5 Years Ago (Dec. 15, 2009)

Five years ago

l Students and staff at Goessel Elementary School were forced to move to a temporary location after a gas leak was detected outside the building. After an employee noticed the smell of gas outside a kitchen door, initial repairs were made. But additional leaks were later discovered. Classes were cancelled to allow the gas company to complete necessary inspections and give the staff an opportunity to develop a plan for relocation.

l Wendell Loewen, who teaches at Tabor College about youth, culture and church, led a workshop for some 80 youth workers titled, ?Modern Parents and Post-Modern Teens,? at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

l A group of concerned citizens from Tampa asked Marion County commissioners to remedy deterior?ating conditions of the two mhard-surface roads leading into town. They showed photos of potholes, sunken areas and shoulder deterioration.

Ten years ago

l Hillsboro officially received 7 inches of snow from Saturday night through Sunday morning, but City Superinten?dent Johnnie Liles said he believed the accumulation was closer to 9 or 10 inches. The storm caused numerous power outages and closed most city streets by Sunday morning, leading local churches to cancel services.

l The emotion-infused issue involving the right-of-way of abandoned railroad track between Marion and McPher?son is back in front of the Surface Transportation Board after the circuit court reversed an earlier decision.

l Esther Loewen Vogt, prolific writer and storyteller from Hillsboro, died at age 84. She had published 25 books since her first book was accepted at age 50. Most of her books were in the genre of juvenile fiction, but she also wrote novels for adults. Most of Vogt?s books were cast in a historical Kansas setting.

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