• Man who survived 9/11 tower attacks speaks to Hillsboro students

    Hillsboro students had the rare privilege of hearing from survivor, Mark McGavran, on his experience at the September 11 World Trade Center disaster. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Guest speaker Mark McGavran gave a moving presentation on the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attack on America. USD 410 Superintendent Max Heinrichs knew McGavran from coaching him through all four years of […]

    Man who survived 9/11 tower attacks speaks to Hillsboro students
  • Big weekend for art, crafts

    Bob Woelk and Emersyn Funk take a shift at the Hillsboro High School Leos Booth during the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday. They sold funnel cakes and drinks. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Amy Plett stands at her booth at Art in the Park in Central Park in Marion. She sold festive, holiday wooden creations. “I love having a […]

    Big weekend for art, crafts
  • 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

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Extension granted by judge for silage move

September 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Mike Beneke, owner of Double B Cattle of Lincolnville, was granted a 30-day extension to remove about 8 million pounds of silage from his property at 601 W. Main St., at a...

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Marion Volleyball places 4th at Spikefest Tournament

Marion Volleyball places 4th at Spikefest Tournament

September 19, 2018 at 9:32 am

Lily Lundy attacks the net during Set 2 with Lyons Saturday. Marion won the match in three...

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Man who survived 9/11 tower attacks speaks to Hillsboro students

Man who survived 9/11 tower attacks speaks to Hillsboro students

September 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

Hillsboro students had the rare privilege of hearing from survivor, Mark McGavran, on his...

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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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Goessel School Appreciates Donation

September 19, 2018 at 10:05 am

The Goessel school board met on September 10 and accepted a Sartorius scale donation from Darrell Salsbury, a local retired veterinarian. Junior high/high school principal...