5 Years Ago (Jan. 20, 2009)

Five years ago

? Hillsboro City Admini?strator Steve Garrett is asking for the community?s continued help in removing debris resulting from the ice storm that blanketed Marion County a week earlier. Specifically, Garrett is asking residents to drag tree debris to the curb, where it will be picked up by city crews.

? Falling tree limbs from the ice storm caused a power outage and fire scare at the Goessel junior/senior high school. The motors of three roof-top heaters overheated, causing smoke to fill classrooms. The west end of the building was evacuated.

? Full-day kindergarten was the main topic of discussion at the Jan. 10 meeting of the USD 408-Marion-Florence Board of Education meeting. Super?intendent Lee Leiker said studies indicate children in all-day kindergarten progress further academically than children in half-day kindergarten.

? A three-point buzzer-beater by Patrick Harrison lifted the Hillsboro High boys over Lyons, 54-51, to keep the team undefeated at 8-0. Amy Duerksen scored 16 as the HHS girls slipped past Lyons, 49-46, to improve to 4-4.

? Marion boys (5-4) clobbered Ellinwood, 50-26, behind 18 points by Dale Vogel, while the girls? team lost to the Eagles, 50-39, despite 12 points from Toni Gordon.

Ten years ago

? Concern about the state of rural health prompted 40 people to turn out for a meeting of the Marion County Interagency Council that usually attracts about a dozen people. Fred Lucky, vice president of the Kansas Hospital Association, was the guest speaker.

? Tom Faulkner, CEO at Hillsboro Community Medical Center, said cooperation with St. Luke Hospital in Marion is the only hope for either hospital to continue.

? Derek Hamm won the Hillsboro Middle School geography bee Jan. 13 and will advance to state competition. The next day, Tricia Pauls won the HMS school spelling bee.

? Marion County agricultural producers received a record $14.26 million during the 1998-99 fiscal year from various aid programs through the Farm Service Agency. Bill Harmon, director of the county FSA office, said the income was ?greatly needed? by a lot of farm families.

? The Hillsboro boys? seven-game winning streak over Wichita Collegiate came to an end when the second-ranked Spartans (7-0) prevailed, 69-52. Tyson Ratzlaff scored 14 to pace HHS, which fell to 5-3 for the year. Meanwhile, the HHS girls dismantled Collegiate, 56-21, to improve to 7-1. Angela Kroeker scored 14 to lead HHS.

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