Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 01 December 2009 20:58The news that Mike Gardner is returning to Tabor College as its next head football coach is a good thing for the college and the community. We wish him and his family the very best as they return to Hillsboro in the next few weeks.
Welcoming a good man to that challenging position dulls the pain of seeing a good man resign from it a few weeks ago. In our observation, Mike Gottsch was successful in every way at Tabor College except wins and losses. We hope he and his family find a way to stay...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 14 May 2008 10:07Jail project needs some middle ground
The cost estimates for the Marion County jail project were reported at last week’s Marion County Commission meeting. The two options presented seem to be the two extreme possibilities with no middle ground proposals.
Why not a new 20- to 24-bed facility that would cover the 25-year county prisoner census projection given by the “jail expert” at the last public meeting on the jail project?
How about taking a look at the empty lumberyard building property across from the courthouse square as a possibility for renovation into a jail?
In these times of high prices, tight county budgets and taxpayer fatigue there is a need to be creative, innovative and thrifty in the solutions to county...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 March 2009 13:48Five years ago
n The meetinghouse of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church was destroyed by fire on Sunday. The structure had an assessed value of $2.3 million. Between 800 and 100 firefighters from from 10 communities battled the blaze. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.
n The Hillsboro High School boys’ basketball team qualified for a berth in the Class 3A state tournament with a 58-44 win over Hesston in the finals of the sub-state tournament at Hillsboro. Tyler Peachey scored 14 points to pace the Trojans, who improved to 20-3.
n The Tabor College men lost to Sterling College in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship game, 60-57. Despite the loss, Tabor will compete in the NAIA Division...
Written by Joel Klaassen Tuesday, 03 November 2009 13:37The Great Pumpkin Race is history. I saw first-hand what 111 runners, joggers and walkers look like at the starting line. Within a few seconds I saw where I was going to finish—at the back of the pack.
It was half-again farther than I am used to walking, but I was making record time because I caught up with Tom Plett, who was going at a fast clip. We even jogged a few times just to give the old muscles a change of pace.
At the end I felt like I was in the Olympics and took off running for the finish line. To put things in perspective, the winner finished in about a third of my time. And it is no surprise that his last name is Yoder.
I hope this can become an annual event. Those I spoke with thought it was terrific.
A few years...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:35A proper Thanksgiving probably requires introspection in almost every compartment of our lives, from the intensely personal to the broadly theoretical. I’ve been thinking lately about the communities in which we live. Is there anything about them for which we can be grateful? I’d say there is, if we take the time to look for it.
Each person will need to consider his or her own hometown, but during my years with the Free Press I’ve probably encountered the character of my community, Hillsboro, more fully and directly than I ever had before. I’ve seen a few weaknesses and blind spots along the way, but I’ve seen a whole lot more that gives me hope for our future.
I’m thankful, for example, for the predominance of people in my...
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