5 Years Ago (March. 10, 2010)

Five years ago

? About 20 people attended the annual legislative coffee Saturday in Hillsboro, featuring Rep. Don Dahl and Sen Jim Barnett. Health-care costs and school funding topped the list of issues addressed.

? Hillsboro natives Justin Brown and Greg Carlson, both 17, are contributing to the basketball accomplishments of Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe. Brown is averaging more than 12 points a game and Carlson nearly 14.

? The Hillsboro boys lost to Hesston, 54-50, in the finals of their Class 3A sub-state tournament at Lyons. The Trojans ended the season, 21-2. The Hillsboro girls, meanwhile, ended their season with a 63-41 loss at the hands of Hesston in the tournament finals. HHS finished 15-8 while Hesston improved to 20-3.

? The Marion City Commis?sion voted to annex one property and possibly condemn another for the construction of a theater and community center. The property to be annexed is a five-acre piece that was donated to the Marion Advancement Campaign by Vernon Vogel.

Ten years ago

? Sandy and Ken Welsh of Hesston announced they will be opening a laundry and dry-cleaning business in Hillsboro by July 1. It will be located at the corner of Ash and Third streets. The Welshes own a laundromat in their hometown.

? Kansas Lt. Gov. Gary Scherrer was part of an eight-member panel that heard request for 21 road projects during a Kansas Department of Transportation hearing at Tabor College Feb. 29. One of the projects presented was to make Kansas Highway 61 a four-lane road from McPherson to Hutchinson.

? The Hillsboro girls? basketball team earned a berth in the Class 3A state tournament with a 52-43 win over Northern Heights in the sub-state tournament at Brown Gymnasium. Angela Herzet led Hillsboro (20-3) with 14 points. The boys fell short in a fourth-quarter comeback, losing to Osage City, 41-45, in the sub-state finals, to finish the year 15-8.

? HHS senior Tyson Ratzlaff, an all-state receiver for the Trojan football team in fall, signed a letter of intent to play football at Tabor College for coach Tim McCarty.

? Marion city leaders gathered Monday to break ground for the city?s light commercial and retail industrial park. The land, located just north of U.S. High?way 56, was acquired from the Batt family. Dean Batt, grandson of the former owner, participated in the groundbreaking.

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