whole world NOW—and if she doesn't get it she will scream. The scene is from the Hillsboro High School production of the musical “Willy Wonka” presented Nov. 8-10.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:27The Hillsboro City Council approved the sale of one lot in Hillsboro Heights and an option to buy an adjoining lot during its Nov. 6 meeting.
The decisions came to a vote following a discussion about appropriate procedures for working with inquiring buyers.
Craig Dodd, who currently operates a gunshop out of a small building near Jost Fabrication in Hillsboro Heights, submitted a proposal regarding two full lots across the street from his present location, which is along Western Heights Street.
Under terms of the contract, Dodd would purchase Lot, Block 3 for $7,000. The price includes the cost of utility hookups that were installed by the city five years ago to accommodate Prairie View’s move to Hillsboro.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:25The percentage of Marion County voters casting ballots at this year’s presidential election didn’t quite beat the percentage four years ago, but officials said the turnout was good.
Carol Maggard, county clerk and election officer, said that of the 7,713 registered voters, 5,458 ballots were counted for a 73 percent overall turnout.
“The only higher percentage in recent years was 2008 with 76 percent of voters going to the polls,” she said.
A presidential election always attracts a higher turnout, she said.
In the race for Commission District 2, incumbent Dan Holub retained his seat for a third four-year term with 1,048 votes against independent candidate Gary Lewis with 781.
Goals in third term
Holub wanted to...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:24Greg Auerbach figured when he pedaled into Hillsboro last week Wednesday with 1,530 miles under his belt that he was halfway to his immediate goal of bicycling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.
His longterm goal—to help end diabetes—will take a while longer. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 4 years old, Auerbach, now 23, knows firsthand the journey to a cure may be a ways off. But the journey to stay healthy is achievable each day.
“Diabetes has been part of my life and I’ve taken great control of it,” Auerbach said. “If you don’t, it’s a thing that can take control of you.”
He was fortunate to get an early start on that journey. Auerbach’s parents, both doctors, decided to put their son on an insulin...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 06 November 2012 15:14When Gary Thornton was called to active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve in September 1961, only months after his graduation from Peabody High School, he knew he would see the world and that he might find himself in harm’s way someday.
Thornton was right on both counts, but what he didn’t know was that his most serious encounter with harm would come from radiation as a guinea pig with the U.S government’s secret nuclear weapons testing program in the South Pacific.
Thornton’s heroism didn’t stop when he left the Navy. Between 2002 and 2010, Thornton, now a resident of Leon, joined the battle to secure government recognition and benefits for the thousands of “atomic veterans” like him in Kansas and beyond.
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