Category: Business/Farm

Summer’s oppressive heat can take a toll on people

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 younger than 15, 53 percent were between 15-64 years old, and 40 percent were 65 years or older. With current weather forecasts indicating temperatures near triple digits accompanied by high heat indexes, […]

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Competitions take center stage at 85th fair

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 […]

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Fair judges have tough duty during county fair

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 […]

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4-H news, July 22, 2015

• The meeting of the Tampa Triple T’s was called to order June 14. Roll call was answered by nine members, four leaders, six parents and one guest. Cailey Barney gave a demonstration on how to make slime. Allie Stuchlik gave a demonstration on how to make Sparkle Jars, and Tanner Stuchlik gave a talk on popular breeds of cattle. […]

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Clint Seibel honored for economic service to city

Clint Seibel honored for economic service to city

Clint Seibel receives a congratulatory handshake from Lyman Adams, president of the Hillsboro Development Corp. Board of Directors, during the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon July 14. Seibel was recognized for his service to the community during eight years as HDC executive director and economic development director for the city. Seibel officially retired from the post June 30. Cynthia […]

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CNB recognized for 125 years as a national bank

CNB recognized for 125 years as a national bank

Ed J. Rolfs (middle), chairman emeritus of Central National Bank, accepts a framed certificate recognizing CNB’s 125 years as a nationally charted bank. Present­ing the certificate is Keith Osborne on behalf of the Office of the Comp­trol­ler of the Currency, an independent bureau in Washington, D.C., that regulates and supervises all national banks in the U.S. With Ed J. Rolfs […]

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Flint Hills RECA selects students for camp

Elizabeth Meyer from Marion High School and Colton Potts from Chase County High School were selected by the Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative Association to attend Coop­er­ative Youth Leadership Camp July 11-17 in Steam­boat Springs, Colo. Meyer and Potts will be among 45 camp participants from Kansas electric cooperatives. They were selected through a process that included an application, interview […]

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Recent rains a ‘godsend’ for soybeans and corn

Recent rains a ‘godsend’ for soybeans and corn

Soybeans in the area, including this field south of Hillsboro, is taking off after recent rains. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press “That last big rain was a godsend—million dollar rains is what I call them!” Marion County Agricul­tural Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said the importance of the 21⁄2-inch general rain a week ago can hardly be overemphasized. One of the […]

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Marion native returns home for the kids

Marion native returns home for the kids

Marion native Tristen Cope begins her first week as director of the Stepping Stones Preschool at Valley Methodist Church in Marion. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press This summer Tristen Cope returned to Marion to begin married life and her professional career. “I’ve lived here my whole life,” Cope said. “Almost all of my family is from around the area.” Tristen […]

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St. Luke physician brings holistic approach

St. Luke physician brings holistic approach

“I can’t imagine ignoring the spiritual life (of a patient) if they want to go there,” says Tim McVay, new physician with St. Luke Hospital and Living Center. “For some people, their spiritual life is very private to them.” Patty Decker / Free Press Marion’s newest doctor is taking the road less traveled by offering his patients an approach to […]

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