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Citizens challenged to bone up for upcoming public hearing

If your New Year?s resolution for 2008 is to become more knowledgeable about the way city government works in Hillsboro?even if it means wading through hundreds of pages of dry reading?you?re in luck.

City Administrator Larry Paine is encouraging citizens to read through the city?s newly revised comprehensive plan, subdivision regulations and zoning code in preparation for a public hearing on those three documents the Hillsboro Planning Commission will host at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in city hall.

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Hospice care: More than you think
Hospice care: More than you think

Hospice care: More than you think

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?We want the weeks and months left to be as comfortable and pain-free as they can be. It is a delicate balance, because we want the patient to be as alert as they want to be.??Nadine Friesen, grief counselor Hospice Care of Kansas

The hospice organization you believe is there only for your loved one?s death may actually be extending that person?s life while improving its quality.

Nadine Friesen, a grief counselor with Hospice Care of Kansas, which serves 50 counties including Marion, said the organization?s broader impact is easily understood with more awareness of hospice philosophy.

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2007: The Year in Review
2007: The Year in Review

2007: The Year in Review

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An ongoing agenda for Hillsboro city government in 2007 was the ?former AMPI property? it acquired several years ago from Dairy Farmers of America. An April 25 fire in the main building left officials scrambling to fund repairs and insurance and ultimately changed plans for its use by the school district.

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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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