5 years ago (Sept. 16, 2009)

Five years ago

n Kim Klein of Hillsboro is a gestational surrogate for a couple in Chicago. The baby she carries was conceived using in vitro fertilization and belongs to the biological parents, who could not have children naturally.

n Area leaders were told by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials that a mechanical, non-chemical approach may be the best way to control blue-green algae blooms at Marion Reservoir. But funding even for a short-term response may take time and effort.

n A new swimming pool was at the top of a long list of potential improvement projects for Hillsboro; the list was developed by the city council and City Administrator Steve Garrett.

n A benefit breakfast raised around $2,500 for the purchase of a thermal-imaging camera for the Hillsboro Fire Department. The breakfast was sponsored by members of Hillsboro Menno?nite Brethren Church in gratitude for the department?s efforts to battle the fire that destroyed the church building in March.

n The Tabor College football team defeated Southwest Assemblies of God, 43-7, in Mike Gardner?s debut as head coach.

n The Marion County commissioners authorized up to $2,000 for a new role as the umbrella government entity for a new group called the Agri-tourism and Marion Reservoir Watershed Coalition. The start-up money will be used for a two-day agri-tourism conference Oct. 22-23 featuring Remelle Farrar of Texas.

Ten years ago

n About 200 Tabor College students made their way downtown for free doughnuts, drinks and door prizes offered by the Hillsboro Chamber of Com?merce as a ?Welcome to Hillsboro? gesture.

n Hillsboro High?s football team dominated Halstead, 63-14. C.J. Hill rushed four touchdowns and 160 yards.

n Former HHS head football coach Don Penner was inducted into the Bethel College Hall of Fame. Penner was an all-conference performer in football and track and field in college; he graduated from Bethel in 1956.

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