Category: Breaking News

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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DEATH: Jack Quentin Summerville, 89

Jack Quentin Summerville, 89, of Marion, and a retired municipal judge, died July 10 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. The service was July 14 at Valley United Methodist, 300 Santa Fe St., Marion. Burial was at Marion Cemetery. He was born July 2, 1925, to William and Etta Mae (Suffield) Summervill at Marion. (Due to an error on the birth […]

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DEATH: Sarita Blosser, 56

Sarita Blosser, 56, of Goessel, died July 3 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. ≤p≥The service was July 5 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church with pastor Dave Plett officiating.≤p≥She was born May 19, 1958, to Vernon and Rachel (Kornelsen) Friesen at Seoul, Korea. On May 20, 1995, she was married to Donald Blosser, who predeceased her in 2006. ≤p≥Survivors […]

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DEATH: James Henry Morris, 80

James Henry Morris, 80, of Newton, and an electrician in the U.S. Army, died July 5 at Newton Medical Center in Newton.≤p≥The memorial service was at 7 p.m. Tuesday at VFW Post 971 in Newton.≤p≥He was born Aug. 23, 1933, to Elbert E. and Bessie (Bryan) Morris.≤p≥Survivors include sons Ebb Morris, Luke Morris and Bryan Morris; daughter Penny; brother Sam […]

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DEATH: Verna Epp, 93

Verna Epp, 93, former cook at USD 410-Hillsboro, died June 30 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. ≤p≥The service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at Ebenfeld Church, 1498 Kanza Road, Hillsboro, with pastor Lynn Jost officiating. ≤p≥She was born Oct. 7, 1920, to John and Minnie (Stelting) Epp in Marion County. ≤p≥Survivors include nephew John Epp of Pa.; niece […]

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DEATH: Virginia R. Schulz, 85

Virginia R. Schulz, 85, of McPherson, a homemaker, died July 5 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. ≤p≥The service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church. 119 N. Elm St., with pastor Tim Leaf officiating. ≤p≥Burial will be at the McPherson Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with […]

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