5 years ago (May 20, 2009)

Five years ago

n Several Marion County residents have appeared as witnesses in the ongoing trial of Terry Nichols, who has been accused of being a co-conspirator in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Rocky Hett, Marion, had been notified as a witness for the defense, but has not been called. Tim Donahue, Lincoln?ville, was called to testify for the prosecution. Nichols worked for Donahue for six months on the Hayhook Ranch in fall 1994.

n The Kansas Department of Health and Environment urged Kansans to prepare for the return of the West Nile Virus this summer. This will be the third year for the virus in Kansas and the fifth year in the United States.

n The baseball and softball programs were reinstated by the Marion-Florence board of education after parents objected to the board?s decision to cut the two programs.

n The Hillsboro High boys and girls claimed respective titles at the Mid-Central Activities Association track-and-field meet in Halstead. The boys had a lead of 105 points over their nearest rival; it was their fourth straight league title.

n Marion High boys won the last Cottonwood Valley League track and field title. The Warrior girls placed fourth. The league will be disbanding.

Ten years ago

n Representatives from St. Luke Hospital in Marion and Hillsboro Community Medical Center met with a sense of urgency to explore ways to assure the survival of health-care services in Marion County?s future. Merger was one of the options to explore. Fueling the urgency are impending reductions in Medicare reimbursement.

n Tabor College officially named its soccer field in honor of the late Vernon R. Wiebe, who was a former coach and administrator at the school.

n Rod Koons officially opened Rod?s Tire & Service May 3. He is currently running the business out of his home, but hopes to have a temporary location soon.

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