Category: Local News

Youth compete at livestock show

Youth compete at livestock show

Landon Roberts placed first in the cross gilt class at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, Ariz., in late December. Several Marion County youth spent their Christ­mas break showing at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, Ariz. Tayle Black of Marion and SaRae Roberts and Landon Roberts of Hills­boro exhibited sheep and swine at the show. Tayle and […]

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Hillsboro council approves sewer bid

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil, during its Dec. 19 meeting, accepted a bid of $99,300 submitted by Nowak Con­struction of Goddard to install the sewer line in the housing subdivision being developed by Russell Groves on the north side of town. Darin Neufeld, city engineer with EBH & Associ­ates, said the recent bid solicitation generated significantly lower bids than were originally […]

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Kelly enters 2018 governor’s race

A crowded field of candidates running for governor in Kansas gained its first woman Friday with the entry of state Sen. Laura Kelly. Kelly, 67, who has represented a Topeka district in the Kansas Senate since 2005, has been an outspoken critic of Gov. Sam Brownback. As the top Democrat on the Senate’s budget-writing committee, Kelly has been particularly critical […]

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Hillsboro council handles routine business at meeting

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil took care of routine business at an abbreviated Dec. 5 meeting. The council too the following actions: • authorized the payment of $123,946 for work completed to replace B Street between Lincoln and Jefferson streets. The project was completed by Hett Construction in “plenty of time” to give access to the new fine arts building at […]

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Peace poster winners 2017

Peace poster winners 2017

Hillsboro Lions Club representatives Elfrieda and Marvin Funk (far right) pose with the winners of this year’s Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. Pictured are the sixth-grade winners, from fifth place to first place (left to right): Rylie Driggers, Kaysie Rader, Sonareigh Bell, Trudy Hein and Annaliese Jorgenson. As the first place winner, Annaliese’s poster will be submitted to the district […]

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Fall election did increase voter participation

by Stephen Koranda Kansas News Service The 2017 Kansas election is officially in the books, as counties finished most of the work finalizing their results Thursday. This was the first election since local races were moved to the fall, and voter turnout was up in many areas. Shawnee County saw turnout of around 19 percent, a jump of about 5 […]

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State settles agreement with tobacco companies

A years-long negotiation to resolve a decade-old dispute with tobacco companies about implementation of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settle­ment Agreement has finally been completed, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday. In 2012, Kansas and 19 other states reached an agreement in principle, set forth in a term sheet, to settle the dispute that had been lingering for more than […]

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Marion council passes land bank ordinance Oct. 23

The Marion City Council established a land bank with the adoption of ordinance 1424 at its meeting Oct. 23. City Administrator Roger Holter said a land bank is a separate entity focused on converting vacant, abandoned and tax delinquent properties into productive use. “The goal of the City of Marion Land Bank is to return tax delinquent property to productive […]

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Hillsboro mayoral forum (Part 4 of 4)

What do you want Hillsboro to be like in 10 years? CHARLOTTE KENNEDY-TAKAHASHI: I know we need a new restaurant. I’d like to see a quarter of downtown pulled down even though my family built some of if. I’d like to see downtown as the center of life again. My mom always talked about how exciting Hillsboro was on Saturdays. […]

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Hillsboro mayoral forum (Part 3 of 4)

What is your vision for the future of Hillsboro, including downtown, residential and industrial sectors? LOU THURSTON: My vision of Hillsboro is of a vibrant and healthy community. It has a robust entrepreneurial spirit. Hillsboro is still the largest city in Marion County. We have the largest business community, we have great schools—USD 410 and Tabor College—and we have a […]

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