Category: News

Hillsboro sets graduation for July 25

Hillsboro graduating seniors are hopeful they will be crossing the stage to receive their diplomas later this summer. The in-person commencement is set for 10 a.m. on July 25 at Joel Wiens Stadium on the Tabor College campus. If health codes are still restrictive, there will be a virtual ceremony, said superintendent Max Heinrichs at the May 11 Hillsboro school […]

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Goessel School Board commends teachers, students and parents

The Goessel school board met on May 11 by zoom and discussed issues related to the Coronavirus. Superintendent/elementary school principal Dr. John Fast commended teachers, students, and parents for their work during the “continuous learning” that took place when schools were closed as a precaution. Teachers prepared lessons, and parents worked with students at home. Fast reported about the “grab […]

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Marion County decides to reopen county offices

Diedre Serene, Marion County Health Department Administrator, gave her weekly update at the beginning of the May 18 Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting. She stated that it doesn’t make sense to test for COVID-19 if a person doesn’t have symptoms. “You could be negative today and turn positive tomorrow. Testing negative today does not even tell if you were […]

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Getting to know the quiet leader of the Hillsboro Wrestling team

Getting to know the quiet leader of the Hillsboro Wrestling team

Until their recent trip to state with multiple athletes this year, not a lot of people knew much about the Hillsboro/Canton-Galva Wrestling team. And probably even fewer know their quiet leader, Scott O’Hare, even though he has been coaching and teaching at Hillsboro High School for 24 years now. O’Hare is a strong and steady presence in the wrestling program, […]

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Getting COVID-19: Local Woman explains, in her own words, what it was like to have the virus

Getting COVID-19: Local Woman explains, in her own words, what it was like to have the virus

This whole pandemic thing is weird. Isn’t it weird? Gathering spaces and businesses are shut down, people are hoarding toilet paper and not leaving their homes. If you see people talking it is always outside and at a more than respectable distance. Is the apocalypse happening? Was “I Am Legend” a prophecy? In all seriousness, it is a scary time. […]

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Governor Kelly adds new phase to plan

Kelly: COVID-19 metrics indicate progress, but caution still needed This afternoon, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-32, which establishes a new phase to the “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The new “1.5” Phase, effective May 18, 2020, continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. “The good news is that […]

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‘Miss You’ Parade

‘Miss You’ Parade

Marion-Florence USD 408 had a teacher parade on Wednesday afternoon. Principal Justin Wasmuth led his staff through the town of Marion, around the County Lake and then through downtown Florence where the staff waved, threw candy and yelled greeting out at the students and their families.                    Sara and Eli Groening waited […]

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Marion Co. Health Department clears the air

Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene gave several updates last week. “Gov. Kelly has outlined these plans and put dates in, but people need to know that it won’t be any earlier than those dates. For example, phase two is scheduled to begin on May 18, but if we aren’t ready, we won’t start then,” said Serene. “As a […]

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Hillsboro cruises Main Street

Hillsboro cruises Main Street

Hillsboro had an old fashioned cruisin up and down Main Street on Saturday evening. In addition to music playing, cars both old and new drove up and down the street as people waved at each other. Friends and neighbors visited on the sidewalks and corners while safely socially distancing.                       […]

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Stiles nabbed as Hillsboro City Administrator

Stiles nabbed as Hillsboro City Administrator

The Hillsboro City Council announced at their meeting on Tuesday that after an extensive search they have selected a new City Administrator. “We were very happy with the way the search process worked. We had a field of outstanding and qualified candidates. At the end of the process though, it was clear to all of us that Matt Stiles rose […]

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