Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

CVL 12-and-under team qualifies for regional

CVL 12-and-under team qualifies for regional

The 12-and-under Cottonwood Valley League All Stars finished second at the Cal Ripken state tournament July 15, qualifying for the regional tournament in Nebraska next month. To make it to state, the team finished second in the District 4 tournament in Lyons July 2-7. Members of the CVL team came from Hillsboro, Marion and Chase County squads.?Pictured are: back row […]

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Great adventure

Congratulations to the city of Hillsboro and co-sponsor Families and Communities Together Inc. for the first Hillsboro Youth Adven?ture, a one-day interaction with the behind-the-scenes tasks and civil servants who keep a city functioning from day to day. The six middle-school students who participated in the event were exposed to everything from fighting fires to screening sewer sludge. The addition […]

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Hillsboro council hears of progress at Salem Home

The Hillsboro City Council used most of its hour-long July 16 meeting to listen to public input describing both successes and concerns. Kris Erickson, chief executive officer for Salem Home, updated the council on recent achievements at the 45-bed longterm-care facility in Hills?boro. Salem Home operates as a 501 (3)(c) nonprofit institution within a facility it leases from the city […]

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Savannah smiles again

Savannah smiles again

A smiling and healthy Savannah Shahan poses with her family on the steps of their Hillsboro residence less than three weeks after open-heart surgery. With Savannah are father Brad, brothers Easton, 5, and Jaxon, 11?2, and mother Steffany. Apparently, very little can keep 7-year-old Savan?nah Shahan down for long. Not even open-heart surgery. Only three days after a surgical team […]

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Be refreshed

Few things refresh the soul?not to mention our lawns and crops?than a good dose of rain following a run of hot, dry days. Last Thurs?day?s rain was a welcomed and somewhat unexpected relief. Though amounts varied significantly within the local area, the Corps of Engineers office at Marion Reservoir record 2.22 inches?a happy median between higher and lower amounts we […]

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3 Hillsboro businesses recognized for achievements

3 Hillsboro businesses recognized for achievements

Renee Lippincott, representing the Kansas Department of Commerce, presents a Merit Award certificate to (first photo) Shana Stepanek of Country Haven Inn, (second) Ken Koslowsky of Hillsboro True Value Hardware and (third) Tracy Jost of Jost Fabricating during the July 10 Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Three Hillsboro businesses were affirmed for their economic and civic contributions to the community last […]

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Hillsboro junior pulls off trifecta at TSA nationals

Hillsboro junior pulls off trifecta at TSA nationals

Erich Herbel holds the third-place trophy he and classmate Chase Meisinger earned in the Structural Engineering contest at the Technology Student Association?s national convention in Orlando, Fla., last week. Herbel also placed among the top 10 in Drag?ster Design and Flight Endurance, becoming the first Hills?boro High School contestant to earn three top-10 finishes. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Hillsboro […]

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City of Hillsboro earns passing marks from auditors for 2012

The city of Hillsboro received a thumbs up from its auditing firm for the 2012 fiscal year during a special meeting of the city council July 1. ?Everything is positive?that means there?s no cash violations noted,? said Bill Glazner of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball. ?The city operates within their means, at least financially. No other issues were noted.? In […]

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Tradition and innovation

Tradition and innovation come together each year during the Marion County Fair. For people with an extended history in the county, the fair marks the beginning of the end of summer?a thought that can be either tantalizing or terrifying, depending on your anticipation of school. As you will see in this year?s fair preview, many aspects of this year?s county […]

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Chroniclers of the clouds
Chroniclers of the clouds

Chroniclers of the clouds

Jane ONeill and Clyve Herbert estimate they?ve put 30,000 miles on their specially equipped chase vehicle during this spring?s storm season. ?We are unfortunately afflicted with that gene,? ONeill says about their fascination with Kansas storms. ?There?s just this urge to understand the atmosphere.? A change in the weather patterns after two years of triple-digit summer heat and drought has […]

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