5 years ago (Feb. 4, 2009)

n Hillsboro and the surrounding area received between 6 and 9 inches of snow Sunday night through Monday morning. A thin glaze of ice on city streets and sidewalks, plus the prospect of heavy snow, promoted most churches to cancel Sunday services.

n The Atkins diet craze has prompted many local consumers to jump on board the low-carbohydrate bandwagon, report owners of local grocery stores and restaurants.

n The Tampa residents erected a new sign along Kansas Highway 15 to entice visitors to come to town. Designed to appear as a silhouette of an ox-drawn covered wagon, the sign was built with local contributions and the craftsmanship of Jim Donahue and his workers at Donahue Manufacturing.

n The Hillsboro High girls claimed third place at the South?east of Saline Invitational with a 52-44 win over Class 6A Junction City. Katie Fast led HHS with 14 points.

TEN YEARS AGO

n It?s official: Hillsboro will finally have a new post office. Postmaster Norman C. Bouwie met in late January with the U.S. Postal Service real-estate specialist in Kansas City to receive final approval on the site at the corner of Main and First streets. The site will now undergo environmental testing. The plan is for the new post office to be open by spring or summer of 2000.

n A packed house gathered for the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday. Many of the onlookers were landowners concerned about plans by the Central Kansas Conservancy to develop a rails-to-trails project in the county.

n Hillsboro optometrist Paul Unruh disseminated information about the safety of hand-held laser pointers. Last fall, USD 410 banned the possession of the lasers by students at school and school events.

n As of Monday, Ray?s Thrift?way became Dale?s Supermarket as the local grocery business was transferred from father Ray Franz to son Dale Franz. Dale has worked in his father?s store for 15 years. Ray purchased the business in 1955.

n Rosemary Neuwirth and Mary Jirak were among a small group of Marion County Catholics who traveled to St. Louis to attend mass with Pope John Paul II. The women came within 10 feet of the Holy Father.

n Angela Kroeker scored 29 points to lead the Hillsboro High girls to victory in the third-place game of the Minneapolis Girls? Basketball Classic. HHS defeated Thomas More Prep, 54-51.

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