Category: City Watch

Getting excited about upcoming fall season

I’m getting very excited about the upcoming Hillsboro High / Middle School Trojans fall athletic programs. I have two grandchildren involved, one playing High School Volleyball and the other playing Middle School Football. I can’t wait to watch them compete. Which brings me to the topic of this week’s City Watch; Are we “all in”? This is the theme of […]

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Hillsboro Mayor goes over city budget process

We just published the 2020 Budget for the City of Hillsboro. The published mill levy for 2020 is 45.87 mills. At this point, this is an increase of 1.702 mills over the 2019 budgeted mill levy of 44.168. Now before you start calling your city councilman, we still have our Budget Hearing on August 13 at 4:00 PM where we […]

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Great to see community come out to volunteer

What a great community we have! I was so proud of our town this morning as we had over 30 people show up to volunteer to “pick up bricks and lay them straight” on our East Grand Avenue Rebuild Project. It was awesome to see people from middle school age all the way to Baby Boomers (trying to find a […]

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Mayor wants you to join the ‘community’

The Hillsboro Community Plaza Project took a big step forward last week at our City Council meeting. The City of Hillsboro has purchased the three houses just adjacent to our original plaza property and will be clearing them off to add to the footprint of the Plaza. This is exciting news for a couple reasons, one – it removes some […]

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Hillsboro works toward living up to motto

Respect for the past, strength for the future. This is our City of Hillsboro motto. This is something we at the City of Hillsboro strive to live up to everyday. Our past is what we build upon, a solid foundation, a heritage of hardy plainsmen and women that set out to tame the tallgrass prairie and make a life here. […]

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Remembering one of Hillsboro’s best

Hillsboro lost a quiet leader last week. Carol Elaine Wiebe passed away Tuesday, May 7. Every community needs leaders like Carol. She was a doer, not a talker. Her son Warran said of her; “Mom always told us if we would just do it, instead of talking about doing it, we could be done already.” For her the focus was […]

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Thurston reflects, talks about future projects

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since my first Mayoral campaign. The time has certainly flown by and a lot has happened in Hillsboro since then. I wanted to let you know that I have signed up to run again for the office of Mayor of Hillsboro, KS, and my name will be on the ballot in […]

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Prairie Smokin’ Festival just around corner

The first (of what we hope to be an annual event) Prairie Smokin’ Festival will be held in Hillsboro at the Marion County Fairgrounds and Hillsboro Museum Complex. In addition to some great food from the BBQ Contest, there will be music by Sam Unruh from 6-8 p.m., Museum Tours, Antique Cars, Antique Tractors, Kids Activities, Rope Making, Ninja Warrior […]

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County youth put entrepreneurship skills to the test

The 4th Annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge was held this month in Marion. We had five teams from Hillsboro High School and 1 team from Marion High School complete. We have a very robust Entrepreneurship program at USD 410, and I especially appreciate the efforts of our business instructor Nathan Hiebert, for his work with this program. Mr. Hiebert […]

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It’s been a long winter…

I don’t know about you, but I’m about done with Old Man Winter! It seems we have had more than our share of ice & snow this season. I know it has kept our city crews busy with keeping intersections treated and the cold temps have caused our share of water line breaks. It has also slowed down our water […]

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