Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:52Nearly all of the city of Hillsboro staff were hard at work May 23 laying the new sod lawn on the William F. Schaeffler House lawn. Work began early in the morning and was completed by lunch time. With the addition of the grass, the exterior work at the historic home is all but complete. Last year the roof was replaced and chimneys repaired with state funding assistance. Earlier this year, city workers removed some old trees on the front yard and planted two new ones, replaced the...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:02Residents at Parkside Homes, families, friends and staff members observed “Lost Sock Day” last week by donating several gallons of socks to Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro.
Lavonne Carrington, MSM interim director, said the socks were a welcomed gift.
“A lot of kids will have socks without holes in them,” she said. “A lot of kids even wore shoes with no socks and they won’t have to do that anymore.”
Vida Bartel, director of life enrichment at Parkside, said the residents wanted to take part in the national sock day observance by collecting socks and then giving them to people who could use them.
“Residents voted Main Street Ministries would be the place to come (with this gift),” she said.
Bartel said the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:37Cancer survivor Michele Longabaugh of Wichita will be featured at a book-signing event Thursday, May 24, at Thee Bookstore, 117 N. Main St., Hillsboro.
She’ll be selling and signing her new book, “If You’re Not Laughing, You’re Dying,” based on the extensive blogs she wrote while battling Stage 4 anal cancer. It’s a rare form of cancer that claimed the life of Farah Fawcett last year.
More than peddling books, Longabaugh hopes to communicate the message of the book’s subtitle: “The dawning of hope from the shadows of darkness.”
“I want to give hope to those who may be facing cancer treatment, or have friends or family who are, and to educate the public about the stigma of cancers below the belt,” she...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:10The Marion City Planning Commission will recommend the Marion City Council approve a $5.4 million preliminary and final plat for the construction of 14 senior housing units, along with the renovation of September II Apartments.
After more than 90 minutes of discussion April 24, the commission unanimously agreed to the project with four exceptions.
The first involves right-of-way. According to Chad Gormley, commission chair, one concession is to allow 45 feet with an additional 9 feet for utility easement instead of the subdivision regulations requiring a 66-foot right of way that is standard for urban density subdivisions.
The commission will also recommend allowing a front yard setback of 13 feet on the south side with 19 feet back...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:09More than 275 works of art made by almost 100 high school students highlighted the Central Kansas League Art Festival at McPherson College April 25.
Each school was allowed only 10 student participants. In addition, artwork brought to show can only be from those students. Each school could bring a total of 30 pieces of artwork, an average of three per individual.
Hillsboro was represented by nine students: sophomores Abigail Shope and Erin Wiebe, junior Meghan Leihy and seniors Katie Kliewer, Amy Bartel, Courtney Weber, Meredith Lamkin, Katie Prichard and Lexie Kruse.
The festival was a whirlwind of activity, as high school students’ work from around the area was displayed, judged and taken down in less than a day.
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