If it?s spring, it?s time keep an eye on the Kansas skies

The City of Hillsboro has four designated storm shelters in times of emergency. On the Tabor College, campus six places have been designated. Do you know the location of the shelter nearest to your residence?

Marion County has yet to be visited by tornadoes as the 2007 severe-storm season begins, but a flurry of twisters along the Kansas-Colorado border last week is a reminder that the time already is ripe for tornadoes and other forms of severe weather.

USD 410 may locate services in city facility


The Hillsboro Business Development Complex may have a new tenant in the not-too-distant future.

Gordon Mohn, Unified School District 410 superintendent, told the Hillsboro City Council at its March 20 meeting that the district is still interested in leasing about a third of the city-owned building, popularly known as the former AMPI building, as the new home for its transportation and maintenance services and central office.

Marion boy receives his new liver at KC hospital


Following a two-year wait, Marion’s Wyatt Helmer, 21⁄2, has a new liver.

With parents Aaron and Traci Helmer waiting nearby, Wyatt received the transplant during an eight-hour surgery last Tuesday afternoon at a hospital in Kansas City.

As an infant, Wyatt was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a serious disease of the young infant that results in inflammation and obstruction of the bile ducts carrying bile from the liver into the intestine.

City scrambles to fix errors


Hillsboro City Council members were told at the March 6 meeting that the city’s 2007 operating budget had been declared out of compliance by the state.

Without an approved budget, the city is not allowed to spend the funds it has budgeted for.

Mayor Delores Dalke said work was already under way to correct the problems identified by the Kansas Department of Administration.