5 years ago (Nov. 24, 2009)

Five years ago

n The Hillsboro City Council agreed to allow local voters to decide if building a new swimming pool would be worth raising the city sales tax by one-half cent. The project is estimated to cost around $2 million.

n The Marion City Commis?sion authorized a Salina engineering firm to move ahead with plans for a water-plant upgrade that might keep the city on track to comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations administered under the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The city would look to the Rural Development Administration for a loan of up to $1.6 million, plus grant money, for the project.

n Northshore Guesthouse bed and breakfast, located near the northwest shore of Marion Reservoir, opened for guests Nov. 12. Charlie and Lynn Unruh are the owners and proprietors.

n The Tabor College football team lost to No. 1 ranked Sioux Falls University, 72-11, in the first round of the NAIA Division II football playoffs in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Bluejays ended their best season in school history with a 9-2 record under head coach Mike Gardner.

n The Tabor College women?s and men?s teams both swept two basketball games at the Sterling College Classic over the weekend. The women (3-2) defeated Benedictine and Northwestern Oklahoma State while the men (2-2) defeated St. Gregory and NOSU.

Ten years ago

n In response to anticipated losses for the past fiscal year, Hillsboro Community Medical Center announced it is intending to reduce expenses by $200,000 for the current fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. The goal is to reduce expenses by 6 percent. Cutting worker overtime is the biggest reduction so far, according to Tom Faulkner, administrator.

n Congressman Jerry Moran read the book ?House Mouse Senate Mouse? to the third-graders at Hillsboro Elementary School. Moran was in Hillsboro for a fundraiser with local Republicans.

n Two new business projects are under construction in Hillsboro Heights: a Dollar General store and Country Haven Inn.

n The Tabor College men?s basketball team improved to 4-0 for the season with a pair of wins at the Sterling College Classic over the weekend. Kevin Koehn led the Bluejays with 27 and 23 points, respectively, in victories against nationally ranked Northwest Oklahoma State University and Mid-America Bible College.

n A greenbug infestation is threatening the health of seedling wheat in Marion County, according to Steven Tonn, extension agent.

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