Letter to the Editor
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:09Local music students achieve at state, too
Music is an integral, vibrant part of life. The lifelong process of learning, performing, creating and appreciating music brings meaning and richness to our heritage and culture.
Marion High School students Caroline Collett (state choir) and Alicia Mahoney (state band) along with Hillsboro High School’s Olivia Kliewer (state choir) and Daniele Melton, Riley Loewen, Caleb Bettles and Graham Pankratz (state middle level honor choir), were chosen by audition and performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention in Wichita.
Also performing was the HHS Concert Choir. Performing at this event may be comparable to winning at the highest level of athletics.
In past years, the MHS...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:16HCF grant will help feed local families
The Hillsboro Community Foundation facilitates charitable giving in support of projects and programs that enhance the quality of life in Hillsboro.
We, at Main Street Ministries, are thrilled about a $2,500 grant from the Hillsboro Community Foundation for our food bank.The grant will be used to buy food from Hillsboro markets to stock food-bank shelves.
For each of the past five years the food bank has exceeded the year before in terms of numbers served. Currently we serve, on average, 300 people each month from close to 100 families. Each month, we add 10 to 15 families to the list.
On their behalf, and ours, we would like to offer big thank-you to the foundation for this recent grant.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:45Grant will support more improvements
The Hillsboro Playground Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the Hillsboro Community Foundation for the $1,750 grant recently awarded to our group.
This generous addition to our fundraising will help us add a new handicap-accessible swing and surrounding mulch to our city park. We appreciate all of the community support on this project and thank everyone who made this grant funding possible.
We believe in the power of play for our children and are pleased that the foundation supports us in our endeavors.
Members of the committee are Shelly Padgett, Becky Suderman, Cameron Kalua, Jessey Hiebert, Shelley Plett, Emily Dalke, Melissa Batterton and Doug Sisk, city...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:21Hillsboro became ‘home’ for family
When moving to Hillsboro in August 2002, we did not know what to expect. Hillsboro was a rural town; we had lived in metropolitan and international settings. Marion County was agricultural; my pocket knife is about the extent of my toolbox!
Enrollment at the local high school was about 250; we came from a city in Indiana with a high school of 2,500. Many had told us Hillsboro and Marion County were difficult places in which to be accepted; we were actively engaged in community service in Huntington.
The Mennonite faith was predominant in Hillsboro; we had little understanding of Anabaptism. Tabor College’s constituency was located throughout the Great Plains and in California; we had never...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:43Time to end death penalty for good
Recently, the Death Penalty Information Center released its year-end report showing that the death penalty is on the decline around the country. The report found there were fewer than 100 death sentences nationwide, and only one in Kansas over the past year.
Four states in four years have repealed their death-penalty laws as the public continues to lose confidence in the system. This year, the Gallup Poll reported the lowest level of support for the death penalty in nearly 40 years.
A more detailed CNN poll showed that more people preferred a sentence of life without parole over the death penalty for those convicted of capital murder.
This year’s execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, despite serious...
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