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Ice storm results in 2-fatality accident


A Goddard couple died Saturday, Feb. 20, when their car skidded sideways into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 56 near Marion.

On Monday, Marion County Undersheriff Dave Huntley said Diane Brown, 57, and her passenger, Kenneth Brown, 61, were westbound?at the 300 mile marker?when their 2005 Chevy Impala lost control on the ice-covered bridge near Marion.

As the Impala slid sideways across the bridge, Huntley said, it was hit by an eastbound semi-truck owned by RDG Trucking and driven by Johnny Johnson, 37, of Emporia.

Hillsboro council to reconsider atrazine arguments


The Hillsboro City Council will be reviewing the arguments that led to its decision last March to join with other cities in a class-action suit against the makers of atrazine, a commonly used agricultural herbicide in the United States.

City Administrator Larry Paine said at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Hillsboro City Council that an executive session based on ?lawyer/client privilege? is planned for council members March 23.

Safety issues lead city to remove play equipment


When warmer weather makes Hillsboro Memorial Park a more inviting place for kids to play, families familiar with the playground area will find the park…more spacious.

Two pieces of equipment?the wooden climbing and sliding apparatus installed years ago by local civic groups, and a cactus-like climbing apparatus?have been removed from the park for safety reasons.

The decision to remove them came following an inspection by Doug Sisk, the city?s recreation director, according to City Admini?strator Larry Paine. Sisk had received training in that area about a year ago.

Luckey Day


Considering he?s a world-class animator with a hall-of-fame resum? of accomplish?ments, Bud Luckey may have been the least animated person in the room.

Low-key and soft-spoken, the retired concept artist who started drawing for Pixar in 1992 answered every question tossed to him last Tuesday when he visited Brian Stucky?s class of 19 Goessel High School art students.

But Luckey made it known at the start that his presentation was going to require some effort on their part.

Truck accident turns sticky


A two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 56 and Sante Fe Street near Hillsboro early Thursday afternoon ended up being a sticky mess for some Marion County emergency responders and their vehicles, not to mention a temporary halt in highwy traffic for cleanup.

The incident involved a 1995 International truck hauling about 1,000 gallons of molasses and a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer.