• Seal-coat project will disrupt traffic

    • Hillsboro Main Street and Grand affected. Main Street in Hillsboro, from D Street north to Third Street, is scheduled to be seal-coated Thursday and Friday of this week, resulting in some inconvenience for local motorists on those two days. City Administrator Larry Paine said the east half of Main Street, plus all of the 100 block of East Grand […]

    Seal-coat project will disrupt traffic
  • Marion native returns home for the kids

    Marion native Tristen Cope begins her first week as director of the Stepping Stones Preschool at Valley Methodist Church in Marion. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press This summer Tristen Cope returned to Marion to begin married life and her professional career. “I’ve lived here my whole life,” Cope said. “Almost all of my family is from around the area.” Tristen […]

    Marion native returns home for the kids
  • Enduring liberty

    The Statue of Liberty replica in Hillsboro marks 65 years of service. Hillsboro’s Statue of Liberty has served as a continuing reminder of the need to be vigilant about American freedom since 1950. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press She stands in silent vigil at the head of American Legion Memorial Drive, not only as a familiar landmark in Hillsboro, but […]

    Enduring liberty
  • Intent on coming back home

    • New physician Alisa Schmidt is fulfilling her goal of serving her hometown. “I like Hillsboro,” says the 2003 Hillsboro High School grad. “I felt like my education here was really great, and I want that for my children.” Don Ratzlaff / Free Press While many small-town youth can hardly wait to make their personal and career mark in the […]

    Intent on coming back home
  • VFW to dedicate Kapaun plaque

    • Group will discuss county-wide monument. The bronze plaque honoring Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Emil Kapaun of Pilsen will be formally dedicated at 10 a.m. July 11. It already has been added to the VFW’s monument honoring 66 county residents killed in action during foreign wars. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press VFW Post 6958, Marion, is inviting the public—especially […]

    VFW to dedicate Kapaun plaque
  • Passing the baton

    • Veteran Marion track and field throws coach Rex Wilson retires after 55 years in the field Rex Wilson has spent many hours coaching at Warrior Stadium over the past 51 years. Pictured here on the bleachers near the discus ring, Wilson most recently served as Marion’s throws coach. He has coached track and field at Marion in various roles […]

    Passing the baton
  • State sales tax increase effective today, July 1

    Starting today, consumers will be paying for more retail goods and taxable services when they purchase them in the state of Kansas. As part of the budget package approved by the Legislature in June, the portion of sales tax going to the state of Kansas has increased from 6.15 percent to 6.50—or 35 cents more for every $100 purchase. The […]

    State sales tax increase effective today, July 1
  • 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

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Seal-coat project will disrupt traffic

Seal-coat project will disrupt traffic

July 7, 2015 at 5:04 pm

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    July 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm
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    June 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm
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    June 30, 2015 at 5:32 pm

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Passing the baton: the athletes

Passing the baton: the athletes

July 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm

• Veteran track and field coach Rex Wilson coached countless athletes during his tenure at Marion ...

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Redneck Fourth returns at Ramona

Redneck Fourth returns at Ramona

July 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm

The self-proclaimed “Miss Trash 2015” was a $100 prize winner at the annual Redneck in Ramona...

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Marion native returns home for the kids

Marion native returns home for the kids

July 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Marion native Tristen Cope begins her first week as director of the Stepping Stones Preschool...

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Wittrig new archival intern at Center for MB Studies

Wittrig new archival intern at Center for MB Studies

July 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission intern Liz Wittrig (left) with director CMBS Peggy...