5 years ago (week of July 23, 2008)

Hillsboro residents who want to see live trees in front of Emprise Bank when the down?town street renovation project is over earned a split decision at the July 13 city council. Live will trees will be growing in front of the bank, but they won?t be the two golden rain trees that have been there for more than a decade. Officials concluded that the root system of the golden rain trees was to shallow to survive the engineering requirements of the street project.

Getting that first driver?s license will be little pricier for Hillsboro High School students after the USD 410 Board of Education decided July 15 to begin charging a $75 fee for driver?s education. The decision came as part of the board?s effort to meet the proposed budget for the 2003-04 school year.

Meeting in special session, the Goessel Board of Education approved the purchase and construction of a new new all-weather track at a cost of $190,941.

The Tabor College Music Department recently added seven new pianos at the Wohlge?muth Music Education Center. An accreditation team from the National Associa?tion of Schools of Music, following a visit last fall, had recommend the college improve its practice-room instruments.

Marion County commissioners are leaning toward a 6 percent across-the-board budget cut as a way to balance its budget in the light of declines in state funding and sales tax revenue.

The Hillsboro American Legion baseball team made an early exit from the zone tournament in Ottawa, losing to Andover, 9-6, and to Silver Lake, 13-10. The team finished with a 20-12 record.

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