• Alcohol poisoning sends teen to hospital

    A 13-year-old Hillsboro boy became seriously ill from alcohol poisoning Friday after consuming beer and liquor provided by a 21-year-old woman who is facing charges as a result. At approximately 10:51 p.m., Hillsboro police assistant chief Jessey Hiebert responded to an ambulance page for an unresponsive male with an unknown medical problem at Western Heights in Hillsboro.

  • Officials say parents can deter underage drinking

    The prospect of underage drinking is likely to frighten any parent when they consider how even just a few drinks can lead to tragic outcomes. Sometimes nightmares come true. Several officials of county organizations encourage parents to meet the issue head with their kids.

  • A New Balance of power? Canadians invade Canada but encounter some resistance

    Caroline Kelly, local Canada resident, moved her hand slowly from left to right in front of her face, as she related her idea for a news headline, “New Balance puts Canada, KS, on the map.” However, before she met a Canadian film crew that promised her a pair of free limited-edition New Balance shoes, she wasn’t entirely sure of their true intentions.

  • Strangers rush to aid trapped baby

    Marion resident Breanne Prior was shopping at Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Thursday with her 10-month-old daughter, Paislee, when she realized that her daughter’s leg was stuck in the cart. “We were at the checkout and she lifted her leg up and got it caught in the cart,” Prior said.

  • Community flocks to German meal

    If a survey for “Top 50 Dinner Spots for Recent College Grads” included Dawson Waltner, Jared Friesen, and Drew Pankratz, a surprise entry might well be “local nursing home.” The spring Tabor graduates and roommates were among about 140 community members that dined on traditional German food at Parkside Homes on Saturday.

  • Tower to keep stately profile

    The historic Hillsboro water tower will keep its stately profile after city council rejected a repair option that would have shortened the tank. The council finished discussion on the fixing of the water tower after hearing that it would cost more to replace only one of two rings due to extra equipment needed.

  • Commission breaks program rules again, gives tax rebate

    Marion County commissioners once again ignored the rules of the neighborhood revitalization property tax rebate program, granting approval to an application submitted as a building was nearing completion. “He thinks he’ll be done Sept. 30,” office assistant Nikki Reid said. “I think they’re just waiting on concrete for in front of his house, so for like a driveway and a sidewalk.”

  • State funds down, USD 410 taxes go up

    After months of wrangling with implications of Gov. Sam Brownback’s funding cuts to education, USD 410 board members faced a stark but simple choice at Monday’s budget hearing: Keep tax rates the same and make more cuts, or raise taxes to remain level in budget. They chose the latter, increasing the 2016 budget by 2.988 mills, which will mean an extra $27.49 on the property tax bill for a $100,000 Hillsboro home. The amount will vary slightly for district taxing areas outside Hillsboro.




  • Feline friend Vester is mascot for Assisted Living

    A minor ruckus occurred Thursday morning at Marion Assisted Living when one of its residents, lying on a windowsill, knocked over a potted plant. The resident then went to a corner and, as one observer put it, “felt sorry for himself,” while the nursing staff cleaned up the mess. After this resident was fed, petted, and scratched under the chin just the right way, things presumably went back to normal.

  • Scammers direct crimes toward seniors

    Scams are out there. Some are aimed at seniors. “Scammers attach themselves to the lonely,” said Barb Smith, volunteer with Marion County Department on Aging. “They want money.”


  • Randy Rain

    There was a time, not so long ago, when a pre-dawn rain like Tuesday’s was cause to revel in the glories of nature, to savor asynchronous rhythms of spattering raindrops and clapping thunder, and relish the searing flash of lightning. I was oblivious to all that yesterday, as eight months of reporting had finally taken its toll. One thought drowned out all the others.

  • When it comes to booze talk, don't be a chicken

    I remember just under two years ago, on the eve of my 21st birthday, toasting to the last underage drink I would ever have. It just wouldn’t be the same once it was legal, you know? It’d be much nicer if I could write here about how I overcame peer pressures and resisted alcohol until I came to be of legal age, but that’s not the perspective I have. I had two older brothers who broke down all kinds of behavioral walls, and I went to a college that was just named the top party school in the country — which is unequivocally tremendous, by the way.


    HCH financing, Failure to appear, Sorenson obituary




  • Calendar of Events

  • Blood drive to be held Friday

    The Hillsboro community blood drive will be noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the City Hall Community Room. Appointments can be made by by calling (800) 733-2767.

  • Girl Scouts registration open

    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is inviting kindergarten to 12th grade girls to register for Girl Scouts. Those interested in registering may do so by visiting kansasgirlscouts.org.

  • Hillsboro REC to host programs

    Hillsboro Recreation Commission will offer youth flag football and martial arts this fall. Deadline to register and pay the $25 fee for football is Friday. Games will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday mornings from Sept. 26 through Oct. 24 at Hillsboro Sports Complex.


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