5 years ago (July 22, 2009)

Five years ago

n Hillsboro Community Medi?cal Center has been awarded $250,000 in Community Service Tax Credits from the Kansas Department of Com?merce and Housing. The funds will be used to make the facility, particularly the front entrance, handicapped accessible.

n The first conviction as a result of DNA testing in Kanss is returning to Marion County. The attorney for Oliver K. Smith, who was convicted of the 1987 rape and murder of Shelly Prine near Goessel, is asking that her client be permitted to have new DNA testing. The special prosecutor retained by Marion County said he is doubtful the effort will shed new light on the case.

n Adam Jones, a 2004 graduate of Peabody-Burns High School, is one of 68 athletes preparing to play in the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl all-star football game this weekend at Emporia. The senior was named to the Class 2A first team on offense and second team on defense. He has signed a letter of intent with Fort Hays State.

n Hillsboro Elementary School plans to start a program this fall that is intended to help students who fall behind in reading skills. It is known as DIBELS, an acronym for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literary Skills.

Ten years ago

n Parkview Mennonite Breth?ren Church is preparing to celebrate its 125th birthday. It was founded in 1874 two miles south of present-day Hills?boro in the immigrant village of Gnadenau. After fire destroyed the building in 1956, a meetinghouse was built in town and the name was changed to Parkview.

n Officials from Via Christi and Lutheran Health Services met with representatives from St. Luke Hospital in Marion and Hillsboro Community Medical Center to talk about assisting with strategic planning and decision-making processes for future Marion County health services.

n Wheatbelt Inc., a manufacturer of rolling shutters in Hillsboro, is planning a 5,500-square-foot addition to its plant. It is the second expan?sion since the business was started in 1981 by Roger Hofer.

n Aaron Yoder, an eighth-grader at Hillsboro Middle School, qualified for the AAU Track and Fields Champion?ships Aug. 1-7 in Cleveland, Ohio, after winning the 3,000-meter run and finishing third in 1,500 meters at the four-state Region 8 championships in Olathe. He won the 3,000 in 10 minutes, 21 seconds; his time in the 1,500 was 4:31.

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