Written by Don Ratzlaff Friday, 29 March 2013 14:06Not even Ronnda Bartel can quite believe where her journey in science has taken her.
The Hillsboro High School and Tabor College graduate has lived and worked in several states, and travels frequently around the U.S. and to other countries as an ambassador in the field of stem-cell therapy.
Beyond geography, Bartel also has reached places within her profession that few achieve.
Recently, she was ranked 20th on a list of the “Top 50 most influential people on stem cells today” released...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:12The family that reads together has fun together.
At least that’s the premise behind Family Reading Night, the annual event that drew about 217 students and nearly 200 of their family members to Hillsboro Elementary School Tuesday evening, March 12.
“We just want the kids to see that reading can be fun, and that its important for whatever career they’re going to go into,” said Sandy Arnold, who coordinates the event as the district’s lead librarian.
With “Spring Fever” an appropriate theme the week before spring break, students and family members rotated through six 15-minute stations.
One featured a skit on “Spring Cleaning” featuring three HES teachers and the school counselor as the actors. It was based on...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:10Most small-business owners favor customer loyalty over public recognition. But a little a recognition doesn’t hurt, either.
Marie Kessler, owner of Kessler Kreations in Hillsboro, recently received the 2013 “Existing Business of the Year” award from Kansas Small Business Development Services, a program of the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Kessler received the award March 12 in Topeka.
“It’s nice to be recognized because I do put in a lot of hard work here to get this going,” she said.
In 2005, Kessler started her business retailing quilting and fabric goods and services at 114 S. Main. She soon realized she needed additional space to offer the variety of fabrics and services she envisioned.
When the former...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:02With less than two weeks to go before USD 411 patrons will vote on a $3.3 million bond issue for school improvements, district leaders at Goessel are focused on educating the public about the project’s benefits.
Over the past few months, the district has hosted several public meetings and tours; another meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the people most in touch with the current educational challenges may be the teachers who lead the three departments that form the cornerstone of the project: a 13,000-square foot addition to the junior-senior high school.
The new facility will serve students in vocational agriculture, science and family and consumer science. The project is innovative in that it serves the...
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.Each school year, Just has students create a tree poster as part of Earth Science class. Callie will be recognized for her accomplishment at a statewide Tree City USA event in Derby March 28. Just said the Kansas Forestry Department hopes to have Callie meet with Gov. Sam Brownback as part of her recognition. At a later time, a tree will be planted in Hillsboro, either at the school or somewhere on public ground, by the South Central District forester. “It’s a big honor, and...
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