• 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
  • Moran hears from Hillsboro about hospital situation

    United States Senator Jerry Moran offered his help when he stopped in for a visit on Friday at the Hillsboro Community Hospital. “The offer stands for our help however we can do that,” said Moran. In addition to taking a tour of the facility, Moran visited with various staff members as well as city officials including city administrator Larry Paine […]

    Moran hears from Hillsboro about hospital situation
  • Always be closing- Girl Scout Troop bear the cold to sell cookies.

    From left, Maddy Blythe, Brooklynn Moore, TJ Clover and Roselynn Moore. The Peabody Girls Scouts Troop #30070 showed some great business sense setting up on Saturday outside of Dale’s in Hillsboro since Hillsboro does not have a troop. When asked how they were handling the cold, Maddy Blythe said, “It’s the best time to sell them! Everyone is stocking up […]

    Always be closing- Girl Scout Troop bear the cold to sell cookies.
  • Another soil conservation meeting in the books

    Matt Meyerhoff, NRCS supervisory district conservationist in Marion, Rice and McPherson counties, provided updates on what’s been happening with conservation practices. Meyerhoff said he was also impressed with the turnout at the 73rd annual meeting of the Marion County Conservation District. Patty Decker/Free Press “The year 2018 was successful as far as practices actually applied to the land,” said Matt […]

    Another soil conservation meeting in the books
  • Putting on a show

    Riley Yoder and her students put on the halftime show during the final game of the regular season for Hillsboro High basketball. The students ranged in age from preschool to fifth grade and performed a variety of feats. Fifth grader Claire Morey preforms flips as her classmates, Jayden Frantz and Alivia Hefley watch and wait for their turns. Laura Fowler […]

    Putting on a show

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Area swim team participates in league meet

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July 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm

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New events, old traditions in place for the County Fair

July 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

TThe 89th Annual Marion County Fair will be featuring some new events in addition to the traditions that many have come to know and love. “We are trying to listen. We are...

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K-State turfgrass specialist urges mid-summer checkup on lawns

July 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Kansas State University turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle says homeowners ought to be thinking about a mid-summer checkup on their lawns, which likely includes applying fertilizer...

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Local students enjoy conference

Local students enjoy conference

July 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm

From left: Olivia Slater, Austin Rempel, Callie Bernhardt, Charlie Peters,...