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Sidewalk deadline added to snow rules

When the first big snowfall hits Hillsboro this season, downtown business owners will have a bit more motivation to get their sidewalks shoveled in a timely manner.

The Hillsboro City Council passed at its Nov. 20 meeting a change in the city?s snow-removal policy that would require business owners to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after the snowfall ends.

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Hillsboro receives its first snowfall of the season
Hillsboro receives its first snowfall of the season

Hillsboro receives its first snowfall of the season

SnowHometownChristmas.jpg Phyllis Richert photo ?It fell silently, gently and didn?t hang around very long, but downtown Hillsboro and much of Central Kansas received its first snowfall of the winter season on Friday night. About 2 to 3 inches of the wet white stuff blanketed the ground by Saturday morning. Sunshine and above-freezing temperatures took care of most of the accumulation […]

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Going green to save some green doesn’t have to cost a lot

As winter settles in, energy usage turns into higher energy bills and, according to the Department of Energy, 2007 energy costs are increasing.

While there isn?t much you can do about the rising costs, there are several ways to save on your utility bills this winter?some that won?t even cost a dime.

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House speaker lists concerns facing Kansas
House speaker lists concerns facing Kansas

House speaker lists concerns facing Kansas

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Speaker of the House Melvin Neufeld, a 1962 Tabor College grad, addresses the Learning in Retirement Program participants Monday at his alma mater. Malinda Just / Free Press

Kansas Speaker of the House Melvin Neufeld addressed severall hot-button issues during a presentation at Monday?s 60+ Learning in Retirement at Tabor College.

Neufeld, who first ran for the Kansas Legislature in 1984, will lead the 2008 session when it begins Jan. 14.

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County to push ahead with jail project for Nov. 2008 ballot

The Marion County Commis?sion meeting Nov. 13, pushed ahead with plans that may put a new $7.5 million 75- to 78-bed jail in Marion?s Batt Industrial Park.

The commission plans to place the initiative on the November 2008 general election ballot for a decision by voters.

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Giving Santa a hand
Giving Santa a hand

Giving Santa a hand

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Facility addition seen as next step in Industries’ growth
Facility addition seen as next step in Industries’ growth

Facility addition seen as next step in Industries’ growth

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Hillsboro Industries management team members Mike Gerken, Phil Wyssen?bach and Merle Friesen (from left) stand behind the main plant where a new 22,500-square-foot addition will soon be under construction. The project will enable the company to consolidate its production under one roof. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

The concrete that will be poured at Hillsboro Industries over the next weeks will do more than accommodate a $900,000 facility expansion at the company?s Industrial Park site.

The ownership and management team, in its third year of spearheading a dramatic turnaround of the 39-year-old business, sees the project as laying a foundation for long-term growth and success.

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License issued for liquor on Main
License issued for liquor on Main

License issued for liquor on Main

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La Cabana has opened the bar at its South Main location in Hillsboro after being approved for a local license from the city council at its Nov. 6 meeting. The action caps recent debate about the location for authorized ?drinking establishments? in the city. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press.

 

Hillsboro?s downtown business district will include a restaurant that serves liquor by the drink.

The Hillsboro City Council approved at its Nov. 6 meeting a local license allowing La Cabana restaurant at 117 S. Main to operate as a drinking establishment.

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Tis the season?to prepare
Tis the season?to prepare

Tis the season?to prepare

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Steketee named city building inspector
Steketee named city building inspector

Steketee named city building inspector

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Ben Steketee

Ben Steketee will be adding to his resume as a city servant. The Hillsboro Fire Chief was appointed by the city council at its Nov. 6 meeting as its new building inspector and code-enforcement officer.

He succeeds Martin Rhodes, who resigned earlier this year.

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