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 […]

  • Keep your attention on water-safety rules this summer

    Marion Reservoir provides a “Loaner Life Jacket Station” at its swimming area at Cottonwood Cove. A PFD (personal flotation device) is the primary piece of safety equipment when in, on, or around the water—especially at a lake or pond because you cannot see the bottom. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press It always saddens me to learn of any drowning. The […]

    Keep your attention on water-safety rules this summer
  • Hillsboro, Marion teams compete at Council Grove meet

    LEFT: Hudson Rogers dives in for his leg of the 8 & Under boys’ freestyle relay. RIGHT: Hillsboro’s Violet Klein finds her stroke during the freestyle relay for 11-12 year-old girls at the Council Grove swim meet on Saturday. Photos by Karrie Rathbone The Hillsboro swim team claimed first place at the three-team meet at Council Grove Saturday with Marion […]

    Hillsboro, Marion teams compete at Council Grove meet

    Patty Decker photoThis year’s car show drew 105 cars and three motorcycles to Memorial Park’s circle drive in Hillsboro. The 20th annual Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show on Saturday in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park was considered by organizers as one of the best yet. Kim Abrahams of Hillsboro, who’s been organizing the show since the beginning, said 105 cars and […]

  • Committed to kids for 47 years

    Courtesy photo“Title 1 are kids that need some help in reading and/or math,” Gloria Winter says. “They’re just not quite up to speed. They haven’t been diagnosed with a disability.” Gloria Winter completed her 47th year of teaching public schools this May, and for all those years, she said her personal schedule has been wrapped around the school calendar. But […]

    Committed to kids for 47 years
  • Water break damages Florence gymnasium

    This photo shows the extent of the buckling of the gymnasium floor following an extended waterline burst that occurred between May 4 and the evening of May 16 The Florence City Council dropped a bombshell at its meeting May 21 with news that the high school gymnasium sustained serious water damage sometime between May 4, and prior to the evening […]

    Water break damages Florence gymnasium
  • Track Athletes lay it on the line

    Warriors claim four medals Rivals become record-setters at state After competing against each other in shot put and discus during high school, Hillsboro’s Wes Shaw (top photo) and Marion’s Tyler Palic (lower photo) could claim their place in the state record books. Shaw threw the shot put 60 feet, 11.5 inches, bettering his school records and setting a new state […]

    Track Athletes lay it on the line
  • Marion claims third place in 3A state baseball

    Cole Srajer collides with Sabetha catcher Brandon Brownlee, scoring on Luke Lanning’s sacrifice fly to make it 9-2 during the fifth inning of Friday’s 3A semifinal game. Janae Rempel The Marion baseball team ended the 2018 season with a win, defeating Riley County, 9-1, in the state consolation game to claim third place in Class 3A Friday. The Warriors finished […]

    Marion claims third place in 3A state baseball
  • Neighbors battle in regional semifinals

    Coach Roger Schroeder congratulates Evann Heidebrecht after a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to celebrate a shot for a state tournament berth. Janae Rempel / Free Press With a three-hit shutout of Southeast of Saline Wed­nesday, the Marion baseball team earned its second-consecutive trip to the Class 3A state tournament, defeating the Trojans, 6-0, in […]

    Neighbors battle in regional semifinals

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County executive session raises questions

July 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Questions surround an executive session during a Marion County Commission meeting last week. The Marion County Commission entered executive session during a special meeting...

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Hillsboro swim team takes second in huge meet

Hillsboro swim team takes second in huge meet

July 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Tristan Rathbone completed in the 13-14 year-old boys and won the 50, 100, and 200 Meter...

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Retro float earns win for Ramona Independence Day parade

Retro float earns win for Ramona Independence Day parade

July 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm

The Retro in Ramona float was the first place float winner in the Independence...

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Bank making large management changes

July 3, 2018 at 3:29 pm

After 33 years of tenure at The Citizens State Bank, Fred Schrag, president and chief operating officer, announced his retirement, effective at the end of June. In that time,...

  • Farmers finding outlets in community markets

    In communities across Kansas, farmers’ markets continue to offer homegrown and homemade products. Everything...

    June 13, 2018 at 4:14 pm
  • Marion St. Luke Hospital ranked in top 20 CAHs

    St. Luke Hospital in Marion was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for Quality Index. Quality...

    June 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm
  • 4-H News 6-13-18

    ◼ The Live Wires-Empire Best 4-H Club met June 10 at the McPherson County Fairgrounds in Canton. The meeting...

    June 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm

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Area student graduates from St. Olaf College

July 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Erin Wiebe graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in May with degrees in medieval studies and studio art. Wiebe, a 2014 graduate of Hillsboro...