5 years ago (July 15, 2009)

Five years ago

n The Hillsboro City Council voted unanimously to keep open the 100 block of South Washington. Representatives from the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church had inquired about closing it in order to create a larger unified campus on which to build a new meetinghouse after losing the former one in a March fire.

n Congressman Jerry Moran said he would support federal legislation that would fund better research into the cause of, and ways to combat, algae blooms, such as the ones that have plagued Marion Reservoir the past two summers.

n The USD 410 Board of Educa?tion decided to refinance its bond debt on the middle-school building. Because of low interest rates, the move could save the district $46,000 to $56,000.

n Five Marion friends took a ?trail ride? around Marion County Lake on their antique tractors. They were Charles Schmidtberger (1939 Allis Chalmers), Sam Johnson (1949 Ferguson), Jerry Kline (1949 John Deere), Ken Vinduska (1936 International) and Bonnie Vinduska (1953 Ford).

n The Marion 12U baseball team will get a chance to defend its Cal Ripken state championship on its home field when the state tournament comes to Marion next week. The team is comprised of all-stars from Hillsboro, Marion and Chase County.

n Marion County commissioners called for strong law enforcement of traffic laws to help prevent fatal accidents along U.S. Highway 50. Two accidents the previous week, both in the same construction zone, resulted in seven fatalities and multiple injuries.

n Ruth Viets of Marion recently received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award from the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church for her work in that field. It is the highest award the conference could bestow on a lay member.

Ten years ago

n The City of Hillsboro has put on indefinite hold the idea of building a cogeneration power plant with Marion. The idea for a shared plant arose last November. Mayor Delores Dalke cited two reasons for the action: the length of the city?s current contract with Kansas Power & Light/Western Resources, and a sense that the project would not be financially feasible.

n Hillsboro Community Medical Center announced it will discontinue providing home health-care service to area clients Aug. 31. The decision was made when it became apparent that providing the service would result in a loss of some $95,000 for the fiscal year.

n Cooperative Grain & Supply, based in Hillsboro, purchased the Ampride stories in Hillsboro and Marion from Kansas Retail Ventures Group, LLC, based in Abilene. The stores will continue under the same managers, Laura Legg in Hillsboro and Lisa LeVasseur in Marion.

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