Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:36It was striking to watch last week as the Hillsboro Community Foundation distributed $16,300 to 11 worthy organizations from its Hillsboro Area Impact Fund and Kansas Health Foundation Fund. That’s $4,300 more funding this year than was awarded last year. It’s clear the dividends are paying off—in terms of growth in the endowment earnings, but more so in the assistance HCF is able to pass on to valuable programs that meet so many needs, ranging in age from children to seniors.
We salute the foundation board for its hard work in making this endeavor so successful. What long-term impact will these funds make in the lives of those who benefit from them? We may never be able to measure it fully, but it’s clear that many lives will...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:50
We applaud the initiative taken by the Marion City Council, PRIDE Committee and an informal alliance of local business leaders to pursue a $1 million beautification project for the downtown business district. It took a team effort to do the research, coordinate support and ultimately take a courageous step forward.
Local leaders won’t know until this spring if the city’s application for a $776,217 grant through KDOT’s Transportation Enhancement program will be approved. If it is, the city will provide $316,504 to complete the package.
It will take more than a beautification grant to ignite a prosperous downtown. But the teamwork needed to bring the idea this far may be the biggest indicator of a prosperous future. —DR
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 February 2013 13:55It is encouraging to read in State Rep. Don Schroeder’s legislative update this week that the Utilities and Telecommunications Committee, on which he serves, is looking into Universal Service Funds that were authorized in 2009 to be used for broadband services in underserved rural areas. So far, the funds have been largely untapped.
At the very least, Schroeder is correct in saying the communities here are lacking in this area. The exception in Marion County is the city of Marion, which has access to high-speed fiber through its AT&T franchise agreement. Certainly Hillsboro has been short-shrifted in having access to this critical resource for economic development. Promises made by the local cable provider for improvement in this...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:42In the Hillsboro Annual Report that we’ve inserted in this week’s Free Press, you will encounter the economic lifeblood of the community. In addition to the ads that trumpet the range of products and services Hillsboro businesses offer, we again are running profiles of every business that chose to participate—around 112.
In two weeks, you can expect a similar witness to the economic entrepreneurs of Marion when we showcase that community in a similar publication.
We encourage you to browse through these brief chronicles of commerce. More than a business guide, they stand as testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit that resides in this area.
Now in our 15th year, we know the challenge of operating a small business. But it’s...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:18Success by the local teams always contributes to a good feeling about a local athletic event, but this year’s Trojan Classic was a phenomenal accomplishment of statewide significance. Historically a tough tournament, this year’s event surpassed them all. The top four seeds in the 19th annual boys’ tournament brought a combined record of 29-7 to the tournament. In it’s ninth year, the girls’ event featured a top-five lineup of teams with a remarkable 37-1 combined record.
Complementing the high-quality of play is a support structure that is unmatched in terms of amenities that communicate a first-class approach to our guests. Congratulations to tournament director Robert Rempel and his team of Trojan Booster volunteers. You...
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