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Huffman works for growth
Huffman works for growth

Huffman works for growth

As the first Marion County Economic Development director, Theresa Huffman?s list of accomplishments is impressive. But at the core of her success is not a drive for accolade, but a desire for the Marion County economy to thrive. ?I really enjoy my job,? Huffman said. ?The best part of the job is working with all the communities in the county […]

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Park group sets sights high for playground
Park group sets sights high for playground

Park group sets sights high for playground

Even as winter closes in, a group of community volunteers is anticipating this summer, when maybe, just maybe, all their hard work will result in a lot fun for kids in Hillsboro?s Memorial Park. The City of Hillsboro Playground Committee has already identified the piece of equipment it hopes to see erected in the park. Now they just need to […]

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Hillsboro hospital targets Dec. 14 for groundbreaking

Hillsboro Community Hospital, owned and operated by HMC/CAH Consolidated In, will be breaking ground on a new hospital facility at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. The new facility will be located at 103 Industrial Road, which is 1.1 miles from the current facility. The funding for the new hospital has been secured with the assistance of the USDA and the […]

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FFA group gets a boost for national convention trip
FFA group gets a boost for national convention trip

FFA group gets a boost for national convention trip

Just when it seemed like budget constraints were going to keep the Hillsboro High School FFA from going to the national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., the group was notified it was selected as the winner of a $2,500 donation through the America?s Farmers Grow Communities project. In the program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, farmers in rural counties in […]

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Against all odds
Against all odds

Against all odds

When Leann Funk and her extended family sit down to Thanksgiving dinner this week, the newest member of the clan likely will want rice instead of the traditional mashed potatoes. After waiting and praying so long for his arrival, family members won?t mind in the least. Six-year-old Wenxi Daniel Funk has found his seat at the table as Leann?s adopted […]

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Local history back in print
Local history back in print

Local history back in print

A Hillsboro historical treasure is back in print, and no one is happier than the man who wrote and published it 25 years ago. When Raymond Wiebe released ?Hillsboro, Kansas: The City on the Prairie? on the heels of the city?s 1984 centennial celebration, his supply of 300 hard-cover copies and 770 soft-cover copies were all but sold out within […]

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Lost dog becomes an inter-state ordeal for family
Lost dog becomes an inter-state ordeal for family

Lost dog becomes an inter-state ordeal for family

For one Hillsboro family, finding their lost dog was as much a nightmare as when they first discovered her missing. Even though Lacey, a 7-year-old Golden Retriever, has since been found and identified by her owners, Brad and Jane Wiens, rural Hillsboro, they still cannot bring her home. In fact, they may never be able to. Not only is Lacey […]

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Marion home tour is library fundraiser
Marion home tour is library fundraiser

Marion home tour is library fundraiser

Marion City Library is sponsoring its annual Christmas Home Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, featuring four local homes, a church and then the library for refreshments. In keeping with the theme, ?Candy Cane Christmas,? the library will use red and white decorations, candy canes and have a small village on display, said to Janet Marler, […]

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Hillsboro Main Street gets holiday look
Hillsboro Main Street gets holiday look

Hillsboro Main Street gets holiday look

With co-worker Jason Plett assisting below, Todd Helmer of the city of Hillsboro electric department, prepares to put up the first of more than 50 holiday wreaths and garland on Main Street and Grand Avenue lamp poles Monday. In addition to Helmer, Randy Jantz and Mike Duerksen were also involved with the decorations. Last week, city crews replaced and strung […]

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Paine receives state management award
Paine receives state management award

Paine receives state management award

Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine received a prestigious award Thursday from the Kansas City/County Manage?ment Associa?tion during the organization?s annual meeting in Garden City.

Paine was named the 2010 winner of the Buford M. Watson Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Manage?ment.

Watson was a former city manager in Lawrence and at one time was president of the Inter?national City/County Manage?ment Association.

Paine said he was surprised when his name was announced.

?It was like, ?You?ve got to be kidding,?? he said. ?A lot of the previous managers have come from larger communities that have assistant managers, and the assistant managers are usually the ones who are writing the nominations.

?In Hillsboro, we don?t have anybody like that.?

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