Category: Local News

Heavy rain displaces campsites for holiday

With the skies opening up early and often heading into Memorial Day weekend, the increased water level at Marion Reservoir displaced 30 campers.

An additional 30 reservations were canceled, making for what park ranger Neal Whitaker ?a light? weekend for lake visitors.

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Trojan Triple threat
Trojan Triple threat

Trojan Triple threat

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Tina Frick, Hannah Marsh and JuliAnne Chisholm (from left) say their friendship has helped them through the good times and hard times during their athletic careers at HHS. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

As individuals, they?ve each made an indelible mark on Hillsboro High School athletics over the past four years.

As a unit, though, the impact has been unprecedented.

The cumulative resume of seniors JuliAnne Chisholm, Tina Frick and Hannah Marsh has defined an era of success at HHS that would be hard to match anywhere in the state.

For Chisholm and Frick, two trips to the state volleyball tournament, including a third-place finish this past fall.

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City hires new chief
City hires new chief

City hires new chief

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Larry Paine

The search for a new city administrator for Hillsboro is now completed.

Larry Paine, 60, currently city manager at Concordia, has accepted the invitation of the Hills?boro City Council to fill the void created by the departure of Steve Garrett in late January.

Paine will begin his new assignment July 23.

The Bakersfield, Calif., native said he launched his career in municipal government in 1973 as a budget analyst. Over the years he has worked in various capacities in Tula Vista, Calif., Yuma, Ariz., Tacoma, Wash., Jerome, Idaho, and Cave Creek, Ariz.

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Wedding-dress exhibit opens at Mennonite Heritage Museum

A new exhibit at the Menno?nite Heritage Museum in Goessel features wedding dresses. Eight dresses are displayed, the oldest worn in 1900 and the ?newest? in 1956.

Sarah Schroeder wore her two-piece black wedding dress when she married Heinrich J. S. Schmidt in 1900. Their wedding photo is included in the book ?Clothing and Textile Collec?tions in the United States? by Sally Queen and Vicki L. Berger.

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Pros say fire repair cost is $440,000

A company that specializes in restoring buildings following a fire estimated that the cost to repair damage caused by a fire in late April at the city-owned former AMPI building to be more than $440,000.

At a special meeting May 14, the Hillsboro City Council reviewed an initial estimate from Wichita-based National Catas?trophe Resoration Inc. that totaled $440,087.

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Impact Fund campaign passes $200,000 mark

Members of the Hillsboro Community Foundation board want citizens to know the Impact Fund it launched in fall is a one-time campaign to raise $250,000 for a permanent endowment.

Board member say they?ve picked up signals that some people mistakenly believe the drive to raise funds for the Impact Fund will be an annual event.

It won?t be.

?This group won?t be going back to the community to make another gift,? said Mike Kleiber, HCF board president.

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Plans set for Family/Folk Festival this weekend

Planning is all but complete for the 2007 Hillsboro Family/Folk Festival and All-School Reunion on Memorial Day weekend.

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Standing Tall
Standing Tall

Standing Tall

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With prosthesis leg in tow, Pete Richert displays the balance he?s developed during his physical therapy sessions at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Click image to enlarge.

Pete Richert isn't letting an amputated leg keep him from running after his dreams

Pete Richert may have lost a leg, but he hasn?t lost heart.

The Hillsboro native, whose left leg was amputated above the knee after a roadside-bomb incident Feb. 22 while serving in Iraq with fellow National Guards??men, continues his rehabilitation at Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas.

The former standout distance runner at Hillsboro High School and Tabor College is not only accepting the prospect of a future with a prosthetic leg, he?s making plans to return to running.

 

 

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Concert on the lawn
Concert on the lawn

Concert on the lawn

SchaefflerConcertP5121702.JPG Click images to enlarge. SchaefflerConcertP5121699.JPG About 50 people turned out on a beautiful Saturday evening for a free concert on on the lawn of the Schaeffler House Museum at Jefferson and Grand streets. It was the first of two concerts planned by the Friends of the Hillsboro Museums as a community builder and fund-raiser. The group served a sloppy […]

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Drive will stay short for licensing services

Marion County drivers will be able to renew their licenses at the county treasurer?s office in Marion for the foreseeable future.

Congressman Jerry Moran announced May 4 that county treasurers across the state will continue to process driver?s license renewals in the rural areas of Kansas.

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