• Hands-on learning

    The new Project Lead the Way program is pushing both students and teachers this year at Hillsboro Middle School. Hillsboro sixth-graders Henry Hein and Bailey Tabott try to get their project to function properly during the Automation and Robotics class led by instructor Len Coryea. The class is part of the Project Lead the Way program that is part of […]

    Hands-on learning
  • HES 4th-grader wins state Arbor Day poster contest

    Malorie Hein with her poster, titled "Tree are Terrific in Kansas Cities and Towns." Photo by Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Malorie Hein, a fourth-grader at Hillsboro Elementary School, was informed Monday that her poster, titled “Trees Are Terrific in Kansas Cities and Towns,” was named the state winner in the annual Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest. “The creativity of […]

    HES 4th-grader wins state Arbor Day poster contest
  • Red-hot Falcons stun No. 1 Tabor

    JT Nemit shoots for three during the second half against Friends. Nemit was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and scored 11 points in Tabor’s 89-79 KCAC semifinal loss. Janae Rempel / Free Press The top-seeded Tabor College men could not contain a red-hot Friends offense in Saturday’s KCAC tournament semifinal loss. With 67 percent shooting from the field (30-45), the […]

    Red-hot Falcons stun No. 1 Tabor
  • Best in the state: Palic wins Marion’s first state title

    Kyle Palic wrestles Wyatt Eitel of Scott Community at 220 pounds during the first round of the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays Friday. Palic won by fall and went a perfect 4-0 in the tournament to win the championship title, becoming Marion’s first state wrestling champion in school history. Free Press photos by Janae Rempel Seven Warrior wrestlers represented […]

    Best in the state: Palic wins Marion’s first state title
  • Capturing the moment

    •Tabor College basketball teams celebrate twin KCAC titles Members of the Tabor College men’s basketball team celebrate their newly won Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championship in social-media style by taking a team “selfie” after an 87-73 win over Ottawa University Saturday night in Hillsboro. The Tabor women’s team secured their own KCAC championship earlier in the evening by beating […]

    Capturing the moment
  • Couple to take Amish stories to the stage

    • One-man play will debut in Goessel. Maynard Knepp dons the garb he will use to portray a fictional Amish minister in “Jonas, the Life and Times of an Amishman,” a one-man presentation he and wife Carol Duerksen have developed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first Amish-based novel, “Runaway Baby.” Courtesy photo The husband and wife team of […]

    Couple to take Amish stories to the stage
  • HCF awards $16,900 in service grants to 11 groups

    Hillsboro Community Foundation board member Todd Jost presents a grant award of $2,000 to Ashley Gann and Tamara Hinerman representing Families and Communities Together, which serves families that reside in USD 410. FACT was one of 11 area organizations and programs serving Marion County to receive grant funding Friday during the foundation’s 10th annual distribution. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press […]

    HCF awards $16,900 in service grants to 11 groups
  • Going the extra mile for students

    Rod Just, fourth-grade teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, explains soil conservation practices applied to this field during his field tour last spring. Courtesy photo Going the extra mile—literally and figuratively—is a key reason Rod Just was named the 2015 Conserva­tion Teacher Award winner by the Marion County Soil Con­servation District. A fourth-grade teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, Just developed and […]

    Going the extra mile for students
  • Smarts and resilience / Goessel High School wins the Class 1A Scholars Bowl state championship

    The Class 1A Scholars Bowl championship team enjoys the spoils of victory after escaping a four-way tie to win the top prize at the tournament hosted Saturday at Centre High School. Pictured are (from left) Coach Wes Schmidt-Tieszen, Aaron Woelk, Benedikt Heyl, Gentry Thiesen (captain), Zach Wiens, Erin Brubaker, Alicen Meysing and assistant coach Andrew Voth. After multiple high finishes […]

    Smarts and resilience / Goessel High School wins the Class 1A Scholars Bowl state championship
  • Goessel 8th grader wins county spelling title

    Edel Miller smiles after judges confirm that she spelled the championship word “appreciation” correctly to win the county title. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press You can bet Edel Miller has renewed appreciation for the word “appreciation.” The Goessel eighth-grader claimed the title of Marion County Spelling Bee champion Feb. 11 by spelling it correctly in a showdown with fellow finalist […]

    Goessel 8th grader wins county spelling title

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Red-hot Falcons stun No. 1 Tabor

Red-hot Falcons stun No. 1 Tabor

March 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

JT Nemit shoots for three during the second half against Friends. Nemit was 3-for-5 from...

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Commissioners call for change with Tampa EMS

March 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Marion County Commis­sioners, during their Feb. 27 payday meeting, notified Jesse Brun­ner, Emergency Medical Services ambulance crew chief at Tampa, to resign his position....

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Centre FFA competes at Marion

Centre FFA competes at Marion

March 3, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Hannah Peterson evaluates the production hens in the Poultry Evaluation Career Development...

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Theater prof to perform fringe show at Tabor March 5

March 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Northwestern College theater professor Robert Hubbard will perform his new fringe show, “How Helicopters Figure in my Dreams,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Tabor...