Category: Breaking News

Pep rally this Friday in Newton to honor Jim Ryan

The Kansas Sports Museum, located in the Chisholm Trail Mall in Newton, will be hosting a pep rally featuring track and field legend, congressman, author and educator Jim Ryan starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. The pep rally will honor the Wichita East High, University of Kansas and Olympic legend on the 50th anniversary of his sub-4 minute mile […]

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DEATH: Harold Kasper, 83

Harold Kasper, 83, a cattleman and farmer, of Hillsboro, died Aug. 16 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, with pastor Brian Allen officiating. He was born July 29, 1931, to David and Susie (Block) Kasper at Hillsboro. His wife, Shirley Kasper of rural Hillsboro, […]

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DEATH: Katherine J. Vickrey, 73

Katherine J. Vickrey, 73, a retired LPN of Canton, died Aug. 13 at McPherson Hospital in McPherson. A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at Canton Christian Church, 111 N. Fifth St., Canton. A private burial will be at Canton Township Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled. She was born Dec. 30, 1940, to Fred and Helen […]

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Primary election results in Marion County

Following are the results of Tuesday’s primary election in Marion County. U.S. SENATE Republican: Pat Roberts, 837, Milton Wolf 758, Alvin E. Zahtner 112, D.J. Smith 92 Democrat: Patrick Weisner 106, Chad Taylor 87 U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – 1st District Republican: Tim Huelskamp 1,073, Ala LaPolice 732 Democrat: James E. Sherow 106, Bryan R. Whitney 91 GOVERNOR / LT. GOVERNOR Republican: […]

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Hillsboro council approves land contract for ‘mystery business’

The Hillsboro City Council voted 3-2 at a special meeting Tuesday, July 29, to accept a revised contract to purchase 3.7 acres in the Hills­boro Heights commercial development on behalf of a Fortune 500 company that intends to establish a business that will sell gasoline, groceries and pharmaceuticals. Ben Hawkins, the land agent representing the unnamed corporate client, had submitted […]

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DEATH: Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Strotkamp, 80

Elizabeth Louise “Betty” (Engel) Strotkamp, 80, of Peabody, died Wednesday, July 23, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm, Marion. She was born April 21, 1934, to Louis Jack “Sarge” and Kathryn […]

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DEATH: Lorene Kleiber, 91

Lorene Kleiber, 91, died July 24 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, at Strassburg Baptist Church, 2249 Pawnee Road, Marion, with pastor Don Mashburn officiating. Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at Lewis Cemetery rural Ramona. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro. […]

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DEATH: Robert Lee “Bob” Frantz, 66

Robert Lee “Bob” Frantz, 66, of Newton, and retired from Jantz Lumber Yard, died July 23 at his home. The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at First Mennonite Church, 1161 East Ave. A, McPherson. No visitation is planned as he was cremated. He was born Jan. 29, 1948, to Cornelius B. and Dena Boehs Frantz at […]

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SCAM ALERT – “Local calls” may not be local

The Free Press received a report Tuesday morning that area residents should be on alert that an incoming local phone number that appears on Caller ID or a cell phone may not be a local caller. Two Hillsboro businesses have reported that a scammer (or scammers) has been using their phone numbers as a way to create the impression of […]

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Hillsboro’s ‘mystery business’ land deal back in play

Within two months of withdrawing its option with the city of Hillsboro to purchase property in Hills­boro Heights for an unnamed Fortune 500 company, the same land agent has submitted an identical purchase agreement for the same property. The city council, following a long discussion that included input from the owners of two businesses that could be adversely affected by […]

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