Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:39It’s difficult to know how many people trust their local newspaper, but recently I had the pleasure of talking to just such a person.
As it turns out, a lot of people believe in the credibility of news stories and advertisements in the Free Press, which gives me pause for a few thoughts.
Before television and radio, newspapers were having a heyday as the only game in town. But once consumers started reading less and watching more, that all changed. In order to level the playing field, some publishers, unfortunately, attempted to sway the opinions of readers by showcasing articles with outrageous headlines and fraudulent sources. This tactic worked and drove newspaper sales up.
The success of that strategy is making a comeback and...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:36Partnership, teamwork, cooperation, collaboration—call it what you want, but those dynamic commitments have reached a new level of achievement with the announcement that Hillsboro should be benefiting in the near future from the availability of a youth center and modern bowling facility.
Cooperative efforts are not unusual in Hillsboro, but the mix of city leadership, private college, economic development, local business, private donors and citizen input may be unprecedented. Perhaps such broad-based participation is exactly what is required to establish and then maintain an effective community youth center over the long haul. The track record for success is otherwise thin as energy and attention spans wane. We trust that...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:30We congratulate the Marion baseball team, Hogan Lovelady of the Warrior golf team, Harry Faber of the Hillsboro tennis team and a total of 42 track and field athletes from the six schools in our distribution area for representing us in state athletic competitions this month.
Hillsboro pole vaulter Tyler Proffitt emerged as the sole state champion, and we salute him for it. But not achieving a gold medal doesn’t take away anything from the accomplishment of qualifying to compete at the highest level of one’s sport.
Additional students from our schools rated among the best Kansas has to offer in a variety of other endeavors, among them music, forensics, academics and FFA. What connects them all is the determination to apply...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:31Marion County has become a hotbed for state high school sports this week. It began last Friday and Saturday when the Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament came to the Sports Complex in Hillsboro, hosted by the local high school. Harry Faber, an HHS senior, placed 11th at that event.
This week, regional tournaments have begun for Class 3A softball and baseball. Hillsboro and Marion high schools are hosting two different regionals for softball, while Hillsboro has added a baseball tournament as well. This weekend, the Marion track and stadium will be home for a 3A regional meet in track and field.
This is a unique opportunity for Marion and Hillsboro fans to support their students as they try to reach the high level of competition next...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 May 2013 14:10With the graduation season upon us, we add a word of congratulations to the high school and college students who will be receiving their diplomas and are beginning the next stage of their life journey.
We have no sage advice or insight to offer that they won’t have heard, thought or read over these next few weeks. But most of us, whether we were there 10, 30 or 50 years ago, can recall that mix of excitement and dread as one very familiar stage ends and the next one looms before us with no clear understanding or defined expectations.
If we look too deeply into the future, the outlook can be foreboding because even the familiar earth beneath our feet shifts from week to week with the undulating tremors of change. Graduates have...
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