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Blog is a communication tool for city administrator
Blog is a communication tool for city administrator

Blog is a communication tool for city administrator

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Larry Paine has been blogging as a city administrator since 2005, when he was working for the city of Concordia. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Sometimes a city official hankers for a direct line of communication with the people he or she serves.

Larry Paine, Hillsboro city administrator, is among a growing number of officials who use personal Internet blogs to reach the public with information about local issues and the way they deal with them.

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Success follows Tabor College president into retirement
Success follows Tabor College president into retirement

Success follows Tabor College president into retirement

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Last Friday, Larry Nikkel completed his last week in the office as Tabor College president after some 9 1⁄2 years in that role. ?I?ve been blessed with people?s generosity,? Nikkel said of his tenure. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

He never envisioned himself as being president of Tabor College until its board of directors asked him to step in as interim president in summer 1998.

Now, some 9? years later, including nearly nine as permanent president, Larry Nikkel is retiring from that post as one of the college?s most respected and beloved leaders.

To read the entire interview upon which this article is based, click here.

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Council absorbs initial shock re: electric rates

An adage among do-it-yourselfers says that every home remodeling project is more involved?and ultimately more expensive?than you think it will be at the start.

The Hillsboro City Council is finding that adage to be true about its desire to ?remodel? its rate structure for local utilities.

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Contest will seek area’s biggest loser
Contest will seek area’s biggest loser

Contest will seek area’s biggest loser

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You won?t be weighed-in in front of a national audience or worry about being voted off as participants do in the hit TV reality show. But individuals in Marion County will soon have the opportunity to compete in a local ?The Biggest Loser? competition.

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Purple Proud
Purple Proud

Purple Proud

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Wade Weibert has pushed himself to succeed after leaving Hillsboro High School for Butler County Community College. Now he anticipates the next chapter of his athletic career at Kansas State, the
fulfillment of his dream.

If Wade Weibert dreams in color, you can be sure his imagination has a distinctly purple hue. And within the past month, two of the biggest athletic dreams of this former Hillsboro High School football standout have come true.

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Ice storm legacy lingers across county
Ice storm legacy lingers across county

Ice storm legacy lingers across county

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That a snowfall of 6 to 8 inches on Friday evening through Saturday noon was seen by many almost as a minor inconvenience in comparison, speaks to the impact of the ice storm that rolled through Marion County and most of central Kansas three days earlier.

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Tree trimming lessens impact in Hillsboro

The jeering from some residents regarding tree-trimming efforts by Hillsboro city employees in mid-November may be cause for cheering following last Tuesday?s ice storm.

City Administrator Larry Paine said Thursday that the city?s aggressive tree-trimming efforts the past couple of months ago are a primary reason the city received electrical power as quickly as it did in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

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Christmas card keeps on giving
Christmas card keeps on giving

Christmas card keeps on giving

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Jenny Gaskell designed her winning card at her computer work station on the campus. She invested more than 30 hours outside of class.

In November, about 3,000 Christmas cards rolled off a $3 million printing press?all of them with the name Jenny Gaskell printed on the back.

For the third-year Tabor College student from Horton, the printing process was the culmination of a project that started in late September when Tabor College President Larry Nikkel visited Gaskell?s advanced graphic design class taught by professor Bruce Plank.

History of card selection

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Faster than a speed reader
Faster than a speed reader

Faster than a speed reader

BookWeekSuperheroes.jpg Reading superheroes Courageous Counselor (left) and Principal POW were at Hillsboro Elementary School to promote Children?s Book Week. For more about the week?s activities, and to learn the true identity of these two caped crusaders, see this story. Courtesy photo

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Groupthink
Groupthink

Groupthink

ChessHHSSaraJonesHHSBenStek.jpg ChessHESJordanFryover.jpg ChessHHSMichaelChristian2.jpg ChessHMSJacobHumber.jpg Participants from the Hillsboro elementary, middle and high schools focus on their matches on Saturday morning. Clockwise from the top photo) ? Sara Jones contemplates her next move against fellow HHS Guild member Ben Steketee. ? HES student Jordan Fryover (right) watches carefully as his opponent moves a pawn. ? HMS participant Jacob Humber preferred to […]

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