The Week That Was
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 03 February 2009 13:53n Hillsboro and the surrounding area received between 6 and 9 inches of snow Sunday night through Monday morning. A thin glaze of ice on city streets and sidewalks, plus the prospect of heavy snow, promoted most churches to cancel Sunday services.
n The Atkins diet craze has prompted many local consumers to jump on board the low-carbohydrate bandwagon, report owners of local grocery stores and restaurants.
n The Tampa residents erected a new sign along Kansas Highway 15 to entice visitors...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 27 January 2009 14:12FIVE YEARS AGO
n Workers with AreaWide Lawn Service Inc. took advantage of spring-like temperatures this week to install a new irrigation system in Memorial Park. A sprinkler system also will be installed at the Sports Complex in an effort to make the two parks more inviting for public use.
n Because of their heavy use of electricity last summer, Hillsboro residents will see a 5.3 percent increase in their electrical rates beginning with the April 1 billing. Westar Energy bases its annual rate on a percentage of “peak usage” from the previous year.
n Jared Jost, owner of Jost Funeral Home, assumed the reigns of power as the new Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce president at the recent annual meeting.
n Mirko Del Pozo, one of the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:03n Beginning its 15th year, the Leadership Marion County class is changing its focus to leadership development and training. Half of each monthly session still will be spent in “awareness building” by touring county enterprises, but the other half will be devoted to the leadership classes.
n The Marion city commissioners approved a $25,000 guaranty on the assisted-living facility to be built south of the high school football field.
n Mid-America Marble Products in Marion is planning a Jan. 24 grand opening. The company, owned by David and Laura Yates, custom designs cultured stone used in kitchens, baths and a variety of other areas in homes and commercial buildings.
n After an 0-3 start to the season, the Hillsboro High School...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 13 January 2009 14:04FIVE YEARS AGO
n Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Marion County Sheriff’s office, removed the remaining animals from an exotic-animal confinement located between Peabody and Burns. In all 10 animals were removed, including three tigers, three lions and two leopards.
n The Marion County Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility that enough money might be left over following the closure of the old solid-waste landfill southwest of Marion to fund a new position for a county economic development director.
n Sheriff Lee Becker warned seniors especially about a scam involving the sale of lightning rods and associated equipment at prices higher than normal. Three elderly people in the area had...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 06 January 2009 13:37Ten years ago
n The first storm of 1999 brought ice and frigid temperatures across Marion County Jan. 2. Precipitation that fell Friday was officially “not measurable,” but the freezing mist played havoc with roads and highways.
n A half dozen people turned out for a public hearing in Hillsboro on whether to add fluoride to the city water supply. Following the hearing, which included resident opposition, the Hillsboro City Council tabled a vote until it received more information.
n An oversupply of hogs nationwide has driven market prices to 40- to 50-year lows, making it difficult for local producers to sustain their operations. One local farmer said he received a low of 11.5 cents per pound; he estimated he needs a price...
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