• New ‘lease’ on life for Bown-Corby

    The historic 1928 building at 412 N. Second in Marion started as an elementary, but now has become a 12-unit apartment complex. The Marion community was invited to an open house Saturday by owner Tom George of Wichita. A new chapter begins for Marion’s Bown-Corby building, which has served as an elementary school, an outreach program, and now as a […]

    New ‘lease’ on life for Bown-Corby
  • Olympian cheers on Tabor athletes

    Leah Amico, U.S. softball Olympian and ESPN commentator, was the featured speaker at a gathering of student-athletes at the Tabor Athletic Spring Celebration. Leah Amico, U.S. Olympian and ESPN commentator, spoke to Tabor College athletes Tuesday evening as part of the Tabor Athletic Spring Celebration. Amico attributed her successes on and off the field to her relationship with Jesus Christ. […]

    Olympian cheers on Tabor athletes
  • Chamber speaker describes pre-Columbus Native societies

    Donald Blakeslee described Native American societies around the time Christopher Columbus arrived in the “New World.” Donald Blakeslee, an archaeological anthropologist at Wichita State University, spoke to more than 125 people at the annual Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce dinner and meeting Jan. 25. A specialist in archaeology of the Great Plains, Blakeslee said his most recent research involved Kansas sometime […]

    Chamber speaker describes pre-Columbus Native societies
  • UNDER HER SPELL

    The top three spellers at the Marion County Spelling Bee Wednesday at Goessel gather for a photo. Joining the champion, MaryElena Heyen of Hillsboro are runner-up Jaedan McMillin, a fifth-grader from Marion, and third-place winner Brooke Nafziger, an eighth-grader from Goessel. by Don Ratzlaff The Free Press Apparently, studying a word list isn’t the only way to do well at […]

    UNDER HER SPELL
  • Wishes granted

    Mike Moran (left), Hillsboro Elementary School counselor, shakes hands with HCF board member Randy Whisenhunt during the grant presentation Jan. 26. The $1,000 grant will be used for the after-school program at HES. Hillsboro Community Found­a­tion board members presented grant checks totaling a record $18,300 Jan. 26 to 10 area organ­izations and programs serving Marion County children and families. The […]

    Wishes granted
  • Debris removal a volunteer effort in Florence

    Tree debris collecting at the Fifth Street Bridge is a common occurrence in Florence. The challenge of clearing the branches and limbs has fallen on the shoulders of local volunteers led by Joel Hayes, 76, a longtime resident. It’s a familiar phenomenon each spring to see trapped debris under the Fifth Street Bridge in Florence, but some years are worse […]

    Debris removal a volunteer effort in Florence
  • READ ALL ABOUT IT /Newspaper becomes a learning tool for elementary students in Hillsboro and Marion.

    Derek Suderman, a third-grader at Hillsboro Elementary School, studies the Opinion pages in a recent issue of the Free Press. by Jared Janzen The Free Press Readers of the Free Press have probably noticed the full-color page of kids’ activities called Kid Scoop appearing in the newspaper since August. What they may not have realized is that this page has […]

    READ ALL ABOUT IT /Newspaper becomes a learning tool for elementary students in Hillsboro and Marion.
  • State animal finds a home on the range near Goessel

    Vernon Base and his family have had bison at Coon Creek Buffalo since 1980 or 1981. by Wendy Nugent The Free Press “Oh give me a home Where the buffalo roam Where the deer and the antelope play. Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the skies are not cloudy all day.” Kansas will celebrate its 155th birthday Jan. […]

    State animal finds a home on the range near Goessel
  • Funding cuts affect facility maintenance

    “More state aid for capital outlay would go miles to help us do some of those projects if we could just get it back.”<p>—Steve Noble, USD 410 superintendent When residential homeowners experience a reduction in family income, routine home repairs are among the first expenses to put on hold until finances improve. School districts aren’t much different. Superintendent Steve Noble […]

    Funding cuts affect facility maintenance
  • Wal-Mart pulls the plug

    Local officials and Wal-Mart were all smiles when the ribbon was cut for the opening of the Neighborhood Market in Hillsboro Heights April 8. Nine months later, the corporate office announced it would be closing the Hillsboro store and numerous other Neighborhood Market facilities, regardless of profitability, on Jan. 28. Whether it’s called a Wal-Mart Express or a Wal-Mart Neigh­­borhood […]

    Wal-Mart pulls the plug

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New ‘lease’ on life for Bown-Corby

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TC women clinch KCAC title

TC women clinch KCAC title

February 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Taylor Deniston draws a foul during the second quarter at McPherson. She made both free throws...

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Goessel, Centre qualify for state Scholars Bowl

Goessel, Centre qualify for state Scholars Bowl

February 9, 2016 at 8:03 pm

The Goessel Scholars Bowl teams poses with the championship hardware it earned at the regional...

  • Marion council tables agreement

    The Marion City Council at its Feb, 2 meeting agreed to hold off on approving a new Kansas Electric Utilities Task...

    February 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm
  • 4-H News (February 10, 2016)

    • Do you have a favorite Kansan? At the Jan. 10 Tampa Triple T’s 4-H meeting, 15 members, four leaders and...

    February 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm
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    • Among the 2,600 students who made the dean’s honor roll at Wichita State Univer­sity for the fall term were...

    February 2, 2016 at 7:17 pm

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Farming, ranching among the most noble professions

February 2, 2016 at 7:27 pm

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like a new-born calf takes to its mother’s...

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Scorecard (February 3, 2016)

February 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm

COLLEGE BASKETBALL KCAC BASKETBALL MEN KCAC Overall W L W L Tabor (7) 14 0 21 3 Southwestern 11 3 20 4 Ottawa 9 6 13 10 Friends 7 7 8 13 Sterling 7 8 9 15 Saint Mary 6 8 ...