5 Years Ago (Dec. 23, 2009)

Five years ago

? About a dozen members of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church planted and decorated a 20-foot evergreen for Christmas on the vacant lot where their church building once stood. The building was destroyed by fire in March.

? Marion City Commission tentatively approved a fireworks display for New Year?s Eve. The show is planned for the parking lot at the Cooperative Grain & Supply elevator in Marion. Hett Construction and Tampa State Bank will sponsor the event.

? The Goessel City Council hired Joe Boese as its new public works director, which he will add to his duties as the town?s chief of police.

? The state-ranked Hillsboro High boys? basketball team improved to 5-0 with a 58-48 win over Ellinwood Friday. The Trojan girls rebounded from three straight losses against quality competition to route the Eagles 52-30.

? The Marion boys overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Haven 63-61. Dale Vogel led the Warriors with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The MHS girls improved to 4-2 with a 60-51 win. Allie Maddox scored 16 to pace the Warriors.

? During ?Academic Excellence Night,? Hillsboro school administrators awarded 114 students with certificates of achievement for performing at the highest level on state assessments in reading, math and writing.

Ten years ago

? Chad Duerksen, the first Hillsboro High graduate to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl high school all-star football game, indicated he would be transferring from Emporia State for the spring semester. Tim McCarty, Tabor?s first-year head coach, called the signing his Christmas miracle, and a key recruit to help turn around the program.

? The Hillsboro girls defeated Sterling 54-52 in overtime on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Angela Kroeker, who scored 20 points for the 3-1 Trojans. The boys defeated Sterling 52-43 behind 19 points by Grant Brubacher and 18 by Tyson Ratzlaff to even the team?s record at 2-2.

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