Articles By: Lou Thurston

Community has plenty to be thankful for

Hillsboro had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. We are an improving community; Streets – D Street repaving & updating, Water – Major water line replacements, repairs and updates, Trash & Recycling – our new trash truck is on order and we will be adding curbside recycling to our city services, Museums – repainting the Kreutziger School […]

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Students make for great engagement

I had a great time this past Thursday afternoon. I was invited by Mr. Knoll to speak to his American Government class at Hillsboro High School. I was able to speak to two Junior / Senior classes on the subject of: Mayor of Hillsboro, KS – What the heck does the Mayor do anyway? At the beginning of the presentation, […]

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It was a great homecoming weekend

An excellent weekend was on tap for Tabor’s 2018 Homecoming celebration. Beautiful weather, a big win on the football field, a fabulous production of My Fair Lady and all held on a gorgeous campus… congratulations to all at Tabor for a great homecoming. A lot of work went into it and I want to personally thank all of you that […]

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Learning how to collaborate properly

I recently looked up the word “collaboration” on my computer. I found that Google provides two very distinct meanings for this word; The action of working with someone to produce or create something. Traitorous cooperation with an enemy. The first of these seems like an admirable and even virtuous action and the other seems, well, pretty bad. I was thinking […]

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Arts and Crafts Fair highlights weekend

How great was that! What a great weekend for our annual Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair! While it was hot in the afternoon, it seemed like we had people shopping well up to 4:00 PM. With 269 vendor booths and 24 concession stands, a lot of business took place in a short period of time. According to fair manager Brenda […]

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What kind of community do we want?

I was helping my grandson with his homework the other day and he had several questions to answer regarding community. What is a community? Who is his community? How is his community unique from other communities? Interesting questions I thought as I then thought about how those questions apply to our Hillsboro community. Merriam-Webster’s definition of community calls it a; […]

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Mayor welcomes back students

It’s back to school time and kids from Pre-School through Post-Secondary are headed back to the classroom. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our Tabor College students back to Hillsboro! With a consistently growing enrollment, Tabor College students, faculty and staff represent a significant portion of our community. A special welcome goes out to those that are […]

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Mayor weighs in on election

It’s Friday and I just picked up my mail from the mailbox. Any guesses as to what I found? Like you I’m sure, my mail was filled with campaign flyers. Today the count was eight, although if you add them all up, it’s probably been about 50 or so that we have received. Of the eight, seven of them were […]

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Get out and vote in important election

We have an important election coming up Tuesday, Aug. 7. Presidential elections get a lot of publicity and the election cycle never seems to end anymore. However, the most important elections, the ones that impact your and my lives the most, happen at the local and state level. Your local and state elected officials deal with issues that are closest […]

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Mayor gives update on water usage

Wow, has it been hot and dry or what? With the current draught conditions I have been asked several times lately about Hillsboro’s water usage and more specifically the water that we have been providing to the wind farm project. As most of you know, Hillsboro’s source of water is Marion Reservoir. As some of you may not know, while […]

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