Five years ago
• Hillsboro City Administrator Steve Garrett is asking for the community’s continued help in removing debris resulting from the ice storm that blanketed Marion County a week earlier. Specifically, Garrett is asking residents to drag tree debris to the curb, where it will be picked up by city crews.
• Falling tree limbs from the ice storm caused a power outage and fire scare at the Goessel junior/senior high school. The motors of three roof-top heaters overheated, causing smoke to fill classrooms. The west end of the building was evacuated.
• Full-day kindergarten was the main topic of discussion at the Jan. 10 meeting of the USD 408-Marion-Florence Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Lee Leiker said studies indicate children in all-day kindergarten progress further academically than children in half-day kindergarten.
• A three-point buzzer-beater by Patrick Harrison lifted the Hillsboro High boys over Lyons, 54-51, to keep the team undefeated at 8-0. Amy Duerksen scored 16 as the HHS girls slipped past Lyons, 49-46, to improve to 4-4.
• Marion boys (5-4) clobbered Ellinwood, 50-26, behind 18 points by Dale Vogel, while the girls’ team lost to the Eagles, 50-39, despite 12 points from Toni Gordon.
Ten years ago
• Concern about the state of rural health prompted 40 people to turn out for a meeting of the Marion County Interagency Council that usually attracts about a dozen people. Fred Lucky, vice president of the Kansas Hospital Association, was the guest speaker.
• Tom Faulkner, CEO at Hillsboro Community Medical Center, said cooperation with St. Luke Hospital in Marion is the only hope for either hospital to continue.
• Derek Hamm won the Hillsboro Middle School geography bee Jan. 13 and will advance to state competition. The next day, Tricia Pauls won the HMS school spelling bee.
• Marion County agricultural producers received a record $14.26 million during the 1998-99 fiscal year from various aid programs through the Farm Service Agency. Bill Harmon, director of the county FSA office, said the income was “greatly needed” by a lot of farm families.
• The Hillsboro boys’ seven-game winning streak over Wichita Collegiate came to an end when the second-ranked Spartans (7-0) prevailed, 69-52. Tyson Ratzlaff scored 14 to pace HHS, which fell to 5-3 for the year. Meanwhile, the HHS girls dismantled Collegiate, 56-21, to improve to 7-1. Angela Kroeker scored 14 to lead HHS.