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Autism is no easy road for a child or family
Autism is no easy road for a child or family

Autism is no easy road for a child or family

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Sheldon Wiens, 14, son of Jane and Brad Wiens of rural Hillsboro, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. (From left) Sheldon, Natalie, Jane and Brad and (front) Brooklyn, have replaced the intensity of the early years of diagnosis with a sense of normalcy.

Sheldon Wiens, son of Brad and Jane Wiens of rural Hillsboro, was diagnosed with autism, a brain disorder that affects a person?s ability to communicate, relate to others and interact with surroundings, when he was 3 years old.

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Fishing for buffalo
Fishing for buffalo

Fishing for buffalo

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These photos indicate the size of the buffalo fish being removed from Marion Reservoir these days. The left photo is of a large mouth buffalo while the right photo shows a smallmouth buffalo.

It may be early in the season, but the fishing?s been pretty good at Marion Reservoir the past couple of weeks.

At least that?s the case for J.D. Bell of Strong City, who has pulled out well over 20,000 pounds of smallmouth and largemouth buffalo from late February though mid-March.

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Beware of gasoline siphoning at home
Beware of gasoline siphoning at home

Beware of gasoline siphoning at home

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The high price of gasoline hasn?t resulted in a lot of? drive-away incidents at gas stations yet, but several homeowners have reported gasoline being siphoned out of their vehicle tanks at home.

With gas prices continuing to climb, gas siphoning is becoming a problem?only not at local convenience stores.

In recent months, the Hillsboro Police Department has received complaints of gas being stolen from cars parked in private driveways around town.

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Yikes! Rate hikes
Yikes! Rate hikes

Yikes! Rate hikes

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The above graphic was based on an actual city residential bill from February. The "Electric Surcharge" and "Water Surcharge" have been incorporated into the new rates for those services.

Invoking occasional gallows humor about their future as public servants, Hillsboro City Council members approved at a March 27 special meeting new billing rates for four city utilities: water, sewer, electric and trash collection.

The new rates, which will result in a total bill increase of around $30 to $35 per month for the average residential customer, will take effect with the April billing.

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Helping hands of hope in Haiti
Helping hands of hope in Haiti

Helping hands of hope in Haiti

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Vickie Schroeder (from left), Nicole (director of the Haitian orphanage), James and Vince Schroeder pose together during the Schroeders? recent trip to Haiti. The Schroeders currently sponsor James, and hope to bring him to the United States this summer so he can graduate from high school.

In Haiti, a country where 50 percent of all children die before they reach age 15 and where the unemployment rate is 70 percent, there is little hope for the future.

But a Goessel couple, Vince and Vickie Schroeder, are working together with Haiti Lifeline Ministries in Hesston to fulfill a biblical challenge by caring for the orphans in Haiti.

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Board proposes downtown park for Hillsboro

Hillsboro may be offering residents and guests a downtown park in the not too distant future if funding and maintenance issues can be reasonably resolved.

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Hillsboro, Marion have council seats on the line Tuesday
Hillsboro, Marion have council seats on the line Tuesday

Hillsboro, Marion have council seats on the line Tuesday

Voters in Hillsboro and Marion will go to the polls Tuesday, April 1, to elect candidates for the city council of their respective city.

In Hillsboro, incumbent Byron McCarty faces challenger Martin Rhodes for an East Ward seat.

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Photo sleuth- Archivist tracks history in the details of old pictures
Photo sleuth- Archivist tracks history in the details of old pictures

Photo sleuth- Archivist tracks history in the details of old pictures

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Peggy Goertzen, director of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College, displays several old photographs ready for analysis. Goertzen developed her skills for her job and because she?s ?always been fascinated by photographs.?

Photography is used to capture special moments, document momentous events, entertain and inspire.

But what about as a research tool?

Peggy Goertzen, director of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College, analyzes photographs to aid in historical research.

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Steiner to be an advocate as new ‘Ms. Wheelchair”
Steiner to be an advocate as new ‘Ms. Wheelchair”

Steiner to be an advocate as new ‘Ms. Wheelchair”

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Amanda Steiner celebrates the first minutes of her reign as Ms. Wheelchair Kansas. Her primary duty will be to be a spokesperson for people with physical disabilities.

Nine years ago, Amanda Steiner was confined permanently to a wheelchair after a car accident.

On March 9, the Marion native was crowned the fourth annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas at the Holiday Inn Holidome in Topeka.

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Sewer-cleaning process could affect some Hillsboro homes
Sewer-cleaning process could affect some Hillsboro homes

Sewer-cleaning process could affect some Hillsboro homes

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Sewer-line cleaning will occur in the shaded area from March 17 through 21.

Residents who live in the southwest sector of Hillsboro should be aware that their homes may be affected by a sanitary-sewer cleaning project that started Monday and will last through Friday of this week.

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