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Five HHS athletic programs considered for elimination

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Superintendent Steve Noble said he?s not personally in favor of eliminating athletic programs from the USD 410 program, but he defends the appropriateness of considering the move in challenging financial times.

?We said at the start that everything is on the table,? Noble said of the process undertaken to identify more than $360,000 in potential cuts. ?The leadership team said it?s time we put sports on the table, and I applaud them for that.?

Hillsboro and Marion girls claim sub-state championships and a trip to state

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Sub-state champs at Sterling

The Hillsboro Trojans huddle behind their championship plaque after defeating Remington, 35-21, in the title game Saturday. It will be the second straight state appearance at Hutchinson in three years under coach Nathan Hiebert, and the 14th trip for HHS since high school girls? basketball was revitalized in Kansas in 1971-72. The Trojans (18-5) will play Garden Plain (18-5) at 8:15 p.m. Thursday. See Sports for tournament details.

Summit probes Hillsboro?s economic future

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Nearly 40 community leaders in business, education and city government gathered Friday for a day-long conversation about the future and economic development of Hillsboro.

Billed as the Hillsboro Economic Development Strategy Summit, participants heard presentations on four topics?entrepreneurship, wealth retention, youth attraction and community leadership?then formed breakout groups on each of the topics.

Missing house number could slow response in crisis event

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A routine fire department exercise last week uncovered a problem that could have serious consequences in an emergency: houses and businesses in Hillsboro without visible address numbers.

?There are a lot places that don?t have an address posted on their building,? said Ben Steketee, the city?s fire chief and code-enforcement officer. ?Commercial and residential are required to have their address posted.?

Top turnout in trying times

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The deeper the budget crisis, the bigger the turnout.

Judging from attendance last year and this year, that seems to be the formula for enticing local voters to attend a legislative coffee with their state legislators.

Following a memorably high turnout of about 45 people a year ago, around 60 crowded into the east meeting room of Hillsboro?s city hall early Saturday morning to hear reports from Rep. Bob Brookens and Sen. Jim Barnett.

The news wasn?t good.

Her wonderful way with wood

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When it comes to creating beauty from a piece of wood, the possibilities are endless for Bessie Bass, 93, of Marion, who has spent more than 80 years perfecting her talent.

Local people might know her best for the hundreds of wooden calendars she has made, using interchangeable numbered days of the week and reminders of special dates.

?I have sold so many,? Bass said, ?but I cannot remember the exact number.?

Her calendars are on walls or businesses as close as Hillsboro and Marion to as far away as Hawaii, Spain and Canada.

Bass hand-painted each day of the week, adding separate blocks for notable days of the month, such as time changes, Groundhog Day and the first day of winter.

Fire claims another house in Lehigh

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Fire destroyed a two-story home at 201 S. Prospect in Lehigh early Tuesday morning, Feb. 23. But the owners, Vance and Chelsea Hill, their three children and family pets escaped unharmed.

?I woke up coughing,? Vance Hill said, ?and the smoke in the bedroom was thick.?

Hill said he, Chelsea and their children, Dylan, 13, Hanna, 10, and Justin, 9, ran from the house to safety.

Chelsea Hill said that once they were all out of the house, she thought there might be enough time to grab some clean clothing near the door, but in that short moment, the flames made it impossible to even try.

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Holub calls for town meeting this evening

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A new county jail, concern about the tax exemption for the Trans?Canada Keystone Pipeline and the cost of maintaining roads could be among the issues discussed at a town hall meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Marion City Hall basement, 208 E. Sante Fe.

Dan Holub, Marion County commissioner, has held a town hall meeting for the past four years as a way to give constituents a chance to ask questions.