• New hospital poised for ‘go’

    • Hillsboro City Council to consider $1.5 million development agreement at Aug. 4 meeting The sign announcing the future arrival of the new Hillsboro Community Hospital has endured a lengthy vigil at the corner of U.S. Highway 56 and Industrial Road, the location of the proposed $11.4 million facility. If all goes according to plan, construction could begin as early […]

    New hospital poised for ‘go’
  • Hot times at Goessel festival

    An exhibitor steers his classic McCormick Deering tractor while sitting on the seat attached to the binder it is pulling. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press The Saturday morning parade drew the usual variety of antique tractors and automobiles of all makes and models down the town’s Main Street. A highlight of the afternoon were the threshing demonstrations using various technologies. […]

    Hot times at Goessel festival
  • Competitions take center stage at 85th fair

    Madeline Meier of the Goessel Goal Getters 4-H Club preps her cattle for the beef show on Thursday morning, July 23. Phyllis Richert photo 4-H CLASS 4-H BEEF Breeding beef Junior heifer calf: Lane Smith (HH) 1st blue. Senior heifer calves: Lisa Geis (TTT) 1st blue; Cade Harms (HH) 1st blue; Payton Harms (HH) 2nd blue. Summer yearling heifers: Devon […]

    Competitions take center stage at 85th fair
  • Fun at the Marion County Fair

    Zack Lewman, Marion, competes in the saddle bronc competition at the Marion County Fair on Thursday. Phyllis Richert Photo Fair board member Kelli Olson, aka the “Pah-Teat Queen,” advertises the celebrity goat-milking contest during the Marion County Fair parade Saturday morning. Janae Rempel / Free Press Blaine Malik (left) and Blaine Nickel (right) show off the 2nd place turtle at […]

    Fun at the Marion County Fair
  • Commission responds to concerns on rural roads

    This week may mark a turning point in Marion County’s road and bridge program.<p>The Marion County Commission was expected to meet all morning Monday to discuss road and bridge options with department personnel (See story on page X).<p>Commission Chairman Dan Holub said this would be likely followed at the Friday payday meeting with major announcements for expansion of road and […]

    Commission responds to concerns on rural roads
  • City of Marion receives grant to benefit East Park

    The tennis courts at East Park have seen considerable wear and tear since a rubberized surface was added in the 1980s. The current project will involve resurfacing the courts. Janae Rempel / Free Press The City of Marion is one of 49 Kansas communities to receive a community improvement grant through the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program. […]

    City of Marion receives grant to benefit East Park
  • Warrior Stadium to get new press box

    After tearing down the second level of the old press box, volunteers continue demolition work at Warrior Stadium Saturday morning. The goal is to have the new press box ready for Marion’s first home football game, Sept. 4. Janae Rempel / Free Press Volunteers gathered at Warrior Stadium in Marion Saturday morning to tear down the old two-story press box. […]

    Warrior Stadium to get new press box
  • Fair judges have tough duty during county fair

    The volunteer crew charged with determining the winning entries in the Open Class Quilting Division at last week’s Marion County Fair include (from left) Shauna Lacio, Hillsboro, superintendent; Colleen Westerman, Galva, judge; and Flo Rahn, Hillsboro, superintendent. Aleen Ratlzaff/Free Press If you took a stroll through the 4-H Building on the Marion Fairgrounds mid-morning last Wednesday, chances are you’d encounter […]

    Fair judges have tough duty during county fair
  • 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

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Warrior Stadium to get new press box

Warrior Stadium to get new press box

July 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm

After tearing down the second level of the old press box, volunteers continue demolition...

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Competitions take center stage at 85th fair

Competitions take center stage at 85th fair

August 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Madeline Meier of the Goessel Goal Getters 4-H Club preps her cattle for the beef show on...

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Summer’s oppressive heat can take a toll on people

August 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm

From 1999-2003, 3,442 deaths nationwide were caused by exposure to extreme heat, an annual average of 688. Of those for whom age information was available, seven percent were...

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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...