• 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
  • 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

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Enduring liberty

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June 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm

The Statue of Liberty replica in Hillsboro marks 65 years of service. Hillsboro’s Statue...

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Passing the baton

Passing the baton

June 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm

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County hospitals sign on for statewide food and beverage review

June 30, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Hillsboro Community Hospital and St. Luke Hos­pital and Living Center in Marion are among 75 Kansas hospitals that have pledged to examine their current food and beverage...

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St. Luke physician brings holistic approach

St. Luke physician brings holistic approach

June 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm

“I can’t imagine ignoring the spiritual life (of a patient) if they want to go there,”...

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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...