Category: Editorials

Protecting kids

Offering a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for children and families is one of the biggest attractions of small-town living. In fact, it may be the greatest asset rural communities possess for pursuing a viable future. However, defining what constitutes a safe environment is as subjective as defining what constitutes fine art: ?I know it when I see it.?

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Winners

We offer our congratulations to the Hillsboro High School football team, including Coach Len Coryea and his able staff of assistants. The season had its share of frustrations, including two last-second losses toward the start of the season and the loss of a starting quarter at the end. In the face of difficulties, this squad never lost heart. It gave […]

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Intervention

The idea of Marion County law enforcement agencies conducting a training exercise to take out an ?active shooter? in one of our schools would have been an unimaginable scenario 20 years ago. Maybe even 10 years ago. The 1999 massacre at Columbine High in Colorado?the most notable of a sad series of in-school shootings?changed our way of seeing the world. […]

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Editorials

A new call

The news that Tabor College has found its next president is good for the institution and those of us who see the profound importance the college plays in the economic, cultural, educational and spiritual health of the Hillsboro community.

We are familiar with the search committee?s selection, Jules Glanzer, from past associations. His professional career has taken new directions during the ensuing years. We have confidence in the judgment of the search committee to know how he has been shaped and now equipped for the presidency. But from past connection, we know the president-elect to be a man of rock-solid character and a compassionate heart. We look forward to his service in our community and beyond. ?DR

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One band

The bands from Marion and Hillsboro high schools proved Friday night that their respective communities can indeed make harmonious music together. Orchestrated by directors Adam Johnson of MHS and Gregg Walker of HHS, the two bands performed during the halftime of the Marion-Hillsboro football game. The symbolism was striking, particularly in the context of a high-tension matchup between the schools? […]

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Vicious circle

A recent renewed call for merging the Marion and Hillsboro hospitals is a topic worth pursuing. But it also highlights the larger issue facing Marion County: We need more people. Right now, we have too few to pay for some of the major projects we feel would benefit us in the long run. It?s a vicious circle. We want new […]

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Editorial- Welcome home?

What is the purpose of a high school homecoming week? From the word itself, one might assume it would have something do with people ?coming home? to a particular place of origin?as in alumni returning as honored guests to the old alma mater in order to reconnect with former classmates and embellish a few memories. And yet very few (if […]

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Memory Maker

Planning and preparation can carry you a long way in life, but only so far. That lesson was relearned Saturday when Mother Nature played havoc with the craft fairs in Hillsboro and Marion by serving up a unexpected dose of wet and cool weather. This kind of interruption surprised us after so many occurrences of decent-to-great weather over nearly four […]

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Our day approaches

Once again, the communities of Hillsboro and Marion will have an opportunity to put their best feet forward as thousands of guests come our way to take part in the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair and Marion?s Art in the Park this Saturday.

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The latest thing

Stories in this issue about cell phones in schools and robot lawn mowers underline the ever-changing world we live in, thanks to the technological revolution. Perhaps every generation speculated what impact of the latest communication technology?whether it was radio, then television and now the Internet?would ultimately make on our daily lives. The advantage a generation ago was that we had […]

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