Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

DEATH: Rhonda Hyman, 61

DEATH: Rhonda Hyman, 61, retired city clerk formerly of Smith Center, died May 15 at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. Mon­day, May 21, at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary in Smith Center. The family will have a private graveside service at a later date. Survivors include daughter Jessica Bowman of Hillsboro; a sister, Christina […]

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What we learn

We commend the high school and college graduates in our distribution area, and were pleased to showcase them in the graduation insert we published last week. It’s no small accomplishment to receive a diploma in preparation for moving on to the next stage of life, whether it’s a job, more schooling or other horizons. Particularly in our public school systems, […]

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Trojans 11-9 with Viking sweep

Trojans 11-9 with Viking sweep

After a long-distance loss at Pratt on Monday, the Hillsboro Trojans baseball team rebounded the next day with a sweep of Smoky Valley to complete the regular season in Lindsborg. In Luke Moore’s second year as the Hillsboro head coach, he and the Trojans turned a 5-15 record in 2017 into an 11-9 record in 2018. SMOKY VALLEY— Dynamic pitching […]

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HHS .500 after Smoky sweep

HHS .500 after Smoky sweep

Hillsboro’s softball team finished with a .500 regular-season record following a sweep of the Smoky Valley Vikings Tuesday in Linds­borg. The wins gave the Trojans five wins in the final six games for a 10-10 record. Smoky Valley jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Pitcher Taylor Helmer walked the first two batters. Following a […]

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HHS heading to state

HHS heading to state

Hillsboro senior Colin Settle tees off for Hole No. 5 during the Class 2A regional tournament Monday at the Hillsboro Municipal Course. For a third consecutive year, the Hillsboro golf team has qualified for state by finishing second at the Class 2A regional tournament on its home course May 14. The top three schools at the regional qualify for state. […]

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Shaw sets CKL marks in shot put, discus

Hillsboro’s Wes Shaw added to his record-breaking ways last week, this time at the Central Kansas League track and field meet Thurs­day in Halstead. Shaw won both the shot put and discus. He not only threw farther than anyone else in the field, but put his name in the record book along the way. “Wes’s throws both broke league records,” […]

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Regional tournament brackets/times released for Marion, Hillsboro

The regional tournament seedings are in for the Marion and Hillsboro softball and baseball teams. SOFTBALL—Marion (14-6), the No. 1 seed, will receive a bye in the first round. The No. 4 Trojans (10-10) will square off against the Canton-Galva Eagles (7-11) at 4:30 p.m. May 14 in Galva. If the Trojans win, they will play Marion in the semifinal […]

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DEATH: Elvera Fern Dirks

ELVERA FERN DIRKS, 79, a 30-year radiology worker with Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, died April 27 at Comfort Care Homes in New­ton. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. May 7 at Shalom Men­no­nite Church in Newton. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 8 at Shalom. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. May 7 at Shalom Men­no­nite […]

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Trojans rewrite 3 records at JTI

Trojans rewrite 3 records at JTI

Hillsboro’s Sienna Kaufman shows the form that led the Trojan senior to a first-place performance in long jump Friday. Her winning lead was 16 feet, 2.75 inches. The Hillsboro track and field team set three meet records at the 15-school James Thomas Invita­tional Friday at Joel Wiens Stadium. Wes Shaw, having a memorable junior campaign, set two of the records. […]

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Lone week win is milestone 200th

Lone week win is milestone 200th

Hillsboro’s softball team was roughed up Friday by a hitting machine going by the name of Kingman Eagles. The Eagles made short work of both games, winning Game 1 in three innings by a score of 23-1 and winning Game 2, 13-2, in five innings. From the start of Game 1, Kingman hitters jumped on Trojan pitcher Taylor Helmer for […]

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