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?Community Conversation? fosters civil exchange
?Community Conversation? fosters civil exchange

?Community Conversation? fosters civil exchange

Most of the 100 chairs were filled Thursday evening at the ?Community Conversation? with Unified School District 410?s Board of Education and its superintendent at the Gordon Mohn Community Center at Hillsboro Elementary School.

At the public meeting, USD 410 patrons asked questions and gave feedback regarding cuts under consideration to cover a $300,000 budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.

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USD 410 cuts $279,100 from budget; sports spared

Without much discussion, USD 410 Board of Education approved budget cuts for 2010-11 totaling $279,100 at Monday?s regular meeting.

Among the casualties were reductions in professional development funding, purchases of instructional materials and technology support.

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Found funds end MCSEC budget crisis for now
Found funds end MCSEC budget crisis for now

Found funds end MCSEC budget crisis for now

Instead of more than a $1 million deficit at the end of this year, the Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board is looking at a cash carryover of more than $325,000, according to information presented at a special meeting Thursday in Hills?boro.

Based on information that the co-op would be more than $1 million in the red, MCSEC board members were considering selling its building in Marion and cutting more than $700,000 in salaries for the 2010-11 school year.

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Provisional ballots tip Marion race at the end

A Marion City Council race that was too close to call during last week?s initial election tally ended Monday with Jerry Kline defeating Richard Varenhorst by three votes for one of the two available seats.

Seven provisional ballots all with votes for Kline sealed his victory after Marion County commissioners canvassed votes Monday prior to their regular meeting.

None of the other races in Marion were affected by the provisional ballots, other than vote totals.

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Hillsboro council OKs training plan

The Hillsboro City Council voted at its April 6 meeting to hire a professional consultant to lead a training seminar for volunteer members of city boards.

By a 3-1 vote, the council approved the hiring of Mike Conduff, author of the book ?The On Target Board Member? and president and chief executive officer of the Elim Group in Denton, Texas, to lead the seminar, which is still to be arranged.

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For a boy named Roy
For a boy named Roy

For a boy named Roy

Roy Blosser has made a wonderful adjustment to first grade.

Like most of his classmates, the 8-year-old navigates the hallways of Goessel Elementary School these days with confidence. He knows the way to his classroom, the lunch room, the restroom and the gymnasium, where he particularly likes the rock-climbing wall. He enjoys recess.

Roy is doing well in the classroom, too. He?s inquisitive, a fast learner and obviously intelligent at the rate he learns new words and works with math. He especially likes music.

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Mann?s campaign trail leads to Hillsboro stop
Mann?s campaign trail leads to Hillsboro stop

Mann?s campaign trail leads to Hillsboro stop

Even though he has close ties with the man he?s seeking to succeed, Tracey Mann was in the coffeeshop section of Vogt?s Hometown Market in Hillsboro last Tuesday trying to cook up a few votes for the Republican primary election for the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Repre?sentatives.

?I?m the business candidate with an agriculture background, and I feel that?s what we need right now,? he said.

Mann grew up on a farm near Quinter and went on to Kansas State University, where he earned a degree in agriculture economics and served as student body president.

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Local couple discovers it pays to be tidy
Local couple discovers it pays to be tidy

Local couple discovers it pays to be tidy

An extra $10,000 might not be a life-altering amount of money, but for Tom and Glenda Stoppel of Hillsboro, the experience of winning it was priceless.

What made the win more fun, Tom said, was how it happened.

?We were getting ready to go to my dad?s 81st birthday,? he said.

While waiting to leave, Tom decided to go through a little basket where he keeps his billfold, keys and, on this occasion, a 5-month-old ?Hot Lotto? ticket.

?I bought the ticket Oct. 25,? he said, ?for the Oct. 28 drawing.?

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And they’re off!
And they’re off!

And they’re off!

The stampede was on with the start of the annual Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Memorial Park in Hillsboro. With more than 240 children in the hunt, organizers said this was the second year in a row for record participation. An added bonus this year was an appearance by the Easter Bunny, who was more than happy to […]

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Ten area athletes compete in final MCAA-HOA all-star game
Ten area athletes compete in final MCAA-HOA all-star game

Ten area athletes compete in final MCAA-HOA all-star game

Marion?s Julia Zeiner (left) and Peabody-Burns? Danielle Savage (middle) watch a free throw approach the basket during the fifth annual all-star girls? basketball game Saturday at Hesston College between the Mid-Central Activities Association and the Heart of America League. The girls? and boys? games involved a total of 10 senior athletes and two coaches from the five schools in the […]

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