• Students raise funds selling mattresses

    Sophomores Malorie Hein, Macy Priest and Kate Maxfield use their signs and smiles to encourage people to stop in and buy some mattresses. Music students at Hillsboro High School participated in a fundraiser on Saturday to sell mattresses and massage chairs. A portion of the funds will go back to the school for their music program. They do not yet […]

    Students raise funds selling mattresses
  • Serving the masses

    Part of downtown was blocked off to accommodate the large amount of people who came to show the Bartel family. There were all kinds of vehicles available to check out. Volunteers helped serve cake at the fundraiser and birthday celebration for Eric Bartel. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Volunteers helped serve cake at the fundraiser and birthday celebration for […]

    Serving the masses
  • The Elgin hires new chef for expansion

    Chef Michael Trimboli moved to Marion County from the East Coast about a week and a half ago. He is working with Elgin owner, Tammy Ensey, to create and open up a new restaurant for the Elgin. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press While Chef Michael Trimboli has had much experience in all types of kitchens and working with various […]

    The Elgin hires new chef for expansion
  • County comes out for annual Relay for Life event in Marion

    Sam and Lena Hall pose at their team booth on Saturday during the Relay for Life of Marion County event. Not only is Lena one of the event's main organizers, she was a caregiver for her husband Sam who is a survivor of cancer. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Some very strong people and their loved ones showed up […]

    County comes out for annual Relay for Life event in Marion
  • Local FFA members earn Ford Scholarships

    From left: Terry Hagen, Cheyenne Bernhardt, and Randy Hagen. Bernhardt, a FFA member, earned a $1000 scholarship from Ford. Local FFA members were among the 60 Kansas students awarded $1,000 Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough Scholarships during the third session of the 91st Kansas FFA Convention, May 29–31, 2019, on the Kansas State University campus. Cheyenne Bernhardt from the Hillsboro FFA was […]

    Local FFA members earn Ford Scholarships
  • Local softball team finishes second at state tournament

    Hillsboro 10U softball team placed second at the state softball tournament in Cottonwood Falls on July 6. The team also won Best Sportsmanship Award. From left: Khloe Funk, Ella Potucek, Abby Beavers, Brooklyn Thiessen, Cheyanne Plenert, D’Asia Cox, Rylee Voran, Mackenzie D’Albini, Haley Gilkey, Chloe Dirks, and Makenna Fenske. The team was coached by Carissa Thiessen, Wendy Funk, and Erin […]

    Local softball team finishes second at state tournament
  • DEVASTATED– Durham experiences worst flood since 1951

    Much of downtowvn Durham was flooded on July 4. Some places reported water as high as four feet in businesses and homes. Photo submitted by Jared Dyck While many were enjoying holiday festivities and preparing for a fourth of July filled with fun and relaxations, Durham residents faced a very different reality. Rainfall over several hours during the night Wednesday […]

    DEVASTATED– Durham experiences worst flood since 1951
  • Wind farm permit approved, not development plan

    About 50 people attended the Marion County Commission meeting on July 8 to hear how the commissioners vote on the wind farm project. The commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of approving the conditional use permit proposed by Expedition Wind. The development plan, which was split out from the CUP, was not approved at this time. Patty Decker/Free Press The Marion […]

    Wind farm permit approved, not development plan
  • Hillsboro Chess Guild takes state title home

    From Left: Joshua Diener, Olivia Jury, Jacob Denholm, Kayla Gunn and Jason Latham with the plaque they won. The USD 410 Hillsboro High School Chess Guild are the 1A-2A State Champions for 2019. They played in Emporia against the best of Kansas on March 9. Jacob Denholm took 41st in the high school division.

    Hillsboro Chess Guild takes state title home
  • Library presented with five-star award

    Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt presented a plaque from the Library Journal recognizing Marion City Library as a five-star library for 2018. They were the only library in their category to win the rating for the state of Kansas. Photo by City of Marion The Marion City Library was recently recognized as a five-star library for 2018. The library had received […]

    Library presented with five-star award

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Hillsboro beats Lyons on Homecoming

Hillsboro beats Lyons on Homecoming

September 18, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Hunter Hein (senior #12) leaps into the end zone off a run in the second quarter. Karrie...

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Marion County resident creates all sorts of unique yard art

Marion County resident creates all sorts of unique yard art

September 18, 2019 at 5:01 pm

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St. Luke Wound Clinic receives patient satisfaction award

St. Luke Wound Clinic receives patient satisfaction award

September 4, 2019 at 1:38 pm

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Tabor College recognized in college rankings

September 18, 2019 at 4:32 pm

Tabor College was featured in the new and expanded U.S. News Best Colleges 2020 rankings that were released to the public Sept. 9. Tabor was ranked in three categories: No....