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Passengers escape injury in car-train accident
Passengers escape injury in car-train accident

Passengers escape injury in car-train accident

Three young adults and one child escaped injury after the vehicle they were in slid into an oncoming train just before noon Friday off 190th on Remington Road.

Christian Petersen, 26, of Hillsboro, driving a 2006 Dodge Stratus, was about one mile south on Remington Road when, he said, the car hit a mud puddle close to the railroad crossing.

?When I turned the windshield wipers on, the mud started smearing,? he said.

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Blanket coverage
Blanket coverage

Blanket coverage

As the front-porch figurine demonstrates in the photo above, Hillsboro and Marion County got a ?bowlful? of snow from Thursday night through Friday night last week. Reports of 7 inches were common. The thick blanket of winter white caused the cancellation of Hillsboro High School basketball games here with Hoisington for the second time since the start of the new […]

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Funding secured for new Hillsboro hospital

HMC/CAH Consolidated Inc., owner of Hillsboro Community Hospital, has secured a source of funding for the construction of a new hospital facility for Hillsboro, according to Mike Ryan, HCH chief executive officer.

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Cause still unknown for Cedar Street fire
Cause still unknown for Cedar Street fire

Cause still unknown for Cedar Street fire

Two investigators with the Kansas State Fire Marshal?s office were unable to determine the cause of an early morning shed fire Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 309 S. Cedar, Hillsboro.

Based on this new information, Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning said Thursday that his office will be assisting state and local fire officials in determining the ?exact? cause of the blaze, and whether it should be ruled accidental or suspicious.

With four structural fires in about six weeks, Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee said it was a good idea to call in the experts.

?We are not suspecting foul play,? he said. ?It?s more of a precaution.?

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HHS night to recognize wrestlers of all ages
HHS night to recognize wrestlers of all ages

HHS night to recognize wrestlers of all ages

Local wrestling fans are in for an unprecedented treat next Thursday, Feb. 11, when the Hillsboro High School, Hills?boro Middle School and Kids Club wrestling programs will host ?Trojan Wrestling: Past, Present and Future? at Brown Gymnasium.

The event will combine home duals for both the high school and middle school wrestling teams, with programs to honor people involved with Hillsboro wrestling since its inception.

With the HHS squad hosting only one varsity event this season, head coach Scott O?Hare saw the unique scheduling as an opportunity.

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Letting kids get a feel for history
Letting kids get a feel for history

Letting kids get a feel for history

It was all smiles at Peabody-Burns Elementary School last Friday as students got a hands-on history lesson from Pioneer Living.

Pioneer Living is a traveling history exhibit for children that travels to more than 200 schools each year. The exhibit, which has been traveling the circuit for about 15 years now, teaches children about activities at the time of the pioneers, such as baking and washing clothes.

?The big point is to let the kids learn about history in a very hands-on way,? said Tammy Hess, owner and sole host of the exhibit.

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County waits for funding ruling by AG

In the next few days, the Marion County commissioners could have an answer from the state on whether their latest plan to pay for a new jail will be approved.

The funding proposal is before the Kansas Attorney General; if it is ruled to be constitutional, every property-tax payer in the county could pay a $10 fee per month for the next 10 years, including commercial, agricultural and residential entities, according to Commissioner Dan Holub.

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Brownies main casuality of smoke incident

Hillsboro firefighters responded Jan. 10 to smoke spewing from a malfunctioning oven that was being used by a Tabor College student to make brownies in the lounge of his residence hall. Resident director Joe Wuest alerted the fire department. Todd Helmer, assistant fire chief, said volunteers arrived about 2:30 p.m. The smoked caused no injuries or damage. While waiting outside […]

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Fire destroys Lehigh house
Fire destroys Lehigh house

Fire destroys Lehigh house

Faulty wiring was blamed for the destruction of a house at 211 N. Prospect in Lehigh during the early morning hours Thursday. The owners, Rick and Gina Mounts, were grateful to have escaped with their lives.

Fortunately, the couple?s four children were spending the night with other family members.

Lehigh Fire Chief Brian Unrau said that within minutes of the smoke alarm going off, the entire main floor of the house was fully engulfed in flames.

?A neighbor called in the fire about 3:20 a.m.,? he said, ?and minutes later flames were billowing out from the east end of the house.?

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Marion High alums return to raise funds for their school
Marion High alums return to raise funds for their school

Marion High alums return to raise funds for their school

A group of recent Marion High School graduates, home for the holidays, performed three one-act plays earlier this month?not only for everyone?s enjoyment, but because they understand the importance of giving back to their community.

Some 75 people attended the show Jan. 9 with money from the $2 admission going toward the purchase of new microphones, said Jan Killough, MHS theater director.

?I am so proud of these students for giving up their Christmas break (to help their high school),? she said. ?Their recent performance was delightful, and they had so much fun making it happen.?

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