Category: Business/Farm

Dry soil hinders corn planting in state

Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season. Kansas received just 19 percent of the amount of moisture it normally receives during March, said Mary Knapp, assistant climatologist with the Kansas Weather Data Library, based at Kansas State University. From January through March, the […]

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New storm shelter Goessel has already seen use

The Goessel school board learned at its April 13 meeting that the new storm shelter at the elementary school has already been open to the public three times for use during recent storms. Superintendent John Fast said he had communicated with Mayor Dave Schrag, Bethesda Home administrator Eric Schrag and firefighter Matt Voth. City Clerk Jennifer Whitehead put up signs […]

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Wal-Mart opens its doors with ribbon-cutting

Wal-Mart opens its doors with ribbon-cutting

Store manager Brian Miller cuts the ceremonial ribbon as members of the Chamber and Wal-Mart store staff gather in support. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Love it or fear it, the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store opened its doors April 8 with a grand opening launch that drew about 100 people to its Hills­boro Heights location. Under a canopy of […]

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Let’s keep our commitment to wise use of our lifegiving land

Next week marks the 45th anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day celebration occurred April 22, 1970. This is also a special week for those farmers and ranchers who are involved with the production of food, fuel and fiber. The original premise of Earth Day was to promote the […]

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Instaboro formally opens with Chamber ribbon-cut at Ampride

Instaboro formally opens with Chamber ribbon-cut at Ampride

Pictured are: front row (from left), Cynthia Fleming, Chamber president, Hannah and David Vogel, Dawn Helmer and Verlenia Hall, Chamber office manager; back row, Laura Legg, Ampride store manager, Larry Paine, Clint Seibel and Lyman Adams. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce members gathered April 3 in the Hillsboro Ampride store for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the […]

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New Greenhaw building to enhance service

New Greenhaw building to enhance service

This artist’s rendition of the new Greenhaw Pharmacy building shows the drive-through window on the left side of the 3,500-square foot structure. Owner Eric Driggers said he plans to break ground at the corner of North Ash Street and Orchard Drive in late May with the hope of occupying the building by fall.Courtesy artwork Greenhaw Pharmacy owners Eric and Tami […]

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Grass fires keep firefighters busy across county

Dry grasses, lack of rain, wind and humidity have kept Marion County firefighters busy during the last few weeks, according to local officials. Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee said Thursday that it’s typical this time of year to have controlled or prescribed burns, but weather and other conditions have worked against firefighters and landowners. “Producers need to have prescriptive burns […]

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Marion council opts for non-local carrier

The Marion City Council at its March 16 meeting changed its insurance carrier for workers’ compensation, discussed a new source of revenue and reached agreement on renovating substandard properties. City Administrator Roger Holter, along with safety committee members, recommended changing from EMC, represented by Case & Son, to Kansas Municipality Insurance Trust. KMIT’s premium for workers’ comp was $32,725, which […]

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Safety is fashionable for farmers

If Billy Crystal’s Fernan­do character were to visit a Kansas farm this spring you can be sure he wouldn’t be telling too many farmers, “Darling, you look marvelous.” You can also bet not too many farmers step into the cab of their tractors wearing any of the high fashions portrayed on the pages of GQ or Esquire. Looking good is […]

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Marion cafe closed and reopened within a week

In a span of less than a week, Cindy’s Family Cafe in Marion, owned by Cynthia K. Taylor, was closed March 9 for failing to pay state taxes, but reopened March 13 after an agreement was reached with the state. “The taxpayer and the Revenue Department were able to reach an acceptable payment arrangement Friday,” said Jeannine Koranda with the […]

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