5 Years Ago

  • The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was still searching for a man who robbed the Pilsen State Bank in Lincolnville at gunpoint March 20. The robbery, the second to occur at the bank in six months, resulted in the loss of an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.
  • Ag Power Inc., owned by Mike and Carolyn Kleiber and Kirby Rector, announced the acquisition of Paul?s Auto from owners Paul and Sheryl Pankratz. Paul had been in the auto-parts store for 37 years. The new owners plan to keep the store?s affiliation with its Carquest supplier.
  • Both of Hillsboro?s voting wards will be assured of new representation on the Hillsboro City Council as the April 2 local election draws near. Daren Arndt and Shelby Dirks are vying for the West Ward vacancy created by Wendell Dirks? decision not to see re-election, while Byron C. McCarty has filed for the vacancy that will be created by a similar decision by sitting council member Mike Padgett.
  • The Hillsboro City Council approved the general concept for the design of a new electrical shop at its March 19 meeting. The new building will replace the one that was destroyed by a lightning-ignited fire the previous July. The project was estimated to cost between $91,000 and $97,000, depending on some design options.
  • Bob Woelk, English instructor at Hillsboro High School, is working toward the reinstatement of a journalism class at HHS. The restart of the class might mean the revival of a student newspaper as well, according to Woelk.
  • Marion citizen Diana Costello called Mayor Eloise Mueller to task at the March 25 Marion City Commission meeting for keeping open the option of seeking a regional landfill for Marion despite a recent advisory election vote against seeking one. Mueller said she doesn?t want to close off the possibility of pursuing a landfill, but also that the city is not actively seeking one now.
  • A preconstruction meeting was scheduled for March 25 to mark the start of construction on a new water tower for the city of Goessel. The water tower was projected to be completed in 320 days after work begins.
  • Planners for Marion?s Chingawassa Days announced the rock band 38 Special will be featured at this year?s festival concert June 1.
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