Category: Opinion

Can schools equip rural youth for a rural future?

The precious national resource that is rural America is in peril and Weldon Sleight is trying to do something about it. It?s not the grass-covered hillsides, nor the cornfields, nor those amber waves of grain that the dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agricul?ture is most concerned with. It is the young people born and raised beyond the city […]

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September brings to mind new beginnings…and Army induction

September reminds people of many different things: like school starting, football, fall weather, Labor Day weekends and other memories. For me, two Septembers stick out in my mind. The most important was when my son was born and the second was the Septem?ber I enlisted in the U.S. Army. Now, my sons? birth is an interesting story, but this time […]

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Pilot test to eliminate sewer odors now shows progress

Hillsboro City Administrator Larry paine reported last Wednesday that a pilot test using cutting-edge technology to reduce odors at the city?s new wastewater lagoons is now showing encouraging results. The project was described in the Aug. 18 issue of the Free Press. The experimental equipment creates ozone from the air and injects it into the sewer line to increase the […]

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FCC plan would devalue rural Internet users

Editor?s note: The following article appeared in the August issue of Tele-Talk Newsletter, a publication of Tri-County Telephone Association Inc. TCT is based in Council Grove and serves customers in northern Marion County. We felt this message is important for all Internet users in Marion County. For contact information regarding elected leaders, see our ?How to contact? feature at the […]

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Campaign yard signs mysteriously surface
Campaign yard signs mysteriously surface

Campaign yard signs mysteriously surface

Hillsboro?s missing political signs resurfaced Thursday, but it?s still a mystery as to how or who took them. More than 350 political signs were dropped off between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday when Pat Kinning, the police chief?s wife, spotted them 10 feet from the front door of their home in Hillsboro. The signs, which disappeared all over […]

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Yard-sign thefts remain a mystery

Many Hillsboro residents woke up election morning (Aug. 3) to discover their political yard signs were gone. Although sign theft is nothing new as election campaigns draw to a close, what makes this recent incident unusual, said Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning, is that no particular candidate was singled out. ?(The offenders) stole them all,? he said. The absence of […]

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Marion Reservoir hosts Memorial Day weekend campers
Marion Reservoir hosts Memorial Day weekend campers

Marion Reservoir hosts Memorial Day weekend campers

Families from Kansas and neighboring states enjoyed a leisurely Memorial weekend at Marion Reservoir. At Hillsboro Cove Saturday, Sarah Kramps gets a base hit from Ernie Reinhart, both of Johnson County, as Sierra Reinhart and Ashleigh Kramps look on. ?We are having a great time,? Ernie Reinhart said. Before the weekend even started, the more than 175 camp sites were […]

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Peabody parade features celebration of WW II era
Peabody parade features celebration of WW II era

Peabody parade features celebration of WW II era

Highlighting this year?s Operation Celebration 2010 in Peabody were a group of men dressed in World War II American Army uniforms. Prior to the parade, many of these same men were involved with ?The Seige on Peabody,? a reenactment portraying the courage U.S. soldiers exhibited during the war. The celebration honored the sacrifices of the American military service members who […]

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Turnout strong for 50th-year reunion of Hillsboro High School Class of 1960
Turnout strong for 50th-year reunion of Hillsboro High School Class of 1960

Turnout strong for 50th-year reunion of Hillsboro High School Class of 1960

The Hillsboro High School graduating Class of 1960 gathered Saturday for its 50-year reunion at the Milk & Honey Bread & Breakfast east of Hillsboro. Pictured are: (front row from left) Joyce (Brandt) Barkman, Verda (Epp) Deckert, Joanne (Vogt) Foyle, Joann (Ewert) Mann, Sharon (Wiederstein) Synstegard; second row, John Ens, LaVerna (Penner) Shaw, Anna Marie (Toews) Wiebe, Lucy (Barkman) Spohn, […]

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Janzen honored for school service
Janzen honored for school service

Janzen honored for school service

Fellow staff and coworkers gathered for a retirement party last Wednesday for Ralph Janzen, head of maintenance at Hillsboro Public Schools. The celebration recognized his 20 years of service to the district, said Max Heinrichs, HES principal. ?It?s time for me to change gears,? Janzen said about retiring. Pictured with Janzen is Kay Carlson, a coworker who retired in 2009 […]

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