Articles By: Lou Thurston

Mayor discusses event, budget and new city leadership

Independence Day With our nation’s birthday celebration fast approaching I wanted to share some thoughts about our country. This country was founded by flawed people (just like us), people that didn’t always “walk the talk”. That said, the words and the principles that this nation was founded on are not flawed; We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all […]

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Mayor addresses public in anticipation of restrictions lifting

My schedule these days seems to consist of Zoom Meetings, Go-To-Meetings, Microsoft Team Meetings, YouTube meetings and conference calls, so many that I start to lose track… but as you can imagine, the majority of them are related to the COVID-19 situation. The news coming from these meetings is beginning to take a different track from those at the beginning […]

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Hillsboro Mayor gives COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 As many of you have seen from recent posts on the City’s Facebook page, the current health crisis has been priority one for the City of Hillsboro. We have had to take some unprecedented measures to insure the health and safety of our citizens:  We have closed city hall (including the public library) and have limited city staff working […]

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Recycling is a hot topic now

Recycling Unfortunately this topic has become a “hot button” issue of late. I want to state unequivocally that the City of Hillsboro is committed to our curbside recycling program and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that the recyclables collected by our city crews will be delivered to a bonafide recycling center to be “recycled” and not put […]

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Mayor goes over what is new in 2020

New for 2020 Well, we’re almost a month into the new decade and boy is there a lot going on. As I have informed you in the last two columns we have been working on a Special Purpose Vehicle ordinance, gathering public input as well as input from our Public Safety officials and we passed the ordinance last Tuesday evening. […]

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Hillsboro Mayor gives reflections on the holidays

Reflections on the holidays I hope you enjoyed this holiday season and took some time during the hectic to and fro to reflect on the real reason for the season. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the festivities that we forget that; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will […]

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Taking a look at the future of Hillsboro

Another election is over and in the books. It hardly seems as if two years have gone by since you first honored me to serve you as your Mayor. I want to take just a moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart for honoring me with a second term of service. I commit to you that I […]

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Celebrate Thanksgiving the entire year

Giving thanks The official “Thanksgiving” holiday is now behind us, but giving thanks should be a year-round activity. We have a lot to be thankful for in Hillsboro, and this Monday morning we had a great example of that. An armed and dangerous person was peacefully apprehended by our Hillsboro Police Department with the assistance of the Kansas Highway Patrol, […]

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Hillsboro mayor highlights recent months of progress

In the past 22 months we have seen a lot of things accomplished in Hillsboro. Streets and waterline improvements probably top the list in terms of financial investment. D Street was resurfaced, Grand, 1st and Wilson Streets have been rebuilt with new water lines under them. AMR (Automated Meter Read) water meters have been installed in the areas where we […]

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Getting excited about upcoming fall season

I’m getting very excited about the upcoming Hillsboro High / Middle School Trojans fall athletic programs. I have two grandchildren involved, one playing High School Volleyball and the other playing Middle School Football. I can’t wait to watch them compete. Which brings me to the topic of this week’s City Watch; Are we “all in”? This is the theme of […]

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