• Somewhere, under the rainbow…

    Hillsboro native Amy Cameli and her family pulled their car off on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 56 between Canton and Lehigh Saturday evening so she could photograph a full rainbow perched on the southeast Kansas horizon. The Cameli family, who reside in Georgia, were on the way to visit Joel Klaassen, founding publisher of the Free Press, and wife […]

    Somewhere, under the rainbow…
  • 85th Marion County Fair plans family fun events for Saturday too

    • Planners blend new events with tradition. An assistant to the judge takes the leash from Morgan Gaines of Peabody during the obedience portion of the 4-H Dog Show Saturday morning at the fairgrounds in Hillsboro. The show was the first 4-H event prior to the official start of the Marion County Fair today. A second 4-H event, the annual […]

    85th Marion County Fair plans family fun events for Saturday too
  • New principal aims to enable goals of others

    • Clint Corby to boost staff, students, parents. Clint Corby, new HM/HS principal Clint Corby says a singular goal has fueled his wide-ranging career in K-12 education the past 12 years. “It didn’t matter whether the kid was 18 or 3, I enjoyed working with them and helping them get to where they want to go,” said the new principal […]

    New principal aims to enable goals of others
  • Goessel Library celebrates Libri Grant for books

    Seth Chumbley of Goessel gets some up-close and personal attention from volunteer firefighter Karen Dalk during a grant celebration July 8 at the Goessel Library. The library was highlighting the acquisition of more than $1,400 worth of children’s books from the Libri Foundation during its final summer reading even. An anonymous donor provided $350 for the required matching funds. Bill […]

    Goessel Library celebrates Libri Grant for books
  • Victory Plaza a win-win for Marion residents

    One of the 10 duplexes in the Victory Plaza housing project along Eisenhower Drive. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Two long-awaited housing projects in Marion crossed the finish line in 2014: the Victory Plaza duplexes (along Eisenhower Road), and the rehabilitation of the September I Atrium building at 1500 E. Main St. Tom Bishop, director of Homestead Affordable Housing Inc. […]

    Victory Plaza a win-win for Marion residents
  • Sealing the deal

    Workers with Circle C Paving of Goddard began seal coating the east half of Hillsboro’s Main Street on Monday, plus the entire 100 block of East Grand Avenue. The Axys mastic surface treatment was sprayed onto the streets primarily by truck. Free Press Photo by Don Ratzlaff Workers with Circle C Paving of Goddard began seal coating the east half […]

    Sealing the deal
  • A servant at her Centre

    • Susan Beeson is new super at USD 397. Susan Beeson comes to USD 397 with three years of superintendent experience at USD 505 Chetopa-St. Paul in southeast Kansas. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Whether ordained by birth order or as an outgrowth of her upbringing, Susan Beeson sees her journey to the superintendent’s role at USD 397-Centre as a […]

    A servant at her Centre
  • ‘I feel I’m a full survivor’

    • Victim advocate sees many women who face ‘victim blaming,’ the idea that victims have control over what they experience. Teresa Loffer, victim advocate for sexual abuse and domestic violence in Marion County, meets as needed with “Joanne” (foreground), who said she’s found the support she’s needed to work through the abuse she’s experienced since a child. Aleen Ratzlaff / […]

    ‘I feel I’m a full survivor’
  • Grime to lead Tabor cross country program

    Tabor College has hired Brian Grime as its new cross country coach. The Archbold, Ohio, native was a member of a nationally-ranked cross country team at Tiffin University. Grime spent the past two years as an assistant coach at Heidelberg University. Janae Rempel / Free Press Coaching wasn’t necessarily on Brian Grime’s radar when he earned his bachelor’s degree in […]

    Grime to lead Tabor cross country program
  • Recent rains a ‘godsend’ for soybeans and corn

    Soybeans in the area, including this field south of Hillsboro, is taking off after recent rains. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press “That last big rain was a godsend—million dollar rains is what I call them!” Marion County Agricul­tural Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said the importance of the 21⁄2-inch general rain a week ago can hardly be overemphasized. One of the […]

    Recent rains a ‘godsend’ for soybeans and corn

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Somewhere, under the rainbow…

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July 21, 2015 at 7:46 pm

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Grime to lead Tabor cross country program

Grime to lead Tabor cross country program

July 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Tabor College has hired Brian Grime as its new cross country coach. The Archbold, Ohio, native...

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Goessel Library celebrates Libri Grant for books

Goessel Library celebrates Libri Grant for books

July 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Seth Chumbley of Goessel gets some up-close and personal attention from volunteer firefighter...

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4-H news, July 22, 2015

July 21, 2015 at 7:17 pm

• The meeting of the Tampa Triple T’s was called to order June 14. Roll call was answered by nine members, four leaders, six parents and one guest. Cailey Barney gave...

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Hillsboro High TSA qualifiers compete at national event

Hillsboro High TSA qualifiers compete at national event

July 21, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Members of Hillsboro High School’s national TSA team are (from left) Matthew Denholm, Jacob...