Category: Opinion

HHS Class of 1950 reunites for 60th
HHS Class of 1950 reunites for 60th

HHS Class of 1950 reunites for 60th

Twenty-five classmates from the Hillsboro High School graduating Class of 1950 gathered Saturday in the Scout House at Memorial Park for their 60-year reunion. Pictured are: front row (from left), Lavonne (Seibel) Wiens, Ruth (Wiebe) Friesen, Eloise (Franz) Faul, Janice (Kornelson) Jost, Thomas Elrod, Stuart Pankratz, Vivian (Vogel) Wagner, Esther (Loewen) Pankratz, Carol (Hagen) Vogt, Gerry (Hornbaker) Grentz, Ethel (Duerksen) […]

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Depleted schools will hurt the economy, too

USD 410 will face incredible challenges with continued decreases in school funding. Recent visits by our representative lawmakers at the legislative coffee told us they are not interested in raising taxes. I appreciate our legislators sensitivity to the potential harm increased taxes can have on our local economy. I believe, like many, that increased taxes hurt the business climate and […]

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4-H News (Feb. 10, 2010)

? Can you name a town in Kansas that starts with the same letter as your first name? That was the roll-call question members of the Tampa Triple T?s 4-H Club answered at their Jan. 25 meeting. Eight parents, five leaders, and two guests were also at the meeting at the Tampa Senior Center. The club voted to pay a […]

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Marion residents may pay $30 more for electricity

Marion utility customers likely will be paying about $30 more per month for their electricity beginning in July as a result of information presented at Monday?s council meeting. David Mayfield, city administrator, showed council members an electric rate analysis for 2010 regarding Westar Energy?s contract due to expire July 1. Since customers differ in their electric use, Mayfield explained what […]

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Street project generates dust and citizen complaints

Street project generates dust and citizen complaints

Chip&Seal749.jpg Workers from APAC Kansas, based in Emporia, apply oil and gravel to D Street in Hillsboro Thursday morning as part of the chip-seal process that is intended to extend the life of asphalt streets. The kind of gravel laid onto the street left D Street resembling a country road for the ensuring days as dust filled the air and […]

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Impact of ?09 wheat crop could be $40 million

Another wheat crop is largely in the books for Marion County. We all realize that in Kansas, and certainly in Marion County, that agriculture is an important component to our economy. What is the value of the wheat crop, and how much does that stimulate our local economy? First, I think it is important to keep the wheat crop in […]

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Kids respond: ?My mom?s best because…?

With Mother?s Day nearing, six Hillsboro businesses challenged students at Hillsboro Elementary School to complete the following sentence: ?My mom is the best because….? The top five entries were selected and votes were cast at the participating businesses: Nancy?s Fashions, Molly?s on Main, Massage Therapy Associates, Designer Images, A Cut Above and Woods Wellness. The first entry is this year?s […]

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Six things to know about swine flu

By now you are probably aware that an outbreak of swine flu has occurred in Mexico, with a few cases now being reported in the United States. You may be alarmed by what you have heard, or you may be wondering why public health authorities are so concerned. Many of you are asking good questions about swine flu. At this […]

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Open government fuels democracy, but it too often morphs into secrecy

Open government has power. It fuels democracy. When citizens know what?s going on, they can make informed choices about their community and their country. That sounds simple and non-controversial. But open government isn?t quite like apple pie and the flag. In concept, everybody says they love it. In practice, that love too often morphs into secrecy. Take the Kansas Open […]

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A sign of the times?
A sign of the times?

A sign of the times?

HolubMemorialHiway.jpg Concerned about the severe deterioration of the hard-surfaced 330th Road that runs along the north edge of Tampa, someone from the area added an editorial comment to the official road sign warning motorists to use caution as they use the road. Dan Holub is the county commissioner for the northeastern portion of the county… and is still very much […]

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