• New Cameras up at Four Way Stop

    Gary McCloud installs two of four new cameras while Police Chief Dan Kinney assists with the setup. Hillsboro has a new addition of four cameras up at the four way stop at D street and Indigo. They were installed by Gary McCloud of Alarm Service, LLC, while Police Chief Dan Kinney assisted. “We have a lot of business cameras in […]

    New Cameras up at Four Way Stop
  • Fire ravages Marion home

    One of the oldest houses in Marion has been damaged by a fire that hit last week. Patty Decker/Free Press One of Marion’s oldest homes, which played a big part in the city’s historical past, caught fire Monday, Sept. 3. Fire chief Mike Regnier said the fire, reported at about 9:30 p.m., caused extensive damage to the attic and roof […]

    Fire ravages Marion home
  • Silage causes consternation with City of Marion

    A pile of silage is shown above. The City of Marion contends it is blurring the lines between ag and populated areas. Patty Decker / Free Press Mike Beneke, who owns Double B, a cattle business east of Lincolnville, is wanting his day in court. The reason is because Marion city officials allege Beneke is blurring the boundary line between […]

    Silage causes consternation with City of Marion
  • Crowds come out for the Hillsboro Elementary Carnival

    New kindergarten teacher Michelle Ediger checks Jacob Breugem’s wristband so he can play frisbee. All proceeds from the wristbands and concession stands go toward various expenses at Hillsboro Elementary school. Austyn Driggers aims to dunk Autumn Hardey, counselor at HES. The most popular target was PE teacher Mike Jilka. Khloe Defiesta knocked him in and declared it the highlight of […]

    Crowds come out for the  Hillsboro Elementary Carnival
  • Prepping meals for the masses

    Marion County residents, including some Marion high football players, showed up on Saturday to help pack meals for Haiti. In two hours around 100 youth, youth sponsor and parents packaged around 26,250 meals. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Area youth gathered in Marion from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Marion Elementary school to participate in a global and […]

    Prepping meals for the masses
  • Get together helps moms sending students off

    Local Hillsboro moms gather for coffee, tea, snacks and friendship on Thursday after sending their children to school. Sara Wichert, second from right, hosts this annual event. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press The first day of school can bring many mixed emotions for all involved. Moms, in particular, can feel excited, sad, happy and much more. And sometimes, they […]

    Get together helps moms sending students off
  • Glow run enjoys second year at Marion County Fair

    The glow run lit up Hillsboro last week. This was the second year for the event hosted by the Hillsboro Young Professionals. Phyllis Richert/ Free Press The second annual HYP Glow Run kicked off at 9 p.m. Friday, July 27. Runners wore orange shirts with the motto “Here we glow again” that they received as part of their registration as […]

    Glow run enjoys second year at Marion County Fair
  • Exotic visit for Marion County

    Sully, a 6-year-old camel owned by Robert and Ashley Olmstead of Goddard, paid a visit to Salem Home residents and visitors on Friday. Robert, lead zookeeper at Tanganyika Wildlife Park at Goddard, said camels can run about 40 mph. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press It’s rare for an exotic animal to make an appearance in Hillsboro, but on Friday, July […]

    Exotic visit for Marion County

    Lillian Bookless of Hillsboro is now a proud citizen of both the United States and Canada. Today the United States is celebrating its 242nd birthday, and it’s also the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In addition to the U.S. having a milestone event, 20 people from nine countries also celebrated a milestone by becoming […]


    Melanie and Dale Franz and son Darren pull weeds Sunday along sidewalks in Marion’s downtown business district as their contribution to HMBC’s service day. Sometimes it’s hard to show love toward your neighbors without getting your hands a little dirty. Rather than inhabit their clean and comfortable worship center this past Sunday, more than 200 people from the Hillsboro Menno­nite […]


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Roads becoming unpassable in certain townships

September 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm

by Patty Decker Farmers in Liberty, Men­no and Lehigh townships are losing patience with the Marion County Commission because the dirt roads they need to access their properties...

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Hillsboro crushes Lyons on the road

Hillsboro crushes Lyons on the road

September 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm

Caleb Potucek punches in a touch down during the second quarter of the Lyons-HIllsboro varsity...

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Silage might spend more time where it currently is

September 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Mike Beneke, who was ordered to remove 8 million pounds of silage from property he owned within city limits is now requesting an extension hearing at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 12,...

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Marion County Fair Results for 2018

Marion County Fair Results for 2018

August 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm

4-H / FFA 4-H Clothing and Textiles 375 D: Female Purchased Outfit Style Revue Ages 14-18 Addie Berens (TTT) Purple/Reserve Grand Champion Purchased Style Revue Female; Reserve...

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Tabor hires Schloneger to lead new Suzuki Strings Branch

September 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm

Tabor College Music Preparatory School, under the direction of Dr. J. Bradley Baker, has hired Rebecca Schloneger to coordinate a new Suzuki Strings Branch as part of the...