Category: News

Email a daily godsend for local nonagenarian

Email a daily godsend for local nonagenarian

• Conversation possible after loss of hearing. Amanda Ewert types another email from her room at Parkside Homes. A few days away from her 95th birthday, Ewert continues daily conversations with family and friends via the Internet after losing her hearing some 20 years ago. Courtesy photo by Rachel Behrends Amanda Ewert hasn’t let the loss of hearing keep her […]

Read more ›
Mennonite Relief Sale keeps on truckin’

Mennonite Relief Sale keeps on truckin’

• Two donated trucks have Hillsboro origins. This 1952 Ford pickup will be on the auction block at the 47th annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale this weekend. The vehicle was donated by Clark and Anna Marie Wiebe to help raise money for the worldwide relief work of Mennonite Central Committee. Courtesy photos by Jerry Toews Good intentions don’t always pave […]

Read more ›

Local elections produce a few surprises

• Overall turnout was low across the county. Last week’s spring general city and school election saw some surprises with voters casting their ballots for change. According to Tina Spen­cer, Marion County election officer, some of the write-in candidates even prevailed over filed candidates. “It will be interesting to see what direction these cities go with their new leadership,” she […]

Read more ›

Electric rate to increase by 5%

• Cost increase fuels Hillsboro council vote. Hillsboro residential customers can expect to see the impact of a 5.2 percent rate increase for electricity when their city bill arrives June 1. The city council passed Ordinance 1260 by a 3-2 vote at its April 7 meeting, authorizing the increase to offset the rising cost of power across Kansas. City Administrator […]

Read more ›
Team Tarantula

Team Tarantula

Drew Toy shows off one of the many tarantulas that have been part of their enterprise. "We have about 100 for sale," she says. Patty Decker / Free Press Florence couple enjoys breeding large furry arachnids April Fool’s Day may have come and gone, but for one Florence couple selling and breeding more than 500 tarantulas is no joking matter. […]

Read more ›
School funding tops legislative discussion

School funding tops legislative discussion

Rep. Don Schroeder begins the legislative coffee by reporting the progress of the state budget proposal. He said even after transfering $370,000 from the KDOT budget, the state still faces a $400 million revenue gap. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press • Low turnout didn’t squelch discussion at Chamber forum. The turnout was small, but those who came had a lot […]

Read more ›

Hillsboro plans recycle experiment

City will provide curbside recycling the week of April 27 through May 1. The city of Hillsboro will be picking up recyclable curbside as an “experimental week” April 27 through May 1. Residents are encouraged on their normal trash day to set out mixed recyclables by 8 a.m. in a separate cardboard box or plastic tote. “Please do not put […]

Read more ›
Apart from the herd

Apart from the herd

• Peabody’s Derek Klingenberg is putting his unique brand on agriculture. Derek Klingenberg hangs out with his trombone in the family’s cattle corral on their farm near Peabody. Wendy Nugent / Free Press It almost seems like an odd similarity how the color of the green screen at the large shop where Derek Klingenberg works in rural Peabody matches the […]

Read more ›

Block grant bill will reduce local school funding

Click Here to view the chart. • All six local districts will feel the pinch. Numbers provided by the Kansas State Depart­ment of Education last week indicate the so-called “block grant bill” will have a negative impact on the educational process at each of the six school districts in the Free Press coverage area over the next two years. Gov. […]

Read more ›
FAIR TURNOUT

FAIR TURNOUT

In the top photo, Claudia Soo Hoo adds to her collection of giveaways at the booth sponsored by LifeTeam, a critical transport service. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press It may be that the Marion County Health Fair had no antidote for an outbreak of spring fever, considering the near-perfect weather on a weekend when most area schools were on spring […]

Read more ›