Articles By: Lou Thurston

Mayor wants you to join the ‘community’

The Hillsboro Community Plaza Project took a big step forward last week at our City Council meeting. The City of Hillsboro has purchased the three houses just adjacent to our original plaza property and will be clearing them off to add to the footprint of the Plaza. This is exciting news for a couple reasons, one – it removes some […]

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Hillsboro works toward living up to motto

Respect for the past, strength for the future. This is our City of Hillsboro motto. This is something we at the City of Hillsboro strive to live up to everyday. Our past is what we build upon, a solid foundation, a heritage of hardy plainsmen and women that set out to tame the tallgrass prairie and make a life here. […]

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Remembering one of Hillsboro’s best

Hillsboro lost a quiet leader last week. Carol Elaine Wiebe passed away Tuesday, May 7. Every community needs leaders like Carol. She was a doer, not a talker. Her son Warran said of her; “Mom always told us if we would just do it, instead of talking about doing it, we could be done already.” For her the focus was […]

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Thurston reflects, talks about future projects

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since my first Mayoral campaign. The time has certainly flown by and a lot has happened in Hillsboro since then. I wanted to let you know that I have signed up to run again for the office of Mayor of Hillsboro, KS, and my name will be on the ballot in […]

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Prairie Smokin’ Festival just around corner

The first (of what we hope to be an annual event) Prairie Smokin’ Festival will be held in Hillsboro at the Marion County Fairgrounds and Hillsboro Museum Complex. In addition to some great food from the BBQ Contest, there will be music by Sam Unruh from 6-8 p.m., Museum Tours, Antique Cars, Antique Tractors, Kids Activities, Rope Making, Ninja Warrior […]

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County youth put entrepreneurship skills to the test

The 4th Annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge was held this month in Marion. We had five teams from Hillsboro High School and 1 team from Marion High School complete. We have a very robust Entrepreneurship program at USD 410, and I especially appreciate the efforts of our business instructor Nathan Hiebert, for his work with this program. Mr. Hiebert […]

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It’s been a long winter…

I don’t know about you, but I’m about done with Old Man Winter! It seems we have had more than our share of ice & snow this season. I know it has kept our city crews busy with keeping intersections treated and the cold temps have caused our share of water line breaks. It has also slowed down our water […]

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A place anyone can serve

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On that day we remember and celebrate not only a great man, but a great American. To use one of his many quotes; “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to […]

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A look back, and forward for city

It’s hard for me to believe a year has gone by since I raised my hand and was sworn in as your Mayor. There has been a lot that has happened in that short year; January – Larry Paine went on medical leave (this was a bit of a “gut check” for a new Mayor let me tell you). We […]

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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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