More signs of growth

On the heels of a new downtown and another successful Arts & Crafts Fair comes the report of a sizable affordable-housing development coming to Hillsboro.

The potential for up to 135 new factory-built homes priced below six figures is good news for this community, which has lacked quality housing within reach of families in the area earning a working wage. Hometown Development Co., a Lawrence-based company with a Marion County native at the helm, seems to be a solid and trustworthy developer.

We commend the Hillsboro Development Corp. for its proactive role in the process. The foresight to buy the 30-acre parcel from Dairy Farmers of America for future development helped this deal come to pass in a timely manner. It seems the “future” may have arrived sooner than anyone expected.

If good news spurs more good news, it’ll be interesting to hear what comes next. The future continues to look bright from here. -DR

We appreciate the gesture

Lest their efforts go unnoticed, Tabor College freshmen got another taste of service as they went out as volunteers into the Hillsboro community Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 16.

Nine groups spent about an hour at different locations, cleaning, weeding and beautifying the town in time for the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday.

Students helped to clean Memorial Park and the fairgrounds, weed around the Scout House and the Tabor College campus, pick up litter along 190th, clean bricks at the city shop and complete yard work at Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro.

Participation in the service projects was required for all freshmen enrolled in TC 101, an introductory course designed to aid in the adjustment to college life. About 90 students participated.

“Our main purpose of the service projects is to allow our freshmen the opportunity to help others by giving of themselves,” said Don Krebs, interim dean of students. “We feel it is very good to continue the relationship between Tabor College and the Hillsboro community.”

Even if your efforts weren’t completely voluntary, Tabor freshmen, we appreciate the ways you and your fellow students contribute to our community while you’re here. We hope Hillsboro will always be your home away from home. -DR

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