City Watch

Thurston reflects, talks about future projects

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since my first Mayoral campaign. The time has certainly flown by and a lot has happened in Hillsboro since then. I ...

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Prairie Smokin’ Festival just around corner

The first (of what we hope to be an annual event) Prairie Smokin’ Festival will be held in Hillsboro at the Marion County Fairgrounds and Hillsboro Museum Complex. In addition to some great food from the BBQ Contest, there will be music by Sam Unruh from 6-8 p. m. , ...

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County youth put entrepreneurship skills to the test

The 4th Annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge was held this month in Marion. We had five teams from Hillsboro High School and 1 team from Marion High School complete. We have a very robust Entrepreneurship program at USD 410, and I especially appreciate the efforts of our business instructor Nathan Hiebert, for his work with this program. Mr. Hiebert ...

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It’s been a long winter…

I don’t know about you, but I’m about done with Old Man Winter! It seems we have had more than our share of ice & snow this season. I know it has kept our city crews busy with keeping intersections treated and the cold temps have caused our share of water line breaks. It ...

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A place anyone can serve

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On that day we remember and celebrate not only a great man, but a great American. To use one of his many quotes; “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to ...

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A look back, and forward for city

It’s hard for me to believe a year has gone by since I raised my hand and was sworn in as your Mayor. There has been a lot that has happened in that short year; January – Larry Paine went on medical leave (this was a bit of a “gut check” for a new Mayor let me tell you). We ...

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Community has plenty to be thankful for

Hillsboro had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. ...

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Students make for great engagement

I had a great time this past Thursday afternoon. I was invited by Mr. Knoll to speak to his American Government class at Hillsboro High School. I was able to speak to two Junior / Senior classes on the subject of: Mayor of Hillsboro, KS – What the heck does the Mayor do anyway? At the beginning of ...

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It was a great homecoming weekend

An excellent weekend was on tap for Tabor’s 2018 Homecoming celebration. Beautiful weather, a big win on the football field, a fabulous production of My Fair Lady and all held on a gorgeous campus… congratulations to all at Tabor for a great homecoming. A ...

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Learning how to collaborate properly

I recently looked up the word “collaboration” on my computer. I found that Google provides two very distinct meanings for this word; The action of working with someone to produce or create something. Traitorous cooperation with an enemy. The first of these seems like an admirable and even virtuous action and the other seems, well, pretty bad. I was thinking ...

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