• Walking the ancient way

    • Hillsboro couple completes the 300-mile trek in Spain known as the ‘Way of St. James.’ Judy and Keith Harder pause for a photo by a pair of yellow arrows marking the trail along the Camino de Santiago. The couple hiked more than 300 miles across Spain along the ancient pilgrimage route in April and May. Courtesy Photo For many […]

    Walking the ancient way
  • More room at the table

    • Lunch 4 Kids programs in Hillsboro and Marion renew the invitation. Pedro Nieto, 10, a fifth-grader this fall, and sister Roxana Nieto, 12, an eighth-grader to be, enjoy a meal last week provided by the Lunch 4 Kids program in Hillsboro. Their mother, Maria, said her kids look forward to coming. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press Nearly 100 children […]

    More room at the table
  • Flag football flies in Hillsboro

    Jacob Funk (second from left) strips the flag of ball-carrier Ben Koop as Braden Vogt assists during a 7-on-7 flag football game Thursday. Watching in the background are Elias Werth (left) and Lane Flaming. In this particular game, Hillsboro maroon defeated Hillsboro white 37-34. Free Press Photos by Janae Rempel Hillsboro High School football coach Lance Sawyer was instrumental in […]

    Flag football flies in Hillsboro
  • BAK home, Goessel style

    900 riders on the Bicycling Across Kansas tour make a one-night stand in Goessel The line of BAK riders stretched over miles and hours, but this group appeared pleased by their early arrival. Nine hundred bicyclists with Biking Across Kansas rolled into Goessel Wednes­day, June 10. BAK is an annual event occurring the first full week of June. This year […]

    BAK home, Goessel style
  • Sunday night deluge brings flooding

    The overflowing South Cottonwood River made a lake out of farm ground two miles south of Hillsboro along Indigo Road. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Reports of 4 to 6 inches of rain Sunday night resulted in flooding around Marion County.  By morning, five homes in Peabody had to be evacuated as Doyle Creek overflowed its banks, according to Randy […]

    Sunday night deluge brings flooding
  • Hurlbutt drafted by Oakland A’s

    Dustin Hurlbutt became the third baseball player in Tabor College history to be drafted when he was selected in the 16th round by the Oakland Athletics in the First-Year Player Draft last week. Free Press File Photo Sometimes extraordinary things happen during the ordinary routine of every-day life. Tabor College pitcher Dustin Hurlbutt was getting his vehicle’s oil changed Wednesday […]

    Hurlbutt drafted by Oakland A’s
  • Only dairy in Chase County is run by a woman

    When Ria Vos checks her Holsteins, they immediately gather around for personal attention. “My cows get their feelings hurt if I call one by the wrong name, just to tease them,” the Chase County dairy operator insisted. Frank J. Buchman photo Ria Vos is the dairy maiden of Chase County. She loves her cows; she knows each by name. They […]

    Only dairy in Chase County is run by a woman
  • CHINGAWASSA MUSIC & FUN

    ‘Everyone had a great weekend’ Lead singer Casey Donahew and his band drew an estimated 2,000-plus people to their featured concert Saturday night in Central Park. Another popular draw was Hells Bells, an AC/DC tribute band that performed Friday night. Patty Decker / Free Press Organizers were pleased with the overall attendance and events at this year’s 19th annual Chingawassa […]

    CHINGAWASSA MUSIC & FUN
  • Going the distance / Sechrist a runner like no other

    Emily Sechrist, holding her most recent state medals, is the most decorated female distance runner in Hillsboro High School history. Sechrist said she hasn’t stopped to count the medals, but when they moved them once they weighed around 13 pounds. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Let’s state the obvious: Emily Sechrist is the best female distance runner Hillsboro High School […]

    Going the distance / Sechrist a runner like no other
  • Learning center closed due to block-grant rule

    • With the state freezing FTE for two more years, ESSDACK forced to close four centers. The Marion County Learning Center, located at 107 S. Main in Hillsboro, will no longer be offering services to students seeking a nontraditional learning situation. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Requirements of the state’s block-grant funding plan for schools have led to the closure […]

    Learning center closed due to block-grant rule

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Walking the ancient way

Walking the ancient way

June 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm

• Hillsboro couple completes the 300-mile trek in Spain known as the ‘Way of St. James.’ ...

  • More room at the table
    More room at the table

    • Lunch 4 Kids programs in Hillsboro and Marion renew the invitation. ...

    June 23, 2015 at 5:22 pm
  • Bug battle
    Bug battle

    • Several communities in Marion County are engaged in the fight against mosquitoes. ...

    June 23, 2015 at 5:18 pm
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    BAK home, Goessel style

    900 riders on the Bicycling Across Kansas tour make a one-night stand in Goessel ...

    June 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm

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Flag football flies in Hillsboro

Flag football flies in Hillsboro

June 23, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Jacob Funk (second from left) strips the flag of ball-carrier Ben Koop as Braden Vogt assists...

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Goessel council sets holiday fireworks schedule

June 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm

The Goessel City Council discussed a fireworks schedule during its June 15 meeting. The council decided fireworks will be allowed in the city as follows: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.,Thursday,...

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Three local businesses receive KDOC Merit Award

June 23, 2015 at 4:32 pm

  Three Hillsboro businesses were recognized for their economic and civic contributions to the community during the June 9 Cham­­ber of Com­merce luncheon at the Scout...

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Schools seek online enrollment through TEEN Virtual Academy

Schools seek online enrollment through TEEN Virtual Academy

June 23, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Students in grades nine through 12 and adults wanting to continue their education have the option of enrolling in TEEN Virtual Academy, an online program with classes beginning...