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Local intern sees good, bad of political battle
Local intern sees good, bad of political battle

Local intern sees good, bad of political battle

Two weeks after the Aug. 3 primary election, Megan McCarty still feels the disappointment of Tracey Mann?s third-place finish in the hotly contested Republican race for the U.S. House seat from the First District.

At the same time, she has no regrets about her summer spent as a part-time intern for the Mann campaign.

?It was definitely a positive experience,? said McCarty, a Hillsboro native preparing for her senior year at Tabor College.

And, truth be known, she feels the Mann campaign was the ultimate winner, choosing to remain positive when his two closest competitors went negative against him after a television news poll late in

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Hillsboro?s Ash St. reopens for traffic
Hillsboro?s Ash St. reopens for traffic

Hillsboro?s Ash St. reopens for traffic

With the cutting of a ceremonial ribbon by Mayor Delores Dalke, the newly reconstructed section of North Ash Street in Hillsboro was opened to traffic Friday morning.

The brief ceremony was held near the intersection of Ash and Second streets with about 35 people on hand.

The three-block project, funded primarily with an award of $412,500 in stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, began May 11.

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A hot time for old-time engines
A hot time for old-time engines

A hot time for old-time engines

Diehards battle high temps during Threshing Days Temperatures in the three-digit range may have decreased the turnout for last weekend?s Country Threshing Days in Goessel, but enthusiasts still came out to admire the engines and farm machinery of the past. In the top photo, David Oborny (right), of Marion, and son Tom stop to inspect some free-standing antique engines Sunday. […]

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County voter turnout exceeds state average
County voter turnout exceeds state average

County voter turnout exceeds state average

No major changes affected the outcome of Tuesday?s primary election following Friday?s canvass by Marion County commissioners. Overall voter turnout in the Aug. 3 primary was at 40 percent in Marion County, which was higher than the statewide average of between 19 and 25 percent, according to election officials. Election Clerk Carol Maggard said she was pleased with the turnout […]

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Fire marshal clamps down on old jail

Marion County officials suspect that someone may have initiated a plan to try to force Marion County to build a new jail. The Marion County Commission met in special session Thursday, Aug. 5, with Sheriff Robert Craft, County Attorney Susan Robson and jail committee members to consider what to do about a State Fire Marshal?s Office inspection report that would […]

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Hillsboro budget would eliminate museum staff

In an effort to avoid a larger mill-levy increase, City Admini?strator Larry Paine highlighted a preliminary budget for 2011 that would eliminate two paid staff positions with Hillsboro Museums and freeze city salaries for the second straight year. Even with those provisions, the 2011 budget includes a property-tax increase of 1.563 mills to 41.726, ending a streak of six straight […]

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USD 410 aims to change traffic habits at elementary school
USD 410 aims to change traffic habits at elementary school

USD 410 aims to change traffic habits at elementary school

When classes begin Aug. 18 for Hillsboro schools, parents of elementary school students?and other local motorists?will have some new lessons to learn, too. With the intent of making the area safer for children, Unified School District 410, in partnership with the city of Hillsboro, has developed new rules for drivers who approach the elementary school during a school day. A […]

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Fair moments
Fair moments

Fair moments

Images from last week?s 80th Marion County Fair in Hillsboro: ? Marion Regier, Hillsboro, accompanies her grandson, Talon, on merry-go-round provided by Pride Amusements of Galena. ? Joshua Walker of Sedgwick holds on for the necessary 8 seconds during the bull-riding competition Thursday night. ? The fireworks show put on by the Marion County Firefighters near the end of the […]

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AG office ?neutral? on county jail assessment

? The Marion County Commission learned last week that the Kansas Attorney General?s Office returned a neutral opinion on whether the county could levy a per-taxing-unit assessment to finance a new jail. The news was discussed at Friday?s payday meeting. The commissioners said that by the wording of a letter from the KAGO, there is no precedent for such an […]

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Hillsboro plans to act on junk vehicles in city

The city of Hillsboro will be stepping up enforcement of junked vehicles beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Ben Steketee, Hillsboro?s code enforcement officer, said giving advance notice should give people time to correct the problem.

?We want to abate this problem quickly and fairly,? he said.

For those unsure what constitutes a junked vehicle, Steketee offered the following information from the city ordinance.

?The description of junked, wrecked or inoperable vehicles includes absence of a current registration plate; placement of the vehicle?or part of the vehicle?on jacks, blocks or other supports; or absence of one or more parts necessary for the lawful operation of the vehicle on a street or highway.?

With advance notification, Steketee said, the city hopes to avoid forfeiting one or more vehicles or taking other legal action.

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