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Bond passes, lawsuit follows Part II- Suit challenges joint ownership regarding Tabor partnership

Attorneys acting on behalf of a Unified School District 410 patron from rural Hillsboro have filed a lawsuit to prevent the sale of bonds that was approved by voters in the June 5 election.

The suit, filed on behalf of Raymond Brandt, contends that the district?s intention to become joint owners of property with Tabor College is not authorized by Kansas law.

The suit was filed Monday, June 4, in the Eighth Judicial District Court in an effort to get the district?s bond attorneys to call off the election, according to Brandt.

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Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin
Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin

Bond passes, lawsuit follows, Part I- USD 410 facility-improvement projects approved by slim margin

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Although the lawsuit filed by a patron last week to prevent the sale of bonds throws a wrinkle into the process, Unified School District 410 will be taking the next steps in the coming weeks to move its capital-improvement project closer to reality.

Voters approved the district?s request to sell $6.625 million in bonds to finance the four-phase project by a vote of 465-404 in a special election last Tuesday held at two polling locations in Hillsboro.

At the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus, voters from Hillsboro?s East Ward and five rural townships east of town approved the project 240-155.

But at Hillsboro City Hall, voters from Hillsboro?s West Ward, the cities of Lehigh and Durham and the western rural townships voted 200 in favor of the project and 240 against.

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Huxman hired as 410?s interim superintendent

Douglas K. Huxman has accepted a contract from Unified School District 410 to be interim superintendent for the upcoming school year.

Officially, Huxman?s contract begins Aug. 1. He will succeed Gordon Mohn, who has accepted a special-education position in the McPherson school district.

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Latest bid lowers cost for fire repair to $76,000

The news keeps getting better about how much it will cost the city of Hillsboro to repair damage caused by an April fire in the former AMPI building it owns.

At its June 5 meeting, the Hillsboro City Council heard from Mayor Delores Dalke that Advance Catastrophe Tech?nology Inc., based in Wichita, had submitted a bid of $72,000 to cleanup the damaged area.

That compares to an initial bid of $440,000 from another Wichita-based firm, National Catastrophe Restoration Inc., received in mid-May.

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The right chemistry-TC Prof. Allen Hiebert engaged his students? imagination
The right chemistry-TC Prof. Allen Hiebert engaged his students? imagination

The right chemistry-TC Prof. Allen Hiebert engaged his students? imagination

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The familiar sight of Allen Hiebert leading a Tabor College science class will become far less familiar following his retirement after 23 years at the college Tabor College photo. Click image to enlarge.

After 23 years as professor of chemistry and physics at Tabor College, and 16 years prior to that as professor at Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., Allen Hiebert has retired.

?It used to be that when you had to adjust an instrument, you had to do it yourself, so you had to know how the machine works,? he said about the changes he?s observed in the teaching field.

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Chingawassa Days
Chingawassa Days

Chingawassa Days

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Prairie View site moving to Hillsboro

Prairie View, a long-time behavioral and mental health services provider headquartered in Newton, will be moving one of its Community Mental Health Center sites from Marion to Hillsboro.

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Summertime celebration: Hillsboro MB transitions to new church home
Summertime celebration: Hillsboro MB transitions to new church home

Summertime celebration: Hillsboro MB transitions to new church home

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The Joe Sechrist family?(kids from left) Tanner, Emily, Abigral), Joe (dad) and Brenda (mom)?walks with Kandis Pankratz (far right) and husband Terry during Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church?s ?Transition Sunday? trek from HIllsboro High School?s Brown Gymnasium to the church?s new home at Prairie Pointe and C streets.

 

It may have been officially called ?Transition Sunday? a few days ago when members of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church walked from the Brown Gymnasium at Hillsboro High School?their Sunday morning site of three-plus years?to their new $5-plus million building on the east edge of town.

But there?s another ?T? word that will share the spotlight with transitioning this summer at HMBC: thanksgiving.

More than three years after the March 2004 fire that destroyed its Washington Street church building in the course of a Sunday afternoon, HMBC took its first official look at its new home at the close of its Sunday morning service.

On Entrance Sunday next week, it will celebrate its first full service in the sanctuary.

So will begin the next gratitude-filled phase in what church moderator Don Ratzlaff, who will speak at the 10 a.m. extended service June 10, said has been a challenging but rewarding journey for the congregation.

Big decisions

It?s a journey that has involved much more than just replacing one church building with another, Ratzlaff said.

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To the victor go the spoils
To the victor go the spoils

To the victor go the spoils

TrojanChamps.jpg Click image to enlarge. Members of the Hillsboro High School girls track team pose for a photo with the first-place plaque they earned at this weekend?s state track & field championships in Wichita. It was Hillsboro?s second title in three years and the fourth consecutive year Hillsboro has finished among the top two teams. Holding the plaque are JuliAnne […]

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Family/Folk Festival weekend begins with Friday night mixer
Family/Folk Festival weekend begins with Friday night mixer

Family/Folk Festival weekend begins with Friday night mixer

FolkPolkaBandS6300421.JPG Click image to enlarge. The Alex Stuchlik Polka Band from Lost Springs performs during the Friday-evening downtown mixer that kicked off this year?s Hillsboro Family/Folk Festival. 5-Man Trio was the featured performing group and drew rave reviews. Also downtown, the Chamber of Commerce served barbecue and several classic cars were on display. Off and on rain showers dampened participation […]

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